Rainbow Rocket landed in Pokemon Centers across Japan (including the on-line store) on Saturday January 20th.
The promotion featured a bunch of neat items, including stickers, clip sets, pens, phone cases, and a set of gacha figures (see this post for a full list), however the highlights were definitely the Pikachu Dress-Up plush and surprise legendary (plus Goliosopod) Pokemon plush.
Unlike the previously released Secret Teams dress-up Pikachu, these Pikachu plush are dressed up specifically as each secret team’s leaders.
There are 7 Pikachu plush in total: Giovanni, Archie, Maxie (not pictured), Cyrus, Ghetsis, Lysandre, and Guzma.
Along with the 7 Boss Pikachus, the promo as featured 9 legendary Pokemon plush (and Golisopod, who I guess is an honorary legendary now)
These plush are not Pokedolls although they sort of have a Pokedoll feel.
I’m not going to lie; some are pretty derpy. Maybe it adds to their charm?
The 10 plush are: Mewtwo, Groudon, Kyogre, Dialga, Palkia, Zekrom, Reshiram, Yveltal, Xerneas, and as mentioned Golisopod.
Unrelated to Rainbow Rocket, two new (?) Pokemon Center exclusive plush came out January 20th as well.
New being questionable as Pichu isn’t really new at this point anywhere, but Typhlosion was a surprise.
On January 27th, a small Pikachu based promotion called Pikachu Living & Dining was released.
The promo features a bunch of items that can be used in the home and the kitchen, including tons of bowls, towels, laundry related merch
and cute Pikachu slippers (plus a couple others!)
That wraps up the last of the releases for January.
Welcome to February everyone~
[Bandai] Pokemon Bath Figures (Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Alolan Vulpix, Bewear, Mimikyu)
[Banpresto] Girlish Pikachu Hand Mirrors (3 designs)
[Banpresto] Girlish Pikachu Large Plush (2 designs)
[Pokemon Center] Everyday Mimikyu
[Ichiban-Kuji] Pokemon Research – Gengar
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Large Plush (Eevee, Porygon, Teddiursa)
[Banpresto] Girlish Pikachu Plush Pouch (3 designs)
[Banpresto] Girlish Pikachu Large Mascot Plush (3 designs)
[Banpresto] Extra Large Pokeball Plush (Pokeball, Master Ball)
[Pokemon Center Online] 2nd Year Anniversary Campaign Starts
[TCG] Deck Build Box (Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon)
[TCG] Pokemon Card Sleeves (Pikachu Face, Lillie/Lana/Mallow)
End of February
[San-ei] Plush Tissue Box Covers (Snorlax, Slowpoke)
[San-ei] All Star Mascot Collection (Bellsprout, Pichu, Cleffa, Igglybuff, Togepi, Azurill, Chimecho, Wynaut)
[San-ei] All Star Unown Mascot Collection (A, E, H, K, M, N, R, S, T, Y)
4th Week of February
[Sega Prize] Premium Planetarium Light
[Sega Prize] Set of 4 Mini Towels
[Sega Prize] Applique Denim Tote Bag
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Large Plush (Clefairy, Sylveon, Mimikyu)
[Pokemon Kids] Pokemon Ultra Sun & Moon – Ultra Beasts Edition (Poipole, Decidueye, Primarina, Incineroar, Charjabug, Alolan Ninetails, Celesteela)
[Ensky] Pikachu Ude-Makura Plush
[Banpresto] Extra Large Togepi Plush
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Meets Karel Capek
[Gacha] Putitto Pokemon Collection Vol 3 (Litten, Popplio, Rowlet, Pyukumuku, Salandit, Bewear, Alola Vulpix)
[Takara Tomy Plush] Ultra Ball Plush, Poipole plush
[MonColle] Magikarp, Jangmo-o, Stufful, Sandygast, Alolan Dugtrio, Buzzwole
[MonColle Sets] Pikachu + Pokeball, Charizard + Ultra Ball, Ho-oh & Lugia + Pokeball & Great Ball
We finally got news on the annual “Weird Pokemon Promotion” that typically occurs in February, and this year’s “Weird Pokemon” is…
If you love Mimikyu, then hold on to your butt because this Pokemon Center promotion is only Mimikyu (and Pikachu). This slightly creepy mostly cute promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting February 10th (Saturday).
There are two plush as part of this release. The first plush is a 1:1 size Mimikyu, with a small surprise.
Technically speaking, Mimikyu is about 20 cm or 7.8 inches.
…this is definitely bigger than 20 cm, though, right!? So is this really life-size?
Actually yes. The 20 cm only measures Mimikyu. The Pikachu head part is technically part of the costume and not part of Mimikyu’s actual body size.
Each 1:1 Mimikyu plush will sell for 4,860 yen after tax.
Plush number 2: a pretty unique Diorama Plush set!
Each plush come with little velcro on the bottom so you can move them around the base as you want and they won’t fall over.
The Diorama Plush set costs 2,700 yen after tax.
Another neat item from the list: a pocket watch!
The last time we had a pocket watch in a merch line-up was several years ago with Mystery Mansion.
Each watch will cost 3,240 yen after tax.
Book Style Memo Set – 972 yen
Mini Tote Bag – 1,944 yen
Pouch – 1,620 yen
Flat Case (Blue / White) – 648 yen each
1:1 Size Wall Sticker – 1,296 yen
PET Sticker Sheet – 648 yen
Deco Sticker Roll – 648 yen
Croquis Sketchbook – 572 yen
iPhone Soft Shell Case (iPhone 8/7/6s/6) – 2,030 yen
Flip Phone Case (140 mm x 70 mm x 10 mm) – 3,456 yen
Paperclip w/ Case – 648 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Face Towel – 1,080 yen
Metal Charm Collection *blind packaged* (6 designs / No secrets) – 648 yen each
A4 Clearfile Set – 497 yen
Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Tin – 972 yen
Mug w/ Lid – 1,512 yen
Pokemon Card Game Sun & Moon
Not quite as big or exciting but a new Eeveelution necklace from the U-Treasure jewelry series is currently available for special order.
Necklaces can be ordered on-line or in person at the Shinjuku U-Treasure Store, the Nagyoa K-Uno Order Made Salon Meitetsu store, and the Osaka K-Uno in Doton Plaza.
Glaceon comes with a blue topaz and is available in silver (12,000 yen) white gold/yellow gold/pink gold (55,000 yen each), and platinum (65,000 yen).
That wraps up this week’s fun filled Pokemon Center announcements.
Until next time~
Everyday Mimikyu (Daisuki Club)
U-Treasure Glaceon Necklace
Happy New Years (a few weeks late!)
A bunch of things came out on New Years Day (which is why it’s taken me so long to get this post up) including the Oteire Please (Take Care Of Me Please!) promotion, Lycanroc pokedolls, and 2018 Pokemon Center Lucky Bags!
Let’s talk about the Lucky Bags first.
I got and still continue to get a lot of requests for these bags. I know it’s the internet and no one likes to read but here is some information that some people might find useful.
What are lucky bags? Over the year, the Pokemon Center releases promotions with multitudes of items. Not all of these promotions and items sell. In fact, some don’t sell ever and stick around the store forever. What happens at the end of the year when the Center wants to make room for the multitudes of unsellable items in the next year? They repackage them in Lucky Bags and add a gimmick item to get people to buy them! Does it work? Well, the 2018 Lucky Bags sold out within an hour of the store opening and the on-line ones sold out within half an hour so you can be the judge.
The gimmick for this year’s bags were small sleeping mascot plush of Pikachu, Rowlet, and Alolan Vulpix, plus a matching mini sized backpack. Pretty cute! Each Lucky Bag included 1 random mascot + backpack sets. Everyone wanted them and to be fair, they’re super cute.
I managed to order 2 bags on-line and got 2 in person from the Mega Tokyo Center. From what I’ve seen, the on-line bags were all Rowlet, which is kind of annoying. The Lucky Bags can easily be unzipped and the staff could have checked to make sure people weren’t getting duplicates and didn’t. Also from what I’ve seen, the contents of the bags from the stores vs the on-line store was better.
Lucky Bags were limited 2 per person. When I was at the actual Pokemon Center store on New Years Day, I think pretty much everyone in line got their limit of 2 each. When I arrived at 5 am, there was already a line of 20+ people, and I’m positive that people near the front of the line showed up around midnight or even earlier from the night before. People who arrived to wait in line at 8 am were already too late. So if you’re preparing for next year’s Lucky Bags, keep this in mind.
Are the Lucky Bags worth it? Depends on how much you like random Pokemon Center merch. I guess most people get it for the novelty and love waiting in line. At any rate, the bag is cute!
Three new Pokedolls were released January 1st – all three Lycanrocs: Dusk, Dawn, and Midnight forms!
They all turned out really cute, in my opinion, but Midnight is my favorite. I love his little punky mohawk.
With 2018 being the Year of the Dog, Pokemon Centers were also selling this neat Dusk Lycanroc clearfile, featuring artwork from the 2018 Gamefreak New Years cards.
As mentioned, along with Lucky Bags and Pokedolls, the Pokemon Center also came out with an original promotional series: Oteire Please (which also makes me think of Torikoriko Please by Azalea)
This series featured a bunch of really cute items including plush of Pikachu, Pichu, and Rowlet
And matching mascot plush!
There were super cute memo clips with Pikachu, Pichu, and Rowlet
Phone cases – both flip and shell for iPhones
And cute hand towels!
Some other cute items included: a set of clips to keep your papers in order, hand mirrors, long towels, pens with cute figure charms, slippers, sticker sheets
Pouch, pass case, a towel wrap to keep your hair out of your face, and really cute caramel tins.
There was also the infamous Pokemon Center buy 3 for $10 socks deal with 6 different sock designs.
And a set of gacha figures!
My luck with gacha figures is abysmal to put it lightly, but for some reason for this set my fingers are Alolan Vulpixes as almost every time I played I got a white fox, or Pikachu. If only I had this type of luck all the time in every other aspect of my life.
That wraps up a kind of belated Pokemon Center New Years Report!
Thanks for your patience as we continue to get caught up and stay tuned for next time~
First off, I’m sorry for the radio silence aside from the Friday Pokemon Announcements. Between New Years releases and Pikachu’s Sweet Treats last week, along with making sure all orders were shipped out before I left and packing my stuff, life was a bit hectic. Then I ended up flying home on quite possibly one of the worst days to travel and it’s a miracle I escaped from the Atlanta airport and wasn’t trapped there for the night. But here I am!
Although my Japan Pick-Up service is temporarily closed for the moment, fear not! If you want to purchase items from Japan, head over to Japan Stuffs.
Also, I currently have a backlog of Pokemon Center Report posts. I’ll be uploading those sometime over the next week or two.
Moving on to the Friday announcements!
The Giovanni Nendoroid was officially announced on Friday, and pre-orders for the figure started January 17th at 2 pm. The pre-order period will end February 28th (Wednesday) at 9 pm JP time, with orders shipping out sometime in August, 2018. The figure costs 5,400 yen after tax.
Giovanni comes with 3 face plates: normal, shadowy, and “realistic”, along with 2 pocket marks so you can change him between being the leader of Team Rocket and Rainbow Rocket.
Giovanni also comes with a companion Pokemon: Mewtwo. Mewtwo comes with a “psycho break” effect part and an extra arm so he can hold it.
As with most if not all Nendoroids, customers who order through either Goodsmile or the Pokemon Center will receive a bonus item.
Pokemon Center orders come with a bonus Ultra Ball.
Goodsmile orders come with a bonus Rainbow Rocket figure base.
Goodsmile JP | Goodsmile EN | Pokemon Center Online JP | Pokemon Center Online US | Amiami JP | Amiami EN
Pikachu’s Closet returns with two new outfits for the dress-up Pikachu plush. Both clothing sets will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting January 27th (Saturday).
A Biker clothing set that comes with a mini leather jacket and white t-shirt with printed sunglasses will sell for 3,780 yen after tax.
A Hoodie clothing set (with a winter theme) that includes an adorable hoodie and ski hat will sell for 3,456 yen after tax.
Last but not least, a cute Pikachu themed set of living and dining related merchandise, appropriately named “Pikachu Living & Dining” will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting January 27th (Saturday).
Full Merchandise List
Oval Bowl – 1,728 yen
Mini Bowl – 864 yen
Set of 2 Cork Coasters – 486 yen
Set of 3 Melamine Cups (Black & White / Colorful) – 1,944 yen
Stainless Steel Tumbler – 2,700 yen
Mug – 1,296 yen
Kitchen Rag – 756 yen
Set of 2 A3 Size Lunch Mats – 908 yen
Laundry Bag – 2,700 yen
Small Storage Bag – 2,160 yen
Medium Storage Bag – 3,456 yen
Pikachu Plush Slippers – 2,160 yen
Face Towel – 1,620 yen
Mini Bath Towel – 2,700 yen
Lunch Box (Honeycomb / Rectangular) – 1,296 yen each
Tissue Box Cover – 1,620 yen
Laundry Net – 1,944 yen
Mult-Use Bucket – 1,782 yen
That wraps up this weekend’s Pokemon Center Announcements.
Until next time~
Pikachu Living & Dining