The last of three May 20th releases – the Pokemon Line Art Promotion.
This is not the first line-art promotion, but I feel like both were easily overlooked because there were no plush and when you get down to it, it’s all stock art but in lined form.
With that said, I still find this series to feature plenty of neat looking items so it’s kind of a shame it’s not more popular. Also, this is a good way to get merchandise with your favorite Pokemon on it if it’s not one of the more popular ‘mons as each item includes so many.
Don’t like white? No problem! A lot of the items included in the line-up had a black background counterpart.
The line-up of merch featured a ton of items for everyone’s every day life style, like train pass cases and two types of phone cases: a hard shell type for iPhone7 and a flip-case type designed to fit a variety of medium sized phones.
There were also a couple different size pouches.
Pens and sketchbooks for the more artistically inclined.
And duffel bags and backpacks, so you can show off your love for Pokemon while also being fashionable!
My favorite item from the entire promotion were the stickers. This pack of die-cut stickers contains a different combination of Pokemon per pack and are made of a neat sort of cloth-like material that shimmers in the light (I did my best to show off the shimmery effect!)
I can’t end this blog post without mentioning the tag art. Pretty snazzy, right? I love it!
That wraps up the final May 20th Pokemon Center Report post.
This post will cover the Look Upon The Stars promotion that was released May 20th.
While there were no plush as part of the merchandise line-up, there was still plenty of really neat items with a cute Pokemon night sky twist.
One of my favorite parts of this promotion was the tag art. Lillie’s Bag, originally released as a full-size item when the Pokemon Sun & Moon games were released November 2016, was re-released during this promotion in a smaller pouch form. Personally I thought it was even cuter than the original because I like small things. The tag, if I remember correctly, is the same on both bags.
The Under The Stars hang tag is pretty big, which is both good and bad. Good because you get more art included on the tag, but bad if you like keeping your tags mint and uncreased (the bigger the tag, the easier it is to bend, even just getting it home from the store). To add to it, the tag has a couple bits that stick out, making it even easier to damage. Regardless, I love this art!
The only thing better than the hang tag art, however, is the little Cosmog/Nebby label that appears on most of the items.
I had been pretty excited for this promotion. I love the night, I love night themed stuff, I think Cosmog is a cutie, what could go wrong? Maybe it’s just me but the constellation print they put on most of the items seems oddly blurry, and that coupled with the oddly in focus Cosmog made things look like (to me at least) they weren’t printed well. Jen said it looked fine to her, so it might be that I’m super picky (possible) and in the end it helped me save money, but this cushion is a good example of what I mean by the weird out of focus print style.
Moving on to the merch! Pokemon Center promotions lately have been featuring backpacks as part of their line-up, and Look Upon The Stars was no exception. The backpack features the constellation print and even has little stars on the zippers.
Another neat item: the hoodie! I was conflicted over whether or not I wanted this, as once again, I love constellations and night themed merch, and I also love hoodies, and it’s a dark color which the Japanese Pokemon Center doesn’t make a lot of clothing in darker colors. Plus I loved having the constellation design on the inside.
The downside for me is the print is actually only just behind the zipper and on the hood. The rest of the inside of the hoodie is plain blue, and the material was a little too thin for what I like.
Regardless, it’s still a cute hoodie! And it even features a little Cosmog on the outside.
Some other neat items from the promotion:
A foldable compact mirror featuring the constellation print.
A cute train pass case with the Pikachu and Cosmog illustration
Two types of pens: one featuring the Pikachu and Cosmog illustration and one with the Pokemon constellation art.
A tumbler with an insert that features the Pikachu and Cosmog illustration on one side and the Pokemon constellation art on the other, so you can switch between the two depending on your mood.
That wraps up Look Upon The Stars! Did you get anything from this promotion? What was your favorite item?
Movie related Pokemon Banpresto prizes continue into July, increasing the hype for the Pokemon summer movie for 2017 coming out in theaters July 15th!
The series of larger Pikachu plush wearing Ash’s hats from different generations continues with two new sets. All Pikachu plush are about 24 cm tall.
Unova Pikachu and Kalos Pikachu will start appearing in game centers from July 6th (Thursday).
Alola Pikachu and “I Choose You!” Pikachu will start appearing in game centers from July 13th (Thursday).
Two larger sized plush (Ho-oh and Pikachu) will also start appearing in game centers from July 13th (Thursday), with Ho-oh measuring 32 cm from wing tip to wing tip and Pikachu measuring 23 cm tall.
If you love Charizard and Charmander, July is your month!
A set of larger sized sleeping Charizard and Charmander plush will start appearing in game centers from July 4th (Tuesday).
Both plush are about 28 cm from nose to tail.
A super large Charmander plush, measuring about 34 cm tall, will also start appearing in game centers starting July 11th (Tuesday).
July gives us a second part to the movie themed Pokemon Korotto Manmaru plush with a new set featuring Charmander, Charizard, Butterfree, and Caterpie! Each plush measures roughly 12 cm tall and they will start appearing in game centers July 13th (Thursday).
Another set of larger sized plush of Piplup and Lucario will start appearing in game centers July 4th (Tuesday). Each plush is about 26 cm tall.
The super adorable sweets themed Pokemon Tea Party series continues in July with two new larger plush.
Extra large ice cream Pikachu plush (roughly 38 cm tall) will start appearing in game centers July 4th (Tuesday).
A cute Pikachu plush holding ice cream (roughly 24 cm tall) will start appearing in game centers July 20th (Thursday).
Finally, we also have a couple Namco Game Center exclusives!
From the Pokken series, a 23 cm tall Pikachu Libre plush will start appearing in Namco Game Centers from the beginning of August.
Two super sweet (and large – 35 cm from nose to tail) Pikachu plush will start appearing in Namco Game Centers from July 22nd (Saturday).
That wraps up this month’s Banpresto Pokemon releases! Until next time ~