It’s already almost September?! I swear only yesterday it was the beginning of August!
Two new extra large plush will come out in September!
Ditto-chu (35 cm / 13.5 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 7th (Thursday).
Mimikyu (28 cm / 11 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 21st (Thursday).
From the general Pokemon Sun & Moon line-up, there will be one set of large plush and one set of smaller plush.
Measuring at around 12 cm each (4.5 in), Meowth, Bewear, and Mimikyu will start appearing in game centers from September 21st (Thursday).
Measuring at around 20 cm each (7.8 in), Cosmog and too adorable for this world Rowlet will also start appearing in game centers from September 21st (Thursday).
There will be two separate releases from the Kororin Friends series in September.
The first release features a selection of water and normal types.
Large size Snorlax (26 cm / 10 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 12th (Tuesday).
Smaller sized Psyduck, Slowpoke, and Munchlax (12 cm / 4.7 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 14th (Thursday).
The second Kororin batch is all dragon types!
Larger sized Dragonite (26 cm / 10 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 26th (Tuesday).
Smaller sized Axew, Hydreigon, and Garchomp (12 cm / 4.7 in) will also start appearing in game centers from September 26th (Tuesday).
Last and certainly not least, we conclude the summer with more plush from the Pikachu Mania! series.
Large size baby-doll eyes Pikachu plush (24 cm / 9.5 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 7th (Thursday).
From the Korotto Manmaur series, smaller sized Pikachus (12 cm / 4.7 in) in 5 different poses will also start appearing in game centers from September 7th (Thursday).
That wraps up the Banpresto releases for September!
Stay tuned for the return of Eeveelutions starting in October (the best month! Hint: my birthday is at the end of it!)
This year’s main Halloween promotion was announced!
Halloween comes super early this year and with almost no warning. The 2017 Pokemon Halloween promotion will drop at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting September 2nd (Saturday), which is technically…next week! (Did August even happen?)
There is a bunch of super cute merch this year and I’m really excited!! Halloween is my favorite time of the year and I’ve felt like the Pokemon Center has semi dropped the ball with the past several promotions. They made up for it this time!
Plush (Pikachu | Mimikyu | Bewear) – 1,944 yen each
Mascot Plush (Rowlet | Litten | Popplio | Eevee) – 1,296 yen each
Metal Charm Sets (Pikachu | Mimikyu) – 918 yen each
Logo Pin – 648 yen
Set of 2 Mugs – 2,376 yen
Earrings – 648 yen
Plush Mascot Pin – 756 yen
Plush Pass Case – 1,404 yen
(Thanks to the Daisuki Club updating really quickly with new information, we actually have photos of all the merch from this promo!)
Squishy Mascots (Pikachu | Mimikyu) – 1,080 yen
Die-Cut Memo Set – 734 yen
PET Stickers – 540 yen
A4 3-Pocket Clearfile – 410 yen
Dice Bag – 648 yen
Pouch (Pikachu on one side, Mimikyu on the other) – 1,944 yen
Hand Towel – 756 yen
Of course there will be blind packaged rubber charms! This set features 9 designs with no secrets, and as always, each charm will cost 540 yen after tax.
As part of the Pokemon Center Halloween festivities that will start with Pokemon Halloween Time and run through October, starting September 22nd (Friday) customers at all Pokemon Center and Store locations will get 1 of 3 random clear art cards for every 2,500 yen spent. These cards are given out on a first come first serve basis and once they’re gone there’s no more, so if you’re in Japan around that time, make sure to stop by September 22nd and spend your cash!
In keeping tradition with the past few years, there will be a secondary Halloween/Gothic themed promotion that will go on sale separately from the main Halloween promotion. “Mysterious Encounters” is set to drop in Japan September 22nd (Friday) and we will get more information on the merch line-up September 8th (Friday), so stay tuned!
Moving on from Halloween… a batch of Ruby and Sapphire themed Pokemon Center exclusive plush will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores September 2nd (Saturday).
Honestly speaking, this batch is maybe a little disappointing just because all of these Pokemon have plush, and in some cases a lot of plush that look very similar if not basically identical to these ones. I know it’s hard to believe, Pokemon Center, and you might want to sit down for this but there are actually other Gen 3 Pokemon besides the ones you have here, and I’m sure lots of fans would have loved those plush. I hate being that person who is all, “give another Pokemon a chance” but … give another Pokemon a chance?!
This past Friday (August 18th), there were no merchandise announcements, and the only release for Saturday (August 19th) was the blind-packaged Hoenn region can badges.
But! This year’s Dot Sprite promotion was released last Wednesday (August 16th), along with a couple random items.
There were no plush or cushions with this year’s release, but there were hand towels! Pictured here are two of the three designs (the third was dot sprite style pokeballs).
It’s not a Pokemon Center promotion without clearfiles, and this release featured three designs, each with multiple pockets!
There were two memo pads in cute boxes (one design with just Pikachu and one with the main group illustration) and an unboxed pad of sticky notes.
If notebooks are more your style, there were two Pokeball die-cut notebooks.
One of the cutest items from the merch list was this set of three clear pouches. Use them together or separately (or keep them minty fresh and safe in your collection!)
Coinciding with the opening of the very limited Isetan x Pokemon store, available exclusively at the main Shinjuku Isetan building (which includes a super cute cafe with Pokemon themed food and drink), an Isetan themed Pikachu plush was also released at Pokemon Centers on the 16th.
Last but not least, this rather unique “multi-ring” for smartphones was released recently as well. Available in three designs (Alola Vulpix, Snorlax, and Eeveelution), you can attach this ring to the back of your phone and use it to…I’m not exactly sure. Hold it better? Attach it to things? Clip it to a string and swing it around your head like a deadly Pokemon themed projectile? Whatever your heart desires I guess!
I’m back with a separate Friday Merch Announcements post to cover the most recent Pokemon TCG news~
Two new booster packs have been announced via the Pokemon TCG website for release September 15th (Friday).
“Awakened Heroes” (SM4S) and “Ultra-Dimensional Beasts” (SM4A) are both normal booster sets. Each individual pack will cost 162 yen after tax and contain 5 random cards.
As a bonus along with the release, special “First Edition” boxes (30 packs of cards) will be sold of each booster set, with each box containing a guaranteed at least 1 SR, HR, or UR card.
Also starting September 15th, for every two boxes (60 packs) of booster packs bought, you will get 1 full deck’s worth of original Acerola card sleeves (64 sleeves). These bonus sleeves will be given out as a bonus while supplies last and will be available at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan, along with the on-line Pokemon Center Store.
These sleeves can only be obtained through this promotion, and the design is incredibly adorable, so don’t miss out!
As with most big TCG releases, five new card sleeve designs will also go on sale in Japan starting September 15th (Friday).
The five designs are:
Team Skull (Zubat + Salandit)
All packs are for full decks with 64 sleeves each and will cost 777 yen after tax.
There will also be a Silvally deck case costing 390 yen after tax.