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!
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!
We went into this weekend thinking there wouldn’t be any releases aside from the Anker collaboration Pokeball and Pikachu themed portable phone chargers, and the Center decided to surprise us with some unannounced merch: charms and socks!
The socks are typical Pokemon Center socks, with the usual deal of get three pairs for 1,080 yen (including tax).
The non Eeveelution socks are all basically stock art, which means they look a little derpy, although still cute! This release includes: Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Mimikyu, Bewear, Alola Raichu, and Alola Vulpix.
There was also three non-stock socks: Pikachu’s face, Mareanie, and Pyukumuku.
And of course not forgetting the line-up of Eeveelution socks, which are all adorable and feature the Pokedoll graphics from the Colorful Eevee collection.
I was really excited for the bell charms when I saw images of them. Pokemon Center bell charms are one of my favorite non-promo product because they’re so cute and tiny and round and adorable! I call them bell charms because each charm is a little bell. The line-up this time includes: Pikachu (as always), Litten, Rowlet, Popplio, Mimikyu, Bewear, Cosmog, and a pokeball.
I really hope they give us more bell charms in the near future, especially Alola Vulpix!
We also got a full set of Pikachu alphabet keychains, with one letter of the alphabet per charm.
The Pokemon Center either gives us no news or dumps all the news possible on us all at once. Friday was one of those barfing up news days!
First up, and maybe the most exciting news from Friday: we finally have a list of merchandise coming out as part of the Tohoku Pokemon Center re-opening promotion! As a Victini collector, and a fan of the Tohoku Center in general, I’m super excited. Most of the items in the promo will be available everywhere in Japan, but the Jirachi poncho plush and mascot plush, along with the Tohoku Center logo pin, will be exclusively sold at the Tohoku Center.
The Tohoku promotion will start June 30th (Friday) and will feature a return of the ever popular Pikachu Poncho plush.
Pikachu Poncho Plush (Victini, Rowlet) – 2,160 yen each
Pikachu Poncho Mascot Plush (Victini, Rowlet) – 1,296 yen each
Kokeshi Style Plush (Pikachu, Victini, Jirachi) – 1,080 yen each
Jirachi Pokemon Center Plush – 1,620 yen
Kokeshi Style Metal Charm Set – 864 yen
Acrylic Charm Collection (10 designs total) – 540 yen
A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
Sticky Note Set – 540 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Face Towel – 1,080 yen
Deck Case & Card Sleeve Set – 1,080 yen
Mug – 1,296 yen
Croquis Sketchbook – 572 yen
Dice Bag – 648 yen
Metal Charm Set (Pikachu/Jirachi) – 594 yen each
Poncho Pikachu Metal Charm Set (Rowlet, Victini, Jirachi) – 972 yen
Post Card – 162 yen
Tohoku Center Exclusive Items
Pikachu Poncho Plush (Jirachi) – 2,160 yen
Pikachu Poncho Mascot Plush (Jirachi) – 1,296 yen
Pokemon Center Tohoku Logo Pin – 680 yen
A cute travel themed promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting June 17th (Saturday). Along with a general travel theme, the majority of items included in the promo are travel related items, such as bags and even two suitcases.
Pikachu Suitcase – 16,200 yen
Trunk Style Suitcase – 19,440 yen
Foldable Boston Bag – 3,240 yen
Suitcase Style Cookie Tin – 1,058 yen
Travel Pouch – 2,160 yen
Coin Case – 1,404 yen
Clear Case Set – 864 yen
Luggage Tags (Pikachu Pair / Ticket) – 1,296 yen each
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Travel Stickers (Suitcase / Ticket / Pikachu Pair / Piplup & Rowlet / Pikachu & Stufful / Rowlet & Stufful & Pikachu) – 324 yen each
Album – 1,080 yen
Thermos – 2,700 yen
Double Pocket Clearfile – 400 yen
T-Shirt (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen
Suitcase Style Pochette – 2,808 yen
Multi-Use Case – 1,728 yen
Memo Pad – 432 yen
Mini Bath Towel – 2,160 yen
A cute promotion featuring Ash’s Pikachu will go on sale June 24th (Saturday). The promotion features a variety of items, including cork coasters, wooden clips, a mug with a matching wooden box, and a bunch of items styled to look like paper bags to fit the nostalgic theme.
Die-cut Sticky Note Set – 735 yen
Photo Frame – 1,944 yen
Coaster Set (A / B) – 729 yen each
Clip Set – 918 yen
Croquis Sketchbook – 540 yen
Hand Towel – 756 yen
Face Towel – 1,080 yen
Mug with Wooden Box – 1,620 yen
Pouch – 1,620 yen
Lunch Bag – 1,728 yen
Flat Case – 1,728 yen
Coin Case – 1,296 yen
Flip Phone Case – 3,240 yen
Set of 2 3-Pocket Clearfiles – 756 yen
Sticky Notes – 540 yen
Wood Stickers (A / B) – 486 yen each
Dice Bag (Medium) – 648 yen
Dice Bag (Large) – 1,080 yen
As part of the Pikachu Album promotion, there will also be a new set of gacha figures, selling for the usual price of 300 yen per play. The set will have 6 figures in total with no secrets.
A beautiful Lillie (and Cosmog) figure from Kotobukiya is scheduled for release February 2018.
Pre-orders for this figure will start June 17th (Saturday) and run until August 31st (Thursday) at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan, as well as the Japanese On-Line Pokemon Center. As a note, the final product will be colored.
Two plush Pikachu cases were announced that will both go on sale June 24th (Saturday).
One plush is actually an iPhone 7 phone case. The other plush is designed to fit over tissue boxes to make them softer and cuter.
Last and certainly not least, these adorable bell charms were released as a semi-surprise Saturday June 10th. I call them bell charms because each charm has a little bell inside, meaning if you attach them to your phone or bag, your presence will never be a surprise!
This release features: Pikachu, Rowlet, Popplio, Litten, Mimikyu, Bewear, Cosmog, and a pokeball.
I will have more pictures from this weekend’s very small release up tomorrow, so stay tuned.