Although not a whole lot came out this weekend, it was still two consecutive days of new releases (and a little bit of stress) so I’d say it was exciting enough.
On the Pokemon TCG front, Ultra Sun (SM5S) and Ultra Moon (SM5M) booster packs went on sale Friday, December 8th.
As with most booster pack releases, we also got a bunch of card related merchandise alongside the actual cards.
We got a couple new Pokemon card sleeve designs featuring three people characters (Volkner, Cynthia, and Lillie). On one hand, it’s always nice to see the inclusion of people since we hardly get people merch from Pokemon, but also two out of three are characters we see all the time recently (Cynthia and Lillie) so take it with a grain of salt. Regardless, the illustrations, as usual, are cute to gorgeous.
The non people sleeve designs feature Umbreon & Espeon, Lucario, and Pyukumuku.
Two deck cases went on sale alongside the sleeves.
One case featured the same Ultra Sun & Moon artwork from both a matching set of card sleeves and the main artwork from the Ultra Sun & Moon booster packs.
The second deck case was a little fancier than normal, similar to the leather-like TCG cases that came out with the Eeveelution Pokedoll promotion back in May.
This design is the same as the Espeon & Umbreon card sleeves, originating from the Espeon & Umbreon cosmetics mini promotion that came out a few months back.
Moving on to Saturday the 9th… and Vulpix-mageddon!
December 9th marked the release of Lillie’s 1:1 (ish) sized Alolan Vulpix plush, made by Takara Tomy.
The Takara Tomy part is important. Most Pokemon Center releases are exclusive to the Pokemon Center, but as this was not a Pokemon Center release, it was not exclusive to the Center. Preorders have been up for this plush for at least a month if not longer (I can’t remember the exact date when the listing originally went up on Amazon or the official Tomy web store). The Pokemon Center generally stocks Tomy plush, but so does any toy store.
Pre-orders for this plush unsurprisingly sold out a week or two before the release. As with most pre-order items, I assumed the listing would get replenished once we passed the release date. I was wrong! I also assumed we would get enough stock in the Pokemon Center that it wouldn’t sell out quickly. Also wrong!
I showed up to the Mega Tokyo Center 3 hours before opening, which was maybe a little overkill but I was first in line so who cares. When the doors opened, there were two locations that had the new Vulpix plush. The first location closer to the front was quickly decimated. I assumed once the plush from this front part disappeared, the staff would bring out more. They didn’t; they simply replaced where the Vulpix used to be with Necrozma plush. The second location was right in the very back of the store. There was a lot more room for plush back there, and so I was convinced that this spot also would stay strong with Vulpix for a little while. By 11:30 am, an hour and a half after opening, there were two Vulpix left, and once they were gone, there was no more. The end.
When the original Tomy Vulpix (not 1:1 size) came out last year, they quickly disappeared from shelves and on-line stores, and then reappeared a few months later and are still in stock because now no one wants them. I have a feeling the same will happen with these plush. But of course, watch me be wrong (I’m pretty confident I’ll be right).
With all that said!!
The Vulpix plush are one of the cutest Alolan Vulpix plush I’ve seen to date. They’re super soft, super cuddly, fun to hug and carry around, and just all around perfect. A+++ plush! Would snuggle!
Easy to miss with all the Vulpix hype, the newest batch of 5108 word necklaces also went on sale Saturday the 9th.
These necklaces are cute but tiny and also really hard to photograph.
There were a lot of cute designs, but my favorites included:
Alolan Vulpix “Cute”, Cosmog, and Mimikyu!
If I was more into jewelry, I’d own the Cute Alolan Vulpix necklace already. It literally says Cute on it! How cute!
That wraps up today’s exciting Pokemon Center Report.
Until next time~
[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
[Candy] Pokemon Get Collection Candy Sun & Moon Part 2 (Primarina, Incineroar, Decidueye, Mimikyu, Pikachu, Mareanie, Bewear, Charjabug, Dusk Lycanroc, Alola Vulpix)
[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)
[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
[Pokemon Center] 5108 Pokemon Necklaces
[Takara Tomy] Lillie’s Alolan Vulpix Plush 1:1 Size
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Plush – Grass Type (Bulbasaur, Snivy, Chespin)
[Banpresto] Large Snorlax Piggy Bank
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Plush (Growlithe, Arcanine)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Tails Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush (Gardevoir, Wailord, Tapu Lele)
[Re-Ment] Bakery in the Blue Sky
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time Large Plush (Girl Pikachu, Boy Pikachu)
[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)
[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
[Banpresto] I Love Mew Plush (Sitting, Jumping, Sleeping)
[Banpresto] I Love Mew – Extra Large Plush (Mew)
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~
Friday’s Pokemon announcements were a little lackluster but I still have some exciting news!
First up… the exciting news~
A couple years ago, there was a super cute promo featuring Pokemon Tails. How long ago? It featured Minccino so we’re talking Gen 5 era.
Well, the promo is returning December 16th, 2017 with a brand new line-up of cute Pokemon Tails merchandise!
I was hoping the Center would formally announce the promo this past Friday, which they didn’t, so for now all we have is this sneak preview poster that they put up in Pokemon Centers across Japan.
As of right now, these items are confirmed as part of the line-up:
Mascot Tail Plush (Alola Vulpix / Umbreon / Espeon / Sylveon / Mimikyu) – 756 yen each
Mascot Paw Plush (Eevee / Lucario / Alola Vulpix / Bewear) – 648 yen each
Tail Mugs (Espeon / Umbreon / Mimikyu) – 1,512 yen each
Pikachu Tote-Bag – 2,160 yen
Bewear iPhone Case (8/7/6s/6) – 2,030 yen
Pikachu Clock – 3,780 yen
More information coming as soon as we know it!
For anyone interested, I will be doing pick-ups for this promo. My list of items and prices can be seen here.
5108 x Pokemon necklaces return to Pokemon Centers December 9th (Saturday). These necklaces combine Pokemon with phrases and are referred to as “word necklaces”.
The line-up includes:
Mimikyu, Popplio, Rowlet, Litten, Cosmog, Electric Pikachu, Alola Exeggutor, Pyukumuku, Unknown x 2, Bewear, Alola Vulpix, and three extra Pikachu designs.
Each necklace will retail for 4,104 yen after tax.
Last but not least, the single for the Mezase Pokemon Master – 20th Anniversary – song featured in the 2017 summer Pokemon movie will go on sale November 29th (Wednesday). There will be two versions: the normal version (2,160 yen) and the first press release (2,700 yen).
Mezase Pokemon Master – 20th Anniversary –
Oyasumi Boku no Pikachu – 2017 Ver. –
Mezase Pokemon Master – 20th Anniversary Ballad Ver. –
Getta Ban-Ban – Ash with Pikachu Ver. –
Mezase Pokemon Master – 20th Anniversary – (Instrumental)
Oyasumi Boku no Pikachu – 2017 Ver. – (Instrumental)
Mezase Pokemon Master – 20th Anniversary Ballad Ver. – (Instrumental)
The first press release will also include the following DVD footage from the anime.
Mezase Pokemon Master – 20th Anniversary – anime video
Alola!! anime video
XY&Z anime video
That wraps up the Friday announcements!
Stay tuned for more Pokemon fun and facts~
5108 Pokemon Necklaces
Mezase Pokemon Master CD Release
Hello everyone and sorry for the wait!
It’s been non-stop action since I arrived in Japan Thursday and I’m doing my best to get caught up.
First up, an important announcement!
While I’m in Japan, I’ll be offering my pick-up services! I will be picking up everything included in this post, as well as Banpresto prize plush, and a bunch of other stuff.
Keep an eye on this page for the most up to date information on items and prices.
See something you like? Get in touch with me through one of the following ways!
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Pikachu’s Closet returns December 2nd (Saturday) with a new set of clothes for Pikachu!
This brand new Formal Attire set features a cute hat and little shoes along with shirt, pants, and bow-tie.
The set of Formal clothing will cost 3,780 yen after tax.
Next up, the College Logo series from last year returns with a second part! This promo will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting November 25th (Saturday).
This release will feature a bunch of similar items from last year’s release but with updated logos and Rowlet!
Varsity Jacket (Pikachu / Rowlet | Medium / Large) – 9,612 yen each
Hoodie (Pikachu / Rowlet | Small / Medium / Large) – 6,048 yen each
Pikachu Logo Sweater (Small / Medium / Large) – 6,480 yen
Sticker Set – 626 yen
Set of 2 Patches – 864 yen
Rowlet Pen Pouch – 1,620 yen
Mini Tote-Bag – 1,836 yen
Tote-Bag – 3,780 yen
Pencil & 2-Color Ball Pen (Pikachu / Rowlet) – 540 yen each
Set of Sticky Notes – 756 yen
Memopad (Pikachu / Rowlet) – 432 yen each
B6 Ring Notebook – 648 yen
College Logo Pin Collection *Gacha* – 300 yen for 1 play
A bunch of TCG merch was announced for December as well!
All of the new TCG items mentioned here will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting December 8th (Friday).
First up: everyone’s favorite card sleeves!
As usual lately, each pack will have 64 sleeves and will cost 777 yen after tax.
There will be 7 designs in total for this release: Pyukumuku, Lillie, Espeon & Umbreon, Volkner & Luxray, Cynthia & Lucario, Lucario, and Ultra Sun & Moon.
Along with the card sleeves, there will also be two deck cases.
Umbreon & Espeon is extra fancy and will cost an extra fancy price: 2,160 yen after tax.
The Ultra Sun & Moon design will cost 390 yen after tax.
A Cynthia rubber play-mat will go on sale on the same day for 2,700 yen after tax.
Last but not least, a special Premium Trainer’s Set will also go on sale December 8th for 5,400 yen after tax.
The set will include:
Ultra Sun Booster Packs x 10
Ultra Moon Booster Packs x 10
156 cards (29 types)
** 44 trainers (18 types)
** 4 Extra Special Energy Cards (2 types)
** 108 Energy Cards (12 of each type)
Card Box x 1
Pokemon Coin x 1
GX Marker x 1
Acrylic Damage Counters x 32
Premium Markers (Poison / Burn) x 1 each
Card Sleeves x 1 set of 64 sleeves
Players Guide x 1
That wraps up Friday’s announcements!
Tomorrow brings us the second half of the most recent Its’Demo release. I will be there at opening so if you’re interested to see what’s coming out, follow my Twitter account (@zombiemiki) and be awake at 10 am Japan time!
Until next time~
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College Logo Series Part 2
December 8th TCG Release Information