Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon Little Tales

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.

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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.

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The mascot plush were equally adorable and featured Mime Jr, Ditto, and boy and girl Pikachu, with a very distinctive carousel theme.

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Close-ups of mascots!

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Not sure why they decided to use Ponyta twice but he is cute no matter which way he faces.

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Mime Jr looks especially happy. To be fair, if I had a Girafarig friend, I would be happy, too.

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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!

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The plush pass case only came in male Pikachu form, but who can resist his dapper little hat?

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There were three different bags with this promotion: a “bag in bag”, a smaller knapsack, and a foldable boston bag.

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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.

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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).

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The suitcase has the two Pikachus stamped into the front.

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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.

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Charm point of the shirt is the two Meowstics on their date.

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Charm point of the cardigan is the colorful buttons as well as the little Pikachu emblem.

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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

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A small assortment of stickers

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iPhone cases for 5/5s and 6/6s

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Hair scrunchies in two different designs

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Hand towels, towelkets (large blankets made out of a lighter towel fabric, ideal for late spring and summer), and hand creams

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Out of the two hand cream designs, this was my favorite!

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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).

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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.

Pokemon Center Report – PokeKyun Collection

The PokeKyun concept pack came out on Friday the 29th and I was there at the Mega Tokyo Pokemon Center, bright and early, for card fun and festivities! The train ride in to the city was especially smushy because for some reason every time trains would go through this one specific station on my train line, the doors wouldn’t open and they literally had to turn each train off and on again, leading to delays upon delays. But I did it for Pokemon!

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Aside from the card packs themselves, there were two bonus items that came out on Friday that were card related. Bonus item 1 were these Premium PokeKyun Box Sets.

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This display features the contents of the premium box (sheet of stickers, card sleeves, deck box, long box, Shaymin EX card). The cards in the back are samples of the cards that are available through the concept pack.

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Item number 2 I didn’t know about until I saw it in person.

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This mini binder set is exclusive to Pokemon Centers and 7-11. Each set comes with 1 mini binder to store you cute cards in as well as two packs of PokeKyun cards.

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I had to buy one of the binder sets for myself. Here is one side…

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..and the back with Diancie.

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Merchandise Overview – October

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[TCG] Playmats (Forest Birthday | Mega Mewtwo X & Y)

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[TCG] Golduck Break + Lugia EX

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[Pokemon Center] Hip Pop Parade
[Pokemon Center] Living With Pikachu (ピカチュウと暮らす) Part 2
[Pokemon Center] November Monthly Pikachu

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[Banpresto] Large Espurr plush
[Banpresto] Espurr and Meowstic (male/female) mascot plush

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[Pokemon Game] Pre-orders start for cartridge version of Pokemon Rumble World
[Pokemon Merchandise] Mini Round Plush (Charmander, Eevee, Pikachu, Squirtle)

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[Pokemon Center] K.Uno necklace orders start (until December 6th)
[Pokemon Merchandise] Eevee plush
[Pokemon Merchandise] Pikachu plush
[Campaign] Spend 4,000 yen or more to receive a Pokemon Chiku-Chiku Sewing charm
[Ichiban Kuji] I Love Pikachu Can Badge Kuji – Namco Exclusive –

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[Banpresto] Namco Exclusive! I Love Pikachu ~ Large Plush ~ Lying Pose Pikachu
[Banpresto] PokeToru Face Cushion ~ Pikachu

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[Pokemon Center] Lazy Plush Part 3 (Cyndaquil, Glaceon, Leafeon, Lucario, Mew, Sylveon)
[Pokemon Center] Christmas + Winter Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You badges (Ash’s Greninja, Cherrim, Croagunk, Maril, Slowpoke, Snorlax, Togepi, Zygarde Core ) + tote bag and pouch
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center exclusive plush: Dragonair, Dragonite, Mew
[Gacha] Lots of Ghosts (Banette, Gengar, Litwick, Mismagius, Pumpkaboo)
[Gacha] Pokemon Character Watches – Partners Edition

Special Pokemon Announcements – TCG September Releases

Although not Friday, the official Pokemon website deigned to offer up some TCG related news today.

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First up, new card sleeves! Sleeve day can be far to exciting or far too boring depending on the designs; with Substitute included in this batch, I have a feeling this release day will be tilted more toward far too exciting.

Mega Mewotwo X / Y sleeves will be available everywhere. Mega Absol, Pixel Pikachu, Substitute Plush, and Pikachu Tail (Brown Version) are all Pokemon Center exclusives. Zoroark Break sleeves are also Pokemon Center exclusive, but will be available at a couple electronics stores as well (Edion, Joshin Denki, Bic Camera, 100 Man Bolt, Yamada Denki, and Yodobashi Camera).

Release Date: September 26th

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September 26th is also the release date for two new expansion packs: Blue Shock and Red Flash featuring Mega Mewtwo X and Mega Mewtwo Y. These two packs are also the first to introduce the new Break Evolution technique. With “Break Evolution”, you can evolve non-evolution Pokemon (like Zoroark) to a gold state where they become more powerful.

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The illustration styles for the two packs are slightly different: Blue Shock’s theme is “city full of nature” with Red Flash featuring a “city of the future” theme.

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As incentive to buy full boxes of the new expansion packs, Pokemon Center customers will receive 1 Premium Skyla card for purchasing 2 boxes of Blue Impact or Red Flash.

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Also coming out on September 26th are these two Break Evolution Packs: Raichu Break and Noivern Break. Both packs evolution lines for Raichu and Noivern, as well as their Break Evolution card.

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Last but not least, these two play mats will go on sale in Pokemon Card Game certified stores, including the Pokemon Center, on October 1st.

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Deck Shields
Blue Impact / Red Flash
Skyla Premium Card
Break Evolution Packs
Play Mats