It’s so weird to have only one release per day after this pretty busy summer, but once again we have one major release for this past Saturday: Pokemon Dessert Plate!
The theme for this promotion was, unsurprisingly, sweets and Pokemon, and everything was beyond adorable.
Unlike a lot of Pokemon Center promotions, this one had a bunch of highlights so let’s go through them one by one.
First up: mascot plush!
These plush were actually described in the original Pokemon Center announcement as “Marzipan Mascot Plush”. I’m not sure what about them looks like marzipan but that’s not important. The charm point? How grumpy all these plush look. For supposedly being a cute and sweet promotion, everyone for the most part looks done with life. Charizard is my favorite.
Next: blind packaged figures! I love the tiny Pokemon Center figures in general, but these Pokemon are also sweets so that makes them 100% more cute. Look at them! I ordered 1 through Japan Stuffs, and I’ll be sure to make a tiny opening post for my one figure (I know so exciting) and I know it’s going to be Blastoise because that’s literally the only figure I don’t want, but honestly, even Blastoise is adorable. They’re all adorable.
These stickers! I can’t get over them! A part of me is regretting not getting any even though what would I do with them? But look! At! Them! They’re so cute?!
This pancake cushion! A little hard to see but there is a grumpy Venusaur on it, which just makes it better.
This Tea For Two teapot set! When you want a pot of tea but only for yourself. It’s a small teapot that fits in a small tea cup, and it’s so cute aaa
(Get a grip, Miki)
Moving on! There were other more “normal” items too, although just as cute, such as these two pouches. The blue pouch is a smaller “mini size” while the pink pouch is a more “normal size”.
More cute items of note: a flip-phone case with a strap, memo pad in a cute little box, gift bags so you can send gifts to your friends and have them die from cuteness before they even see what the gift is, and little towels that when folded up (see photo) are supposed to look like little cupcakes.
This promotion was an all around winner, proving the Pokemon Center can still give us super cute promotions full of super cute and original items.
The last of three May 20th releases – the Pokemon Line Art Promotion.
This is not the first line-art promotion, but I feel like both were easily overlooked because there were no plush and when you get down to it, it’s all stock art but in lined form.
With that said, I still find this series to feature plenty of neat looking items so it’s kind of a shame it’s not more popular. Also, this is a good way to get merchandise with your favorite Pokemon on it if it’s not one of the more popular ‘mons as each item includes so many.
Don’t like white? No problem! A lot of the items included in the line-up had a black background counterpart.
The line-up of merch featured a ton of items for everyone’s every day life style, like train pass cases and two types of phone cases: a hard shell type for iPhone7 and a flip-case type designed to fit a variety of medium sized phones.
There were also a couple different size pouches.
Pens and sketchbooks for the more artistically inclined.
And duffel bags and backpacks, so you can show off your love for Pokemon while also being fashionable!
My favorite item from the entire promotion were the stickers. This pack of die-cut stickers contains a different combination of Pokemon per pack and are made of a neat sort of cloth-like material that shimmers in the light (I did my best to show off the shimmery effect!)
I can’t end this blog post without mentioning the tag art. Pretty snazzy, right? I love it!
That wraps up the final May 20th Pokemon Center Report post.
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…
This week’s announcements were a little lackluster, and to add insult to injury, the Okinawa Store Renewal and Reopening promotion is really cute! … and only available in Okinawa!?
To celebrate the reopening of the Ryubo Store on June 17th and the grand opening of the Pokemon Store location in Aeon Mall Okinawa Rycom, a small selection of Okinawa exclusive Pokemon merchandise will go on sale from July 15th (Saturday). The merch line-up features Pikachus dressed in traditional Okinawan dance clothing and Eevees dressed as Shisa (symbolized by Arcanine), a famous dog/dragon hybrid from Okinawa mythology.
This is the first time we’ve had an entire small promotion be exclusive to that Pokemon Center, instead of just one or two items, which is kind of a shame. They want people to visit the Okinawa locations, but not everyone can just up and go on vacation. With that said, if you live in Okinawa and plan on going to one of the Pokemon Store locations, please get in touch with me! I need to get my hands on one (or both) of those Eevee plush ❤
Okinawa Promotion Line-Up
Pikachu Plush – 2,376 yen
Pikachu Mascot Plush – 1,296 yen
Eevee Plush (Normal / Smile) – 2,160 yen each
A4 Clearfile Set – 432 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Chinsuko Cookies (similar to shortbread) – 842 yen
Next up, a new type of merchandise: mini Pokemon plush in Pokeballs! This is a little similar to a previously released line of merch that had mini Pokemon in eggs, but of course different as these are Pokeballs and not eggs. These new plush will also go on sale at Pokemon Stores and Centers in Japan starting July 15th (Saturday), with each pokeball & plush set costing 864 yen.
The line-up will include Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Vulpix
Mew, Snorlax, Gengar, and Eevee.
Three plush similar to the plush featured in the recently released Pokemon Collection Kuji 2017 will be available for pre-order exclusively through the Japan 7-11 on-line store.
Male Pikachu and Eevee will be available in limited numbers and can be pre-ordered between July 5th (Wednesday) at 10 am and July 17th (Monday) at 11:59 pm.
Female Pikachu will only be available for pre-order on July 11th (Tuesday) from 10 am until 11:59 pm.
These plush are big, and the price reflects it. All three plush cost 12,000 yen each, including tax.
Last but not least! These cute magnets will go on sale in Japan (not exclusive to Pokemon Centers) sometime in the beginning of July. Each magnet costs 1,080 yen after tax. The magnet line-up includes Pikachu, Meowth, Slowpoke, Mew, Eevee, Vaporeon, Jolteon, and Flareon.
The little tails can be kept as is or bent upwards so you can use these magnet Pokemon as hooks to hold things, like keys, scissors or other household/kitchen items. Cute and useful!