The Pokemon Center gave us two cute promotion announcements on Friday, and I already can’t wait until the release!
First up, the promotion I’m most excited for: Pokemon Dessert Plate!
This promotion, featuring a bunch of sweets themed merch, will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting August 5th (Saturday).
There are two items that were most intriguing to me: 8 mascot plush, blind packaged figures, and what appears to be, based on description alone, a teapot/teacup set …none of which had pictures because the Pokemon Center is currently being really annoying with their news. Why not give us pictures of the stuff we want the most? Also, I’m not sure if it’s a temporary thing and someone just forgot or if it’s the new trend but none of the pictures this time had labels, which is usually fine, but sometimes what the item is can be ambiguous at best and the labels were helpful. So I dunno… thanks, Pokemon Center??
Mascot Plush (Pikachu, Charizard, Venusaur, Blastoise, Snorlax, Eevee, Vulpix, Alola Vulpix) – 1,080 yen each
Pancake Cushion w/ Venusaur – 3,240 yen
Mini Figure Collection (Blind Packaged) – 594 yen
Tea For One – 3,024 yen
Cupcake Hand Towel (Pink / Blue) – 594 yen each
Face Towel – 1,080 yen
Mini Tote Bag – 1,944 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 497 yen
Memo Set w/ Case – 864 yen
Sticker Assortment – 648 yen
Mini Pouch (Blue) – 1,296 yen
Pouch (Pink) – 1,728 yen
Flat Case (Pink / Blue) – 648 yen each
Mini Gift Bag (Pink / Blue) – 540 yen each
Apron – 2,700 yen
Universal Flip Phone Case – 3,456 yen
A5 Note Book Set – 626 yen
Thermos – 2,700 yen
For those who love Japanese style merchandise and Pokemon, the return of the Japanese Style Pokemon promotion will sure to be right up your alley! It features some of the usual Pokemon Center items, such as plush, towels, stickers, and pouches, along with some unique items, such as a curtain, traditional Japanese clothing, fans, and a plethora of other neat stuff.
This promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting July 29th (Saturday).
Crepe Material Style Plush (Pikachu, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio) – 1,512 yen each
[Not Pictured] Crepe Material Style Mascot Plush (Pikachu, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio) – 1,080 yen each
Mini Clasp Purse (Rowlet / [Not Pictured] Mt Silver) – 1,080 yen each
[Not Pictured] Mini Clasp Purse (Candy) – 1,188 yen
Clasp Pouch (Candy / Rowlet) – 2,052 yen
Set of 3 Clearfiles – 756 yen
Hand Towel (Candy / Rowlet / Mt Silver) – 540 yen each
[Not Pictured] Handkerchief (Candy / Rowlet / Mt Silver) – 1,404 yen each
Decoration Tape (Candy / Rowlet) – 648 yen each
[Not Pictured] Gold Lacquer Sticker (Mt Silver) – 540 yen
[Not Pictured] Stickers (Candy / Rowlet) – 486 yen each
Set of 2 Small Plates (Rowlet) – 1,080 yen
Hanko Case – Candy / 1,188 yen | Rowlet – 1,080 yen
Drawstring Pouch (Candy / Rowlet) – 1,296 yen each
Pouch (Mt Silver) – 1,080 yen
Door Curtain (Mt Silver) – 3,780 yen
Paper Craft Theater (Mt Silver) – 2,160 yen
Jinbei Set (Shirt / Pants | Medium / Large) – 5,184 yen
Traditional Boxers (Rowlet – Mens / Ladies) – 3,024 yen each
Traditional Boxers (Candy | Small / Medium) – 3,024 yen
Arare Tins (Rowlet / Mt Silver) – 648 yen each
Sticky Notes (Candy) – 540 yen
Hand Bound Notebook (Rowlet) – 648 yen
A5 Notebook (Mt Silver) – 410 yen
Mini Envelope (Set of 4 Patterns) – 648 yen
Folding Fan (Candy / Rowlet / Mt Silver) – 2,376 yen each
Chopsticks (Rowlet) – 1,080 yen
Tea Cup (Rowlet) – 1,836 yen
Mini Rice Bowl (Rowlet) – 1,080 yen
Piercings (Candy) – 1,296 yen
Non-hole Piercings (Candy) – 1,296 yen
Bag Keychain (Candy) – 1,728 yen
Noodle Cup (Rowlet) – 864 yen
Chopstick Rest (Rowlet) – 648 yen
Charm Collection (Blind Packaged) – 540 yen each
Pokemon TCG Card Sleeves (Pack of 64 | Candy / Rowlet / Mt Silver) – 777 yen each
Pokemon TCG Flip Deck Case (Rowlet) – 2,160 yen
Thanks to the lovely Jen from Japan Stuffs, I can include photos of the posters the Pokemon Center put up on Saturday for both the Dessert Plate and Japanese Style promos, which include labels for things as well as pictures for the items everyone is excited about: the plush, the mascot plush, and the figures! The only thing we’re missing is the tea for one set and the mysterious “Charm Collection” from the Japanese promotion. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
As always, thanks for reading and until next time~
Pokemon Dessert Plate
Pokemon Japanese Style 2017
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!
That wraps up Friday’s announcements.
Until next time ~
Okinawa Center Renewal
[Pokemon Kids] Pikachu I Choose You Edition (Ash’s Pikachu, Butterfree, Charizard, Piplup, Lucario, Incineroar, Lycanroc Midnight Forme)
[Pokemon Center] New Pokemon Center Plush (Marshadow)
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu in the Forest
[Pokemon Center] Jumbo Ho-oh GX Card Set
[Candy Toy] Pikachu Loves Ketchup Figures (8 designs, no secrets)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party – Extra Large Plush (Ice Cream Pikachu)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Movie: I Choose You! Large Plush (Lucario, Piplup)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Movie: I Choose You! Large Plush (Charmander, Charizard)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Movie: I Choose You! Large Plush (Ash’s Pikachu Vol 3 – 2 designs)
[Bandai] Pre-order start for Substitute Doll Keyboard Plush
[Banpresto] *NAMCO EXCLUSIVE* Extra Large Charmander Plush
[Takara Tomy] Pop’n Step Figures (Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur)
[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi Rowlet Plush
[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi Mini Ash’s Pikachu Plush (7 Types)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Plush (Charmander, Caterpie, Butterfree, Charizard)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Movie: I Choose You! Large Plush (Ho-Oh, Pikachu)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Movie: I Choose You! Large Plush (Ash’s Pikachu Vol 4 – 2 designs)
[Pokemon Center] Alola Festival Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokeball & Mini Pokemon Plush (Pikachu, Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Vulpix, Gengar, Eevee, Snorlax, Mew)
[Pokemon Center] Okinawa Center Promotion
[TCG] “Shining Legends” booster packs
[TCG] Pikachu Hat Card Sleeves (6 Designs)
[TCG Campaign] Buy 20 packs of Shining Legends to get 1 promo shiny Ho-oh card
[TCG] Dex Rotom Mini Card File, Lana’s Vacation Card File
[Takara Tomy] Mini Size Shoulder Pikachu (Original Cap, Hoenn Cap, Sinnoh Cap, Unova Cap, Kalos Cap, Alola Cap)
[San-ei] All-Star Plush Part 6 (Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Cerebi, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Plusle, Minun, Jirachi, Manaphy, Shaymin, Victini, Hoopa)
[MonColle] Ho-Oh (I Choose You! Ver.), Ash’s Pikachu Set (6 Figures), Primarina Z-Move Pose, Incineroar Z-Move Pose, Decidueye Z-Move Pose
[MonColle 20th Anniversary Sets] Kanto Region + Pikachu, Johto Region
[MonColle Get] Vol 9 (Charmander, Incineroar, Entei, Piplup, Metamon, Makuhita)
[Candy Toys] Pokemon Chocolate Eggs – Sun & Moon (Ash’s Pikachu, Leafeon, Glaceon, Ditto, Lucario, Porygon 2, Poliwag, Magikarp, Machamp, Lapras, Flygon, Charizard, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Secret)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party – Large Plush (Pikachu)
[Sekiguchi] Moko-Moko Pokemon Plush (Litten, Rowlet, Popplio, Marshtomp, Slowpoke)
[Sekiguchi] Pokemon Sun & Moon Plush (Ash)
[Pokemon Center] Squishy Pokemon Center Mascot Plush (Pikachu, Bewear, Ditto, Rockruff, Alola Raichu, Alola Vulpix)
[Pokemon Center] New Pokedolls (Mimikyu, Lapras, Wobbuffet)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush (Wartortle, Ivysaur, Charmelon, Sandygast, Slowpoke, Larvitar, Alola Exeggutor, Ditto)
[Pokemon Center] We Love Pikachu promotion
[Collaboration] Pikachu Polaroid Camera
[Banpresto] *NAMCO EXCLUSIVE* Extra Large Sleepy Pikachu Plush (2 designs)
[Candy Toys] Pikachu Magnets (8 designs, no secrets)
[Pokemon Center] Japanese Style Promotion
A bunch of cute Pokemon plush came out in game centers on the 25th (Tuesday) and the past two days, I’ve been running around Tokyo catching everything I could! I finally had a little bit of free time to share some photos.
First up, Kutsurogi (Relax) Time plush! This release featured four sleeping Pokemon: Pikachu, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander. These plush are what I consider a medium sized claw machine prize; they’re bigger than mascot size, but smaller than large plush size. Generally, these plush can be some of the biggest pains in the butts to catch, depending on the machine and setting, especially Bulbasaur because of his bulb, but I lucked out big time as the Round 1 I went to had their setting down to super easy beginner level.
Next up, Eevee! From the most recent I Love Eevee releases, this Eevee is bigger than the other Eeveelutions (by a little), standing at 30 cm or almost a foot.
Finally, the stars of the day, Vulpix and Alola Vulpix!
All the game centers I visited over the course of two days either had the Vulpix on a D-ring (pictured right) or over some sort of gap (pictured left) where you have to push the plush down into the gap to win. Usually I’m really bad at the gap settings, but maybe because of the shape of the plush or the way that game center set up their claw strength, it ended up being the easiest for me.
I only caught 2 out of the 4 plush (due to I only got orders for Bulbasaur and Charmander) so unfortunately, I only have close-ups of these two, but they’re still very cute!
Some downsides for picky plush collectors: the fabric is the usual Banpresto velboa, so they’re not as soft as they could be, and the stitching is very blunt, which is something I hate. But the tag art is cute!
Eevee, on the other hand, is amazing. The newest I Love Eevee plush are super duper soft, so if you love soft plush, these plush are for you. The butt tag is cute and stylized with the I Love Eevee logo, and the hang tag is colorful and features all of the Eeveelutions. Note: they use this same illustration on all the I Love Eevee plush in this release.
The downside is the weird wiring in the ears. It’s to help the ears stand up, but on a lot of the plush I won, I had a hard time rebending the ears, and a lot of Eeveelutions ended up with ears going in different directions.
I can’t get over the Vulpix! They’re both perfect and adorable with their little foxie facies!
Even though they’re both made of velboa, so definitely nowhere near as soft as the Eevee plush, I still love both more than the official Pokemon Center plush. The overall shape is nicer, the seams are blended in a little better, and they have little footpads!
That concludes today’s exciting UFO Catcher Adventures! Until next time~
I got a package recently from the always amazing Japan Stuffs, and I wanted to share some of the items I bought over the past few months.
I was excited for everything, honestly, but let’s start with the newest Pokedolls. As advance warning, the majority of this post will be Alola Vulpix and Alola Raichu. Even before Gen 7, I was a Vulpix collector, and as weird as it still is to me that the Alola version of Vulpix would be ice, all things considered, I still think he is a super cutie and have been doing my best to get whatever cute merchandise of his that comes out. (Same for Raichu!)
Like most four legged Pokedolls (notably the Eeveelution Pokedolls), he is top heavy, but can stand on his own thanks in part to the huge tail.
One thing of note is the lack of paw pads, I guess due to size – the paws are very tiny. Also, I noticed on a couple plush that one front leg is shorter than the other. In general this doesn’t affect whether the plush can stand or not, but if you’re into having perfect plush, I can see this being annoying. On the plus side, I noticed far less wonky/crooked noses compared to the original Pokemon Center and Sapporo Center plush.
This is actually the very first Alola Raichu plush I own! My problem with all previously released plush is he hasn’t been fat enough for me, but I knew the Pokedoll would be perfect and it is. I know some people were put off by the lack of nose, but I find it makes his face even more adorable. They even included little fingers and toes with yellow stitching on the paws. He stands easily on his own and is a perfect little bean.
Rockruff actually belongs to my girlfriend but she let me take photos! I don’t collect Rockruff, but I was close to getting one anyway because of how adorable his face turned out. Look at those puppy eyes and little snout! Even with his huge head, he stands fine on his own (although I can see how some plush might be a little top heavy). Also his little fluffy ruff is made of felt, so it could be softer. But he is still too cute for words!
Moving on to more Vulpix! This little guy is a Banpresto claw machine prize and came out in February. Look at his little foxie face: it’s perfect! Although less soft than the Pokedolls, I think I actually prefer this little guy. Also, unlike the Pokedolls, he has little paw pads, and his eyes are blue and green, which is closer to how Alola Vulpix looks in the game. His little tail is also rounder. My little guy stands up fine on his own, which is always a plus.
More Alola Vulpix and Raichu, in Pokemon With You form! As I’ve mentioned multiple times, the Pokemon With You line is one of my favorite lines, and I have a small collection of metal charms and badges of my favorite Pokemon. When I saw they were releasing charms of Vulpix and Raichu, I needed them for my collection.
Last but not least, the so cute I can’t handle it Vulpix and Alola Vulpix Pikachu poncho plush! I know some people are a little tired of Pikachu dressed as other Pokemon and would prefer more plush of the other Pokemon, but I love these plush, and the little ponchos are so soft!
I can’t say enough how soft these plush are. I just want to snuggle them!
Based on photos, I thought the normal Vulpix coloring was a little dark but in person, it’s actually a nice color in my opinion, and I still don’t know why poor Vulpix is less popular than Alola Vulpix. They’re both adorable! Another plus is they both can easily stand (sit?) on their own. And while I’m heaping praises on these plush, the tag art is beyond adorable.
Basically these plush are perfect!
And that concludes this post!
What neat Pokemon merchandise have you picked up recently?
Thanks for reading and until next time~