Today’s announcements brought us a mix of information we already knew and a couple items we did not.
Starting off with semi-old news, the Monthly Pikachu series that started in February of 2015 is drawing to a close, and the final Pikachu plush in the series, coming out February 20th, will be Graduation Chu. If you fell in love with the concept of having a new Pikachu plush every month, however, do not cry just yet, as the website hinted at a new series starting in March. Referred to as “Monthly Pair Pikachu”, it sounds like the new series will feature male and female Pikachu plush together. More information forthcoming!
A new Pokemon Center will be opening in Kyoto on March 16th. The logo for the Center features Pikachu and Ho-Oh, so I think it’s safe to say there will be some Ho-Oh merchandise in our future.
These two very cute Pikachu illustrations also surfaced in connection with the Kyoto Center opening, but how they relate to the grand opening promotion or the Kyoto Center in general is yet to be announced.
Coinciding with the release of the PokeKyun Concept Series, a special Premium PokeKyun Card Box Set will also come out on January 29th. The box contains 4 packs of cards
A Shaymin EX card that you can only get via the set
A sheet of adorable stickers
A deck box and set of 62 card sleeves
As well as a long card box that can hold more than 750 cards.
This special set will retail for 3,000 yen plus tax.
The official Banpresto page also updated today with information on prizes coming out for February. The I Love Mew series continues with a large sleepy Mew plush (Feb. 11th) and large Mew face cushion (Feb. 18th).
The “Pikachu We Meet Again” 20th anniversary series also continues, with this large Pikachu cushion that comes out February 4th.
And from the Pokemon XY&Z line, these mini mascot cushions, as well as the first set in the brand new kororin series, will come out February 18th.
Kyoto Pokemon Center
Premium PokeKyun Set
Today was the official start of the I Love Mew series with the release of the larger (roughly 10 inches tall) and incredibly soft sitting Mew plush!
Some people might be saying, “But wasn’t this plush already released back in September?” It was! To generate hype for the brand new I Love Mew series, there was a special pre-release of these cute Mew plush starting from September 19th.
For Mew fans who weren’t able to get their hands on Mew back then, you have a second chance!
I went to two game centers to get 2 Mew plush, and of my personal experience, the center that had a limit on winnable plush (in this case, 1 Mew per person) had an easier setting on their claw machines compared to the game center that had no limit.
And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for… what’s the difference between the September release Mew and the January release Mew?! One of my best friends who was in Japan when the original Mews were released won me a September Mew as a birthday present. In this photo, my September Mew is on the right and January Mew is on the left. At first glance, the two plush are pretty much identical.
When shown from the side, you can see the snouts are shaped a little differently. It seems like the January Mews have fuller snouts than the September Mews.
In this photo, September Mew is in the middle and he seems a little bit more bootylicious than the newer release Mews. Also, the January Mews seem to have more oval shaped heads.
The hang tags are pretty much identical except the flowers on the top right corner go off the edge a bit on the January release.
The butt tags are identical!
Am I happy with my September release Mew? Very happy (mostly because it was a gift). Would I be happy with one of the January Mews? Definitely! Both versions, in my opinion, are the perfect size and shape for cuddling. If you love Mew (and who doesn’t?) this is a plush that you should look into acquiring if possible!
January Release – Date Unspecified
[Gacha] Can Badge Collection XY&Z (Ash’s Greninja, Braixen, Chespin, Dedenne, Eevee, Mega Charizard X, Pikachu, Sylveon, Zygarde Core, Zygarde Perfect Form)
[Pokemon Center] New Years Monthly Pikachu Set (2 plush = 2,500 yen)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Market
[Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo] New Years Lucky Bags (5,000 yen)
[TCG] Pokemon XY Break Special Card Box (Pikazard X | Pikazard Y) (1 box = 2,500 yen)
[TCG] Card sleeves (Mega Lucario Chu | Mega Slowbro Chu | Mega Sableye Chu | Mega Audino, Mega Altaria, Mega Diancie) (1 pack of 32 sleeves = 362 yen)
[Kuji] Pokemon Card Game Kuji
[Campaign] Distribution start for the second set of Pikachu Mega Campaign illustration cards
[Banpresto] I Love Mew – Large Mew Plush
[Pokemon Center] February Monthly Pikachu
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Time Part 9
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Sketch
[Pokemon Center] 20th Anniversary Clearfile
[Collaboration] Its’Demo Valentine’s
[Gacha] Mega Pikachu Gacha Figures (Mega Altaria, Mega Audino, Mega Lucario, Mega Sableye, Mega Slowbro, Pikazard X, Pikazard Y) (1 try = 300 yen)
[Merchandise] Ash Plush
[Banpresto] I Love Mew – 4 Mew Plush
[Collaboration] Its’Demo Valentine’s (Pikachu Plush, Slippers, and Pair Mascot)
[Banpresto] Charizard Sleeping Bag Pikachu Plush
[MonColle] Reshiram (Overdrive), Zekrom (Overdrive)
[Collaboration] Its’Demo Necklace Restock
[Banpresto] We Meet Again Pikachu Plush
[TCG] Poke-Kyun Collection
[TCG] Premium PokeKyun Box Set
[TCG] PokeKyun Mini Binder Set (Pokemon Center | 7-11 Exclusive)
[Ichiban Kuji] Pikachu Sleeping Bag Collection – Nuku Nuku Style –
[Collaboration] Pre-sale of All-Stars Second Wave plush at Kiddyland starts
The latest issue of Pokemon Fan came out on Friday. This post will cover up-coming merchandise announcements.
The newest addition to Banpresto’s “I Love” series has surfaced:
I Love Mew!
Although a list of all the I Love Mew prizes has yet to be released, the “Large Plush” version of Mew will be available first in a special “pre-release” campaign. For everyone who is able to play and try and win the Mew plush via claw machine, you will also get an exclusive I Love Mew paper bag if you put 500 yen into the machine.
More information coming soon!