Pokemon Center Report – Fan of Pikachu & Eevee

Pokemon Center Report – Fan of Pikachu & Eevee

Hello everyone!

This past weekend (September 22nd) was both Community Day for Pokemon Go players and the release of the Pokemon Center’s “Fan of Pikachu & Eevee” promotion.

Pokemon Center Fan of Pikachu & Eevee

The merchandise and plush mainly featured Pikachu and Eevee dressed as each other (how adorable).

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There will be human sized versions of the Pikachu and Eevee hoodies available for sale October 13th.

Pokemon Center Fan of Pikachu & Eevee

Along with the regular sized plush, there were 5 smaller mascot plush of other Pokemon showing their love for Pikachu and Eevee.

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The set of Pokemon included two Eevee fans (Piplup and Psyduck) and three Pikachu fans (Rowlet, Gengar, and Whimsicott)

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There were also two smaller sized mascot versions of the Pikachu and Eevee plushies.

That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report!

Until next time~

Pokemon Center Report – Finger Puppets + Squishy Mascot Plush

Pokemon Center Report – Finger Puppets + Squishy Mascot Plush

Hello everyone~

This week’s Pokemon Center Report will be sort of short as we only had two fairly small releases over the past weekend (September 15th).

Pokemon Center Finger Puppets

For years, Bandai has sold smaller sized Pokemon finger puppets. These figures always came paired with candy and a sticker and were found in Pokemon Centers or grocery stores in the candy toy aisle.

For some reason, the Pokemon Center finally decided to get in on this and revealed their own version of these small finger puppet figures. This release was billed as “Volume 1” so we’ll see if they continue on for a volume 2.

This set included: Pikachu, Eevee, Vulpix, Slowpoke, Magnemite, Gengar, Magikarp, Ditto, Snorlax, and a tiny Pokemon Center.

Pokemon Center Mascot Plush Bulbasaur Squirtle Charmander

A set of squishy and smaller mascot plush versions of three popular Pokedoll plush also came out this past Saturday.

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The release included Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander. At this point, it’s unclear if this was a random release or if the Pokemon Center will continue releasing more of these smaller mascot plush, but I guess we’ll see.

Pokemon Center Tokyo Plush Pikachu

That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report!

Until next time~

Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon Halloween 2018 (Team Treat & Team Trick)

Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon Halloween 2018 (Team Treat & Team Trick)

Hello everyone!

The main (possibly the only) Pokemon Center promotional release for Halloween went on sale this past weekend (September 8th) to much fanfare.

The highlight for the morning was the Pokemon Center’s on-line store mis-listing the blind packaged acrylic and metal charms. Whoever is suddenly in charge of listing items on the on-line store doesn’t seem to know what they’re doing as I’ve noticed at least one major item with multiple mistakes (price, pre-order time period, release date) but at least in those cases, the item wasn’t yet available for actual pre-order. In this case… they listed both the single charms and the complete set of charms for the same price: 540 yen. The boxes of charms should have been listed at a little under 5000 yen, which is kind of a big mistake. Both sets sold out by the 2 minute mark.

I’m not sure if the Pokemon Center honored those orders or not, but they were quickly relisted under the right yen amounts. If people did manage to score boxes of charms for 540 yen, then nice job to the ones who scored big!

The main highlights for this release were the plush and mascot plush.

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Team Treat featured Pikachu, Sylveon, and Ampharos

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Team Trick featured Mimikyu, Gengar, and Pumpkaboo

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Mascot plush are smaller sized stuffed animals, usually about 6 inches, that include a clip, chain, or loop so you can attach them to bags. They make great travel companions!

Team Treat mascot plush included Umbreon and Dedenne

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Team Trick mascot plush included Banette and Sableye

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Bonus! This year’s Halloween promotion had not one but two mugs!

Team Treat had a cute mug featuring the main promotional artwork and a lid with a tiny ceramic Joltik.

Team Trick had a mug that looks dark and plain at first, but the main artwork is revealed when the mug is filled with a hot beverage (I love heat changing mugs!)

Pokemon Center Skytree Halloween 2018 Team Treat Team Trick

That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report.

Until next time (and very early Happy Halloween~)

Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon Time Volume 11

Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon Time Volume 11

Hello everyone!

Volume 11 of the popular Pokemon Time series went on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan on August 25th (Saturday) to a great amount of fanfare.

This release had a bunch of firsts for the Pokemon Time promo.

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First, there were both regular sized plush and mascot plush (pictured here). The regular sized plush (Cosmog, Rowlet, and Mimikyu) come with matching boxes for packaging and display.

The figure straps which up until this point have been a Pokemon Time staple were removed and replaced with gacha figures and blind packaged rubber charms.

Pokemon Center Pokemon Time Socks

Another addition was the popular 3 pairs for $10 Pokemon Center socks, featuring Rowlet, Popplio, Litten, Alolan Vulpix, Midnight Lycanroc, Bewear, Cosmog, and Mimikyu.

Pokemon Center Pokemon Time Gacha Figures

On top of that, the Pokemon Center introduced people merchandise into the line-up, with Acerola, Moon, and Lillie featured on some of the main merchandise alongside their Pokemon companions, plus figure versions of all three as gacha prizes and three plush that are currently available for pre-order with a release date in January 2019.

Pokemon Center Pokemon Time Skajan Pikachu Plush

Another first: this year’s release had a side mini promotion with a traditional skajan theme. This side release had it’s own Pikachu plush wearing a Pikachu sized version of one of the four skajan jackets available in human sizes.

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Along with the jackets, there were also four matching hats: Raikou, Charizard, Rayquaza, and Pikachu.

Bonus!

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Takara Tomy released a small set of sleeping plush, which included Eevee, Popplio, Litten, and Rowlet. They’re soft and cute!

That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report.

Welcome to September!

Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon 20th Anniversary Starter Plush

Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon 20th Anniversary Starter Plush

Hello everyone!

This past weekend (August 25th) gave us two big releases: Pokemon Time (coming soon!) and Pokemon Center exclusive plush for every single starter Pokemon across all 7 generations.

This release was in conjunction with the apparently year-long celebration of the Pokemon Center’s 20th Anniversary in Japan. The majority of these plush are new releases with a new pattern although the following were all re-releases: Chikorita, Totodile, Cyndaquil, Piplup, Rowlet, Popplio, and Litten.

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Generation 1 (Kanto): Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur

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Generation 2 (Johto): Cyndaquil, Totodile, Chikorita

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Generation 3 (Hoenn): Torchic, Mudkip, Treecko

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Generation 4 (Sinnoh): Chimchar, Piplup, Turtwig

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Generation 5 (Unova): Tepig, Oshawott, Snivy

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Generation 6 (Kalos): Fennekin, Froakie, Chespin

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Generation 7 (Alola): Litten, Popplio, Rowlet

That wraps up today’s Pokemon Center Report! I hope you enjoyed it 🙂

Until next time~

Pokemon Center Report – Eeveelutions & More Eeveelutions

Pokemon Center Report – Eeveelutions & More Eeveelutions

Hello everyone!

This week’s Pokemon Center Report post will cover an older release and a newer one, with a common theme:

Eeveelutions

So if you love the Eevees, this post is for you.

Pokemon Center Takara Tomy Eeveelution Shoulder Plush

These smaller sized but still just as cute Shoulder Plush from Takara Tomy were released with everything else July 13th (Friday).

This line of plush are called “Shoulder Plush” because each comes with a small clip on their belly so you can attach them to your shoulder (or bag).

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The release included the full line of Eeveelutions (Flareon, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Umbreon, Espeon, Glaceon, Leafeon, Sylveon) plus Eevee

Pokemon Center Takara Tomy Eeveelution Shoulder Plush Pikachu

… and Pikachu because he’s an Eevee now.

Pokemon Center Eeveelutions Eevee

This past weekend (August 11th) saw the re-release of the full line of Eeveelution Pokemon Center exclusive plush, plus the larger sized Eevee binder created as a collaboration between Pokemon and the stationary company King Jim.

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The re-release included Eevee, Flareon, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Umbreon, Espeon, Glaceon, Leafeon, and Sylveon.

Pokemon Center Eeveelution Plush Umbreon

Here are two Umbreon plushies from my personal collection. The one on the right is the 2013 release. The one on the left is the bulkier 2016 release.

From looking at the two patterns and the newest one, it seems like these plush are re-releases of the 2013 versions (minus Sylveon) with some small changes.

On a parting note, I hope everyone who plays Pokemon Go enjoyed Eevee Community Day this past weekend!

How many shiny Eevees did you catch?

Until next time~