Friday Pokemon Announcements – Eevee and the Torrid Tale of Too Many Blind Packaged Goods

The merch list for the highly anticipated 2015 Pokemon Time ~ Eevee Collection ~ promotion was announced!

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The focus in the main image seems to be the t-shirts, which are blind packaged. For the first time ever, in the history of blind packaged merchandise, blind packaged t-shirts?! Each shirt is roughly $10 before tax, but considering there are nine Eeveelutions, that $10 can add up quickly if you are trying to get a specific one and don’t have much luck.

Everyone was expecting plush, but there are no pictures of them! They are mascot plush so will be tiny, as opposed to the plush released last year and the year before.

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The t-shirts are cute, simple, and free-size, meaning it should be big enough to fit a variety of sizes.

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Along with t-shirts, there are also lanyards with card sleeves (blind packaged), rubber straps (blind packaged), an iPhone case, die-cut stickers…

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…two types of towels (a small but long towel designed to be used like a scarf and a towelket, which is a blanket made of towel like fabric), headphones…

…and a bunch of items which we don’t have photos for at this time including:

    mascot plush
    figure straps
    clear files
    gold-leaf stickers
    memo stand
    sketchbook
    hoodie
    pajama pants
    a set of bed sheets
    pokemon time mini tins (blind packaged)
    backpack
    shoulder bag

Hopefully we will get pictures of, at the very least, the plush before release date. Hopefully!!

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For those going to the Pokemon Center on Eevee Collection day who spend more than $100, you can get this limited Eeveelution bag (until supplies last!)

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If Eevees aren’t your thing but you still want to spend money, this Pokemon Center exclusive Hoopa plush is also coming out on the 6th, just in time for the movie!

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Last but not least, an official picture has surfaced of the Hiroshima Center Karpchus. These plush, along with other merch so far unannounced, will go on sale in Pokemon Centers starting June 26th, which is also when the Hiroshima Center will open!

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Hiroshima Pokemon Center, Pokemon Time

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No merch news this week, but we finally have an official date for the grand opening of the Hiroshima Pokemon Center (June 26th)!

Although the merchandise list for the opening is “in progress” and will be available later, they did share with us these adorable Pikachus wearing Gyarados and Magikarp ponchos. There is a 99.9% chance plush based on these illustrations will be sold as part of the opening promotion. Most likely if they make all three versions, the shiny Gyarados poncho Pika will be a Hiroshima exclusive (so maybe Mega Tokyo won’t be as crazy as usual for once?!)

The opening of the Hiroshima Center will also mark the opening of the very first Pokemon Center in the Chūgoku/Shikoku region of Japan. Huzzah!

Update!

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A sneaky sneak-preview of some of the merch from the up-coming Pokemon Time – Eevee Collection – was shared via the Pokemon Daisuki Club email sent out today. So far we have charms, a pair of headphones, and cell phone case confirmed! I know there will be plush, I just can’t wait to see what they look like (other than adorable, of course).

UFO Catcher Adventures – I Love Eevee

The Banpresto I Love Eevee series started last Thursday with the arrival of the first batch of mascot plush (Eevee, Leafeon, Glaceon) as well as towels, which come in one of three designs, all prominently featuring Eevee along with the Eeveelutions.

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Mascot plush are designed to be attached to bags, so while these plush are described as “large size”, which is accurate when you compare them to other similar types of plush, they are still not too big. In my opinion, they are the perfect size!

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Eevees are so popular, and I think game centers realize this. I’ve run into more trouble than usual trying to catch plush, making me think they are setting the difficulty level on the claws fairly high. Also, although not many game centers are enforcing restrictions, a couple have signs up setting limits on how many of one plush or sets of plush you can win at once, or if they remember you, in one day.

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Of course, I went out bright and early on Thursday to win as many Eevees as I could! I stopped at game centers in Nakano, Shinjuku, and Ikebukuro. This was my first mascot plush win of the day!

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Although I am not a Leafeon or Glaceon collector, I think they came out pretty cute for smaller plush! Leafeon unfortunately has a lot of painted and felty bits, which is unfortunately common with smaller prize plush, but still adorable.

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I also won a bunch of towels while I was out. I am usually pretty good at catching towels, but game centers were making it almost impossible to win any! I completely lucked out with the machine pictured. Unlike the other machines I tried throughout the day, the setting on the claw was very low, meaning the claw was very strong and I was able to win 1 towel in around 500 yen or 5 tries, sometimes less than that. I won a lot of towels from this machine, but I guess I won too many, because when I came back later in the evening, there was a sign up restricting people from winning more than 2 full sets per day, and the claw strength was very, very weak. (Oops?)

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I am very pleased with this set! The second set, featuring Jolteon, Vaporeon, and Flareon, comes out May 8th, and I can’t wait!

Friday’s Pokemon Announcements – Pokemon Time, Monthly Pikachu, Bandit Ring

This past Friday was not without some exciting news from the Pokemon Center!

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Although not exactly new, next month’s Monthly Pikachu was announced on the main website, along with his little story. I had a feeling we would see a raincoat Pikachu for June, as June in rainy season in Japan, and I am definitely not disappointed with the design! Thankfully, this plush comes out right before I leave for my summer break in America, which means I get to pick the perfect raincoat Pika with the perfect cute face.

My prediction for July’s Monthly Pikachu is “Tanabata Pikachu”. Tanabata (literally “the seventh evening”) is a Chinese originated Japanese festival that falls on the 7th of July and celebrates the reunion between the two deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (Vega and Altair). Legend states these two deities are separated by the Milky Way all year except for one day, when they can meet temporarily. One traditional form of celebration is to write wishes on pieces of paper (tanzaku) and hang them on bamboo. The pieces of paper are often burned or set afloat (or both) after the festival is finished. There are many Tanabata festivals all throughout Japan, offering usual festival goodies, especially delicious festival food.

And now that I have my prediction written down, watch me be completely wrong!

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The next expansion pack for the official Pokemon card game was announced. Bandit Ring comes in the usual single pack containing 5 cards and goes on sale June 20th. Although the official listing of cards included in the expansion pack will most likely leak closer to release, we know for sure that Hoopa will be included. At this moment, there are no deck sleeves or other related merchandise listed on the website, but this might also change over the next month or so.

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Finally, the most exciting (or stressful!) news of the day – the next Pokemon Time series is coming out June 6th, and this year, the focus is on Eeveelutions. I am both elated and annoyed. Last year’s Pokemon Time was semi boring for me as I didn’t really collect any of the plush and I don’t even think I bought anything. This year, I figured I would be safe to go back to the States for the summer to escape the Tokyo heat and humidity as the last year’s movie related merchandise was boring, and I have no interest in this year’s movie. The Pokemon Center must have found out and decided to punish me for escaping by bringing out Eevees. At least I have friends in Japan who can get me the things that I want, but I would have preferred to be here myself!

More information on merchandise will be announced closer to the end of May, so stay tuned! I am sure everything will be adorable.

I Love Eevee – Spring and Summer Merch Overview

After a prolonged period of silence, new merchandise is finally getting released through the Banpresto Prize “I Love Eevee” series.

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Although the main focus in most of these prizes is Eevee, there will be several sets of mascot plush coming out, from April to June, featuring all of the Eeveelutions, and includes the very first Sylveon plush in the I Love Eevee line-up.

April 23rd

I Love Eevee – Mascot Plush (Batch 1)
Height: 10 cm / 4 in (not including the strap)

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I Love Eevee – Bath Towels
Size: 120 cm x 60 cm / 4 ft x 2 ft

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May 8th

I Love Eevee – Mascot Plush (Batch 2)
Height: 10 cm / 4 in (not including the strap)

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May 12th

I Love Eevee – Mugs (2 versions)
Height: 9 cm / 3.5 in

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May 19th

Large Size Eevee Plush
Height: 25 cm / 10 in

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June 4th

I Love Eevee – Mascot Plush (Batch 3)
Height: 10 cm / 4 in (not including the strap)

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June 18th

I Love Eevee – Plush Eevee Pass Case (2 versions)
Height: 11 cm / 4 in

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All of these items are crane game prizes and can’t be bought first hand from stores. However, as Eevee and the Eeveelutions are very popular, I’m sure everything listed will be easy to find second hand once they are released.

[Japanese] I Love Eevee prize overview
Banpresto Official Site