Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon 20th Anniversary Starter Plush

Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon 20th Anniversary Starter Plush

Hello everyone!

This past weekend (August 25th) gave us two big releases: Pokemon Time (coming soon!) and Pokemon Center exclusive plush for every single starter Pokemon across all 7 generations.

This release was in conjunction with the apparently year-long celebration of the Pokemon Center’s 20th Anniversary in Japan. The majority of these plush are new releases with a new pattern although the following were all re-releases: Chikorita, Totodile, Cyndaquil, Piplup, Rowlet, Popplio, and Litten.

Starter Gen 1

Generation 1 (Kanto): Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur

Generation 2 Starter

Generation 2 (Johto): Cyndaquil, Totodile, Chikorita

Generation 3 Starter

Generation 3 (Hoenn): Torchic, Mudkip, Treecko

Generation 4 Starters

Generation 4 (Sinnoh): Chimchar, Piplup, Turtwig

Generation 5 Pokemon

Generation 5 (Unova): Tepig, Oshawott, Snivy

Generation 5 Starter

Generation 6 (Kalos): Fennekin, Froakie, Chespin

Generation 6 Starter

Generation 7 (Alola): Litten, Popplio, Rowlet

That wraps up today’s Pokemon Center Report! I hope you enjoyed it 🙂

Until next time~

Friday Pokemon Announcements – TCG Ultra Explosion Impact + Pokemon Center 20th Anniversary + Halloween 2018 Hype

Friday Pokemon Announcements – TCG Ultra Explosion Impact + Pokemon Center 20th Anniversary + Halloween 2018 Hype

Hello everyone!

Last night gave us a bunch of smaller announcements, so let’s dive in.

Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush 20th Anniversary

As part of the Pokemon Center’s 20th Anniversary, a line-up of Pokemon Center exclusive plush will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores around Japan August 25th (Saturday).

This release will include every starter from across all 7 generations: Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Mudkip, Treecko, Torchic, Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, Oshawott, Snivy, Tepig, Fennekin, Chespin, Froakie, Litten, Rowlet, and Popplio.

Of the list, Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Piplup, Litten, Rowlet, and Popplip plushies will be direct re-releases. The other plush will have at least slightly different patterns than previously released plush.

Each plush will cost 1,620 yen including tax.

20th Anniversary Snowglobe

Along with the starter plush, pre-orders for a special Pokemon Center On-Line exclusive snow globe will start August 25th (Saturday).

This snow globe features all of the starter Pokemon from across 7 generations, plus Pikachu and Mew, and measures about 19 x 19 x 20 cm.

The pre-order period will run from August 25th (Saturday) 10:00 am until October 14th (Sunday) 11:59 pm, with orders shipping out around mid February 2019. Snow globes cost 21,600 yen including tax.

Pokemon Center 20th Anniversary Sugimoto Red Pikachu Promo Card

Finally, also as part of the Pokemon Center’s 20th Anniversary, starting August 25th (Saturday), customers who purchase 5 booster packs from the Pokemon TCG line at a Pokemon Center or Store will receive 1 promo card, featuring original Sugimoto artwork from the Red & Pikachu Pokemon Center promotion. This campaign will run while supplies last.

Pokemon TCG Ultra Explosion Impact (SM8)

Speaking of Pokemon TCG, the next booster set “Ultra Explosion Impact” (SM8) has been announced with a release date of September 7th (Friday).

Individual booster packs will sell for 162 yen including tax and each pack includes 5 random cards.

Pokemon TCG Ultra Explosion Impact (SM8)

A special Pokemon Center exclusive box set will be released alongside the booster pack on September 7th (Friday).

This set costs 10,800 yen and includes: 2 boxes (60 packs) of Ultra Explosion Impact, 1 set of a full deck of card sleeves, 1 deck case with the same artwork as the card sleeves, 1 card box.

Note that the card sleeves included can only be obtained through this set.

Pokemon TCG Ultra Explosion Impact (SM8)

There will be four new card sleeve designs that will go on sale from September 7th (Friday). Each pack of sleeves is a full set plus several extras for a total of 64 sleeves and cost 777 yen including tax.

The four designs are: Blacephalon, Lugia, Suicune, and the Lusamine Family.

Lugia TCG

There will also be:

Lugia themed full-size rubber playmat (2700 yen w/ tax)
Lugia themed deck case (390 yen w/ tax)
Pikachu & Eevee Card Binder (1,674 yen w/ tax)
Alola All-Stars Card Binder (1,674 yen w/ tax)

Halloween 2018 Artwork

Official artwork for the up-coming 2018 Pokemon Center Halloween promotion (Pikachu’s Halloween) has come out, although we’re still waiting on an official announcement for merchandise.

There are two different illustrations: one for Team Treat and one for Team Trick. As mentioned in the previous announcement, all Halloween activities will start September 8th (Saturday).

Pokemon Center 2018 Halloween Promotion

As part of the Halloween promotion and starting September 8th (Friday) while supplies last, customers will get 1 of 2 Halloween/fall themed original clear cards for every 2,500 yen spent at Pokemon Centers or Stores.

Yokohama Moving Campaign

Finally, the Yokohama Pokemon Center will be moving to Yokohama Marui City outside the Yokohama station east exit November 9th (Friday).

As part of the commemoration of 13 long years spent in Landmark Plaza, the Yokohama Center will be giving out original clear cards as gifts (while supplies last) to all customers who shop at the Yokohama Center between September and October.

The first design (including Wailmer and Munchlax) will be given out during September and is the concept artwork used for the Center’s grand opening March 5th, 2005.

The second design (with Pirate Pikachu) will be given out during October and is the concept artwork used for the Center’s renewal opening October 10th, 2008.

Miki Pokemon Stickers

On a parting note, my Sticker Store is officially back open and include my new line of Pokemon Sweet stickers plus some early Halloween themed stickers!

Check it out ~

Until next time!


20th Anniversary Pokemon Center Exclusive Starter Plush
Pokemon Center 20th Anniversary Snow Globe
Red & Pikachu Promo Card
Pokemon Card Products
Pokemon Center Trick or Treat Campaign
Yokohama Center Moving Campaign

Merchandise Overview – August

1st Week of August

[Sega] Premium Bath Towels (2 Designs)

8.1

[Takara Tomy] Chokkori-san Plush (Eevee, Lisa)

8.3

[TCG] Fairy’s Rise Booster Pack
[TCG] Mina & Rimbombee Card Sleeves
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Towel w/ Hood (2 Designs)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Gengar Plush
[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania! Large Pikachu Plush

8.4

[Takara Tomy] Hello Pikachu figure

2nd Week of August

[Sega] Premium Round Box

8.6

[Re-ment] Enjoy Cooking! Pikachu Kitchen (8 sets)

8.7

[Its’Demo] Pokemon Love Its’Demo – Eeveelutions
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Ultra Guardians Large Plush (Popplio, Rowlet)

8.9

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Pikachu Lamp (2 Designs)
[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania! Mascot Plush (5 Designs)

8.10

[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Invasion Mascot Plush
[Pokemon Center] Slowpoke Day
[Pokemon Center] With Pikachu terrarium figures

8.21

[Its’Demo] Pokemon Love Its’Demo – Electric Pokemon
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Halloween Pikachu Plush

8.23

[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru – Large Ghost Plush (Haunter, Mimikyu, Litwick)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Halloween Plush (Pikachu x 3 Designs)

8.24

[Re-ment] Petit Fleur (Pikachu, Alola Vulpix, Butterfree, Eevee, Leafeon, Sylveon)
[Re-ment] Eevee & Friends Dreaming Case (Eevee, Flareon, Jolteon, Vaporeon)

8.25

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center exclusive starter plush
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Time Vol 11
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Time: Stajan Edition
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Pokemon Time trainer plush pre-order starts (Acerola, Moon, Lillie)
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Pokemon Center 20th Anniversary Snowglobe pre-orders start
[TCG] Red & Pikachu promo card distribution starts
[MonColle] Alola Ninetails, Naganadel
[Re-Ment] Sleeping on the Cable Part 2 (Pichu, Mew, Sylveon, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander)
[Takara Tomy] Sleeping Friends Plush (Litten, Rowlet, Popplio, Snorlax, Eevee)

5th Week of August

[Sega] Large Premium Drawing Set

8.31

[Bandai] Pokeball Collection Super (7 designs total)

Merchandise Overview – December

12.2

[Pokemon Center] Pikachu’s Closet: Formal Clothing Set
[Pokemon Center] Original Charm Keychains (Alola Vulpix, Mimikyu, Cosmog, Solgaleo, Lunala)
[Collaboration] Itoen vending machine Pikachu Invasion blind packaged figure distribution starts
[Nendoroid] Lana Nendoroid pre-order starts

12.4

[Candy] Pokemon Get Collection Candy Sun & Moon Part 2 (Primarina, Incineroar, Decidueye, Mimikyu, Pikachu, Mareanie, Bewear, Charjabug, Dusk Lycanroc, Alola Vulpix)

12.7

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Purapura Charms (Pikachu, Vulpix, Alola Vulpix)
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time Plush (Boy Pikachu x 2, Girl Pikachu x 2)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Large Plush (Litten, Rowlet, Popplio)

12.8

[TCG] Booster Pack “Ultra Sun” / “Ultra Moon”
[TCG] Premium Trainers Box: Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
[TCG] Card Sleeves: Ultra Sun & Moon, Cynthia, Volkner, Lucario, Lillie, Umbreon & Espeon, Pyukumuku
[TCG] Deck Cases: Umbreon & Espeon, Ultra Sun & Moon
[TCG] Cynthia Rubber Play Mat

12.9

[Pokemon Center] 5108 Pokemon Necklaces
[Takara Tomy] Lillie’s Alolan Vulpix Plush 1:1 Size

12.14

[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Plush – Grass Type (Bulbasaur, Snivy, Chespin)
[Banpresto] Large Snorlax Piggy Bank
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Plush (Growlithe, Arcanine)

12.16

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Tails Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush (Gardevoir, Wailord, Tapu Lele)

12.18

[Re-Ment] Bakery in the Blue Sky

12.19

[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time Large Plush (Girl Pikachu, Boy Pikachu)

12.21

[Banpresto] *Namco Exclusive* Extra Large Plush – Dress-Up Pikachu (2 Designs)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru – Water Types (Squirtle, Oshawott, Froakie)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Large Plush (Riolu, Lucario)

12.23

[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform! Plush and Mascot Plush (Alola Vulpix, Electrode, Absol, Shaymin, Whimsicott)
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform! Gacha Figures Vol 5 (Magikarp, Lapras, Omanyte, Dragonite, Sableye)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You Badges (Sylveon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Incineroar, Decidueye, Primarina, Bewear, Togedemaru)
[G.E.M.] Lillie & Vulpix figure

12.26

[Banpresto] I Love Mew Plush (Sitting, Jumping, Sleeping)
[Banpresto] I Love Mew – Extra Large Plush (Mew)

12.28

[MonColle] Crabrawler

December Banpresto Prize Overview

This post will cover prizes coming out in December!

Korotto Manmaru, quickly becoming a staple Banpresto series, will return once again in December with a couple releases!

A set of large Korotto Manmaru plush, including Litten, Popplio, and Rowlet, will start appearing in game centers in Japan from December 7th (Thursday).
Each plush measures roughly 23 cm.

There will also be two sets of smaller Korotto Manmaru plush.

A grass type set, featuring Bulbasaur, Snivy, and Chespin, will start appearing in game centers in Japan from December 14th (Thursday).
A water type set, featuring Squirtle, Oshawott, and Froakie, will start appearing in game centers in Japan from December 21st (Thursday).

All plush from these sets will measure roughly 13 cm.

Kororin Plush will return as well!

Both sets are the larger plush types, with each plush measuring roughly 26 cm.

The first set, featuring Growlithe and Arcanine, will start appearing in game centers in Japan from December 14th (Thursday).
The second set, featuring Riolu and Lucario, will start appearing in game centers in Japan from December 21st (Thursday).

I Love Mew returns from the semi grave with more Mew plush!
Note that although these plush may look similar to previous releases, this is a new release and not a remake.

An extra large Mew plush measuring 35 cm will start appearing in game centers from December 26th (Tuesday).
Three smaller Mew plush, each measuring roughly 13 cm, will also start appearing in game centers from December 26th (Tuesday).

Now that we’ve completed the Kutsurogi Time Eeveelution set, what’s next but Pikachu?

There will be two Kutsurogi Time releases during December.

Four smaller sized Pikachu plush (two boys and two girls) each measuring about 13 cm, will start appearing in game centers in Japan from December 7th (Thursday).
A set of two larger sized Pikachu plush (one boy and one girl) each measuring about 24 cm will start appearing in game centers in Japan from December 19th (Tuesday).

Last but not least, some releases from the general Pokemon Sun & Moon series~

A set of little plastic charms featuring Pikachu, Vulpix, and Alolan Vulpix, each measuring roughly 5 cm, will start appearing in game centers in Japan from December 7th (Thursday).
A larger sized Snorlax piggy-bank, measuring about 22 cm, will start appearing in game centers in Japan from December 14th (Thursday).
A set of dress-up Pikachu plush, each measuring about 35 cm, will start appearing exclusively at Namco game centers in Japan from December 21st (Thursday).

As always when I’m in Japan, I’ll be offering pick-ups for the plush and prize releases throughout December!
If interested, check out my Banpresto Prize page here.

Until next time~