No Pokemon Center updates for today (maybe tomorrow?) so have a Pokemon Center Report instead!
This post will cover the releases that came out December 23rd. Christmas weekend was especially hectic for Pokemon Centers in Japan as the 23rd was a public holiday, meaning most people took advantage of the three day weekend and were on vacation. When this happens, the Pokemon Center likes to stack a bunch of popular releases all on the same day, because they love chaos and disorder I guess, since the Centers are usually unprepared and have a bad habit of not having enough stock or putting all the popular stock in one corner, making it difficult to get to and easy for a couple people to swoop in and take everything.
Of the new plush that were released, Mimikyu ended up being the most popular by far, maybe even more so than the Center was anticipating in my opinion. The limits of 10 per plush per person were back, but it hardly slowed down the rabid purchases of this not-Pikachu plush, with Mimikyu selling out on Amazon within 15 minutes, selling out on the Pokemon Center on-line site within 4 minutes, and selling out at most “brick and mortar” Pokemon Centers within an hour.
Which leads me to an important word of advice from your friendly neighborhood Miki for the up-coming year. We’re coming out of a lull where things were not selling out instantly and I think everyone has grown a little complacent, but times are a changing. If you want a plush or a figure or an anything of a Pokemon that you know is very popular (Mimikyu and Alola Vulpix are prime examples) do not wait until the last minute to order. By pre-ordering, you guarantee that you will get the thing that you want. If you wait for popular items, there is a good chance they will sell out within the first day and there is no guarantee that shops that offer pick-up services will have extras. Again, if you really want a thing, there is no point in waiting. If it’s very popular, you will be able to sell it afterward if you end up changing your mind, but if you wait, you risk losing out or having to pay scalper prices (sometimes triple or more shelf price), and no one wants that.
If you order directly from Amazon or the JP Pokemon Center On-line website, make sure you’re on the site at midnight (for Amazon) or 10 am JP time (for the Center store). If you order through a pick-up shop (like Japanstuffs) make sure you pre-order, and again, if it’s something you really want, make sure you place the order well before the release date. I’m sure things will calm down again over time but I have a feeling with how popular Pokemon has suddenly become again, things might get a little hairy in the up-coming year, so again, if you really really want the thing, don’t wait!
Moving on to the actual Center Report 😉 There were two sets of new Pokemon Center exclusive plush that came out December 23rd. The first batch included a couple new Sun and Moon related Pokemon.
Mimikyu was, as previously mentioned, the most popular plush from the day by far. For a Pokemon who just wants to be loved, he sure is.
It’s a little bit of a surprise to me how popular Bewear is (especially over Stufful) but no one can deny his popularity! And he makes for a cute plush, too.
Alola Raichu was another popular plush, although still not as popular as Mimikyu (nothing is!)
Alola Meowth, looking super sassy
And not forgetting Alola Marowak!
First of all, a big apology for slacking in the news. The past week especially has been a little hectic but I am once again back in the US. Now that things are settled on various fronts, expect to see some changes which have been in the works for months now. But in the meantime…part 1 of some amazing Pokemon merch announcements!
First up and perhaps most exciting of all, new Pokemon Center exclusive plush were announced last week! This newest set of plush will go on sale December 23rd (Friday) and includes Alola Marowak, Alola Meowth, Alola Raichu, Mimikyu, and Bewear.
All plush included in this set will cost the same price: 1,620 yen including tax.
If you’re more of a Gen 2 person, then I have exciting news for you as well! First up, brand new Gen 2 Pokemon Center exclusive plush will also be going on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan on December 23rd (Friday). The line-up for this set includes: Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Espeon, Slowking, Totodile, and Umbreon. Each plush will cost 1,620 yen except for Slowking who is a little bigger and will sell for 2,160 yen after tax.
[Pokemon Center] Sapporo Center Re-opening Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You Charms: Litten, Popplio, Rockruff, Rowlet, Togedemaru
[Pokemon Center] January Monthly Pair Pikachu
[Collaboration] 5103 Pokemon Necklaces
[Blind Packaged] Welcome to Pikachu’s Room! (8 Types)
[Candy Figure] Pokemon Style Figure (Litten, Lunala, Popplio, Rowlet, Solgaeo)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Plush – Litten, Popplio, Rowlet
[TCG] Sun and Moon Expansion Pack
[TCG] Sun and Moon Starter Packs
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Incineroar/Decidueye/Primarina, Bounsweet/Steenee, Lillie/Cosmog)
[Pokemon Center] Varsity Pikachu
[Merchandise] Rotom Pokedex
[Candy Figure] Pokemon Kids Sun & Moon (Dex Rotom, Komala, Litten, Pikachu, Popplio, Rockruff, Rowlet, Togedemaru)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Chimchar, Cyndaquil, Torchic
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Charmander Big Plush
[Merchandise] Pokemon Mocchi-Mocchi Style (Pikachu, Pikachu Face, Eevee Face)
[Pokemon Store] Pokemon Store sticker campaign starts
[Pokemon Center] Rowlet’s Garden
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Villains Part 2
[Pokemon Center] Fashion From Alola
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Team Skull Pikachu)
[TCG Campaign] Receive 1 random half size playmat for every 5 expansion packs bought at the Pokemon Center or from the on-line store. 7 designs total.
[Banpresto] Big Rotom Plush
[Merchandise] Poketabi Wonderful Collection
[Banpresto] Relax Time – Pikachu Big Plush
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Growlithe, Ninetails, Vulpix
[Banpresto] Large Pokeball Plush – Pokeball, Master Ball
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush: Sun and Moon (Alola Marowak, Alola Meowth, Alola Raichu, Bewear, Mimikyu)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush: Gold and Silver (Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Espeon, Slowking, Totodile, Umbreon)
[Pokemon Center] Original 151 Pokemon Big Badges
[Pokemon Center] Johto Can Badge Collection
[Pokemon Center] Alola Friends
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Johto Badge Complete Collection Pre-order Starts
[Banpresto] *Namco Exclusive* Big Size Pikachu Plush (2 Types)
[Collaboration] Magikarp Taiyaki
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Rotom Dex)
[Takara Tomy] Alola Vulpix Plush
[MonColle] Mimikyu, Lycanroc (Midday/Midnight), Pikachu (Z-Pose), Snorlax, Tapu Koko
[MonColle Get] Volume 1, Volume 2
[Banpresto] I Love Mew – Pass Cases (2 types)
[Banpresto] I Love Mew – Big Sleeping Mew Plush
Technically our Friday Pokemon announcements came out on Thursday but let’s not worry about small details; on to the merchandise!
First up – Rowlet’s Garden! Posters for this promotion were already up at Pokemon Centers on Thursday morning when the Hokkaido promotion started, creating a nice little teaser until we got more information from the official website announcement.
Rowlet’s Garden features a variety of items that can be used inside and outside of the house (along with a couple wearable items as well) with a very cute and flowery bird pattern, so if you love birds and Pokemon (and bird Pokemon) this promotion was basically made for you! The release date is December 17th at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan.
Next up: Pokemon Villains Part 2! The first part gave us Pikachu dressed as the boss from every Pokemon evil organization, and now with Sun and Moon released, here we have the missing boss: Team Skull Pikachu! Along with both a regular sized and mascot size plush, there will be some new items featuring all of the villainous Chus in their cosplaying glory, including clearfiles, notebooks, and a special card box set.
The release date for this promotion is also December 17th and will be available at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan.
If you were sad about the lack of new t-shirts and pins with a more Alola feel to them, then I have good news and bad news. The good news is: tada! The bad news is: they’re blind packaged so good luck getting the design you want (Surfing Pikachu amirite).
There will be 2 different sets of blind packaged t-shirt designs, with each t-shirt costing 1,944 yen after tax. Pikachu and Luvdisc are part of set A, Marowak and Exeggutor are part of set B. There will be other designs as well not yet revealed.
If t-shirts aren’t so much your style, there will be pins as part of the mini promotion as well. Along with the designs pictured here, there will also be pins made of the “gym leader” badges from Sun and Moon, with each pin costing 432 yen each.
The web page ends the merchandise list with “etc” meaning more to come, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Finally, we have: card sleeves! These four designs will go on sale December 9th at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan. These designs will be available as half-decks only, with each pack costing 778 yen after tax.
(Read more for full item lists and prices)