I made it through the weekend, didn’t get trapped in the Atlanta airport, and it’s another Pokemon Friday with a new batch of up-coming merchandise announcements.
Tonight’s merch related stuff was fairly quiet but we have two up-coming treats to look forward to.
First up, the Putitto x Pokemon gacha series continues with Vol 2: This Time The Spoops Are Real. This set will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting September 30th (Saturday), with the usual price of 300 yen per play.
The set will have 7 figures in total with no secrets. The 7 Pokemon are Haunter, Mimikyu, Gourgeist, Litwick, Drifloon, Banette, and Sableye.
Second but not any less exciting… a new batch of Pokemon With You charity badges featuring the new super adorable artwork! These new badges will also go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting September 30th (Saturday). Each badge will cost 270 yen after tax and 100% of proceeds will go towards supporting children affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.
This batch will include Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Mew, Eevee, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Snorlax, Lapras, Dragonite, and Raichu.
Which one is your favorite? There are so many cute ones, it’s hard for me to pick, but that Mew with the heart tail is calling to me, along with Eevee!
Last but not least, these four 2018 schedule books are set to hit the shelves tomorrow (Saturday, September 16th) Japan time.
The two Pikachu schedule books are made of leather and cost 2,160 yen each after tax.
The Eeveelution and Ditto Transform schedule books are made of not leather material and the price reflects this with each book costing 1,080 yen after tax.
(You can order these books and more over at Japan Stuffs, including the Pokemon Yurutto goods that come out tomorrow!)
I have a small backlog of Pokemon Center Reports to put up, hopefully soon, so stay tuned!
This past Friday (August 18th), there were no merchandise announcements, and the only release for Saturday (August 19th) was the blind-packaged Hoenn region can badges.
But! This year’s Dot Sprite promotion was released last Wednesday (August 16th), along with a couple random items.
There were no plush or cushions with this year’s release, but there were hand towels! Pictured here are two of the three designs (the third was dot sprite style pokeballs).
It’s not a Pokemon Center promotion without clearfiles, and this release featured three designs, each with multiple pockets!
There were two memo pads in cute boxes (one design with just Pikachu and one with the main group illustration) and an unboxed pad of sticky notes.
If notebooks are more your style, there were two Pokeball die-cut notebooks.
One of the cutest items from the merch list was this set of three clear pouches. Use them together or separately (or keep them minty fresh and safe in your collection!)
Coinciding with the opening of the very limited Isetan x Pokemon store, available exclusively at the main Shinjuku Isetan building (which includes a super cute cafe with Pokemon themed food and drink), an Isetan themed Pikachu plush was also released at Pokemon Centers on the 16th.
Last but not least, this rather unique “multi-ring” for smartphones was released recently as well. Available in three designs (Alola Vulpix, Snorlax, and Eeveelution), you can attach this ring to the back of your phone and use it to…I’m not exactly sure. Hold it better? Attach it to things? Clip it to a string and swing it around your head like a deadly Pokemon themed projectile? Whatever your heart desires I guess!
The month of semi boring August starts off with a hiccup.
Can badges return to the Pokemon Center, with a Hoenn spin. These badges are separated into two batches, with a different set of people characters and their companion Pokemon in each batch. They will cost about 300 yen each, which makes me think they will be gacha prizes, but there is a small chance they’ll be blind packaged. Either way, you can’t choose which badge you get because that’s the Pokemon Center for you.
These badges will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting August 19th (Saturday).
On the heels of last week’s Sapporo Fighter’s collaboration, we have another sports collaboration in the works, this time with the Yokohama DeNA Baystars. This promotion will go on sale starting August 11th (Friday) and will be sold exclusively through the Yokohama Pokemon Center, the Pokemon Center On-Line Store, and the official DeNA Baystars stores.
T-Shirt A (Kids) – 3,240 yen
T-Shirt A (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,780 yen
T-Shirt B (Kids) – 3,240 yen
T-Shirt B (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,780 yen
Acrylic Charm – 777 yen
Long Towel – 1,296 yen
A4 Clearfile – 280 yen
Twin Sticks – 864 yen
Sticker Set – 475 yen
A special Pokemon Go Plus Deluxe Set will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan for 9,234 yen starting August 9th (Wednesday).
This set includes:
– 1 Pokemon Go Plus
– 1 Pokemon Go Plus ring setting
– A set of Pokeball stickers to customize your Go Plus
– 1 Pokeball plastic screwdriver
– 1 Pokeball Anker 10000mAH portable charger
– 1 coin sized battery for the Go Plus
Finishing up this post, two bonus announcements!
The next Pokemon All-Star collection from the San-ei toy company is starting to show up for preorders around the internet. This set is scheduled to be released around November 18th, 2017 and includes 18 plush: Charmeleon, Ivysaur, Wartortle, Piplup, Turtwig, Chimchar, Slowpoke, Machop, Raichu, Flaaffy, Wooper, Lapras, Sewaddle, Budew, Drifloon, Chandelure, Absol, and Banette.
Prices are as follows:
Charmeleon: 1,944 yen
Ivysaur: 1,944 yen
Wartortle: 1,944 yen
Piplup: 1,728 yen
Turtwig: 1,728 yen
Chimchar: 1,728 yen
Slowpoke: 1,728 yen
Machop: 1,728 yen
Raichu: 2,160 yen
Flaaffy: 2,160 yen
Wooper: 1,728 yen
Lapras: 2,160 yen
Sewaddle: 1,944 yen
Budew: 1,728 yen
Drifloon: 1,728 yen
Chandelure: 2,160 yen
Absol: 2,808 yen
Banette: 1,728 yen
There will also be 2 cushions from the Mochi-Fuwa cushion series: Magikarp and Swinub. Both cushions will cost 4,860 yen each.
For the Nanoblock fans out there, new Nanoblock sets featuring Cyndaquil, Chikorita, Totodile, and Pichu, will go on sale near the end of September. Each set will cost 1,026 yen each.
That wraps up today’s Pokemon merchandise announcements.
One of a couple catch up posts from when I was in Japan!
Some new plush from the popular “Kororin Friends” Banpresto prize plush series were released near the end of May.
One of these releases was a larger size Pikachu plush.
As with everything related to the Pokemon franchise, there can never be too many Pikachu plush.
Three smaller plush (Pikachu, Raichu, and Pichu) from the same Kororin Friends series also came out at the same time.
I tend to have difficulty catching the smaller sized Kororin Friends plush because of their round shape. How easy or difficult they are to catch is completely dependent on how nice the staff at the game centers are. For the mountain set-up, they can be super easy to catch if placed in the right spot of the mountain or incredibly difficult if at the wrong spot. For the other set-up photoed here, from Round 1, this can either be an easy 1-3 play win if the claw is strong or a waste of money if the claw is too weak to do anything.
I won the majority of my Kororin plush from this type of set-up, with the grabby claw. This is yet another instance of “this will either go well or horribly wrong” depending on how strong the claw is. If it doesn’t lift at all, you’re probably better off saving your money. If it’s strong enough to lift the plush a little, you can move it forward (or to the side depending on where the plush is in the machine) and win it in a few tries or if you’re really lucky, the claw will lift the plush up entirely and you’ll win instantly.
As an aside, the Raichu is super cute! I won one for myself because I couldn’t resist. You can see him here with my other Raichus (and Alolan Raichus) in the top right corner of the shelf.