Hello everyone and welcome back to another exciting “Pokemon Center Report”!
First up – the Tokyo DX Pokemon Center celebrated it’s first year anniversary this past Thursday (March 14th).
Tokyo DX Anniversary 1
Both the Center and the adjoining Pokemon Center cafe are currently in full cherry bloom with tons of pink blossom decorations everywhere, with the highlight being an extra adorable sakura afro Pikachu.
Tokyo DX 2
Along with the decorations and limited food menu over at the cafe, four Pikachu cosplay plush are currently available exclusively at the Tokyo DX Center location: Sakura Afro Pikachu, Ninja Pikachu, Sumo Pikachu, and Kabuki Pikachu.
For those curious as to the theme of the Pikachu plush: Nihonbashi (where the Center is located) was originally the downtown center of Edo-Tokyo and still retains a lot of historical significance, along with being a major commercial and business neighborhood. Consequently, the theme for the Tokyo DX Center is very Meiji-era influenced. If you like traditional Japanese imagery as well as Pokemon, definitely consider making the Tokyo DX Center one of your must stops if visiting Tokyo!
Speaking of traditional Japanese merchandise, the Kyoto Center’s re-opening campaign started this past Saturday (March 16th)!
The Pokemon Center in Kyoto moved to a new location and as part of the re-opening, all Centers around Japan sold Kyoto inspired merchandise, including these two Pikachu boy and girl plush dressed in traditional kimono and drinking the most Japanese drink: green tea.
Along with the plush, the promotion also included: charms, keychains, several TCG related merchandise (card sleeves and a playmat), acrylic charms (blind packaged, of course), pouches, towels, a plethora of stationary, and other cute items!
For this release, the only merchandise exclusive to the Kyoto Center were the mascot plush versions of the two main Pikachu plush.
Last but not least! The Pokemon Center’s Easter promotion for 2019 went on sale this past Saturday alongside the Kyoto release.
Similar to last year’s Easter release, the two main plush featured Pikachu and Eevee with flower crowns, although this year’s plush have significantly different patterns and the crown contents differ as well. I personally prefer last year’s designs better.
Last year, there were only mascot plush of Pikachu and Eevee, but this year along with the two mains, we also got Plusle, Minun, and Buneary, all sporting adorable flower crowns.
Easter More Stuff
As with all promotions, there was more than just plush. The line-up included: a bunch of stationary related items, pouches, bags, towels, and the popular blind packaged acrylic charms… in Easter eggs! Because of course.
Along with the Easter line-up, there was also an unannounced set of merchandise with a pastel flowery theme featuring both Pikachu and Eevee called Pikachu & Eevee Flowers. The designs are more subtle so if you like cute things you can use in your everyday life, as well as Pikachu and Eevee, then this was clearly made for you.
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report!
Until next time~
First of all, welcome to the newly renovated site. I’m still in the process of making some tweaks here and there, but for the most part everything is in place. I hope it’s not too confusing to navigate around!
This week, we didn’t get a ton of announcements, but the ones we did are all pretty nice.
Believe it or not, it’s been about one year since the Tokyo DX Pokemon Center and official cafe opened in Nihonbashi.
To celebrate the first year anniversary, special cosplay Pikachu plush will be sold exclusively at the Tokyo DX Center starting March 14th (Thursday).
Tokyo DX Anniversary
There will be four designs in total (Sakura Afro, Ninja, Sumo, Kabuki) with each plush costing 2,160 yen including tax.
There will also be a gacha set of pins based on the walking map featured on a bunch of Tokyo DX exclusive merchandise.
This set includes 6 pins in total and will be available at both the Tokyo DX Center and the Tokyo Station Store, with one play costing 300 yen.
Tokyo DX Cafe 1 Year Anniversary
Along with the Pokemon Center, the adjoining cafe will also be celebrating it’s 1 year anniversary by adding a couple new items to the cafe exclusive store.
Apple Tea Cookies – 1,058 yen
Putitto Pokemon Collection – 1,620 yen
Embroidery Can Badge – 600 yen
Sacoche – 2,700 yen
T-Shirt (White | S/M/L) – 3,499 yen
T-Shirt (Black | S/M/L) – 3,499 yen
Croquis Sketchbook – 572 yen
Drink Tumbler (White | Black | Khaki) – 3,024 yen each
The Pokemon Center’s Easter promotion for this year was also officially announced after giving a sneak peek in the latest edition of Pokemon Fan.
This promo will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores around Japan from March 16th (Saturday).
Easter Garden Party 1
Plush (Pikachu |Eevee) – 1,728 yen each
Mascot Plush (Pikachu | Eevee | Buneary | Plusle | Minun) – 1,404 yen each
Acrylic Charm Collection (Blind Packaged) – 540 yen each
*8 designs total
Cookie Tin w/ Cookies – 972 yen
Decoration Set – 1,404 yen
Mini Bath Towel – 2,160 yen
Not Pictured Hand Towel – 540 yen
Not Pictured Handkerchief – 648 yen
Stationary w/ Box – 864 yen
Not Pictured Sticky Notes w/ Box – 734 yen
Easter Garden Party 2
Teapot – 3,024 yen
Mug w/ Lid – 1,620 yen
Plate (Pikachu & Eevee | Garden Party) – 1,512 yen each
Spoon & Fork Set – 1,296 yen
Mini Tote Bag – 1,944 yen
Pouch – 1,728 yen
Pass Case – 1,296 yen
Flip Phone Case – 3,240 yen
Mini Gift Bag – 540 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 497 yen
B6 Ring Notebook – 648 yen
Deco Tape Set – 864 yen
Bubble Sticker Sheet -486 yen
That wraps up this week’s New Merchandise Announcements!
Until next time~
Pokemon Center Tokyo DX Anniversary
Pokemon Center Cafe Anniversary
Easter Garden Party
As promised by the Pokemon Center, we finally got information on the merchandise coming out for the Kyoto Center Renewal promotion, along with another small announcement.
First up, if you love cat Pokemon and love Pokemon TCG, these card sleeves (and matching deck box) were made for you!
“Perfect Nap Weather” will go on sale on Pokemon Card Day (March 1st, 2019).
The Pokemon Center’s charity line, Pokemon With You, returns March 9th (Saturday) with a new set of can badges.
The set includes: Plusle, Minun, Sylveon, Ditto, Gardevoir, Lucario, Greninja, and Ampharos.
Each badge costs 270 yen including tax and all proceeds go toward helping children affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.
Pokemon With You Shirt Tile
Along with the usual can badges, there will also be a new t-shirt.
The shirt is available in small, medium, and large (3,240 yen each), along with a kids size version (2,880 yen).
A ceramic tile, featuring Eevee and Pikachu, will be available for purchase exclusively through the Pokemon Center’s on-line store. One tile will be 2,700 yen including tax.
Last but not least!
The Kyoto Center will officially re-open March 16th (Saturday), which is also when the coinciding Kyoto Center Renewal promotion will start.
All items will be available everywhere, except for the mascot plush which will be Kyoto exclusive.
Kyoto Center 1
Plush (Boy | Girl) – 2,592 yen each
Mascot Plush (Boy | Girl) *Kyoto Exclusive* – 1,620 yen each
Metal Charm Set – 540 yen
Not Pictured Pin Set – 680 yen
Acrylic Charm Collection *Blind Packaged* – 540 yen each
(10 designs total)
Paper Theater – 2,376 yen
Flip Phone Case – 3,240 yen
Not Pictured iPhone Soft Shell Case (8/7/6s/6) – 2,030 yen
Kyoto Center 2
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Mini Bath Towel – 2,160 yen
Pouch – 1,620 yen
Dice Bag – 734 yen
Pokemon TCG Rubber Play Mat – 2,700 yen
Pokemon TCG Double Deck Case – 3,240 yen
Not Pictured Pokemon TCG Card Sleeves – 777 yen
A4 Clearfile – 259 yen
Set of 2 Stickers – 432 yen
Gold Lacquer Sticker – 972 yen
Ballpoint Pen – 540 yen
PET Stickers – 540 yen
Memo Pad – 518 yen
Set of 2 Postcards – 259 yen
A5 Ring Notebook – 648 yen
Book-Style Sticky Notes – 756 yen
Mug – 1,404 yen
That wraps up the merchandise announcements for this week!
Until next time~
Pokemon With You
Kyoto Center Renewal
The 2018 Pokemon Center Valentine’s Day promotion went on sale January 13th and was full of tons of sweets and sweets related merchandise!
This year’s Valentine’s Day plush was a Pikachu Pair and adorable! They’re dressed as tiny Pikachu bakers, one boy and one girl.
The charm point is of course the tiny hearts on their butts.
There was also a heart shaped fuzzy cushion featuring artwork of the cute Pikachu Pair.
There was of course other non plush items that were equally as cute if not quite as soft.
Along with towels (which unfortunately are never easy to get pictures of) there was a set of metal charms (so you can twin with your special someone), a cute bag charm that you can attach to non bag items, a unique little pouch designed to look like a biscuit, and a Pokemon Center drawstring pouch with the promotional artwork.
Sweet Sticker Roll
Special note 2: The sticker roll! I generally don’t buy stickers because I never use them, but I caved for these because the promotional artwork is so cute.
Sweet Item 2
This year’s promotion also included a couple kitchen and baking related items, which was really exciting.
There was a set of cookie cutters, silicone molds for making chocolates and candies, and adorable kitchen rags for cleaning up spills or just brightening up your kitchen area.
Also as part of the promotion was two types of gift bags (a simple one color brown paper bag and a colorful clear bag). There was also a small paper bag with handles. These are designed so you can make your cute chocolates and cookies and then give them to your special someone’s in super cute bags, making everything that much more precious.
Not forgetting the pink heart shaped mugs, perfect for drinking sweet hot chocolate out of.
Sweet Chocolate Memo
The stationary set (left) looks just similar enough to the box of chocolates (right)… to me at least… that I definitely got mixed up a couple times while shopping. It does clearly say on both boxes what they are, and now that I have the two side by side I can tell they’re not identical like I thought up until this point. It’s still confusing!
But speaking of chocolate boxes… Pikachu’s Sweet Treats included not one, not two, but three different snacks!
Sweet Chocolate Cookies
First up… vanilla strawberry chocolate cookies!
Originally I wasn’t planning on buying any but when it comes to cookies and chocolate, I am weak, and it didn’t take much to convince myself to get a bag.
I did not regret this decision – these cookies are amazing! It’s basically a vanilla cookie with really yummy strawberry chocolate on top. The artwork on the bag is of the Valentine’s Day Pair Pikachu from 2017.
Sweet Pikachu Chocolates
Number two… Pikachu chocolates!
These milk chocolates come wrapped in little Pikachus and are sold in a plastic Pikachu cup with tiny ears sticking out the top.
There was a girl version with a pink bow and a boy version with a blue bow.
Also of note are the little tails on the backs of the chocolate wrappers.
Sweet Box Chocolates
Last and certainly not least… the chocolate box!
This was my favorite item, aesthetically, out of all three sweets, although to be honest, the chocolate cookies were the tastiest.
Although the individually wrapped chocolates are adorable, all the chocolate is basically milk chocolate. But still cute!
That wraps up today’s Pokemon Center Report!
Until next time~
In my attempts to catch up with a bunch of releases that came out all at once, here is part one covering new Pokemon Center plush, card sleeves, Magikarp Jump mini promotion, and a couple miscellaneous items.
First up: new Pokemon Center exclusive plush!
ORAS Plush Again
I should probably say “new” as the majority of plush in this batch came out about two years back or so with the release of Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby.
With such a large number of Pokemon, many of which don’t have official plush, I’m not sure why the Center gave us plush of Pokemon that literally get plush all the time, but the Pokemon Center does what it wants. With that said, the plush are still cute!
Tomy Dusk Lycanroc
Our very first official plush of Dusk Lycanroc came out a few weekends ago!
Along with this adorable Rowlet plush that comes with a little backpack to carry him around in.
Lycanroc & Shiny Mimikyu
Last weekend, two surprise and unannounced Pokemon Center plush were released under the rader: shiny Mimikyu and the second official plush of Dusk Lycanroc!
Two Friday’s ago, a bunch of new Pokemon card sleeves were released along with the release of the “Awakened Heroes” and “Ultra-Dimensional Beasts” booster packs.
A matching deck case featuring beautiful Silvally artwork also went on sale the same Friday.
Schedule Books 2018
Four schedule books for 2018 went on sale last weekend also with little fanfare and no previous announcements.
The two Pikachu books are made of leather and the price for both reflect it, as they’re double the price of the Ditto Transform! and Eeveelution books. All of them are cute!
Last and certainly not least, a very small amount of official Magikarp Jump merchandise came out two weekends back. Not pictured here is the blind packaged acrylic charms. (I have two on the way and I’m excited to see which fish patterns I pull!)
Stay tuned for more exciting Pokemon Center Reports!
Until next time~