I’m still alive!
I have a small backlog of Pokemon Center reports and UFO catcher releases to post, but I will try my best to get those up over the next week.
There were no announcements from Friday the 13th, but Friday the 20th made up for it, kind of.
First, new Pokemon Center exclusive plush! This latest batch of plush includes Psyduck, Magearna, Poliwhirl, Jigglypuff, and Ampharos. Psyduck will be released first on May 28th while the rest of the plush in this batch will go on sale from June 4th. All plush will retail for 1,296 yen, except for Magearna which will be 2,160 yen.
June 4th will also bring us brand new Pokemon With You charms. This second batch in the charm series will feature Ash’s Greninja, Charizard, Jirachi, Lucario, Jolteon, Vaporeon, Flareon, and Sylveon, and each charm will sell for 270 yen.
As usual, along with the release of June’s Monthly Pair Pikachu this past Saturday (post coming soon!), we received the announcement for July’s Monthly Pair. This pair of Pikachu are ready for a fun time at the beach and will go on sale June 18th for the usual price of 2,808 yen.
Two new Break expansion packs (Explosive Fighter & Cruel Traitor) will go on sale from June 17th. These two sets include the first ever Volcanion card, an appearance by Shiny Mega Gardevoir and Magearna, Break versions of Xerneas and Yveltal, and a new dual-type card mechanic.
Each individual pack contains 5 random cards and retail price is 162 yen.
Starting from June 18th, buy 2 boxes of cards from either of the new expansion sets from a certified Pokemon Card Gym to receive 1 Premium Professor Sycamore card, while supplies last.
Not coincidentally coinciding with the new expansion pack releases, card sleeves will also go on sale from June 18th. There will be four Pokemon Center exclusive designs, all half decks containing 32 sleeves per pack, and retailing for about 390 yen per pack.
The four designs will be: Shiny Mega Gardevoir, Fossils, Dual Type Mega Steelix, and Fluff Overload with Meowth, Swablu, Mareep, and Whimsicott.
Last and certainly not least, and quite possibly the best news I’ve heard in a long time, a third part to the very popular All-Star series by Sanei has been announced for July 16th and features a wide variety of plush, similar to the original All-Star collection that came out near the end of 2015.
The third set of All-Star plush will include 15 plush in total.
Of course the plush I am most excited for is…Minccino!!! The Pokemon that got me back into the Pokemon fandom and my original favorite number 1 collection Pokemon. It’s been so long since Minccino had an official plush. I’m sad I won’t in Japan for the release so I won’t be able to hand pick a Chillarm for myself, but I already have 2 pre-ordered and I can’t wait to add them to my collection!