It’s been busy since I arrived in Japan so I apologize for the delay in Pokemon Center Reports. With not much happening this weekend (and not much that happened last weekend) I’ll be doing my best to catch up before next weekend.
This year’s release, compared to last year’s, was a little lackluster. There was no new Pokemon which was the main reason why it was so quiet, and the big promo release was the Alola Ultra Adventure which, while “exciting” is also not really exciting. So with that in mind, I decided to not show up super early since I just didn’t see a reason to. Arriving about an hour early gave me enough time to wait in line and build the anticipation while also not going overboard.
I haven’t been to the Mega Tokyo Center since May and the first thing I noticed was the outside had been redecorated for the 20th anniversary. The screenshots from the various anime seasons makes the outside of the Pokemon Center a lot more fun vs the plain white walls from before.
The main merch and plush releases centered around Necrozma and his two new forms from the Ultra Sun & Moon games: Dusk Mane and Dawn Wing.
There were three plush, one for each form, all of which were pretty difficult to photograph (I did my best!)
Along with large sized acrylic charms of the Necrozmas plus Dusk Lycanroc (who already had a plush release a month back), we also got dex metal charms for Dusk Lycanroc, Dusk Necrozma, and Dawn Necrozma.
A couple new MonColle figures came out on Friday, November 17th.
The highlights include Necrozma, Dusk Necrozma, Dawn Necrozma, and not forgetting Dusk Lycanroc.
Some of the larger items from the aforementioned Ultra Alola Adventure promo, including the adorable Pikachu ear hats and Pikachu hoodies.
Similar to the last two game releases, two unannounced mini promos were released alongside the game merch items. These promos are aimed towards school kids with the majority of items being things like pencils, erasers, rulers, more erasers, small pouches, and notebooks.
Both line-ups have the same items with different illustrations with one being aimed more toward girls (the super cute pink one) and one aimed more toward boys (the ultra mega beast rawr design).
There were no surprise cookie tins, but there were surprise blind packaged cookie bags. These bags, which come with a random Pokemon badge inside, is the bane of my existence, as I never get the badge I want and these badges almost never turn up afterward on auction sites.
Case in point: I did not want Necrozma.
So of course both bags I bought were Necrozma.
On the TCG front, a Solgaleo and Lunala GX card set went on sale, along with a deck box plus original card sleeve set from the Alola Ultra Adventure series.
There were also a couple releases on November 17th that weren’t related to the new game.
These charm came packaged in sets of 3 with 6 sets in total.
The charms were double sided, with one side being a normal version of the Pokemon and the other being a Ditto version (adorable!)
A bunch of new plush from the San-ei All Stars collection was released November 17th, with notable Pokemon including Absol, Chandelure, Drifloon, and Flaaffy.
Last and not least, the Mocchi-Mocchi line of super soft and squishy plush released a couple mascot sized face plushies, including Bewear, Mimikyu, Rowlet, and Snorlax!
That wraps this latest and exciting Pokemon Center Report.
In a few hours, we will hopefully get news on the up-coming Pokemon Tails promo. Stay tuned!