Today’s announcements brought exciting news for people disappointed by the lack of plushes from the up-coming opening of the Kyoto Pokemon Center.
The plush we’ve all been waiting for! Along with the merch listed in this previous post, special Kyoto themed Pikachu plush will go on sale March 16th, the day the Kyoto Center opens it’s doors for the first time.
The standing Maiko Pikachu plush will be available at all Centers and Stores across Japan, while the sitting plush versions will be available exclusively at the Kyoto Center.
All versions of the plush will retail for 2,400 yen + tax.
We also received the official announcement for the Ditto Transformation promotion coming out March 26th, which was semi “leaked” in the latest edition of Pokemon Fan. There will be both mascot sized smaller versions and normal sized plush versions of Ditto in the form of Pikachu, Clefair, Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle.
Mascot plush will retail for 800 yen + tax and normal size plush will retail for 1,200 yen + tax.
For people living in Japan, a special sticker campaign will start from March 26th. Customers shopping at all Pokemon Stores and Outlet Stores will receive 1 of these 5 Pikachu stickers for every 1,000 yen spent. Note that this campaign does not include Pokemon Centers.
The second part of the Pokemon Center On-Line store’s grand opening campaign will start next week on March 19th. There will be three parts to this second wave:
1) A 68 cm very large sleeping Pikachu plush will go on sale exclusively from the on-line Pokemon Center store starting from March 19th at 10:00 am Japan time.
2) The original sleeping Pikachu plush will be re-released, along with every single plush from the recently finished Monthly Pikachu series, also starting from March 19th at 10:00 am Japan time.
3) On-line customers will receive 1 cup out of 3 possible designs for every 5,000 yen spent, with a maximum of 10 cups for 1 order (while supplies last).
This is the second week in a row where our Friday Pokemon Announcements were announced on Thursday. Will Thursday be the new Friday? Stay tuned next week when third time’s a charm!