Pokemon Center Report – New Pokemon Center Plush + Pikachu’s Easter

As promised in my last post, I’m back with the Saturday release: new plush and Pikachu’s Easter!

First up, the new Pokemon Center plush. Although nothing quite as exciting as Alola Vulpix or Mimikyu, this set featured the ever illustrious Alola Dugtrio (maybe he’s born with it)

Alola Persian

Stufful

Tapu Koko

and Shiny Tapu Koko because why not.

The cute thing about Stufful is that he comes with a fake tush tag and a real one, because you can never have too many tush tags when you’re a bear who looks like a stuffed animal.

The big seller, surprisingly (to me) was Pikachu’s Easter. There tends to be an Easter promotion every year, and they tend to be fairly quiet. Not this year. The scalpers were out for blood this year. The cup and the hair scrunchie (???) sold out within 3 minutes on the on-line store. By the end of Saturday, most stores had sold out of their Pikachu plush. The Era of Scalpers is still going strong in Japan, regardless of buying limits.

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Banpresto – Upcoming April Releases

The official Banpresto site updated with a list of prizes and dates for April! This post will cover everything coming out, along with the prizes for the Ichiban-Kuji [Pikachu & Friends Happy Beach Time] going on sale April 1st.

There will be three large size plush coming out in April from the general Pokemon Sun & Moon line-up.
These plush will be roughly 24 cm each, or a little over 9 inches.

Komala will be released in Game Centers starting from April 6th (Thursday).
Both Vulpix and Alola Vulpix will be released in Game Centers starting from April 25th (Tuesday).

The I Love Eevee series makes a come-back in April, with a new line-up of large size plush and 1 extra large size Eevee.
Eevee measures in at about 30 cm or roughly a foot, while the other Eeveelutions will be about 25 cm each, or close to 10 inches.

Sylveon and Vaporeon will start appearing in Game Centers from April 6th (Thursday).
Vaporeon and Flareon will start appearing in Game Centers from April 20th (Thursday).
Extra Large Eevee will start appearing in Game Centers from April 25th (Tuesday).

The rest of the Eeveelutions should be available in Game Centers in May, but for now, information coming soon.

The Kutsurogi Time (Relax Time) series also makes a comeback in April with some cute sleepy time plush versions of everyone’s favorite Gen 1 starters (and Pikachu).
The normal size plush will all be roughly 13 cm or 5 inches, while the big sized Pikachu will be 26 cm or 10 inches.

All the Kutsurogi Time plush will start appearing in Game Centers from April 25th (Tuesday).

April will feature one release from the Kororin Friends series.
Both Mew and Mewtwo are part of the Larger Size line-up of Kororin Friends, with each measuring about 26 cm or 10 inches.
These plush are usually super cute because of the roundness and a nice size to hug!

They will start appearing in Game Centers from April 13th (Thursday).

These cute mascot plush sized pokeballs will be available in Namco Game Centers only starting April 25th (Tuesday)!

That wraps up the Banpresto prize releases for April.

Moving on…there will be a new Pokemon Ichiban-Kuji coming out April 1st (no joke!) The entire kuji has a beach theme to it, and the prizes reflect this.
This is the first big kuji to have new generation 7 Pokemon, including Alola Vulpix and Mimikyu.

Each kuji pull will cost the usual 620 yen, and it will be available at game centers, hobby shops, Animate, Tsutaya, book stores, and the Pokemon Center (among some other places). I have a feeling this kuji will be popular, so if you’re planning to play yourself in person, get there early!

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Pokemon Center Report – Pokedex Metal Charms + Pokemon With You + Lillie Card Sleeves

This past Saturday was Metal Charm Lollapalooza at the Pokemon Center.

But before we dive into metal charms…

The very popular Lillie and Nebby card sleeves were re-released with a higher quality matte finish the first weekend of March. Unlike the original release, these sleeves did not sell out in milliseconds. The artwork is still adorable.

Metal charms!

The Pokedex metal charm release covered all Gen 7 Pokemon + mythical beasts and all Alolan Forms.

Pokemon were grouped together based on evolutions or formes, so depending on the Pokemon and the evolution chain, some were sold in singles, or doubles, or triples (or more!)

Here are three examples of a three part evolution set.

The Rockruff set included both Midday and Midnight forms.

Mimikyu was all by himself (but I promise he was surrounded by his friends!)

The Alolan Forms were not sold as a single (or double) set. All Alolan Form Pokemon were included in a set with their original forms. In this case, you can see both types of Vulpix and Ninetails here. For Pokemon who have three evolutions plus three Alolan evolutions, all of those Pokemon were included in one set for a total of six. Which is kind of annoying if you already had the previously released charms and only wanted the new ones, but such is life.

One thing of note: maybe it’s just my imagination but I feel like quality has gone down for the metal charms. Agree or disagree?

Moving on!

One of my favorite series, Pokemon With You, had a new release of merchandise on Saturday the 11th as well. Incidentally, the anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake back in 2011. (For more information on the history of Pokemon With You, check out this past blog entry.)

The theme for this year’s Pokemon With You line-up was a flowering garden, with one of the items on sale being a seed set so you can grow your own flowers, and the main Pikachu being a topiary hedge…which is cute in real life but maybe didn’t translate so well into merchandise. Hashtag they tried.

Some of the items from the release included (the aforementioned) topiary Pikachu mascot plush

Cute stickers and postcards (note: I always recommend the stickers from the Pokemon With You series because they almost always if not always use non stock-art poses)

A handkerchief

And a memopad, including four different paper designs.

We also got some new Pokemon With You metal charms! The three Johto starters (Cyndaquil, Totodile, and Chikorita)

Alola Vulpix, Alola Raichu, Bewear

Snorlax, Lapras, and Dragonite!

And that concludes today’s Pokemon Center Adventures.
A special shout out to Jen from Japan Stuffs for being a hand model in the majority of these photos. So professional, she makes it look easy.

Until next time!

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Ditto Transform! Part 4 + Pokemon Center Campaigns

Hello everyone!

Although the latest promotion announcement isn’t new per se (it was originally announced in the most recent edition of Pokemon Fan) we finally have more details and more photos for the fourth installment of the popular Ditto Transform! series.

Unlike previous releases, this release (coming out at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan on March 25th) will be a full blown promotion, including more than just the usual plush and matching mascot plush. Playing with the theme of “transformation”, there will be several reversible items (a pouch, a cloth bag, and a cushion). Other notable items include a bowl and cup set, earrings, a super adorable tissue box cover, and the 3 for 1,000 yen sock deal that Japan loves so much.

The 25th is only two weeks away, so if there are any items you feel you must have from this promo, I suggest you check out Japan Stuffs and preorder sooner rather than later!

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Merchandise Overview – March

3.7

[Banpresto] I Love Gengar – Large Plush (Rerelease)

3.8

[Pokemon Candy] Pokemon Pokeball Collection

3.9

[Banpresto] I Love Gengar – Plush (3 Versions)

3.11

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You ~Always With You~
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Gen 7 Pokedex Metal Charms
[Event] Masuda will be at the Mega Tokyo Pokemon Center collecting donations for children affected by the 3.11 Tohoku earthquake from 3-4 pm.

3.14

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Big Plush (Bewear, Mimikyu)

3.16

[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru (Popplio, Litten, Rowlet)
[Banpresto] Pokemikke Large Mascot Plush (Mew, Eevee, Gengar, Meowth)
[Banpresto] Pokemikke Large Plush (Pikachu, Ditto)

3.17

[TCG] Awaiting Islands / Alola Moonlight Booster Packs
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Mimikyu, Ditto Transform, Lycanroc, Alola Vulpix + Ninetails, Wild Ride)
[TCG] Deck Boxes (Normal: Lycanroc, Double: Lycanroc, Mao’s Cooking)
[TCG] TCG Special Sets (Jangmo-o, Pikachu, Komala)
[TCG] Tapu Bulu EX Starter Set
[Campaign] Buy 5 booster packs to receive 1 special promo pack
[Campaign] Special holo promo card given for every box of booster packs bought

3.18

[Pokemon Center] Pikachu’s Easter
[Pokemon Center] Shiny Tapu Koko Metal Charm + Miscellaneous Stationary
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush (Tapu Koko, Shiny Tapu Koko, Stufful, Alola Persian, Alola Dugtrio)
[All-Star Cushion] Pikachu, Eevee

3.22

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Acrylic Charms (Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Lunala, Solgaleo, Tapu Koko)
[Candy Figures] Pokemon Kids (Tapu Koko, Gumshoos, Bounsweet, Alola Raichu, Alola Rattata, Pyukumuku, Mimikyu, Bewear)

3.23

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Large Plush (Bounsweet, Steenee)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Mega Big Plush (Wobbuffet)

3.25

[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform! Part 4
[Takara Tomy] Snorlax Plush
[MonColle] Brionne, Dartrix, Komala, Tapu Lele, Torracat

3.28

[Merchandise] Meowth PC Plush

3.31

[Merchandise] Art Jigsaw Puzzles (Pikachu, Eeveelutions, Alola)