[Banpresto] I Love Eevee – Large Plush (Espeon, Umbreon)
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee – Large Plush (Leafeon, Glaceon)
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee – Bath Towel (3 Designs)
[Banpresto] Look At My Tail Extra Large Pokemon Plush – Ampharos
[Pokemon TCG] Booster Pack “Sword” “Shield”
[Pokemon Center] Contents of Trainer’s Bags
[Pokemon Center] Hario Lampwork Factory
[Banpresto] Pokemon Tsuretette – Big Plush (Raichu, Minun)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Tsuretette – Big Plush (Chansey, Plusle)
[Kiri-e Series] Wood Wreath Charm (Pikachu, Eevee, Scorbunny, Grookey, Sobble)
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee – Extra Large Eevee Plush
[Banpresto] Look At My Tail Pokemon Plush – Squirtle, Pichu, Dragonair, Wobbuffet
[Banpresto] Pokemon Plush – Scorbunny, Grookey, Sobble
[Banpresto] Pokemon Plush With Candy – Pikachu Plush
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Mini – Rattata, Pikachu, Pachirisu, Minccino
[Gray Parker Service] Pokemon Suya-Suya on the Cable Volume 5 (Pikachu, Meowth, Jigglypuff, Chikorita, Torchic, Piplup)
[Bandai] Pokemon Doll Volume 4 (Pikachu Bowtie, Pikachu Tutu, Pikachu T-Shirt, Eevee, Vulpix, Alolan Vulpix, Lapras)
Tonight’s update includes a lot of info and photos, so let’s get started beginning with the most recent TCG news.
The next booster pack set was announced, with a release date of April 21st (Friday). Called “Beyond New Challenges”, is the second holo exclusive Sun & Moon set (SM2+) and the cards in this set are designed to be used alongside “Awaiting Islands” and “Alola Moonlight” to create stronger decks.
Each booster pack will cost 248 yen after tax and includes 5 random holo cards.
A special card set will go on sale April 21st as well. This set features a promo Alolan Vulpix card that you can only get via this set along with 2 “Beyond New Challenges” booster packs. This set will cost 550 yen after tax.
A two player 30 card deck battle set will also go on sale April 21st. As this set is designed for two people to be able to battle each other right out of the box, there is 2 sets of 30 card decks as opposed to the usual 1 set, and features 1 Pikachu GX card and 1 Mimikyu GX card. The set also includes:
44 damage counters / 2 markers / 1 sheet
2 GX markers
1 Pokemon coin
1 instruction manual
1 players guide
This special two player set will cost 1,782 yen after tax.
As with most (if not all?) booster pack releases, there will be a special card campaign starting April 21st. Customers who buy 20 packs of “Beyond New Challenges” or 1 box will receive 1 Olivia promo card, which you can only get from this campaign.
The ever popular Kuttari Plush series is returning with a brand new array of non-plush (and some plush) items, including a cookie tin, towels, bags, and charms. This mini promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and stores in Japan on April 15th (Saturday).
The fourth installment of Pokemon Tales was also announced, with a release date of April 8th (Saturday). The theme for this iteration is forest living, focusing on Pikachu and their friends everyday forest lives, including little forest parties and picnics. Along with Pikachu, some of the Pokemon included in the item illustrations are: Pichu, Tympole, Bonsly, Hoppip, Skiploom, Clefairy, and a very tiny, hidden Minccino!
The Ditto Transform promotion came out today (March 25th) in Japan, and I already have photos so be on the lookout for the next Pokemon Center Report coming soon!
We finally have more information on the Pokétabi line of regional merchandise!
Each set of goods are exclusive to a specific area, and the Pokemon featured on each set differ per region.
Each set includes the following:
Pikachu Cushion – 3,240 yen
Clearfile (2 Designs) – 432 yen
Hand Towel (2 Designs) – 810 yen
Postcard (2 Designs) – 216 yen
Dice Bag (2 Designs) – 648 yen
Metal Charm Straps (3 Designs) – 540 yen
Collection Can Badges (Gacha | 8 Designs + 1 Secret)
Tokyo Charms: Pikachu, Mew, Vulpix
Tokyo Can Badges: Pikachu x 2, Ditto, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Jigglypuff, Charmander, Vulpix + Secret
Yokohama Charms: Pikachu, Meowstic (Male), Meowstic (Female)
Yokohama Can Badges: Pikachu x 2, Ducklett, Meowstic (Male), Meowstic (Female), Tynamo, Drifloon, Cleffa + Secret
Nagoya Charms: Pikachu, Sylveon, Sentret
Nagoya Can Badges: Pikachu x 2, Sentret, Swablu, Clauncher, Oddish, Stunfisk, Gulpin + Secret
Osaka Charms: Pikachu, Octillery, Slowpoke
Osaka Can Badges: Pikachu x 2, Chikorita, Totodile, Inkay, Togepi, Slowpoke, Cyndaquil + Secret
Fukuoka Charms: Pikachu, Milotic, Minccino
Fukuoka Can Badges: Pikachu x 2, Mudkip, Torchic, Treecko, Drifblim, Minccino, Goomy + Secret
[Campaign] Namco Game Center Summer Campaign Starts
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Petit Pastel (Altaria, Dedenne, Jirachi, Pikachu, Wailmer)
[Pokemon Center] Pika-Matsuri
[Pokemon Center] Grand opening of the Sky-Tree Pokemon Center
[Banpresto] Pokemon The Movie XY & Z – Korotto Manmaru 2016 Part 1 (Sylveon, Volcanion, Zygarde Perfect Forme, Zygarde Core)
[Banpresto] Pokemon The Movie XY & Z – Large Plush (Volcanion, Zygarde Core)
[Banpresto] Pokemon The Movie XY & Z – Large Plush (Shiny Mega Gengar, Pikachu)
[Banpresto] I Love Pikachu + – Face Cushions (Pichu, Raichu)
[Banpresto] Pokemon The Movie XY & Z – Bath Towels (Volcanion, Pikachu/Dedenne/Zygarde Core, Mega Pokemon)
[Banpresto] *Namco Exclusive* Pokemon The Movie XY & Z – Large Plush (Ash’s Greninja, Zygarde 10%)
[Banpresto] Pokemon The Movie XY & Z – Korotto Manmaru 2016 Part 2 (Shiny Mega Gengar, Shiny Mega Gardevoir, Zygarde 10%, Braixen)
[Banpresto] Pokemon The Movie XY & Z – Can Badges 2016 (Magearna x 2, Volcanion x 2, Shiny Mega Gengar, Shiny Mega Gardevoir, Mega Alakazam, Mega Glalie, Zygarde Perfect Forme, Zygarde 10%, Zygarde Core, Pikachu)
[Gacha] Gotochi Pokemon Series (Aichi, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kanagawa, Kyoto)
[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pair Pikachu – August
Canceled x[Pokemon Center] Mini Pass Case Hoodies (Gengar, Pikachu, Raichu, Slowpoke, Substitute Plush)x
[Pokemon Center] Kuttari Plush Batch 6 (Absol, Cubone, Growlithe, Jirachi, Quagsire, Zorua)
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Invasion 2016 Promotion
[All-Star] Ampharos, Clefairy, Cleffa, Igglybuff, Litwick, Marill, Mewtwo, Minccino, Pichu, Ralts, Shinx, Snorlax, Vanillite, Vulpix, Zorua
[Takara Tomy] Magearna Plush
[MonColle] Movie Special Pack (Magearna, Ash’s Greninja, Volcanion), Magearna, Volcanion
[Merchandise] Battle Action Figure – Mega Charizard X
[Merchandise] Preorders start for New 3DS LL systems (Solgaleo/Lunala, Pikachu)
[Magazine] Pokemon Fan #49
[TCG] New Concept Pack: Mythical + Legendary Dream Holo Collection
[TCG] Zygarde Special Set
[Collaboration] Pokemon Love Its’Demo Start
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time – Large Plush (Eevee)
[Banpresto] *Namco Exclusive* I Love Pikachu + – Large Plush (Pikachu)
[Banpresto] Pokemon The Movie XY & Z – Mascot Plush 2016 (Dedenne, Meowth, Pikachu, Wobbuffet, Zygarde Core)
[Banpresto] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection – Snorlax
[Pokemon Center] Mega Poncho Pikachu Plush (Mega Ampharos, Mega Diancie, Mega Gallade, Mega Gardevoir, Mega Lopunny, Mega Mawile, Mega Rayquaza)
[Pokemon Center] Japanese Style Promotion
End of July
[Gotochi] PokeTabi Series Starts
[Merchandise] Sepia Graffiti Pikachu Plush + Mascot Plush
[Candy] Pokemon Get Collection (Ash’s Greninja, Shiny Gardevoir, Mega Banette, Mega Gardevoir, Shiny Gengar, Shiny Mega Gengar, Mega Glalie, Mega Salamence, Pikachu, Volcanion)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Sketch Part 3
[Collaboration] Its’Demo Surfing Pikachu Mascot Plush, Espeon x Umbreon Mascot Plush
[Merchandise] Nanobeads: Pikachu/Pokeball, Charmander/Fennekin, Squirtle/Froakie, Chespin/Bulbasaur
[Campaign] I Love Magikarp campaign starts on the JP Pokemon Center Online Store
Along with the surprise mini-promotions (Trick Battle and Forest Playtime) previously mentioned, a bunch of cute plushies also came out June 18th!
First up, Pikachu explosion! Every summer, there is a series of Pikachu centered events with tons of costumed Pikachus and other related Pikachu goods. This year, the explosion leaked into a mini Pikachu promotion featuring a bunch of items with a Pikachu print.
Perhaps one of the coolest items (in my opinion) is this backpack. It’s a little pricey mainly because it’s double branding (Pokemon and Outdoor) but you’re guaranteed a sturdy bag that will probably last for a while, and even longer than a while if you’re not planning on going hiking with it through, for example, the Australian outback.
Most of the items in this promotion come in either yellow or black, and the backpacks are no exception. While the yellow Pikachus are cute, my preference is definitely in the black. Not only because it’s my favorite color, but I think the print looks cooler white on black. However, if you prefer to stand out in a crowd, the yellow patterned bag is probably more your style!
Another neat item from the Pikachu promotion is this shirt. First off, way longer than I was expecting, especially for a Japanese size shirt! For the record, yes, this shirt also has a black/white variation.
The July Monthly Pair Pikachu also came out on the 18th.
These two Pikachu are beating the heat with their cute swim wear and inner tube!
The best release of the 18th, however, is the 5th batch of the very popular Kuttari series.
This new set of plush included Lilligant
But best of all… CHILLARMY! For those who are new to the Miki(tzune), Chillarmy (Minccino) is my number one favorite Pokemon, and when I saw he was getting a Kuttari plush, I cried tears of joy and could not wait for this release. As with the previous Kuttari releases, all the Pokemon featured in this batch have both an awake and sleeping version, and the tag art differs slightly depending.
My personal Chillarms are on the way, but as soon as I get them, expect a slightly more in-depth review.
Until next time!