This week has been non-stop for me since the Pokemon Sun & Moon release on Friday, and here it’s almost a week later. But better late than never, so here is last week’s Friday Pokemon Announcements!
Starting with the most important…
We finally have photos of merchandise from the up-coming Hokkaido Pokemon Center Grand Re-opening promotion! And it’s basically as marvelous as you could hope for. The stars of the show are definitely the three main plush, which are NOT EXCLUSIVE to the Sapporo Center. They will be available everywhere in Japan! Unsurprisingly, there is a strong “Sapporo” theme to the line-up. Aside from the items that feature the main winter time artwork, there are a couple unique things such as the wood carved statues (wood carved bear statues, sometimes with salmon, are especially common as souvenirs in Sapporo) and the noodle bowl set (with miso flavored instant ramen as miso ramen is famous in Sapporo). As an additional side note, not only is miso ramen my favorite ramen, but I love it with extra butter added, which is another Sapporo tradition.
If we’re discussing items unique to Sapporo, we can’t ignore the Sapporo exclusive plush, featuring William S Clark (in Pikachu form). Notorious for his famous saying, “Boys, be ambitious!” William Clark managed to leave quite a lasting legacy considering he was only in Japan for eight months.
The Sapporo Center will re-open December 1st, which not quite incidentally is also the date of the Hokkaido promotion.
Full Merchandise Line-Up
Plush: Pikachu, Alola Vulpix, Popplio
2,376 yen each
Mascot Plush: Pikachu, Alola Vulpix, Popplio
1,296 yen each
Squeezey Pikachu Mascot
Snowball Plush: Pikachu, Leafeon, Glaceon
648 yen each
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Plush (Litten, Lunala, Popplio, Rowlett, Solgaleo)
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Pokemon Evil Organizations Boss Pokemon Give-Away Starts
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Pokemon Evil Organizations Boss Art Card Campaign Starts (1 of 6 cards given randomly for every 3,000 yen spent at Pokemon Centers in Japan)
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Pokemon Evil Organizations Boss TCG Campaign Starts (1 half-size original playmat given away for every 5 expansion packs bought)
[Merchandise] Mokomo Meowth, Mew
[Banpresto] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection – Large Plush (Gengar, Growlithe)
[Banpresto] Large Great Ball Plush
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Re-release (Zygarde Core, Ash’s Greninja, Dedenne, Pikachu)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru – Charizard Edition (Charizard Sleeping, Charizard Sitting, Mega Charizard X, Mega Charizard Y)
[Banpresto] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection – Pouches (Blastoise, Charizard, Venusaur)
[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pair Pikachu – November
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Evil Organizations / Villains
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Team Rocket Takeover Starts
[Banpresto] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection – Large Plush (Venusaur, Blastoise)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru – Large Charizard Plush
[Banpresto] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection – Dragonite Line (Dratini, Dragonair, Dragonite)
[Pokemon Center] Mario Pikachu
[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
Along with July’s Monthly Pair Pikachu and the 5th batch of kuttari plush that came out today in Japan, the Pokemon Center surprised us with two mini stationary promotions: Mori Asobi (Forest Playtime) and Trick Battle.
These stationary mini promotions can sometimes be easy to miss, especially if they’re released without notice, but they’re great if you like Pokemon themed items (rulers, pencils, notebooks, clearfiles, etc) that you can easily use in your everyday life.
Surprise Pokemon update today! I guess not so surprisingly since the site was set to update with Pokemon game news anyway, but still! Surprise!
Two new Pokemon themed New Nintendo 3DS LL systems are scheduled to come out November 18th, the same day that Pokemon Sun and Moon drops. Preorders for the game systems will start July 16th through most video game retailers around Japan. At this time, these two designs will only be available in Japan, but there is always a chance the same designs, or similar ones, will be announced later on for sale outside of Japan.
Each system will retail for 20,304 yen after tax and do not come with preinstalled copies of Sun and or Moon.
The Pokemon Petit series returns to Pokemon Centers and Stores on July 2nd with brand new pastel designs! This first batch of pastel plush will include Altaria, Dedenne, Jirachi, Pikachu, and Wailord, and each plush retails for 972 yen.
Along with new Petits, a summer festival themed promotion, nicknamed “Pika-Matsuri” is also coming out July 2nd. Summer festivals in Japan are generally full of fun, food, festivities, and fireworks, and the creators behind this promotion tried to capture that atmosphere in the merchandise and plush.