This past weekend at the Pokemon Center was pretty lackluster, but a couple new things came out.
There was a very small collection of clothing and related items, mainly featuring Pikachu, and aimed at parents with kids.
Each clothing item (t-shirt, hoodie, and jacket) had an adult version and a smaller but matching child version.
Due to some sort of manufacturing error, the jacket release was delayed. At this point, we don’t yet know when the new release date will be, but as soon as anyone knows, that information will be posted.
Along with the apparel, there were also two types of pouches and four tote-bags.
Half the items had this weird houndstooth style pattern, which I realized upon closer inspection is actually made of Pikachu silhouettes. I’m still not a fan, but I guess it’s less random now that I know.
Although only three tote-bags are pictured here, there was actually four – one was the Pikachu houndstooth pattern but smaller sized.
There were also two sets of clothing patches, one with Pikachu and a Pokeball and one with two Pikachu faces.
Not really new but still interesting, the Tokyo DX Center started stocking phone cases and a couple other items from the Edvard Munch art exhibit that happened at the end of 2018.
Phone cases are available with: Pikachu, Eevee, Mimikyu, Psyduck, and Rowlet.
Last but not least! Samples of the up-coming Q-Pot x Pokemon part 2 Eeveelution cupcake bag charms are currently in display at Pokemon Centers in Japan.
Similar to part 1, these charms are cute and food related! But please don’t eat them.
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report.
Until next time~
This week there was basically no announcements but…
For all the Furret fans out there, this is either great or horrible news.
The Pokemon Center will be selling a life-size Furret plush exclusively through the on-line store.
This plush is life-size – it’s 180 cm from head to tail, and costs 30,240 yen including tax.
Pre-orders will run from February 23rd (Saturday) at 10 am until March 24th (Sunday) at 11:59 pm. Plush will start shipping out around mid July 2019.
If ordering, please keep in mind that the plush with the box will most likely be too large for EMS so shipping prices will be most likely higher than you’re anticipating.
March’s Pokemon Card Day will fall on March 1st (Friday).
This month’s new booster pack is called “Double Blaze” and features Reshiram and Charizard on the main illustration.
Each pack will cost 162 yen and contains 5 random cards.
Other stuff coming out on March 1st:
Pokemon Center Exclusive Card Sleeves (Double Blaze | Whimsicott) – 777 yen each
Pikachu Themed Card Carrying Case – 1,188 yen
Deck Case – 390 yen
Rubber Play Mat – 2,700 yen
Coming out March 15th (Friday)
Family Pokemon Card Game
Cost: 2,138 yen
Contents: Deck of 60 Cards x 3
Coin x 1 / Damage Counters x 45 / Poison & Burn Markers x 1 each / GX Marker x 2 / Sheet x 1 / Card Band x 3
Play Mat x 1 / Battle Guide x 2 Books / Beginner’s Guide x 1 / Card Box x 1
Double Blaze Pokemon Center Exclusive Set
Release Date: March 1st (Friday)
Cost: 10,800 yen
Contents: Double Blaze Booster Packs x 2 Boxes / Card Sleeves x 1 Set (64 Sleeves)
Deck Case x 1 / Card Box x 1
That wraps up this week’s merchandise announcements!
(Hopefully next week will be less dead…)
Until next time~
Life-Size Furret Plush
March Pokemon TCG
January was kind of a slow month for the Pokemon Center, and it continues into February.
The big release for the last weekend in January (January 23rd) was for Pokemon Center original plush of the third evolution forms of all starter Pokemon across all 7 generations.
The plush are basically remakes of previously released plush, but the sizes are all bigger and the patterns are slightly different.
The only plush that are direct re-releases are the three generation 7 Pokemon: Decidueye, Primarina, and Incineroar.
With that said, there are a couple Pokemon that haven’t had plushies made yet, so this release is a mixed bag (for example, did we really need yet more plush of the three original starters? Probably not) But! I’m sure there are people out there that are happy for more Venusaur, so I can’t be mad.
The Pokemon Center also came out with un-announced phone cases and related phone accessories.
The cases were mainly previously released designs but for iPhone X, so for people with an X phone, surprise! And you’re welcome.
Last but not least! The Mimikyu Keyboard Plush also came out at the end of January.
The Keyboard Plush series is so called because each plush comes with a soft keyboard cushion, designed to be used to rest your elbows when using the computer. The Pokemon plush is a bonus to hug while you’re working.
As a reminder, all items mentioned in this post can be ordered through Japanstuffs~ We offer pick-ups direct from the Pokemon Centers in Tokyo so you are always guaranteed 100% authentic Pokemon Center merchandise!
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report.
Until next time~
The Pokemon Center pulled through this Friday with a couple exciting merchandise announcements.
Ditto Transform returns to Pokemon Centers across Japan February 23rd (Saturday).
The release will feature plush and mascot plush versions of five Pokemon: Sylveon, Vanillite, Trubbish, Mareep, and Furret.
Plush will cost 1,296 yen each and mascot plush will cost 864 yen each (including tax).
There will also be a matching gacha set featuring the same five Pokemon. One play will be 300 yen.
A small apparel based promo, mainly featuring Pikachu, will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers across Japan February 16th (Saturday).
This promo is billed as selling matching clothing items for adults and kids (so presumably parents and their children).
T-Shirt (Adult | Small / Medium / Large) – 3,996 yen each
T-Shirt (Child) – 2,916 yen
Bomber Jacket (Adult | Free Size) – 9,612 yen
Bomber Jacket (Child) – 8,100 yen
Hoodie (Adult | Pikachu Free Size) – 7,020 yen
Hoodie (Child | Pikachu) – 4,860 yen
Hoodie (Adult | Eevee Free Size) – 7,020 yen
Hoodie (Child | Eevee) – 4,860 yen)
Tote-Bag (Patch Design – White) – 3,780 yen
Tote-Bag (Patch Design – Black) – 3,780 yen
Tote-Bag (Houndstooth Design – Small) – 2,700 yen
Tote-Bag (Houndstooth Design – Large) – 3,780 yen
Pouch – 1,944 yen
Flat Pouch – 2,700 yen
Patch Set (Pikachu & Pokeball) – 864 yen
Patch Set (Pikachu Face) – 864 yen
The official Pokemon Center Cafe in Nihonbashi will be offering a bunch of new seasonal exclusive menu items from March 14th (Thursday) until April 26th (Friday), as part of their one year anniversary.
Bulbasaur Vegetable Burger – 1,490 yen
Charizard’s Roast Beef Volcano Plate – 1,598 yen
Sakura Afro Pikachu’s Marshmallow Cake – 1,706 yen
Squirtle’s Super Bubbly Parfait – 1,274 yen
Mew’s Fluffy Marshmallow Drink – 1,058 yen
Ice Cream Float (Articuno | Zapdos | Moltres) – 864 yen each
More information on campaigns and new coaster designs will be coming soon.
Last but not least – the Kyoto Pokemon Center will be moving to a new location, and as usual there will be various campaigns and a nation wide promotion to celebrate.
The Kyoto Center will open in it’s new location March 16th (Saturday), which is also when the nationwide Kyoto Pokemon Center promotion will start.
Starting March 16th (Saturday) until April 7th (or while supplies last), all Pokemon Center customers will receive 1 free clear art card featuring the Pikachu & Celebi under the cherry blossoms artwork in the main Kyoto Center renewal banner.
Also starting March 16th, Pokemon Center customers will receive their merchandise in limited shoppers featuring the Kyoto Center renewal promotional artwork.
From March 16th, all customers who purchase something at any Pokemon Center in Japan will receive an exclusive Kyoto Center promotional TCG card.
Note that, unlike past campaigns, customers do not need to purchase card packs to get this card, and there is no price limit.
Exclusive to the Kyoto Pokemon Center, customers will receive 1 special Pikachu & Cherry Blossoms charm for every 5,000 yen spent.
Adding to the festivities, special costumed Pikachus will be visiting all the Pokemon Centers around Japan between March 16th and April 7th. Note that the female kimono Pikachu will only appear at the Kyoto Center.
More information on what merchandise will be included with the Kyoto Center promotion will be available on the 22nd, but in the meantime, here is a sneak preview!
Pikachu Plush – 2,592 yen each
Pikachu Mascot Plush [Kyoto Exclusive] – 1,620 yen each
Pikachu Metal Charm Set – 540 yen
Flip Phone Case – 3,240 yen
Mini Bath Towel – 2,160 yen
Paper Theater – 2,376 yen
Pokemon TCG Rubber Play Mat – 2,700 yen
Pokemon TCG Double Deck Case – 3,240 yen
Until next time~
Ditto Transform Volume 8
Pokemon Center Pikachu Apparel
Pokemon Cafe 1st Year Anniversary
Kyoto Pokemon Center Renewal
Hello everyone and welcome back to the Banpresto Pokemon Prize Overview!
Unfortunately, as with the Pokemon Center, February is a slow month for Banpresto as well so not much to report.
Starting off with the general Pokemon Sun & Moon line~
Two extra large Charmander plush will start appearing in game centers around Japan from February 14th (Thursday).
There are two designs (smiling and winking), with each plush measuring about 35 cm tall.
An extra large Ampharos plush will start appearing in game centers around Japan from February 19th (Tuesday).
Ampharos measures about 38 cm tall.
From the Kutsurogi Time series, two large plush (Pikachu and Squirtle) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from February 7th (Thursday).
Each plush measures roughly 26 cm.
From Korotto Manmaru, the Colorful series continues into February with “yellow” featuring Abra, Pichu, and Jolteon.
Each plush measures roughly 23 cm tall.
These plush will start appearing in game centers around Japan from February 14th (Thursday).
There will also be two releases from the new Banpresto series “Pokemon Life With Eevee”.
Two face cushions, each measuring about 35 cm, will start appearing in game centers around Japan from February 14th (Thursday).
The two designs are smiling and winking Eevee.
Two large Eevee plush, each measuring about 23 cm, will start appearing in game centers around Japan from February 26th (Tuesday).
That wraps up the list of Banpresto prizes for February!
Until next month~
Hello everyone and welcome to another exciting “Pokemon Center Report”!
Two Pokemon Center promotions came out February 19th in Japan – a traditional Japanese stylized promo, called “Sumie Retsuden” (Ink Brush Portraits) and a more cutesy sort of Valentine’s Day themed promo called “Fluffy Little Pokemon”.
The Pokemon Sumie promotion was unique in a lot of ways. Not only did the art have a very distinctive style, but along with some of the more common Pokemon Center promo items, there was a bunch of not often seen stuff as well.
One of my favorites were the tea tins. There were three different tins with three different teas: green tea, high quality green tea, and Japanese black tea. I can’t say how good the teas themselves are, but the tins are very nice and are probably worth the price just by themselves.
Two more unique items from the promo: coasters and small plate sets!
The promo also included: t-shirts (one for each of the Pokemon featured), can badges, three phone cases, a couple different types of pouches, and stickers
In keeping with the Japanese style theme, there were also foldable fans, blind packaged mini foldable screens, door cutains, and a bento box in two designs. It was a really nice promo!
Moving on! As mentioned, along with the Pokemon Sumie promo, we also got this year’s Valentine’s Day promo (maybe?): Fluffy Little Pokemon. In direct contrast to Pokemon Sumie, the style here is more typical Pokemon Center.
Fluffy Little Pokemon had two mascot plush: a boy Pikachu and a girl Pikachu. There were no matching plush.
Along with the mascot plush, there were a bunch of typical Pokemon Center items including…
Decoration tape, pass cases, towels (hand and face sizes), handkerchiefs, a tote-bag, two types of pouches, and a wallet.
On a final note: I can’t say for certain that this was the Valentine’s Day promo, but there wasn’t really anything else that clearly was for Valentine’s, so either way, it’s kind of disappointing. Last year we had the really cute bakery themed promo and I was hoping for something equally cute this year. Maybe we’ll get something for White Day!
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report!
Until next time~