I’m playing catch-up with the big Pokemon Center releases from New Years and so here we go with the first two big promotions that coincidentally came out on the first of the year
Mix Au Lait!
This promotion is a sequel to the original Saiko Soda promotion, featuring original artwork by F*Kaori (a graphic designer and illustrator). While the first release focused on a soda pop theme, this new one has a mixed canned coffee theme, with each Eeveelution having their own individual flavor and design.
The release featured 9 adorable plush: one for each Eeveelution plus Eevee
Along with plush sized versions of the previously released Saiko Soda Eevee and Pikachu mascot plush.
I received a couple comments from people on the size of the plushies, which were all bigger than expected (always a nice surprise!)
Along with the plush, there were also a set of 9 mascot plush and plush face badges. The badges have safety pins on the back to make them easy to attach to things like bags, clothing, whatever you want.
The mascot plush ended up being different poses than the main plush, which was sort of a surprise to me. Between the two designs, I personally prefer the sitting plush (I’m not the biggest fan of the faces on the mascot plush).
On the other hand, the plush face badges were a cute and original idea!
A surprisingly popular part of the release were the MEI brand messenger bags. These bags are not the biggest (definitely not big enough to hold a laptop unless it’s an incredibly small one that maybe doesn’t exist and is actually a tablet) but they’re still fairly sturdy, a nice size for every-day items like phones, aforementioned tablets, notebooks, wallets, glasses, etc., and they’re cute!
There were 10 designs in total for the bags, with 1 for every Eeveelution plus 1 (not pictured) with Saiko Soda themed Pikachu.
Another cute item from the release: pens!
As with everything else mentioned here so far, there was 1 pen per Eeveelution (of course, I got Umbreon for myself!)
There were a bunch of group Eeveelution items that are also worth mentioning, including bandaids, a tupperware set, a 2-tier bento box, two types of heat resistant glass mugs, and a pack of assorted stickers (which were more popular than I was expecting).
There were also socks, with designs available of all the Eeveelutions plus Saiko Soda Eevee and Pikachu.
And not forgetting the glass mugs with individual Eeveelution designs that were only available on-line.
The cookie tin ended up being slightly smaller than I was expecting, but that’s not a bad thing!
Each tin comes with an assortment of vanilla butter cookies shaped like Eeveelution faces. I’m pretty sure you are guaranteed at least one of each Eeveelution plus one or two extras but I might be wrong. I know I got Eevee, Sylveon, and Umbreon, and honestly that’s all I care about.
Along with cookies, there was a new item. Keeping with the pop theme, the Center sold a set of 9 Eeveelution themed candies. Each package is shaped like a canned drink and contains yummy ramune candy!
Last but not least, there were also three gacha releases!
There were two sets from the Mix Au Lait series, with a different Eevee in Volume 1 and 2, plus a separate Saiko Soda gacha set including a third Eevee, plus Pikachu, Oddish, Swirlix, and Litwick.
The second release that came out on New Years was the Pokedoll mascot & plush accessory release.
The Pokemon featured in this release were: Snorlax, Mew, Gengar, Lapras, and Poliwhirl.
Along with the plush, there were also tiny accessories designed to fit these smaller sized Pokedolls, including three types of sleeping bags (Chansey, Weepinbell, and Magikarp)
A Pikachu couch and a Snorlax couch
Plus a couple other items including a Pikachu bus, a small train, and a Mimikyu tent!
On a parting note, shopping on New Years morning at the Pokemon Center was one of the nuttiest decisions of my life. After waiting all night from midnight to get a Lucky Bag, the Pokemon Center was a mob scene with the line for the registers extending out of the store and down the hall. To make it worse, for about an hour or so after opening, half the registers were devoted to people buying Lucky Bags so the register line for regular items wasn’t moving. I jokingly mentioned to Jen from Japanstuffs that it was like being perpetually stuck in purgatory, except it wasn’t funny, and it was more like hell because it was so hot and full of people.
Eventually the line started to move and we did eventually leave (or am I writing this from line still?!) but wow. I thought last year was bad, but it seems every year New Years at the Pokemon Center gets worse and worse, at least regarding their inability to stagger releases and crowd control.
And on that delightful note… that wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report!
Until next time~
This week’s announcements were… lackluster. But I guess not every week can be Christmas.
Q-Pot x Pokemon returns with Eeveelution themed cupcake bag charms!
Unlike the original release, these charms will only be available via pre-order from the Pokemon Center On-Line Store. The pre-order period will run from February 1st (Friday) 10 am until February 28th (Thursday) 11:59 pm. Charms will start shipping out beginning of May.
Each charm will cost 11,880 yen including tax and comes with a cute Eeveelution and sweets themed box and matching paper bag. Charms are limited 1 per design per person.
K-Treasure is starting a new custom order jewelry service.
Referred to as “Free Writing Pendants”, customers will be able to choose the font, what it says (up to 8 characters – alphabet, numbers, plus the heart character and infinity character), a Pokemon charm (called a “mark” on the website) from 19 available choices, and the material (yellow gold, pink gold, or white gold).
Necklaces are 29,800 yen each including tax and ship out within 4-5 weeks from ordering.
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center announcements!
Stay tuned as I play catch up with the last two weekends of Pokemon Center Reports~
Q-Pot x Pokemon Collaboration Volume 2
U-Treasure Custom Pokemon Necklace
Hello everyone (and sorry for the wait!)
We got a couple announcements from the Pokemon Center site this past Friday, so better late than never~
Two new 1:1 (life-size) Eevee plush will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan February 1st (Friday).
Each plush will cost 3,240 yen including tax. For those curious, life-size Eevee isn’t actually very big.
The Pokemon Center is collaborating with the Original Stitch shirt company in a cross-over shirt release that you probably never knew you needed! The promo is aimed at adults who want to reconnect with their childhood.
Original Stitch will be offering custom button-up shirts with 151 original patterns representing each of the original 151 Pokemon.
Starting January 26th until January 28th, 20 designs will be available for special order on-line only as a sort of teaser for the main release, which will happen end of February. Anyone who orders a shirt during the pre-release in January will receive a free handkerchief with a pattern that matches the shirt.
Shirts are available in mens and womens styles, in small, medium, and large. The 20 early releases designs are: Pikachu, Eevee, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Vulpix, Geodude, Slowpoke, Fearow, Ponyta, Magikarp, Ratticate, Slowbro, Pidgeot, Beedrill, Golem, Poliwag, Kakuna, Jigglypuff, and Gyarados.
Each shirt will cost 10,800 yen (including tax) + shipping.
Also according to the website, they do not accept orders outside of Japan at this time.
Moving on to Pokemon TCG releases… monthly card day for February will be February 1st (Friday)!
A new booster pack, called “Full Metal Wall” (SM9b) and featuring Lucario and Beefcake Meltan (Melmetal) on the main wrapper art, will be released.
Each pack will contain 5 random cards and cost 162 yen.
There will also be a new pack of original Pokemon Center card sleeves (777 yen) and a deck case (390 yen), both featuring a cute Meltan design.
Last but not least! If you thought your wallets were safe after the Mix Au Lait promotion, you thought wrong. The Pokemon Center original dot sprite series returns with “Eevee Collection” on February 1st (Friday).
This release will be full of merchandise featuring everyone’s favorite Eeveelutions in dot sprite form.
Rubber Pins (Eevee, Jolteon, Flareon, Vaporeon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon) – 432 yen each
Earring Set – 2,700 yen
Ramune Candy Tin Collection – 324 yen
*Blind Packaged – 10 designs total*
A4 Clearfile Set – 497 yen
Soft Shell iPhone Case (8/7/6s/6) – 2,030 yen each
Soft Shell iPhone Case (XR) – 2,160 yen
Multi Smart Phone Flip Case – 3,240 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Face Towel – 1,080 yen
Cushion (Eevee, Jolteon, Flareon, Vaporeon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon) – 3,240 yen each
Mascot Plush (Eevee, Jolteon, Flareon, Vaporeon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon) – 1,080 yen each
Deco Tape Set – 648 yen
Memo Pad – 540 yen
B6 Ring Notebook – 648 yen
Sticky Note Set – 648 yen
Band-aid Set – 432 yen
Hoodie (Medium / Large) – 6,048 yen
T-Shirt (Print Design / Small | Medium | Large) – 3,240 yen
T-Shirt (Small | Medium | Large) – 3,240 yen
Wrist Watch (Eevee, Jolteon, Flareon, Vaporeon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon) – 2,160 yen each
Flat Pouch – 1,728 yen
Yakpak Pass & Coin Case – 3,132 yen
Yakpak Rucksack – 12,960 yen
Yakpak Mini Pochette – 5,184 yen
Socks (Eevee, Jolteon, Flareon, Vaporeon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon) – 3 pair for 1,080 yen
That wraps up last week’s Pokemon Center announcements!
Until next time~
1:1 Eevee Plush
Original Stitch x Pokemon Shirts
Pokemon TCG February Releases
Hello everyone and welcome back to our regularly scheduled Friday Pokemon Merchandise Announcements!
On January 26th (Saturday), the Pokemon Center will be releasing plush versions of all the Starter Pokemon’s final evolution forms across 7 generations.
The line-up includes: Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Meganium, Typhlosion, Feraligatr, Sceptile, Blaziken, Swampert, Torterra, Empoleon, Infernape, Serperior, Emboar, Samurott, Chesnaught, Delphox, Greninja, Decidueye, Primarina, and Incineroar.
Out of the Pokemon listed, Decidueye, Primarina, and Incineroar are re-releases. Everything else is a new release and should be bigger than previously released plush.
Each plush will cost 3,456 yen including tax.
A brand new and original Pokemon Center promotion, designed to look like traditional Japanese sumie artwork and featuring some popular fighting Pokemon, will go on sale in Japan from January 19th (Saturday). This promotion is called “Sumie Retsuden” (Ink Brush Portraits).
The main Pokemon featured in this promotion are: Greninja, Mega Sceptile, Lucario, Zeraora, Mega Gallade, and Garchomp.
Tea Tin w/ Tea – 1,080 yen each
Tea Cup – 1,080 yen each
2 Tier Bento Box – 3,240 yen each
Folding Fans – 2,376 yen each
iPhone Soft Shell Case (8, 7, 6s, 6) – 2,030 yen each
Hand Towels – 1,404 yen each
Square Pouch – 1,620 yen each
Coaster – 1,036 yen each
Coin Pouch – 1,296 yen each
Deck Case – 390 yen each
Card Sleeves – 777 yen each
Mini Folding Screen Collection – 540 yen each
* 6 designs / blind packaged
T-Shirts – 3,240 yen each
TCG Play Mat – 2,700 yen each
Can Badge Sets – 540 yen per set
Set of 3 A4 Clearfiles – 756 yen
Plate Sets – 1,296 yen per set
Sticker Sets – 432 yen per set
Pokemon Center Exclusive Framed Print
21,600 yen each including tax
Pre-order period: January 19th (Saturday) 10 am ~ March 31st (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Ships: Beginning of June
Last but not least, a cute and colorful Pokemon & Sweets themed mini promotion will hit Pokemon Center shelves in Japan January 19th (Saturday).
At this point, I’m not sure if this is this year’s Valentine’s Day promo, although if it is, it’s kind of a let down from last year, but you do you Pokemon Center.
Boy Pikachu Mascot Plush – 1,512 yen
Girl Pikachu Mascot Plush – 1,404 yen
Pouch – 1,728 yen
Pen Pouch – 1,512 yen
Long Wallet – 3,780 yen
Mini Tote Bag – 1,944 yen
Pass Case – 1,728 yen
Hand Towel (Pair Pikachu, Candy) – 540 yen each
Mini Bath Towel – 2,160 yen
Handkerchief (Pair Pikachu, Candy) – 702 yen each
ID Case w/ Reel Chain – 1,728 yen
Tissue Pouch – 1,296 yen
B6 Ring Notebook – 648 yen
Set of 3 Deco Tape – 864 yen
Sticker – 648 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 497 yen
Sticky Note Set – 540 yen
Stationary Set w/ Box – 972 yen
A new Eeveelution themed Pokemon Center campaign is scheduled to begin February 1st and will run until March 3rd (or while supplies last).
From February 1st (Friday) until February 15th (Friday), for every 4,000 yen spent at the Pokemon Center or Store, customers will receive 1 of 5 Eeveelution art cards.
The first batch includes Jolteon, Flareon, Umbreon, Glaceon, and a secret design.
The second batch, which starts February 16th (Saturday) and ends March 3rd (Sunday), includes Vaporeon, Espeon, Leafeon, Sylveon, and a secret design.
The secret design is the same between both batches.
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center announcements!
Until next time~
Starter Pokemon Final Evolution Plush
Fluffy Little Pokemon
Happy New Year!
2018 is finally over (woooo!)
First off, I’m very sorry for the silence from my blog over the past two weeks regarding Pokemon news.
New Years in Japan is a big deal and one of the biggest holiday periods for the country, with the only other biggest period being Golden Week in April/May. Unlike most countries, The 31st through the 3rd are classified as public holidays and because of that, most of the time the last Friday of the year and the first Friday of the year end up being dead zones for Pokemon news because no one is working (and I guess they can’t figure out how to schedule posts, yes I’m throwing shade, Pokemon Center site).
This year especially ended up either working out or being horrible depending on how you view it, as the 31st landed on a Monday. This meant the first official “back to work” day for most people, the 4th, was a Friday, and if you think people wouldn’t take that Friday off so they could have an extra long vacation (Saturday December 29th until Sunday January 6th) well… you don’t know people.
Being in Tokyo, the past week since the last weekend of 2018 has been crazy full of people – not the best of times for me who really doesn’t like crowds.
And then to top it off, I managed to get food poisoning. So instead of being super productive during the past week I was passed out in bed for most of it cheering my body on and desperately hoping I wouldn’t need to see a Japanese doctor (spoilers: I almost did see a doctor but the clinic I went to straight up told me the doctors don’t examine patients, they just prescribe medicine, so I walked out).
I’m feeling better now, though! Huzzah for bodies being magical.
Things To Look Forward To in 2019
I waited in line at the Mega Tokyo Pokemon Center from midnight until the store opened at 10 am in order to get a lucky bag along with Jen from Japan Stuffs. We were numbers 5 and 6 in line respectively. I will be posting pictures of my “unboxing” (unbagging?) along with harrowing tales of line waiting and other excitement!
Note: Jen will be posting the few extra lucky bags she has on hand for sale on her web store (link again) within the next week or so, so if you’re interested I suggest keeping an eye over there and keep refreshing.
I have lots of pictures from the Mix Au Lait New Years release! I’m in the process of editing them and I’ll do my best to have the post up as soon as I can.
Do you have an order with me? I’m in the process of packing and shipping everything out as quickly as possible!
Some orders I won’t be able to ship out until next week while I wait for more boxes to come in – I apologize for the extra delay but I appreciate everyone’s patience!
I’m hoping to have a Valentine’s Day themed give-away before I leave Japan in about 2 weeks, so stay tuned for that!
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