Two quick words before I dive into this week’s Pokemon Center Report~
First off, big apologizes for the lack of updates lately! The blog is not ending, but two weeks in a row we didn’t get merchandise news from the main Pokemon website and then my main source for Pokemon Center photos was on holiday in the United States.
But we are back so I appreciate everyone’s patience.
Second – the official Zombie Miki store is back in business, with a new look and with more items!
Check it out here
I will be adding items in as quickly as I can. Most of these items are from my personal collection and were bought directly from the Pokemon Center in Tokyo over the course of 7 years. They’re all in near perfect if not perfect condition, but if you have any questions about an item, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me!
On that note, if you notice any issues with the cart or checking out, or if you have a question about shipping prices, also please let me know (you can send me a message through my contact page or send me a DM on Twitter). I am happy to offer discounted shipping for larger purchases 🙂
Also as mentioned, I am selling a good majority of my Pokemon merchandise collections, which includes some bigger items such as the New Years Fennekin sleeping plush, New Years Fennekin face cushion, and a complete set of the Monthly Pikachu collection. The Pokemon I collected over the years include: Fennekin, Meowstic, Litwick, Mew, Clefairy, Raichu, Dedenne, Holiday Pikachu, Sylveon, and Vulpix (Kanto & Alolan versions). If there is a specific item you are looking for, there is a good chance I have it and am selling it, so please ask me directly.
The release of the original 151 Kanto region Pokemon Fit plushies were a great success, but even I was still surprised when the Pokemon Center announced they would be continuing the Sitting Cuties series (the international release name) with all Pokemon featured in Gold & Silver… including every single Unown plus ! and ?
(Pictured here is M for Miki, of course)
Although I couldn’t take pictures of every Pokemon in the release, here are a few notable examples~
Pokemon Fit Gold Silver 1
I love this series so much mainly because the plush are all super soft and the perfect size.
Pictured here: Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Sentret, Furret (not to scale), Cleffa, Mareep, Flaaffy, and Ampharos (one of the most popular electric type Pokemon!)
Pokemon Fit Gold Silver 2
I didn’t realize until this release how many Johto region Pokemon I love, and the Pokemon Center did a great job converting everyone’s favorite Pokemon into a super adorable plush form.
I think they did an especially great job with Sudowoodo (which, by the way, is a play on words since he is psuedo-wood-o… in case you didn’t know!)
Also shout out to the second official Dunsparce plush – the first plush was released at Pokemon Centers in Japan in 2013.
Pictured here: Sudowoodo, Politoed, Espeon, Umbreon, Girafarig, Dunsparce, Delibird, Houndour, and Houndoom.
Pokemon Fit Gold Silver 3
Other notable plushies: Smeargle and Miltank (both very cute).
The three legendary beasts came out looking, for the most part, pretty good. My real question is… what animal do you think the beasts are? (I always saw them as dogs)
Pictured here: Stantler, Smeargle, Miltank, Blissey, Raikou, Entei, Suicune.
Pokemon Fit Plush Gold Silver 4
Last but not least – everyone’s favorite recently, most likely because of Pokemon Go: The Tar Family! Tyranitar was definitely one of the big sellers from the release, no joke.
Pictured here: Larvitar, Tyranitar, Lugia, Ho-oh, Celebi
What was your favorite plush, or plushes, from this release? What did you buy?
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We got a bunch of exciting announcements today, including more merch scheduled for July 16th since there’s not already enough stuff coming out on that day!
The Pokemon Center is on the ball this time with the next set of Kuttari plush already announced and set for release on the 16th! This Pokemon featured in this set seem a little random, but it seems like a lot of people are excited, so that’s all that matters.
This 6th set includes Absol, Cubone, Growlithe, Jirachi, Quagsire, and Zorua. All Pokemon will have both an awake and sleeping version (similar to the Zorua pictured here) and each plush will retail for 928 yen.
As previously mentioned, the Poncho Pikachu plush returns with a new set of Pikachus dressed up as mega evolved Pokemon! This mini promotion will consist of normal and mascot size plush, gacha figures, and stickers. The Mega Pokemon featured in this set are Mega Ampharos, Mega Diancie, Mega Gallade, Mega Gardevoir, Mega Lopunny, Mega Mawile, and Mega Rayquaza.
Gacha figures will be 300 yen per pull.
Regular sized plush will be 2,376 yen each.
Mascot plush will be 1,296 yen each.
The stickers will be 216 yen each.
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.
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.
The mascot plush were equally adorable and featured Mime Jr, Ditto, and boy and girl Pikachu, with a very distinctive carousel theme.
Close-ups of mascots!
Not sure why they decided to use Ponyta twice but he is cute no matter which way he faces.
Mime Jr looks especially happy. To be fair, if I had a Girafarig friend, I would be happy, too.
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!
The plush pass case only came in male Pikachu form, but who can resist his dapper little hat?
There were three different bags with this promotion: a “bag in bag”, a smaller knapsack, and a foldable boston bag.
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.
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).
The suitcase has the two Pikachus stamped into the front.
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.
Charm point of the shirt is the two Meowstics on their date.
Charm point of the cardigan is the colorful buttons as well as the little Pikachu emblem.
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
A small assortment of stickers
iPhone cases for 5/5s and 6/6s
Hair scrunchies in two different designs
Hand towels, towelkets (large blankets made out of a lighter towel fabric, ideal for late spring and summer), and hand creams
Out of the two hand cream designs, this was my favorite!
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).
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.
2 pm came and went and no word or update from the Pokemon site. Just when I thought all hope was lost…
Pokemon Little Tales! We finally have information on the line-up!
The highlight of this round is definitely both the Pikachu pair plush and the four mascot plush.
With the theme this round being “A Spring Outing” it’s no surprise that there is an emphasis on items used for travel. The suitcase is especially adorable (although be warned the suitcase probably won’t be that big – suitable more for a day or weekend trip rather than a week long vacation).
There’s also socks, shirts, small pouches
A flip case for iPhone 6/6s and 5/5s, a cute umbrella (in case it rains while you’re on your trip!)
Mini towel and towel-blanket (towelket)
And of course clearfiles, decoration tape, and cookies!
I was starting to get worried about what this promotion would give us, merchandise wise, since the Pokemon Center was taking so long to announce the line-up, but in the end, everything looks amazing. I can’t wait to see non-stock photos, especially of the plush!
Little Tales Part 3 Line-Up
Prices do not include tax
Pikachu Pair Plush – 2,400 yen
Mascot Plush (Pikachu Male | Pikachu Female | Mime Jr. | Ditto) 1,400 yen each
Plush Pass Case – 1,400 yen
Figure Strap Set – 1,300 yen
A4 Clearfile Set (4 Clearfiles) – 800 yen
Masking Tape (Flower Wagon | Merry-Go-Round) 600 yen each
Sticker Assortment – 550 yen
Stationary Set – 800 yen
Mechanical Pencil – 700 yen
Fountain Pen – 4,000 yen
Mini Canvas Paintings (Tree House | Dance Party | Shooting Star | Flower Wagon | Merry-Go-Round) 2,000 yen each
Trunk Style Suitcase – 18,000 yen
Foldable Boston Bag – 2,800 yen
Mini Backpack – 3,900 yen
Bag in Bag – 2,100 yen
Banero Pouch (Flower Wagon | Dressing Up) 1,600 yen each
Hand Towel – 500 yen
Towelket – 6,800 yen
Flip Case (5/5s | 6/6s) 3,000 yen each
Ribbon Scrunchie (Petit Trip | Musical) 1,000 yen each
Hair Tie – 500 yen
Hand Cream – 750 yen
Lip Cream – 560 yen
Cardigan (Ladies S/M/L) 5,700 yen
Tunic (Ladies S/M/L) 3,500 yen
Stole – 3,000 yen
Umbrella – 3,200 yen
Mini Blackboard – 2,500 yen
Socks – 500 yen
Gaufrette – 1,200 yen
What are you most excited for from this promotion?
I am especially looking forward to the pair Pikachu plush. I’ve been collecting the pair plush since the original Little Tales and this pair is especially adorable!
Pokemon Little Tales
Although most of the announcements for today centered on activities for children that are happening during the up-coming Golden Week, we did get two pieces of exciting news!
The best news was the announcement of the merchandise line-up for the aforementioned Trainer Collection ~ X Y Heroine ~ series. We were afraid the merch would be the usual girly stuff: mirrors, nail polish, combs, hair scrunchies, etc. Although there is a mirror, there is also charms, which is also appreciated and cute Pokemon! There is even a 3-D poster, which I’ve never seen sold in a promotion before.
Trainers Collection comes out May 16th, the same day as the next Monthly Pikachu plush.
We also got an announcement for round three of custom phone case ordering. All phone cases at the Pokemon Center are designed for whatever is the most popular and current iPhone at the time (right now, the iPhone 6) but occasionally the Center offers the opportunity to choose a design from a list and have it special ordered for phone sizes not usually sold directly in stores.
Phones supported in this round are:
Xperia Z3 Compact