Before we delve into this week’s Pokemon Center Report, a quick announcement!
I am currently hosting a giveaway over on Twitter for 1 of 3 plush toys coming out as part of the up-coming Pokemon Center exclusive Detective Pikachu promotion.
To enter, simply follow me (@zombiemiki) and RT this tweet. Entrees are welcome worldwide and the deadline to enter is 8 pm EDT on May 1st (Wednesday).
Golden Week officially started in Japan Monday April 29th, but actually started for most people from the 27th (Saturday). The Japanese Pokemon Center took advantage of this by planning a bunch of releases to coincide with this date so they would have new merchandise on sale throughout the Golden Week period.
Banking on the popularity of the Ditto Transform series, the Pokemon Center decided to try it’s luck with everyone being Wobbuffet.
A little weird in my opinion, and it definitely won’t be as popular as Ditto (sales were pretty mediocre) but hey… it’s cute? Maybe?
Not only were there 6 types of plush instead of the usual 5, but they were all much bigger than I anticipated.
Other than that, the Wobbuffet Party promo was pretty standard for Pokemon Center fare, with matching mascot plush for each plush
Plush pouches and bags of Eevee, Pikachu, and Ditto
The always popular Pokemon Center socks (and a bunch of other maybe cute items!)
Mewtwo Strikes Back
Along with the Wobbuffet release, the Pokemon Center also came out with a couple items for the up-coming Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution movie.
Mewtwo Movie Plush
Most of the merchandise line-up was fairly standard and not too exciting but! There was also a new Mewtwo plush and a life-size Mew plush.
That wraps up this week’s exciting Pokemon Center Report!
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This week we got one small promo and one semi-big surprise one.
New Pokemon TCG Sleeves, Cases, and Play Mats
Pokemon TCG will be releasing a bunch of new card sleeves, deck cases, and playmats featuring artwork from previously released promotions as well as one or two original designs made specifically for this set of items.
Card Sleeves (Pikachu, Poke Maniac Pikachu, Fan of Pikachu & Eevee, Pikachu Print, Pikachu & Eevee Drawing, Latios & Latias Journeys) – 777 yen per pack
Card Deck Case (Pikachu, Poke Maniac Pikachu, Fan of Pikachu & Eevee, Pikachu Print, Pikachu & Eevee Drawing, Latios & Latias Journeys) – 390 yen each
Rubber Play Mat (Latios & Latias Journeys, Fan of Pikachu & Eevee, Pikachu & Eevee Drawing) – 2,700 yen each
The line-up will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan April 26th (Friday).
Called “Let’s Pretend To Be Wobbuffet” or “Minna de So-nasu” in Japanese, this original Pokemon Center promotion featuring Wobbuffet and some of his Pokemon friends acting like him, will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan April 27th (Saturday).
Similar to the previously released and very popular Ditto Transform series where all Pokemon have Ditto faces, this promo features plush and mascot plush of Pokemon (like Pikachu and Eevee) with Wobbuffet faces.
I’m not sure if this will take off in the same way that Ditto has, but I guess… we’ll see!
Plush (Pikachu, Eevee, Ditto, Wobbuffet, Combee, Audino) – 1,944 yen each
Mascot Plush (Pikachu, Eevee, Ditto, Wobbuffet, Combee, Audino) – 1,188 yen each
Plush Pouch w/ Carabiner Clip (Pikachu, Eevee, Ditto) – 1,188 yen each
Phone Pouch (Pikachu, Eevee, Ditto) – 2,160 yen each
Mug – 1,404 yen
Ramune Candy Tin Collection (Random | 5 designs + 1 secret design) – 324 yen per tin
Can Badge Collection (Random | 5 designs + 1 secret design) – 324 yen per badge
Acrylic Charm w/ Stand (Pikachu, Ditto, Eevee, Combee, Audino) – 864 yen each
Socks (Pikachu, Eevee, Ditto, Wobbuffet, Combee, Audino) – 3 pairs for 1,080 yen
T-Shirt (Pikachu, Eevee, Ditto, Wobbuffet | Small / Medium) – 3,240 yen each
Soft Shell iPhone Case (6/6s/7/8) – 2,030 yen each
Soft Shell iPhone Case (X/Xs) – 2,160 yen each
Hand Towel (Pikachu, Eevee, Ditto) – 540 yen each
A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
Flat Case – 1,404 yen
B6 Ring Notebook – 648 yen
Peelable Sticker – 648 yen
Croquis Sketchbook – 572 yen
Sticky Note Set – 648 yen
Dice Bag – 702 yen
Mini Tote Bag – 1,728 yen
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center announcements!
Until next time~
Old Art New TCG
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Plush Eevee Tissue Case (2 Designs)
[Bandai] G.E.M. EX Series – Eevee Friends figure pre-order starts
[TCG] “GG End” (sm10a) Booster Pack
[TCG] Pokemon Center Card Sleeves: Garchomp & Giratina Tag Team, Malamar, Mawile, Guzma
[TCG] Deck Case (Garchomp & Giratina Tag Team)
[Pokemon Center] Latios & Latias Journeys
[Banpresto] Mogu-Mogu Time – Large Plush (Raichu, Pichu)
[Banpresto] Hokkori Iyasare – Large Plush (Psyduck, Slowpoke)
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Buy 1 Mewtwo Strikes Back movie ticket and 1 Pokemon Center item to get a random movie postcard. 6 designs in total.
[Pokemon Center] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Promo
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Free stickers given away (1 per person) to anyone who visits a Pokemon Center in Japan – 7 stickers in total
[Re-Ment] Petite Fleur Vol. 2 (Pikachu & Pichu, Dragonair, Vulpix, Shaymin, Mew, Umbreon)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Plush (Ditto)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Plush (Snorlax)
[Pokemon Center] Goodnight Pikachu Night Parade Figure Collection
[Pokemon Center] Graniph x Pokemon Shirt Collaboration
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Accessories Part 2
[Pokemon Center] *Hiroshima & On-line Exclusive* Hiroshima Carps x Magikarp Collaboration
[MonColle EX] Mewtwo
[Ichiban-Kuji] Detective Pikachu Body Care Kuji
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Palm Size Plush (Pikachu, Psyduck, Lucario, Ampharos)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Colorful Plush | Purple (Nidoran♂, Espeon, Gengar)
[Banpresto] Mogu-Mogu Time – Plush (Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Plush (Nagisa, Brionne)
[TCG] Old Art New Stuff – Card Sleeves / Deck Case / Rubber Play Mat
[TCG] Detective Pikachu – Movie Special Booster Pack
[TCG] Detective Pikachu – Special Jumbo Card Pack “Mewtwo GX Ver.”
[TCG] Detective Pikachu – Special Jumbo Card Pack “Charizard GX Ver.”
[TCG] Pokemon Card Game Sun & Moon – Special Pack (Detective Pikachu)
[Palnart] Pokemon Jewelry & Accessories
[Pokemon Center] Wobbuffet Party
[Takara Tomy] Detective Pikachu – Pikachu Plush (19 cm), 1:1 Pikachu Plush (40 cm), Mascot Pikachu Plush (13 cm)
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution shopper distribution starts
[Pokemon Center Cafe] Detective Pikachu limited edition food, drinks, coasters, and place-mat start
[Pokemon Kids] Pokemon Sun & Moon – New Discovery! Meltan Edition (Pikachu, Meltan, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Torracat, Brionne, Nagisa Eevee, Alolan Vulpix, Shaymin, Lunala, Solgaleo, Golisopod, Vikavolt, Secret)
[Nanoblock] Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres
[Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.] Pokemon Quest Pixel Box 2 (Pikachu, Eevee, Psyduck, Mew, Pokeball)
[Gray Parker Service] Pokemon Suya-Suya On The Cable Vol. 4 (Eevee, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon)
It’s so weird to have only one release per day after this pretty busy summer, but once again we have one major release for this past Saturday: Pokemon Dessert Plate!
The theme for this promotion was, unsurprisingly, sweets and Pokemon, and everything was beyond adorable.
Unlike a lot of Pokemon Center promotions, this one had a bunch of highlights so let’s go through them one by one.
First up: mascot plush!
These plush were actually described in the original Pokemon Center announcement as “Marzipan Mascot Plush”. I’m not sure what about them looks like marzipan but that’s not important. The charm point? How grumpy all these plush look. For supposedly being a cute and sweet promotion, everyone for the most part looks done with life. Charizard is my favorite.
Next: blind packaged figures! I love the tiny Pokemon Center figures in general, but these Pokemon are also sweets so that makes them 100% more cute. Look at them! I ordered 1 through Japan Stuffs, and I’ll be sure to make a tiny opening post for my one figure (I know so exciting) and I know it’s going to be Blastoise because that’s literally the only figure I don’t want, but honestly, even Blastoise is adorable. They’re all adorable.
These stickers! I can’t get over them! A part of me is regretting not getting any even though what would I do with them? But look! At! Them! They’re so cute?!
This pancake cushion! A little hard to see but there is a grumpy Venusaur on it, which just makes it better.
This Tea For Two teapot set! When you want a pot of tea but only for yourself. It’s a small teapot that fits in a small tea cup, and it’s so cute aaa
(Get a grip, Miki)
Moving on! There were other more “normal” items too, although just as cute, such as these two pouches. The blue pouch is a smaller “mini size” while the pink pouch is a more “normal size”.
More cute items of note: a flip-phone case with a strap, memo pad in a cute little box, gift bags so you can send gifts to your friends and have them die from cuteness before they even see what the gift is, and little towels that when folded up (see photo) are supposed to look like little cupcakes.
This promotion was an all around winner, proving the Pokemon Center can still give us super cute promotions full of super cute and original items.
What was your favorite item from this release?
Until next time~
[Gacha] Halloween Pumpkin Charms (Pikachu x 2, Mimikyu, Bewear, Gengar)
[Banpresto] *Namco Exclusive* Pokken Pikachu Libre Plush
[Banpresto] Large Ditto Plush
[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania! Mascot Plush (5 Designs)
[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania! Large Sitting Pikachu Plush
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Dessert Plate
[Pokemon Center] Putitto Eevee Collection Volume 1 & 2
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon x Nippon-Ham Fighters Collaboration (Sapporo Exclusive)
[Pokemon Center] Momo-Taro Pikachu Plush (Okayama Store Exclusive)
[MonColle Get] MonColle Get Vol 11 (Primarina, Machamp, Bounsweet, Golbat, Mudsdale, Jangmo-o)
[Pokemon Center] PokeSPedia Special 20th Anniversary Art Book
[Gacha] We Love Ash’s Rowlet Collection (4 Designs)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Go Plus Deluxe Set
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Go Merchandise (Yokohama / On-Line Store Exclusive)
[Bapresto] Large Pokeball Plush (Great Ball, Masterball)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends (Piplup, Totodile, Mudkip)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Large Squirtle Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Large Plush (Alola Exeggutor, Slowpoke)
[MonColle] 20th Anniversary Set Vol 4 (Sinnoh – Piplup, Chimchar, Turtwig)
[MonColle] 20th Anniversary Set Vol 3 (Hoenn – Torchic, Mudkip, Treecko)
[Pokemon Center] Yokohama DeNA Baystars Collaboration
[Ichiban Kuji] Eevee & Flowers
[Candy Toy] Terranium Collection (Pikachu, Lapras, Snorlax, Bulbasaur, Dragonair, Eevee)
[Pokemon Center] Dot Sprite Series
[Pokemon Center] Kutani Porcelain Pokemon Plates (Pikachu, Eevee, Gyarados)
[Collaboration] A Bathing Ape x Pokemon T-Shirts
[Pokemon Center] Hoenn Can Badges
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Lapras Plush
[Merchandise] Snow Slow Life Snowglobe (Eevee, Flareon, Vaporeon, Jolteon)
[Pokemon Center] Eevee Collection Part 2
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Plush + Dress Up Clothes
[MonColle] Ash’s Pikachu (Alola Cap Version), Alola Exeggutor EX, Alola Marowak EX
[Bandai] Pokemon Pokeball Collection
[Merchandise] Snow Slow Life Snowglobes (Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander)