First of all, a mini announcement!
I am currently running a giveaway over on Twitter for a set of my Halloween Pokemon charms!
To enter, simply follow my Twitter account (@zombiemiki) and RT this tweet. The deadline for entering is October 23rd (Monday) at 11:59 pm EST.
Considering Alolan Vulpix is so popular, it was honestly only a matter of time before a Vulpix promo happened.
Rokon’s (Vulpix) Crystal Season went on sale this past Saturday (October 21st) at all Japanese Pokemon Centers and Stores, as well as the on-line Japanese Pokemon Center store.
The main plush were bigger and fluffier versions of the Pokemon Center exclusive Alolan Vulpix and Vulpix stuffies. There were also less fluffy mascot plush size versions.
Rant warning: I was excited when the original Alolan Vulpix plush was released because I love Vulpix and Alolan Vulpix…and then I got less excited when I saw them in person. I am not a fan of the pattern they used which places a huge V line on the front of the face and the nose above the line. The high nose and the short snout make the face not as cute as it could be (in my opinion!) and also makes it really easy to get messed up faces. I remember spending quite a lot of time shifting through plush at the Pokemon Center on release day trying my best to find the best faces with straight noses.
Since then, it seems the Pokemon Center is too lazy to find a better pattern for Alolan Vulpix plush because every single Alolan Vulpix plush they release has this pattern. The Christmas Vulpix uses the pattern (although he’s standing) and these plush are different in that they’re “fuzzy” but otherwise are the same.
As someone who loves Vulpix and is a collector but is also super picky, I just can’t get excited about these plush.
With that said, the mascot plush are adorable! The faces are just the right amount of roundness, the noses are below or on the seam, they’re both smiling, and the poses are adorable.
Along with the plush, there was also a cushion featuring mini Vulpix plushies (which have the same weird problem of placing the noses above the seam so they could be cuter but it’s still soft at least)
Half the items of the promo came in pairs, with an Alolan Vulpix version and a Kanto Vulpix version.
Some of these cute items include plush scrunchies with little ears, stained glass style keychain charms, and pens!
Half the items were more fashion related, including a mini tote bag, various pouches, wallets, and pass cases, and an adorable flip-phone case featuring Alolan Vulpix on one side and Kanto Vulpix on the other.
Along with the pens, the promo also had a couple stationary related items, including two versions of a notebook (one with the two Vulpix and one with a print design), the ever present A4 size clearfile, PET stickers, and decoration tape that also included adorable memo note paper.
The Vulpix Crystal Season promo also featured an adorable cookie tin. The cookies are actually white and milk chocolate coated crispy rice puffs that are super delicious! They sold them last year, also for the Winter companion promo (Snow Season) which I think is kind of cute.
That wraps up today’s Pokemon Center Report!
Next up, Ditto Invasion~
This past Saturday was Metal Charm Lollapalooza at the Pokemon Center.
But before we dive into metal charms…
The very popular Lillie and Nebby card sleeves were re-released with a higher quality matte finish the first weekend of March. Unlike the original release, these sleeves did not sell out in milliseconds. The artwork is still adorable.
The Pokedex metal charm release covered all Gen 7 Pokemon + mythical beasts and all Alolan Forms.
Pokemon were grouped together based on evolutions or formes, so depending on the Pokemon and the evolution chain, some were sold in singles, or doubles, or triples (or more!)
Here are three examples of a three part evolution set.
The Rockruff set included both Midday and Midnight forms.
Mimikyu was all by himself (but I promise he was surrounded by his friends!)
The Alolan Forms were not sold as a single (or double) set. All Alolan Form Pokemon were included in a set with their original forms. In this case, you can see both types of Vulpix and Ninetails here. For Pokemon who have three evolutions plus three Alolan evolutions, all of those Pokemon were included in one set for a total of six. Which is kind of annoying if you already had the previously released charms and only wanted the new ones, but such is life.
One thing of note: maybe it’s just my imagination but I feel like quality has gone down for the metal charms. Agree or disagree?
One of my favorite series, Pokemon With You, had a new release of merchandise on Saturday the 11th as well. Incidentally, the anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake back in 2011. (For more information on the history of Pokemon With You, check out this past blog entry.)
The theme for this year’s Pokemon With You line-up was a flowering garden, with one of the items on sale being a seed set so you can grow your own flowers, and the main Pikachu being a topiary hedge…which is cute in real life but maybe didn’t translate so well into merchandise. Hashtag they tried.
Some of the items from the release included (the aforementioned) topiary Pikachu mascot plush
Cute stickers and postcards (note: I always recommend the stickers from the Pokemon With You series because they almost always if not always use non stock-art poses)
And a memopad, including four different paper designs.
We also got some new Pokemon With You metal charms! The three Johto starters (Cyndaquil, Totodile, and Chikorita)
Alola Vulpix, Alola Raichu, Bewear
Snorlax, Lapras, and Dragonite!
And that concludes today’s Pokemon Center Adventures.
A special shout out to Jen from Japan Stuffs for being a hand model in the majority of these photos. So professional, she makes it look easy.
Until next time!
[Banpresto] I Love Gengar – Large Plush (Rerelease)
[Pokemon Candy] Pokemon Pokeball Collection
[Banpresto] I Love Gengar – Plush (3 Versions)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You ~Always With You~
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Gen 7 Pokedex Metal Charms
[Event] Masuda will be at the Mega Tokyo Pokemon Center collecting donations for children affected by the 3.11 Tohoku earthquake from 3-4 pm.
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Big Plush (Bewear, Mimikyu)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru (Popplio, Litten, Rowlet)
[Banpresto] Pokemikke Large Mascot Plush (Mew, Eevee, Gengar, Meowth)
[Banpresto] Pokemikke Large Plush (Pikachu, Ditto)
[TCG] Awaiting Islands / Alola Moonlight Booster Packs
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Mimikyu, Ditto Transform, Lycanroc, Alola Vulpix + Ninetails, Wild Ride)
[TCG] Deck Boxes (Normal: Lycanroc, Double: Lycanroc, Mao’s Cooking)
[TCG] TCG Special Sets (Jangmo-o, Pikachu, Komala)
[TCG] Tapu Bulu EX Starter Set
[Campaign] Buy 5 booster packs to receive 1 special promo pack
[Campaign] Special holo promo card given for every box of booster packs bought
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu’s Easter
[Pokemon Center] Shiny Tapu Koko Metal Charm + Miscellaneous Stationary
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush (Tapu Koko, Shiny Tapu Koko, Stufful, Alola Persian, Alola Dugtrio)
[All-Star Cushion] Pikachu, Eevee
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Acrylic Charms (Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Lunala, Solgaleo, Tapu Koko)
[Candy Figures] Pokemon Kids (Tapu Koko, Gumshoos, Bounsweet, Alola Raichu, Alola Rattata, Pyukumuku, Mimikyu, Bewear)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Large Plush (Bounsweet, Steenee)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Mega Big Plush (Wobbuffet)
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform! Part 4
[Takara Tomy] Snorlax Plush
[MonColle] Brionne, Dartrix, Komala, Tapu Lele, Torracat
[Merchandise] Meowth PC Plush
[Merchandise] Art Jigsaw Puzzles (Pikachu, Eeveelutions, Alola)
The next set of Pokemon Sun & Moon TCG booster packs (“Awaiting Islands” and “Alola Moonlight”) have been officially announced!
This post will cover everything TCG related coming out on the booster pack release date of March 17th (Friday).
First up, the booster packs themselves. Each pack will contain 5 random cards and cost 162 yen each.
For card sleeve enthusiasts, there will be five new sleeve designs, all sold in full deck packs of 64 sleeves per pack at 777 yen each after tax.
The five designs include: Alola Vulpix + Ninetails, Mimikyu, Ditto Transform, Lycanroc Pair, and Pokemon Ride.
Based on experience and recent trends, there is a good chance the Vulpix and Mimikyu sleeves will sell out very quickly, so if you want them, keep that in mind.
Along with card sleeves, there will also be two types of deck boxes coming out on March 17th.
The Lycanroc design will be available as both a regular and double sized deck box, while the Mao’s Cooking design will only be available as a double sized deck box.
The regular sized box will cost 390 yen after tax and the double deck boxes will cost 1,500 yen after tax.
Three new Pokemon Card Game Special Sets will go on sale starting March 17th, featuring Pikachu, Komala, and Jangmo-o promo cards.
The Komala set will include 1 holo promo card, 1 booster pack of “Awaiting Islands” and 1 booster pack of “Alola Moonlight”. Price after tax is 378 yen.
The Pikachu and Jangmo-o sets will include 1 holo promo card, 2 booster packs of “Awaiting Islands” and 2 booster packs of “Alola Moonlight”. Price after tax per set is 702 yen.
A new starter set will also go on sale, featuring a Tapu Bulu EX promo card!
Each set will contain 2 Tapu Bulu EX cards, 60 random cards, 44 damage counters + 2 markers, 1 GX marker, 1 Pokemon coin, 1 Playmat, and 1 Pokemon TCG player’s guide. The set will cost 1,680 yen after tax.
Finally, we have two different card campaigns starting March 17th!
Buy 5 booster packs from a store that deals with Pokemon cards in Japan (some stores excluded), and you will receive 1 special promo card pack.
The promo pack includes 11 random cards plus 1 secret card. The secret card can be 1 of 11 cards: a shiny Tapu Koko, Salandit, or 1 of 9 possible energy cards.
Also starting March 17th, for every full box of booster cards bought at an officially recognized Pokemon Card Gym (including the Pokemon Center), customers will receive either a holo Golisopod card (“Awaiting Islands” booster box) or a holo Dhelmise card (“Alola Moonlight booster box). These two cards are not included in either booster pack sets, so this is the only way to get them.
Both campaigns will be available while supplies last and cannot be combined with each other.
Until next time!
This post is a little late (oops) but here are most of the releases from January the 14th!
Valentine’s related merchandise has been on sale since New Years signs were taken down, and the Pokemon Center is no exception. The little sign says “show your love to important people in your life with cute Pokemon stuff” which by the way is great advice 😉
The 14th was the official nationwide release date for the return of one of the most popular lines of Pokemon merchandise: the Pokedoll. I shared photos from the pre-release on January 1st but here are three more because I’m sure no one can have enough Pokedolls. Currently the only three Pokedolls in existence are Rowlet
I’ve heard some displeasure over Litten not having a nose but I personally find it cute.
There was also three Pokemon Center Exclusive plush (or PokeCen plush). The Alola Ninetails sold out within 15 minutes on the on-line Pokemon Center store but didn’t seem to sell out as quickly in the actual stores.
…and Alola Sandshrew which sold out so quickly we don’t have photos for you! I was not expecting either Ninetails or Sandshrew to sell out, or if yes, not at least for a week or longer because it didn’t seem like they’ve been popular. From the reports I heard, scalpers jumped all over the Sandshrew plush hardcore, and I still don’t understand why, but this meant every time the plush were restocked they immediately sold out again, so that was exciting.
At any rate, once I get photos, I will of course share them. For now, please imagine something cute and soft.
Continuing with PokeCen plush, Mew and Mewtwo both were re-released on the 14th without any prior announcements. As implied with “re-release” these plush are not new, but the designs are slightly different from the previous releases. Mew’s face is slightly less fat
Mewtwo looks fairly the same but maybe more angry?
This cute clearfile featuring original artwork for New Years also went on sale on the 14th.
Last but not least, phone cases! I love Pokemon phone cases because not only can you cushion your little phone in Pokemon, but the cases usually come with a little spot for hanging phone charms.
This release featured three designs in two styles: a soft case for iphone 6/6s and 7 and a flip-case for other phone models.
My favorite of the three was the Mimikyu + Pikachu design. The iPhone cases was predominantly Mimikyu with one Pikachu
while the flip case was predominantly Pikachu with one Mimikyu.
Personally, I liked the second design the best (with all the Pikachu and one imposter) – it would be nice if they made other items with this same pattern.
Which phone case is your favorite?
Thanks for reading, and until next time!