Welcome to the New Year everyone!
First of all, a semi big announcement. I have a new photographer for while I am in America: the amazing and super nice Jen from Japanstuffs! Not only does she take photos of plush, but she sells them, too (and other stuff). So if you’re interested in buying stuff from Japan, including anything and everything from this post and any of my future posts, check out her site.
Moving on: Pokemon!
The New Year is bringing the return of the Pokedoll series, which has been dormant for about two years or so. The first three Pokedolls of the new series were released early through the Tokyo Skytree Pokemon Center location only a day or two before January 1st, but if you missed out on this pre-release, do not worry as they will be available everywhere in Japan starting January 14th.
The three Pokedolls were I guess unsurprisingly the three starters: Litten
The dolls seem to be a little bigger than the previous Pokedoll incarnation, and because of this, the price has once again increased (they are now 1,296 yen after tax).
Pokemon decided to change the tags once again, and “Pokedoll” is now “Pokemon Dolls”.
What do you think of the new Pokedolls? Are you happy with the changes or ambivalent? What Pokemon are you excited to see maybe in Pokedoll form?
The big promotion for New Years was…Spring! Spring! Spring! This series looked super adorable from the preview photos and the real items are somehow even more adorable.
Lots of announcements from today, so hold on to your butts and get ready for Pokemon merchandise!
The Alolan hype train continues with more Sun & Moon Pokemon Center exclusive plush! This next batch goes on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores across Japan on January 14th and will include Alolan Sandshrew, Alolan Ninetails, and Fomantis. Both Fomantis and Sandshrew will cost 1,620 yen after tax, while Ninetails will cost 2,160 yen.
Speaking of hype, get ready for a flood of Vulpix merchandise, starting with these adorable poncho Pikachus! This mini sized promotion is actually a part 2 to the Sapporo Center re-opening extravaganza but will focus exclusively on Vulpix and Alolan Vulpix.
Basically, this promotion is so adorable I can’t handle it, and also not something I was expecting! The promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores across Japan starting February 1st, 2017.
Vulpix / Alolan Vulpix Poncho Plush – 2,160 yen
Vulpix / Alolan Vulpix Poncho Mascot Plush – 1,296 yen
Metal Charm Set – 648 yen
Pin Set – 680 yen
Vulpix & Alolan Vulpix Ponchos – 5,184 yen each
A4 Clearfile Set – 540 yen
Gold Lacquer Sticker – 972 yen
Sticker Set – 540 yen
Pokemon Card Game Special Box Set – 1,944 yen
We finally have more information on the Pokétabi line of regional merchandise!
Each set of goods are exclusive to a specific area, and the Pokemon featured on each set differ per region.
Each set includes the following:
Pikachu Cushion – 3,240 yen
Clearfile (2 Designs) – 432 yen
Hand Towel (2 Designs) – 810 yen
Postcard (2 Designs) – 216 yen
Dice Bag (2 Designs) – 648 yen
Metal Charm Straps (3 Designs) – 540 yen
Collection Can Badges (Gacha | 8 Designs + 1 Secret)
Tokyo Charms: Pikachu, Mew, Vulpix
Tokyo Can Badges: Pikachu x 2, Ditto, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Jigglypuff, Charmander, Vulpix + Secret
Yokohama Charms: Pikachu, Meowstic (Male), Meowstic (Female)
Yokohama Can Badges: Pikachu x 2, Ducklett, Meowstic (Male), Meowstic (Female), Tynamo, Drifloon, Cleffa + Secret
Nagoya Charms: Pikachu, Sylveon, Sentret
Nagoya Can Badges: Pikachu x 2, Sentret, Swablu, Clauncher, Oddish, Stunfisk, Gulpin + Secret
Osaka Charms: Pikachu, Octillery, Slowpoke
Osaka Can Badges: Pikachu x 2, Chikorita, Totodile, Inkay, Togepi, Slowpoke, Cyndaquil + Secret
Fukuoka Charms: Pikachu, Milotic, Minccino
Fukuoka Can Badges: Pikachu x 2, Mudkip, Torchic, Treecko, Drifblim, Minccino, Goomy + Secret
On Saturday, January 30th, a limited time event called “Pokemon Forever” (Zu~tto Pokemon) started at four Kiddyland locations around Japan, including the Harajuku store in Tokyo.
As part of the event, Kiddyland has the up-coming second batch of All-Star plush (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, and Mew) as well as the larger Pikachu plush for sale earlier than the official release date, along with brand new Sepia Graffiti items. The two large sized plush cushions (Ditto and Snorlax) will also be available starting from February 13th.
Entering Kiddyland, the first thing you see is the main Pokemon plush display, featuring the complete All-Star original line-up (including Espurr!) and the second batch of All-Star plush. Hanging overhead are blown up prints from the Sepia series.
The other side of the display has a section devoted to both sizes of Pikachu plush
Various Pikachu figures
The newest Sepia Graffiti merchandise
And even a small section for PokeKyun cards.
I woke up early to head over to the Pokemon Center for the slightly earlier than expected release of both the All-Star plush line and the related fluffy cushion plush, but the Center decided just those plush was not enough for a Saturday release, and gave us four surprise Pokemon Center exclusives as well!
and Arcanine! The three Eeveelutions are, as expected of Poke-Cen exclusive plush, very soft and adorable, but having Arcanine in the surprise line-up was the most exciting, especially considering his lack of merchandise. He is extra fluffy and fierce and all Arcanine collectors should look into adding him to their collections!
The All-Star plush came out great, maybe even better than I could have hoped for! All the plush are made of a soft minky fabric and are the perfect size to hold and cuddle. As opposed to the usual Poke-Cen plush, the All-Star collection plush have beans inside them, which makes them sit up easier. Also, Eevee is surprisingly dense! I have no idea what they stuffed him with, but wouldn’t be surprised if it was bricks.
My favorite plush from the line-up (in no particular order): Buneary! I’m very picky with my Bun plush, but this guy just seems like one of the most perfect of the Bunearies. I didn’t get one today, but there is a chance I might cave next time I visit the Center.
Psyduck! Another plush that is easy to derpify, but this one came out pretty much perfectly.
Altaria! Yet another Pokemon that is easy to mess up in plush form, and once again, this plush came out great, with just the right amount of fluff.
Poliwag! I’m not a huge fan or a collector, but the eyes looking up at you. You can’t resist!
Last but not least, Dedenne! Dedenne suffers from “all of my merchandise looks the same” and with so many Pokemon in the All-Stars collection, I wasn’t sure if I was going to get him or not, even though I am a collector. Seeing him in person changed my mind: this plush is perfect. Perfect Dedenne plush! On par with the Pokemon Center exclusive!
“But wait!” you might be saying. “The All-Star Collection had 15 plush, there’s only 14 here! What gives!”
Well, for reasons I will probably never understand, the Pokemon Center is not carrying Espurr. (LE GASP) I know. Why would they leave out one of the most popular Pokemon from the line-up?! He’s still available through general toy stores (although I checked Toys R Us in the same shopping mall as the Mega Tokyo Center and their selection of Pokemon toys was pitifully small) as well as Amazon, but the best part of new releases is being able to pick out your perfect plush by hand.
At any rate (grumble grumble)
I haven’t forgotten the cushions! There were three types of fluffy cushion plush in this release: Pikachu (the most cushion-like out of the three), Wailord, and Gulpin. They are all incredibly soft and incredibly huggable, so if you have the dough to drop, and you like hugging plush that’s as big as half of you, then I say go for it!
Get ready for next week’s big Pokemon Center update when the Mega Pikachu campaign starts. Until then!