Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon Chiku-Chiku Sewing + New Years 2016

I’ve been looking forward to the Pokemon Chiku-Chiku Sewing promotion since it was announced, and I was not let down!

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The Sewing promotion was created based on a homey sort of hand-stitched mom and pop toy store feel, and all the items in the promotion reflect this, right down to the actual plush. They even sold mini sewing kits with the Pokemon Chiku-Chiku Sewing logo on them!

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The most popular items were, of course, the plush. We got this dapper Pikachu wearing a top hat as both a normal size plush

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And in a slightly smaller mascot size.

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Vulpix was the second normal size plush and as of this post is currently sold out at the Mega-Tokyo Pokemon Center (although my guess is they will restock at least once).

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There was also three more mascot sized plush: Hoppip

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Skiploom

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And Jumpluff! All three have a very unique semi-stitched together look, which in my opinion is the best part of this entire promotion. Little Jumpluff even looks like he’s wearing little pants!

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Tartan was another big part of this promotion, much easier to see in the other non-plush items, including the flip phone cases, cups and plates

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And, of course, the cookie tins! If you are going to get one item from this promo, aside from the plush, my vote would be the cookie tins. The tins are a perfect size, feature all the main artwork, and the cookies are delicious.

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Along with the Sewing promotion, the Center also gave us a couple items for New Years 2016.

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With the main plush being Pikachu shaped like a kagami mochi. Although I think Dedenne was better suited for this shape, Pikachu still came out pretty cute.

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Another especially cute New Years item was this set of metal charms, featuring the Mochi Chu as well as a hanetsuki paddle charm with Aipom, as 2016 is the year of the monkey.

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Out of both the Sewing and New Years promotions, I was especially looking forward to the Vulpix plush. A part of me was worried the plush would look not as cute in person compared to the stock photos, but my worries turned out to be unnecessary in the end because Vulpix turned out perfectly. He is the perfect size; neither too big nor too small. He is perfectly cuddly, perfectly adorable, and perfectly perfect – the perfect little fire fox!

Next weekend will give us December’s Monthly Pikachu as well as the announcement for January’s Chu, and maybe we’ll get some exciting news on Friday regarding future promotions! We should learn soon what the actual New Years promotion will be. Last year we got a set of sleeping plush of the XY starter Pokemon. Any ideas for what we might see for New Years 2016?

Merchandise Overview – November

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[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Chiku-Chiku Sewing
[Pokemon Center] New Years 2016 Merchandise
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Petit Figure Straps (Chandelure, Cyndaquil, Gardevoir, Lapras, Pichu, Wailord)
[Ichiban Kuji] Mini Kuji – PokeToru Stamps

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[Banpresto] Large Eevee Face Cushion

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[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pikachu – December

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[Pokemon Game] Pokemon Rumble World (Cartridge Edition)

End of November

[Pokemon Merchandise] PokeMikke Round 3
[Gacha] Putito Pikachu Plus
[Gacha] Sleepy Friends XY & Z (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Pikachu, Squirtle, Zygarde Core)

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[TCG] Double Mega Break Set – Mega Aerodactyl EX + Mega Mawile EX + Luxray Break
[Magazine] Pokemon Fan #45

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[MonColle] Ho-Oh, Mega Charizard X, Mega Charizard Y

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[Banpresto] Lizardon Night | Large Plush (Charmander, Charizard)

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[Pokemon Center] Fluffy Bathtime

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[Candy] Candy Figures “The Start of a New Adventure”

Friday Pokemon Announcements: Lazy Plush 3, Pokemon Chiku-Chiku Sewing, K.Uno Necklaces

To make up for last week’s disappointing update, Pokemon graced us with an amazing new collaboration promotion and part 3 of the very popular kuttari (lazy) plush line.

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First up, Lazy Plush! We’ve been waiting for this announcement since the second batch went on sale, and as many predicted, this batch includes the remaining Eevelutions (Sylveon, Leafeon, and Glaceon), as well as Mew. Although none of these plush are Halloween themed, their release date is October 31st.

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These beautiful K.Uno collaboration necklaces will be available for special order from October 24th (Saturday) until December 6th (Sunday).

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Similar to the previous necklace releases, customers can customize the material of their necklace (silver, yellow gold, pink gold). Unlike the previous releases, you get to choose which Pokemon is featured on the main Pokeball charm from a list of all available starters, as well as Pikachu. The type of stone included with the charm also differs depending on which Pokemon is chosen.

Peridot (Bulbasaur, Chikorita, Treecko, Turtwig, Snivy, Chespin)
Garnet (Charmander, Cyndaquil, Torchic, Chimchar, Tepig, Fennekin)
Blue Topaz (Squirtle, Totodile, Mudkip, Piplup, Oshawott, Froakie)
Citrin (Pikachu)

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Last but certainly not least, the brand new promotion, Pokemon Chiku-Chiku Sewing! This promotion is a collaboration with the illustrator, Michiko Tachimoto, who is president of the children’s multimedia company [colobockle]. The release date is November 7th.

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The plush are designed to have a stylized hand-sewn feel.

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There are two full size plush (Pikachu and Vulpix) along with four smaller, mascot sized plush (Pikachu, Hoppip, Skiploom, Jumpluff), and of course many other items featuring the main sewing room design.

Full Line-up
(Prices do not include tax)

Pikachu Plush (2,000 yen)
Vulpix Plush (2,000 yen)

Pikachu Mascot Plush (1,000 yen)
Hoppip Mascot Plush (1,000 yen)
Skiploom Mascot Plush (1,000 yen)
Jumpluff Mascot Plush (1,000 yen)

A4 Clearfile Set (400 yen)
Desktop Memo (550 yen)
Masking Tape (600 yen)
Epo Stickers (500 yen)
Mini Croquis Book (400 yen)

Stationary Set (800 yen)
Square Cushion (2,500 yen)
Blanket (2,800 yen)
Card Case (2,800 yen)

Pouch (3,800 yen)
Pochette (4,800 yen)
Tote Bag (5,800 yen)
Flip Phone Case – iPhone 6 (2,800 yen)

Sewing Set (1,500 yen)
Lunch Box (1,600 yen)
Lunch Cloth (600 yen)
Melamin Cup (600 yen)
Melamin Plate (900 yen)
Melamin Tray (1,500 yen)
Chocolate Pie Cookies (900 yen)

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In honor of this special promotion, Pokemon Centers around Japan will be giving away this special wooden charm. Beginning October 24th, customers will receive one of these charms if they spend 4,000 yen or more at the Pokemon Center.

If you are interested in buying anything from any of these promotions and do not live in Japan, do not fear! Check out Hoshiiya to get the Pokemon stuff that you want.

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Lazy Plush Part 3
K.Uno Necklaces
Pokemon Chiku-Chiku Sewing
Pokemon Chiku-Chiku Charm Promotion

Friday Pokemon Announcements – N…endoroid!

Today’s announcements were pretty quiet…

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Except for the sudden news of an up-coming N Nendoroid figure!

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Along with the usual replaceable faces, arms, and legs, N will also come with a pokeball and a Pokemon companion: Reshiram.

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Although Reshiram doesn’t have replaceable parts, his arms (wings), legs, and head are poseable!

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Towels

Not big news and semi lost in the shuffle, these hand towels are currently on sale in Pokemon Centers. These designs are perfect if you love more artistic Pokemon designs.

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Finally, a Ghost type addition to the “Pokemon Ippai” gacha line will go on sale across Japan from October 31st. 1 try should be 300 yen and there are 5 possible figures (Banette, Cofagrigus, Gengar, Litwick, Pumpkaboo)

Edit: 7.10

A surprise set of petit plush appeared on the Pokemon Amazon site for pre-order and should already be available to buy directly from the Pokemon Center starting from 7/11 (today in Japan).

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The newest set features Chandelure, Dragonite, Jirachi, Litwick, and Victini.