1st Week of August
[Sega] Premium Bath Towels (2 Designs)
[Takara Tomy] Chokkori-san Plush (Eevee, Lisa)
[TCG] Fairy’s Rise Booster Pack
[TCG] Mina & Rimbombee Card Sleeves
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Towel w/ Hood (2 Designs)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Gengar Plush
[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania! Large Pikachu Plush
[Takara Tomy] Hello Pikachu figure
2nd Week of August
[Sega] Premium Round Box
[Re-ment] Enjoy Cooking! Pikachu Kitchen (8 sets)
[Its’Demo] Pokemon Love Its’Demo – Eeveelutions
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Ultra Guardians Large Plush (Popplio, Rowlet)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Pikachu Lamp (2 Designs)
[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania! Mascot Plush (5 Designs)
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Invasion Mascot Plush
[Pokemon Center] Slowpoke Day
[Pokemon Center] With Pikachu terrarium figures
[Its’Demo] Pokemon Love Its’Demo – Electric Pokemon
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Halloween Pikachu Plush
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru – Large Ghost Plush (Haunter, Mimikyu, Litwick)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Halloween Plush (Pikachu x 3 Designs)
[Re-ment] Petit Fleur (Pikachu, Alola Vulpix, Butterfree, Eevee, Leafeon, Sylveon)
[Re-ment] Eevee & Friends Dreaming Case (Eevee, Flareon, Jolteon, Vaporeon)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center exclusive starter plush
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Time Vol 11
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Time: Stajan Edition
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Pokemon Time trainer plush pre-order starts (Acerola, Moon, Lillie)
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Pokemon Center 20th Anniversary Snowglobe pre-orders start
[TCG] Red & Pikachu promo card distribution starts
[MonColle] Alola Ninetails, Naganadel
[Re-Ment] Sleeping on the Cable Part 2 (Pichu, Mew, Sylveon, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander)
[Takara Tomy] Sleeping Friends Plush (Litten, Rowlet, Popplio, Snorlax, Eevee)
5th Week of August
[Sega] Large Premium Drawing Set
[Bandai] Pokeball Collection Super (7 designs total)
This post will briefly cover the release of a small zodiac and Pokemon crossover promotion “Pocket Monsters Star Series” from the Showa Note company.
Although not exclusive to Japanese Pokemon Centers, there is a bunch of really cute items and I hope you find them as neat as I do.
Any promotion worth it’s salt will offer some sort of acrylic charm selection or plush (or both if they’re feeling spicy enough!) For this promotion, we got 1 acrylic charm for each zodiac sign.
The zodiac signs are as follows:
Aries (Mareep & Pikachu)
Taurus (Tauros & Pikachu)
Gemini (Pikachu + Plusle & Minun)
Cancer (Krappy & Pikachu)
Leo (Shinx & Jigglypuff + Pikachu)
Virgo (Eevee & Pikachu)
Libra (Togepi & Pikachu)
Scorpio (Gengar & Gligar + Pikachu)
Sagittarius (Pichu & Pikachu)
Capricorn (Skiddo + Pikachu Male & Female + a very tiny Mimikyu)
Aquarius (Squirtle & Pikachu)
Pisces (Lapras & Staryu + Pikachu)
I really like the Pokemon groups they picked to represent each star sign, and as a Scorpio, I’m especially pleased with Gengar and Gligar (Gligar is a cutie!)
Along with the charms, there was also two types of pouch. One was a smaller “tissue pouch” designed to hold packets of tissues, and was available in two designs.
There was also a more traditional pouch pouch for non tissue items, although I’m sure you could fit tissues in this pouch as well if you wanted. This type of pouch was also available in two designs.
Glasses are kind of hard to take pictures of, due to their very nature, but it’s similar to the pouches shown above with the same designs per color.
There were two types of clearfiles, both available in two designs. The type of clearfile shown here are the usual A4 sized clearfiles. The other type was a 3 pocket A5 size clearfile.
My favorite type of memo pad was included in the line-up as well! Each memopad contains 72 pages, and includes all 12 zodiac star signs.
The last item with Pikachu on the front is actually not a memopad set but a compact mirror.
Unsurprisingly for a company that specializes in stationary type merchandise, there was a bunch of stationary related stuff in the line-up as well!
Along with sticky notes and stickers pictured here, there were also two types of decoration tape, two types of A5 size notebooks, as well as four types of hand towels, two types of drawstring pouches, and two types of tote-bags.
You can see more photos of the merchandise here on the official Showa Note webpage.
That wraps up today’s Pokemon Center Report! Until next time~
[Campaign] Namco Game Center Summer Campaign Starts
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Petit Pastel (Altaria, Dedenne, Jirachi, Pikachu, Wailmer)
[Pokemon Center] Pika-Matsuri
[Pokemon Center] Grand opening of the Sky-Tree Pokemon Center
[Banpresto] Pokemon The Movie XY & Z – Korotto Manmaru 2016 Part 1 (Sylveon, Volcanion, Zygarde Perfect Forme, Zygarde Core)
[Banpresto] Pokemon The Movie XY & Z – Large Plush (Volcanion, Zygarde Core)
[Banpresto] Pokemon The Movie XY & Z – Large Plush (Shiny Mega Gengar, Pikachu)
[Banpresto] I Love Pikachu + – Face Cushions (Pichu, Raichu)
[Banpresto] Pokemon The Movie XY & Z – Bath Towels (Volcanion, Pikachu/Dedenne/Zygarde Core, Mega Pokemon)
[Banpresto] *Namco Exclusive* Pokemon The Movie XY & Z – Large Plush (Ash’s Greninja, Zygarde 10%)
[Banpresto] Pokemon The Movie XY & Z – Korotto Manmaru 2016 Part 2 (Shiny Mega Gengar, Shiny Mega Gardevoir, Zygarde 10%, Braixen)
[Banpresto] Pokemon The Movie XY & Z – Can Badges 2016 (Magearna x 2, Volcanion x 2, Shiny Mega Gengar, Shiny Mega Gardevoir, Mega Alakazam, Mega Glalie, Zygarde Perfect Forme, Zygarde 10%, Zygarde Core, Pikachu)
[Gacha] Gotochi Pokemon Series (Aichi, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kanagawa, Kyoto)
[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pair Pikachu – August
Canceled x[Pokemon Center] Mini Pass Case Hoodies (Gengar, Pikachu, Raichu, Slowpoke, Substitute Plush)x
[Pokemon Center] Kuttari Plush Batch 6 (Absol, Cubone, Growlithe, Jirachi, Quagsire, Zorua)
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Invasion 2016 Promotion
[All-Star] Ampharos, Clefairy, Cleffa, Igglybuff, Litwick, Marill, Mewtwo, Minccino, Pichu, Ralts, Shinx, Snorlax, Vanillite, Vulpix, Zorua
[Takara Tomy] Magearna Plush
[MonColle] Movie Special Pack (Magearna, Ash’s Greninja, Volcanion), Magearna, Volcanion
[Merchandise] Battle Action Figure – Mega Charizard X
[Merchandise] Preorders start for New 3DS LL systems (Solgaleo/Lunala, Pikachu)
[Magazine] Pokemon Fan #49
[TCG] New Concept Pack: Mythical + Legendary Dream Holo Collection
[TCG] Zygarde Special Set
[Collaboration] Pokemon Love Its’Demo Start
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time – Large Plush (Eevee)
[Banpresto] *Namco Exclusive* I Love Pikachu + – Large Plush (Pikachu)
[Banpresto] Pokemon The Movie XY & Z – Mascot Plush 2016 (Dedenne, Meowth, Pikachu, Wobbuffet, Zygarde Core)
[Banpresto] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection – Snorlax
[Pokemon Center] Mega Poncho Pikachu Plush (Mega Ampharos, Mega Diancie, Mega Gallade, Mega Gardevoir, Mega Lopunny, Mega Mawile, Mega Rayquaza)
[Pokemon Center] Japanese Style Promotion
End of July
[Gotochi] PokeTabi Series Starts
[Merchandise] Sepia Graffiti Pikachu Plush + Mascot Plush
[Candy] Pokemon Get Collection (Ash’s Greninja, Shiny Gardevoir, Mega Banette, Mega Gardevoir, Shiny Gengar, Shiny Mega Gengar, Mega Glalie, Mega Salamence, Pikachu, Volcanion)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Sketch Part 3
[Collaboration] Its’Demo Surfing Pikachu Mascot Plush, Espeon x Umbreon Mascot Plush
[Merchandise] Nanobeads: Pikachu/Pokeball, Charmander/Fennekin, Squirtle/Froakie, Chespin/Bulbasaur
[Campaign] I Love Magikarp campaign starts on the JP Pokemon Center Online Store
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Pokemon Time was the big release this past Saturday, followed by the second to last Monthly Pikachu plush and the Pokemon Sketch mini promotion.
First up, the star of the hour, Pokemon Time! This is the 9th iteration of the very popular series. Like all the most recent Pokemon Times, this round gave us figure straps of the featured Pokemon, along with towels of the main Pokemon (Pikachu, Piplup, and Lucario) as well as the usual blind packaged candy tins and rubber straps.
The inclusion of socks is a first for the Pokemon Time series (and quite possibly a first for Pokemon Center promotions in general). “But Miki,” I hear people saying, “there have been socks offered in the past.” True, but not exactly in the same way as in this promotion. For some reason in Japan, a lot of sock stores offer a deal that allows the buyer to select any 3 of a prespecified type of sock for $10. Why 3 and why $10 and where did this originate from, I’m not sure, but you’re saving money and you get 3 pairs of cute socks!
Unsurprisingly, the socks were the most popular item from the promotion. How do I know? Pokemon Time came out on Saturday and by Monday, when this picture was taken, 3 of the designs were already sold out (Lucario, Pikachu, and Shinx).
Perhaps the most surprising items from the 9th wave were these giant sized plush cushions. All three types of plush are incredibly soft and very huggable and also large. Very, very large.
Aside from the figure straps, always my favorite type of merch from Pokemon Time, these stickers deserve a shout out due to sheer adorableness.
The February Monthly Pikachu plush also came out on Saturday. The weather in Tokyo is finally getting cold enough to require extra blankets, and for those with limited heating options, one of the best ways to stay warm in Winter in Japan is with a kotatsu, which is what Pikachu is doing!
The pattern on the blanket includes Torchic, Substitute Plush, and Dedenne, among others.
The Pokemon Sketch promotion, although maybe not as exciting as Pokemon Time, still offered some cute usable items, such as sketchbooks, dice bags, handkerchiefs, and small storage boxes. All items were available with Pikachu
There was also two miscellaneous releases. First up, this clearfile featuring artwork from this year’s Game Freak New Year’s card.
Pokemon is also jumping on the Valentine’s Day band wagon with this heart shaped chocolate bar and mini individually wrapped chocolates. Buy them for someone you love, like yourself!
On a parting note, two new posters went up in the Pokemon Center on Saturday. First up, the last Monthly Pikachu of this current series, Graduation Chu, is set to be released February 20th.
We also got this new poster for the Little Tales promotion, coming out February 6th. Hopefully we’ll get more information on the actual line-up on Friday.