Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon Christmas 2016 + Snowseason

What better time to share photos from the 2016 Pokemon Christmas and Snowseason promotions than on Christmas!

As with last year, the Pokemon Center decided that just having one winter/Christmas promotion was not enough, so they made two mini promotions: one with a Christmas theme and one with a snowy winter theme. Between the two, there’s lots of cuteness to share, so let’s dive into the wonderful world of snow and festivities on display at the Mega Tokyo Pokemon Center.

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Merchandise Overview – December

12.1

[Pokemon Center] Sapporo Center Re-opening Promotion

12.3

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You Charms: Litten, Popplio, Rockruff, Rowlet, Togedemaru
[Pokemon Center] January Monthly Pair Pikachu
[Collaboration] 5103 Pokemon Necklaces

12.5

[Blind Packaged] Welcome to Pikachu’s Room! (8 Types)
[Candy Figure] Pokemon Style Figure (Litten, Lunala, Popplio, Rowlet, Solgaeo)

12.8

[Banpresto] Pokemon Plush – Litten, Popplio, Rowlet

12.9

[TCG] Sun and Moon Expansion Pack
[TCG] Sun and Moon Starter Packs
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Incineroar/Decidueye/Primarina, Bounsweet/Steenee, Lillie/Cosmog)

12.10

[Pokemon Center] Varsity Pikachu
[Merchandise] Rotom Pokedex

12.13

[Candy Figure] Pokemon Kids Sun & Moon (Dex Rotom, Komala, Litten, Pikachu, Popplio, Rockruff, Rowlet, Togedemaru)

12.15

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Chimchar, Cyndaquil, Torchic
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Charmander Big Plush
[Merchandise] Pokemon Mocchi-Mocchi Style (Pikachu, Pikachu Face, Eevee Face)

12.16

[Pokemon Store] Pokemon Store sticker campaign starts

12.17

[Pokemon Center] Rowlet’s Garden
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Villains Part 2
[Pokemon Center] Fashion From Alola
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Team Skull Pikachu)
[TCG Campaign] Receive 1 random half size playmat for every 5 expansion packs bought at the Pokemon Center or from the on-line store. 7 designs total.

12.20

[Banpresto] Big Rotom Plush

12.21

[Merchandise] Poketabi Wonderful Collection

12.22

[Banpresto] Relax Time – Pikachu Big Plush
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Growlithe, Ninetails, Vulpix
[Banpresto] Large Pokeball Plush – Pokeball, Master Ball

12.23

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush: Sun and Moon (Alola Marowak, Alola Meowth, Alola Raichu, Bewear, Mimikyu)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush: Gold and Silver (Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Espeon, Slowking, Totodile, Umbreon)
[Pokemon Center] Original 151 Pokemon Big Badges
[Pokemon Center] Johto Can Badge Collection
[Pokemon Center] Alola Friends
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Johto Badge Complete Collection Pre-order Starts
[Banpresto] *Namco Exclusive* Big Size Pikachu Plush (2 Types)
[Collaboration] Magikarp Taiyaki

12.26

[TCG] Card Sleeves (Rotom Dex)

12.28
[Takara Tomy] Alola Vulpix Plush
[MonColle] Mimikyu, Lycanroc (Midday/Midnight), Pikachu (Z-Pose), Snorlax, Tapu Koko
[MonColle Get] Volume 1, Volume 2

12.30

[Banpresto] I Love Mew – Pass Cases (2 types)
[Banpresto] I Love Mew – Big Sleeping Mew Plush

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Rowlet’s Garden + Pokemon Villains + Welcome to Alola Part 2 + Card Sleeves

Technically our Friday Pokemon announcements came out on Thursday but let’s not worry about small details; on to the merchandise!

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First up – Rowlet’s Garden! Posters for this promotion were already up at Pokemon Centers on Thursday morning when the Hokkaido promotion started, creating a nice little teaser until we got more information from the official website announcement.

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Rowlet’s Garden features a variety of items that can be used inside and outside of the house (along with a couple wearable items as well) with a very cute and flowery bird pattern, so if you love birds and Pokemon (and bird Pokemon) this promotion was basically made for you! The release date is December 17th at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan.

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Next up: Pokemon Villains Part 2! The first part gave us Pikachu dressed as the boss from every Pokemon evil organization, and now with Sun and Moon released, here we have the missing boss: Team Skull Pikachu! Along with both a regular sized and mascot size plush, there will be some new items featuring all of the villainous Chus in their cosplaying glory, including clearfiles, notebooks, and a special card box set.

The release date for this promotion is also December 17th and will be available at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan.

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If you were sad about the lack of new t-shirts and pins with a more Alola feel to them, then I have good news and bad news. The good news is: tada! The bad news is: they’re blind packaged so good luck getting the design you want (Surfing Pikachu amirite).

There will be 2 different sets of blind packaged t-shirt designs, with each t-shirt costing 1,944 yen after tax. Pikachu and Luvdisc are part of set A, Marowak and Exeggutor are part of set B. There will be other designs as well not yet revealed.

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If t-shirts aren’t so much your style, there will be pins as part of the mini promotion as well. Along with the designs pictured here, there will also be pins made of the “gym leader” badges from Sun and Moon, with each pin costing 432 yen each.

The web page ends the merchandise list with “etc” meaning more to come, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Finally, we have: card sleeves! These four designs will go on sale December 9th at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan. These designs will be available as half-decks only, with each pack costing 778 yen after tax.

(Read more for full item lists and prices)
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Friday Pokemon Announcements – Hokkaido Grand Re-Opening + Pokemon With You + New Sun & Moon Merch

This week has been non-stop for me since the Pokemon Sun & Moon release on Friday, and here it’s almost a week later. But better late than never, so here is last week’s Friday Pokemon Announcements!

Starting with the most important…

*drum roll*

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We finally have photos of merchandise from the up-coming Hokkaido Pokemon Center Grand Re-opening promotion! And it’s basically as marvelous as you could hope for. The stars of the show are definitely the three main plush, which are NOT EXCLUSIVE to the Sapporo Center. They will be available everywhere in Japan! Unsurprisingly, there is a strong “Sapporo” theme to the line-up. Aside from the items that feature the main winter time artwork, there are a couple unique things such as the wood carved statues (wood carved bear statues, sometimes with salmon, are especially common as souvenirs in Sapporo) and the noodle bowl set (with miso flavored instant ramen as miso ramen is famous in Sapporo). As an additional side note, not only is miso ramen my favorite ramen, but I love it with extra butter added, which is another Sapporo tradition.

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If we’re discussing items unique to Sapporo, we can’t ignore the Sapporo exclusive plush, featuring William S Clark (in Pikachu form). Notorious for his famous saying, “Boys, be ambitious!” William Clark managed to leave quite a lasting legacy considering he was only in Japan for eight months.

The Sapporo Center will re-open December 1st, which not quite incidentally is also the date of the Hokkaido promotion.

Full Merchandise Line-Up

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Plush: Pikachu, Alola Vulpix, Popplio
2,376 yen each

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Mascot Plush: Pikachu, Alola Vulpix, Popplio
1,296 yen each

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Squeezey Pikachu Mascot
1,080 yen

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Snowball Plush: Pikachu, Leafeon, Glaceon
648 yen each

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Merchandise Overview – November

11.3

[Pokemon Center] Christmas 2016
[Pokemon Center] Snowseason

11.5

[Ichiban-Kuji] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection

11.10

[Banpresto] I Love Mew Big Plush

11.12

[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pair Pikachu December
[Pokemon Center] New Years 2017
[San-ei] All Star Collection (Audino, Axew, Croagunk, Chikorita, Cubone, Cyndaquil, Darumaka, Diglett, Dragonite, Eevee, Emonga, Greninja, Lucario, Meowth, Misdreavus, Pikachu, Togepi, Totodile)
[San-ei] Mochi-Fuwa Cushions (Chansey, Spheal, Slowpoke)

11.15

[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time – Pichu, Pikachu, Raichu

11.17

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Big Cyndaquil Plush

11.18

[Pokemon Game] Sun / Moon Release
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Time Vol. 10
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush
[Pokemon Center] Welcome to Alola! merchandise + Rotom Dex merchandise
[Takara Tomy Plush] Eevee, Litten, Rowlet, Pikachu, Popplio, Rockruff
[MonColle] Litten, Lunala, Popplio, Rockruff, Rowlet, Solgaleo, Togedemaru, Turtonator
[MonColle Set] Journey’s Start Set (Litten, Popplio, Rowlet, Rotom, Tapu Koko)

11.22

[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time – Big Pichu Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Big Plush (Litten, Popplio, Rowlet)

11.23

[Banpresto] Big Snorlax Plush
[Banpresto] I Love Mew Mascot Plush

11.26

[Banpresto] I Love Gengar Big Plush

11.28

[Candy Toys] Pokemon Sun & Moon Mascot Charms