Pokemon Center Report – Pocket Monsters Star Series (Showa Note)

Pokemon Center Report – Pocket Monsters Star Series (Showa Note)

Hello everyone!

This post will briefly cover the release of a small zodiac and Pokemon crossover promotion “Pocket Monsters Star Series” from the Showa Note company.

Although not exclusive to Japanese Pokemon Centers, there is a bunch of really cute items and I hope you find them as neat as I do.

Any promotion worth it’s salt will offer some sort of acrylic charm selection or plush (or both if they’re feeling spicy enough!) For this promotion, we got 1 acrylic charm for each zodiac sign.

The zodiac signs are as follows:

Aries (Mareep & Pikachu)
Taurus (Tauros & Pikachu)
Gemini (Pikachu + Plusle & Minun)
Cancer (Krappy & Pikachu)
Leo (Shinx & Jigglypuff + Pikachu)
Virgo (Eevee & Pikachu)
Libra (Togepi & Pikachu)
Scorpio (Gengar & Gligar + Pikachu)
Sagittarius (Pichu & Pikachu)
Capricorn (Skiddo + Pikachu Male & Female + a very tiny Mimikyu)
Aquarius (Squirtle & Pikachu)
Pisces (Lapras & Staryu + Pikachu)

I really like the Pokemon groups they picked to represent each star sign, and as a Scorpio, I’m especially pleased with Gengar and Gligar (Gligar is a cutie!)

Along with the charms, there was also two types of pouch. One was a smaller “tissue pouch” designed to hold packets of tissues, and was available in two designs.

There was also a more traditional pouch pouch for non tissue items, although I’m sure you could fit tissues in this pouch as well if you wanted. This type of pouch was also available in two designs.

Glasses are kind of hard to take pictures of, due to their very nature, but it’s similar to the pouches shown above with the same designs per color.

There were two types of clearfiles, both available in two designs. The type of clearfile shown here are the usual A4 sized clearfiles. The other type was a 3 pocket A5 size clearfile.

My favorite type of memo pad was included in the line-up as well! Each memopad contains 72 pages, and includes all 12 zodiac star signs.

The last item with Pikachu on the front is actually not a memopad set but a compact mirror.

Unsurprisingly for a company that specializes in stationary type merchandise, there was a bunch of stationary related stuff in the line-up as well!

Along with sticky notes and stickers pictured here, there were also two types of decoration tape, two types of A5 size notebooks, as well as four types of hand towels, two types of drawstring pouches, and two types of tote-bags.

You can see more photos of the merchandise here on the official Showa Note webpage.

That wraps up today’s Pokemon Center Report! Until next time~

Pokemon Center Report – Japanese Style Promotion

Pokemon Center Report – Japanese Style Promotion

This past weekend gave us the return of the Japanese Style Pokemon promotion, this time featuring three different designs: a cute candy style, Rowlets, and a traditional Japanese papercut style featuring Mt Silver. Along with the main line-up, we also got four plush and four mascot plush!

First up, the plush! These plush are designed to look like they’re hand-made of crepe-like material.

Both the plush and mascot plush feature Pikachu, Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio.

The Japanese Style promotion had a bunch of non-traditional Pokemon Center items, along with some traditional items with a twist.

These coin pouches are not necessarily standard but have been sold before, however, I thought the Rowlet design was pretty cute and original.

Here are some examples of the candy design on some items (bag chain, earrings, and a cute memo-pad). These hard candies are standard fare for traditional Japanese sweets. Made primarily of sugar, the circular flat candies, known as Kintaro-Ame, originally hail from the Edo period and are usually found in most Japanese sweet stores.

The blind packaged charms feature these candy charms mixed with konpeito, another traditional Japanese candy. (Note: these aren’t really sweets! They just look like them!)

Included in this promotion were a bunch of Rowlet themed silverware and kitchen stuff. Most of the items are featured in the banner for this post, but also included were cute and simple chopsticks and chopstick holders.

In keeping with the traditional Japanese theme, the promotion sold jinbei (basically a pajama set) and traditional Japanese pajama shorts (not pictured).

More items! Of course no promotion is complete without some pouches, and here you can see an example of a Mt Silver pouch

Surprisingly, the Pokemon Center decided not to go with konpeito or Kintaro-Ame for their candy tin; instead, they went with soy sauce flavored rice crackers in two different tins (Rowlet and Mt Silver).

That concludes this report of the 2017 Pokemon Japanese Style promotion!

What was your favorite item from the release?

Until next time~

Pokemon Center Report – New Pokemon Center Plush + Mascot Plush + All-Star

Pokemon Center Report – New Pokemon Center Plush + Mascot Plush + All-Star

Welcome to the first of three

Miki’s Blast From the Past

Pokemon Center Report blog post!

First off, a big apology to everyone for sitting on these photos for so long. So much stuff was released my last weekend in Japan and I took so many photos that every time I looked at them all in my little computer folder, I felt overwhelmed. No excuse, though!

I decided to divide the May 20th releases up into three parts: part one (this post) will cover all the plush releases, including the two All-Star plush that came out that day plus the mascot plush.

The 5th edition of the very popular All-Star Pokemon plush series, produced by San-ei toy company, was set to release close to the end of May. For reasons I don’t understand, only two of the main plush came out on the 20th, along with most (but not all) of the mascot plush, with the rest of the plush coming out a few days later, unfortunately after I had already left Japan.

The plush not pictured but included in this set are Rowlet, Popplio, Litten, Bewear, Togedemaru, and Alola Vulpix.

The two plush that were released May 20th were Alola Raichu and Mimikyu.

For curious parties, here is a shot of the All-Star Mimikyu plush (left) next to the Pokemon Center original plush (right). I’m incredibly picky about my Mimikyu plush, and most are a little too thin for my tastes, but the All-Star plush is also very flat. I guess if you like that or not, it’s a matter of taste, but I wish they made more rounder Mimikyu!

Along with the plush, we also got a first: All-Star mascot plush! The full line-up included Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander, Jigglypuff, Meowth, Psyduck, Snorlax, Mew, Mimikyu, and (not pictured) Togedemaru, Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio.

Next up: Pokemon Center exclusive plush! May 20th gave us Bounsweet, Cosmog

And Pyukumuku! (He has a cute little fluffy tail/entrails sticking out the back).

I was pretty pleased with all the plush. Cosmog has the cutest face, and Pyukumuku is the cuddliest. While checking out, I mentioned to the staff that I was buying little Pyukumuku for my sister’s boyfriend and they thought it was the most amusing thing ever.

We also got the first of the Pokemon Center mascot plush, which is a fairly new addition to the usual Pokemon Center plush line-up.

These plush are based off of pre-existing more normal sized Pokemon Center plush. The first set of these mascot plush included Cosmog (to match the bigger plush!), Alola Vulpix, Rockruff, and Togedemaru.

As an aside, I was around for the original Alola Vulpix (Snowpix) plush release back when Sun & Moon was released near the end of 2016, along with the Hokkaido promotion the following month, and I’ve always encountered issues with the snouts. The problem continued into these plush, as seen in the photo here. There are some some more perfect plush but there are also a ton of crooked noses, but I also noticed a lot of the time quality (cuteness?) of plush tend to go down the smaller they are.

At any rate, just some nitpickiness from your resident plush collector.

That wraps up the plush releases for May 20th! Stay tuned for more…

Blast From the Past

Merchandise Overview – June

6.1

[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi-Mini Plush (Pikachu, Gengar, Jigglypuff, Snorlax)
[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi Mascot Plush (Pokeball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball)
[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi Plush (Pokeball)

6.8

[Banpresto] Pikachu Tea Party Plush (Pikachu Ice Cream Sandwich, Pikachu Crepe, Pikachu Shaved Ice)
[Banpresto] Pikachu Tea Party Large Plush (Pikachu)

6.10

[Pokemon Center On-Line] Pre-orders start for 1:1 size Eeveelution plush
[Pokemon Center] Anker portable chargers (Pokeball / Pikachu Pattern)
[Pokemon Center] Bell Charms (Pokeball, Pikachu, Rowlet, Popplio, Litten, Bewear, Mimikyu, Cosmog)
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Alphabet Keychains
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon socks (Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Pikachu Face, Pyukumuku, Mareanie, Bewear, Mimikyu, Alola Raichu, Alola Vulpix, Eevee, Leafeon, Glaceon, Flareon, Jolteon, Vaporeon, Espeon, Umbreon, Sylveon)

6.13

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Plush (Treecko, Chikorita, Turtwig)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Large Plush (Bulbasaur)
[Good Smile] Pre-order starts for Red Figma (excluding Pokemon Center)

6.15

[Good Smile] Pre-orders start for Lillie Nendoroid (excluding Pokemon Center)

6.16

[TCG] “Did You See The Fighting Rainbow?” / “Light-Consuming Darkness” booster packs
[TCG] Special Card Set – Charmander
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Alola Friends, Lots of Mimikyu, Snorlax, Lana & Wishiwashi, Marshadow)
[TCG] Marshadow / Ho-oh Deck Case
[TCG] Necrozma card collection folder
[TCG Campaign] Buy 1 box of “Fighting Rainbow” or “Light-Consuming Darkness” and get either a promo Lucario card or promo Porygon-Z card
[TCG Campaign] Guaranteed Rare card with every first edition box of new booster packs
[TCG Campaign] Lawson Convenience Store campaign starts

6.17

[Pokemon Center] Lillie & Gladion Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Colorful Trip
[San-Ei] Mochi-Fuwa Cushions Part 5 (Litten, Rowlet, Popplio)
[Good Smile] Pokemon Center pre-order starts for Lillie Nendoroid
[Good Smile] Pokemon Center pre-order starts for Red Figma
[Kotobukiya] Pre-order starts for Lillie figure

6.19

[Candy Toy] Big Eraser Figures (Pikachu, Pikachu w/ Ketchup, Pikachu w/ Pokeball, Eevee, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Gengar)
[Candy Toy] Pikachu’s Cafe (8 sets, no secrets)
[Candy Toy] “Pikachu I Choose You” Pokemon Style Figures (Ash’s Pikachu, Ho-oh, Incineroar, Lycanroc Midnight Forme)

6.22

[Banpresto] Large Ash’s Pikachu Plush (Original, Hoenn)

6.24

[Pokemon Center] New Pokemon Center Plush (Mareanie, Meowth, Charjabug, Corsola)
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu plush phone case & tissue cover
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Album Collection
[Takara Tomy] Ash’s Pikachu, Bewear, Mimikyu
[MonColle] Alola Sandslash

6.27

[Banpresto] I Choose You! Bath Towels (Ash’s Pikachu, Pikachu, Ho-oh)
[Banpresto] Large Ash’s Pikachu Plush (Sinnoh, Unova)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru “I Choose You!” Edition (Pikachu, Lucario, Piplup, Luxray)
[Banpresto] Extra Large Plush (Pokeball, Ultra Ball)
[Banpresto] Extra Large Plush (Psyduck)

6.30

[Pokemon Center] Tohoku Center Re-opening Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You Badges (Pikachu, Litten, Popplio, Rowlet, Jirachi, Victini, Alola Vulpix, Rockruff, Pyukumuku, Tapu Koko, Cosmog, Charizard)
[Nanoblock] Gyarados, Psyduck

Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon Pop + Pokemon Cushions + NanoBlock Sets

Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon Pop + Pokemon Cushions + NanoBlock Sets

It’s Golden Week in Japan, and that means, Tokyo is full of people (aaaa). This is also the reason why next week won’t have any big releases at the Pokemon Center, and no Pokemon merchandise announcements on Friday, but to make up for it, we got a very cute and original promotion release this past Saturday (April 29th): Pokemon Pop! There were also new Pokemon cushions and three new NanoBlock sets.

Before we get into the meat and potatoes, a quick reminder about my Patreon. Every little bit helps to keep this site running with the latest news and exciting Pokemon Center and game center photos and information. I do my best to give out cute rewards, including photos, artwork, and stories, and I’m always willing to hear (and potentially implement) new rewards upon request.

Check out my Patreon page here. A big special thank you to everyone who supports me already!

The highlight of the main Pokemon Pop event were the mascot plush. For reasons I don’t understand, the Pokemon Center decided to not show us photos of these plush until very close to release. Because they’re meant to clean your phone screen, they’re not the softest, but they are very cute. As with everything Mimikyu and plush related, these mascot plush probably won’t stick around too long, especially considering we’re now in a vacation week so everyone is out shopping. If you want one, I highly suggest ordering it if you have not already.

There was a lot of incredibly cute merchandise in this promotion, including sticker sets, plenty of socks, a notebook, towels in two sizes, and blind packaged charms (because there is always blind packaged charms).

The backpack is one of my favorite items from the promotion (and I’m still considering getting one…) Not only is it a decent size, but it features the stylized Pokemon print which I adore.

Also…the return of the blind packaged cookies! These $5 cookies contain a random badge, with 10 designs in total (Pikachu, Gengar, Eevee, Mimikyu, Jirachi, Goomy, Togedemaru, Litten, Rowlet, and Popplio). I bought four bags of cookies so far trying to get Mimikyu and I have Litten, Eevee, Goomy, and Jirachi…but no Mimikyu.

More cute stuff: phone cases! Pokemon Pop gave us two different styles: a flip case designed to hold a variety of medium sized phones and a hard shell case specifically for iPhone 7. Both designs are cute although as previously note, I really love the print design the best.

Along with the Pokemon Pop promotion, four new Pokemon cushions were released on Saturday. The four Pokemon were Rowlet, Togedemaru, Oddish, and Drifloon. These plush are very similar to the previously released Rowlet’s Garden cushion, except maybe a little fatter. They’re very squishy and soft and perfect for cuddling. Also adorable!

Three new NanoBlock sets went on sale on Saturday as well: Popplio, Litten, and Rowlet! I just wanted to point out how grumpy Litten looks, even in block form.

A brand new Talky Rotom plush came out on Saturday, too! Probably the most over-looked plush, he comes programmed with a variety of phrases and two modes: chat mode and Pokedex mode.

That concludes today’s Pokemon Center Report!

On a parting note, I am currently hosting a giveaway on Twitter. The prize is an Alolan Vulpix plush and to enter all you have to do is follow me and retweet this tweet. Give it a shot!

Until next time ~