Merchandise Overview – June

6.1

[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi-Mini Plush (Pikachu, Gengar, Jigglypuff, Snorlax)
[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi Mascot Plush (Pokeball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball)
[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi Plush (Pokeball)

6.8

[Banpresto] Pikachu Tea Party Plush (Pikachu Ice Cream Sandwich, Pikachu Crepe, Pikachu Shaved Ice)
[Banpresto] Pikachu Tea Party Large Plush (Pikachu)

6.13

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Plush (Treecko, Chikorita, Turtwig)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Large Plush (Bulbasaur)

6.16

[TCG] “Did You See The Fighting Rainbow?” / “Light-Consuming Darkness” booster packs
[TCG] Special Card Set – Charmander
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Alola Friends, Lots of Mimikyu, Snorlax, Lana & Wishiwashi, Marshadow)
[TCG] Marshadow / Ho-oh Deck Case
[TCG] Necrozma card collection folder
[TCG Campaign] Buy 1 box of “Fighting Rainbow” or “Light-Consuming Darkness” and get either a promo Lucario card or promo Porygon-Z card
[TCG Campaign] Guaranteed Rare card with every first edition box of new booster packs
[TCG Campaign] Lawson Convenience Store campaign starts

6.17

[San-Ei] Mochi-Fuwa Cushions Part 5 (Litten, Rowlet, Popplio)

6.19

[Candy Toy] Big Eraser Figures (Pikachu, Pikachu w/ Ketchup, Pikachu w/ Pokeball, Eevee, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Gengar)
[Candy Toy] Pikachu’s Cafe (8 sets, no secrets)
[Candy Toy] “Pikachu I Choose You” Pokemon Style Figures (Ash’s Pikachu, Ho-oh, Incineroar, Lycanroc Midnight Forme)

6.22

[Banpresto] Large Ash’s Pikachu Plush (Original, Hoenn)

6.24

[Takara Tomy] Ash’s Pikachu, Bewear, Mimikyu
[MonColle] Alola Sandslash

6.27

[Banpresto] I Choose You! Bath Towels (Ash’s Pikachu, Pikachu, Ho-oh)
[Banpresto] Large Ash’s Pikachu Plush (Sinnoh, Unova)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru “I Choose You!” Edition (Pikachu, Lucario, Piplup, Luxray)
[Banpresto] Extra Large Plush (Pokeball, Ultra Ball)
[Banpresto] Extra Large Plush (Psyduck)

6.30

[Nanoblock] Gyarados, Psyduck

Banpresto June Prizes

Banpresto June Prizes

Hello everyone~

This blog post will cover all the Banpresto prize plush announced for June.

The summer Pokemon movie is just around the corner, and the movie related merchandise is starting to pick up steam. We should continue to see movie merch until the end of summer.

First up, we have the first in a series of Pikachu plush wearing different Ash hats, which is the big gimmick for the summer movie.
Original hat Pikachu and Hoenn Pikachu will start appearing in game centers from June 22nd (Thursday).
Sinnoh and Unova hat Pikachu will start appearing in game centers from June 27th (Tuesday).

All of the Pikachu plush measure roughly 24 cm tall.

3 bath towels will also start appearing in game centers from June 27th (Tuesday).
Each towel measures roughly 60 cm by 120 cm and the three designs are Ash’s Pikachu, Lots of Pikachu, and Ho-oh.

June will also give us two releases from the Pokemon Sun & Moon extra large plush line-up.

The Pokeball and Ultra Ball plush, both measuring roughly 35 cm tall, will start appearing in game centers from June 27th (Tuesday).
Extra large Psyduck, measuring in at about 37 cm tall, will also start appearing in game centers from June 27th (Tuesday).

The Pokemon Tea Party series continues into June with two sets of plush.

Three smaller plush will start appearing in game centers from June 8th (Thursday).
The three designs are Pikachu Ice Cream Sandwich, Shaved Ice Pikachu, and Crepe Pikachu, with each plush measuring roughly 15 cm tall.
The larger Pikachu plush, measuring at around 24 cm, will also start appearing in game centers from June 8th (Thursday).

Last and certainly not least, we have some new Kororin Friends and Korotto Manmaru plush to look forward to!

Bringing Korotto Manmaru and the summer movie together, Pikachu, Lucario, Piplup, and Luxray will start appearing in game centers from June 27th (Tuesday).
Each plush measures roughly 12 cm tall.

From the Kororin Friends series, we have a large Bulbasaur plush (measuring roughly 26 cm long) that will start appearing in game centers from June 13th (Tuesday).
The smaller sized Treecko, Torchic, and Turtwig plush will also come out June 13th (Tuesday), with each plush measuring about 12 cm.

That wraps up the new plush for June!

I have a feeling we’ll be seeing at least one new Lycanroc plush for July or August.

Until next time~

Friday (?) Pokemon Announcements – New Booster Packs + Card Sleeves + Card Promotions

Friday (?) Pokemon Announcements – New Booster Packs + Card Sleeves + Card Promotions

This past week has been a roller coaster of releases and information!

I’m currently back in the States so things will be getting back to normal (for now) and I’ll have time to get caught up on a backlog of Pokemon Center Reports. We actually didn’t get any big news announcements this past Friday, but card information came out on Tuesday if I remember correctly, so let’s go with that!

The next set of booster packs will be released June 16th (Friday). The two sets are named “Did You See The Fighting Rainbow?” (SM3H) featuring a Ho-oh GX card, and “Light-Consuming Darkness” (SM3N) featuring a Necrozma GX card.

Each pack will cost 162 yen after tax and contains 5 random cards.

Of note, these new booster packs will contain the first official card of Marshadow, who features prominently in the up-coming summer Pokemon movie.

Along with booster packs, a couple other card related goodies will also be released June 16th (Friday), including a new special promo card set. Similar to previously released sets, it includes a promo Charmander card that can only be obtained via this set, as well as 1 pack each of Fighting Rainbow and Light-Consuming Darkness. Each card set will cost 378 yen after tax.

Card sleeves return on the 16th with five new designs, some of which we’ve seen before (Alola Friends, Lots of Mimikyu, Sleepy Snorlax), and two brand new designs (Lana and Marshadow)!

All designs will be offered in full set sizes (64 sleeves) and will cost 777 yen after tax.

A new deck case, featuring Marshadow and Ho-oh, and a card folder featuring Necrozma, will also go on sale Friday, June 16th.

The deck case will cost 390 yen after tax and the folder will cost 1566 yen after tax.

Moving on to the card campaigns!

As always, card players will be rewarded for buying a lot of cards. Starting June 16th and while supplies last, customers will get 1 holo promo card for every box of cards bought (30 packs) at a certified Pokemon Gym, which includes Pokemon Centers and Stores. Buy 1 box (or 30 packs) of “Fighting Rainbow” to get Lucario, or 1 box (or 30 packs) of “Light-Consuming Darkness” to get Porygon Z.

Along with this campaign, customers who buy a legit first edition box of cards will be guaranteed 1 SR, HR, or UR card.

You’ll know if the box is first edition because it will have this mark on the front of the box.

Last and certainly not least, the convenience store chain Lawson will have a Pokemon card campaign starting June 16th while supplies last. For every 5 booster packs bought, customers will get a random blind-packaged card of three possible designs (Alola Sandshrew, Mareanie, or energy). In case you were curious, the theme for these three cards is “blue” as that is the Lawson brand color. This card campaign should be available at all Lawsons across Japan, but excluding Natural Lawsons and 100 Yen Store Lawsons.

And that wraps up the news report for the past week!

I will do my best to start getting Pokemon Center reports up starting tomorrow or the day after.

Until next time!

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Pokemon TCG News

UFO Catcher Adventures – I Love Eevee: Leafeon & Glaceon Plush (& Pikachu)

UFO Catcher Adventures – I Love Eevee: Leafeon & Glaceon Plush (& Pikachu)

And we’re back, this time with new UFO Catcher Adventures!

Three new Pokemon plush were released today into game centers around Japan.

Plush number one: a new Pikachu plush, called “Ash’s Pikachu” because he is wearing Ash’s Alolan region hat. Because we can never have too many Pikachu plush!

These plush are the usual “big” size of 25 cm or a little under 10 inches. They’re pretty cute, but they’re also weirdly flat? But I’m also semi picky about plush, so it bothers me when plush aren’t proportionately round.

The pose is pretty cute, though, and slightly reminiscent of Gangnam Style (although they were probably going more for looking cool but once seen cannot unsee).

Edit: I have been informed this is Pikachu’s Z-Move pose. In my defense, I got sidetracked by Festival Plaza and that’s all I do now.

The other two plush released today are part of the I Love Eevee series: Leafeon and Glaceon!

Like the other releases in the same series, both Leafeon and Glaceon are incredibly soft. They both have the weird wiring in the ears to help make the ears stand up. They seem a little smaller than the previously released Eeveelutions, but this might be due to the fact their tails aren’t quite as big. And as usual, Leafeon’s various leafy extra bits are felt pieces that are either sewn in to the plush body or attached with glue (the leaf on his forehead).

Overall, these two buddies fit in well with their Eeveelution brethren, so lovers of the series (and Eevee and Leafeon and Glaceon) should rejoice!

Bonus picture: my haul for today! This includes plush I won for other people as well as some figures for me, Nyanko Sensei for my girlfriend, and I couldn’t resist a chance to win some Umaibo. I picked up some great flavors – tonkatsu sauce, salami, and teriyaki burger, along with the Umaibo staples (salad and corn pottage).

Today’s UFO catcher adventures went pretty well, which is nice since I haven’t had a day go pretty well in a while! The majority of machines I played at where medium to easy difficulty, this in turn made it more fun to go around and win stuff. I managed to attract a small crowd in Akihabara which is always amusing.

Eeveelutions come out on Saturday and Pokemon news comes out tomorrow. Stay tuned for more excitement!

Until next time~

Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon Pop + Pokemon Cushions + NanoBlock Sets

Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon Pop + Pokemon Cushions + NanoBlock Sets

It’s Golden Week in Japan, and that means, Tokyo is full of people (aaaa). This is also the reason why next week won’t have any big releases at the Pokemon Center, and no Pokemon merchandise announcements on Friday, but to make up for it, we got a very cute and original promotion release this past Saturday (April 29th): Pokemon Pop! There were also new Pokemon cushions and three new NanoBlock sets.

Before we get into the meat and potatoes, a quick reminder about my Patreon. Every little bit helps to keep this site running with the latest news and exciting Pokemon Center and game center photos and information. I do my best to give out cute rewards, including photos, artwork, and stories, and I’m always willing to hear (and potentially implement) new rewards upon request.

Check out my Patreon page here. A big special thank you to everyone who supports me already!

The highlight of the main Pokemon Pop event were the mascot plush. For reasons I don’t understand, the Pokemon Center decided to not show us photos of these plush until very close to release. Because they’re meant to clean your phone screen, they’re not the softest, but they are very cute. As with everything Mimikyu and plush related, these mascot plush probably won’t stick around too long, especially considering we’re now in a vacation week so everyone is out shopping. If you want one, I highly suggest ordering it if you have not already.

There was a lot of incredibly cute merchandise in this promotion, including sticker sets, plenty of socks, a notebook, towels in two sizes, and blind packaged charms (because there is always blind packaged charms).

The backpack is one of my favorite items from the promotion (and I’m still considering getting one…) Not only is it a decent size, but it features the stylized Pokemon print which I adore.

Also…the return of the blind packaged cookies! These $5 cookies contain a random badge, with 10 designs in total (Pikachu, Gengar, Eevee, Mimikyu, Jirachi, Goomy, Togedemaru, Litten, Rowlet, and Popplio). I bought four bags of cookies so far trying to get Mimikyu and I have Litten, Eevee, Goomy, and Jirachi…but no Mimikyu.

More cute stuff: phone cases! Pokemon Pop gave us two different styles: a flip case designed to hold a variety of medium sized phones and a hard shell case specifically for iPhone 7. Both designs are cute although as previously note, I really love the print design the best.

Along with the Pokemon Pop promotion, four new Pokemon cushions were released on Saturday. The four Pokemon were Rowlet, Togedemaru, Oddish, and Drifloon. These plush are very similar to the previously released Rowlet’s Garden cushion, except maybe a little fatter. They’re very squishy and soft and perfect for cuddling. Also adorable!

Three new NanoBlock sets went on sale on Saturday as well: Popplio, Litten, and Rowlet! I just wanted to point out how grumpy Litten looks, even in block form.

A brand new Talky Rotom plush came out on Saturday, too! Probably the most over-looked plush, he comes programmed with a variety of phrases and two modes: chat mode and Pokedex mode.

That concludes today’s Pokemon Center Report!

On a parting note, I am currently hosting a giveaway on Twitter. The prize is an Alolan Vulpix plush and to enter all you have to do is follow me and retweet this tweet. Give it a shot!

Until next time ~