Hello everyone and welcome to another exciting “Pokemon Center Report”!
Two Pokemon Center promotions came out February 19th in Japan – a traditional Japanese stylized promo, called “Sumie Retsuden” (Ink Brush Portraits) and a more cutesy sort of Valentine’s Day themed promo called “Fluffy Little Pokemon”.
The Pokemon Sumie promotion was unique in a lot of ways. Not only did the art have a very distinctive style, but along with some of the more common Pokemon Center promo items, there was a bunch of not often seen stuff as well.
One of my favorites were the tea tins. There were three different tins with three different teas: green tea, high quality green tea, and Japanese black tea. I can’t say how good the teas themselves are, but the tins are very nice and are probably worth the price just by themselves.
Two more unique items from the promo: coasters and small plate sets!
The promo also included: t-shirts (one for each of the Pokemon featured), can badges, three phone cases, a couple different types of pouches, and stickers
In keeping with the Japanese style theme, there were also foldable fans, blind packaged mini foldable screens, door cutains, and a bento box in two designs. It was a really nice promo!
Moving on! As mentioned, along with the Pokemon Sumie promo, we also got this year’s Valentine’s Day promo (maybe?): Fluffy Little Pokemon. In direct contrast to Pokemon Sumie, the style here is more typical Pokemon Center.
Fluffy Little Pokemon had two mascot plush: a boy Pikachu and a girl Pikachu. There were no matching plush.
Along with the mascot plush, there were a bunch of typical Pokemon Center items including…
Decoration tape, pass cases, towels (hand and face sizes), handkerchiefs, a tote-bag, two types of pouches, and a wallet.
On a final note: I can’t say for certain that this was the Valentine’s Day promo, but there wasn’t really anything else that clearly was for Valentine’s, so either way, it’s kind of disappointing. Last year we had the really cute bakery themed promo and I was hoping for something equally cute this year. Maybe we’ll get something for White Day!
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report!
Until next time~
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Halloween Circus
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Petit Pastel 2 (Ampharos, Cyndaquil, Gengar, Mudkip, Raichu)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You Metal Charms (Ditto, Espeon, Glaceon, Leafeon, Mew, Pichu, Raichu, Umbreon)
[Collaboration] Pre-orders start for Chan Luu bracelets (Espeon, Mew, Pikachu, Umbreon)
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time Plush (Espeon, Sylveon, Umbreon)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Gengar Plush
[k.uno] Blastoise, Charizard, and Venusaur rings go on sale
[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania – Pikachu Korotto Manmaru Plush (5 Types)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Plush – (Absol, Chandelure, Zorua)
[TCG] Pokemon Card Game Art Collection (Book)
[TCG] New Card Sleeves (Pokemon Center Exclusive – 32 sleeves) Mega Mawile, Chansey, Misty + Psyduck, Charizard
[TCG] 20th Anniversary Expansion Pack
[TCG] 20th Anniversary Special Pack: Mega Slowpoke EX + Surfing Pikachu
[Merchandise] Pokemon Themed Portable Phone Chargers
[Pokemon Center] Masquerade Party
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush (Banette, Chandelure, Drifloon, Litwick)
[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pair Pikachu – October
[MetaColle] Iron Tail Pikachu, Snorlax, Charizard
[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania – Pikachu Face Cushions (2 Types)
[Pokemon Center] Hiroshima Carp Baseball Team x Magikarp Collaboration Re-release
[Collaboration] Spinns clothing sale starts
I thought this weekend might be fairly quiet for new Pokemon merchandise announcements, and I was almost right, but we did get two potentially juicy pieces.
Following in the footsteps of last year’s double Halloween events (Halloween Parade 2015 and Mystery Mansion), the Pokemon Center is bringing us another year of double Halloween promotions. Pokemon Halloween Circus was announced a few weeks ago and was released today (pictures coming soon!) and the Center just announced a more gothic themed Halloween promotion, Masquerade Party, coming to all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan on September 17th.
Although the majority of items included in the line-up are mainly focused on Gallade and Gardevoir, there are some items that contain the full Masquerade Party artwork, and the blind packaged charms also feature some of the supporting Pokemon wearing cute masquerade masks. Also of note is the k.uno collaboration necklace, with a charm that has both Mega Gardevoir and Mega Gallade together.
Wall Clock – 5,400 yen
Tote Bag – 3,780 yen
Pouch – 1,620 yen
Heat-Changing Mug – 1,404 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Hoodie (S/M/L) – 6,048 yen
Sketchbook – 573 yen
Phone Case (Flip Style) – 3,240 yen
Acrylic Charm Collection – 540 yen (blind packaged)
Necklace – 27,000 yen
Framed Illustration – 5,184 yen
Pass Case – 1,620 yen
Wallet – 3,780 yen
Hair Band – 1,080 yen
Foldable Mirror – 1,512 yen
A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
Not announced on the website but equally exciting, a Villains promotion will be coming to all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan October 8th. Along with super adorable Pikachu plush dressed in outfits from various “evil” organizations (Team Rocket, Team Aqua, Team Magma, Team Galactic, Team Plasma, and Team Flare) there will also be other merchandise featuring logo art of these aforementioned teams.
Villain Pikachu Plush – 2,160 yen
Villain Pikachu Mascot Plush – 1,296 yen
T-Shirt Collection (blind packaged) – 1,620 yen
Pins Collection (blind packaged) – 410 yen
Team Rocket Hoodie (S/M/L) – 6,048 yen
Team Rocket Tie Pin – 2,106 yen
Team Rocket Necktie – 4,104 yen
Team Rocket Card Case – 8,640 yen
Team Rocket Wallet – 16,200 yen
Team Rocket Wristwatch – 5,400 yen
Team Rocket Fountain Pen – 4,320 yen
Hand Towel (Team Rocket | Group Design) – 540 yen
Team Rocket Handkerchief – 1,080 yen
Team Rocket Mug – 1,080 yen
Team Rocket Phone Case (iPhone 6 / 6s) – 3,240 yen
Team Rocket Cap – 3,240 yen
Team Rocket Knapsack – 9,180 yen
Magic Ink Set (Group Design) – 2,160 yen
Team Rocket 4 Color Ink Pen – 1,620 yen
There will also be several campaigns alongside this fun promotion, running from October 1st until November 11th.
1) During this time period, bring your 3DS or 2Ds with either Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire to Pokemon Centers around Japan for the chance to get one of 6 Pokemon associated with the boss of an evil organization.
The six Pokemon available as random event gifts will be: Nidoqueen (Giovanni), Camerupt (Maxie), Sharknado (Archie), Weavile (Cyrus), Hydreigon (Ghetsis), and Pyroar (Lysandre).
2) Special mini art cards will be given out randomly for every 3,000 yen spent at Pokemon Centers across Japan starting from October 1st until supplies run out.
3) Some Pokemon Center staff members will either dress up in cosplay or wear shirts for each team every weekend between October 1st and November 11th, as well as Monday, October 10th (a public holiday in Japan).
4) Starting from October 1st, customers who buy 5 expansion packs from any card series will receive an original design half-size playmat (while supplies last).
5) Starting from October 8th, Team Rocket will be taking over the Pokemon Center On-Line store, with the design of the on-line store, as well as the boxes used to ship orders out, changing to reflect the take-over. More information on this event will go public September 30th, so stay tuned!
Pokemon Villains + Pikachu
[Banpresto] Pokemon XY & Z – Kororin Friends (Eevee, Glaceon, Leafeon)
[Banpresto] Pokemon XY & Z – Kororin Friends – Large Eevee
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You – Garden of Smiles
[Banpresto] Pokemon XY & Z – Kororin Friends (Flareon, Jolteon, Vaporeon)
[Takara Tomy] Pokemon Get Collection Candy Figures – Kalos League Edition (Ash’s Greninja, Audino, Goodra, Gourgeist, Mega Charizard X, Noivern, Pikachu, Sylveon, Zygarde, Zygarde 10%)
[Pokemon Center] Kyoto Center Opening
[TCG] Awakening Psychic King (Expansion Pack)
[TCG] Perfect Battle Deck (Zygarde Perfect Forme EX), Mega Battle Deck (Mega Audino EX)
[TCG] Non Exclusive Card Sleeves: Zygarde Perfect Forme | Pokemon Center Exclusive Card Sleeves: Ho-oh / Smeargle, Eeveelutions, Octillery, Banette / Occult Maniac
[TCG] Deck Case (Mega Alakazam)
[Ichiban Kuji] Pokken Tournament
[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pair Pikachu
[Pokemon Center] Kuttari Plush (Ampharos, Chespin, Croagunk, Gallade, Pichu, Piplup, Victini)
[Pokemon Center] Easter Promotion
[Pokemon Center On-Line] 68 cm Sleeping Pikachu Plush, Normal Size Sleeping Pikachu Plush
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Re-release of all Monthly Pikachu plush
[Pokemon Center On-Line Campaign] Receive 1 of 3 on-line store exclusive mugs for every 5,000 yen spent
[MonColle] Ash’s Greninja Figure Pack (Ash, Froakie, Frogadier, Greninja), Mega Blaziken Attack Pose, Mega Lucario Attack Pose, Noivern Attack Pose, Zygarde Perfect Forme
[Banpresto] Pokemon XY & Z – Large Eevee Face Cushion
[Banpresto] (Re-release) Pikachu Mania! Face & Butt Cushions
[Banpresto] Pokken Tournament DXF Figure – Lucario
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transformation Promotion
[Campaign] Receive 1 of 5 Pikachu stickers for every 1,000 yen spent at a Pokemon Store or Outlet Store (Pokemon Centers are excluded)
[Merchandise] Keyboard Pikachu Plush
[Merchandise] Mini Kororin Plush (Dedenne, Piplup, Torchic, Winking Pikachu)
The PokeKyun concept pack came out on Friday the 29th and I was there at the Mega Tokyo Pokemon Center, bright and early, for card fun and festivities! The train ride in to the city was especially smushy because for some reason every time trains would go through this one specific station on my train line, the doors wouldn’t open and they literally had to turn each train off and on again, leading to delays upon delays. But I did it for Pokemon!
Aside from the card packs themselves, there were two bonus items that came out on Friday that were card related. Bonus item 1 were these Premium PokeKyun Box Sets.
This display features the contents of the premium box (sheet of stickers, card sleeves, deck box, long box, Shaymin EX card). The cards in the back are samples of the cards that are available through the concept pack.
Item number 2 I didn’t know about until I saw it in person.
This mini binder set is exclusive to Pokemon Centers and 7-11. Each set comes with 1 mini binder to store you cute cards in as well as two packs of PokeKyun cards.
I had to buy one of the binder sets for myself. Here is one side…
..and the back with Diancie.