Eevee Collection was released in Pokemon Centers June 6th (Saturday), which was, concidentally, the same day as a huge Love Live event happening in Sunshine City, Ikebukuro – the same building where the Mega-Tokyo Pokemon Center is! My friend arrived around 6 am and was second in line but there was already about 100 or so people lined up outside for Love Live.
There was more than enough people waiting in line for Pokemon that the staff opened an hour early, and it was about the same chaos as most popular promotions.
The highlight of the merch line-up was definitely the mascot plush. Although half the size of the normal Pokemon Time plush, the Eevee plush are minky, so they are softer than the previous Pokemon Time plush releases and they still have the super cute eyes that are a trademark of the line, so I can’t complain about the tiny size too much.
The figure straps, another staple of the Pokemon Time line, are equally adorable, with one big bonus to them being they’re not blind packaged. You want Umbreon? Buy three! The blind packaged rubber charms underneath the straps are a different story. You can buy them individually or packaged together as a box. Each box comes with 10 charms – 1 of each Eeveelution and 1 out of 3 of the secret designs (sleeping Eevee, alternate pose Espeon, and alternate pose Umbreon).
Half the merchandise uses the Eevee Collection tiled pattern, including the phone cases designed for iPhone 6…
…and expensive bags. Not only are you paying for the brand name of the bag, but the Pokemon brand name as well.
These little stickers were advertised as perfect for decorating phones and 3DS cases.
Sticky notes and stickers, also ideal for decorating!
The surprise for the day was the Eeveelution cookie tins.
The tins feature this very cute artwork all over and are perfect for Eeveelution collectors. Use them after eating the cookies to store items, or add them to your collection displays!
The cookies are generic chocolate flavor in the shapes of Eeveelution faces, bringing up the real question: to eat or not to eat?
The shirts were the big sellers, and several Pokemon Centers sold out by mid-day, with no plans for restock. The tote bag pictured next to the Flareon shirt was a bonus item given out at all Pokemon Center locations. You received 1 bag per 10,000 yen spent at the Pokemon Center, with a cap at 3 bags per receipt.
Aside from the cookie tins, the biggest surprise was this poster advertising the next big Pokemon Center promotion. These Kuttari Plush, or Lazy Plush, sneakily reminiscent of Disney tsum tsums, will be released in Pokemon Centers on July 18th, incidentally the same day as the August Monthly Pikachu. Also, this is Part 1 of the Kuttari plush…more information coming soon!
The merch list for the highly anticipated 2015 Pokemon Time ~ Eevee Collection ~ promotion was announced!
The focus in the main image seems to be the t-shirts, which are blind packaged. For the first time ever, in the history of blind packaged merchandise, blind packaged t-shirts?! Each shirt is roughly $10 before tax, but considering there are nine Eeveelutions, that $10 can add up quickly if you are trying to get a specific one and don’t have much luck.
Everyone was expecting plush, but there are no pictures of them! They are mascot plush so will be tiny, as opposed to the plush released last year and the year before.
The t-shirts are cute, simple, and free-size, meaning it should be big enough to fit a variety of sizes.
Along with t-shirts, there are also lanyards with card sleeves (blind packaged), rubber straps (blind packaged), an iPhone case, die-cut stickers…
…two types of towels (a small but long towel designed to be used like a scarf and a towelket, which is a blanket made of towel like fabric), headphones…
…and a bunch of items which we don’t have photos for at this time including:
a set of bed sheets
pokemon time mini tins (blind packaged)
Hopefully we will get pictures of, at the very least, the plush before release date. Hopefully!!
For those going to the Pokemon Center on Eevee Collection day who spend more than $100, you can get this limited Eeveelution bag (until supplies last!)
If Eevees aren’t your thing but you still want to spend money, this Pokemon Center exclusive Hoopa plush is also coming out on the 6th, just in time for the movie!
Last but not least, an official picture has surfaced of the Hiroshima Center Karpchus. These plush, along with other merch so far unannounced, will go on sale in Pokemon Centers starting June 26th, which is also when the Hiroshima Center will open!
No merch news this week, but we finally have an official date for the grand opening of the Hiroshima Pokemon Center (June 26th)!
Although the merchandise list for the opening is “in progress” and will be available later, they did share with us these adorable Pikachus wearing Gyarados and Magikarp ponchos. There is a 99.9% chance plush based on these illustrations will be sold as part of the opening promotion. Most likely if they make all three versions, the shiny Gyarados poncho Pika will be a Hiroshima exclusive (so maybe Mega Tokyo won’t be as crazy as usual for once?!)
The opening of the Hiroshima Center will also mark the opening of the very first Pokemon Center in the Chūgoku/Shikoku region of Japan. Huzzah!
A sneaky sneak-preview of some of the merch from the up-coming Pokemon Time – Eevee Collection – was shared via the Pokemon Daisuki Club email sent out today. So far we have charms, a pair of headphones, and cell phone case confirmed! I know there will be plush, I just can’t wait to see what they look like (other than adorable, of course).