I made it through the weekend, didn’t get trapped in the Atlanta airport, and it’s another Pokemon Friday with a new batch of up-coming merchandise announcements.
Tonight’s merch related stuff was fairly quiet but we have two up-coming treats to look forward to.
First up, the Putitto x Pokemon gacha series continues with Vol 2: This Time The Spoops Are Real. This set will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting September 30th (Saturday), with the usual price of 300 yen per play.
The set will have 7 figures in total with no secrets. The 7 Pokemon are Haunter, Mimikyu, Gourgeist, Litwick, Drifloon, Banette, and Sableye.
Second but not any less exciting… a new batch of Pokemon With You charity badges featuring the new super adorable artwork! These new badges will also go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting September 30th (Saturday). Each badge will cost 270 yen after tax and 100% of proceeds will go towards supporting children affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.
This batch will include Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Mew, Eevee, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Snorlax, Lapras, Dragonite, and Raichu.
Which one is your favorite? There are so many cute ones, it’s hard for me to pick, but that Mew with the heart tail is calling to me, along with Eevee!
Last but not least, these four 2018 schedule books are set to hit the shelves tomorrow (Saturday, September 16th) Japan time.
The two Pikachu schedule books are made of leather and cost 2,160 yen each after tax.
The Eeveelution and Ditto Transform schedule books are made of not leather material and the price reflects this with each book costing 1,080 yen after tax.
(You can order these books and more over at Japan Stuffs, including the Pokemon Yurutto goods that come out tomorrow!)
I have a small backlog of Pokemon Center Reports to put up, hopefully soon, so stay tuned!
A couple medium sized to small announcements for this Friday!
This adorable mikan orange themed mini promotion will go on sale exclusively in Ehime prefecture in Shikoku, Japan to celebrate the grand opening of the Emifull Masaki location Pokemon Store. The store will start business from September 22nd (Friday) and the promotion will go on sale at the same time.
Pikachu Pair Plush – 2,808 yen
Pikachu Pair Mascot Plush – 1,404 yen
Metal Charm Set (A | B) – 972 yen
A4 Clearfile – 302 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Face Towel – 1,296 yen
As promised, information on the Mysterious Encounters promotion (basically Pokemon Halloween 2017 Part 2) was released today as well. This promotion will also go on sale starting September 22nd (Friday) at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan. Note that some times will go on sale from October 28th (Saturday). As I expected, the majority of merch included are simple items featuring a print pattern, but if you like a more “goth” type feel and you love ghosts, this promo might be up your alley.
Blanket – 3,240 yen
Flip Phone Case – 3,240 yen
Foldable Mirror – 1,512 yen
Hand Towel – 756 yen
Face Towel – 1,080
Croquis Sketchbook – 432 yen
Set of Cork Coasters – 486
A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
Free-Size Hoodies (Mimikyu | Banette | Sableye) – 6,048 yen each
Cushion – 3,240 yen
5108 Necklaces (Mimikyu | Chandelure | Sableye) – 4,104 yen each
Tote Bag – 3,780 yen
Dice Bag – 648 yen
Pouch – 1,620 yen
Tissue Pouch – 1,188 yen
Hair Scrunchie – 1,080 yen
Pass Case – 1,004 yen
Last but not least, a super fancy set of Hoenn region Pokemon Gym Badges will be available for pre-order through the Pokemon Center On-Line Store from September 16th (Saturday) at 10:00 am until October 22nd (Sunday) at 11:59 pm. Each set costs 19,440 yen including tax and comes with one of each badge (8 in total) and a special frame.
That wraps up the announcements for this week!
For everyone affected by or soon to be affected by Irma, stay safe.
Welcome to September! The month that basically just stands in the way between summer and MY BIRTHDAYHALLOWEEN October.
Before we dive into the Pokemon Merch announcements from Friday, a couple words from the management (aka Miki)
I basically run this blog and all associated social media outlets (Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram) as a way to connect with other Pokemon merch collectors, and to help share information as well as provide non stock photos of cute Pokemon stuff. With that said, if you find any of the things I share useful, please consider offering support! Not only does this help keep the site up and running, but it also lets me know that my words are not just floating off into the ether of the net.
Currently there are three main ways to help support Mikitzune.com~
Along with offering sneak peeks of my artistic works in progress, Patreon offers a laid-back environment where we can talk about up-coming (and current) merch releases.
I offer a couple reward tiers, one of which includes an original piece of art by request. These two pieces are Patreon rewards for August~
I also send out original postcards (illustrated by me) every month, with a new design each month.
A neat and cute way to help support the site (and also provide me with my much loved coffee)! If you leave the name of a Pokemon in your note when donating, I will draw a little sketch of that Pokemon for you as special thanks
Last and certainly not least, I am always open for art commissions! I accept a wide range of commissions, from simple illustrations and icons to headers, backgrounds, logos, and whatever you want. Although the majority of my most recent work is Pokemon fan art, I am always happy to work with other fandoms as well as original characters.
Now that all the Magikarp Jump updates are out, the Pokemon Center is finally giving us… a small amount of official Magikarp Jump merchandise. (Better something than nothing?) These Karpish items will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting September 16th (Saturday).
Acrylic Charm Collection (Blind Packaged / 10 Designs) – 540 yen each
PET Stickers – 540 yen
A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
Deco Tape Set – 648 yen
A new promotion called “Pokemon Yurutto” will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting September 16th (Saturday). This promo features original artwork from the popular and trendy Japanese illustrator and comic book artist Kanahei. If you love squishy and soft Pokemon with tiny faces, this promo was made for you.
Plush (Pikachu | Dedenne) – 1,620 yen each
Bewear Huggable Cushion – 5,184 yen
Mascot Plush (Pikachu | Dedenne | Rowlet | Croagunk | Bewear) – 1,080 yen each
Trash-Can Shaped Cookie Tin – 972 yen
Sakuma Candy Drops – 432yen
Melamine Cups (Beach Fun Time | Forest Stroll) – 648 yen each
Hand Towels (Pikachu | Dedenne | Rowlet) – 540 yen each Not Pictured Mini Bath Towel – 2,074 yen
Acrylic Charm Collection (10 Designs / Blind Packaged) – 540 yen each
Croquis Sketchbook – 572 yen
Pen Pouch – 1,080 yen
Flat Pouch – 2,160 yen
iPhone 7 Soft Shell Case – 2,030 yen
Universal Flip Phone Case – 3,240 yen
Lunch Bag – 2,160 yen
Tote Bag – 3,240 yen
A4 Clearfile Set (Beach Fun Time | Forest Stroll) – 497 yen each
PET Stickers (Blue | Green | Peach | Yellow | Orange) – 378 yen each
Deco Tape (Squishing | Massaging) – 648 yen each
A5 Notebook Set – 540 yen
Acrylic Pass Case – 1,210 yen
Dice Bag (Drifloon | Ludicolo)
Pouch – 1,620 yen
TCG Deck Case (Beach Fun Time | Forest Stroll) – 390 yen each
Pick 3 Socks (6 Designs) – 1,080 yen for 3 socks
TCG Card Sleeves (64 Sleeves Per Pack / Pikachu | Pikachu & Dedenne | Pikachu & Dedenne & Rowlet | Encounter) – 777 yen each
As always, everything listed here (and more!) is available for purchase via Japan Stuffs, an awesome site run by an awesome girl. Keep up to date with releases and news through her Twitter: @jpnstuffs
It’s already almost September?! I swear only yesterday it was the beginning of August!
Two new extra large plush will come out in September!
Ditto-chu (35 cm / 13.5 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 7th (Thursday).
Mimikyu (28 cm / 11 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 21st (Thursday).
From the general Pokemon Sun & Moon line-up, there will be one set of large plush and one set of smaller plush.
Measuring at around 12 cm each (4.5 in), Meowth, Bewear, and Mimikyu will start appearing in game centers from September 21st (Thursday).
Measuring at around 20 cm each (7.8 in), Cosmog and too adorable for this world Rowlet will also start appearing in game centers from September 21st (Thursday).
There will be two separate releases from the Kororin Friends series in September.
The first release features a selection of water and normal types.
Large size Snorlax (26 cm / 10 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 12th (Tuesday).
Smaller sized Psyduck, Slowpoke, and Munchlax (12 cm / 4.7 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 14th (Thursday).
The second Kororin batch is all dragon types!
Larger sized Dragonite (26 cm / 10 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 26th (Tuesday).
Smaller sized Axew, Hydreigon, and Garchomp (12 cm / 4.7 in) will also start appearing in game centers from September 26th (Tuesday).
Last and certainly not least, we conclude the summer with more plush from the Pikachu Mania! series.
Large size baby-doll eyes Pikachu plush (24 cm / 9.5 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 7th (Thursday).
From the Korotto Manmaur series, smaller sized Pikachus (12 cm / 4.7 in) in 5 different poses will also start appearing in game centers from September 7th (Thursday).
That wraps up the Banpresto releases for September!
Stay tuned for the return of Eeveelutions starting in October (the best month! Hint: my birthday is at the end of it!)
This year’s main Halloween promotion was announced!
Halloween comes super early this year and with almost no warning. The 2017 Pokemon Halloween promotion will drop at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting September 2nd (Saturday), which is technically…next week! (Did August even happen?)
There is a bunch of super cute merch this year and I’m really excited!! Halloween is my favorite time of the year and I’ve felt like the Pokemon Center has semi dropped the ball with the past several promotions. They made up for it this time!
Plush (Pikachu | Mimikyu | Bewear) – 1,944 yen each
Mascot Plush (Rowlet | Litten | Popplio | Eevee) – 1,296 yen each
Metal Charm Sets (Pikachu | Mimikyu) – 918 yen each
Logo Pin – 648 yen
Set of 2 Mugs – 2,376 yen
Earrings – 648 yen
Plush Mascot Pin – 756 yen
Plush Pass Case – 1,404 yen
(Thanks to the Daisuki Club updating really quickly with new information, we actually have photos of all the merch from this promo!)
Squishy Mascots (Pikachu | Mimikyu) – 1,080 yen
Die-Cut Memo Set – 734 yen
PET Stickers – 540 yen
A4 3-Pocket Clearfile – 410 yen
Dice Bag – 648 yen
Pouch (Pikachu on one side, Mimikyu on the other) – 1,944 yen
Hand Towel – 756 yen
Of course there will be blind packaged rubber charms! This set features 9 designs with no secrets, and as always, each charm will cost 540 yen after tax.
As part of the Pokemon Center Halloween festivities that will start with Pokemon Halloween Time and run through October, starting September 22nd (Friday) customers at all Pokemon Center and Store locations will get 1 of 3 random clear art cards for every 2,500 yen spent. These cards are given out on a first come first serve basis and once they’re gone there’s no more, so if you’re in Japan around that time, make sure to stop by September 22nd and spend your cash!
In keeping tradition with the past few years, there will be a secondary Halloween/Gothic themed promotion that will go on sale separately from the main Halloween promotion. “Mysterious Encounters” is set to drop in Japan September 22nd (Friday) and we will get more information on the merch line-up September 8th (Friday), so stay tuned!
Moving on from Halloween… a batch of Ruby and Sapphire themed Pokemon Center exclusive plush will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores September 2nd (Saturday).
Honestly speaking, this batch is maybe a little disappointing just because all of these Pokemon have plush, and in some cases a lot of plush that look very similar if not basically identical to these ones. I know it’s hard to believe, Pokemon Center, and you might want to sit down for this but there are actually other Gen 3 Pokemon besides the ones you have here, and I’m sure lots of fans would have loved those plush. I hate being that person who is all, “give another Pokemon a chance” but … give another Pokemon a chance?!
This past Friday (August 18th), there were no merchandise announcements, and the only release for Saturday (August 19th) was the blind-packaged Hoenn region can badges.
But! This year’s Dot Sprite promotion was released last Wednesday (August 16th), along with a couple random items.
There were no plush or cushions with this year’s release, but there were hand towels! Pictured here are two of the three designs (the third was dot sprite style pokeballs).
It’s not a Pokemon Center promotion without clearfiles, and this release featured three designs, each with multiple pockets!
There were two memo pads in cute boxes (one design with just Pikachu and one with the main group illustration) and an unboxed pad of sticky notes.
If notebooks are more your style, there were two Pokeball die-cut notebooks.
One of the cutest items from the merch list was this set of three clear pouches. Use them together or separately (or keep them minty fresh and safe in your collection!)
Coinciding with the opening of the very limited Isetan x Pokemon store, available exclusively at the main Shinjuku Isetan building (which includes a super cute cafe with Pokemon themed food and drink), an Isetan themed Pikachu plush was also released at Pokemon Centers on the 16th.
Last but not least, this rather unique “multi-ring” for smartphones was released recently as well. Available in three designs (Alola Vulpix, Snorlax, and Eeveelution), you can attach this ring to the back of your phone and use it to…I’m not exactly sure. Hold it better? Attach it to things? Clip it to a string and swing it around your head like a deadly Pokemon themed projectile? Whatever your heart desires I guess!
I’m back with a separate Friday Merch Announcements post to cover the most recent Pokemon TCG news~
Two new booster packs have been announced via the Pokemon TCG website for release September 15th (Friday).
“Awakened Heroes” (SM4S) and “Ultra-Dimensional Beasts” (SM4A) are both normal booster sets. Each individual pack will cost 162 yen after tax and contain 5 random cards.
As a bonus along with the release, special “First Edition” boxes (30 packs of cards) will be sold of each booster set, with each box containing a guaranteed at least 1 SR, HR, or UR card.
Also starting September 15th, for every two boxes (60 packs) of booster packs bought, you will get 1 full deck’s worth of original Acerola card sleeves (64 sleeves). These bonus sleeves will be given out as a bonus while supplies last and will be available at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan, along with the on-line Pokemon Center Store.
These sleeves can only be obtained through this promotion, and the design is incredibly adorable, so don’t miss out!
As with most big TCG releases, five new card sleeve designs will also go on sale in Japan starting September 15th (Friday).
The five designs are:
Team Skull (Zubat + Salandit)
All packs are for full decks with 64 sleeves each and will cost 777 yen after tax.
There will also be a Silvally deck case costing 390 yen after tax.
The usual Friday Pokemon Announcements actually came out on Thursday as Friday (August 11th) was a public holiday in Japan (Mountain Day, for the curious cats out there).
I so naively thought August would be slow and boring merchandise wise. So of course the Pokemon Center pulled a “hold my beer” on me by giving us the return of the Eeveelutions with Eevee Collection: The Return of The End (I’m joking – this release shouldn’t be so bloodthirsty), set to go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting August 26th (Saturday).
The main items from this release is once again the plush; this time we get larger cushion type plushies, all in adorable sleeping poses.
Each plush will cost 4,104 yen after tax, and look incredibly soft so perfect cuddle buddies.
The following Eeveelution themed items will also go on sale alongside the plush:
(Not Pictured) A4 Clearfiles (Eevee / Flareon / Jolteon / Vaporeon / Espeon / Umbreon / Leafeon / Glaceon / Sylveon) – 260 yen each
Campus Notebook Set of 5 Books (A / B) – 800 yen each
Campus Notebook Set of 3 Mini Books ( A / B / C) – 486 yen each
Bic Ballpoint Pens (Eevee / Flareon / Jolteon / Vaporeon / Espeon / Umbreon / Leafeon / Glaceon / Sylveon) – 324 yen each
Hand Towel – 1,404 yen
Mini Plates (Eevee / Flareon / Jolteon / Vaporeon / Espeon / Umbreon / Leafeon / Glaceon / Sylveon) – 756 yen each
And yes, you read all of that correctly: there are no blind packaged items in this release. And the peasants rejoiced!
It only took forever but the Pokemon Center is finally cashing in on plush they can dress-up, specifically Pikachu, because of course.
For this August 26th (Saturday) release, we’ll get the base naked Pikachu plush and two clothing sets. Clothing and Pikachu plush are of course sold separately.
The Pikachu plush will cost 3,780 yen after tax.
The Pajama Set of clothes will cost 3,456 after tax, and the Artist/Autumn Set of clothes will cost 4,104 yen after tax.
Expect more clothes in the future!
Last and certainly not least, a collaboration between Pokemon and the high-class Isetan department store was announced.
There is going to be a special Pokemon Store set-up in the main Shinjuku Isetan location from August 16th (Wednesday) until August 21st (Monday). (See this website for more information – note: Japanese only) There will be a special cafe with Pokemon themed foods and a variety of items on sale that will only be available through Isetan, including bags and pouches, jewelry and accessories, and stationary, among other items.
To celebrate, two items will also go on sale through Pokemon Centers and the On-Line Pokemon Center store (in this case, Pokemon Stores will not receive these items).
A Pikachu plush carrying a paper Isetan shopping bag and wearing a dot sprite scarf featuring original Pokemon artwork that includes an Isetan department store, will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers, the On-Line Center, the Isetan Pokemon store, and the Isetan on-line store from August 16th (Wednesday). Each plush will cost 2,160 yen after tax.
An adult sized version of the Isetan x Pokemon dot sprite scarf will be available for pre-order starting August 16th (Wednesday) from the On-Line Pokemon Center Store, the Isetan Pokemon store, and the Isetan on-line store, with a release date set for end of August. The scarves will cost 21,600 yen each after tax.
That wraps up the main Pokemon Center merchandise news from Thursday!
Are you excited for more Eevees? Which plush are you going to get? (All of them?!)
I really like the Pokemon groups they picked to represent each star sign, and as a Scorpio, I’m especially pleased with Gengar and Gligar (Gligar is a cutie!)
Along with the charms, there was also two types of pouch. One was a smaller “tissue pouch” designed to hold packets of tissues, and was available in two designs.
There was also a more traditional pouch pouch for non tissue items, although I’m sure you could fit tissues in this pouch as well if you wanted. This type of pouch was also available in two designs.
Glasses are kind of hard to take pictures of, due to their very nature, but it’s similar to the pouches shown above with the same designs per color.
There were two types of clearfiles, both available in two designs. The type of clearfile shown here are the usual A4 sized clearfiles. The other type was a 3 pocket A5 size clearfile.
My favorite type of memo pad was included in the line-up as well! Each memopad contains 72 pages, and includes all 12 zodiac star signs.
The last item with Pikachu on the front is actually not a memopad set but a compact mirror.
Unsurprisingly for a company that specializes in stationary type merchandise, there was a bunch of stationary related stuff in the line-up as well!
Along with sticky notes and stickers pictured here, there were also two types of decoration tape, two types of A5 size notebooks, as well as four types of hand towels, two types of drawstring pouches, and two types of tote-bags.
You can see more photos of the merchandise here on the official Showa Note webpage.
That wraps up today’s Pokemon Center Report! Until next time~