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…
This week’s announcements were a little lackluster, and to add insult to injury, the Okinawa Store Renewal and Reopening promotion is really cute! … and only available in Okinawa!?
To celebrate the reopening of the Ryubo Store on June 17th and the grand opening of the Pokemon Store location in Aeon Mall Okinawa Rycom, a small selection of Okinawa exclusive Pokemon merchandise will go on sale from July 15th (Saturday). The merch line-up features Pikachus dressed in traditional Okinawan dance clothing and Eevees dressed as Shisa (symbolized by Arcanine), a famous dog/dragon hybrid from Okinawa mythology.
This is the first time we’ve had an entire small promotion be exclusive to that Pokemon Center, instead of just one or two items, which is kind of a shame. They want people to visit the Okinawa locations, but not everyone can just up and go on vacation. With that said, if you live in Okinawa and plan on going to one of the Pokemon Store locations, please get in touch with me! I need to get my hands on one (or both) of those Eevee plush ❤
Okinawa Promotion Line-Up
Pikachu Plush – 2,376 yen
Pikachu Mascot Plush – 1,296 yen
Eevee Plush (Normal / Smile) – 2,160 yen each
A4 Clearfile Set – 432 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Chinsuko Cookies (similar to shortbread) – 842 yen
Next up, a new type of merchandise: mini Pokemon plush in Pokeballs! This is a little similar to a previously released line of merch that had mini Pokemon in eggs, but of course different as these are Pokeballs and not eggs. These new plush will also go on sale at Pokemon Stores and Centers in Japan starting July 15th (Saturday), with each pokeball & plush set costing 864 yen.
The line-up will include Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Vulpix
Mew, Snorlax, Gengar, and Eevee.
Three plush similar to the plush featured in the recently released Pokemon Collection Kuji 2017 will be available for pre-order exclusively through the Japan 7-11 on-line store.
Male Pikachu and Eevee will be available in limited numbers and can be pre-ordered between July 5th (Wednesday) at 10 am and July 17th (Monday) at 11:59 pm.
Female Pikachu will only be available for pre-order on July 11th (Tuesday) from 10 am until 11:59 pm.
These plush are big, and the price reflects it. All three plush cost 12,000 yen each, including tax.
Last but not least! These cute magnets will go on sale in Japan (not exclusive to Pokemon Centers) sometime in the beginning of July. Each magnet costs 1,080 yen after tax. The magnet line-up includes Pikachu, Meowth, Slowpoke, Mew, Eevee, Vaporeon, Jolteon, and Flareon.
The little tails can be kept as is or bent upwards so you can use these magnet Pokemon as hooks to hold things, like keys, scissors or other household/kitchen items. Cute and useful!
We got two new promotion announcements on Friday, both of which involve a lot of Pikachu (and Pyukumuku!)
First up – Alola Festival! This Alolan centric promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting July 15th (Saturday). Of note are the several Pyukumuku items that aren’t pictured (yet), such as the plush dice bag and the tissue box cover. If you love Alola, and if you especially love Pyukumuku, then this promotion was made for you.
The Alola Festival promotion has 1 main Pikachu plush and four mascot plush (Pikachu, Pyukumuku, Alola Exeggutor, and Alola Marowak).
The Pikachu plush will cost 1,944 yen after tax. Mascot Pikachu plush will cost 1,296 yen and the other three mascot plush will cost 1,080 yen each after tax.
Incidentally, check out this adorable Pikachu plush! Love his outfit? You can wear it, too, as all of the clothing items, including both shirts and the hat, will be available in actual human size person form as well!
Alola Festival also features a blind packaged acrylic charm collection, which, for the first time in a seemingly long time, includes a secret design, for a total of 10 charms!
Each charm will cost 540 yen, and an entire box of charms will be 5,400 yen.
Pikachu Ear Hat (54 cm / 58 cm) – 3,672 yen
Pyukumuku T-Shirt (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen
Pyukumuku T-Shirt (Child Size) – 2,700 yen
Long Towel w/ Pocket – 1,080 yen
Handkerchief (Alola Festival / Alola Sunset) – 368 yen each
A4 Clearfile Set – 497 yen
PET Stickers – 540 yen
Pencil Board – 270 yen
Notebook – 184 yen
Pyukumuku Plush Dice Bag – 864 yen
Mini Towel (Alola Festival / Alola Sunset) – 410 yen each
Tote-Bag by ‘Iolani Sportswear, Ltd. – 4,320 yen
Mini Tote-Bag by ‘Iolani Sportswear, Ltd. – 3,456 yen
Pouch by ‘Iolani Sportswear, Ltd. – 1,944 yen
Pyukumuku Tissue Box Cover – 2,160 yen
In honor of the annual Pikachu Invasion event held in Yokohama, Pokemon Centers and Stores across Japan will sell a variety of Pikachu-themed merchandise starting July 22nd (Saturday).
There are a bunch of neat items included in this promotion, including but not limited to a bunch of clothing items with Pikachu ears or tails attached and a little combo fan and water bottle to keep you cool in the summer heat!
The Pikachu promotion will feature a blind packaged figure collection (not gacha for once!) Each blind box will cost 500 yen including tax, with 1 box of 10 figures costing 5,000 yen. There will be 10 figures in total which means there are 2 others not pictured here that will be included as part of the set.
Another pretty unique part to this promotion: shoulder plush! These plush are mascot plush that come with an extra part so you can attach each plush to your shoulder and carry it around with you.
This batch of plush includes Pikachu (of course), Ditto, Mew, and Rowlet, with each plush costing 1,800 yen including tax. Admittedly, the inclusion of Ditto is a little odd. His shape is a little awkward for shoulders, but I’m sure there are Ditto fans out there who are happy.
Pikachu backpack (Small) – 4,540 yen
Pikachu Backpack (Medium) – 4,860 yen
Pikachu Ear Headband (Kids Size / Adult Size) – 1,200 yen
Long Towel – 1,080 yen
Mini Bath Towel – 2,160 yen
Hooded Pikachu Towel (Kids Size) – 2,160 yen
Hooded Pikachu Towel (Adult Size) – 2,700 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Pikachu / Ribbon Mascot Plush – 760 yen each
Hair Scrunchie w/ Mascot Plush – 760 yen
Pikachu Tail Mascot Plush (Male / Female)
Available with a carabiner clasp (1,080 yen) or with a chain clasp (660 yen)
Pikachu Stickers – 540 yen
Waterproof Pouch – 1,620 yen
Mist Fan – 1950 yen
Shopping Bag – 1,080 yen
Photo Postcards (10 Designs) – 200 yen each
Pikachu Face Design T-Shirt (Child) – 2,700 yen
Pikachu Face Design T-Shirt (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen
Lots of Pikachu Pattern T-Shirt (Child) – 2,700 yen
Lots of Pikachu Pattern T-Shirt (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen
Hooded Pikachu T-Shirt (Child) – 3,240 yen
Hooded Pikachu T-Shirt (Medium / Large) – 3,780 yen
Photo Frame – 1,620 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 500 yen
Pikachu Ear Hat (Small / Regular) – 3,240 yen
There will also be two items exclusive to the Yokohama Pokemon Center.
Yokohama Photo Postcard – 200 yen
Set of 2 Square Can Badges – 650 yen
Finishing up with some TCG!
A brand new booster pack – SM3+ / “Shining Legends” (featuring a shiny Mew card) will go on sale starting July 15tth (Saturday). Each pack will cost 248 yen including tax and includes 6 random cards, with 1 guaranteed holo card.
Customers who buy 20 packs of cards at a designated Pokemon Gym store (including Pokemon Centers and Stores) will get a special Shiny Ho-oh promo card.
Two mini card binders will also be coming out July 15th (Saturday): Dex Rotom and Lana’s Vacation. Each card binder will cost 515 yen after tax and can hold about 104 Pokemon cards.
That wraps up Friday’s Pokemon merch announcements!