When I decided to visit Japan for a month long stay between April and May, I knew that there would be a bunch of big releases around Golden Week (a week long string of public holidays near the beginning of May), which was one of the reasons why I went in the first place. What I didn’t anticipate was the Pokemon Center would give us a rather big Eeveelution promotion, and on top of that, an entire line of new Pokedolls. But that’s exactly what happened (and a bunch of brand new mascot plush to boot!).
There were two main releases on May 13th, along with a new set of gacha figures and a bunch of side campaigns and extras.
First up – brand new Pokedolls. Literally the day before the Pokemon Center made the Eevee announcement, I had been wondering if the Pokemon Center would even continue the Pokedoll line or have it die out again as it’s done in the past. Then, boom, we heard you liked Pokedolls so here’s nine of them. These Pokedolls feature the brand new Pokedoll tag, the brand new Pokedoll price, and in my opinion are head and shoulders cuter and better constructed than the original Eeveelution Pokedoll releases. No more face planting or weird flattened faces!
Next – Pokedoll Mascot Plush! This new series of plush is basically smaller mascot versions of the Pokedolls. Not only were the 9 Eeveelutions included in this release, but we also got Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio.
Eevee Collection also came out on May 13th. This promotion featured a wide variety of items, from Frixion highlighters and two types of pins to hoodies, t-shirts, hats, and ita bags. To make things more exciting, the Pokemon Center didn’t make anything blind packaged and instead let customers choose exactly which Eeveelution they wanted featured on whatever item they wanted by making 9 types of each item.
Some items of note:
Towels! There were three types of towels: 1 bath towel that featured Pokedoll versions of all the Eeveelutions, along with hand towels for each Eeveelution and longer neck towels, also one for each Eeveelution.
Memo cases! These cases feature a different Pokedoll Eeveelution illustration on the outside and have note paper inside with a couple different paper designs. I love when the Pokemon Center sells new and super cute memo pads because I love writing notes for my friends (and myself) on cute paper.
Ita Bags (Tote Bags)! Made of a vinyl type fabric, these bags are sturdy and probably bigger than you’re expecting. Each bag is a color matching their respective Eeveelution and features a clear cut out of that Eeveelutions head on the front.
Card Cases! These cases were in hot demand from day one, to the point where all Pokemon Centers and Stores limited them 1 per person. Even with the limit, they sold out everywhere within the first day, although were restocked a week later. It was only recently that the limit was lifted.
The Pokedoll pouch is pretty cute and has a little clear window so you can see inside! Big enough to fit a couple Pokedolls if you wanted to, or the usual assortment of drawing and art supplies.
Cookies! The tins feature the adorable Pokedoll Eeveelution artwork and the cookies are all shaped like different Eeveelution faces.
Stickers! Each Eeveelution got it’s own little sticker pack featuring different sizes of the Pokedoll art, along with a couple stickers with all the Eeveelutions together.
Each Eeveelution also got a hat, a hoodie, and a t-shirt. All three items featured the non-Pokedoll artwork and had a different color combination for each Eeveelution. Pictured here is Eevee, but the other Eeveelution designs were pretty similar.
The gacha release for the day: Ditto Transform! Part 3, featuring Eevee, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Umbreon, and Espeon.
I was not expecting this gacha to sell out at all, considering how the first two Gacha sets were still in stores months later. On top of that, no one seemed excited to play at Tokyo Bay. It was literally just me sitting there and spinning the little machine. So when I showed up at Sky Tree Monday after release and couldn’t find it, and then was told at Mega Tokyo on Tuesday that it was sold out, it was a shock. By that point, when I returned to Tokyo Bay, it was sold out there as well…for a day. By the next day, it was restocked at all locations and was back to no danger of ever running out by the time I left.
The figures are super cute though, not gonna lie! I of course got an Umbreon, Eevee, and Flareon for myself.
Some bonus images!
As part of the extra campaigns, which included digital Eeveelutions for everyone’s Pokemon games, all Pokemon Centers and Stores were also giving out these cute paper headbands for all guests. Some places, like Tokyo Bay, only gave them out to customers who bought and paid for something. Other places, like Sky Tree, gave them out to anyone who walked in.
A couple Pokemon Centers also had dioramas featuring 1:1 size cut-outs of each Eeveelution. Customers were free to take pictures in and among the Eevees.
One of the campaigns I was looking forward to most were these special clear cards with five different illustrations featuring the Eeveelutions (I’m a sucker for clear cards). There was also a secret design that was different between the on-line center and brick and mortar centers. Unfortunately, for unknown reasons, these cards were delayed until the 27th. So how did the Pokemon Center ensure people would get the cards they would have gotten based on their Eeveelution purchases? They gave out little redemption cards, and hand wrote in the number of cards that were owed to you. Needless to say, between me and Japan Stuffs, we have a lot of cards.
More bonus photos!
The pamphlet on the left started getting distributed from Pokemon Centers and Stores from May 13th and advertises a huge spoiler for 1:1 size Eeveelution plush. This pamphlet is all we know about the plush at this point, with more information coming out on the official website June 2nd (so stay tuned!) In short, the plush will be available for pre-order exclusively through the Pokemon Center On-line Store from mid-June until the end of July. No release date is known yet. No other pictures are available.
The Pokemon Center On-line Store offered box sets for each Eeveelution. Each set included one of each Eevee Collection item for a specific Eeveelution, including 1 mascot plush and 1 Pokedoll, and was shipped in a Pokemon Center box featuring that Eeveelution. I helped three people get boxes (the three pictured here). Based on the items and the size, I figured the boxes would be medium sized at best, but I wasn’t expecting the tote bags to be so large, and because the Center didn’t want to bend the bags, they needed to find boxes that were wide enough. This unfortunately meant the boxes were huge and also half empty since the tote bags were wide but flat. Also keep in mind this stack of boxes is almost my height (I’m 4’11” – 150 cm)
Check out the Eevee Collection gallery for more pictures of Pokedolls, Mascot Plush, and Eevee Collection items!
So, what do you think? Did you get anything from Eevee-maggedon? What were you happiest with? What do you wish they had?
Until next time!
And we’re back, this time with new UFO Catcher Adventures!
Three new Pokemon plush were released today into game centers around Japan.
Plush number one: a new Pikachu plush, called “Ash’s Pikachu” because he is wearing Ash’s Alolan region hat. Because we can never have too many Pikachu plush!
These plush are the usual “big” size of 25 cm or a little under 10 inches. They’re pretty cute, but they’re also weirdly flat? But I’m also semi picky about plush, so it bothers me when plush aren’t proportionately round.
The pose is pretty cute, though, and slightly reminiscent of Gangnam Style (although they were probably going more for looking cool but once seen cannot unsee).
Edit: I have been informed this is Pikachu’s Z-Move pose. In my defense, I got sidetracked by Festival Plaza and that’s all I do now.
The other two plush released today are part of the I Love Eevee series: Leafeon and Glaceon!
Like the other releases in the same series, both Leafeon and Glaceon are incredibly soft. They both have the weird wiring in the ears to help make the ears stand up. They seem a little smaller than the previously released Eeveelutions, but this might be due to the fact their tails aren’t quite as big. And as usual, Leafeon’s various leafy extra bits are felt pieces that are either sewn in to the plush body or attached with glue (the leaf on his forehead).
Overall, these two buddies fit in well with their Eeveelution brethren, so lovers of the series (and Eevee and Leafeon and Glaceon) should rejoice!
Bonus picture: my haul for today! This includes plush I won for other people as well as some figures for me, Nyanko Sensei for my girlfriend, and I couldn’t resist a chance to win some Umaibo. I picked up some great flavors – tonkatsu sauce, salami, and teriyaki burger, along with the Umaibo staples (salad and corn pottage).
Today’s UFO catcher adventures went pretty well, which is nice since I haven’t had a day go pretty well in a while! The majority of machines I played at where medium to easy difficulty, this in turn made it more fun to go around and win stuff. I managed to attract a small crowd in Akihabara which is always amusing.
Eeveelutions come out on Saturday and Pokemon news comes out tomorrow. Stay tuned for more excitement!
Until next time~
[Candy Figure] There Might Be Pokemon Nearby? Pokemon Chikaku ni Iru Kamo? (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Eevee, Gengar, Meowth, Pikachu, Psyduck, Squirtle)
[Banpresto] Large Ash’s Pikachu Plush
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee Large Plush (Glaceon, Leafeon)
[Pokemon Center] Eevee & Colorful Friends Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Eeveelution Pokedolls & Mascot Plush + Litten, Rowlet, Popplio Mascot Plush
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform Gacha Set 3
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends (Pichu, Pikachu, Raichu)
[Collaboration] Pokemon Love Its’Demo
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Pikachu Plush
[Pokemon Center] New Pokemon Center plush (Bounsweet, Pyukumuku, Cosmog)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center mascot plush (Alola Vulpix, Rockruff, Togedemaru, Cosmog)
[Pokemon Center] Look Upon The Stars
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Line Art Promotion
[Sanei] Pokemon All Stars Part 5 Plush (Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Bewear, Togedemaru, Mimikyu, Alolan Raichu, Alolan Vulpix)
[Sanei] Pokemon All Stars Part 5 Mascot Plush (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Meowth, Psyduck, Snorlax, Mew, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Togedemaru, Mimikyu)
[Banpresto] Extra Big Snorlax Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Plush (Alola Sandshrew, Alola Ninetails, Alola Marowak)
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee Large Plush (Espeon, Umbreon)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Graphix
[MonColle] Alolan Meowth, Alolan Vulpix
Not sure if this is amazing or horrifying news but let’s dive in shall we.
Starting with Eevee-pocalypse!
First of all, new Pokedolls! The Pokemon Center is giving us re-releases (sort of?) of all 9 Eeveelutions.
These plush come out May 13th (Saturday) and each plush will cost 1,296 yen after tax.
And if that wasn’t enough plush for you, never fear, because we have *tada* mascot versions of all 9 Eeveelution Pokedolls plus mascot size versions of Litten, Rowlet, and Popplio.
These plush also come out May 13th (Saturday) and each mascot plush will cost 864 yen after tax.
Along with the plush, there will also be a variety of merchandise that will all come in 9 different varieties, and as far as I can tell, nothing is blind packaged. Amazingly??? Is this the real world or is hell coming later?
There are two parts to the merchandise section (also May 13th release!): Colorful Friends and Pokedolls. Each “section” has different items and different illustration styles.
Colorful Friends Merchandise List
Colorful T-Shirts (9 Types) (Small | Medium | Large) – 3,240 yen
Colorful Hoodies (9 Types) (Medium | Large) – 6,048 yen
Colorful Hats (9 Types) – 3,240 yen
Long Towels (9 Types) – 1,080 yen
Tote Bags (9 Types) – 3,780 yen
Can Badges (9 Types) – 324 yen
Pins (9 Types) – 648 yen
Pokemon Card Game Deck Cases (9 Types) – 2,160
Pokedoll Merchandise List
Eeveelution Shaped Cookies – 1,055
A4 Clearfile (9 Types) – 260 yen
Memo Can (9 Types) – 702 yen
Frixion Light Pens (9 Types) – 216 yen
Frixion Light Pens Set – 1,782 yen
Pouch – 1,512 yen
Assorted Stickers (9 Types) – 540 yen
Pokedoll Pins (9 Types) – 432 yen
Small Drawstring Pouch (9 Types) – 972 yen
Hand Towel (9 Types) – 540 yen
Mini Bath Towel (9 Types) – 2,074 yen
And if that wasn’t enough, there’s more…
Today’s blog post is all about claw machine prizes, so if you love Banpresto and plush, you’re in luck!
A couple new Pokemon Sun & Moon series plush are coming out in May.
Alola Marowak, Alola Sandshrew, and Alola Ninetails plush will be released May 25th (Thursday). Each of these plush measures in at about 14 cm (5.5 in).
Ash’s Pikachu is the hot item this summer because of the summer Pokemon movie, and so consider this plush the first of many. Ash’s Pikachu, measuring in at about 25 cm (10 in) will be released May 11th (Thursday).
Finally, a large Snorlax plush (measuring in at about 35 cm or roughly 13 in) will be released in game centers May 23rd (Tuesday).
More Kororin Plush will be coming out in May.
A large Pikachu Kororin plush, measuring in at about 26 cm or 10 in will start appearing in game centers May 18th (Thursday).
A smaller set of Pikachu evolution line plush (Pichu, Pikachu, and Raichu with each measuring roughly 12 cm or 5 in) will start appearing in game centers from May 16th (Tuesday).
The most recent I Love Eevee release will conclude with Leafeon and Glaceon (releasing May 11th – Thursday) and Umbreon and Espeon (releasing May 25th – Thursday). All the Eeveelution plush are soft and minky and measure in at about 25 cm or 10 in.
Since I’ve arrived in Japan, I’ve already visited a bunch of game centers (because what else do I do with my time?) and here are some photos of the Pokemon Banpresto prizes that are currently out!
Mew and Mewtwo Kororin Friends plush were released April 13th (Thursday) and are still very much in stock all over. They’re adorable legendary beans that need snuggling!
Komala (from the general Pokemon Sun & Moon series) and Sylveon and Jolteon (the first from the most recent I Love Eevee series) all came out April 6th (Thursday). Sylveon stock depends on the location of the game center and how difficult their machines are. The machines I visited today in Tokyo only had a few Jolteons left, but obviously this game center in Chiba still had a bunch.
Today brought us the next set of I Love Eevee plush – Vaporeon and Flareon! They’re both super soft, and Flareon is especially adorable with his huge poofy tail and his cute little fire face.
We’ll have a short break from Banpresto prize releases until the 25th (Tuesday) when Vulpix and Alola Vulpix plush come out, and before that, we have Friday Pokemon News to look forward to. So stay tuned!