This week, I finally realized why the Pokemon Center was once again late with announcements (daylight savings, whoops). On one hand, I’m glad I remembered that Japan is now 13 hours ahead instead of 14. On the other hand, thanks for nothing, daylight savings. What have you ever done for me?
For those wondering what happened last week, we can’t blame it entirely on daylight savings; there really wasn’t anything announced merchandise wise. We are, however, back in business this week, although with only one main announcement!
There are couple items that started distribution March 21st (Thursday) in conjunction with ticket presales for the “Detective Pikachu” movie that opens in movie theaters in Japan May 3rd (Friday).
These items are designed to be sold alongside movie tickets and are exclusive to various stores.
Detective Pikachu Movie Ticket
Detective Pikachu Movie Ticket (Pokemon Center, Pokemon Store, Pokemon Center Online Ver.)
Movie Theater Exclusive Memo Pad
Lawson Convenience Store Exclusive Umbrella Set
Lawson Convenience Store Exclusive Pokemon TCG Card Set
Aeon Exclusive Clearfile Set
Tsutaya Exclusive Drink Tumbler Set
The Journeys Pokemon Center original promotion will continue for a second year in a row. For those who forgot, last year’s traveling companion was Lapras – this year, Pikachu will adventure around the Pokemon world with Latios and Latias, with merchandise going on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores around Japan April 6th (Saturday).
Plush (Latios | Latias) – 3,024 yen each
Not Pictured Mascot Plush (Latios | Latias) – 1,620 yen each
Plush Tissue Box Cover – 3,672 yen
Hand Mirror – 1,080 yen
Flip Phone Case for iPhone 8/7/6s/6 – 3,240 yen
A4 Clearfile Set (Starry Skies | Sunset) – 497 yen each
Not Pictured Hand Towel (Latios | Latias) – 540 yen each
Face Towel (Latios | Latias) – 1,080 yen each
Keychain – 1,080 yen
Earrings – 864 yen
Can Badge Set – 1,296 yen
Plastic Glass (Latios | Latias) – 648 yen each
Clear Thermos – 1,512 yen
Mini Bath Towel – 2,160 yen
Mini Tote Bag – 1,944 yen
Flat Pouch – 1,620 yen
Sticky Note Set – 756 yen
Washi Tape – 540 yen
B6 Ring Notebook – 648 yen
Stickers – 540 yen
That wraps up this week’s Friday Pokemon Announcements!
Until next time~
Detective Pikachu Movie Ticket Goods
Latios & Latias Journeys
Hello everyone and welcome back to another exciting “Pokemon Center Report”!
First up – the Tokyo DX Pokemon Center celebrated it’s first year anniversary this past Thursday (March 14th).
Both the Center and the adjoining Pokemon Center cafe are currently in full cherry bloom with tons of pink blossom decorations everywhere, with the highlight being an extra adorable sakura afro Pikachu.
Along with the decorations and limited food menu over at the cafe, four Pikachu cosplay plush are currently available exclusively at the Tokyo DX Center location: Sakura Afro Pikachu, Ninja Pikachu, Sumo Pikachu, and Kabuki Pikachu.
For those curious as to the theme of the Pikachu plush: Nihonbashi (where the Center is located) was originally the downtown center of Edo-Tokyo and still retains a lot of historical significance, along with being a major commercial and business neighborhood. Consequently, the theme for the Tokyo DX Center is very Meiji-era influenced. If you like traditional Japanese imagery as well as Pokemon, definitely consider making the Tokyo DX Center one of your must stops if visiting Tokyo!
Speaking of traditional Japanese merchandise, the Kyoto Center’s re-opening campaign started this past Saturday (March 16th)!
The Pokemon Center in Kyoto moved to a new location and as part of the re-opening, all Centers around Japan sold Kyoto inspired merchandise, including these two Pikachu boy and girl plush dressed in traditional kimono and drinking the most Japanese drink: green tea.
Along with the plush, the promotion also included: charms, keychains, several TCG related merchandise (card sleeves and a playmat), acrylic charms (blind packaged, of course), pouches, towels, a plethora of stationary, and other cute items!
For this release, the only merchandise exclusive to the Kyoto Center were the mascot plush versions of the two main Pikachu plush.
Last but not least! The Pokemon Center’s Easter promotion for 2019 went on sale this past Saturday alongside the Kyoto release.
Similar to last year’s Easter release, the two main plush featured Pikachu and Eevee with flower crowns, although this year’s plush have significantly different patterns and the crown contents differ as well. I personally prefer last year’s designs better.
Last year, there were only mascot plush of Pikachu and Eevee, but this year along with the two mains, we also got Plusle, Minun, and Buneary, all sporting adorable flower crowns.
As with all promotions, there was more than just plush. The line-up included: a bunch of stationary related items, pouches, bags, towels, and the popular blind packaged acrylic charms… in Easter eggs! Because of course.
Along with the Easter line-up, there was also an unannounced set of merchandise with a pastel flowery theme featuring both Pikachu and Eevee called Pikachu & Eevee Flowers. The designs are more subtle so if you like cute things you can use in your everyday life, as well as Pikachu and Eevee, then this was clearly made for you.
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report!
Until next time~
Diving straight into this week’s announcements…
The Pokemon Center announced five new additions to their Pokedoll series, which will be released at all Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan March 23rd (Saturday).
The line-up includes Jigglypuff, Psyduck, Lucario, Scolipede, and Zeraora, with plush and mascot plush versions available of each.
Pokedolls will cost 1,296 yen each including tax. Mascot Pokedolls will cost 1,058 yen each including tax.
The first official Pokemon Center merchandise of Meltan and Melmetal will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers around Japan March 23rd (Saturday).
1:1 Meltan Plush – 1,620 yen
Melmetal Plush – 3,780 yen
Metal Charm Set – 378 yen
Acrylic Charms (Meltan / Melmetal) – 648 yen each
Dice Bag – 648 yen
Mini Dice Bag – 432 yen
Notebook – 184 yen
Mini Notebook – 140 yen
Pencil Board – 270 yen
Eraser – 172 yen
Mini Hand Towel – 410 yen
A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
Set of 12 2B Pencils – 745 yen
Set of 12 B Pencils – 745 yen
2 Red Pencils – 172 yen
2 Red/Blue Pencils – 172 yen
Pencil Cap – 291 yen
Foldable Ruler – 324 yen
Stickers – 432 yen
Ruler – 270 yen
T-Shirt (Kids Size) – 2,700 yen
Handkerchief – 367 yen
Dishwasher Safe Lunch Box – 1,188 yen
Dishwasher Safe Case w/ Chopsticks – 605 yen
Dishwasher Safe Plastic Cup – 421 yen
Dishwasher Safe Bottle – 1,620 yen
Bento Bag – 745 yen
Cup Bag – 658 yen
Napkin – 540 yen
A small collection of Nishijin-Ori (Kyoto based traditional Japanese textiles) Pokemon inspired items will go on sale exclusively at the Kyoto Pokemon Center March 16th, alongside the re-opening of the Kyoto Center.
Pochette (Japanese Candy | Ho-oh) – 5,400 yen each
Stamp Holder (Japanese Candy | Ho-oh) – 1,512 yen each
Clasp Pouch (Japanese Candy | Ho-oh) – 2,592 yen each
Clasp Coin Pouch (Japanese Candy | Ho-oh) – 1,620 yen each
Pouch (Japanese Candy | Ho-oh) – 2,160 yen each
Tissue Case (Japanese Candy | Ho-oh) – 1,080 yen each
Last but not least, Pokemon Center exclusive plush of Lugia and Ho-oh will go on sale this weekend (March 9th) – surprise!
Each plush will cost 3,780 yen including tax.
That wraps up this week’s announcements!
Until next time~
Pokedolls & Mascot Plush
Meltan & Melmetal
Kyoto Nishijin-Ori Items