Merchandise Overview – February

February

[Gacha] Sleepy Friends: Sun & Moon (Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Rockruff, Pikachu)

2.1

[Pokemon Center] Vulpix Poncho Promotion
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Sapporo Re-opening Part 2: Coaster + Art Card distribution starts

2.4

[Pokemon Center] March Monthly Pair Pikachu

2.6

[Candy Toy] Pokemon Collection Candy Sun & Moon (Solgaleo, Lunala, Togedemaru, Litten, Rowlet, Popplio, Komala, Rockruff, Dex Rotom, Pikachu)

2.7

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Togedemaru Plush

2.9

[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection – Large Plush (Jolteon, Sylveon)
[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection – Plush (Eevee, Glaceon, Leafeon)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Alola Raichu Plush
[Banpresto] *NAMCO EXCLUSIVE* Magikarp Plush

2.11

[Pokemon Center] Pokedolls Part 2 (Pikachu, Bewear, Ditto)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Plush Part 3 (Dartrix, Torracat, Brionne, Jangmo-o, Passimion, Lycanroc Midday/Midnight)

2.14

[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection – Large Plush (Espeon, Umbreon)

2.16

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Plush (Alola Raichu, Alola Vulpix, Alola Meowth)

2.21

[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party – Pikachu Face Cushion
[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party – Large Pikachu Plush

2.23

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Meowth Plush
[Merchandise] Mocchi-Mocchi Cushions (Snorlax, Gengar, Jigglypuff)

2.25

[MonColle Get] Part 5 (Lycanroc, Alola Rattata, Absol, Drowzee, Yungoos, plus 3 secrets)

Pokemon Center Report – Pokedolls Again + New PokeCen Plush + Phone Cases

Hello everyone~

This post is a little late (oops) but here are most of the releases from January the 14th!

Valentine’s related merchandise has been on sale since New Years signs were taken down, and the Pokemon Center is no exception. The little sign says “show your love to important people in your life with cute Pokemon stuff” which by the way is great advice 😉

The 14th was the official nationwide release date for the return of one of the most popular lines of Pokemon merchandise: the Pokedoll. I shared photos from the pre-release on January 1st but here are three more because I’m sure no one can have enough Pokedolls. Currently the only three Pokedolls in existence are Rowlet

Litten

and Popplio!

I’ve heard some displeasure over Litten not having a nose but I personally find it cute.

There was also three Pokemon Center Exclusive plush (or PokeCen plush). The Alola Ninetails sold out within 15 minutes on the on-line Pokemon Center store but didn’t seem to sell out as quickly in the actual stores.

Fomantis

…and Alola Sandshrew which sold out so quickly we don’t have photos for you! I was not expecting either Ninetails or Sandshrew to sell out, or if yes, not at least for a week or longer because it didn’t seem like they’ve been popular. From the reports I heard, scalpers jumped all over the Sandshrew plush hardcore, and I still don’t understand why, but this meant every time the plush were restocked they immediately sold out again, so that was exciting.

At any rate, once I get photos, I will of course share them. For now, please imagine something cute and soft.

Continuing with PokeCen plush, Mew and Mewtwo both were re-released on the 14th without any prior announcements. As implied with “re-release” these plush are not new, but the designs are slightly different from the previous releases. Mew’s face is slightly less fat

Mewtwo looks fairly the same but maybe more angry?

This cute clearfile featuring original artwork for New Years also went on sale on the 14th.

Last but not least, phone cases! I love Pokemon phone cases because not only can you cushion your little phone in Pokemon, but the cases usually come with a little spot for hanging phone charms.

This release featured three designs in two styles: a soft case for iphone 6/6s and 7 and a flip-case for other phone models.

My favorite of the three was the Mimikyu + Pikachu design. The iPhone cases was predominantly Mimikyu with one Pikachu

while the flip case was predominantly Pikachu with one Mimikyu.

Personally, I liked the second design the best (with all the Pikachu and one imposter) – it would be nice if they made other items with this same pattern.

Which phone case is your favorite?

Thanks for reading, and until next time!

Friday Pokemon Announcements – March Monthly Pair Pikachu + February Banpresto Prizes

Hello everyone!

Tonight’s announcements were pretty sparse, so I’ll be including the Banpresto update for February as well.

First up, the Monthly Pair Pikachu for March was officially announced on the Pokemon website. The theme for March is, unsurprisingly, Hana-Matsuri (Girl’s Day) which is on March 3rd. The pair will come out February 4th and will cost 2,808 yen after tax.

Moving on to the Banpresto side of things!

As a reminder before we dive into prizes, Banpresto is a company that creates prizes for game centers. These prizes are not sold to customers directly; you need to either win them yourself or get them second hand.

The Pokemon Tea Party continues from January with two new plush. The Pikachu Macaron cushion and large Pikachu plush will both be available starting February 21st (Tuesday).

The Nebukuro Collection is not slowing down with more releases into February.

There will be two sets of large plush. Jolteon and Sylveon will be available starting February 9th (Tuesday) and Espeon and Umbreon will be available starting February 14th (Tuesday).
The smaller set of plush, featuring Eevee, Glaceon, and Leafeon, will be available starting February 9th (Tuesday).

Alola Hype continues with some popular Alola type Pokemon plush.

The smaller sized plush, featuring Alola Raichu, Alola Vulpix, and Alola Meowth, will be available at game centers starting February 16th (Thursday).
The larger sized Alola Raichu plush will be available starting February 9th (Thursday) and the larger Togedemaru plush will be available starting February 7th (Tuesday).

If you prefer Meowth over his Alolan counter part, you’re in luck, as a fairly big Meowth plush will be available as a prize starting February 23rd (Thursday).
A fairly big sized Magikarp plush will be available as well, exclusively through Namco, starting February 9th (Thursday).

And that concludes our merchandise round-up for today!

Until next time~
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March Monthly Pair Pikachu

Unboxing – Package from Japan Stuffs

Hello everyone!

Today’s update is a new kind of blog post: unboxing! I originally had wanted to make a video, but my hair was super not good when my box arrived and I wanted to open it right away, so here is a bunch of photos instead. Note: when I say a bunch of photos, I mean a lot, so be warned before you read more!

This box is actually mostly filled of stuff for my girlfriend, Kerstin, who also placed the order, so a special shout out to her! And of course, shout out to Japan Stuffs for picking up all of these items from the Pokemon Center and being generally awesome.

Both my girlfriend and I generally stick to EMS shipping when sending things from Japan, because of the security (EMS automatically comes with tracking) and the speed (it generally takes between 3-5 days depending on how quickly the box is shipped out from Japan). The package was shipped out on a Wednesday and had already arrived by Saturday. For the most part, the box arrived intact, although there was a small hole on one side, which was the fault of the postal service, but it happens and it’s happened on multiple boxes of mine in the past. However, I will point out that Japan Stuffs individually wraps all items in the box in little bags, so even if the shipping box is damaged in flight, you don’t have to worry about items going missing.

Moving on to what everyone wants to see…what’s inside the box!
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Pokemon Center Report – New Pokemon Center Plush + Alola Friends + Big Can Badges

No Pokemon Center updates for today (maybe tomorrow?) so have a Pokemon Center Report instead!

This post will cover the releases that came out December 23rd. Christmas weekend was especially hectic for Pokemon Centers in Japan as the 23rd was a public holiday, meaning most people took advantage of the three day weekend and were on vacation. When this happens, the Pokemon Center likes to stack a bunch of popular releases all on the same day, because they love chaos and disorder I guess, since the Centers are usually unprepared and have a bad habit of not having enough stock or putting all the popular stock in one corner, making it difficult to get to and easy for a couple people to swoop in and take everything.

Of the new plush that were released, Mimikyu ended up being the most popular by far, maybe even more so than the Center was anticipating in my opinion. The limits of 10 per plush per person were back, but it hardly slowed down the rabid purchases of this not-Pikachu plush, with Mimikyu selling out on Amazon within 15 minutes, selling out on the Pokemon Center on-line site within 4 minutes, and selling out at most “brick and mortar” Pokemon Centers within an hour.

Which leads me to an important word of advice from your friendly neighborhood Miki for the up-coming year. We’re coming out of a lull where things were not selling out instantly and I think everyone has grown a little complacent, but times are a changing. If you want a plush or a figure or an anything of a Pokemon that you know is very popular (Mimikyu and Alola Vulpix are prime examples) do not wait until the last minute to order. By pre-ordering, you guarantee that you will get the thing that you want. If you wait for popular items, there is a good chance they will sell out within the first day and there is no guarantee that shops that offer pick-up services will have extras. Again, if you really want a thing, there is no point in waiting. If it’s very popular, you will be able to sell it afterward if you end up changing your mind, but if you wait, you risk losing out or having to pay scalper prices (sometimes triple or more shelf price), and no one wants that.

If you order directly from Amazon or the JP Pokemon Center On-line website, make sure you’re on the site at midnight (for Amazon) or 10 am JP time (for the Center store). If you order through a pick-up shop (like Japanstuffs) make sure you pre-order, and again, if it’s something you really want, make sure you place the order well before the release date. I’m sure things will calm down again over time but I have a feeling with how popular Pokemon has suddenly become again, things might get a little hairy in the up-coming year, so again, if you really really want the thing, don’t wait!

Moving on to the actual Center Report 😉 There were two sets of new Pokemon Center exclusive plush that came out December 23rd. The first batch included a couple new Sun and Moon related Pokemon.

Mimikyu was, as previously mentioned, the most popular plush from the day by far. For a Pokemon who just wants to be loved, he sure is.

It’s a little bit of a surprise to me how popular Bewear is (especially over Stufful) but no one can deny his popularity! And he makes for a cute plush, too.

Alola Raichu was another popular plush, although still not as popular as Mimikyu (nothing is!)

Alola Meowth, looking super sassy

And not forgetting Alola Marowak!
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