We’re back with another exciting Pokemon Center (and Its’Demo) Report
…Starting with Its’Demo!
With the release of the fire type / Christmas merch on November 21st, everyone was a little disappointed when there were no plush at all, aside from the face mascots which I’m still not sure count. Its’Demo has, since those very first Pikachu Pair mascot plush, always released some sort of pair mascot plush with their collaboration promos, and considering most of the merch was focused on the two Vulpix types, it was even more puzzling that there would be Pikachu but no Vulpix. But we all sort of shrugged and said that’s Its’Demo for you.
The following Tuesday night (November 28th) , I was eating dinner with my friend when I checked Twitter and saw someone mentioning these surprise mascot pair plush that had apparently come out that day. So I raced to Its’Demo the next morning (Wednesday the 29th) and lo and behold…
They were there! No Vulpx in sight but we had plush of some sort, and they were adorable, and more than just disembodied heads!
Each mascot pair came with one fire type Pokemon (Cyndaquil, Flareon, or Ponyta) and one winking girl Pikachu with santa hat.
There was also a regular mascot Pikachu plush in a Christmas stocking.
By the end of Thursday, most of the mascot plush were gone from my nearest branch.
We were all happy for some sort of plush but also a little let down that there was no Vulpix, especially since the first release of this most recent line of Pokemon Love Its’Demo goods was mainly focused on Vulpix. But whatever, that’s Its’Demo, nothing they do ever makes sense.
I arrived at Sunshine relatively on time instead of early (because today’s Pokemon Center releases were pretty boring cough) but needed to pick up some gifts from Its’Demo so decided to swing by there first. What do I come face to face with but…
Bazinga! The magical Vulpix mascot pair plush!
Just release things randomly, Its’Demo! Without warning! It’s fine!
Here is a better shot of the Vulpix and Alolan Vulpix mascot plush.
Now…this is my personal opinion here. From the response I’ve gotten on Twitter, clearly there are a bunch of people who think these are cute, and I don’t want to negate their opinions. Taste is relative, of course, and I’m sure what I think is cute might not be someone else’s cup of tea or coffee. When I saw an image of these mascot plush the night before I accidentally found them at my store, I thought they were a fake, cobbled together from other plush like some Frankenstein’s Monster. And then I came to face the music: this is real. This is actually an official plush.
I’m happy that people are happy! I wish they were cuter because I was really excited about Vulpix mascot plush in the Its’Demo style. Maybe next time.
Before we move on, allow me a moment to complain about Its’Demo’s stock.
They definitely have gotten better since the original Pikachu Pair Mascot fiasco where they only had five or so of each pair per store, but stocking per store is still very erratic and like most things related to Its’Demo makes no sense. When I arrived early morning Wednesday, there was tons of mascot plush. By Thursday evening, almost all of them were gone except for the stocking Pikachu and Cyndaquil. Saturday morning, everything was back in stock again. Saturday evening, all the Vulpix were gone but everything else was still there. The Takadanobaba store still had their mascots Thursday evening and also still had Vulpix plush when I arrived, but only 4 pairs. Shibuya still had plenty of everything Saturday evening, including Vulpix. The Funabashi store location, on the other hand, had nothing even before the evening.
For those of you in Japan who are trying to find Its’Demo items: unless a week or so has passed, if the staff says that something is out of stock, believe them with a grain of salt. There is a good chance more will arrive the next day or the day after.
The main reason I even went to the Pokemon Center early Saturday was for the surprise un-announced keychain charms. This set included Alolan Vulpix, Mimikyu, Cosmog, Lunala, and Solgaleo. Each charm came paired with a tiny item significant to that Pokemon, with the most amusing being Lillie’s Bag for Cosmog.
It’s been a little while since the Pokemon Center released some sort of figure charm, and they’re one of my favorite Pokemon Center items! I got a Vulpix and Mimikyu for myself because I couldn’t resist.
This charm set was another unannounced surprise release for the day.
The actual announced release for the day was the addition of a new set of clothing for the dress-up Pikachu plush!
The Fancy Dress-Up Clothing set comes with a selection of clothes suitable for some sort of a dinner party or date, including tiny shoes and a hat.
There was also an abundance of dress-up Pikachu plush (of course, the clothes and plush are sold separately) along with the previously released clothing sets.
That wraps up this exciting report on charms, Pikachu, and always mind-boggling Its’Demo.
Until next time~
Today (technically yesterday at this point) marked the second half of the most recent Its’Demo x Pokemon collaboration promotion.
The release today featured bunch of new merchandise with cute Christmas themed illustrations along with 6 watches (2 types, 3 per type) that everyone has been eagerly awaiting since they were hinted at in promotional pamphlets a few weeks ago.
Before we dive into the promotion… what exactly is Its’Demo?
Its’Demo (pronounced Eetsoo-dehmoh) is a brand store aimed at women from late teens to 30s/40s designed to provide a variety of goods from clothing to cosmetics to cute novelties to candy. Its’Demo stores are generally located in malls and in or near train stations and are open late so you can shop in them after work. Its’Demo is completely separate from the Pokemon Center, and usually the Its’Demo collaboration goods are exclusive to Its’Demo locations.
If you follow my blog, you know that I’m no stranger to Its’Demo releases and the stress they cause.
Knowing that some sort of jewelry was involved and needing to try and get a couple, I was determined to not let Necklace Fiasco: The Ultimate Betrayal happen again by getting to the closest store location early and waiting until opening. As with all good plans, mine went astray when I couldn’t wake up, however it worked out because even being half an hour later than planned, I was the first person there.
When the shutters opened promptly at 10 am, there was still only a few people besides me in line, so it was already shaping up to be a much more promising experience.
Everyone waiting for watches was escorted to the back of the store upon opening where they had all the watches laid out in a box. I guess Its’Demo is finally learning about stocking things because at least at my location there was quite a lot of each type of watch.
There were two band types (a chain and a leather looking type) and three designs per band.
I thought the Vulpix design on the gold band was the prettiest but everyone seemed to love the leather band Vulpix the most. If only I wore watches, I definitely would have gotten one of the chain bands!
The watches were limited 1 per person according to the signs, but actually it was 1 per receipt. So in other words, if you wanted multiple watches, you would have to buy one then go through the queue again for the second.
Once I purchased the magical watch I went back to the front of the store where the Pokemon merch was only to see this group of three people with two baskets full of the new Santa Pikachu plush. Thankfully, once again Its’Demo seems to better understand stock as one of the staff members came out immediately after with a lot more of the plushies for everyone, which was a relief.
Santa Chu is a girl, by the way!
There was also some mascot plush, although not exactly what I was expecting!
There were three face mascot plush (Pikachu, Cyndaquil, and Charmander) and 2 little pom-pom plush (one pictured here with a Vulpix charm and one with a Pikachu charm).
They’re cute! And I love the little Cyndaquil with the eyelashes, but the Vulpix promotion had no Vulpix plush so I was expecting the Vulpix plush to appear in the second round. Nope. Maybe next time.
As with most Its’Demo promos, there was a lot of every day use goods like pouches, towels, more pouches, and stationary things like stickers, notebooks, and clearfiles!
Some items of note: the two new bow pens in black and red, the super cute heart-shaped mini mirror, and the shell phone case instead of all flip cases.
Also of note, these two adorable sets of tupperware!
Next up: cosmetics!
There was the usual foundation packs, plus skin cream and mini sized hand lotions, along with a plethora of nail polish which you can’t ship over seas since they’re classified as explosives.
Last and certainly not least… snacks!
This promo had an abundance of candies and cookies, perfect for the sweet tooth Pokemon lover in your life.
The cutest item from the snack selection was the ornament shaped candy tin (pictured first) followed by the adorable mini sized square tin.
Not forgetting the cookie cup! The cup has a bunch of cute fire Pokemon on it, including Cyndaquil, and also comes with Pokemon shaped cookies. What more could you ask for?
That wraps up the latest Pokemon Love Its’Demo collaboration release!
Until next time~
What better time to share photos from the 2016 Pokemon Christmas and Snowseason promotions than on Christmas!
As with last year, the Pokemon Center decided that just having one winter/Christmas promotion was not enough, so they made two mini promotions: one with a Christmas theme and one with a snowy winter theme. Between the two, there’s lots of cuteness to share, so let’s dive into the wonderful world of snow and festivities on display at the Mega Tokyo Pokemon Center.
Sorry for the late update!
This past Friday gave us two very exciting announcements and I’m even more excited to share them with you!
First up – the collaboration you probably never knew you wanted but: Mario Pikachu!
The majority of items from this promotion will be available at all Pokemon Centers around Japan starting October 29th (incidentally the day before my birthday), however a portion of items will be sold exclusively through the Kyoto Pokemon Center, as well as the on-line store.
Mariochu / Luigichu Plush
Mariochu / Luigichu Mascot Plush
(Kyoto / Online Exclusive)
Little Tales is a collaboration between Pokemon and designer Shinzi Katoh and this is the third year in a row the Pokemon Center has brought us this always charming and adorable promotion. The theme for this year’s Little Tales line-up was “spring vacation” and this was reflected not only in the designs featured on the items but also on the items themselves.
The runner up to the star of the show was the pair Pikachu plush. Continuing the design from last year where the girl and boy Pikachus shared one scarf, this year, the two Pikachu are holding hands.
The mascot plush were equally adorable and featured Mime Jr, Ditto, and boy and girl Pikachu, with a very distinctive carousel theme.
Close-ups of mascots!
Not sure why they decided to use Ponyta twice but he is cute no matter which way he faces.
Mime Jr looks especially happy. To be fair, if I had a Girafarig friend, I would be happy, too.
The two Pikachu straps were sold as a set, so either a good or bad thing depending on how you view it. If you only wanted the male or female Pikachu, you were out of luck. If you had a friend and wanted to share, then this works out perfectly!
The plush pass case only came in male Pikachu form, but who can resist his dapper little hat?
There were three different bags with this promotion: a “bag in bag”, a smaller knapsack, and a foldable boston bag.
The knapsack had a print of the two Pikachus stamped into the leather (?) while the bag in bag had both the two Pikachus plus the two Meowstics.
Then there was the actual star of the show: the suitcase! Although not ideal for international travel, the suitcase is a nice size for going, let’s say, by train on a weekend trip somewhere domestic. The suitcases themselves, aside from the one or two on display, were kept near the registers, and from what I heard, most of the stores shipped them to your home still in their cardboard boxes because of the size. (You can also see an example of one of the boston bags folded out on top of the suitcase).
The suitcase has the two Pikachus stamped into the front.
Speaking of staying stylish, there were a couple clothing items sold in this promotion as well! The blue stole goes well with the creams of both the cardigan and free size shirt.
Charm point of the shirt is the two Meowstics on their date.
Charm point of the cardigan is the colorful buttons as well as the little Pikachu emblem.
There was a bunch of other miscellaneous goodies as well, such as stationary sets, pencils, a clearfile set featuring designs from current and past Little Tales promotions
A small assortment of stickers
iPhone cases for 5/5s and 6/6s
Hair scrunchies in two different designs
Hand towels, towelkets (large blankets made out of a lighter towel fabric, ideal for late spring and summer), and hand creams
Out of the two hand cream designs, this was my favorite!
Last but certainly not least, the cookie tins! This might be the first time the Center has sold cookie tins as a set like this (or if not the first, it doesn’t happen very often).
One tin has more of a travel theme, while the other has a carousel theme, but it can be agreed that both are adorable. I wasn’t planning on buying a cookie tin but after seeing them in person, I couldn’t resist.
Tomorrow I’m going to Wonder Fest for the first time ever, so wish me luck! Hopefully I can bring back pictures of up-coming merchandise to share.