This week’s Pokemon merchandise announcements were a bit lackluster, but we have a new traditional Japanese inspired Pokemon campaign.
This new batch of modern items with a traditional Japanese twist will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores June 15th (Saturday).
The line-up includes a variety of stuff, ranging from cute plate sets to washi tape to pouches, bags, and wallets, along with kitchen items like bento boxes and chopsticks.
Japanese Style 1
3 Sets of Tabi Socks for 1,080 yen
Tote-Bag (Umbreon, Espeon) – 5,184 yen each
Gauze Hand Towel (Grass Type, Umbreon & Espeon) – 648 yen each
Gamaguchi Long Pouch – 1,944 yen
Not Pictured Gamaguchi Big Pouch – 3,024 yen
Not Pictured Gamaguchi Name Stamp Pouch – 1,296 yen
Not Pictured Gamaguchi Wallet – 1,620 yen
Japanese Style 2
Set of 4 Square Plates – 3,456 yen
Set of 2 Plates (Modern, Umbreon & Espeon, Legendary Birds) – 1,620 yen each
Chopsticks – 1,080 yen
Not Pictured Chopsticks w/ Case – 972 yen
Foldable Fan (Comic, Modern) – 2,376 yen each
Washi Tape Set (Modern & Comic, Espeon + Umbreon & Legendary Birds) – 648 yen each
A4 Clearfile (Comic, Modern, Umbreon & Espeon, Legendary Birds) – 260 yen each
Hand Towel – 1,404 yen
Apron (Umbreon, Espeon) – 5,292 yen each
Noren – 3,780 yen
Pen Pouch – 1,296 yen
Pouch – 1,728 yen
Drawstring Pouch (Comic, Umbreon & Espeon) – 702 yen each
Bento Box – 1,944 yen
Bento Bag – 972 yen
Tea Cup – 1,296 yen
Rice Bowl – 1,080 yen
Japanese Style Sticker – 432 yen
Set of 2 Stickers – 540 yen
Japanese Style Stationary (Comic, Modern) – 508 yen each
A5 Size Notebook (Umbreon & Espeon, Legendary Birds) – 432 yen each
T-Shirt (Comic, Umbreon, Espeon | Small, Medium, Large) – 4,104 yen each
Short Pants (Comic, Modern, Umbreon & Espeon, Legendary Birds | Small, Medium, Large) – 2,052 yen each
Japanese Wrapping Cloth (Modern, Legendary Birds) – 2,376 yen each
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Japanese Style Pokemon Items
Hello everyone and welcome back to another exciting “Pokemon Center Report”!
First up – the Tokyo DX Pokemon Center celebrated it’s first year anniversary this past Thursday (March 14th).
Tokyo DX Anniversary 1
Both the Center and the adjoining Pokemon Center cafe are currently in full cherry bloom with tons of pink blossom decorations everywhere, with the highlight being an extra adorable sakura afro Pikachu.
Tokyo DX 2
Along with the decorations and limited food menu over at the cafe, four Pikachu cosplay plush are currently available exclusively at the Tokyo DX Center location: Sakura Afro Pikachu, Ninja Pikachu, Sumo Pikachu, and Kabuki Pikachu.
For those curious as to the theme of the Pikachu plush: Nihonbashi (where the Center is located) was originally the downtown center of Edo-Tokyo and still retains a lot of historical significance, along with being a major commercial and business neighborhood. Consequently, the theme for the Tokyo DX Center is very Meiji-era influenced. If you like traditional Japanese imagery as well as Pokemon, definitely consider making the Tokyo DX Center one of your must stops if visiting Tokyo!
Speaking of traditional Japanese merchandise, the Kyoto Center’s re-opening campaign started this past Saturday (March 16th)!
The Pokemon Center in Kyoto moved to a new location and as part of the re-opening, all Centers around Japan sold Kyoto inspired merchandise, including these two Pikachu boy and girl plush dressed in traditional kimono and drinking the most Japanese drink: green tea.
Along with the plush, the promotion also included: charms, keychains, several TCG related merchandise (card sleeves and a playmat), acrylic charms (blind packaged, of course), pouches, towels, a plethora of stationary, and other cute items!
For this release, the only merchandise exclusive to the Kyoto Center were the mascot plush versions of the two main Pikachu plush.
Last but not least! The Pokemon Center’s Easter promotion for 2019 went on sale this past Saturday alongside the Kyoto release.
Similar to last year’s Easter release, the two main plush featured Pikachu and Eevee with flower crowns, although this year’s plush have significantly different patterns and the crown contents differ as well. I personally prefer last year’s designs better.
Last year, there were only mascot plush of Pikachu and Eevee, but this year along with the two mains, we also got Plusle, Minun, and Buneary, all sporting adorable flower crowns.
Easter More Stuff
As with all promotions, there was more than just plush. The line-up included: a bunch of stationary related items, pouches, bags, towels, and the popular blind packaged acrylic charms… in Easter eggs! Because of course.
Along with the Easter line-up, there was also an unannounced set of merchandise with a pastel flowery theme featuring both Pikachu and Eevee called Pikachu & Eevee Flowers. The designs are more subtle so if you like cute things you can use in your everyday life, as well as Pikachu and Eevee, then this was clearly made for you.
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report!
Until next time~
First of all, welcome to the newly renovated site. I’m still in the process of making some tweaks here and there, but for the most part everything is in place. I hope it’s not too confusing to navigate around!
This week, we didn’t get a ton of announcements, but the ones we did are all pretty nice.
Believe it or not, it’s been about one year since the Tokyo DX Pokemon Center and official cafe opened in Nihonbashi.
To celebrate the first year anniversary, special cosplay Pikachu plush will be sold exclusively at the Tokyo DX Center starting March 14th (Thursday).
Tokyo DX Anniversary
There will be four designs in total (Sakura Afro, Ninja, Sumo, Kabuki) with each plush costing 2,160 yen including tax.
There will also be a gacha set of pins based on the walking map featured on a bunch of Tokyo DX exclusive merchandise.
This set includes 6 pins in total and will be available at both the Tokyo DX Center and the Tokyo Station Store, with one play costing 300 yen.
Tokyo DX Cafe 1 Year Anniversary
Along with the Pokemon Center, the adjoining cafe will also be celebrating it’s 1 year anniversary by adding a couple new items to the cafe exclusive store.
Apple Tea Cookies – 1,058 yen
Putitto Pokemon Collection – 1,620 yen
Embroidery Can Badge – 600 yen
Sacoche – 2,700 yen
T-Shirt (White | S/M/L) – 3,499 yen
T-Shirt (Black | S/M/L) – 3,499 yen
Croquis Sketchbook – 572 yen
Drink Tumbler (White | Black | Khaki) – 3,024 yen each
The Pokemon Center’s Easter promotion for this year was also officially announced after giving a sneak peek in the latest edition of Pokemon Fan.
This promo will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores around Japan from March 16th (Saturday).
Easter Garden Party 1
Plush (Pikachu |Eevee) – 1,728 yen each
Mascot Plush (Pikachu | Eevee | Buneary | Plusle | Minun) – 1,404 yen each
Acrylic Charm Collection (Blind Packaged) – 540 yen each
*8 designs total
Cookie Tin w/ Cookies – 972 yen
Decoration Set – 1,404 yen
Mini Bath Towel – 2,160 yen
Not Pictured Hand Towel – 540 yen
Not Pictured Handkerchief – 648 yen
Stationary w/ Box – 864 yen
Not Pictured Sticky Notes w/ Box – 734 yen
Easter Garden Party 2
Teapot – 3,024 yen
Mug w/ Lid – 1,620 yen
Plate (Pikachu & Eevee | Garden Party) – 1,512 yen each
Spoon & Fork Set – 1,296 yen
Mini Tote Bag – 1,944 yen
Pouch – 1,728 yen
Pass Case – 1,296 yen
Flip Phone Case – 3,240 yen
Mini Gift Bag – 540 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 497 yen
B6 Ring Notebook – 648 yen
Deco Tape Set – 864 yen
Bubble Sticker Sheet -486 yen
That wraps up this week’s New Merchandise Announcements!
Until next time~
Pokemon Center Tokyo DX Anniversary
Pokemon Center Cafe Anniversary
Easter Garden Party
We are back with another…
Blast From The Past Pokemon Center Report
The last of three May 20th releases – the Pokemon Line Art Promotion.
This is not the first line-art promotion, but I feel like both were easily overlooked because there were no plush and when you get down to it, it’s all stock art but in lined form.
With that said, I still find this series to feature plenty of neat looking items so it’s kind of a shame it’s not more popular. Also, this is a good way to get merchandise with your favorite Pokemon on it if it’s not one of the more popular ‘mons as each item includes so many.
Don’t like white? No problem! A lot of the items included in the line-up had a black background counterpart.
The line-up of merch featured a ton of items for everyone’s every day life style, like train pass cases and two types of phone cases: a hard shell type for iPhone7 and a flip-case type designed to fit a variety of medium sized phones.
There were also a couple different size pouches.
Pens and sketchbooks for the more artistically inclined.
And duffel bags and backpacks, so you can show off your love for Pokemon while also being fashionable!
My favorite item from the entire promotion were the stickers. This pack of die-cut stickers contains a different combination of Pokemon per pack and are made of a neat sort of cloth-like material that shimmers in the light (I did my best to show off the shimmery effect!)
I can’t end this blog post without mentioning the tag art. Pretty snazzy, right? I love it!
That wraps up the final May 20th Pokemon Center Report post.
Until next time~
The weekly Pokemon merch announcements actually came out on Thursday (it happens sometimes!) which was kind of a surprise as I was out at the time catching Eevees from the newest Kororin Friends release. None of the major announcements are really “new” but they did come with nice photos, so they’re worth mentioning!
The very first installment of the brand new Monthly Pair Pikachu series!
Just like Freshman Pikachu started off the Monthly Pikachu series, this time we get two school kid Pikachus, ready for the start of the semester as well as cherry blossom season.
These plush retail for 2,600 yen + tax and will go on sale March 19th at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan, as well as the on-line store.
Card sleeves! These four designs are Pokemon Center exclusives and will only be available for sale at Pokemon Centers and stores, as well as the Pokemon Center on-line store. Each pack contains 32 sleeves and sells for 362 yen + tax.
Release date is March 18th (Friday). I strongly suggest pre-ordering these designs if you really want them, especially the Eeveelution design, as I have a feeling they will go fast, even with the 10 per design per person limits in place.
Last but not least, Easter 2016! If you like Pokemon shaped as eggs, this promotion was designed for you. Release date is March 19th and will be available at all Pokemon Centers and stores, as well as the Pokemon Center on-line store.