Merchandise Overview – December

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[Pokemon Center] Pikachu’s Closet: Formal Clothing Set
[Pokemon Center] Original Charm Keychains (Alola Vulpix, Mimikyu, Cosmog, Solgaleo, Lunala)
[Collaboration] Itoen vending machine Pikachu Invasion blind packaged figure distribution starts
[Nendoroid] Lana Nendoroid pre-order starts

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[Candy] Pokemon Get Collection Candy Sun & Moon Part 2 (Primarina, Incineroar, Decidueye, Mimikyu, Pikachu, Mareanie, Bewear, Charjabug, Dusk Lycanroc, Alola Vulpix)

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[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Purapura Charms (Pikachu, Vulpix, Alola Vulpix)
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time Plush (Boy Pikachu x 2, Girl Pikachu x 2)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Large Plush (Litten, Rowlet, Popplio)

12.8

[TCG] Booster Pack “Ultra Sun” / “Ultra Moon”
[TCG] Premium Trainers Box: Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
[TCG] Card Sleeves: Ultra Sun & Moon, Cynthia, Volkner, Lucario, Lillie, Umbreon & Espeon, Pyukumuku
[TCG] Deck Cases: Umbreon & Espeon, Ultra Sun & Moon
[TCG] Cynthia Rubber Play Mat

12.9

[Pokemon Center] 5108 Pokemon Necklaces
[Takara Tomy] Lillie’s Alolan Vulpix Plush 1:1 Size

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[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Plush – Grass Type (Bulbasaur, Snivy, Chespin)
[Banpresto] Large Snorlax Piggy Bank
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Plush (Growlithe, Arcanine)

12.16

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Tails Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush (Gardevoir, Wailord, Tapu Lele)

12.18

[Re-Ment] Bakery in the Blue Sky

12.19

[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time Large Plush (Girl Pikachu, Boy Pikachu)

12.21

[Banpresto] *Namco Exclusive* Extra Large Plush – Dress-Up Pikachu (2 Designs)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru – Water Types (Squirtle, Oshawott, Froakie)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Large Plush (Riolu, Lucario)

12.23

[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform! Plush and Mascot Plush (Alola Vulpix, Electrode, Absol, Shaymin, Whimsicott)
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform! Gacha Figures Vol 5 (Magikarp, Lapras, Omanyte, Dragonite, Sableye)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You Badges (Sylveon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Incineroar, Decidueye, Primarina, Bewear, Togedemaru)
[G.E.M.] Lillie & Vulpix figure

12.26

[Banpresto] I Love Mew Plush (Sitting, Jumping, Sleeping)
[Banpresto] I Love Mew – Extra Large Plush (Mew)

12.28

[MonColle] Crabrawler

Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon Ultra Sun & Moon Game Release Day

Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon Ultra Sun & Moon Game Release Day

Hello everyone!

It’s been busy since I arrived in Japan so I apologize for the delay in Pokemon Center Reports. With not much happening this weekend (and not much that happened last weekend) I’ll be doing my best to catch up before next weekend.

This year’s release, compared to last year’s, was a little lackluster. There was no new Pokemon which was the main reason why it was so quiet, and the big promo release was the Alola Ultra Adventure which, while “exciting” is also not really exciting. So with that in mind, I decided to not show up super early since I just didn’t see a reason to. Arriving about an hour early gave me enough time to wait in line and build the anticipation while also not going overboard.

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I haven’t been to the Mega Tokyo Center since May and the first thing I noticed was the outside had been redecorated for the 20th anniversary. The screenshots from the various anime seasons makes the outside of the Pokemon Center a lot more fun vs the plain white walls from before.

The main merch and plush releases centered around Necrozma and his two new forms from the Ultra Sun & Moon games: Dusk Mane and Dawn Wing.

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There were three plush, one for each form, all of which were pretty difficult to photograph (I did my best!)

Along with large sized acrylic charms of the Necrozmas plus Dusk Lycanroc (who already had a plush release a month back), we also got dex metal charms for Dusk Lycanroc, Dusk Necrozma, and Dawn Necrozma.

A couple new MonColle figures came out on Friday, November 17th.

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The highlights include Necrozma, Dusk Necrozma, Dawn Necrozma, and not forgetting Dusk Lycanroc.

Some of the larger items from the aforementioned Ultra Alola Adventure promo, including the adorable Pikachu ear hats and Pikachu hoodies.

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Similar to the last two game releases, two unannounced mini promos were released alongside the game merch items. These promos are aimed towards school kids with the majority of items being things like pencils, erasers, rulers, more erasers, small pouches, and notebooks.

Both line-ups have the same items with different illustrations with one being aimed more toward girls (the super cute pink one) and one aimed more toward boys (the ultra mega beast rawr design).

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There were no surprise cookie tins, but there were surprise blind packaged cookie bags. These bags, which come with a random Pokemon badge inside, is the bane of my existence, as I never get the badge I want and these badges almost never turn up afterward on auction sites.

Case in point: I did not want Necrozma.

So of course both bags I bought were Necrozma.

On the TCG front, a Solgaleo and Lunala GX card set went on sale, along with a deck box plus original card sleeve set from the Alola Ultra Adventure series.

There were also a couple releases on November 17th that weren’t related to the new game.

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Ditto Charms!

These charm came packaged in sets of 3 with 6 sets in total.

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The charms were double sided, with one side being a normal version of the Pokemon and the other being a Ditto version (adorable!)

A bunch of new plush from the San-ei All Stars collection was released November 17th, with notable Pokemon including Absol, Chandelure, Drifloon, and Flaaffy.

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Last and not least, the Mocchi-Mocchi line of super soft and squishy plush released a couple mascot sized face plushies, including Bewear, Mimikyu, Rowlet, and Snorlax!

That wraps this latest and exciting Pokemon Center Report.

In a few hours, we will hopefully get news on the up-coming Pokemon Tails promo. Stay tuned!

December Banpresto Prize Overview

This post will cover prizes coming out in December!

Korotto Manmaru, quickly becoming a staple Banpresto series, will return once again in December with a couple releases!

A set of large Korotto Manmaru plush, including Litten, Popplio, and Rowlet, will start appearing in game centers in Japan from December 7th (Thursday).
Each plush measures roughly 23 cm.

There will also be two sets of smaller Korotto Manmaru plush.

A grass type set, featuring Bulbasaur, Snivy, and Chespin, will start appearing in game centers in Japan from December 14th (Thursday).
A water type set, featuring Squirtle, Oshawott, and Froakie, will start appearing in game centers in Japan from December 21st (Thursday).

All plush from these sets will measure roughly 13 cm.

Kororin Plush will return as well!

Both sets are the larger plush types, with each plush measuring roughly 26 cm.

The first set, featuring Growlithe and Arcanine, will start appearing in game centers in Japan from December 14th (Thursday).
The second set, featuring Riolu and Lucario, will start appearing in game centers in Japan from December 21st (Thursday).

I Love Mew returns from the semi grave with more Mew plush!
Note that although these plush may look similar to previous releases, this is a new release and not a remake.

An extra large Mew plush measuring 35 cm will start appearing in game centers from December 26th (Tuesday).
Three smaller Mew plush, each measuring roughly 13 cm, will also start appearing in game centers from December 26th (Tuesday).

Now that we’ve completed the Kutsurogi Time Eeveelution set, what’s next but Pikachu?

There will be two Kutsurogi Time releases during December.

Four smaller sized Pikachu plush (two boys and two girls) each measuring about 13 cm, will start appearing in game centers in Japan from December 7th (Thursday).
A set of two larger sized Pikachu plush (one boy and one girl) each measuring about 24 cm will start appearing in game centers in Japan from December 19th (Tuesday).

Last but not least, some releases from the general Pokemon Sun & Moon series~

A set of little plastic charms featuring Pikachu, Vulpix, and Alolan Vulpix, each measuring roughly 5 cm, will start appearing in game centers in Japan from December 7th (Thursday).
A larger sized Snorlax piggy-bank, measuring about 22 cm, will start appearing in game centers in Japan from December 14th (Thursday).
A set of dress-up Pikachu plush, each measuring about 35 cm, will start appearing exclusively at Namco game centers in Japan from December 21st (Thursday).

As always when I’m in Japan, I’ll be offering pick-ups for the plush and prize releases throughout December!
If interested, check out my Banpresto Prize page here.

Until next time~

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Ditto Transform + San-ei Pokemon Series

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Ditto Transform + San-ei Pokemon Series

Happy Friday the 13th everyone~

I was really hoping we would get news this Friday on the yearly Pokemon Christmas promotion as the Christmas promos always come out in November and it’s now almost mid October. First, the Pokemon site decided to update two hours late and then only gave us one news release related to merch. Maybe next week!

In the mean time…

Not really a surprise if you keep up with the Pokemon Fan magazine, but the Ditto Transform series will continue from October 21st through to the following weekend with more Ditto related items coming out at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan October 28th (Saturday – also two days before my birthday!)

This release will feature a bunch of Ditto related items that you can use throughout your day, including bags, pouches, a hoodie, and other neat things.

Full Line-Up

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Just The Right Size Squishy Ditto Plush – 4,104 yen
Ditto Cookies – 1,054 yen
Ditto Plush Hat – 1,944 yen
Ditto Plush Slippers – 2,160 yen
Ditto Coin Purse – 1,080 yen
Ditto Plush Pass Case – 1,296 yen
Ditto Thermos – 2,700 yen
Ditto Hoodie (Medium | Large) – 6,048 yen

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Ditto Tea Cup – 1,620 yen
Ditto Drinking Glass – 1,080 yen
Ditto Cushion – 2,700 yen
Ditto Flip Phone Case – 3,240 yen
Ditto Tote Bag – 3,240 yen
Ditto Knapsack – 2,592 yen
Ditto Squishy Mascot – 972 yen

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Ditto Pouch – 1,512 yen
Ditto Carabiner Clip – 702 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
A4 Double Pocket Clearfile – 400 yen

The extra squishy and extra large Ditto plush will be back up for pre-orders starting October 28th (Saturday) exclusively through the Japanese Pokemon Center on-line store. This plush will cost 13,000 yen after tax and is roughly 2 feet of squishy Ditto.

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Unrelated to Ditto, the official San-ei Twitter account tweeted earlier with preview images of Pokemon plush scheduled for release in late February 2018.

Mascot Plush

Bellsprout, Pichu, Cleffa, Igglypuff, Togepi, Azurill, Chimecho, Wynaut
10 versions of Unown (A, E, H, K, M, N, R, S, T, Y)

Tissue Box Plush

Snorlax, Slowpoke

On a parting note, my original charms, stickers, and postcards are still available for purchase!

Check out this post for more information.

Until next time~

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Ditto Transform

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Ditto Transform + Vulpix’s Crystal Season

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Ditto Transform + Vulpix’s Crystal Season

Hello everyone!

We got some potentially exciting news on up-coming promotions for the end of October.

The popular Ditto Transform! series will return to Pokemon Centers October 21st (Saturday) with five new plush of Ditto trying it’s hardest to transform into other Pokemon.

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As with every Ditto Transform! release to date, there will be plush versions and mascot plush versions of all five Pokemon (Magikarp, Lapras, Omanyte, Dragonite, and Sableye).

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Each plush will cost 1,296 after tax, and each mascot plush will cost 864 yen after tax.

Along with the Ditto Transform! plush series, the fourth installment of the equally popular Ditto Transform! gacha series will also go on sale exclusively at Pokemon Centers in Japan starting October 21st (Saturday).

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The fourth volume of Ditto gacha figures will include Pikachu, Clefairy, Magnemite, Koffing, and Snorlax.

Last and definitely not least, we finally have more information on the Vulpix-centric promotion, “Vulpix’s Crystal Season”, also coming out at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting October 21st (Saturday)! Although with a focus on the two Vulpix forms, a lot of merch will also include both fire and ice versions of Ninetails. If you love either or both of the foxie forms, this promotion was made for you!

Full Line-Up

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Plush (Vulpix | Alola Vulpix) – 3,240 yen each
Mascot Plush w/ Charm (Vulpix | Alola Vulpix) – 1,404 yen each
Snow Globe (Vulpix | Alola Vulpix) – 3,240 yen each
Scrunchies w/ Ears (Vulpix | Alola Vulpix) – 1,296 yen each
Stained Glass Key Holder (Vulpix | Alola Vulpix) – 864 yen each

Flip Phone Case – 3,456 yen
Foldable Mirror – 1,512 yen
Glass Mug (Vulpix | Alola Vulpix) – 1,296 yen each

Hand Towel – 648 yen
B6 Ringed Notebooks (Vulpix | Alola Vulpix) – 648 yen each

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Cushion – 3,240 yen
Crunchy Chocolate Cookie Tin – 972 yen

Wallet – 3,780 yen
Pass Case – 1,620 yen
Pouch – 1,728 yen
Mini Tote-Bag – 1,944 yen

Masking Tape Set – 864 yen
Crystal Stickers – 648 yen
Set of A4 Clearfiles – 496 yen
Stone Bracelets (Vulpix | Alola Vulpix) – 1,512 yen each

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Mini Bath Towel – 2,160 yen
Crystal Stone Ball Pen (Vulpix | Alola Vulpix) – 756 yen each
Pokemon Card Game Sun & Moon Special Box Set – 3,024 yen

That wraps up Friday’s Pokemon Center announcements!

Until next time~

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Ditto Transform! Plush
Ditto Transform Gacha Vol 4
Vulpix’s Crystal Season