First off, a big apology and a confession.
When I first saw advertisements for this promotion, due to the weird font choice, I incorrectly called it “Salko Soda”. It took me a few weeks to realize the name of the promotion is based off of one of the in-game Pokemon items “Psycho Soda” and it took me this long to realize it’s “Psycho” and not “Saiko”, which would be the direct transliteration of the title.
Psycho Soda. Not Saiko. Not Salko. (Although now I can’t un-see Salko…)
At any rate, now the name makes perfect sense! I’m sorry for any confusion I might have caused.
The Psycho Soda promotion came out this past Saturday (May 19th) and did reasonably well, as expected. It’s a super cute promotion, and I love the pop imagery to match the pop theme (or soda for some of you out there).
The promotion featured two mascot plush: one Pikachu and one Eevee.
My personal opinion is that they aren’t quite as cute as they could have been. I like them better in the illustrations vs the translation into plush form. With that said, Pikachu is super adorable, though.
The item I was most surprised with? The memo pad. I knew it was a memo pad and not a notebook but this thing is tiny!
The item I was most excited for? The cups! They did not disappoint.
Believe it or not, I didn’t get either cup although I’m still considering it. I love having cute Pokemon cups to drink out of.
A Pokemon Center promotion staple: the train pass case.
Items we don’t see a lot of: earrings! Each set of earrings comes with either Pikachu or Eevee and a cute Psycho Soda bottle.
Psycho soda stickers! Along with the usual PET sticker sheets, there were also two individual stickers of Pikachu and Eevee.
Another Pokemon Center staple: the foldable mini mirror.
Phone cases! This is maybe the last promotion to not offer iPhone X Cases. It seems like all Pokemon Center promotions from this point will be offering shell cases for 8/7/6s/6 as well as a separate case for the X.
Psycho Soda had a couple clothing items and bags; not new but not always included in every promotion, so it was a little exciting.
Along with two pairs of socks and two free-size shirts (one Pikachu and one Eevee), there were two bags: a backpack (pictured here) and a shoulder bag (not pictured).
There was also a semi-clear pouch and a similar looking but larger and flatter case, perfect for storing Pokemon Center clearfiles.
Although this promotion didn’t include a cookie tin, they did have this tin case, which has ramune candy inside! Eat the candy and use it as a pen case after.
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report!
Until next time~
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Friday’s announcements, so I was surprised that not only did we get a pretty neat line-up for part 2 of the Pokemon Center’s 20th Anniversary festivities, but also new Pokemon Center exclusive plush (although three are Eevee so don’t get too excited).
The second wave of merchandise will feature a completely different base illustration from the first wave. Unlike the first illustration which included Shaymin, Pikachu, and the starter Pokemon across all 7 generations, this second illustration includes Pokemon that have been featured on Pokemon Center logos, plus Shaymin and Eevee.
Personally, I’m a fan of this second illustration more than the first, and likewise, I like the items from the second wave a little more than the first.
These items will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan starting June 2nd (Saturday).
Shaymin Squishy Plush – 4,536 yen
Keyholder – 1,026 yen
A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
Smartphone Flip Phone Case – 3,240 yen
Hard Shell Case for iPhone 8/7/6s/6 – 2,030 yen
Hard Shell Case for iPhone X – 2,160 yen
Pen/Pencil – 648 yen each
Memo Stand – 864 yen
Mug – 1,620 yen
Set of 2 Plates – 3,240 yen
Cookie Tin – 1,296 yen
Ringed Notebook – 864 yen
PET Stickers – 540 yen
Can Badge – 378 yen
Next up – new Pokemon Center exclusive plush!
There will be 3 Eevee plush and 1 life-size Jirachi plush coming out in the month of June.
The three Eevees (standing, running, and sleeping) will all cost 1,296 yen each and will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores starting June 2nd (Saturday).
Life-size Jirachi will cost 3,024 yen and will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores starting June 9th (Saturday).
A new booster set, “Broken Sky’s Charisma” (SM7) will go on sale starting June 1st (Friday).
Each pack will contain 5 random cards and will cost 162 yen after tax.
A special Pokemon Center exclusive set will also go on sale starting June 1st. As can be guessed by the name, it will be sold exclusively through Pokemon Centers.
The set contains 2 boxes of “Broken Sky’s Charisma” booster packs, 1 set of 64 original card sleeves, 1 deck case, and 1 card box.
The set will cost 10,800 yen after tax.
We get some new card sleeves, too!
Each pack contains 64 sleeves and will cost 777 yen after tax.
Last but not least! Pictures have finally surfaced for the items coming out Saturday April 19th from Pikachu’s Closet.
Raincoat Set – 4,104 yen
Argyle Set – 1,404 yen
Substitute Plush Shirt – 1,080 yen
Sailor Shirt – 1,080 yen
That wraps up today’s report! Until next time~
Pokemon Center 20th Anniversary Wave 2
June Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush
We’ve had a lull in Pokemon Center releases since Golden Week, but next weekend will give us the Saiko Soda promotion, followed by the much anticipated Pokemon Doll release the following weekend.
There was some new merchandise that came out during Golden Week, and this post will cover those items, so strap in!
First up: the first official Pokemon Center original Zeraora plush!
He’s cuddly, he’s a cat, and he goes zappy-zap!
Along with the plush, we also got a new Zeraora metal charm
And larger sized acrylic charms of both Lugia and Zeraora (unfortunately Zeraora sold out at the taking of this picture).
Along with Zeraora, a bunch of 2018 summer movie themed merchandise was also released. These items are maybe not quite as exciting, including a bunch of stationary (clearfiles, stickers, pencil boards, pencils, erasers) and smaller things like a wallet, tiny hand towel, and dice bag.
From Re-ment, this super cute series of fuzzy Pikachu doll-like figures were released. They are not blind-packaged, so rejoice! They’re based on the costumed Pikachus featured in the yearly Pikachu Invasion event that happens in Yokohama, and along with Pikachu dressed in various outfits, there is also Ditto Pikachu and Mimikyu.
These super cute pencil cases came back in stock finally.
They originally came out a few months back, but the pink one with Chillarmy/Minccino sold out everywhere for reasons I still don’t understand. My friend was able to find one finally in the Sapporo Pokemon Center after looking everywhere in Tokyo and having no luck whatsoever. Of course, now they’re back, but it doesn’t matter, because I have my special Chillarmy case!
(The other cases are cute, too~)
New DelGuard mechanical pencils and two sets of Sarasa colored pens were released, completely unannounced.
Along with two cute erasers!
The Pokemon Center also dropped these two large Pikachu and Eevee face cushions, because nothing is better than surprise merchandise.
That wraps up today’s Pokemon Center Report!
Stay tuned for more Pokemon Center announcements and Pokemon Center Reports~