Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon Christmas 2017 + Winter Hide-And-Seek

Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon Christmas 2017 + Winter Hide-And-Seek

Before we dive into today’s post, a quick reminder:

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It seems like yesterday I was posting about the Halloween promotion, and now we are zooming ahead to…

Christmas!

For the past several years, the Pokemon Center has had both a Christmas and a general Winter themed promotion that generally go on sale at roughly the same time. This year is no exception!

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There were three main Christmas plush this year: Pikachu (dressed as a Christmas tree), Rockruff, and Alolan Vulpix!

All three plush are pretty adorable (although I’m still salty the Vulpix is the same Pokemon Center pattern they keep reusing!!) Out of the three, Rockruff is definitely my favorite and also in my opinion the cutest! I love his little cape and his little hat!

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The Christmas promotion had a bunch of cute items, including an adorable mug that I don’t have a photo of but you can kind of see in the background.

Rockruff in his little hat looks especially adorable as a metal charm.

The sheet of stickers were way bigger than I was expecting.

Aside from the plush, I thought the little greeting cards and card holder (pictured third in the set of photos above) were some of the most interesting item and appropriate for the season!

The main plush for the Winter Hide-And-Seek promotion was a cute snowman Pikachu plush, featuring little leaves for cheek spots!

This plush was available both as a plush and a mascot plush.

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The sketchbook from the Hide and Seek promo is amazingly not Croquis but still adorable!

This release also featured cute greeting cards, albeit with a winter theme vs a Christmas theme.

Also not pictured: a super cute blanket with the main Hide-and-Seek illustration!

The item I was most excited for across both releases was the cookie tin from the Hide-And-Seek promo.

The tin features the main Hide-And-Seek illustration, but that’s not what I loved it at first sight. As previously mentioned, the cookies featured in this cookie tin are Polvorón. It’s a shortbread cookie bathed lightly in powdered sugar and is quite possibly the best Pokemon Center cookie.

Do I highly recommend this cookie tin? Yes. Once you try these magical cookies, you will never be able to go back to regular cookies.

That wraps up today’s Pokemon Center Report!

Friday Pokemon Center Announcements happen tomorrow! Here’s to hoping we get more plush news for November 17th~

Pokemon Center Report – Rokon’s Crystal Season

Pokemon Center Report – Rokon’s Crystal Season

First of all, a mini announcement!

I am currently running a giveaway over on Twitter for a set of my Halloween Pokemon charms!

To enter, simply follow my Twitter account (@zombiemiki) and RT this tweet. The deadline for entering is October 23rd (Monday) at 11:59 pm EST.

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Considering Alolan Vulpix is so popular, it was honestly only a matter of time before a Vulpix promo happened.

Rokon’s (Vulpix) Crystal Season went on sale this past Saturday (October 21st) at all Japanese Pokemon Centers and Stores, as well as the on-line Japanese Pokemon Center store.

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The main plush were bigger and fluffier versions of the Pokemon Center exclusive Alolan Vulpix and Vulpix stuffies. There were also less fluffy mascot plush size versions.

Rant warning: I was excited when the original Alolan Vulpix plush was released because I love Vulpix and Alolan Vulpix…and then I got less excited when I saw them in person. I am not a fan of the pattern they used which places a huge V line on the front of the face and the nose above the line. The high nose and the short snout make the face not as cute as it could be (in my opinion!) and also makes it really easy to get messed up faces. I remember spending quite a lot of time shifting through plush at the Pokemon Center on release day trying my best to find the best faces with straight noses.

Since then, it seems the Pokemon Center is too lazy to find a better pattern for Alolan Vulpix plush because every single Alolan Vulpix plush they release has this pattern. The Christmas Vulpix uses the pattern (although he’s standing) and these plush are different in that they’re “fuzzy” but otherwise are the same.

As someone who loves Vulpix and is a collector but is also super picky, I just can’t get excited about these plush.

With that said, the mascot plush are adorable! The faces are just the right amount of roundness, the noses are below or on the seam, they’re both smiling, and the poses are adorable.

Along with the plush, there was also a cushion featuring mini Vulpix plushies (which have the same weird problem of placing the noses above the seam so they could be cuter but it’s still soft at least)

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Half the items of the promo came in pairs, with an Alolan Vulpix version and a Kanto Vulpix version.

Some of these cute items include plush scrunchies with little ears, stained glass style keychain charms, and pens!

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Half the items were more fashion related, including a mini tote bag, various pouches, wallets, and pass cases, and an adorable flip-phone case featuring Alolan Vulpix on one side and Kanto Vulpix on the other.

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Along with the pens, the promo also had a couple stationary related items, including two versions of a notebook (one with the two Vulpix and one with a print design), the ever present A4 size clearfile, PET stickers, and decoration tape that also included adorable memo note paper.

The Vulpix Crystal Season promo also featured an adorable cookie tin. The cookies are actually white and milk chocolate coated crispy rice puffs that are super delicious! They sold them last year, also for the Winter companion promo (Snow Season) which I think is kind of cute.

That wraps up today’s Pokemon Center Report!

Next up, Ditto Invasion~

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Pokemon Christmas 2017 + Winter Hide-And-Seek

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Pokemon Christmas 2017 + Winter Hide-And-Seek

I had a feeling we’d get our Christmas 2017 promotion announcement soon, and I was right! (Just off by one week, shhhh)

Pokemon Christmas 2017 will go on sale in Japan at all Pokemon Centers and Stores starting November 3rd (Friday)!

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The promo will feature three adorable Christmas themed plush: Pikachu, Rockruff, and Alolan Vulpix.

Fun fact: did you know Rockruff is called “Wuffels” in German? Seriously one of the cutest things I’ve ever heard, and almost as cute as this Wuffels plush! Look at him!

I was looking forward to a new Santa Chu to add to my collection, so it’s a little disappointing to me that this year’s Pikachu is a Christmas tree (and I’m still salty that the Pokemon Center is simply reusing the original Alolan Vulpix plush design over and over since it is not my favorite pattern and I want a new plush…) but Wuffels makes up for everything by being so adorable I think I got a bunch of cavities upon seeing his photo.

Each plush will cost 1,962 yen after tax.

Full Merch Line-Up

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Metal Charm Set – 702 yen
Logo Pin – 648 yen
Mug Cup – 1,404 yen
Stand Clip – 1,026 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen

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Dice Bag – 648 yen
PET Stickers – 540 yen
A4 Clearfile – 260 yen

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Message Card – 486 yen

As with last year, this year’s Christmas promotion will also feature a companion winter themed promotion, which will also hit Japanese Pokemon Centers and Stores on November 3rd (Friday)!

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The winter promotion, titled “Winter Hide-And-Seek” has one main plush (Pikachu Snowman) which will be available as both a plush and a mascot plush.

The plush will cost 1,620 yen after tax while the mascot plush will cost 1,080 yen after tax.

Also of note is the exclusion of the infamous Croquis sketchbook, replaced with a Pokemon Center non-brand, plus an adorable (and soft!) blanket and a (potentially) cute mug with lid although we currently don’t have pictures of it.

This promotion will also see the return of my favorite Pokemon Center cookies of all time: polvorones! For those unfamiliar, polvorone (polvorón?) is a Spanish shortbread cookie. They are a popular treat around the holidays, making this cookie especially appropriate as a winter themed cookie.

Full Merch Line-Up

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Blanket – 3,240 yen
Sketchbook – 670 yen
Pass Case – 1,620 yen
Mini Tote-Bag – 1,944 yen

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Polvorone Cookies – 929 yen
Deco Tape Set – 648 yen
Greeting Card – 432 yen
A4 Clearfile – 260 yen

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Book Cover – 1,620 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Flat Pouch – 1,620 yen
Mug with Lid – 1,512 yen

That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center merch announcements!

Until next time~

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Official Pokemon Center Announcement
Daisuki Club Christmas
Daisuki Club Hide-And-Seek

Pokemon Center Report – Umbreon & Espeon Cosmetics

Pokemon Center Report – Umbreon & Espeon Cosmetics

Hello everyone!

We are back with another Pokemon Center Report focused on a release from Saturday, October 7th.

This release, which I affectionately refer to as the Umbreon & Espeon Cosmetics Promo, featured a bunch of items that were basically cosmetics related. Lots of make-up, plus band-aids (if you hurt yourself while applying make-up) and a pouch (to hold your make-up).

Every item in the line-up had a Pikachu version and an Umbreon & Espeon version, which I thought was pretty neat.

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There were two main designs for the Pikachu side: one with Pikachu lying down and looking sassy and the other with sleeping Pikachu.

Both designs are adorable, in my opinion.

My two favorite items from the promotion are pictured here.

1) Gift Set

This small packaged set, available in both Pikachu and Umbreon, comes with a small travel sized hand container of hand lotion and a hand towel.
Hand towels are one of the best ways to get a version of the main promo art work while also having an item that’s useful in every day life, and I love hand lotion!

2) Memo Pad Set

A little off to the side is the heart-shaped memo pad set. The heart shaped case holds equally adorable heart shaped pieces of paper that you can write little notes on and give to your friends (or enemies if that’s how you roll)

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More items, this time from the Umbreon & Espeon side!

Another of my favorite items from the line-up: the band-aids! Each set of band-aids comes with five different designs, so you can heal your scratches and stay fashionable and cute at the same time.

As a side note, all of the cosmetics items (lip cream, hand cream, lip gloss, etc) are rose scented.

The promotion also featured four different face masks shaped like Pikachu, Mimikyu, Pyukumuku, and Alola Vulpix!

These sheet masks are pretty popular currently and are used to help moisturize your face.

Each pack comes with 1 face sheet, which is infused with some sort of skin moisturizing serum.

To use: wash your face first. Remove the face sheet from the package (be careful as the mask can drip a little). Line up the eye, nose, and mouth holes with your eyes, nose, and mouth and place it carefully on your face. Leave the mask on for about 15-30 minutes and then remove to reveal beautiful and soft skin!

That wraps up today’s Pokemon Center Report!

Stay tuned for Eevees: The Pocho-ing~

Zombie Miki’s Charm & Sticker Emporium Galorium

Zombie Miki’s Charm & Sticker Emporium Galorium

Hello everyone!

I’m here with a special post: original Miki merchandise!

I’m still in the process of setting up an actual store (I swear I’ll have it done before I leave for Japan!) but in the meantime, I have original acrylic charms, stickers, and postcards for sale.

Four acrylic charm designs in total (Mimikyu, Dusk Lycanroc, Sylveon, and Alola Vulpix). Each charm is roughly 1.5 inches and one-sided.

Each charm costs $8 USD + shipping.

Three stickers (Mimikyu, Dusk Lycanroc, and Alola Vulpix). These stickers can be bought as a set of three for $5 USD + shipping.

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I’m offering charm & sticker sets for Mimikyu, Dusk Lycanroc, and Alola Vulpix. Each set comes with 1 acrylic charm and 1 matching sticker.

Each charm & sticker set costs $10 USD + shipping.

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An original Halloween themed postcard, with a design on the front and back! Professionally printed on glossy card stock.

Each postcard costs $3 USD + shipping.

If you’re interested in purchasing, please either fill out this form (including an email address!) or get in touch with me via email or send me a DM on Twitter.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!