First off, a big apology to everyone for sitting on these photos for so long. So much stuff was released my last weekend in Japan and I took so many photos that every time I looked at them all in my little computer folder, I felt overwhelmed. No excuse, though!
I decided to divide the May 20th releases up into three parts: part one (this post) will cover all the plush releases, including the two All-Star plush that came out that day plus the mascot plush.
The 5th edition of the very popular All-Star Pokemon plush series, produced by San-ei toy company, was set to release close to the end of May. For reasons I don’t understand, only two of the main plush came out on the 20th, along with most (but not all) of the mascot plush, with the rest of the plush coming out a few days later, unfortunately after I had already left Japan.
The plush not pictured but included in this set are Rowlet, Popplio, Litten, Bewear, Togedemaru, and Alola Vulpix.
The two plush that were released May 20th were Alola Raichu and Mimikyu.
For curious parties, here is a shot of the All-Star Mimikyu plush (left) next to the Pokemon Center original plush (right). I’m incredibly picky about my Mimikyu plush, and most are a little too thin for my tastes, but the All-Star plush is also very flat. I guess if you like that or not, it’s a matter of taste, but I wish they made more rounder Mimikyu!
Along with the plush, we also got a first: All-Star mascot plush! The full line-up included Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander, Jigglypuff, Meowth, Psyduck, Snorlax, Mew, Mimikyu, and (not pictured) Togedemaru, Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio.
Next up: Pokemon Center exclusive plush! May 20th gave us Bounsweet, Cosmog
And Pyukumuku! (He has a cute little fluffy tail/entrails sticking out the back).
I was pretty pleased with all the plush. Cosmog has the cutest face, and Pyukumuku is the cuddliest. While checking out, I mentioned to the staff that I was buying little Pyukumuku for my sister’s boyfriend and they thought it was the most amusing thing ever.
We also got the first of the Pokemon Center mascot plush, which is a fairly new addition to the usual Pokemon Center plush line-up.
These plush are based off of pre-existing more normal sized Pokemon Center plush. The first set of these mascot plush included Cosmog (to match the bigger plush!), Alola Vulpix, Rockruff, and Togedemaru.
As an aside, I was around for the original Alola Vulpix (Snowpix) plush release back when Sun & Moon was released near the end of 2016, along with the Hokkaido promotion the following month, and I’ve always encountered issues with the snouts. The problem continued into these plush, as seen in the photo here. There are some some more perfect plush but there are also a ton of crooked noses, but I also noticed a lot of the time quality (cuteness?) of plush tend to go down the smaller they are.
At any rate, just some nitpickiness from your resident plush collector.
That wraps up the plush releases for May 20th! Stay tuned for more…
Lots of exciting plush news with tonight’s update!
First up: new pokedolls! The next batch of Pokedolls will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting July 22nd (Saturday).
The line-up includes Mimikyu, Wobbuffet and Lapras, and each plush will cost 1,296 yen after tax.
Along with the Pokedolls, brand new extra squishy mascot plush (based on pre-existing Pokemon Center exclusive plush) will also go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting July 22nd (Saturday).
The line-up includes Pikachu, Bewear, Ditto, Rockruff, Alola Vulpix, and Alola Raichu, and each plush will cost 1,058 yen after tax.
But wait, there’s more! A new batch of Pokemon Center exclusive plush will go on sale starting (wait for it) July 22nd (Saturday)!
Alola Exeggutor, Charmelon, Ivysaur, and Wartortle will all cost 2,160 yen after tax.
Sandygast, Slowpoke, Ditto, and Larvitar will cost 1,620 yen each after tax.
Last and not least, a cute Pikachu Polaroid camera will go on sale in Japan starting July 22nd (Saturday)!
This camera features an adorable Pikachu design 10,800 yen after tax.
That wraps up tonight’s main announcements. Until next time!
The last day of June and the first day of July both had Pokemon Center releases!
I’ve been looking forward to the Tohoku Center re-opening promotion since the teaser posters started going up back in April. The Tohoku Center holds a special place in my heart and will always be my favorite Center location. Why? One big reason is Victini is one of the Center’s logo Pokemon and I love Victini. One of my favorite Victini plush is a special 1:1 plush that was sold exclusively through the Tohoku Center. I was really hoping this release would have some cute Victini plush, and I wasn’t disappointed!
All of the Pokemon Centers got new poncho Pikachu plush, featuring Rowlet and Victini ponchos in normal and mascot plush sizes.
The Tohoku Center also sold Jirachi poncho plush, but as those were exclusive to Tohoku, I unfortunately don’t have photos to share of them (so you’ll have to imagine).
Along with the usual merch (metal charms and pins), we also got these adorable kokeshi style plush for Pikachu, Jirachi, and Victini.
Along with the cute Tohoku promotional items, we also got a renewal to the Pokemon with You line of merch with the return of can badges! I’m so in love with the new illustrations, not only because they’re no longer stock images but also because the new art is just too cute for words. Jen from Japan Stuffs helped me get some and I will definitely share pictures as soon as I have them in hand!
I really hope they continue the new can badges in the near future because I want more Pokemon drawn in this style.
Two new Pokemon Center plush were released on the 30th of June: Marshadow and Jirachi.
Last but not least, a cute Pikachu themed promotion, called “Pikachu in the Forest” was released across Japan July 1st. The merch line-up included some of the usual suspects, such as different sizes of pouch, but also a bunch of kitchen and home goods, like aprons, cooking utensils, a teapot, and a variety of bowls and plates among other items.
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center releases!