Friday Pokemon Announcements – Pokemon TCG “Awakened Heroes” / Ultra-Dimensional Beasts”

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Pokemon TCG “Awakened Heroes” / Ultra-Dimensional Beasts”

Hello everyone!

I’m back with a separate Friday Merch Announcements post to cover the most recent Pokemon TCG news~

Two new booster packs have been announced via the Pokemon TCG website for release September 15th (Friday).

“Awakened Heroes” (SM4S) and “Ultra-Dimensional Beasts” (SM4A) are both normal booster sets. Each individual pack will cost 162 yen after tax and contain 5 random cards.

As a bonus along with the release, special “First Edition” boxes (30 packs of cards) will be sold of each booster set, with each box containing a guaranteed at least 1 SR, HR, or UR card.

Also starting September 15th, for every two boxes (60 packs) of booster packs bought, you will get 1 full deck’s worth of original Acerola card sleeves (64 sleeves). These bonus sleeves will be given out as a bonus while supplies last and will be available at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan, along with the on-line Pokemon Center Store.

These sleeves can only be obtained through this promotion, and the design is incredibly adorable, so don’t miss out!

CS
CS5
CS1
CS3
CS4

As with most big TCG releases, five new card sleeve designs will also go on sale in Japan starting September 15th (Friday).

The five designs are:

Silvally
Drampa
Tapu Lele
Goliosopod
Team Skull (Zubat + Salandit)

All packs are for full decks with 64 sleeves each and will cost 777 yen after tax.

There will also be a Silvally deck case costing 390 yen after tax.

That wraps up the latest Pokemon TCG news!

Until next time~

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TCG Product List
First Edition Boxes
Acerola Sleeve Promotion

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 – Pokemon Line Art Promotion

Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon Line Art Promotion

Hello everyone!

We are back with another…

Blast From The Past Pokemon Center Report

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.

Until next time~

Pokemon Center Report – New Pokemon Center Plush + Mascot Plush + Pokedolls + We Love Pikachu

Pokemon Center Report – New Pokemon Center Plush + Mascot Plush + Pokedolls + We Love Pikachu

Hello everyone!

July 22nd had a bunch of plush releases, along with the We Love Pikachu promotion and a couple surprise items that hadn’t been announced.

First up, new Pokedolls were released! Pokedolls is one of the most popular staple of Pokemon Center merchandise and everyone always gets excited for them.

This batch included Mimikyu, Lapras, and Wobbuffet (because there’s always one odd one).

Along with Pokedolls, a fresh batch of Pokemon Center exclusive plush were also released.

The line-up included three Pokemon I never thought I’d see in plush form: Ivysaur, Charmeleon, and Wartortle. Of the three, I think Wartortle came out the cutest.

Along with the three second evolution forms, there was also Alola Exeggutor, Ditto, Slowpoke, Larvitar, and Sandygast, doing a good imitation of the aliens from Sesame Street.

As an aside, the Alola Exeggutor necks are bendy so you can pose them if you so desire.

(Also for those curious, here is the tail!)

New, squishy Pokemon Center mascot plush also came out July 22nd!

This newest batch of mascot plush included Pikachu, Alola Raichu, Ditto, Alola Vulpix, Rockruff, and Bewear.

A super cute Pikachu themed promotion, called We Love Pikachu, came out July 22nd in honor of the Pikachu Invasion Yokohama events that run through summer.

The line-up of merch included a bunch of wearable and everyday use items, like backpacks, shirts, headbands, and even scrunchies with little Pikachu plush on them.

The backpacks are some of my favorite Pikachu backpacks that I’ve seen so far. They’re soft, have little ears, come with tiny Pikachu tail charms on the zipper, and include the little back stripes!

The collection of postcards is a neat item as well, especially if you love the Pikachu costumed characters.

Along with the line-up, there was also a blind-packaged figure collection, featuring a bunch of super adorable Pikachus (and a Mimikyu on a skateboard!)

There was also a bunch of un-announced items that appeared in Pokemon Centers this past Saturday. These were all smaller stationary-esque items, but that doesn’t make them any less cute.

Pictured here from left right and top to bottom:

A collection of colored pens and a pen pouch to store them in, all featuring adorable artwork with Pikachu and Mimikyu.

A Frixion 3 ink erasable pen in two designs: Lots of Pikachu and the same adorable Pikachu & Mimikyu artwork.

An item called a Stickyle, which is a pocket sized foldable pair of scissors also available in two designs: Line Art Pokemon and Pikachu & Mimikyu.

More surprise items!

Correction tape in three different designs: Pikachu & Mimikyu, Eeveelution Pokedolls, and Pikachu in the Forest.

Regular tape! in three different designs: Eeveelution Pokedolls, Pikachu Face, and Pikachu in the Forest.

That wraps up this weekend’s Pokemon Center Report!

What do you think of the new plush? Which is your favorite?

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