Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon Little Tales

Little Tales is a collaboration between Pokemon and designer Shinzi Katoh and this is the third year in a row the Pokemon Center has brought us this always charming and adorable promotion. The theme for this year’s Little Tales line-up was “spring vacation” and this was reflected not only in the designs featured on the items but also on the items themselves.

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The runner up to the star of the show was the pair Pikachu plush. Continuing the design from last year where the girl and boy Pikachus shared one scarf, this year, the two Pikachu are holding hands.

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The mascot plush were equally adorable and featured Mime Jr, Ditto, and boy and girl Pikachu, with a very distinctive carousel theme.

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Close-ups of mascots!

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Not sure why they decided to use Ponyta twice but he is cute no matter which way he faces.

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Mime Jr looks especially happy. To be fair, if I had a Girafarig friend, I would be happy, too.

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The two Pikachu straps were sold as a set, so either a good or bad thing depending on how you view it. If you only wanted the male or female Pikachu, you were out of luck. If you had a friend and wanted to share, then this works out perfectly!

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The plush pass case only came in male Pikachu form, but who can resist his dapper little hat?

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There were three different bags with this promotion: a “bag in bag”, a smaller knapsack, and a foldable boston bag.

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The knapsack had a print of the two Pikachus stamped into the leather (?) while the bag in bag had both the two Pikachus plus the two Meowstics.

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Then there was the actual star of the show: the suitcase! Although not ideal for international travel, the suitcase is a nice size for going, let’s say, by train on a weekend trip somewhere domestic. The suitcases themselves, aside from the one or two on display, were kept near the registers, and from what I heard, most of the stores shipped them to your home still in their cardboard boxes because of the size. (You can also see an example of one of the boston bags folded out on top of the suitcase).

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The suitcase has the two Pikachus stamped into the front.

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Speaking of staying stylish, there were a couple clothing items sold in this promotion as well! The blue stole goes well with the creams of both the cardigan and free size shirt.

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Charm point of the shirt is the two Meowstics on their date.

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Charm point of the cardigan is the colorful buttons as well as the little Pikachu emblem.

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There was a bunch of other miscellaneous goodies as well, such as stationary sets, pencils, a clearfile set featuring designs from current and past Little Tales promotions

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A small assortment of stickers

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iPhone cases for 5/5s and 6/6s

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Hair scrunchies in two different designs

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Hand towels, towelkets (large blankets made out of a lighter towel fabric, ideal for late spring and summer), and hand creams

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Out of the two hand cream designs, this was my favorite!

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Last but certainly not least, the cookie tins! This might be the first time the Center has sold cookie tins as a set like this (or if not the first, it doesn’t happen very often).

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One tin has more of a travel theme, while the other has a carousel theme, but it can be agreed that both are adorable. I wasn’t planning on buying a cookie tin but after seeing them in person, I couldn’t resist.

Tomorrow I’m going to Wonder Fest for the first time ever, so wish me luck! Hopefully I can bring back pictures of up-coming merchandise to share.

[Collaboration] Pokemon Forever at Kiddyland

On Saturday, January 30th, a limited time event called “Pokemon Forever” (Zu~tto Pokemon) started at four Kiddyland locations around Japan, including the Harajuku store in Tokyo.

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As part of the event, Kiddyland has the up-coming second batch of All-Star plush (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, and Mew) as well as the larger Pikachu plush for sale earlier than the official release date, along with brand new Sepia Graffiti items. The two large sized plush cushions (Ditto and Snorlax) will also be available starting from February 13th.

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Entering Kiddyland, the first thing you see is the main Pokemon plush display, featuring the complete All-Star original line-up (including Espurr!) and the second batch of All-Star plush. Hanging overhead are blown up prints from the Sepia series.

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The other side of the display has a section devoted to both sizes of Pikachu plush

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Various Pikachu figures

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The newest Sepia Graffiti merchandise

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And even a small section for PokeKyun cards.

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Pokemon Center Report – All Star Plush + Fluffy Cushion Plush + Surprise Eeveelutions & Arcanine

I woke up early to head over to the Pokemon Center for the slightly earlier than expected release of both the All-Star plush line and the related fluffy cushion plush, but the Center decided just those plush was not enough for a Saturday release, and gave us four surprise Pokemon Center exclusives as well!

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Flareon

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Jolteon

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Vaporeon

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and Arcanine! The three Eeveelutions are, as expected of Poke-Cen exclusive plush, very soft and adorable, but having Arcanine in the surprise line-up was the most exciting, especially considering his lack of merchandise. He is extra fluffy and fierce and all Arcanine collectors should look into adding him to their collections!

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The All-Star plush came out great, maybe even better than I could have hoped for! All the plush are made of a soft minky fabric and are the perfect size to hold and cuddle. As opposed to the usual Poke-Cen plush, the All-Star collection plush have beans inside them, which makes them sit up easier. Also, Eevee is surprisingly dense! I have no idea what they stuffed him with, but wouldn’t be surprised if it was bricks.

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My favorite plush from the line-up (in no particular order): Buneary! I’m very picky with my Bun plush, but this guy just seems like one of the most perfect of the Bunearies. I didn’t get one today, but there is a chance I might cave next time I visit the Center.

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Psyduck! Another plush that is easy to derpify, but this one came out pretty much perfectly.

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Altaria! Yet another Pokemon that is easy to mess up in plush form, and once again, this plush came out great, with just the right amount of fluff.

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Poliwag! I’m not a huge fan or a collector, but the eyes looking up at you. You can’t resist!

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Last but not least, Dedenne! Dedenne suffers from “all of my merchandise looks the same” and with so many Pokemon in the All-Stars collection, I wasn’t sure if I was going to get him or not, even though I am a collector. Seeing him in person changed my mind: this plush is perfect. Perfect Dedenne plush! On par with the Pokemon Center exclusive!

“But wait!” you might be saying. “The All-Star Collection had 15 plush, there’s only 14 here! What gives!”

Well, for reasons I will probably never understand, the Pokemon Center is not carrying Espurr. (LE GASP) I know. Why would they leave out one of the most popular Pokemon from the line-up?! He’s still available through general toy stores (although I checked Toys R Us in the same shopping mall as the Mega Tokyo Center and their selection of Pokemon toys was pitifully small) as well as Amazon, but the best part of new releases is being able to pick out your perfect plush by hand.

At any rate (grumble grumble)

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I haven’t forgotten the cushions! There were three types of fluffy cushion plush in this release: Pikachu (the most cushion-like out of the three), Wailord, and Gulpin. They are all incredibly soft and incredibly huggable, so if you have the dough to drop, and you like hugging plush that’s as big as half of you, then I say go for it!

Get ready for next week’s big Pokemon Center update when the Mega Pikachu campaign starts. Until then!

Friday Pokemon Announcements – All Star Collection + Steiff Pikachu + Sleeping Plush

A bunch of great announcements from the Pokeon site today, although most we already knew about.

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First up: the All-Star Collection is finally coming out, and it’s coming out tomorrow instead of the original release date of December 12th (surprise!) The large cushions (Pikachu, Wailord, Gulpin) are also coming out tomorrow.

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Adding excitement to more excitement, Sanei announced over their official Twitter account that there will be a part 2 to the All-Star Collection as well as the fluffy cushions line-up, which will include Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Mew, Snorlax, and Ditto (among others?) with an estimated release date of February 2016.

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As previously mentioned, these four large size sleeping plush will be available starting from December 12th at a retail price of 3,800 yen each, plus tax.

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Also previously mentioned, a bunch of stationary related merchandise featuring Ash’s Greninja and a block-style Pokemon design will come out in Pokemon Centers and stationary / bookstores on December 19th.

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4 new metal charms (Ash’s Greninja and the various Zygarde formes) will also be available for purchase from Pokemon Centers on December 26th.

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Last but not least, the Steiff Pikachu plush is currently available for pre-orders, with an estimated release date starting in February.

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There will only be 1,000 of this first edition Pikachu plush and it is a Japan exclusive, retailing at 45,000 yen.

Still no word about the New Years promotion, but hopefully next time!

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All-Star Collection
All-Star Collection 2
Steiff Pikachu
Stationary Merchandise + Metal Charms
Sleeping Plush

Merchandise Overview – December

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[Merchandise] Reservations start for Steiff Pikachu plush

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[Pokemon Center] Zygarde Core Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush
[Pokemon All-Stars Plush] Altaria, Buneary, Dedenne, Eevee, Espurr, Gengar, Goomy, Gulpin, Jigglypuff, Lucario, Oddish, Poliwag, Psyduck, Skitty, Wailord, Wobbuffet

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[Banpresto] Pokemon XY & Z Zygarde Core Plush
[Banpresto] Charizard Night Bath Towels (3 designs)

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[TCG Card Sleeves] Mega Gyarados (Pokemon Center Exclusive) Mega Scizor, Slowpoke, Garbodor
[TCG] Mega MewTwo X / Y Jumbo Card Pack
[TCG] Rage of the Broken Sky expansion pack
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Rage of the Broken Sky campaign starts

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[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pikachu – January
[Pokemon Center] Large Sleeping Plush (Bulbasaur, Ditto, Mudkip, Pikachu)
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Mega Campaign
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu #025
[Ichiban Kuji] Pikachu and Friends: Japanese Modern Art

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[Merchandise] Sepia Graffiti additions
[Collaboration] Its’Demo x Pokemon Part 3

12.19

[Pokemon Center] Block Style Art Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Ash’s Greninja Promotion

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[Banpresto] Pokemon XY & Z Air Plush – Pikachu
[Banpresto] Pokemon XY & Z Air Plush – Pokeball
[Banpresto] Rolly-Polly (Korotto Manmaru) Plush: Partners Edition (Ash’s Greninja, Dedenne, Pancham, Pikachu, Zygarde Core)

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[Pokemon Center] Steven Stone Promotion
[Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush] Ash’s Greninja, Zygarde 10%
[Pokemon Center] Metal Charms (Ash’s Greninja, Zygarde Core, Zygarde 10%, Zygarde Perfect Forme)
[Merchandise] Talky Pikachu Plush
[TCG Card Sleeves] (Premium + Pokemon Center Exclusive) Hypno
[TCG] Battle Sets: Grass/Fighting, Fire/Electric, Water/Psychic
[MonColle] Ash’s Greninja, Zygarde Special Pack, Zygarde 10% Forme, Pokemon World Map
[Takara Tomy] Zygarde Core Plush
[Pokemon Game] Pre-orders start for Pokemon 2DS Bundle

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[Pokemon Merchandise] Fuzzy Dedenne, Fuzzy Eevee (Mascot Size), Fuzzy Pikachu Female (Mascot Size), Fuzzy Pikachu Male (Mascot Size)