We had a bunch of exciting announcements earlier today and here I am with a recap.
First up: new Pokemon Center exclusive plush are coming out May 20th (Saturday). This set includes the previously announced Cosmog, as well as Pyukumuku and Bounsweet.
All plush will cost 1,620 yen after tax.
If that’s not enough plush for you, we got brand new mascot plush announced as well!
This set will include Alolan Vulpix, Togedemaru, Rockruff, and the previously announced Cosmog. These tiny plush will also go on sale starting May 20th (Saturday) and each plush will cost 1,080 yen after tax.
The Pokemon Graphix series will return May 27th (Saturday) with a third installment, featuring Lucario, Charizard, Suicune, Gengar, Jirachi, and Latios and Latias. The promotion, as usual, focuses on fashion, with a variety of goods such as t-shirts, hoodies, backpacks, and t-shirts, among other items.
Two items of note: the t-shirt and the towel set. Every t-shirt comes with a can badge that features the artwork on the t-shirt. Also, each of the towel sets comes with a little sweatband for your wrist.
[Candy Figure] There Might Be Pokemon Nearby? Pokemon Chikaku ni Iru Kamo? (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Eevee, Gengar, Meowth, Pikachu, Psyduck, Squirtle)
[Banpresto] Large Ash’s Pikachu Plush
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee Large Plush (Glaceon, Leafeon)
[Pokemon Center] Eevee & Colorful Friends Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Eeveelution Pokedolls & Mascot Plush + Litten, Rowlet, Popplio Mascot Plush
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform Gacha Set 3
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends (Pichu, Pikachu, Raichu)
[Collaboration] Pokemon Love Its’Demo
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Pikachu Plush
[Pokemon Center] New Pokemon Center plush (Bounsweet, Pyukumuku, Cosmog)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center mascot plush (Alola Vulpix, Rockruff, Togedemaru, Cosmog)
[Pokemon Center] Look Upon The Stars
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Line Art Promotion
[Sanei] Pokemon All Stars Part 5 Plush (Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Bewear, Togedemaru, Mimikyu, Alolan Raichu, Alolan Vulpix)
[Sanei] Pokemon All Stars Part 5 Mascot Plush (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Meowth, Psyduck, Snorlax, Mew, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Togedemaru, Mimikyu)
[Banpresto] Extra Big Snorlax Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Plush (Alola Sandshrew, Alola Ninetails, Alola Marowak)
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee Large Plush (Espeon, Umbreon)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Graphix
[MonColle] Alolan Meowth, Alolan Vulpix
We didn’t get any merchandise related news tonight from the official Pokemon site, so instead of the usual merchandise announcement review post, I come bearing a surprise Pokemon Center Report.
The second part of the Sapporo Center re-opening festivities happened Wednesday February 1st in Japan. Along with the Vulpix Pikachu Poncho promotion, there was also a cute little campaign. Starting February 1st, visitors to Pokemon Centers across Japan would get 1 clear art card featuring 1 of 3 random designs. Also, for every 2,000 yen spent, customers would receive 1 of 4 blind packaged coasters. Usually these randomly given out bonuses are not actually blind packaged but rather in a pile and randomly given out, so it was a surprise and honestly sort of a wasteful surprise since all that packaging is just going to go in the trash anyway, but you do you, Pokemon Center. Also, it seemed like the various Centers did not do a good job of shuffling the designs because a lot of people were getting doubles, triples, and quadruples of certain designs (sometimes even more) while getting very little to none of the others.
With big thanks to Japan Stuffs, I was able to get one of each of the non-exclusive designs.
The main Snowpix x Pikachu illustration
Lavender bed (Hokkaido is famous for lavender)
and ice cream (Hokkaido is also famous for dairy).
The Sapporo Center had an exclusive secret design for both the art cards and the coasters because they needed to do something special that was only for Sapporo.
Moving on to the merch!
Alola Vulpix Pikachu was the big seller of the day.
Both normal and mascot sizes sold out quickly on both Amazon and the online Pokemon Center store.
Regular Vulpix is not quite as popular (which I will never understand because he is my original true love)
and both him and his mascot size companion are still available on-line. To be fair, I think the red/brown color they chose, especially for the smaller mascot, is maybe a little too dark, but that doesn’t change the cuteness level.