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~
We’re back with another exciting Pokemon Center (and Its’Demo) Report
…Starting with Its’Demo!
With the release of the fire type / Christmas merch on November 21st, everyone was a little disappointed when there were no plush at all, aside from the face mascots which I’m still not sure count. Its’Demo has, since those very first Pikachu Pair mascot plush, always released some sort of pair mascot plush with their collaboration promos, and considering most of the merch was focused on the two Vulpix types, it was even more puzzling that there would be Pikachu but no Vulpix. But we all sort of shrugged and said that’s Its’Demo for you.
The following Tuesday night (November 28th) , I was eating dinner with my friend when I checked Twitter and saw someone mentioning these surprise mascot pair plush that had apparently come out that day. So I raced to Its’Demo the next morning (Wednesday the 29th) and lo and behold…
They were there! No Vulpx in sight but we had plush of some sort, and they were adorable, and more than just disembodied heads!
Each mascot pair came with one fire type Pokemon (Cyndaquil, Flareon, or Ponyta) and one winking girl Pikachu with santa hat.
There was also a regular mascot Pikachu plush in a Christmas stocking.
By the end of Thursday, most of the mascot plush were gone from my nearest branch.
We were all happy for some sort of plush but also a little let down that there was no Vulpix, especially since the first release of this most recent line of Pokemon Love Its’Demo goods was mainly focused on Vulpix. But whatever, that’s Its’Demo, nothing they do ever makes sense.
I arrived at Sunshine relatively on time instead of early (because today’s Pokemon Center releases were pretty boring cough) but needed to pick up some gifts from Its’Demo so decided to swing by there first. What do I come face to face with but…
Bazinga! The magical Vulpix mascot pair plush!
Just release things randomly, Its’Demo! Without warning! It’s fine!
Here is a better shot of the Vulpix and Alolan Vulpix mascot plush.
Now…this is my personal opinion here. From the response I’ve gotten on Twitter, clearly there are a bunch of people who think these are cute, and I don’t want to negate their opinions. Taste is relative, of course, and I’m sure what I think is cute might not be someone else’s cup of tea or coffee. When I saw an image of these mascot plush the night before I accidentally found them at my store, I thought they were a fake, cobbled together from other plush like some Frankenstein’s Monster. And then I came to face the music: this is real. This is actually an official plush.
I’m happy that people are happy! I wish they were cuter because I was really excited about Vulpix mascot plush in the Its’Demo style. Maybe next time.
Before we move on, allow me a moment to complain about Its’Demo’s stock.
They definitely have gotten better since the original Pikachu Pair Mascot fiasco where they only had five or so of each pair per store, but stocking per store is still very erratic and like most things related to Its’Demo makes no sense. When I arrived early morning Wednesday, there was tons of mascot plush. By Thursday evening, almost all of them were gone except for the stocking Pikachu and Cyndaquil. Saturday morning, everything was back in stock again. Saturday evening, all the Vulpix were gone but everything else was still there. The Takadanobaba store still had their mascots Thursday evening and also still had Vulpix plush when I arrived, but only 4 pairs. Shibuya still had plenty of everything Saturday evening, including Vulpix. The Funabashi store location, on the other hand, had nothing even before the evening.
For those of you in Japan who are trying to find Its’Demo items: unless a week or so has passed, if the staff says that something is out of stock, believe them with a grain of salt. There is a good chance more will arrive the next day or the day after.
The main reason I even went to the Pokemon Center early Saturday was for the surprise un-announced keychain charms. This set included Alolan Vulpix, Mimikyu, Cosmog, Lunala, and Solgaleo. Each charm came paired with a tiny item significant to that Pokemon, with the most amusing being Lillie’s Bag for Cosmog.
It’s been a little while since the Pokemon Center released some sort of figure charm, and they’re one of my favorite Pokemon Center items! I got a Vulpix and Mimikyu for myself because I couldn’t resist.
This charm set was another unannounced surprise release for the day.
The actual announced release for the day was the addition of a new set of clothing for the dress-up Pikachu plush!
The Fancy Dress-Up Clothing set comes with a selection of clothes suitable for some sort of a dinner party or date, including tiny shoes and a hat.
There was also an abundance of dress-up Pikachu plush (of course, the clothes and plush are sold separately) along with the previously released clothing sets.
That wraps up this exciting report on charms, Pikachu, and always mind-boggling Its’Demo.
Until next time~
Once again, the Pokemon Center has let me down for no official news on the upcoming Tails promotion. But that’s okay because at least we still have a couple small announcements.
First of all… surprise keychain charms!!
These charms were unannounced but will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting tomorrow (December 2nd).
The set includes Alolan Vulpix, Mimikyu, Cosmog, Lunala, and Solgaleo. Each keychain charm set comes with one Pokemon and one little matching item (adorable).
I will be picking these charms up bright and early tomorrow, so if you’re interested, check out my general Pokemon Center pick-ups page here! You can get in touch with me by mail, via Twitter, or through Facebook.
Moving on to the actual announcements…
A new set of Pokemon Center exclusive plush will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan on December 16th (Saturday).
This set will feature Gardevoir, Wailord, and Tapu Lele. Although Wailord looks similar to an earlier release, the pattern of the plush is slightly different, so if you’re a die-hard Wailord fan, don’t miss out!
Gardevoir will sell for 2,160 yen including tax.
Wailord will sell for 4,860 yen including tax.
Tapu Lele will sell for 3,456 yen including tax.
Next up! The popular blind-packaged figure collection from the Pikachu Invasion promo will start to be sold through Itoen vending machines across Japan from December 1st!
There are 10 figures in total. Each figure will come packaged in a glass jar and includes an original can badge, which was not included with the Pokemon Center release. Each figure will cost 800 yen.
Finally we have a new Pokemon Nendoroid coming out… Lana!
Along with her normal expression, she also comes with two extra face plates: a shy smiling face and a closed eye smile face. She also comes with a fishing rod, a net ball, a tiny Wishiwashi, and a small sheet with a picture of Wishiwashi School Form.
As with most Nendoroid releases, there will be two bonus items.
If you order Lana through the Goodsmile store, you’ll get a Water Z-Power Motif Nendoroid base.
If you order Lana through the Pokemon Center On-line store, you’ll get an additional dive ball.
Lana costs 4,800 yen after tax.
The pre-order period runs from December 1st until January 10th, 2018.
Her release date is end of June, 2018.
Places to Pre-Order:
Good Smile Japanese | Good Smile English | Pokemon Center On-Line Japan | Amiami JP | Amiami EN
(Link to the US Pokemon Center Store coming soon)
That wraps up this Friday’s Pokemon Center merchandise announcements!
Until next time~
December Pokemon Center Plush
Itoen Vending Machine Figures
[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)
It’s been busy since I arrived in Japan so I apologize for the delay in Pokemon Center Reports. With not much happening this weekend (and not much that happened last weekend) I’ll be doing my best to catch up before next weekend.
This year’s release, compared to last year’s, was a little lackluster. There was no new Pokemon which was the main reason why it was so quiet, and the big promo release was the Alola Ultra Adventure which, while “exciting” is also not really exciting. So with that in mind, I decided to not show up super early since I just didn’t see a reason to. Arriving about an hour early gave me enough time to wait in line and build the anticipation while also not going overboard.
I haven’t been to the Mega Tokyo Center since May and the first thing I noticed was the outside had been redecorated for the 20th anniversary. The screenshots from the various anime seasons makes the outside of the Pokemon Center a lot more fun vs the plain white walls from before.
The main merch and plush releases centered around Necrozma and his two new forms from the Ultra Sun & Moon games: Dusk Mane and Dawn Wing.
There were three plush, one for each form, all of which were pretty difficult to photograph (I did my best!)
Along with large sized acrylic charms of the Necrozmas plus Dusk Lycanroc (who already had a plush release a month back), we also got dex metal charms for Dusk Lycanroc, Dusk Necrozma, and Dawn Necrozma.
A couple new MonColle figures came out on Friday, November 17th.
The highlights include Necrozma, Dusk Necrozma, Dawn Necrozma, and not forgetting Dusk Lycanroc.
Some of the larger items from the aforementioned Ultra Alola Adventure promo, including the adorable Pikachu ear hats and Pikachu hoodies.
Similar to the last two game releases, two unannounced mini promos were released alongside the game merch items. These promos are aimed towards school kids with the majority of items being things like pencils, erasers, rulers, more erasers, small pouches, and notebooks.
Both line-ups have the same items with different illustrations with one being aimed more toward girls (the super cute pink one) and one aimed more toward boys (the ultra mega beast rawr design).
There were no surprise cookie tins, but there were surprise blind packaged cookie bags. These bags, which come with a random Pokemon badge inside, is the bane of my existence, as I never get the badge I want and these badges almost never turn up afterward on auction sites.
Case in point: I did not want Necrozma.
So of course both bags I bought were Necrozma.
On the TCG front, a Solgaleo and Lunala GX card set went on sale, along with a deck box plus original card sleeve set from the Alola Ultra Adventure series.
There were also a couple releases on November 17th that weren’t related to the new game.
These charm came packaged in sets of 3 with 6 sets in total.
The charms were double sided, with one side being a normal version of the Pokemon and the other being a Ditto version (adorable!)
A bunch of new plush from the San-ei All Stars collection was released November 17th, with notable Pokemon including Absol, Chandelure, Drifloon, and Flaaffy.
Last and not least, the Mocchi-Mocchi line of super soft and squishy plush released a couple mascot sized face plushies, including Bewear, Mimikyu, Rowlet, and Snorlax!
That wraps this latest and exciting Pokemon Center Report.
In a few hours, we will hopefully get news on the up-coming Pokemon Tails promo. Stay tuned!