We didn’t get a whole lot of announcements this past Friday, but we did get some.
First up, the ever popular (?) Dot Sprite series returns with new merchandise scheduled for release August 16th (Wednesday). Fitting in with the recent trend, a lot of the more exciting items aren’t photographed. Also I question mark popular as the series resurfaces every year but it never seems to be a big seller, so I’m not sure why the Pokemon Center focuses so much attention on it.
5 Pocket Clearfiles (Ash / Yellow / White) – 454 yen each
Die-Cut Notebook (2 Designs) – 702 yen each
Fancy Handkerchiefs (Pikachu / Group / Pokeballs) – 1,944 yen each
Metal Key Holder (Pikachu / Squirtle / Bulbasaur / Charmander / Slowpoke / Pokeball) – 1,404 yen each
Beaded Earrings (Pikachu / Oddish / Gengar / Pokeball) – 3,780 yen each
Set of 3 PVC Pouches (Black / White) – 1,944 yen
Block Style Sticky Notes – 540 yen
MemoPad w/ Box (Pikachu / Group) – 972 yen
Masking Tape – 918 yen
T-Shirt (Pikachu / Gengar / Magnemite / Diglett | Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen each
5108 Necklace (Pikachu Smile / Pikachu Love / Super Effective! / Pokeball / Pikachu Dot Sprite / Pikachu Tail / Kanto Starter Group) – 4,104 yen each
Pokemon Go Merchandise is finally making an official appearance at Pokemon Centers in Japan! These items will be sold in combination with the popular Pikachu Invasion event in Yokohama and consequently, these items will be available through the Yokohama Center only starting August 9th (Saturday). Pre-orders are currently open as well through the on-line Pokemon Center Store.
T-Shirts (Team Mystic / Team Valor / Team Instinct | Kids) – 2,700 yen
T-Shirts (Team Mystic / Team Valor / Team Instinct | Small / Medium / Large) – 3,300 yen
T-Shirts (Team Mystic / Team Valor / Team Instinct | XL / 2XL) – 3,500 yen
Long Towels (Team Mystic / Team Valor / Team Instinct) – 1,100 yen each
Pins (Team Mystic / Team Valor / Team Instinct) – 500 yen each
Can Badge (Team Mystic / Team Valor / Team Instinct) – 400 yen each
iPhone 7 Hard Cases (Team Mystic / Team Valor / Team Instinct) – 2,100 yen each
A comprehensive Pokemon game book will go on sale August 8th (Tuesday) as part of the Pokemon 20th Anniversary celebrations. The book focuses on a side comic that’s been in existence alongside the games since Red and Blue and will include a bunch of comic art, protagonist profiles, world guides, Pokedex information, and other goodies.
There will be a special edition sold only at Pokemon Centers that includes extra artwork.
The normal version will cost 2,700 yen after tax, while the special edition version with extra artwork will cost 5,400 yen.
Last but not least, a special and limited edition Momo-Taro inspired Pikachu plush will be available exclusively at the Okayama Pokemon Store from August 5th (Saturday) while supplies last. This Pikachu, named the Pecha Berry Loving Pikachu, will be sold in conjunction with a local Momo-Taro festival that will take place that same weekend. Momo-Taro himself is a hero from a traditional Japanese story set in Okayama.
That wraps up the news for this week. Stay tuned for a Pokemon Report from this past weekend.
The last of three May 20th releases – the Pokemon Line Art Promotion.
This is not the first line-art promotion, but I feel like both were easily overlooked because there were no plush and when you get down to it, it’s all stock art but in lined form.
With that said, I still find this series to feature plenty of neat looking items so it’s kind of a shame it’s not more popular. Also, this is a good way to get merchandise with your favorite Pokemon on it if it’s not one of the more popular ‘mons as each item includes so many.
Don’t like white? No problem! A lot of the items included in the line-up had a black background counterpart.
The line-up of merch featured a ton of items for everyone’s every day life style, like train pass cases and two types of phone cases: a hard shell type for iPhone7 and a flip-case type designed to fit a variety of medium sized phones.
There were also a couple different size pouches.
Pens and sketchbooks for the more artistically inclined.
And duffel bags and backpacks, so you can show off your love for Pokemon while also being fashionable!
My favorite item from the entire promotion were the stickers. This pack of die-cut stickers contains a different combination of Pokemon per pack and are made of a neat sort of cloth-like material that shimmers in the light (I did my best to show off the shimmery effect!)
I can’t end this blog post without mentioning the tag art. Pretty snazzy, right? I love it!
That wraps up the final May 20th Pokemon Center Report post.
I was not in Okinawa for the Okinawa exclusive promotion that came out July 15th, and unfortunately my friend Jen who runs Japanstuffs was busy moving and couldn’t visit for the weekend. However! The lovely Shelly.Lynn.Xiong lives in Okinawa, was able to attend the opening, and shared some photos with me for use here on the blog, so a big thank you to her!
The Okinawa Promotion celebrated the reopening of the Ryubo Pokemon Store and the grand opening of the Pokemon Store location in Aeon Mall Okinawa Rycom.
The highlights from the promotion were of course the plush. The Pikachu plush was cute but held nothing over the Eevee plush dressed up as Shisa in their Arcanine ponchos.
There were two versions of the Eevee plush: one with a closed mouth and one open. While this might appear random at first glance, this was done deliberately.
Shisa are traditional “guardian dogs” usually depicted in pairs and often seen on rooftops or flanking gates. One Shisa has a closed mouth to keep good spirits in, while the open mouth Shisa wards off evil spirits. So basically, to ensure good luck, you need both Eevees!
As with most of the Pokemon poncho plush, the Arcanine hoodies can be lowered and raised. Eevee looks adorable either way!
Along with the plush and mascot plush (only Pikachu had a mascot plush available), they also sold a traditional Okinawan sweet called “Chinsuko“. These biscuits are similar to shortbread but maybe a little less sweet.