Welcome to another Pokemon Center catch-up post. This time, we’ll be going over the first release from the Pokemon Fit series.
The first part of the release came out July 13th, the same day as the 2018 Pokemon summer movie came out. The second part of this release, which will include all the Pokemon that weren’t part of the original release, is scheduled for November 2018, probably coinciding with the Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee games.
The series is called “Pokemon Fit” because the Pokemon are designed to be smaller plush that can easily fit in the palm of your hand. My consensus on this line? Everything is adorable!
I don’t have pictures unfortunately of all the Pokemon in this release, but here are some!
I love Omanyte and Shellder: they look so goofy!
Not pictured here (but you can see them in the group picture at the top of this post): Jolteon and Eevee. I think Eevee looks especially adorable! Shout out to Exeggutor who ended up with a nice looking plush.
The three legendary birds (Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres) and Mew~
Mewtwo should be included in the next release.
Ducks! This release included Farfetch’d (who looks amazing) and Golduck. Psyduck should be in the next release.
Grab bag of plush! Sandshrew, Diglet, Machamp, Geodude, and Alakazam.
Geodude looks so grumpy, I just want to hut him!
Dragonite (Dratini and Dragonair will be next batch), Drowzee, Arcanine, and Voltorb! I love Dragonite’s plush, he is precious.
Ekans, Rattata, Jigglypuff, and Meowth! (Persian will be next batch!)
Plush I’m excited for in November: Clefairy, Vulpix, Raichu, and Dragonair.
Plush I’m excited to see (although I don’t collect them): Tauros, Cubone, Ponyta, Abra, Vileplume, Zubat, Pidgey, and Butterfree!
That wraps up this post. Until next time~
This week’s update is… very short.
Along with the traditional Pokemon Time line-up, a separate set of merchandise with a traditional skajan theme will also be going on sale as part of the Pokemon Time promotion from August 25th (Saturday).
What is Skajan
Known as “souvenir jackets” and based off of traditional American letterman or varsity jackets, skajan became a thing near the end of WW2. American soldiers wanted something to bring back with them from Japan and would request these jackets hand-embroidered with traditional oriental symbols. The three most common motifs were Eagles (representing the US) and Dragons or Tigers (representing Japan). The original jackets were made of dyed parachute fabric, but evolved over time to include rayon, acetate, polyester, and silk.
The name “skajan” came into use in the ’60s. The origin of the name is not 100% known, however the two most common explanations are:
1) “skajan” is short for “yokosuka jumper” with jumper being the Japanese term for the jacket and Yokosuka, Kanagawa being the supposed birthplace.
2) “skajan” is short for “sky dragon jumper” as Chinese dragons were a common motif stitched on these jackets.
Although these jackets were originally created as simply souvenirs to commemorate time spent abroad, the jackets were later adopted by working class youth as a form of rebellion in post-war Japan. Consequently, the jacket became associated with gangs and delinquency. Although now a days the jacket is once again seen mainly as a fashion item, it is still a common uniform in Yakuza films.
Skajan (Charizard | Pikachu | Raikou | Rayquaza) (Small | Medium | Large) – 20,520 yen each
Skajan Style Hat (Charizard | Pikachu | Raikou | Rayquaza) (58 cm | 60 cm) – 4,212 yen each
Skajan Style Tote-Bag (Pikachu | Raikou) – 7,344 yen each
Skajan Style Scoche (Pikachu) – 5,184 yen
Skajan Style Pouch (Pikachu) – 2,700 yen
Skajan Style Plush (Pikachu) – 4,536 yen
That wraps up this week’s announcements!
Until next time~
Pokemon Time – Skajan Edition
A lot has come out starting from the end of June and past mid July, when the annual summer Pokemon movie was released in movie theaters, but before I dive into the first of several posts, a quick announcement.
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I have a bunch of photos from the Pokemon Center (thanks to the lovely Jen from Japanstuffs.com) and will be posting catch-up entries over the next few weeks.
On June 30th, the four Pikachu cosplay plush from the very tiny Poke-Maniac promotion were released.
In order from left to right, Pikachu is dressed as: The Poke-Maniac (cosplaying as a Pokemon), Charizard, Hydreigon, and Tyranitar.
On July 7th, the Pokemon Tropical Sweets promotion was released in Pokemon Centers, alongside the start of the summer exclusive menu items at the Pokemon Cafe in Nihonbashi.
Of special note from this release are the mascot plush designed to look like frosted cookies: Pikachu, Eevee, Alolan Vulpix, and Snorlax. And special Ditto mascot cookie is currently available exclusively through the Pokemon Cafe.
On July 13th, three Pokemon Center exclusive plush were released: Chansey, Sudowoodo, and a huge Snorlax.
Along with the Pikachu & Red mini promotion, featuring original artwork by Sugimoto
And the Pokemon Summer Time promotion.
Along with plenty of cute, summer themed items, the highlights included these four plush: Boy Pikachu, Girl Pikachu, Snorlax, and Rowlet.
On the following day (July 14th), 3 Coins, a popular discount store, started their Pokemon Center collaboration.
Fast forwarding a bit, these cute mascot plush (Pikachu, Eevee, and Mimikyu) were released without much fanfare on July 28th.
That wraps up this post, but we still have plenty more to cover, so stay tuned!
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