[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
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform! Part 2 (Eevee, Flareon, Gengar, Jolteon, Poliwag, Vaporeon)
[Banpresto] Ditto Face Plush (Ditto | Dittochu)
[Banpresto] Sleeping Bag Pikachu Plush (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle)
[Banpresto] Sleeping Bag Pikachu Mascot Plush (Flareon, Jolteon, Vaporeon)
[Pokemon Center] Substitute Plush Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Secret Base Doll Plush Pens (Cyndaquil, Ditto, Lapras, Swablu, Wailmer)
[Banpresto] Large Ditto Plush (Dittochu | Pikachu)
[Banpresto] Pikachu Pouches (3 Types)
[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pair Pikachu – June
[Banpresto] Sleeping Bag Pikachu Plush (Ditto, Raichu)
[Banpresto] Large Pokeball Plush
[Banpresto] Ditto Mascot Plush (Pikachu | Dittochu | Ditto)
[Banpresto] Pokken DFX Figure (Suicune – P1 | P2)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush – Psyduck
[Magazine] Pokemon Fan #48
[Collaboration] Pre-orders start for 7-11 Pokemon Bento Boxes
Originally I hadn’t been too worried about Pokemon Center releases for today. Monthly Pikachu stock has been lasting for at least a few weeks lately, and I didn’t think the secret base plush would sell out either. But then, Splatoon x Pokemon t-shirts were announced, and changed the game.
It’s hard to see in this photo but the sky is actually dark, not light. This is me at 6 in the morning, walking to the Pokemon Center, because I knew it was going to be that sort of day. I woke up at 4 am to get on the train at 5:30 to get to the Pokemon Center at 6, to make sure I was able to get a t-shirt. I desperately prayed as I neared the Center that I would not be the only silly person, and thankfully, I was not. Arriving at around 6:10 or so, I was third in line. An hour later, the line stretched down the hallway, two hours later, the end of the line had circled back to reach the front of the line, and close to opening, the line was zigging and zagging and I felt so much better about waking up before the crack of dawn.
For about a year now, the Center has started enforcing a 10 items per person rule to keep people from buying out the entire stock in one swoop. For the t-shirts, they had a 5 per person per design rule, regardless of size.
When they let us in at 10 am, I went straight to the t-shirts. After all the build up and stress, it was over in less than a minute. The staff nicely arranged all the shirts by color and size, so it was easy to get in and grab exactly the size and design I needed.
Because of the number of people waiting, for once, the staff were only letting in a certain number of people at a time to minimize crowding, since pretty much everyone was there for the shirts. They would let a group in and this was all you could see in front of the shirt display. After a bit, the group would disperse with their shirt treasures, peace would reign briefly, and then the next group would enter.
When I left the Center at around 11 am, the shirts were still in stock in all sizes. I’ll be amazed if the shirts remain in stock by next week, though.
Get ready for a post chock full of information!
Possibly the announcement with the most hype, we finally received a run down of information on campaigns and merchandise surrounding the grand opening of the Pokemon Center in Kyoto. As with all previous Center openings (and re-openings) special limited shopping bags will be given out to customers who shop at Pokemon Centers and stores all across Japan starting from the opening date: March 16th.
Unlike previous grand openings, however, there seems to be a distinct lack of plush? These items will all be exclusive to the Kyoto Pokemon Center.
Pokemon Center Kyoto Logo Pin (630 yen + tax)
Metal Charm Set – Sitting Version (500 yen + tax)
Pin Set – Sitting Version (630 yen + tax)
Playing Cards (1,250 yen + tax)
A4 Clearfile Set – Sitting Version (500 yen + tax)
The list ends with “Etc” so there is a small chance we might get a plush announcement closer to the opening? Time will tell!
These items will be available everywhere in Japan.
Metal Charm Set (500 yen + tax)
Pin Set (630 yen + tax)
A4 Clearfile Set (500 yen + tax)
Starting from March 16th, customers will receive 1 of this special card for every 5 packs of expansion cards bought at the Pokemon Center.
For customers visiting the Kyoto Pokemon Center, they will receive 1 of these special wooden charms for every 4,000 yen spent. The card on the left will given out for free to all visitors to the Kyoto Center as well, while supplies last.
[Game] Detective Pikachu
[Banpresto] Pikachu We Meet Again ~ Flat Pikachu Cushion
[Pokemon Center] Little Tales
[Banpresto] I Love Mew – Large Lying Down Plush
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Get 1 of 5 clear posters for every 4,000 yen spent at the Mega Tokyo Pokemon Center
[Mochi-Fuwa Cushion] Ditto, Snorlax
[All-Star Collection] Bulbasaur, Charmander, Mew, Pikachu, Squirtle
[Pokemon Center On-Line] On-Line store opens (10 am)
[Pokemon Center On-Line] On-Line Exclusive: Complete Set of Red/Green Gym Badges
[Pokemon Center On-Line Campaign] Receive 1 of 3 artboards for every 5,000 yen spent in the on-line store
[Banpresto] Pokemon XY&Z – Face Mascot Cushions (Chespin, Dedenne, Eevee, Pancham, Pikachu)
[Banpresto] Pokemon XY&Z – Kororin Plush (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Pikachu, Squirtle)
[Banpresto] I Love Mew – Mew Face Cushion
End of February
[Food Toys] Pokemon Towel Kids (4 types)
[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pikachu
[Pokemon Center] Mini Secret Base Dolls (Clefairy, Cyndaquil, Ditto, Lapras, Mudkip, Pikachu, Swablu, Wailmer)
[Collaboration] Splatoon Crossover T-shirts
[Magazine] Pokemon Fan #46
[Takara Tomy Plush] Cheerful Pikachu Belt Cover, Pikachu Hand Puppet, Washable Pikachu Plush, Pikachu Plush Rattle, Ring-Ring Pikachu Plush Rattle
[Premium Bandai] Pre-orders start for Snorlax cushion (pre-order period ends March 31st)
[Pokemon Center] Red/Green Dot Sprite Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Red/Green Nendoroid pre-orders start
[Pokemon Center] Big Size Plush (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle)
[Takara Tomy Plush] Shoulder Pikachu Plush – Sleeping Ver.
[Takara Tomy Figure] Palm Pikachu – Mini Ver.
[Pokemon Game] Pokemon Red / Blue / Green / Yellow 2DS Bundle
[Pokemon Game] New 3DS Plate: Generation 1 Sprite Pattern (No.072)
[Merchandise] Pop Rings (Eevee, Pikachu, Wobbuffet)
[Nanoblock] Bulbasaur, Charmander, Pikachu, Squirtle