The Pokemon Center pulled through this Friday with a couple exciting merchandise announcements.
Ditto Transform returns to Pokemon Centers across Japan February 23rd (Saturday).
Ditto Transform Volume 8
The release will feature plush and mascot plush versions of five Pokemon: Sylveon, Vanillite, Trubbish, Mareep, and Furret.
Plush will cost 1,296 yen each and mascot plush will cost 864 yen each (including tax).
There will also be a matching gacha set featuring the same five Pokemon. One play will be 300 yen.
A small apparel based promo, mainly featuring Pikachu, will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers across Japan February 16th (Saturday).
This promo is billed as selling matching clothing items for adults and kids (so presumably parents and their children).
T-Shirt (Adult | Small / Medium / Large) – 3,996 yen each
T-Shirt (Child) – 2,916 yen
Bomber Jacket (Adult | Free Size) – 9,612 yen
Bomber Jacket (Child) – 8,100 yen
Hoodie (Adult | Pikachu Free Size) – 7,020 yen
Hoodie (Child | Pikachu) – 4,860 yen
Hoodie (Adult | Eevee Free Size) – 7,020 yen
Hoodie (Child | Eevee) – 4,860 yen)
Tote-Bag (Patch Design – White) – 3,780 yen
Tote-Bag (Patch Design – Black) – 3,780 yen
Tote-Bag (Houndstooth Design – Small) – 2,700 yen
Tote-Bag (Houndstooth Design – Large) – 3,780 yen
Pouch – 1,944 yen
Flat Pouch – 2,700 yen
Patch Set (Pikachu & Pokeball) – 864 yen
Patch Set (Pikachu Face) – 864 yen
The official Pokemon Center Cafe in Nihonbashi will be offering a bunch of new seasonal exclusive menu items from March 14th (Thursday) until April 26th (Friday), as part of their one year anniversary.
Pokemon Cafe Food
Bulbasaur Vegetable Burger – 1,490 yen
Charizard’s Roast Beef Volcano Plate – 1,598 yen
Sakura Afro Pikachu’s Marshmallow Cake – 1,706 yen
Squirtle’s Super Bubbly Parfait – 1,274 yen
Pokemon Cafe Drinks
Mew’s Fluffy Marshmallow Drink – 1,058 yen
Ice Cream Float (Articuno | Zapdos | Moltres) – 864 yen each
More information on campaigns and new coaster designs will be coming soon.
Last but not least – the Kyoto Pokemon Center will be moving to a new location, and as usual there will be various campaigns and a nation wide promotion to celebrate.
The Kyoto Center will open in it’s new location March 16th (Saturday), which is also when the nationwide Kyoto Pokemon Center promotion will start.
Starting March 16th (Saturday) until April 7th (or while supplies last), all Pokemon Center customers will receive 1 free clear art card featuring the Pikachu & Celebi under the cherry blossoms artwork in the main Kyoto Center renewal banner.
Also starting March 16th, Pokemon Center customers will receive their merchandise in limited shoppers featuring the Kyoto Center renewal promotional artwork.
From March 16th, all customers who purchase something at any Pokemon Center in Japan will receive an exclusive Kyoto Center promotional TCG card.
Note that, unlike past campaigns, customers do not need to purchase card packs to get this card, and there is no price limit.
Exclusive to the Kyoto Pokemon Center, customers will receive 1 special Pikachu & Cherry Blossoms charm for every 5,000 yen spent.
Adding to the festivities, special costumed Pikachus will be visiting all the Pokemon Centers around Japan between March 16th and April 7th. Note that the female kimono Pikachu will only appear at the Kyoto Center.
Kyoto Merchandise Preview
More information on what merchandise will be included with the Kyoto Center promotion will be available on the 22nd, but in the meantime, here is a sneak preview!
Pikachu Plush – 2,592 yen each
Pikachu Mascot Plush [Kyoto Exclusive] – 1,620 yen each
Pikachu Metal Charm Set – 540 yen
Flip Phone Case – 3,240 yen
Mini Bath Towel – 2,160 yen
Paper Theater – 2,376 yen
Pokemon TCG Rubber Play Mat – 2,700 yen
Pokemon TCG Double Deck Case – 3,240 yen
Until next time~
Ditto Transform Volume 8
Pokemon Center Pikachu Apparel
Pokemon Cafe 1st Year Anniversary
Kyoto Pokemon Center Renewal
[Pokemon Center] Eevee Collection
[Pokemon Center] 1:1 Eevee Plush (Normal / Sitting)
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Q-Pot x Pokemon Collaboration Part 2 (Eeveelution Cupcake Bag Charms) – Pre-order start
[TCG] “Full Metal Wall” Booster Pack (SM9b)
[TCG] Meltan Card Sleeves
[TCG] Meltan Deck Case
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time – Large Plush (Pikachu / Squirtle)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Life With Eevee – Large Face Cushions (Smiling / Winking)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Colorful Series – Big Plush (Abra, Pichu, Jolteon)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Extra Large Plush – Charmander (Smiling / Winking)
[Takara Tomy] Snorlax Mocchi-Mocchi Plush + Mascot Plush
[Pokemon Center] Adult & Kid Matching Apparel Promo
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Extra Large Plush – Ampharos
[Bandai] Pokemon Get Collection – Ultra Guardians (Snorlax, Pikachu, Lana’s Eevee, Stoutland, Shaymin, Lunala, Solgaleo, Metang, Charizard, Garchomp)
[Furuta] Pokemon Chocolate Eggs Sun & Moon Volume 2 (Togedemaru, Komala, Poipole, Eevee, Dusk Lycanroc, Pikachu, Dex Rotom, Dartrix, Torracat, Brionne, Alolan Vulpix, Alolan Marowak, Bewear, Charjabug, Jigglypuff, Snorlax, Psyduck, Pyukumuku, Secret)
[San-ei] All-Star Collection Plush (Sylveon, Umbreon, Espeon, Leafeon, Glaceon)
[San-ei] All-Star Collection Flat Pouch (Sylveon, Umbreon, Espeon, Leafeon, Glaceon)
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform! Volume 8 (Sylveon, Furret, Trubbish, Vanillite, Mareep)
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform! Gacha Set (Sylveon, Furret, Trubbish, Vanillite, Mareep)
[Pokemon Center] Ultra Beast Ultra Graphix Apparel
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Life-size Furret plush pre-orders start
[Banpresto] Pokemon Life With Eevee – Large Plush (Normal / Sitting)
[Bandai] Qoo-Nuts Pokemon Volume 2 (Pikachu, Eevee, Togepi, Psyduck, Clefairy, Torchic)
End of February
[Collaboration] Original Stitch x Pokemon : 151 Button-Up Custom Order Shirts
Two Pokemon Center reports in one weekend?! Rare but true.
I arrived to the Center on Friday 2 hours early and there was no one waiting in line, I guess to be expected on a work day, although a bunch of people seemingly jumped out of no where a few minutes before opening. I noticed, however, strange signs on some of the doors saying the entrance was “over there” which, at the time, made no sense, as the Center wasn’t even open yet.
Once the Center opened, exactly at 10 am, we entered only to realize part of the store was blocked off and temporarily inaccessible. The staff put up a barricade of posters near the entrance
And this display is providing a second barricade inside the store. At the time, I thought maybe they were setting up for the Pikachu Mega Campaign the next day, but since we’re currently in the future and I know all the answers, I now understand staff were busy setting up the Pikachu Mega Shop in this location.
Getting back to cards! Friday marked the release date for the latest Break expansion set, Rage of the Broken Heavens, and along with sales of the actual expansion deck cards, we also got new card sleeve designs, and a deck box. Unlike the last couple of card sleeve releases where we had to go directly to the registers and give our order to the cashier, this time, all the sleeves were on display in the store. The staff had the foresight to put sleeves in multiple areas of the store as well, with the best part being it took a good 5-10 minutes for people to find the alternate sleeve location. This was fine for me, because it gave me time to take photos.
Card sleeves in no particular order: Mega Scizor
The main artwork from the Broken Heavens expansion set with shiny Gyarados.
Slowpoke looking goofy.
And a not often seen Pokemon duo: Trubbish and Garbodor.
These two Special Jumbo Mega Mewtwo card packs also came out on Friday the 11th. Each pack comes with 1 jumbo sized card, 1 special card, 4 packs of Blue Shock and 4 packs of Rage of the Broken Heavens.
The Pokemon Center started a special campaign for the new expansion on Friday as well: for every 2 boxes of cards bought, you get 1 of 2 exclusive card carrying cases. One design features the main artwork from Broken Heavens and the other design is Espeon. (While supplies last!)
With the end of the year quickly approaching and the New Years announcements already made last week, I’m not too hopeful for anything exciting tomorrow, but I guess we’ll see! I wouldn’t mind being wrong.