Merchandise Overview – June

6.4

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You Charms Vol 2 (Ash’s Greninja, Charizard, Flareon, Jirachi, Jolteon, Lucario, Sylveon, Vaporeon)
[Pokemon Center] New Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush (Ampharos, Jigglypuff, Magearna, Poliwhirl)

6.7

[Banpresto] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection – Eevee Sleeping Bag Plush
[Banpresto] I Love Pikachu + Raichu Plush

6.10

[Collaboration] Sukiya x Pokemon Figure Straps (Braixen, Chespin, Dedenne, Greninja, Pikachu)

6.16

[Banpresto] I Love Pikachu + Plush (Pichu, Pikachu, Raichu)

6.17

[TCG] New Card Sleeves (Dual Type Mega Steelix, Fluff-Fluff, Fossils, Shiny Mega Gardevoir)
[TCG] Explosive Fighter / Cruel Traitor Break Expansion Packs
[TCG Campaign] Receive 1 Premium Professor Sycamore card for every 2 boxes of Explosive Fighters and or Cruel Traitor cards bought at a certified Pokemon Card Gym (including the Pokemon Center)

6.18

[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pair Pikachu – July
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Pattern Items
[Pokemon Center] Kuttari Plush (Emonga, Lilligant, Marshtomp, Minccino, Pachirisu, Vulpix)
[Pokemon Center] “Trick Battle” Mini Promotion
[Pokemon Center] “Forest Playtime” Mini Promotion
[Merchandise] Flip Phone Case (Outline | Charizard)
[Collaboration] Sepia Graffiti
[Campaign] Part 1 of the Yokohama Eeveelution Postcard campaign starts

6.21

[Banpresto] Pokemon XY&Z – Large Masterball Plush
[Banpresto] I Love Pikachu + Pichu Plush

6.24

[Nanoblock] Blastoise, Venusaur

6.25

[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Gummi Candy
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Graphix Tshirts (Ditto, Magneton, Mewtwo, Pikachu, Umbreon)
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Hiroshima Center 1st Year Anniversary
[MonColle] 2016 Movie Special Pack Vol 1 (Shiny Mega Gardevoir, Shiny Mega Gengar, Zygarde Perfect Forme), Mega Beedrill, Mega Sharpedo, Mega Tyranitar
[Merchandise] Shoulder Pikachu Plush – Girl Version
[Takara Tomy] Great Ball Plush, Master Ball Plush, Pokeball Plush, Ultra Ball Plush

6.28

[Banpresto] My Pokemon Collection – Pokemon The Movie XY&Z 2016 (Dedenne, Shiny Mega Gardevoir, Shiny Mega Gengar, Volcanion, Zygarde Core)
[Banpresto] Pokemon The Movie XY&Z 2016 – Large Plush (Zygarde Core, Zygarde Perfect Forme)

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Pokemon Center Plush + Monthly Pair Pikachu + Pokemon With You + TCG

I’m still alive!

I have a small backlog of Pokemon Center reports and UFO catcher releases to post, but I will try my best to get those up over the next week.

There were no announcements from Friday the 13th, but Friday the 20th made up for it, kind of.

NewPokeCenPlush

First, new Pokemon Center exclusive plush! This latest batch of plush includes Psyduck, Magearna, Poliwhirl, Jigglypuff, and Ampharos. Psyduck will be released first on May 28th while the rest of the plush in this batch will go on sale from June 4th. All plush will retail for 1,296 yen, except for Magearna which will be 2,160 yen.

WithYouCharms2

June 4th will also bring us brand new Pokemon With You charms. This second batch in the charm series will feature Ash’s Greninja, Charizard, Jirachi, Lucario, Jolteon, Vaporeon, Flareon, and Sylveon, and each charm will sell for 270 yen.

MPPJuly

As usual, along with the release of June’s Monthly Pair Pikachu this past Saturday (post coming soon!), we received the announcement for July’s Monthly Pair. This pair of Pikachu are ready for a fun time at the beach and will go on sale June 18th for the usual price of 2,808 yen.

JuneCards

Two new Break expansion packs (Explosive Fighter & Cruel Traitor) will go on sale from June 17th. These two sets include the first ever Volcanion card, an appearance by Shiny Mega Gardevoir and Magearna, Break versions of Xerneas and Yveltal, and a new dual-type card mechanic.

Each individual pack contains 5 random cards and retail price is 162 yen.

ProfessorSycamoreCC

Starting from June 18th, buy 2 boxes of cards from either of the new expansion sets from a certified Pokemon Card Gym to receive 1 Premium Professor Sycamore card, while supplies last.

JuneCardSleeves

Not coincidentally coinciding with the new expansion pack releases, card sleeves will also go on sale from June 18th. There will be four Pokemon Center exclusive designs, all half decks containing 32 sleeves per pack, and retailing for about 390 yen per pack.

The four designs will be: Shiny Mega Gardevoir, Fossils, Dual Type Mega Steelix, and Fluff Overload with Meowth, Swablu, Mareep, and Whimsicott.

CilNkChU4AA-QTR

Last and certainly not least, and quite possibly the best news I’ve heard in a long time, a third part to the very popular All-Star series by Sanei has been announced for July 16th and features a wide variety of plush, similar to the original All-Star collection that came out near the end of 2015.

The third set of All-Star plush will include 15 plush in total.

[1,728 yen]
Clefairy
Cleffa
Igglybuff
Litwick
Marill
Minccino
Pichu
Ralts
Shinx
Vanillite
Zorua

[1,994 yen]
Ampharos
Snorlax

[2,160 yen]
Vulpix

[2,808 yen]
Mewtwo

chillarm

Of course the plush I am most excited for is…Minccino!!! The Pokemon that got me back into the Pokemon fandom and my original favorite number 1 collection Pokemon. It’s been so long since Minccino had an official plush. I’m sad I won’t in Japan for the release so I won’t be able to hand pick a Chillarm for myself, but I already have 2 pre-ordered and I can’t wait to add them to my collection!

——–
New Pokemon Center Plush
July Monthly Pikachu
Pokemon With You Charms Part 2
Explosive Fighter & Cruel Traitor
New Card Sleeves

Thursday Pokemon Center Announcements – Substitute Plush: This Time It’s Serious + Monthly Pair Pikachu

Tomorrow (Friday, April 29th) is the first day of Golden Week in Japan, a (roughly) week long public holiday during which time everyone in Japan travels everywhere. Tokyo gets especially crowded and horrible during Golden Week because, while some people leave Tokyo to go on vacation, everyone who lives outside of Tokyo all travel to Tokyo on their vacations. Because of this, the Pokemon Center updated today – Thursday – instead of the usual Friday.

As a note, the last day of Golden Week is the 5th (Children’s Day), which is a Thursday, so this shouldn’t affect next week’s Pokemon Center announcements.

Moving along!

MPPJune

The official announcement for the June Monthly Pair Pikachu! Raincoat Pikachu from the Monthly Pikachu series was very popular, and I have a feeling these two will be just as popular, if not more so. Look at their little raincoats! And their umbrella!

The Pair plush will come out May 21st and will retail at 2,808 yen.

The most exciting announcement for the day was….

Subbie2

An entire promotion on Substitute Plush!!! This little guy skyrocketed to fame back in January 2013 when the original Substitute Plush doll was released as part of the Adventure Goods promotion. After quickly selling out, getting restocked, selling out, getting restocked several times over the next several years, and having multiple sizes added to his repertoire, he now has his very own promotion all about him! (And Pikachu because Pikachu).

The promotion will feature a wide variety of items, including plush, socks, bags, two different types of blind packaged items (figures and acrylic charms), as well as two On-Line exclusives: a special plush set with a mini blackboard and markers and the re-release of the largest size of Substitute Plush. Substitute Extravaganza will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores across Japan on May 14th.

Line-Up Includes:

Pikachu with Substitute Plush Poncho (Pokemon Amie Style) – 2,376 yen

Subbie3

Mascot Size Pikachu with Substitute Plush Poncho (Pokemon Amie Style) – 1,404 yen

Subbie1

Figure Collection (gacha) – 300 yen

Subbie6

Acrylic Charm Collection (blind packaged) – 500 yen

Subbie4

A4 Double Pocket Clearfile – 400 yen
PET Stickers – 864 yen

Subbie5

Hand Towel – 540 yen
Face Towel – 1,080 yen

Subbie7

T-Shirt (S|M|L) – 3,240 yen
T-Shirt (XL) – 3,456 yen
Cup – 1,404 yen

Subbie8

Knapsack – 2,592 yen
Pouch – 1,296 yen

Subbie9

Plush Pass Case – 1,242 yen
Dice Bag – 788 yen

Subbie99

Plush Pen – 734 yen
FRIXION 2 Pen Set – 713 yen

Subbie999

Socks (23-25cm | 25-27cm) – 540 yen
Knit Cap – 2,700 yen

Subbie9999

Substitute Plush Earrings – 648 yen
Substitute Plush Non-Pierce Earrings – 648 yen

Subbie99999

Cookie Tin – 1,054 yen
[On-line Center Exclusive] Pikachu with Substitute Plush Poncho (Pokemon Amie Style) with Mini Black Board + Markers – 2,916 yen

Substitute Plush Pajamas – 5,400 yen
Substitute Plush Hoodie (S|M|L) – 6,048 yen
Substitute Plush Hoodie (XL) – 6,264 yen

——
Monthly Pair Pikachu June
Substitute Plush Promotion

Pokemon Center Report – Monthly Pair Pikachu + Magearna + Volcanion + Mega Gardevoir + EX/M/Break

I love the Mega Tokyo Pokemon Center, but I like experiencing release days at other Pokemon Centers every once in a while, so I was really excited when I realized there would be a special release Saturday while I was visiting Sapporo.

IMG_6633

I will go into more detail on the actual Sapporo Center in another post, but in short, the staff are all friendly and while small, the Center had all of the newer items, although not as much older stuff as I was expecting/hoping for.

IMG_6607

With the summer movie only a few months away (it usually comes out mid July), the Pokemon Center is wasting no time in building hype via merchandise. Out of the four releases for Saturday, two were movie related.

IMG_6608

First up, the two Pokemon Center exclusive plush! Volcanion

IMG_6609

and shiny Mega Gardevoir. Gardevoir is basically identical to the previously released Mega Gardevoir, with the main difference being color.

IMG_6630

Arriving at the Pokemon Center on Saturday not really being a Volcanion fan, I left feeling the opposite. Maybe it’s just the plush, but his face is really adorable! He looks like a huge cat with a donut on his back. His softness and size make him well worth the price tag.

IMG_6627

There was also a series of every day use items with artwork featuring either Magearna, the new pink princess, or Volcanion and his mega evolution minions. There were notebooks, a sticker sheet, clearfiles

IMG_6627

Mini towels, handkerchiefs

IMG_6617

And t-shirts!

IMG_6616

Unfortunately, the t-shirts only came in children’s sizes, which is a shame as I feel like big “kids” might have appreciated shirts with these designs in their sizes as well.

IMG_6624

Along with the movie merch, the newest Monthly Pair Pikachu plushies also came out on Saturday!

IMG_6625

Similar to the Monthly Pikachu for last year, the May Pikachus for this year also have a Children’s Day theme with the carp flag and hat. Unlike last year’s design, however, this one was apparently stuffed with bricks (I guess so the carp stands up under the weight of two Pikachus?) It’s definitely cute, but there was still plenty of Pikachus when I visited the Mega Tokyo Center today, and I don’t see them selling out any time soon.

IMG_6618

Last but not least, a new expansion pack for the card game!

IMG_6623

The Champion set, called “Ex M Break” contains previously released cards, but all of them are shiny/holos! 1 pack contains 10 cards and costs 500 yen after tax.

IMG_6622

To help promote the new release, this Jirachi card campaign also started on Saturday; to get Jirachi, simply buy 10 packs of cards (or 1 box worth).

IMG_6621

This Blastoise Mega Battle Special Pack also came out on Saturday. The set contains 1 Blastoise EX card, 1 pack of Ex M Break cards, and 2 packs of The Awakening Psychic King cards, and retails for 972 yen after tax.

Until next time!

Friday Pokemon Announcements – New Plush + Movie Merchandise + Premium Champion + Its’Demo: The Return of the Return

After last week’s complete disappointment of no news at all, we were graced with some goodies earlier today.

PokeCenPlushies

First up, surprise plush! There originally was nothing planned for this weekend, but now there is. These four plush (Clefairy, Eevee, Growlithe, and Lapras) will be exclusively sold at all Pokemon Centers and Stores across Japan starting April 2nd. Lapras has a shelf price of 2,160 yen while the other three are the normal sized price of 1,296 yen.

MonthlyChu2

Next up, Monthly Pikachu! Although as usual not a real surprise, it’s still worth mentioning.

MonthlyChu22

The May design is all about Children’s Day, similar to last year’s Monthly Chu, and goes on sale April 16th, with a shelf price of 2,808 yen.

ExMegaBreak

In TCG news, a new expansion set, titled “Premium Champion Pack (EX x M x Break)” will go on sale April 16th. This set will feature re-releases of popular cards, all in holo form. Unlike most expansion sets, each pack will have 10 cards (not 5) and will retail for 500 yen each.

JirachiCard

Starting April 16th, buy a full box of Premium Champion Packs (10 packs) at a certified Pokemon Card Gym (including the Pokemon Center) in Japan to receive one of these Premium Jirachi cards – while supplies last.

(more…)