Friday Pokemon Announcements – TCG Ultra Explosion Impact + Pokemon Center 20th Anniversary + Halloween 2018 Hype
Last night gave us a bunch of smaller announcements, so let’s dive in.
As part of the Pokemon Center’s 20th Anniversary, a line-up of Pokemon Center exclusive plush will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores around Japan August 25th (Saturday).
This release will include every starter from across all 7 generations: Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Mudkip, Treecko, Torchic, Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, Oshawott, Snivy, Tepig, Fennekin, Chespin, Froakie, Litten, Rowlet, and Popplio.
Of the list, Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Piplup, Litten, Rowlet, and Popplip plushies will be direct re-releases. The other plush will have at least slightly different patterns than previously released plush.
Each plush will cost 1,620 yen including tax.
Along with the starter plush, pre-orders for a special Pokemon Center On-Line exclusive snow globe will start August 25th (Saturday).
This snow globe features all of the starter Pokemon from across 7 generations, plus Pikachu and Mew, and measures about 19 x 19 x 20 cm.
The pre-order period will run from August 25th (Saturday) 10:00 am until October 14th (Sunday) 11:59 pm, with orders shipping out around mid February 2019. Snow globes cost 21,600 yen including tax.
Finally, also as part of the Pokemon Center’s 20th Anniversary, starting August 25th (Saturday), customers who purchase 5 booster packs from the Pokemon TCG line at a Pokemon Center or Store will receive 1 promo card, featuring original Sugimoto artwork from the Red & Pikachu Pokemon Center promotion. This campaign will run while supplies last.
Speaking of Pokemon TCG, the next booster set “Ultra Explosion Impact” (SM8) has been announced with a release date of September 7th (Friday).
Individual booster packs will sell for 162 yen including tax and each pack includes 5 random cards.
A special Pokemon Center exclusive box set will be released alongside the booster pack on September 7th (Friday).
This set costs 10,800 yen and includes: 2 boxes (60 packs) of Ultra Explosion Impact, 1 set of a full deck of card sleeves, 1 deck case with the same artwork as the card sleeves, 1 card box.
Note that the card sleeves included can only be obtained through this set.
There will be four new card sleeve designs that will go on sale from September 7th (Friday). Each pack of sleeves is a full set plus several extras for a total of 64 sleeves and cost 777 yen including tax.
The four designs are: Blacephalon, Lugia, Suicune, and the Lusamine Family.
There will also be:
Lugia themed full-size rubber playmat (2700 yen w/ tax)
Lugia themed deck case (390 yen w/ tax)
Pikachu & Eevee Card Binder (1,674 yen w/ tax)
Alola All-Stars Card Binder (1,674 yen w/ tax)
Official artwork for the up-coming 2018 Pokemon Center Halloween promotion (Pikachu’s Halloween) has come out, although we’re still waiting on an official announcement for merchandise.
There are two different illustrations: one for Team Treat and one for Team Trick. As mentioned in the previous announcement, all Halloween activities will start September 8th (Saturday).
As part of the Halloween promotion and starting September 8th (Friday) while supplies last, customers will get 1 of 2 Halloween/fall themed original clear cards for every 2,500 yen spent at Pokemon Centers or Stores.
Finally, the Yokohama Pokemon Center will be moving to Yokohama Marui City outside the Yokohama station east exit November 9th (Friday).
As part of the commemoration of 13 long years spent in Landmark Plaza, the Yokohama Center will be giving out original clear cards as gifts (while supplies last) to all customers who shop at the Yokohama Center between September and October.
The first design (including Wailmer and Munchlax) will be given out during September and is the concept artwork used for the Center’s grand opening March 5th, 2005.
The second design (with Pirate Pikachu) will be given out during October and is the concept artwork used for the Center’s renewal opening October 10th, 2008.
On a parting note, my Sticker Store is officially back open and include my new line of Pokemon Sweet stickers plus some early Halloween themed stickers!
Until next time!
20th Anniversary Pokemon Center Exclusive Starter Plush
Pokemon Center 20th Anniversary Snow Globe
Red & Pikachu Promo Card
Pokemon Card Products
Pokemon Center Trick or Treat Campaign
Yokohama Center Moving Campaign