To make up for last week’s disappointing zero new merch news, they gave us a bunch of exciting updates today!
Let’s start with the most exciting news first: Halloween!!! I always look forward to the Halloween promotion every year, and 2016’s line-up does not disappoint. The year’s merch has a circus theme to it, with all the Pokemon dressed up in cute, yet spookily appropriate, circus-y outfits. The main Pokemon are Pikachu (of course), Eevee, Drifloon, Espeon, and Umbreon. (Also, based on a lot of the recent merch announcements and releases, it might be fair to say at this point to expect to see more Espeon and Umbreon in the future.)
As a side note, the Halloween promotions usually start coming out in September, with Christmas stuff appearing near the end of October, so this is not earlier than expected.
The 2016 Halloween Circus promotion is set to come out at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan on September 3rd.
Halloween Circus Plush (Pikachu | Eevee) – 1,944 yen
Halloween Circus Mascot Plush (Pikachu | Eevee | Umbreon | Espeon | Drifloon | Minun | Plusle) – 1,296 yen
Halloween Circus Logo Pin – 648 yen
Metal Charm Set (Pikachu | Eevee) – 702 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Mini Dice Bag – 432 yen
A3 3 Pocket Clearfile – 410 yen
PET Stickers – 540 yen
Pumpkin Pikachu T-Shirt (S/M/L) – 3,240 yen
Pumpkin Pikachu Hat – 1,944 yen
Pumpkin Pikachu Plush Dice Bag – 788 yen
Pumpkin Pikachu Socks – 540 yen
Pumpkin Pikachu Plush Pass Case – 1,404 yen
Earrings – 648 yen
Rubber Strap Collection (Blind Packaged) – 540 yen
Pumpkin Pikachu Mug with Candy – 1,620 yen
On the heels of yesterday’s update with the new pastel Petit plush, we got a surprise announcement of a part 2 to the series!
This new batch of plush, including Ampharos, Cyndaquil, Gengar, Mudkip, and Raichu, will come out September 3rd. Each mascot plush will be 972 yen.
The third batch of Pokemon With You metal charms will come out September 3rd as well, because the more the merrier!
Pokemon in this set include Ditto, Espeon, Glaceon, Leafeon, Mew, Pichu, Raichu, and Umbreon, and each charm will be 270 yen, with all proceeds going toward disaster relief support for the Tohoku area in Japan.
Last and certainly not least, TCG updates! The first part of a 20th Anniversary themed expansion pack will come out September 16th. Card packs will feature re-releases of the original Pokemon cards. Each pack will cost 324 yen and contain 10 random cards.
Along with the expansion pack release, this special Pack, featuring Mega Slowpoke EX and Surfing Pikachu cards, will also go on sale September 16th. The set also comes with 3 20th Anniversary packs of cards and will cost 1,296 yen.
But that’s not all! Four new card sleeve designs will also go on sale starting September 16th. These sleeves will all be exclusive to the Pokemon Center, are all half-decks (32 sleeves each), and will cost 390 yen each.
The four designs are: Misty + Psyduck, Charizard, Chansey, and Mega Mawile. (Note: there should be better quality pictures coming soon)
And finally, an art book featuring Pokemon card illustrations, will also be released September 16th. The book not only contains sketches and finished artwork used on previously released Pokemon cards, but also has interviews with illustrators.
A Pokemon Center exclusive version of the book will come with an EX Charizard card and a 62 sleeve set of Charizard card sleeves.
Pre-orders for the book start August 17th and will stay open until September 15th, 5 pm.
Each book is 3,240 yen.
Pokemon Halloween Circus
Pokemon Petit Pastel Part 2
Pokemon With You Metal Charms Part 3
Pokemon 20th Anniversary TCG Page
Pre-Order the 20th Anniversary art book from the JP Pokemon Center Online Store