As promised in my last post, I’m back with the Saturday release: new plush and Pikachu’s Easter!
First up, the new Pokemon Center plush. Although nothing quite as exciting as Alola Vulpix or Mimikyu, this set featured the ever illustrious Alola Dugtrio (maybe he’s born with it)
and Shiny Tapu Koko because why not.
The cute thing about Stufful is that he comes with a fake tush tag and a real one, because you can never have too many tush tags when you’re a bear who looks like a stuffed animal.
The big seller, surprisingly (to me) was Pikachu’s Easter. There tends to be an Easter promotion every year, and they tend to be fairly quiet. Not this year. The scalpers were out for blood this year. The cup and the hair scrunchie (???) sold out within 3 minutes on the on-line store. By the end of Saturday, most stores had sold out of their Pikachu plush. The Era of Scalpers is still going strong in Japan, regardless of buying limits.
As regular readers can tell, the site is different. I’m currently in the process of fixing up the site with a new theme, so I appreciate everyone’s patience as I stumble my way through here.
But in the meantime, we have exciting new releases ahead of us, so let’s dive right in~
Along with the release of the newest set of booster packs (“Awaiting Islands” and “Alola Moonlight”) a bunch of brand new TCG related items also came out, including the ever popular card sleeves. There were five designs with this release:
Alola Vulpix & Ninetails
Wild Ride, featuring Tauros and Tapu Koko
And the Lycanroc duo!
This same illustration was also featured on a single deck box.
There were two double deck sized boxes available as well, featuring a slightly different Lycanroc illustration
And a super cute Mallow’s Cooking illustration, with Rockruff, Pikipek, and Bounsweet.
There was also three new Special Sets, each featuring a unique promo card that can only be obtained through these sets. One set featured Jangmo-o
One with Komala
and one with Pikachu!
On a side note, the three special sets plus Mallow’s Cooking deck box were the only items to sell out (as of this posting) from the TCG release, which is interesting considering the Alola Vulpix and Mimikyu card sleeves. I guess to be fair, none of the items that sold out were limited, so I can see card people buying as many as possible, but it was still surprising to me. Of the three special sets, Pikachu sold out first (but also to be fair, that illustration is really cute!)
Pikachu’s Easter promotion came out today (along with a couple other items) so stay tuned for the next Pokemon Center Report hopefully coming soon!
The official Banpresto site updated with a list of prizes and dates for April! This post will cover everything coming out, along with the prizes for the Ichiban-Kuji [Pikachu & Friends Happy Beach Time] going on sale April 1st.
There will be three large size plush coming out in April from the general Pokemon Sun & Moon line-up.
These plush will be roughly 24 cm each, or a little over 9 inches.
Komala will be released in Game Centers starting from April 6th (Thursday).
Both Vulpix and Alola Vulpix will be released in Game Centers starting from April 25th (Tuesday).
The I Love Eevee series makes a come-back in April, with a new line-up of large size plush and 1 extra large size Eevee.
Eevee measures in at about 30 cm or roughly a foot, while the other Eeveelutions will be about 25 cm each, or close to 10 inches.
Sylveon and Vaporeon will start appearing in Game Centers from April 6th (Thursday).
Vaporeon and Flareon will start appearing in Game Centers from April 20th (Thursday).
Extra Large Eevee will start appearing in Game Centers from April 25th (Tuesday).
The rest of the Eeveelutions should be available in Game Centers in May, but for now, information coming soon.
The Kutsurogi Time (Relax Time) series also makes a comeback in April with some cute sleepy time plush versions of everyone’s favorite Gen 1 starters (and Pikachu).
The normal size plush will all be roughly 13 cm or 5 inches, while the big sized Pikachu will be 26 cm or 10 inches.
All the Kutsurogi Time plush will start appearing in Game Centers from April 25th (Tuesday).
April will feature one release from the Kororin Friends series.
Both Mew and Mewtwo are part of the Larger Size line-up of Kororin Friends, with each measuring about 26 cm or 10 inches.
These plush are usually super cute because of the roundness and a nice size to hug!
They will start appearing in Game Centers from April 13th (Thursday).
These cute mascot plush sized pokeballs will be available in Namco Game Centers only starting April 25th (Tuesday)!
That wraps up the Banpresto prize releases for April.
Moving on…there will be a new Pokemon Ichiban-Kuji coming out April 1st (no joke!) The entire kuji has a beach theme to it, and the prizes reflect this.
This is the first big kuji to have new generation 7 Pokemon, including Alola Vulpix and Mimikyu.
Each kuji pull will cost the usual 620 yen, and it will be available at game centers, hobby shops, Animate, Tsutaya, book stores, and the Pokemon Center (among some other places). I have a feeling this kuji will be popular, so if you’re planning to play yourself in person, get there early!
Along with Charm-mageddon and the Pokemon With You merchandise released Saturday March 11th, a small line-up of Pikachu dominated Japanese style items also were quietly released under the radar.
These microfiber clothes, available as a larger handkerchief and a smaller coaster, feature four different patterns based on the four primary seasons. Along with Pikachu, we also have Jirachi for summer, Cherubi for spring, and Vanillite for winter.
There was two different coin pouches (perfect for carrying around coins for use at game centers!) The bigger size had three designs: pink
The smaller sized ones were pretty much identical, but smaller
They included the same patterns as the larger size
Including this super cute sakura themed design
and Pikachu in spaaaace!
The Sakura and Space Pikachu designs were also available as foldable tote bags
(When you want to go grocery shopping in style but want to save the environment, too)
As well as cute pouches
Which are both made of a sort of soft crepe-y fabric, when you love pouches and soft materials.
I love these random releases. They are often overshadowed by the more prominently advertised and proper promotions but that doesn’t make them any less adorable (and often times useful in day to day life).
Until next time!
I’m back with more merchandise from the super cute Pikachu #025 series!
When the series originally was released, it focused mostly on stationary related items, but recently has expanded to include bags, pouches, acrylic charms, and lunch boxes.
The art style is one of my favorites for official Pikachu merchandise that isn’t just stock art, and the items are useful, too. I bought a pen from one of the original releases and I still use it to this day (although I’m going to need a new pen at some point…)
The series is created by a company called Kamio Japan, which creates similar merchandise for a variety of franchises, so if you’re interested, check out the site.
At any rate, on to new stuff!
There were two main designs for this current release: Pikachu with pancakes
And two Pikachus snuggling and being adorable. The designs were featured on square lunch boxes
One tier lunch boxes
Two tier lunch boxes
Use one tier for rice, or if you’re Hanayo and really love rice, just fill both tiers with rice.
All the lunch boxes come with a pair of chopsticks.
Chopsticks with holder
Spoon and chopstick set with holder (if you want to be fancy)
And an adorable bag to carry all your lunch time stuff where-ever you go!
If you love both Pikachu and Japanese style lunch boxes and related accessories, these new items are definitely perfect for you.
Until next time!