Merchandise Overview – June

6.4

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You Charms Vol 2 (Ash’s Greninja, Charizard, Flareon, Jirachi, Jolteon, Lucario, Sylveon, Vaporeon)
[Pokemon Center] New Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush (Ampharos, Jigglypuff, Magearna, Poliwhirl)

6.7

[Banpresto] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection – Eevee Sleeping Bag Plush
[Banpresto] I Love Pikachu + Raichu Plush

6.10

[Collaboration] Sukiya x Pokemon Figure Straps (Braixen, Chespin, Dedenne, Greninja, Pikachu)

6.16

[Banpresto] I Love Pikachu + Plush (Pichu, Pikachu, Raichu)

6.17

[TCG] New Card Sleeves (Dual Type Mega Steelix, Fluff-Fluff, Fossils, Shiny Mega Gardevoir)
[TCG] Explosive Fighter / Cruel Traitor Break Expansion Packs
[TCG Campaign] Receive 1 Premium Professor Sycamore card for every 2 boxes of Explosive Fighters and or Cruel Traitor cards bought at a certified Pokemon Card Gym (including the Pokemon Center)

6.18

[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pair Pikachu – July
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Pattern Items
[Pokemon Center] Kuttari Plush (Emonga, Lilligant, Marshtomp, Minccino, Pachirisu, Vulpix)
[Pokemon Center] “Trick Battle” Mini Promotion
[Pokemon Center] “Forest Playtime” Mini Promotion
[Merchandise] Flip Phone Case (Outline | Charizard)
[Collaboration] Sepia Graffiti
[Campaign] Part 1 of the Yokohama Eeveelution Postcard campaign starts

6.21

[Banpresto] Pokemon XY&Z – Large Masterball Plush
[Banpresto] I Love Pikachu + Pichu Plush

6.24

[Nanoblock] Blastoise, Venusaur

6.25

[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Gummi Candy
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Graphix Tshirts (Ditto, Magneton, Mewtwo, Pikachu, Umbreon)
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Hiroshima Center 1st Year Anniversary
[MonColle] 2016 Movie Special Pack Vol 1 (Shiny Mega Gardevoir, Shiny Mega Gengar, Zygarde Perfect Forme), Mega Beedrill, Mega Sharpedo, Mega Tyranitar
[Merchandise] Shoulder Pikachu Plush – Girl Version
[Takara Tomy] Great Ball Plush, Master Ball Plush, Pokeball Plush, Ultra Ball Plush

6.28

[Banpresto] My Pokemon Collection – Pokemon The Movie XY&Z 2016 (Dedenne, Shiny Mega Gardevoir, Shiny Mega Gengar, Volcanion, Zygarde Core)
[Banpresto] Pokemon The Movie XY&Z 2016 – Large Plush (Zygarde Core, Zygarde Perfect Forme)

Pokemon Center Report – Awakening Psychic King + Card Sleeves

The newest Pokemon XY Break expansion set, Awakening Psychic King, was released today in Japan, along with a couple auxiliary TCG goods, including two new battle decks and 4 Pokemon Center exclusive card sleeves.

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I guess the Center knew that the sleeves would be popular because even with a weekday release, they decided to put the sleeves behind the counter instead of on display in the store. This means no nice display picture, but I’d give up the in-store display for drama-free sleeve buying. The past couple of Friday sleeve releases resulted in me showing up to the Center very early and there being no line, but that was not the case today; the line pre-opening was longer than the line on Wednesday for the Kyoto Center promotion!

Everyone loves Eevee(lutions).

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Along with a non-exclusive Zygarde Perfect Forme design (not pictured) there was the very popular Eeveelution design

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Occult Maniac with Banette buddy

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Ho-oh and Smeargle

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and Octillary, whose name sounds nothing like Octillary in Japanese (random observation).

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These deck boxes, featuring the main Awakening Psychic King artwork, also went on sale today

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Along with two Perfect Battle Decks: Zygarde EX

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and Audino EX.

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The Audino and Mega Audino EX cards are especially adorable, and although I went in to the store today not planning on buying one of these sets, after seeing the card list (each battle deck comes with different sets of 60 cards) I’m tempted to pick one up…

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I did end up buying 5 packs of booster cards in the hopes that I would pull one of the new Minccino cards.

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Out of 5 packs, I pulled 2 Cinccinos. So close yet so far! Also another reason to buy the Audino Battle Deck because it comes with 2 Minccino~ (my babu)

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The second half of this clearfile campaign also started today. Customers can pick 1 clearfile from these 3 designs for every purchase at the Pokemon Center, while supplies last.

Not ready for the week of releases to be over? Stay tuned for tomorrow when a new batch of kuttari plush, the very first monthly pair pikachu, and this year’s Pokemon Easter promotion are released!

Merchandise Overview – March

3.3

[Banpresto] Pokemon XY & Z – Kororin Friends (Eevee, Glaceon, Leafeon)
[Banpresto] Pokemon XY & Z – Kororin Friends – Large Eevee

3.5

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You – Garden of Smiles

3.10

[Banpresto] Pokemon XY & Z – Kororin Friends (Flareon, Jolteon, Vaporeon)

3.14

[Takara Tomy] Pokemon Get Collection Candy Figures – Kalos League Edition (Ash’s Greninja, Audino, Goodra, Gourgeist, Mega Charizard X, Noivern, Pikachu, Sylveon, Zygarde, Zygarde 10%)

3.16

[Pokemon Center] Kyoto Center Opening

3.18

[TCG] Awakening Psychic King (Expansion Pack)
[TCG] Perfect Battle Deck (Zygarde Perfect Forme EX), Mega Battle Deck (Mega Audino EX)
[TCG] Non Exclusive Card Sleeves: Zygarde Perfect Forme | Pokemon Center Exclusive Card Sleeves: Ho-oh / Smeargle, Eeveelutions, Octillery, Banette / Occult Maniac
[TCG] Deck Case (Mega Alakazam)
[Ichiban Kuji] Pokken Tournament

3.19

[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pair Pikachu
[Pokemon Center] Kuttari Plush (Ampharos, Chespin, Croagunk, Gallade, Pichu, Piplup, Victini)
[Pokemon Center] Easter Promotion
[Pokemon Center On-Line] 68 cm Sleeping Pikachu Plush, Normal Size Sleeping Pikachu Plush
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Re-release of all Monthly Pikachu plush
[Pokemon Center On-Line Campaign] Receive 1 of 3 on-line store exclusive mugs for every 5,000 yen spent
[MonColle] Ash’s Greninja Figure Pack (Ash, Froakie, Frogadier, Greninja), Mega Blaziken Attack Pose, Mega Lucario Attack Pose, Noivern Attack Pose, Zygarde Perfect Forme

3.23

[Banpresto] Pokemon XY & Z – Large Eevee Face Cushion
[Banpresto] (Re-release) Pikachu Mania! Face & Butt Cushions

3.24

[Banpresto] Pokken Tournament DXF Figure – Lucario

3.26

[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transformation Promotion
[Campaign] Receive 1 of 5 Pikachu stickers for every 1,000 yen spent at a Pokemon Store or Outlet Store (Pokemon Centers are excluded)
[Merchandise] Keyboard Pikachu Plush
[Merchandise] Mini Kororin Plush (Dedenne, Piplup, Torchic, Winking Pikachu)

Pokemon Center Report – *gasp* Steven! + Zygarde + Battle Sets

This past Saturday had the very last big (ish) Pokemon Center merch promotion of 2015.

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The main attraction for the day was… Steven!

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Steven Stone (Daigo Tsuwabuki in Japanese) is a Champion, a steel-type trainer, and everyone’s boyfriend

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Who can resist his piercing steel-grey eyes?! No one, that’s who.

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This promotion had a wide variety of items all featuring the gorgeous main artwork, from post cards and a metal charm set

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To eyeglass cases (complete with cleaning cloth), hand towels, clearfiles

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Larger than usual rubber charms, for your phone (if you have a large phone or are adventurous) or bag

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To stainless steel cups! Yes, they went there.

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Each cup comes in a box covered in comic-style art.

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The star of the Steven show, and the most expensive piece from the collection, was the mega evolution stone lapel pin. At 8,000 yen (+ tax) per pin, this piece of jewelry is sure to compliment any steel trainer’s outfit!

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Along with Steven, there was also a bunch of new Zygarde related merch, including a brand new Zygarde Core plush that shakes and is squishy.

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A special MonColle (Monster Collection) set of figures, with all four Zygarde forms, came out on Saturday.

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Although if you don’t like or want all four forms, you can buy them separately as well

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This Zygarde Core figure is my favorite.

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There was also a metal charm set

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And a new Pokemon Center exclusive plush for Zygarde 10%.

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Ash’s Greninja also got his own Pokemon Center exclusive plush

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And a metal charm.

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Last and certainly not least, a couple card game related items also came out on Saturday. Along with the Steven sleeves, a semi creepy Hypno design went on sale

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As well as Darkrai double deck cases

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And not forgetting the three different Pokemon XY Break Battle Sets.

The countdown to New Years is beginning! Here is to hoping the Pokemon Center on New Years day will not be as crazy as I am afraid it will be.

Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon Block Style + Ash’s Greninja + New Mechanical Pencils

Two mini promotions came out this weekend: Pokemon Block Style and Ash’s Greninja, along with some un-announced mechanical pencils featuring artwork from previous popular promotions.

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Both of the mini promotions dealt mainly with stationary and related merchandise, such as pencils, rulers, school notebooks, etc. with some miscellaneous items like handkerchiefs thrown in for fun.

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Pokemon Block Style had a more cartoony and simple design, and covered a wider range of Pokemon, including the Zygarde formes

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Along with Ash’s Greninja.

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As usual with this type of promotion, we got these little plastic cups with the main design

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And a bonus lunchbox!

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Ash’s Greninja promotion had pretty much all of the same items, with the main difference being the featured illustration.

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The Greninja promo also had a shirt, which Block Style did not.

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Last but not least, pencils! I’m a huge fan of these pencils because they’re fun to draw with and have really cute designs on them.

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This latest batch included designs from Chiku-Chiku Sewing, Life With Pikachu, Mystery Mansion

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Pikachu in the Farm, and Eeveelutions.

This weekend wasn’t super busy, Pokemon wise, but next week leading into the weekend will start to get more exciting. A new set of rolly-polly plush (korotto-manmaru) will start appearing in game centers around Japan on the 23rd and then the 26th will have the Steven Stone promotion, 2 card sleeve designs (Steven and Hypno), 2 Pokemon Center exclusive plush (Ash’s Greninja, Zygarde 10%), metal charms (Ash’s Greninja, Zygarde Core, Zygarde 10%, Zygarde Perfect Forme), a Takara Tomy Zygarde Core plush, several new MonColle figures, a new talky Pikachu plush, and 3 Pokemon Card Game battle sets.