Pokemon Center Report – April 11

The first weekend of April Merch Madness at the Pokemon Center has come and gone.


Two out of four of the main releases for today were unannounced on the official Japanese Pokemon website, which usually never happens. Raichu, Mega Latias, and Mega Latios were mentioned in an email given to Pokemon Daisuki members, and we only found out about the petit plush through their listing on the official Pokemon Amazon store.


One of the main releases was the latest Monthly Pikachu. He is a perfect Pikachu size, although be careful with the kabuto horns on his hat, as it is persnickity and easily bent, much like the glasses from the original April Monthy Pikachu.


Raichu plush came out perfectly. Sometimes the photo preview looks better than the item when you see it in real life, but not in this case. This plush is a must buy for Raichu fans.


Mega Latios and Mega Latias look almost identical, so I was glad the Pokemon Center decided to put the two plush in completely different sections to make it easier to tell them apart.


I wish they had chosen different colors, besides eye color, but I do like purple, so I can’t complain too much.


Surprise petit plush! I would have preferred surprise pokedolls, but beggars can’t be choosers. Although I don’t collect any of these Pokemon, they are all very adorable. My favorite is Milotic, who looks really grumpy head on.


So grump, so adorb.


The Dot Sprite Pikachu and Pokeball promo was kind of boring design wise, but it features some neat stuff. I’m sure if you are a Pikachu fan or collector, this series would still be exciting to you.


The most exciting part of my trip was playing the Pokemon Shuffle raffle and winning not one, but two of the Prize B cups! They only had one design left of the original two, but I’m just happy to win at all. I was kind of hoping to be able to own at least one of the cups, and now with two, I might keep both and use one for drinking coffee. (I am undecided!)

Friday’s Pokemon Announcements – Raichu, Pikachus, and Mega Lati

Today’s official Pokemon update contained some interesting tidbits!


Raichu, Mega Latios, and Mega Latias plush will go on sale in Japanese Pokemon Centers April 11th.

Dot sprite merchandise will also go on sale on the same day, although so far it looks to be mainly pokeballs and Pikachu.

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Speaking of Pikachu, a Pikachu focused promotion will also be coming out in April. This promotion will focus on three different design styles: 1 simple, 1 cartoony, and 1 northern European (according to the Pokemon site).


So far, this is the only image we have of merch related to the Pikachu focus promo, and it features some kitchen items that have been previously released.


Finally, a mini Pokemon store is opening in Narita airport at the end of April, coinciding with everyone in Japan traveling for Golden Week.
The store will feature two exclusive Pikachu plush (pilot Pikachu and cabin attendant Pikachu), as well as smaller plush mascot versions of the two, and the usual cookies, acrylic charms, and clearfiles.

If you are going through Narita airport after the store opens, be sure to stop by!

Until next Friday~