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~
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~
I’m playing catch-up with the big Pokemon Center releases from New Years and so here we go with the first two big promotions that coincidentally came out on the first of the year
Mix Au Lait!
This promotion is a sequel to the original Saiko Soda promotion, featuring original artwork by F*Kaori (a graphic designer and illustrator). While the first release focused on a soda pop theme, this new one has a mixed canned coffee theme, with each Eeveelution having their own individual flavor and design.
The release featured 9 adorable plush: one for each Eeveelution plus Eevee
Along with plush sized versions of the previously released Saiko Soda Eevee and Pikachu mascot plush.
I received a couple comments from people on the size of the plushies, which were all bigger than expected (always a nice surprise!)
Along with the plush, there were also a set of 9 mascot plush and plush face badges. The badges have safety pins on the back to make them easy to attach to things like bags, clothing, whatever you want.
The mascot plush ended up being different poses than the main plush, which was sort of a surprise to me. Between the two designs, I personally prefer the sitting plush (I’m not the biggest fan of the faces on the mascot plush).
On the other hand, the plush face badges were a cute and original idea!
A surprisingly popular part of the release were the MEI brand messenger bags. These bags are not the biggest (definitely not big enough to hold a laptop unless it’s an incredibly small one that maybe doesn’t exist and is actually a tablet) but they’re still fairly sturdy, a nice size for every-day items like phones, aforementioned tablets, notebooks, wallets, glasses, etc., and they’re cute!
There were 10 designs in total for the bags, with 1 for every Eeveelution plus 1 (not pictured) with Saiko Soda themed Pikachu.
Another cute item from the release: pens!
As with everything else mentioned here so far, there was 1 pen per Eeveelution (of course, I got Umbreon for myself!)
There were a bunch of group Eeveelution items that are also worth mentioning, including bandaids, a tupperware set, a 2-tier bento box, two types of heat resistant glass mugs, and a pack of assorted stickers (which were more popular than I was expecting).
There were also socks, with designs available of all the Eeveelutions plus Saiko Soda Eevee and Pikachu.
And not forgetting the glass mugs with individual Eeveelution designs that were only available on-line.
The cookie tin ended up being slightly smaller than I was expecting, but that’s not a bad thing!
Each tin comes with an assortment of vanilla butter cookies shaped like Eeveelution faces. I’m pretty sure you are guaranteed at least one of each Eeveelution plus one or two extras but I might be wrong. I know I got Eevee, Sylveon, and Umbreon, and honestly that’s all I care about.
Along with cookies, there was a new item. Keeping with the pop theme, the Center sold a set of 9 Eeveelution themed candies. Each package is shaped like a canned drink and contains yummy ramune candy!
Last but not least, there were also three gacha releases!
There were two sets from the Mix Au Lait series, with a different Eevee in Volume 1 and 2, plus a separate Saiko Soda gacha set including a third Eevee, plus Pikachu, Oddish, Swirlix, and Litwick.
The second release that came out on New Years was the Pokedoll mascot & plush accessory release.
The Pokemon featured in this release were: Snorlax, Mew, Gengar, Lapras, and Poliwhirl.
Along with the plush, there were also tiny accessories designed to fit these smaller sized Pokedolls, including three types of sleeping bags (Chansey, Weepinbell, and Magikarp)
A Pikachu couch and a Snorlax couch
Plus a couple other items including a Pikachu bus, a small train, and a Mimikyu tent!
On a parting note, shopping on New Years morning at the Pokemon Center was one of the nuttiest decisions of my life. After waiting all night from midnight to get a Lucky Bag, the Pokemon Center was a mob scene with the line for the registers extending out of the store and down the hall. To make it worse, for about an hour or so after opening, half the registers were devoted to people buying Lucky Bags so the register line for regular items wasn’t moving. I jokingly mentioned to Jen from Japanstuffs that it was like being perpetually stuck in purgatory, except it wasn’t funny, and it was more like hell because it was so hot and full of people.
Eventually the line started to move and we did eventually leave (or am I writing this from line still?!) but wow. I thought last year was bad, but it seems every year New Years at the Pokemon Center gets worse and worse, at least regarding their inability to stagger releases and crowd control.
And on that delightful note… that wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report!
Until next time~
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.
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