First off, before we dive into this week’s Pokemon Center Report…
I am currently running an End of the Year give-away contest over on my Twitter account!
1 winner will be randomly selected to win 1 Eeveelution (or Pikachu) plush of their choice from the up-coming Mix Au Lait promotion.
To enter, follow me (@zombiemiki) on Twitter and RT this tweet.
Give-away ends Noon EST Dec. 30th (Sunday), 2018 so don’t forget to enter before the deadline. Good luck!
Although there were no new merchandise announcements from the Pokemon website on Friday, Saturday (December 22nd) made up for it with a bunch of cute releases all at once.
One of which was the Winter version of the Pikachu & Eevee Seasons pair plush series. This plush features Eevee and Pikachu cuddling in a box of Pokemon shaped chocolates!
Next up – a new volume from the very popular Ditto Transform! series!
As with every Ditto Transform release, this set featured 5 Pokemon (Leafeon, Glaceon, Litwick, Misdreavus, and Poipole)
in both plush versions and mascot plush size versions.
(My favorite is of course Litwick!)
Along with the two types of plush, there was also a matching gacha figure collection set with the same five Pokemon!
For the record, Poipole loved me. I played 10 times and 6 were Poipole. Left and came back to try again… another Poipole. Came back another day … three more Poipole!!
(I was able to eventually get a Litwick Ditto thankfully)
The big release for this weekend was the Super Nerd promotion…
… featuring Robot Pikachu!
Along with two sizes of Robot Pikachu plush (normal size and an extra large foot tall version), there was a smaller mascot plush size version plus mascot plushies of Pikachu, Charmander, Alolan Vulpix, and Piplup, all wearing matching scientist coats!
The promotion featured some Pokemon Center staples, such as the blind packaged rubber charm collection
There were also a bunch of other cute and original items, including a Robot Pikachu memo note holder, a set of cute acrylic clips, a writable mini size blackboard, eyeglass cases, phone cases, and pens and pencils with small Robot Pikachu charms (among others!)
We got a bunch of new and cute Pokemon Center socks as well as two types of t-shirt designs.
The Super Nerd promotion even included the TCG crowd with two original card sleeve designs!
And if all of those expected releases weren’t enough, there were some surprise releases as well!
A set of Eeveelution themed bell charms came out on Saturday, which featured all the Eeveelutions (minus Eevee who already has a bell charm).
Note that they’re called bell charms because the charms are bells!
A set of Pokemon shaped carabiner clips (Pikachu Tail, Eevee Tail, Eevee Face, Gulpin, Pyukumuku, Diglett, and Charjabug) were also released this past Saturday.
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report!
Thanks for looking and (to those who celebrate) Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
This past weekend gave us three releases from the Pokemon Center: one small, two medium, and one big.
Starting off with small – a new and semi unexpected release of a new batch of Pokemon With You charity badges!
This release included: Charizard, Blastoise, Venusaur, Vulpix, Kangaskhan, Psyduck, Meowth, and Jigglypuff.
Also as you can see from the photo, they added in some of the older badges that I guess they had lying around in the back room.
Next – the Pokemon League medium sized release!
This mini promotion focused mainly on clothing
bags, and pouches, as well as two semi fancy Pokemon TCG deck cases.
All of the items in the promotion featured this cool logo style design with the Kanto gym badges.
Out of all the items included, the hat and the varsity style jacket were my favorites <3
Medium part two – Pikachu’s Closet!
Unlike previous Pikachu’s Closet releases, this one focused on plush versions of Pikachu and Eevee but used as various pouches and bags.
The highlight from the release were the plush shoulder bags that are literally Pikachu and Eevee plushies in the Pikachu’s Closet style… but you can wear them over your shoulder!
Also yes, they’re technically “bags” but like most plush bags, there is not much room for stuff within their stuffing. You can maybe slide in some loose change or a couple tubes of chapstick.
Last but not least – the big release!
Pokemon Yurutto Part 2!
This release mainly focused on Pikachu and Eevee
As well as Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander
Along with plush and mascot plush, there were also larger sized squishy cushion plush of Pikachu and Eevee
Smaller sized knapsack style plush pouches
And a cute plush tissue box cover!
There was also a large selection of stationary related items, including three types of stickers, one of which sold out almost immediately (which I still don’t understand but okay!) and plush pen pouches of Pikachu and Eevee.
Also of note: these three cute flat pouches featuring Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander
Two of my favorite items from the promotion!
Not only are the illustrations on the candy jar adorable but the candy is hard sugar with tiny Pikachu and Eevee faces on them!
The two cups are equally adorable.
This promotion gets bonus points for including my favorite: 3 pairs of socks for 1000 yen (1,080 yen with tax)!
When I walked into the Pokemon Center at 10 am on Saturday morning, the first thing I saw were these adorable Eevee cookie tins, which are completely new as of this past weekend!
The tin contains cookies the Pokemon Center refers to as “Choco-Lake”. Basically, they’re square chocolate cookies that have a piece of milk chocolate on top and then an Eevee head cut-out chocolate cookie on top of the milk chocolate.
It’s delicious and the cookie tin is adorable as well!
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report. If you’re interested in getting any of the items featured in this post, take a look at my Japan Pick-Up Page over here!
Also stay tuned for an exciting give-away I’ll be hosting over on Twitter starting this Friday JP time.
Until next time!
Hello everyone and welcome to the first Pokemon Center Report since my return to Tokyo!
This weekend was fairly quiet release wise, with only two smaller promotions: the 151 Dot Sprite promo and the mini Pikachu & Eevee accessories promo. (The Center seemed to be filled with a lot of people out and about for the weekend long Pokemon Go Community Day event, including myself!)
The Dot Sprite promotion focused on the original 151 Pokemon from the Kanto region and featured mainly stationary related items plus bags, pouches, and other miscellaneous stuff.
The majority of items have these really cute, simple, and stylish pattern of the 151 Pokemon in dot sprite form.
Items include a laptop/tablet case, pouches of various sizes, wallets (compact and long), and card cases, among others
More neat stuff included a small tin with two types of Pokemon themed paper clips (pokeball shaped or Pikachu shaped), a sticker collection, sticky notes, and a wide variety of multi-colored pens and pencils.
There was also an entire section devoted to lunch related merchandise.
This included mini lunch bags, bento boxes, chopsticks, tupperware sets, and various handkerchiefs and smaller sized towels.
Close up of the cloth patterns (so cute!)
More neat stuff – watches! Keep track of the time and look cool.
What is a Pokemon Center promotion without some sort of blind packaged merchandise?
This release featured dot sprite charms in 10 different patterns: Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Eevee, Ditto, Vulpix, and Mew.
Along with everything else in the promo, there were also these cute pens.
Labeled “Action Pens”, each pen has a little Pokeball on the end you can open and close, with a little Pokemon inside. There were 5 action pens in total: Pikachu, Eevee, Gengar, Ditto, and Snorlax.
Last but not least!
I did not take a picture of all the accessories, since most were kind of boring, but I thought these rings were especially cute.
I love Clefairy and Substitute Plush, so of course I had to snap a picture of these.
And I love Mimikyu and Mew so I had to snap a picture of these!
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report.
See something you like? Check out my Pick-Ups Page for a list of items w/ prices that I am currently offering pick-ups for!
If you’re interested in something not listed, feel free to send me a message – there is a good chance I’ll be able to help 🙂
This post will cover three Pokemon Center releases that occurred over the past few weekends.
Pokemon Pop & Cute
The Pokemon Center promotion I refer to as Pop & Colorful was released at all Pokemon Centers & Stores around Japan November 10th (Saturday).
Highlights from the release include the super-size floppy Pikachu cushions and extra squishy Psyduck, Jigglypuff, Snorlax, and Gengar plush cushions.
Along with the more traditional cushions, there were also three types of neck cushions (Pikachu, Jigglypuff, and Gengar), phone stands to help prop up your phone (Pikachu, Psyduck, Lapras, and Snorlax), extra cute earbuds (Pikachu, Jigglypuff, and Gengar), mascot plush & coin purses, plus a variety of other smaller items such as phone cases, mini foldable scissors, thermoses, and a variety of colorful pens from Sarasa.
Yokohama Center Renewal
The Yokohama Center temporarily closed and then re-opened in a new location November 9th (Friday). To celebrate the renewal and re-opening, Pokemon Centers around Japan had a special Yokohama Center themed promotion on the same day.
As Yokohama is a port city, everything was sailor and nautical themed.
Pictured here are the Pikachu plush and matching mascot plush that were sold at all Pokemon Centers & Stores, along with the plush tissue box cover which is equally adorable.
One of the Pikachu plush, with Pikachu holding a Psyduck doll, was exclusive to the Yokohama Center, but the doll style Psyduck plush was sold as a larger sized squishy cushion at all Pokemon Centers.
Other items from the release included: two types of charms of all three Sailor Pikachu, a blind packaged acrylic charm collection, a blue and white striped t-shirt and 2-way hoodie, chocolate candy tin, blanket, towels, and some other cute stuff.
Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee
Last but not least! Alongside the Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee game release, a couple game related items also went on sale around Japan from November 16th (Friday).
Three plush each of Pikachu and Eevee were included in this release, with the plush dressed up in red sports clothes, blue personal trainer clothes, and as adorable glasses wearing assistants.
Two types of Pikachu and Eevee mascot plush were also released.
Other items in the release included: phone cases, a blanket, a cute mug, Switch related items such as pouches and cartridge cases, a blind packaged acrylic charm collection, and a couple other things.
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report!
The next time you hear from me, I’ll be back in Japan~
The second volume of the popular Pokemon Fit Pokemon plush series was released in Japan November 16th (Friday), the same day that Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee dropped.
The Pokemon Fit plush series included every single Pokemon from the original 151 list over two release dates – volume 1 plush went on sale back in July (see this post for Pokemon Center photos), and the remaining 121 Pokemon were included in this volume 2 release.
I love the Pokemon Fit series. The style is incredibly cute, the size is perfect, and it gives a chance for some Pokemon who might never have gotten plush to have their first plush.
I unfortunately don’t have photos of every single Pokemon included in this release, but here are some highlights from over the weekend!
Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Caterpie, Butterfree, Pidgey
Rattata, Raticate, Raichu, Nidoran♀, Nidoran♂, Clefairy, Clefable
Vulpix, Zubat, Gloom, Persian, Psyduck, Growlithe, Bellsprout
Ponyta, Rapidash, Gastly, Haunter, Onix, Krabby
Chansey, Tangela, Goldeen, Seaking, Mr Mime, Scyther, Jynx
Tauros, Kabuto, Snorlax, Dratini, Dragonair
What do you think of the Pokemon Fit / Sitting Cuties series? Which Pokemon is your favorite?
Until next time~
First up! I am currently running a giveaway over on my Twitter account. Follow the @zombiemiki account and RT this tweet to be entered to win 1 plush of your choice from the Pokemon Center’s Pokemon Fit Volume 2 release (see this post for a list of Pokemon included in this release). Giveaway ends Noon EST November 15th 2018 and entrees are welcome worldwide.
It’s been a bit since our last Pokemon Center Report, but we’re back so I hope you’re excited.
Both the Christmas promo and the Winter promo for 2018 was released at all Pokemon Centers & Stores around Japan on November 3rd (Saturday).
This year’s Christmas promotion featured three plush (Pikachu, Eevee, and Mew)
and three mascot plush (Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander)
My personal opinion from this year’s release: the plush were sort of a let down. Pokemon Center gets a minus for no Santa Chu and another minus for the slightly off plush pattern for Eevee.
On the other hand, Bulbasaur was super adorable, which makes up for everything else.
Other neat things from the Christmas release: the usual promo logo pin, and a pretty original item: an acrylic charm Christmas tree!
… and nothing else!!
If you’ve been following my Twitter account, you’ll know that the majority of items from the Pokemon Center’s 2018 Christmas release were canceled very last minute when it was discovered that there was a very small error on the main promotional artwork.
Basically it was almost midnight, all the Pokemon Centers were putting out their items for display and sale and the Amazon items were about to go on sale when everything was abruptly taken down and a blog post went up stating it was unclear whether these items would be available for sale at a later time, but “info coming soon”.
What was this catastrophic error? Dragonite’s back wing had green showing when it should be entirely orange.
So that was a thing that happened.
The yearly Winter themed Pokemon Center promotion also came out November 3rd.
The Winter Promo had an ami-gurumi theme, with ami-gurumi Pikachu and Snowman Pikachu plush and mascot plush versions.
This promo had a bunch of cute items, like the ami-gurumi style pouch
I was especially excited for the yearly sale of the Pokemon Center’s polvorone cookies!
These amazing cookies, also known as Mexican Wedding Cookies, are smaller sized round buttery cookies covered in powdered sugar. The Pokemon Center tends to sell these with their Winter promo, and this year is no exception. However, unlike past releases, this version is strawberry flavored.
Also of note were the selection of fuzzy inside clothes, perfect for keeping warm in winter!
The collection included a fuzzy hoodie, fuzzy shorts, and longer fuzzy socks.
Ending this post on a random release note: the second release from the semi new Pokemon Center Seasons with Pikachu & Eevee series.
There will be four plush sets in total. Summer came out during the summer, and now we have fall, with winter and spring to come in the near future.
Also of note: from Takara Tomy’s Chokkori-san plush series, the remaining Eeveelutions (excluding Eevee who already came out previously) were released near the end of October.
They sit nicely and can hold things in their tiny hands, so they’re also useful!
And that wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report.
Until next time!