The weather is staying fairly nice in the Tokyo area, and for this I am forever grateful. If there’s anything I hate more than rain, humidity, and heat…well, actually there is a bunch of things I dislike but rain, humidity, and heat are up there.
This past Friday and Saturday (April 21st and 22nd) had two releases: two new booster packs and some TCG related merch on Friday and new Pokemon Center plush on Saturday.
Starting off with TCG. There were two booster packs that came out on Friday.
“Beyond New Challenges” is a holo only booster set, with each pack containing 5 random holo cards, including 1 energy card.
“The Best of XY” was basically a re-release of cards from the XY generation, with each pack containing 15 random cards, with 2 holo cards and 1 EX, Mega, or Break guaranteed per pack.
No card sleeves this time, but we got a battle set and a special card set featuring an Alolan Vulpix holo card that you can only get from buying the set.
Saturday’s release was fairly quiet, with the highlight being brand new Pokemon Center plush of the final evolution Sun & Moon starters.
Here we have Incineroar, the resident grumpy kitty.
An adorable water prince.
And everyone’s favorite sniper owl!
Of the three plush, both Primarina and Decidueye have wires in their arms so they can be posed, which is a neat touch.
All plush are made of minky so are the usual Pokemon Center softness.
There was also a quiet Takara Tomy release of a new shoulder Pikachu, wearing Ash’s hat from the Alolan region. This plush has clips on his front paws so he can be attached to your shoulder or a bag, or basically anything. It’s cute!
I’ll hopefully have a UFO Catcher Adventures report shortly so stay tuned.
Until next time!
We only got one merch announcement yesterday, but it was exciting.
A third part of gacha figures from the popular Ditto Transform! series is coming out at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting May 13th (Saturday).
This gacha set will include Eevee, Flareon, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Espeon, and Umbreon (along with Ditto) with no secret figures. As usual, one play is 300 yen.
Not announced on the Pokemon Center website, but new Takara Tomy plush are scheduled for release sometime in June.
The release batch includes Ash’s Pikachu, Mimikyu, and Bewear.
Ash’s Pikachu and Mimikyu will retail for 2,160 yen each, while Bewear will retail for 1,944 yen.
Last but not least, a reminder that we’re still accepting orders over at Japan Stuff for the Decidueye, Primarina, and Incineroar plushies coming out Saturday, April 22nd. Check it out if interested!
Until next time~
Ditto Transform Gacha Part 3
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.
Full Merchandise Line-Up
Sticker Sets (Pikachu | Gengar | Rowlet | Litten | Jirachi) – 432 yen
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!
Jump to Japan Stuffs!
Until next time~
Sun & Moon NanoBlock Sets
Putitto Pokemon Collection
[Pokemon Center] New Pokedolls (Rockruff, Alola Raichu, Alola Vulpix)
[Pokemon Center] Big Can Badges – Johto Edition
[Ichiban Kuji] Pikachu & Friends – Happy Beach Time
[Gacha] Pokemon School Backpack Collection (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Eevee, Gengar, Pikachu, Squirtle)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Large Plush – Komala
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee – Large Plush (Jolteon, Sylveon)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Little Tales Part 4
[Pokemon Center Online] 1st Year Anniversary Campaign starts: get 1 of 3 canvas bags for every 10,000 yen spent
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Plush (Mew, Mewtwo)
[Gacha] Pokemon Connecting Charms Part 2 (Gengar, Metapod, Mew, Pikachu, Slowpoke)
[Pokemon Center] Kuttari Series Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You Promo
[Pokemon Center Online] Pre-order period for custom phone case orders starts
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Pokemon Movie Pikachu clearfile campaign starts
[Merchandise] Paper Theater (Pichu/Pikachu/Raichu, Mew/Mewtwo)
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee – Large Plush (Flareon, Vaporeon)
[TCG] “Beyond New Challenges” Power Booster Pack
[TCG] Special Card Set w/ Alola Vulpix promo card
[TCG] Pokemon Card Game Sun & Moon 30 Card Battle Set” – Ash vs Team Rocket
[Pokemon Center] New Pokemon Sun & Moon Plush (Decidueye, Incineroar, Primarina)
[Takara Tomy] Shoulder Pikachu Plush – Sun & Moon Ver.
[MonColle] Moncolle EX Figures (Pikachu, Raichu)
[MonColle] MonColle Get Vol 7 (Meowth, Alola Meowth, Marowak, Alola Marowak, Sandslash, Alola Sandslash + three secrets)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Large Plush (Vulpix, Alola Vulpix)
[Banpresto] *NAMCO EXCLUSIVE* Pokemon Sun & Moon Pokeball Mascot Plush (Pokeball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball, Master Ball)
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time Plush (Pikachu, Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle)
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time Big Plush – Pikachu
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee – Huge Plush (Eevee)
[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi Plush (Marill, Psyduck)
[Takara Tomy] Talky Rotom Pokedex Plush
It’s almost the end of the month, and that means…
…the monthly Patreon bump! Supporting me on Patreon, even with only a few dollars a month, helps ensure the continuation of this blog and will also help towards me creating an even higher quality blog with better content.
Of note, I will be in Japan for about a month starting from April 18th, and so I added two Japan exclusive rewards to my current reward tiers!
My Patreon rewards include: access to Japan related blog posts, unwatermarked photos, access to a chat where you can suggest content for my blog or social media accounts as well as specific requests for photos, and cute original postcards created by me, among other fun stuff!
Here is a sample of the Patreon artwork rewards from March.
Along with the postcard artwork for March and two random pictures by me for an idea of the type of art I do.
Any and all support is appreciated! Check out my Patreon here!
And now the main attraction: Pokemon Kids! The Bandai Pokemon Kids series was seemingly discontinued for a long time and we thought we’d never see them ever again (along with Pokedolls) but they made a surprise come back at the end of last year with “Alola Adventure!” Everyone was overjoyed when we heard the news, but then the big day arrived and we realized to our shock and horror, Kids figures were suddenly blind packaged. Kids figures have never been blind packaged, and it made no sense why they would suddenly change it other than for some reason everything is blind packaged. So we were happy but depressed at the same time.
Fast forward to the second set of Sun & Moon Kids figures. We all assumed they would continue to be blind packaged but lo! and! behold! They’re back to being not blind packaged! And everyone rejoiced.
Unlike previous Pokemon Kids boxes, each box does not feature artwork of the figure inside but instead of the main Tapu Koko figure art. However, the name of the Pokemon inside is clearly written in the green bar below Tapu Koko. The name is also included on the top of the box.
Here is the side of the box and the back, which shows all the Pokemon included in this set (Tapu Koko, Bounsweet, Alola Raichu, Alola Rattata, Gumshoos, Pyukumuku, Mimikyu, and Bewear).
Each figure comes with a little sticker that lists the Pokemon’s name and Pokedex information. The beloved ramune candy has been replaced with gum, so if you hate gum like me but loved the ramune candy, shed a silent tear.
Here are the rest of the figures and their little stickers. For eagle eye observers, you might notice the paint jobs are sort of hit or miss which is pretty normal for Kids figures but is still a little frustrating.
I’m really happy with how Mimikyu turned out in this set! I love my little Mimikyu to be a little pudgier and it seems like most of the official merch makes him too long which makes him a little less cute. Aside from my little 3DS case, this Mimikyu figure is the first official Mimikyu merchandise I own, and it’s one of the cutest so I’m happy!
What do you think of this latest batch of Pokemon Kids figures?
What Pokemon would you like to see in the next set?
Until next time~ (Alola!)