I thought this past Saturday would be fairly quiet, but actually, there was a bunch of releases (I forgot about oops) and to make things even more exciting, the extra large Pokemon Center On-Line Lapras plush started shipping! If you placed an order for one of these giant monsters a while back, your plush is probably on the way to you.
Before we get into the release news, I have a small aside. As everyone who follows me knows, I am very active on Twitter and I’ve been using it to share Pokemon photos for years now. Recently, Twitter started implementing changes to how their system filters not safe for work or “sensitive content” media and will auto-tag photos as NSFW or “sensitive” based on algorithms that I don’t understand. Completely innocent videos and images have started being incorrectly marked as “sensitive” which in and of itself seems more like an amusing annoyance, but apparently Twitter can now mark your entire account as containing sensitive material based on the system auto tagging photos or posts.
Over the past two weeks, a couple of my Pokemon Center photos on Twitter were tagged as containing sensitive content when it was literally just Pokemon plush, and then it was brought to my attention that my entire account (@zombiemiki) has been marked as an account containing sensitive material. My account does not contain sensitive material at all, but if you don’t know me and go to my profile to follow me, you’ll be faced with a pop-up stating my account may contain sensitive material, and might be scared off. I’ve tried contacting Twitter support (although it seems like it’s a bot so whats the point of even having it), and I tried submitting a ticket, and I’ve tried checking and unchecking the “my account contains sensitive material” option multiple times, and my account is still tagged as NSFW.
If you’re seeing this and don’t follow me yet, don’t be scared! I’m doing my best to get this fixed; my account does not contain NSFW anything. As stated in my profile, I post about Pokemon and food, and that is not a lie. If you’re already a follower, thank you for your continued support! And to anyone who maybe has friends who work for Twitter, or if you yourself work for Twitter, or know of a way I can potentially get this issue fixed, please let me know.
If you’re a Twitter user, I strongly urge you to: go to settings -> privacy & safety -> under Safety, check the option that says “display media that may contain sensitive material”. A lot of people are being affected by this new change that of course no one has bothered to proof before rolling out, and this helps slightly.
Moving on to Pokemon!
Saturday, June 24th saw two new Mimikyu and Bewear plush, and a bunch of Pikachu stuff in preparation for the summer Pokemon movie. First up, we have three new fuzzy Takara Tomy plush! They all come in the new Pokemon Sun & Moon era boxes and are super soft. If the rumors I heard are correct, Mimikyu is slightly posable, in that you can make him stand up straight or slump over and be creepy.
We also got a super surprise release: more Pokemon Center mascot plush! These are basically tiny versions of previously released Pokemon Center plush, in this case, Mimikyu and Bewear.
Not a surprise: new Pokemon Center plush! This latest batch included Meowth, Corsola, Mareanie, and Charjabug (because why not). For those wondering, the new Marshadow plush will be coming out July 1st.
June 24th gave us two surprise Pikachu plush and two announced plush! The surprise plush are the Pilot and Train Driver Pikachus, and the announced was the gigantic Pikachu plush phone case and (not photo-ed but similar) a plush Pikachu tissue box cover.
Last and certainly not least, the big promotion for June 24th was the Pikachu Album Collection, featuring a cute sort of old-fashioned sepia theme with Ash’s Pikachu. There was a bunch of items designed to look like paper lunch bags, which I think is really cute, including a literal lunch bag that can be used to keep your food cold.
Along with the items photographed here, there was also a cute Pikachu gacha with little Pikachus wearing little hats.
Was there anything from this weekend’s promotion and releases that you were looking forward to? What are you hoping for release wise over the summer?
That wraps up this weekend’s Pokemon Center Report! As always, everything listed here (and more) can be found for purchase through Japan Stuffs. Check them out if you haven’t already!
I had a feeling we might get more plush news tonight, and that otherwise things would be fairly quiet. Well, I was right with plush, and it was fairly quiet, but we did get two surprise announcements, one of which I’m really excited about.
First up, the next batch of brand hew Pokemon Center exclusive plush were announced!
The Pokemon in this newest group include Mareanie, Charjabug, Corsola, and Meowth, and will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting June 24th (Saturday).
A Marshadow plush will also go on sale starting July 1st (Saturday).
Plush will cost 1,620 yen each after tax, except for Mareanie which will cost 2,160 yen after tax.
Next up (and what I’m especially excited for): the Pokemon With You charity line returns in can badge form and with a face lift! Instead of the usual stock art, Pokemon With You is now using brand new original artwork, and it’s too adorable for words.
The line-up for this (hopefully first) batch includes: Pair Pikachu, Litten, Rowlet, Popplio, Victini, Jirachi, Alola Vulpix, Rockruff, Pyukumuku, Tapu Koko, Cosmog, and Charizard.
Each badge costs 270 yen after tax and as with all Pokemon with You merchandise, all proceeds go toward helping children affected by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake.
In TCG and movie news, a special Ho-oh GX Jumbo Card Set will go on sale at movie theaters, 7-11, several department stores, and Pokemon Centers and Stores starting July 1st (Saturday). The set includes a jumbo sized Ho-oh GX card, a promo Ash’s Pikachu card, and three packs each of “Fighting Rainbow” and “Light-Consuming Darkness” booster packs.
Each set will cost 1,188 yen after tax.
Last and certainly not least, a new promotion called Pikachu in the Forest, featuring a variety of home and kitchen goods, will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting July 1st (Saturday)!
Full Merchandise Line-Up
Chocolate Pie Cookies – 972 yen
Mochi-Mochi Donut Shaped Cushion – 3,240 yen
Oven Mitt – 1,620 yen
Apron – 2,700 yen
Cups – 1,512 yen
Tea Pot – 2,592 yen
Plates (Yellow / Red) – 1,512 yen each
Ladle – 1,080 yen
Spatula – 1,080 yen
Bowls (Yellow / Red) – 1,512 yen
Fork & Spoon Set – 1,296 yen
Lunch Box – 1,836 yen
Chopstick Set w/ Case – 1,080 yen
T-Shirt (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen
Stole – 3,240 yen
Round Towels (Yellow / Blue) – 5,400 yen each
Pouch – 1,620 yen
Cardigan (Medium / Large) – 6,048 yen
Hand Towels (Yellow / Red) – 648 yen each
Rootote Tall 2way Bag – 5,184 yen
Rootote Tiny Roo Phone Bag – 3,024 yen
Mini Tote – 4,536 yen
Pass Case – 1,620 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 432 yen
That concludes today’s merchandise announcement round-up!
We got a bunch of exciting announcements on Friday, Japan time.
Because everyone loves these super soft and squishy cushions, the Pokemon Center is bringing out four new ones, with the theme being round and cuddly Pokemon! The four Pokemon included in this mini release is Rowlet, Drifloon, Oddish, and Togedemaru, with each cushion plush costing 4,536 yen after tax.
They will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting April 29th (Saturday).
New NanoBlock Pokemon sets will also go on sale starting April 29th (Saturday). The sets will be for Litten, Popplio, and Rowlet, with each set costing 1,296 yen after tax.
The popular Putitto gacha series will come out with new Pokemon figures on April 29th (Saturday). Unlike most gacha relases, these figures will be Pokemon Center exclusives, but still gacha machine prizes, meaning the figures will be distributed randomly, with 1 play costing 300 yen. The line-up for this set includes: Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Gengar, Mew, Meowth, and Psyduck, with no secrets.
Last but certainly not least, a brand new promotion is coming out April 29th (Saturday), called Pokemon Pop! This promotion offers a variety of items featuring original comic-style illustrations of some popular Pokemon, including Mimikyu! The merchandise line-up includes a bunch of Pokemon Center staples (blind packaged charms, clearfiles, Pokemon Center cookies, and phone cases, among others) plus a couple unique items (drinking glasses instead of hot drink mugs!) We also have the ever popular 3 pairs of socks for 1,080 yen deal.
Of note are the three mascot plush that double as screen cleaners, but of which we do not have photos, because that would be silly. The three mascot plush will be of Pikachu, Gengar, and Mimikyu, so if you’re a Mimikyu fan, don’t overlook these.
Croquis Sketchbook – 432 yen
A4 Clearfile (2 Designs) – 260 yen each
Comic Panel T-Shirt (Small | Medium | Large) – 3,240 yen
Comic Panel T-Shirt (X-Large) – 3,456 yen
Black & White T-Shirt (Small | Medium | Large) – 3,240 yen
Blue Hoodie (Small | Medium | Large) – 6,048 yen
Backpack – 5,184 yen
Mini Tote Bag – 1,728 yen
Pouch – 1,296 yen
Pen Pouch – 1,620 yen
Coin Case – 1,296 yen
Flip Phone Case – 3,240 yen
Hard Shell Phone Case for iPhone 7 – 2,030 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Scarf Towel – 1,080 yen
Drinking Glasses (Pikachu | Mimikyu | Gengar) – 864 yen each
Set of 2 Mini Plates – 1,512 yen
Clear Bottles (Pink | Blue) – 1,512 yen
Rubber Strap Collection (Blind Packaged – 10 Designs) – 540 yen each
3 Pairs of Socks – 1,080 yen
(Pikachu, Eevee, Gengar, Popplio, Litten, Rowlet, Mimikyu, Jirachi, Goomy)
Mascot Plush (Pikachu | Mimikyu | Gengar) – 734 yen each
Chocolate Chip Cookies – 540 yen
On a final note, the Kuttari Plush Series comes out later today (Saturday, April 15th) in Japan and there is still time to pre-order any items you might want!