Miki’s motto in life: Better Late Than Never!
The second part to the Varsity Pikachu (College Logo) series was released near the end of 2017 and featured many of the same items that part 1 had… excluding the plush. This release had no plush what so ever. On the other hand, there was a related gachapon set with a variety of pins so you win some you lose some.
This series has a very collegiate theme, so it’s no surprise that most of the items are either school related or clothing (school related clothing!)
Most of the items were available in two different designs: a generally red Pikachu theme or a generally blue/green Rowlet theme.
Of special note are the tote bags, which came in two sizes – normal tote-bag size and a smaller pouch size. When you love tote-bags so much that you want to attach a smaller tote-bag to your tote-bag.
This year also gave us the return of the varsity jackets, along with two types of hoodies and a cute v-neck sweater.
The two hoodies were both grey with the main difference being the logo on the front (red Pikachu or green Rowlet).
The v-neck sweater was only available with the Pikachu design.
Finally, there were two varsity jackets: blue/grey for Rowlet and red/cream for Pikachu.
I was conflicted with this release as I already bought the varsity jacket from last year’s release and wasn’t sure if I really needed a second one. After debating over whether I should get the Rowlet design or the new Pikachu design, I finally decided to go with the new Pikachu jacket and did not regret this decision.
Here are shots of the red Pikachu jacket from 2016. I fell in love with the logo design on the front which is the main reason I bought it last year. Unfortunately I didn’t have much chance to wear it over the winter but confirmed comfortable and a nice fit.
Here is the jacket from 2017. The logos on both the front and back of this jacket are obviously completely different from the previous year, although the colors are basically the same.
Also of note is the size. Both jackets are a large but the 2017 jacket is just a bit bigger than the 2016 jacket (further proof that Pokemon Center clothing sizes get larger every year).
I bought the 2017 jacket partly because I needed a jacket since I was dumb and did not bring a jacket with me in the middle of winter and I wore it a lot. The pockets are the perfect size to hold things like mp3 players and phones without the fear of them falling out. I also loved the buttons vs a zipper as I enjoyed feeling like the Hulk every time I took the jacket off.
That concludes this Pokemon Center Report. I hope you enjoyed it!
Until next time~
After a small hiatus, the Banpresto Prize overview post is back~
This post will cover all the Pokemon related game center prizes that will be released in March.
Pokemon Tea Party
The Pokemon Tea Party series will return in March with four different releases.
A set of four mini sized charms (2 Pikachu donuts and 2 Pikachu cupcakes) will start appearing in game centers from March 6th (Tuesday).
Each charm measures about 4 cm.
A super cute figure, called Pikachu’s Sweets Collection, will start appearing in game centers from March 8th (Thursday).
This figure measures about 9 cm from top to bottom.
This adorable Pikachu plush holding a mini Pikachu donut will start appearing in game centers from March 13th (Tuesday).
The plush is roughly 24 cm tall.
Two Pikachu mugs will start appearing in game centers from March 23rd (Friday).
I Love Gengar
The ever popular
I Love Gangar I Love Gengar series returns in March (because I guess game centers love losing money) (sorry Gengar!)
A set of two larger sized plush (one smirking and one sticking out his tongue) will start appearing in game centers from March 8th (Thursday).
Each plush is about 23 cm tall.
One extra large Gengar plush will start appearing in game centers from March 23rd (Friday).
He will measure about 31 cm tall.
Kutsurogi Time / Korotto Manmaru
The Kutsurogi Time and Korotto Manmaru series will each have one release in March.
From the Kutsurogi Time line – a larger sized sleeping Ditto plush!
This plush will start appearing in game centers from March 20th (Tuesday) and measures about 27 cm from one “hand” to the other.
From the Korotto Manmaru line – more large plush!
This set of plush, featuring Snorlax, Chansey, and Meowth, will start appearing in game centers from March 20th (Tuesday). Each plush will be about 24 cm tall.
Pokemon Sun & Moon
Rounding off this post with the general Pokemon Sun & Moon line of prizes!
An extra large Porygon plush (about 33 cm tall) will start appearing in game centers from March 6th (Tuesday).
A die-cut Ditto blanket will also start appearing in game centers from March 15th (Thursday).
This blanket measures roughly 150 cm long making it good as either decoration or a lap blanket but not necessarily as a sleeping blanket.
That wraps up another exciting Banpresto Prize Post!
Until next time~
Adults Love Pokemon Too
The 2018 Pokemon Center Valentine’s Day promotion went on sale January 13th and was full of tons of sweets and sweets related merchandise!
This year’s Valentine’s Day plush was a Pikachu Pair and adorable! They’re dressed as tiny Pikachu bakers, one boy and one girl.
The charm point is of course the tiny hearts on their butts.
There was also a heart shaped fuzzy cushion featuring artwork of the cute Pikachu Pair.
There was of course other non plush items that were equally as cute if not quite as soft.
Along with towels (which unfortunately are never easy to get pictures of) there was a set of metal charms (so you can twin with your special someone), a cute bag charm that you can attach to non bag items, a unique little pouch designed to look like a biscuit, and a Pokemon Center drawstring pouch with the promotional artwork.
Special note 2: The sticker roll! I generally don’t buy stickers because I never use them, but I caved for these because the promotional artwork is so cute.
This year’s promotion also included a couple kitchen and baking related items, which was really exciting.
There was a set of cookie cutters, silicone molds for making chocolates and candies, and adorable kitchen rags for cleaning up spills or just brightening up your kitchen area.
Also as part of the promotion was two types of gift bags (a simple one color brown paper bag and a colorful clear bag). There was also a small paper bag with handles. These are designed so you can make your cute chocolates and cookies and then give them to your special someone’s in super cute bags, making everything that much more precious.
Not forgetting the pink heart shaped mugs, perfect for drinking sweet hot chocolate out of.
The stationary set (left) looks just similar enough to the box of chocolates (right)… to me at least… that I definitely got mixed up a couple times while shopping. It does clearly say on both boxes what they are, and now that I have the two side by side I can tell they’re not identical like I thought up until this point. It’s still confusing!
But speaking of chocolate boxes… Pikachu’s Sweet Treats included not one, not two, but three different snacks!
First up… vanilla strawberry chocolate cookies!
Originally I wasn’t planning on buying any but when it comes to cookies and chocolate, I am weak, and it didn’t take much to convince myself to get a bag.
I did not regret this decision – these cookies are amazing! It’s basically a vanilla cookie with really yummy strawberry chocolate on top. The artwork on the bag is of the Valentine’s Day Pair Pikachu from 2017.
Number two… Pikachu chocolates!
These milk chocolates come wrapped in little Pikachus and are sold in a plastic Pikachu cup with tiny ears sticking out the top.
There was a girl version with a pink bow and a boy version with a blue bow.
Also of note are the little tails on the backs of the chocolate wrappers.
Last and certainly not least… the chocolate box!
This was my favorite item, aesthetically, out of all three sweets, although to be honest, the chocolate cookies were the tastiest.
Although the individually wrapped chocolates are adorable, all the chocolate is basically milk chocolate. But still cute!
That wraps up today’s Pokemon Center Report!
Until next time~
As promised, the Pokemon Center gave us more information on the items being sold March 14th (Wednesday) as part of the Tokyo DX Pokemon Center grand opening event.
There are three sub-promotions that will make up this release.
First up is the main Tokyo DX Pokemon Center grand opening promotion. These items for the most part feature the dress-up Pikachus, all of which are wearing Edo-style clothing as a throw-back to old-timey Tokyo.
Most of the items from this set will be sold at all Pokemon Centers and Stores around Japan.
Of the three main Pikachu plush, only the first one pictured here (Fireman Pikachu) will be sold exclusively at the Tokyo DX Center. The other two (Gentleman Pikachu and Hakama Pikachu) will be sold everywhere in Japan.
All three Pikachu plush will cost 2,160 yen after tax.
The official Tokyo DX logo pin will also be sold exclusively at the Tokyo DX Center. Each pin will cost 680 yen after tax.
The following items will all be available at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan.
Metal Charm Set – 680 yen
Acrylic Charm Collection (Blind Packaged) – 540 yen each
Mug – 1,404 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Face Towel – 1,080 yen
A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
B6 Ringed Notebook – 648 yen
Handkerchief – 367 yen
Dice Bag – 648 yen
Ball-Point Pen – 540 yen
Post Card Set – 432 yen
Memo Pad – 518 yen
Stickers – 540 yen
Pokemon Card Game Sun & Moon Special Box – 2,808 yen
Book-Style Stationary Set – 756 yen
The second sub-promotion will be sold exclusively at the Tokyo DX Center. All the items will feature a stylized walking map of Tokyo complete with Pokemon (pictured above).
Blanket – 3,240 yen
Eco Tote-Bag – 1,296 yen
Canvas Tote-Bag – 1,620 yen
Mini Tote-Bag – 1,296 yen
Flat Pouch – 1,728 yen
Pouch – 1,296 yen
iPhone Hard Shell Case (8 / 7 / 6s / 6) – 1,944 yen
T-Shirt (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen
A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
Slim Notebook – 756 yen
Ball Pen – 540 yen
Tapestry – 3,240 yen
Tumbler – 1,512 yen
Message Card with Stationary Set – 756 yen
Sugoroku Stickers – 540 yen
Last but not least, a collaboration promotion between the Pokemon Center and the traditional Japanese art store, Haibara, will be sold through the Tokyo DX Pokemon Center as well as through the Pokemon Center On-Line Store. The line-up features mainly stationary items… and then toothpicks because why not.
Stationary Set – 918 yen
Mini Stationary Set – 702 yen
Stationary Box – 1,080 yen
Foldable Small Box – 972 yen
Notebook – 1,620 yen
Box of Toothpicks (Fireman / Hakama) – 1,296 yen each
That wraps up all of Friday’s announcements!
Will you be visiting Japan when the Tokyo DX Pokemon Center opens? What items are you most excited for?
Until next time~
Tokyo DX Opening Promotion
Pikachu Walking Map
Hello everyone and Happy Valentine’s Day!
Whether you have a special someone in your life or if you are your own special someone, I hope the day was at the very least nice and hopefully full of delicious food (and maybe chocolate!)
I’m currently offering special Valentine’s Day themed sketches over on my ko-fi page. Buy me a coffee, request a Pokemon (or non-Pokemon character), and I’ll show my thanks with a cute and special Valentine’s greeting just for you! This offer will extend into February 15th because why not have two full days of love?
Also as part of Valentine’s Day: The Next Day, I’ll have my Pokemon Center Report up tomorrow (February 15th U.S. time) covering the Pikachu’s Sweet Treats release.
Sending lots of love to everyone! Miki love counts double 💕