This year’s main Halloween promotion was announced!
Halloween comes super early this year and with almost no warning. The 2017 Pokemon Halloween promotion will drop at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting September 2nd (Saturday), which is technically…next week! (Did August even happen?)
There is a bunch of super cute merch this year and I’m really excited!! Halloween is my favorite time of the year and I’ve felt like the Pokemon Center has semi dropped the ball with the past several promotions. They made up for it this time!
Plush (Pikachu | Mimikyu | Bewear) – 1,944 yen each
Mascot Plush (Rowlet | Litten | Popplio | Eevee) – 1,296 yen each
Metal Charm Sets (Pikachu | Mimikyu) – 918 yen each
Logo Pin – 648 yen
Set of 2 Mugs – 2,376 yen
Earrings – 648 yen
Plush Mascot Pin – 756 yen
Plush Pass Case – 1,404 yen
(Thanks to the Daisuki Club updating really quickly with new information, we actually have photos of all the merch from this promo!)
Squishy Mascots (Pikachu | Mimikyu) – 1,080 yen
Die-Cut Memo Set – 734 yen
PET Stickers – 540 yen
A4 3-Pocket Clearfile – 410 yen
Dice Bag – 648 yen
Pouch (Pikachu on one side, Mimikyu on the other) – 1,944 yen
Hand Towel – 756 yen
Of course there will be blind packaged rubber charms! This set features 9 designs with no secrets, and as always, each charm will cost 540 yen after tax.
As part of the Pokemon Center Halloween festivities that will start with Pokemon Halloween Time and run through October, starting September 22nd (Friday) customers at all Pokemon Center and Store locations will get 1 of 3 random clear art cards for every 2,500 yen spent. These cards are given out on a first come first serve basis and once they’re gone there’s no more, so if you’re in Japan around that time, make sure to stop by September 22nd and spend your cash!
In keeping tradition with the past few years, there will be a secondary Halloween/Gothic themed promotion that will go on sale separately from the main Halloween promotion. “Mysterious Encounters” is set to drop in Japan September 22nd (Friday) and we will get more information on the merch line-up September 8th (Friday), so stay tuned!
Moving on from Halloween… a batch of Ruby and Sapphire themed Pokemon Center exclusive plush will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores September 2nd (Saturday).
Honestly speaking, this batch is maybe a little disappointing just because all of these Pokemon have plush, and in some cases a lot of plush that look very similar if not basically identical to these ones. I know it’s hard to believe, Pokemon Center, and you might want to sit down for this but there are actually other Gen 3 Pokemon besides the ones you have here, and I’m sure lots of fans would have loved those plush. I hate being that person who is all, “give another Pokemon a chance” but … give another Pokemon a chance?!
This past Friday (August 18th), there were no merchandise announcements, and the only release for Saturday (August 19th) was the blind-packaged Hoenn region can badges.
But! This year’s Dot Sprite promotion was released last Wednesday (August 16th), along with a couple random items.
There were no plush or cushions with this year’s release, but there were hand towels! Pictured here are two of the three designs (the third was dot sprite style pokeballs).
It’s not a Pokemon Center promotion without clearfiles, and this release featured three designs, each with multiple pockets!
There were two memo pads in cute boxes (one design with just Pikachu and one with the main group illustration) and an unboxed pad of sticky notes.
If notebooks are more your style, there were two Pokeball die-cut notebooks.
One of the cutest items from the merch list was this set of three clear pouches. Use them together or separately (or keep them minty fresh and safe in your collection!)
Coinciding with the opening of the very limited Isetan x Pokemon store, available exclusively at the main Shinjuku Isetan building (which includes a super cute cafe with Pokemon themed food and drink), an Isetan themed Pikachu plush was also released at Pokemon Centers on the 16th.
Last but not least, this rather unique “multi-ring” for smartphones was released recently as well. Available in three designs (Alola Vulpix, Snorlax, and Eeveelution), you can attach this ring to the back of your phone and use it to…I’m not exactly sure. Hold it better? Attach it to things? Clip it to a string and swing it around your head like a deadly Pokemon themed projectile? Whatever your heart desires I guess!
Tonight’s update includes a lot of info and photos, so let’s get started beginning with the most recent TCG news.
The next booster pack set was announced, with a release date of April 21st (Friday). Called “Beyond New Challenges”, is the second holo exclusive Sun & Moon set (SM2+) and the cards in this set are designed to be used alongside “Awaiting Islands” and “Alola Moonlight” to create stronger decks.
Each booster pack will cost 248 yen after tax and includes 5 random holo cards.
A special card set will go on sale April 21st as well. This set features a promo Alolan Vulpix card that you can only get via this set along with 2 “Beyond New Challenges” booster packs. This set will cost 550 yen after tax.
A two player 30 card deck battle set will also go on sale April 21st. As this set is designed for two people to be able to battle each other right out of the box, there is 2 sets of 30 card decks as opposed to the usual 1 set, and features 1 Pikachu GX card and 1 Mimikyu GX card. The set also includes:
This special two player set will cost 1,782 yen after tax.
As with most (if not all?) booster pack releases, there will be a special card campaign starting April 21st. Customers who buy 20 packs of “Beyond New Challenges” or 1 box will receive 1 Olivia promo card, which you can only get from this campaign.
The ever popular Kuttari Plush series is returning with a brand new array of non-plush (and some plush) items, including a cookie tin, towels, bags, and charms. This mini promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and stores in Japan on April 15th (Saturday).
The fourth installment of Pokemon Tales was also announced, with a release date of April 8th (Saturday). The theme for this iteration is forest living, focusing on Pikachu and their friends everyday forest lives, including little forest parties and picnics. Along with Pikachu, some of the Pokemon included in the item illustrations are: Pichu, Tympole, Bonsly, Hoppip, Skiploom, Clefairy, and a very tiny, hidden Minccino!
The Ditto Transform promotion came out today (March 25th) in Japan, and I already have photos so be on the lookout for the next Pokemon Center Report coming soon! (more…)