This post will cover the Look Upon The Stars promotion that was released May 20th.
While there were no plush as part of the merchandise line-up, there was still plenty of really neat items with a cute Pokemon night sky twist.
One of my favorite parts of this promotion was the tag art. Lillie’s Bag, originally released as a full-size item when the Pokemon Sun & Moon games were released November 2016, was re-released during this promotion in a smaller pouch form. Personally I thought it was even cuter than the original because I like small things. The tag, if I remember correctly, is the same on both bags.
The Under The Stars hang tag is pretty big, which is both good and bad. Good because you get more art included on the tag, but bad if you like keeping your tags mint and uncreased (the bigger the tag, the easier it is to bend, even just getting it home from the store). To add to it, the tag has a couple bits that stick out, making it even easier to damage. Regardless, I love this art!
The only thing better than the hang tag art, however, is the little Cosmog/Nebby label that appears on most of the items.
I had been pretty excited for this promotion. I love the night, I love night themed stuff, I think Cosmog is a cutie, what could go wrong? Maybe it’s just me but the constellation print they put on most of the items seems oddly blurry, and that coupled with the oddly in focus Cosmog made things look like (to me at least) they weren’t printed well. Jen said it looked fine to her, so it might be that I’m super picky (possible) and in the end it helped me save money, but this cushion is a good example of what I mean by the weird out of focus print style.
Moving on to the merch! Pokemon Center promotions lately have been featuring backpacks as part of their line-up, and Look Upon The Stars was no exception. The backpack features the constellation print and even has little stars on the zippers.
Another neat item: the hoodie! I was conflicted over whether or not I wanted this, as once again, I love constellations and night themed merch, and I also love hoodies, and it’s a dark color which the Japanese Pokemon Center doesn’t make a lot of clothing in darker colors. Plus I loved having the constellation design on the inside.
The downside for me is the print is actually only just behind the zipper and on the hood. The rest of the inside of the hoodie is plain blue, and the material was a little too thin for what I like.
Regardless, it’s still a cute hoodie! And it even features a little Cosmog on the outside.
Some other neat items from the promotion:
A foldable compact mirror featuring the constellation print.
A cute train pass case with the Pikachu and Cosmog illustration
Two types of pens: one featuring the Pikachu and Cosmog illustration and one with the Pokemon constellation art.
A tumbler with an insert that features the Pikachu and Cosmog illustration on one side and the Pokemon constellation art on the other, so you can switch between the two depending on your mood.
That wraps up Look Upon The Stars! Did you get anything from this promotion? What was your favorite item?
This past Saturday (July 15th) saw a multitude of releases, from plush to figures, plus a Pokemon Center promotion, a Pokemon Store grand opening (Okinawa), and of course not forgetting the release of the 2017 summer Pokemon movie: I Choose You!
In short, this weekend was very busy for Pokemon fans in Japan.
This post won’t cover everything, but here is a taste of what came out at Pokemon Centers!
First up: the adorable vacation Pikachu plush and mascot plush from the Alola Festival promotion.
Everything the Pikachu plush is wearing (hat, t-shirt, button-up shirt) was available in human sizes as well, so you could match! Although I don’t collect Pyukumuku, I thought the shirts were especially cute, and I love how the human size hats come with Pikachu ears attached.
As an aside, the button-up shirt release was delayed until August.
Speaking of Pyukumuku, we got a couple plush items of him in the Alola Festival promotion. Along with a super adorable mini sized Pyukumuku mascot plush, there was also a plush drawstring pouch and a plush tissue box cover. I especially love the tissue box covers because they transform any tissue box into a cuddle buddy, perfect for when you’re sick and feeling bad. (You’ll feel less bad pulling tissues out of Pyukumuku!)
There were also two other mascot plush besides Pyukumuku: Alola Marowak and Alola Exeggutor. The Exeggutor unfortunately is a little tiny (even with the neck he is still roughly the same size as Marowak) but I think that just makes him cuter. The Alola Marowak plush is perfect!
There were other items from the Alola Festival promotion aside from plush, believe it or not. The majority of items featured one of two main promotional art, both of which are just adorable beyond belief.
Pictured here is a sheet of stickers, various hand towels and handkerchiefs (the blue towel is a long towel with a bunch of Pyukumukus on it), and a cute Alolan style pouch!
These six Pikachu card sleeves were announced semi at the last minute. Each Pikachu is wearing a different hat from a different region, and each card sleeve pack contained 64 sleeves.
Card sleeves are special but pretty standard for TCG releases, however, the Pokemon Center also gave us mini card folders for storing your cards (how sweet!) There were two designs in total for this release, one featuring Rotom and one featuring Lana.
What were you especially excited for from the multitude of July 15th releases?
The Pokemon Center gave us two cute promotion announcements on Friday, and I already can’t wait until the release!
First up, the promotion I’m most excited for: Pokemon Dessert Plate!
This promotion, featuring a bunch of sweets themed merch, will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting August 5th (Saturday).
There are two items that were most intriguing to me: 8 mascot plush, blind packaged figures, and what appears to be, based on description alone, a teapot/teacup set …none of which had pictures because the Pokemon Center is currently being really annoying with their news. Why not give us pictures of the stuff we want the most? Also, I’m not sure if it’s a temporary thing and someone just forgot or if it’s the new trend but none of the pictures this time had labels, which is usually fine, but sometimes what the item is can be ambiguous at best and the labels were helpful. So I dunno… thanks, Pokemon Center??
Mascot Plush (Pikachu, Charizard, Venusaur, Blastoise, Snorlax, Eevee, Vulpix, Alola Vulpix) – 1,080 yen each
Pancake Cushion w/ Venusaur – 3,240 yen
Mini Figure Collection (Blind Packaged) – 594 yen
Tea For One – 3,024 yen
Cupcake Hand Towel (Pink / Blue) – 594 yen each
Face Towel – 1,080 yen
Mini Tote Bag – 1,944 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 497 yen
Memo Set w/ Case – 864 yen
Sticker Assortment – 648 yen
Mini Pouch (Blue) – 1,296 yen
Pouch (Pink) – 1,728 yen
Flat Case (Pink / Blue) – 648 yen each
Mini Gift Bag (Pink / Blue) – 540 yen each
Apron – 2,700 yen
Universal Flip Phone Case – 3,456 yen
A5 Note Book Set – 626 yen
Thermos – 2,700 yen
For those who love Japanese style merchandise and Pokemon, the return of the Japanese Style Pokemon promotion will sure to be right up your alley! It features some of the usual Pokemon Center items, such as plush, towels, stickers, and pouches, along with some unique items, such as a curtain, traditional Japanese clothing, fans, and a plethora of other neat stuff.
This promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting July 29th (Saturday).
Crepe Material Style Plush (Pikachu, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio) – 1,512 yen each [Not Pictured] Crepe Material Style Mascot Plush (Pikachu, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio) – 1,080 yen each
Mini Clasp Purse (Rowlet / [Not Pictured] Mt Silver) – 1,080 yen each [Not Pictured] Mini Clasp Purse (Candy) – 1,188 yen
Clasp Pouch (Candy / Rowlet) – 2,052 yen
Set of 3 Clearfiles – 756 yen
Hand Towel (Candy / Rowlet / Mt Silver) – 540 yen each [Not Pictured] Handkerchief (Candy / Rowlet / Mt Silver) – 1,404 yen each
Decoration Tape (Candy / Rowlet) – 648 yen each [Not Pictured] Gold Lacquer Sticker (Mt Silver) – 540 yen [Not Pictured] Stickers (Candy / Rowlet) – 486 yen each
Set of 2 Small Plates (Rowlet) – 1,080 yen
Hanko Case – Candy / 1,188 yen | Rowlet – 1,080 yen
Drawstring Pouch (Candy / Rowlet) – 1,296 yen each
Pouch (Mt Silver) – 1,080 yen
Door Curtain (Mt Silver) – 3,780 yen
Paper Craft Theater (Mt Silver) – 2,160 yen
Jinbei Set (Shirt / Pants | Medium / Large) – 5,184 yen
Traditional Boxers (Rowlet – Mens / Ladies) – 3,024 yen each
Traditional Boxers (Candy | Small / Medium) – 3,024 yen
Arare Tins (Rowlet / Mt Silver) – 648 yen each
Sticky Notes (Candy) – 540 yen
Hand Bound Notebook (Rowlet) – 648 yen
A5 Notebook (Mt Silver) – 410 yen
Mini Envelope (Set of 4 Patterns) – 648 yen
Folding Fan (Candy / Rowlet / Mt Silver) – 2,376 yen each
Chopsticks (Rowlet) – 1,080 yen
Tea Cup (Rowlet) – 1,836 yen
Mini Rice Bowl (Rowlet) – 1,080 yen
Piercings (Candy) – 1,296 yen
Non-hole Piercings (Candy) – 1,296 yen
Bag Keychain (Candy) – 1,728 yen
Noodle Cup (Rowlet) – 864 yen
Chopstick Rest (Rowlet) – 648 yen
Charm Collection (Blind Packaged) – 540 yen each
Pokemon TCG Card Sleeves (Pack of 64 | Candy / Rowlet / Mt Silver) – 777 yen each
Pokemon TCG Flip Deck Case (Rowlet) – 2,160 yen
Thanks to the lovely Jen from Japan Stuffs, I can include photos of the posters the Pokemon Center put up on Saturday for both the Dessert Plate and Japanese Style promos, which include labels for things as well as pictures for the items everyone is excited about: the plush, the mascot plush, and the figures! The only thing we’re missing is the tea for one set and the mysterious “Charm Collection” from the Japanese promotion. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
As always, thanks for reading and until next time~
First off, a big apology to everyone for sitting on these photos for so long. So much stuff was released my last weekend in Japan and I took so many photos that every time I looked at them all in my little computer folder, I felt overwhelmed. No excuse, though!
I decided to divide the May 20th releases up into three parts: part one (this post) will cover all the plush releases, including the two All-Star plush that came out that day plus the mascot plush.
The 5th edition of the very popular All-Star Pokemon plush series, produced by San-ei toy company, was set to release close to the end of May. For reasons I don’t understand, only two of the main plush came out on the 20th, along with most (but not all) of the mascot plush, with the rest of the plush coming out a few days later, unfortunately after I had already left Japan.
The plush not pictured but included in this set are Rowlet, Popplio, Litten, Bewear, Togedemaru, and Alola Vulpix.
The two plush that were released May 20th were Alola Raichu and Mimikyu.
For curious parties, here is a shot of the All-Star Mimikyu plush (left) next to the Pokemon Center original plush (right). I’m incredibly picky about my Mimikyu plush, and most are a little too thin for my tastes, but the All-Star plush is also very flat. I guess if you like that or not, it’s a matter of taste, but I wish they made more rounder Mimikyu!
Along with the plush, we also got a first: All-Star mascot plush! The full line-up included Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander, Jigglypuff, Meowth, Psyduck, Snorlax, Mew, Mimikyu, and (not pictured) Togedemaru, Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio.
Next up: Pokemon Center exclusive plush! May 20th gave us Bounsweet, Cosmog
And Pyukumuku! (He has a cute little fluffy tail/entrails sticking out the back).
I was pretty pleased with all the plush. Cosmog has the cutest face, and Pyukumuku is the cuddliest. While checking out, I mentioned to the staff that I was buying little Pyukumuku for my sister’s boyfriend and they thought it was the most amusing thing ever.
We also got the first of the Pokemon Center mascot plush, which is a fairly new addition to the usual Pokemon Center plush line-up.
These plush are based off of pre-existing more normal sized Pokemon Center plush. The first set of these mascot plush included Cosmog (to match the bigger plush!), Alola Vulpix, Rockruff, and Togedemaru.
As an aside, I was around for the original Alola Vulpix (Snowpix) plush release back when Sun & Moon was released near the end of 2016, along with the Hokkaido promotion the following month, and I’ve always encountered issues with the snouts. The problem continued into these plush, as seen in the photo here. There are some some more perfect plush but there are also a ton of crooked noses, but I also noticed a lot of the time quality (cuteness?) of plush tend to go down the smaller they are.
At any rate, just some nitpickiness from your resident plush collector.
That wraps up the plush releases for May 20th! Stay tuned for more…
Lots of exciting plush news with tonight’s update!
First up: new pokedolls! The next batch of Pokedolls will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting July 22nd (Saturday).
The line-up includes Mimikyu, Wobbuffet and Lapras, and each plush will cost 1,296 yen after tax.
Along with the Pokedolls, brand new extra squishy mascot plush (based on pre-existing Pokemon Center exclusive plush) will also go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting July 22nd (Saturday).
The line-up includes Pikachu, Bewear, Ditto, Rockruff, Alola Vulpix, and Alola Raichu, and each plush will cost 1,058 yen after tax.
But wait, there’s more! A new batch of Pokemon Center exclusive plush will go on sale starting (wait for it) July 22nd (Saturday)!
Alola Exeggutor, Charmelon, Ivysaur, and Wartortle will all cost 2,160 yen after tax.
Sandygast, Slowpoke, Ditto, and Larvitar will cost 1,620 yen each after tax.
Last and not least, a cute Pikachu Polaroid camera will go on sale in Japan starting July 22nd (Saturday)!
This camera features an adorable Pikachu design 10,800 yen after tax.
That wraps up tonight’s main announcements. Until next time!
Movie related Pokemon Banpresto prizes continue into July, increasing the hype for the Pokemon summer movie for 2017 coming out in theaters July 15th!
The series of larger Pikachu plush wearing Ash’s hats from different generations continues with two new sets. All Pikachu plush are about 24 cm tall.
Unova Pikachu and Kalos Pikachu will start appearing in game centers from July 6th (Thursday).
Alola Pikachu and “I Choose You!” Pikachu will start appearing in game centers from July 13th (Thursday).
Two larger sized plush (Ho-oh and Pikachu) will also start appearing in game centers from July 13th (Thursday), with Ho-oh measuring 32 cm from wing tip to wing tip and Pikachu measuring 23 cm tall.
If you love Charizard and Charmander, July is your month!
A set of larger sized sleeping Charizard and Charmander plush will start appearing in game centers from July 4th (Tuesday).
Both plush are about 28 cm from nose to tail.
A super large Charmander plush, measuring about 34 cm tall, will also start appearing in game centers starting July 11th (Tuesday).
July gives us a second part to the movie themed Pokemon Korotto Manmaru plush with a new set featuring Charmander, Charizard, Butterfree, and Caterpie! Each plush measures roughly 12 cm tall and they will start appearing in game centers July 13th (Thursday).
Another set of larger sized plush of Piplup and Lucario will start appearing in game centers July 4th (Tuesday). Each plush is about 26 cm tall.
The super adorable sweets themed Pokemon Tea Party series continues in July with two new larger plush.
Extra large ice cream Pikachu plush (roughly 38 cm tall) will start appearing in game centers July 4th (Tuesday).
A cute Pikachu plush holding ice cream (roughly 24 cm tall) will start appearing in game centers July 20th (Thursday).
Finally, we also have a couple Namco Game Center exclusives!
From the Pokken series, a 23 cm tall Pikachu Libre plush will start appearing in Namco Game Centers from the beginning of August.
Two super sweet (and large – 35 cm from nose to tail) Pikachu plush will start appearing in Namco Game Centers from July 22nd (Saturday).
That wraps up this month’s Banpresto Pokemon releases! Until next time ~
The last day of June and the first day of July both had Pokemon Center releases!
I’ve been looking forward to the Tohoku Center re-opening promotion since the teaser posters started going up back in April. The Tohoku Center holds a special place in my heart and will always be my favorite Center location. Why? One big reason is Victini is one of the Center’s logo Pokemon and I love Victini. One of my favorite Victini plush is a special 1:1 plush that was sold exclusively through the Tohoku Center. I was really hoping this release would have some cute Victini plush, and I wasn’t disappointed!
All of the Pokemon Centers got new poncho Pikachu plush, featuring Rowlet and Victini ponchos in normal and mascot plush sizes.
The Tohoku Center also sold Jirachi poncho plush, but as those were exclusive to Tohoku, I unfortunately don’t have photos to share of them (so you’ll have to imagine).
Along with the usual merch (metal charms and pins), we also got these adorable kokeshi style plush for Pikachu, Jirachi, and Victini.
Along with the cute Tohoku promotional items, we also got a renewal to the Pokemon with You line of merch with the return of can badges! I’m so in love with the new illustrations, not only because they’re no longer stock images but also because the new art is just too cute for words. Jen from Japan Stuffs helped me get some and I will definitely share pictures as soon as I have them in hand!
I really hope they continue the new can badges in the near future because I want more Pokemon drawn in this style.
Two new Pokemon Center plush were released on the 30th of June: Marshadow and Jirachi.
Last but not least, a cute Pikachu themed promotion, called “Pikachu in the Forest” was released across Japan July 1st. The merch line-up included some of the usual suspects, such as different sizes of pouch, but also a bunch of kitchen and home goods, like aprons, cooking utensils, a teapot, and a variety of bowls and plates among other items.
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center releases!
This week’s announcements were a little lackluster, and to add insult to injury, the Okinawa Store Renewal and Reopening promotion is really cute! … and only available in Okinawa!?
To celebrate the reopening of the Ryubo Store on June 17th and the grand opening of the Pokemon Store location in Aeon Mall Okinawa Rycom, a small selection of Okinawa exclusive Pokemon merchandise will go on sale from July 15th (Saturday). The merch line-up features Pikachus dressed in traditional Okinawan dance clothing and Eevees dressed as Shisa (symbolized by Arcanine), a famous dog/dragon hybrid from Okinawa mythology.
This is the first time we’ve had an entire small promotion be exclusive to that Pokemon Center, instead of just one or two items, which is kind of a shame. They want people to visit the Okinawa locations, but not everyone can just up and go on vacation. With that said, if you live in Okinawa and plan on going to one of the Pokemon Store locations, please get in touch with me! I need to get my hands on one (or both) of those Eevee plush ❤
Okinawa Promotion Line-Up
Pikachu Plush – 2,376 yen
Pikachu Mascot Plush – 1,296 yen
Eevee Plush (Normal / Smile) – 2,160 yen each
A4 Clearfile Set – 432 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Chinsuko Cookies (similar to shortbread) – 842 yen
Next up, a new type of merchandise: mini Pokemon plush in Pokeballs! This is a little similar to a previously released line of merch that had mini Pokemon in eggs, but of course different as these are Pokeballs and not eggs. These new plush will also go on sale at Pokemon Stores and Centers in Japan starting July 15th (Saturday), with each pokeball & plush set costing 864 yen.
The line-up will include Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Vulpix
Mew, Snorlax, Gengar, and Eevee.
Three plush similar to the plush featured in the recently released Pokemon Collection Kuji 2017 will be available for pre-order exclusively through the Japan 7-11 on-line store.
Male Pikachu and Eevee will be available in limited numbers and can be pre-ordered between July 5th (Wednesday) at 10 am and July 17th (Monday) at 11:59 pm.
Female Pikachu will only be available for pre-order on July 11th (Tuesday) from 10 am until 11:59 pm.
These plush are big, and the price reflects it. All three plush cost 12,000 yen each, including tax.
Last but not least! These cute magnets will go on sale in Japan (not exclusive to Pokemon Centers) sometime in the beginning of July. Each magnet costs 1,080 yen after tax. The magnet line-up includes Pikachu, Meowth, Slowpoke, Mew, Eevee, Vaporeon, Jolteon, and Flareon.
The little tails can be kept as is or bent upwards so you can use these magnet Pokemon as hooks to hold things, like keys, scissors or other household/kitchen items. Cute and useful!
I thought this past Saturday would be fairly quiet, but actually, there was a bunch of releases (I forgot about oops) and to make things even more exciting, the extra large Pokemon Center On-Line Lapras plush started shipping! If you placed an order for one of these giant monsters a while back, your plush is probably on the way to you.
Before we get into the release news, I have a small aside. As everyone who follows me knows, I am very active on Twitter and I’ve been using it to share Pokemon photos for years now. Recently, Twitter started implementing changes to how their system filters not safe for work or “sensitive content” media and will auto-tag photos as NSFW or “sensitive” based on algorithms that I don’t understand. Completely innocent videos and images have started being incorrectly marked as “sensitive” which in and of itself seems more like an amusing annoyance, but apparently Twitter can now mark your entire account as containing sensitive material based on the system auto tagging photos or posts.
Over the past two weeks, a couple of my Pokemon Center photos on Twitter were tagged as containing sensitive content when it was literally just Pokemon plush, and then it was brought to my attention that my entire account (@zombiemiki) has been marked as an account containing sensitive material. My account does not contain sensitive material at all, but if you don’t know me and go to my profile to follow me, you’ll be faced with a pop-up stating my account may contain sensitive material, and might be scared off. I’ve tried contacting Twitter support (although it seems like it’s a bot so whats the point of even having it), and I tried submitting a ticket, and I’ve tried checking and unchecking the “my account contains sensitive material” option multiple times, and my account is still tagged as NSFW.
If you’re seeing this and don’t follow me yet, don’t be scared! I’m doing my best to get this fixed; my account does not contain NSFW anything. As stated in my profile, I post about Pokemon and food, and that is not a lie. If you’re already a follower, thank you for your continued support! And to anyone who maybe has friends who work for Twitter, or if you yourself work for Twitter, or know of a way I can potentially get this issue fixed, please let me know.
If you’re a Twitter user, I strongly urge you to: go to settings -> privacy & safety -> under Safety, check the option that says “display media that may contain sensitive material”. A lot of people are being affected by this new change that of course no one has bothered to proof before rolling out, and this helps slightly.
Moving on to Pokemon!
Saturday, June 24th saw two new Mimikyu and Bewear plush, and a bunch of Pikachu stuff in preparation for the summer Pokemon movie. First up, we have three new fuzzy Takara Tomy plush! They all come in the new Pokemon Sun & Moon era boxes and are super soft. If the rumors I heard are correct, Mimikyu is slightly posable, in that you can make him stand up straight or slump over and be creepy.
We also got a super surprise release: more Pokemon Center mascot plush! These are basically tiny versions of previously released Pokemon Center plush, in this case, Mimikyu and Bewear.
Not a surprise: new Pokemon Center plush! This latest batch included Meowth, Corsola, Mareanie, and Charjabug (because why not). For those wondering, the new Marshadow plush will be coming out July 1st.
June 24th gave us two surprise Pikachu plush and two announced plush! The surprise plush are the Pilot and Train Driver Pikachus, and the announced was the gigantic Pikachu plush phone case and (not photo-ed but similar) a plush Pikachu tissue box cover.
Last and certainly not least, the big promotion for June 24th was the Pikachu Album Collection, featuring a cute sort of old-fashioned sepia theme with Ash’s Pikachu. There was a bunch of items designed to look like paper lunch bags, which I think is really cute, including a literal lunch bag that can be used to keep your food cold.
Along with the items photographed here, there was also a cute Pikachu gacha with little Pikachus wearing little hats.
Was there anything from this weekend’s promotion and releases that you were looking forward to? What are you hoping for release wise over the summer?
That wraps up this weekend’s Pokemon Center Report! As always, everything listed here (and more) can be found for purchase through Japan Stuffs. Check them out if you haven’t already!