Tonight’s updates were a little quiet, which I was happy for. Sometimes it’s nice to get a break but still have something exciting!
For everyone who loves Eeveelutions and gacha figures, you’re in luck, because here’s more! These new Pokemon Center exclusive gacha figures, from the Putitto series, will go on sale in Japan starting August 5th (Saturday).
The gacha set is split into two volumes. Volume 1 has Eevee (sitting), Flareon, Vaporeon, Espeon, and Umbreon.
Volume 2 has Eevee (standing), Jolteon, Leafeon, Glaceon, and Sylveon.
Each play costs the usual 300 yen.
A collaboration between the Pokemon Center and Sapporo’s baseball team, the Nippon-Ham Fighters, will go on sale exclusively at the Sapporo Center from August 5th (Saturday).
T-Shirts (Small/Medium/Large) – 3,780 yen each
Long Towel (Fighters x Machamp / Fighters x Alola Vulpix) – 1,296 yen each
Twinstick – 864 yen
A4 Clearfile (Fighters x Machamp) – 280 yen
Set of Stickers – 475 yen
Shibaful iPhone7 Hard Case – 5,173 yen
Totebag (Fighters x Machamp) – 1,728 yen
Acrylic Charm (Fighters x Machamp) – 777 yen
Last and not least, this cute Pikachu and coffee themed series of merch is currently on sale exclusively through Loft stores!
Hot coffee and tasty snacks, what more would you want?
Bic Ball-Pen – 432 yen
A4 Clearfiles – 378 yen
Foldable Pass-Case – 1,836 yen
Acrylic Key Holder – 702 yen
Can Badge – 432 yen
Mug – 1,296 yen
Multi-Colored Ball-Pen – 648 yen
Double Ticket Holder – 454 yen
Pin badge – 540 yen
Eyeglasses Case – 1,620 yen
Plate – 1,296 yen
Bowl – 972 yen
This post will cover the Look Upon The Stars promotion that was released May 20th.
While there were no plush as part of the merchandise line-up, there was still plenty of really neat items with a cute Pokemon night sky twist.
One of my favorite parts of this promotion was the tag art. Lillie’s Bag, originally released as a full-size item when the Pokemon Sun & Moon games were released November 2016, was re-released during this promotion in a smaller pouch form. Personally I thought it was even cuter than the original because I like small things. The tag, if I remember correctly, is the same on both bags.
The Under The Stars hang tag is pretty big, which is both good and bad. Good because you get more art included on the tag, but bad if you like keeping your tags mint and uncreased (the bigger the tag, the easier it is to bend, even just getting it home from the store). To add to it, the tag has a couple bits that stick out, making it even easier to damage. Regardless, I love this art!
The only thing better than the hang tag art, however, is the little Cosmog/Nebby label that appears on most of the items.
I had been pretty excited for this promotion. I love the night, I love night themed stuff, I think Cosmog is a cutie, what could go wrong? Maybe it’s just me but the constellation print they put on most of the items seems oddly blurry, and that coupled with the oddly in focus Cosmog made things look like (to me at least) they weren’t printed well. Jen said it looked fine to her, so it might be that I’m super picky (possible) and in the end it helped me save money, but this cushion is a good example of what I mean by the weird out of focus print style.
Moving on to the merch! Pokemon Center promotions lately have been featuring backpacks as part of their line-up, and Look Upon The Stars was no exception. The backpack features the constellation print and even has little stars on the zippers.
Another neat item: the hoodie! I was conflicted over whether or not I wanted this, as once again, I love constellations and night themed merch, and I also love hoodies, and it’s a dark color which the Japanese Pokemon Center doesn’t make a lot of clothing in darker colors. Plus I loved having the constellation design on the inside.
The downside for me is the print is actually only just behind the zipper and on the hood. The rest of the inside of the hoodie is plain blue, and the material was a little too thin for what I like.
Regardless, it’s still a cute hoodie! And it even features a little Cosmog on the outside.
Some other neat items from the promotion:
A foldable compact mirror featuring the constellation print.
A cute train pass case with the Pikachu and Cosmog illustration
Two types of pens: one featuring the Pikachu and Cosmog illustration and one with the Pokemon constellation art.
A tumbler with an insert that features the Pikachu and Cosmog illustration on one side and the Pokemon constellation art on the other, so you can switch between the two depending on your mood.
That wraps up Look Upon The Stars! Did you get anything from this promotion? What was your favorite item?
This past Saturday (July 15th) saw a multitude of releases, from plush to figures, plus a Pokemon Center promotion, a Pokemon Store grand opening (Okinawa), and of course not forgetting the release of the 2017 summer Pokemon movie: I Choose You!
In short, this weekend was very busy for Pokemon fans in Japan.
This post won’t cover everything, but here is a taste of what came out at Pokemon Centers!
First up: the adorable vacation Pikachu plush and mascot plush from the Alola Festival promotion.
Everything the Pikachu plush is wearing (hat, t-shirt, button-up shirt) was available in human sizes as well, so you could match! Although I don’t collect Pyukumuku, I thought the shirts were especially cute, and I love how the human size hats come with Pikachu ears attached.
As an aside, the button-up shirt release was delayed until August.
Speaking of Pyukumuku, we got a couple plush items of him in the Alola Festival promotion. Along with a super adorable mini sized Pyukumuku mascot plush, there was also a plush drawstring pouch and a plush tissue box cover. I especially love the tissue box covers because they transform any tissue box into a cuddle buddy, perfect for when you’re sick and feeling bad. (You’ll feel less bad pulling tissues out of Pyukumuku!)
There were also two other mascot plush besides Pyukumuku: Alola Marowak and Alola Exeggutor. The Exeggutor unfortunately is a little tiny (even with the neck he is still roughly the same size as Marowak) but I think that just makes him cuter. The Alola Marowak plush is perfect!
There were other items from the Alola Festival promotion aside from plush, believe it or not. The majority of items featured one of two main promotional art, both of which are just adorable beyond belief.
Pictured here is a sheet of stickers, various hand towels and handkerchiefs (the blue towel is a long towel with a bunch of Pyukumukus on it), and a cute Alolan style pouch!
These six Pikachu card sleeves were announced semi at the last minute. Each Pikachu is wearing a different hat from a different region, and each card sleeve pack contained 64 sleeves.
Card sleeves are special but pretty standard for TCG releases, however, the Pokemon Center also gave us mini card folders for storing your cards (how sweet!) There were two designs in total for this release, one featuring Rotom and one featuring Lana.
What were you especially excited for from the multitude of July 15th releases?