KelsiDavis

Bulbanews Writer
KelsiDavis

KelsiDavis

Bulbanews Writer
New Merch Roundup: Terastal merch at Pokémon Center Japan; US, U.K., and Canada Pokémon Centers offer new apparel and Wand's latest Poké Ball replica
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Plenty of new merch is coming in at Pokémon Centers across the world this week, including Pokémon Center Japan, where the newest apparel line is themed after the Terastal phenomenon. The “TeraCute” and “TeraCool” lines include apparel, accessories, and lots of jewelry in the sparkly style of Terastallization. TeraCool features icy and elegant Pokémon on its items, like Chien-Pao earrings for ¥1,320 ($8.54 USD), a Dragonair lanyard and card case for ¥2,200 ($14,23 USD), and, interestingly, a Frosmoth wind chime for ¥2,420 ($15.65 USD). Meanwhile, the TeraCute line stars some of the expected cuties, like Tandemaus earrings for ¥1,430 ($9.25 USD), Pikachu, Mew, Dolliv, Tandemaus, and Flittle on an acrylic jewelry box for ¥2,970 ($19.21 USD), or the same Pokémon frolicking on a sheer shirt for ¥4,400 ($28.46 USD). The TeraCute and TeraCool lines will be dropping in-store on April 27th, with preorders online beginning April 25th.
Free Comic Book Day 2024 will feature Pokémon Adventures: Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, available free of charge at participating locations May 4th
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The first volume of Pokémon Adventures: Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is scheduled to be available as part of Free Comic Book Day 2024, which will be held Saturday, May 4th. The event, hosted by indie comic shops across North America, offers visitors a variety of free comics and manga and is celebrated “as a way to get customers to visit the comic shops in their local community.” Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is offered as Gold sponsor title, meaning every shop that is participating in Free Comic Book Day will have them available, though quantities of popular titles like Pokémon are often limited. Customers can find a local participating shop on Free Comic Book Day’s website.
New Pokémon puppets arriving at Pokémon Centers in the US, U.K., and Canada, while Pokémon Center Japan announces new Paldea plushies
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Pokémon fans in the West will find a new line of plush puppets available online now at the Pokémon Centers for the US, U.K., and Canada. The “Bite Buddies” collection is aptly named, featuring toothy favorites Fuecoco, Totodile, Greavard, Gible, and Trapinch. Standing at about 10 to 12 inches tall, each Bite Buddy hand puppet comes in at $29.99 USD. Fans in Japan won’t be left out for new plushies, as Pokémon Center Japan has announced five new favorites from Paldea and Kitikami arriving in-store on April 20th, with online preorders beginning April 18th. Pawmot and Polchageist will be available for ¥2,200 ($14.35 USD), Pawmo and Sinistcha will be available for ¥2,970 ($19.38 USD), while Finizen will be ¥4,400 ($28.71 USD). All five plushes in this drop will be available via Amazon Japan in limited quantities, beginning April 27th.
Japanese man arrested for selling thousands of dollars worth of hacked Pokémon
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Yoshihiro Yamakawa, a 36 year old interior designer from the Kyoto Prefecture in Japan, was arrested on April 9th on suspicion of modifying data in Pokémon Violet in order to sell hacked Pokémon online. Between December 2022 and March 2023, the suspect allegedly advertised his illegitimate Pokémon via a website meant for buying and selling items and accounts for video games, and even took custom orders for Shinies and other difficult-to-obtain Pokémon. Modifying save data and providing services that circumvent technological limitations of certain hardware are acts that are illegal in Japan under the Unfair Competition Prevention Act.
Handmade Pokémon decorations stolen from Easter display in Kent, England
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The host of a Pokémon-themed Easter scavenger hunt, Unravel and Unwind CIC, have posted an appeal on their Facebook page for the return of six crocheted Pokémon decorations. The nonprofit yarn shop had originally placed 46 Pokémon decorations made by volunteer artisans around the Gillingham community for children and families to find. However, sometime over the holiday weekend, a post box topper featuring Wobbuffet, Lefeaon, Voltorb, Snom, Mew, and Oddish was “selfishly” removed from its place near St. Mark’s Church in Gillingham.
New Merch Roundup: the Pokémon Center’s new graduation collection and Samsung’s Poké Ball earbud cases available online now
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The Pokémon Center is offering lots of new merchandise for spring, the latest of which is their new graduation collection, which is themed after the orange and purple colors of the Naranja and Uva Academies from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Fans in the U.S. and Canada are getting a full line of grad gear, which includes two display figures; Pikachu in purple and Eevee in orange, a diploma frame, an insulated mug, and several pins and stationary options. Customers in the UK can find an exclusive 8 inch Graduate Pikachu plush as part of the Pikachu Celebrations line, which retails for £16.99. The graduation collection is available now online at the U.S. and Canada’s Pokémon Center websites, while Graduate Pikachu is available online via the Pokémon Center UK.
Two new merch collections starring Quaxly and Poltchageist coming to Pokémon Centers in Japan
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The Pokémon Center announced today its two newest collections, the first of which stars Quaxly and other Pokémon that might be found in a pond, such as Psyduck, Galarian Wooper, Swanna, and Lotad, illustrated in a watercolor style. The collection features bath items like a Quaxly spa headband for ¥1,650 ($10.90 USD), Quaxly as a bathmat for ¥4,620 ($30.51 USD), and even a set of four Quaxly bath toys for ¥2,750 ($18.16 USD). Some other interesting pieces include two Quaxly plushes, one regular and one disheveled, each for ¥2,750 ($18.16 USD), two large jewelry trays, one with Lotad and one with Galarian Wooper, each for ¥5,500 ($36.33 USD), and a reversible bucket hat for ¥3,520 ($23.25 USD). The Quaxly collection will be available at the Pokémon Center Online and at Pokémon Centers in Japan on April 6th, with preorders online beginning April 4th. The two Quaxly plushes will also be available via Amazon Japan in limited quantities beginning April 13th.
New Merch Roundup: Miraidon and Koraidon accessories at the Pokémon Center, Poké Peace plush bracelets, and Build-A-Bear’s new Bidoof
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The Pokémon Center has announced their latest merch collection, Treasured Way Home, featuring Scarlet and Violet mascots Koraidon and Miraidon, which will be available on March 23rd in-store at Pokémon Centers in Japan. Merchandise like t-shirts, Nintendo Switch carrying cases, and stationary will feature the two Pokémon in their Ultimate Mode and Apex Build forms. Some of the more unique pieces from the Treasured Way Home collection include an LED framed art of Miraidon and Koraidon for ¥4,950 ($33.20 USD), a glasses case with a cleaning cloth for ¥2,420 ($16.23 USD), and even kids’ sport sandals for ¥7,480 ($50.18 USD). Pieces will be available for pre-order at the Pokémon Center Online beginning March 21st,
Toyota’s real-life Miraidon motorcycle is on display now at technology showcase in Japan
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The Toyota Motor Corporation recently revealed its impressive reproduction of Miraidon as a motorcycle, and has now debuted it for display to the public at the Waku Waku World technology showcase in Toyota City, Japan. The Miraidon motorcycle is the result of work done by the Toyota Engineering Society, a volunteer organization within the Toyota Motor Corporation to which members interested in furthering technology are appointed for one year. Work on the project began in June 2023 and was completed in just six months, fitting into the Toyota Engineering Society’s yearly theme of “Future Mobility.”
Mattel to release MEGA construction set featuring Ash and Pikachu for Pokémon Day
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The Pokémon Company International and Mattel announced today the newest addition to the MEGA construction toy line, Pokémon Ash & Pikachu: Path to Victory. The 1,646-brick set is scheduled to release on February 27th, in celebration of Pokémon Day 2024. Ash, who is the first buildable Pokémon Trainer by MEGA, will stand 12.9 inches tall when built. He and Pikachu are fully articulated and meant to be super poseable; Ash’s iconic cap can even be spun backwards to mimic his battle-ready stance in the Pokémon the Series anime.
New Merch Roundup: Build-A-Bear’s jumbo Charizard, My Nintendo’s Pokémon Day rewards, and cutesy Easter merch coming to Pokémon Centers in Japan
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There’s been some adorable new merchandise announced this week for fans in different parts of the world, from giant plushies to pastel tea cups. Already available as an online exclusive, Build-A-Bear has debuted the latest addition to their Pokémon lineup. The new Charizard plush is the first ever Pokémon available from Build-A-Bear as their Giant-Sized plush, coming in at 22 inches tall compared to the standard 13 to 15 inch-tall Pikachu. Charizard is only available online as a bundle with his scarf and trapper hat set for $115 USD, and there is a limit of 5 per customer. My Nintendo has added some items to their rewards store in celebration of Pokémon Day 2024, including the return of some popular items.
eBay to host “Catch 151” event for Pokémon Day, auctioning off rare TCG cards and merch starting at $1.51
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The multinational e-commerce platform eBay announced today that they are partnering with major Pokémon card and merch sellers on their platform for the “Catch 151” auction, which is scheduled for Pokémon Day 2024. The auctions of 151 items, including expensive merchandise from collaborations and rare Trading Card Game products, will be live beginning 12:01 am EST on February 27th and will end at 12:01am EST on February 28th. In honor of the number of Generation I Pokémon, every item included in the auction will have its price begin at $1.51 USD. The secondhand Pokémon market on eBay is immense; eBay reports that in 2023, users searched for Pokemon items more than 400 times a minute globally, on average.
The Empire State Building will light up yellow and blue on Pokémon Day to celebrate the upcoming U.S. premiere of Pokémon Horizons: The Series
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The Pokêmon Company International (TPCi), their long-term charitable partner The Toy Foundation™, and the Empire State Building in New York City have teamed up to celebrate Pokémon Day 2024 by illuminating the iconic tower in yellow and blue, inspired by the colors of the Pokémon logo. TPCi says the lighting is also in anticipation of the U.S. premiere of Pokémon Horizons: The Series, which the company describes as the first new mainline Pokémon anime to premiere since the original Pokémon the Series over 25 years ago. The Empire State Building will be lit in Pokémon’s colors on February 27th from sunset until 2 a.m., along with hosting Pokémon GO activities for visitors. Catch the U.S. premiere of Pokémon Horizons: The Series on March 7th, exclusively on Netflix.
Washington State man arrested after stealing $50,000 worth of Pokémon cards, merch from residential storage locker
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On January 23rd, 52-year-old Kelly B. Wick was arrested at about 4:30 a.m. after a Kirkland County police officer spotted expired plates on his white pickup truck, in Bellevue, WA, about 20 minutes outside of Seattle. During the traffic stop, the officer noticed cardboard boxes full of Pokémon cards and merchandise in the truck bed addressed to a resident of a nearby apartment building. “...Despite the heavy rain at the time, several cardboard boxes filling the truck’s bed were dry, “ reported Bellevue Police Department, who collaborated on the arrest, “as if having just been loaded into the vehicle.” Wick was detained while an officer woke up the addressee of the boxes and brought him to the scene of the traffic stop to confirm that they were stolen from his storage locker in the apartment building
New pins announced for the Pokémon Center, arriving each month of 2024
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The Pokémon Center has announced a new line of pins coming to customers in the U.S., U.K., and Canada throughout the year. The monthly Dragon Types pins will be released in celebration of 2024 being the Year of the Dragon, with the first in the set, Garchomp, available now for $12.99 USD. Each of the 12 pins will be released towards the end of the month and is set against a translucent, stained glass-style background. While the specific Dragon-type Pokémon to be included in the 2024 collection have not been announced, they can be presumed to be about the same size as Garchomp, 2 inches tall.
Pokémon x Van Gogh Museum promo card “Pikachu with Grey Felt Hat” reprinted, available from Dutch retailers beginning February 10th
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While the collaboration between The Pokémon Company International and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has had its setbacks, good news has been announced for fans hoping to get their hands on the elusive TCG promo item. “Pikachu with Grey Felt Hat” is announced to be coming to over 1,000 toy stores and gift shops in the Netherlands, including the chains Primera, Bruna, Intertoys, Game Mania, Top1Toys, MediaMarkt and Smyths Toys Superstores, as well as smaller specialty shops. Cards are limited to one per customer and are only available as a free gift with the purchase of €29.99 worth of Pokémon Trading Card Game merchandise. The card will be available for a limited time beginning Saturday, February 10th.
The Wand Company announces new line of Mini Poké Ball Replicas, plus additions to full-size Poké Ball Replica collection
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The Pokémon Company International has announced plans to continue their partnership with The Wand Company, whose extensive line of collector’s quality Poké Ball Replicas has been ongoing since first announced in 2020. The newly previewed Mini Poké Ball Replica line has a 40 mm (~1.57″) diameter and will include five designs to be released throughout 2024: Mini Poké Ball, Mini Great Ball, Mini Ultra Ball, Mini Cherish Ball, and Mini Premier Ball. The first to release will be the Mini Poké Ball, which will be available on the U.S., U.K. and Canadian Pokémon Centers online, via The Wand Company’s Amazon storefront, and from other retailers worldwide beginning February 12th.
Four Van Gogh Museum employees suspended due to misconduct during Pokémon x Van Gogh Museum collaboration
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The Pokémon Company International’s collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which began September 28th of 2023, was quickly overwhelmed with issues related to its limited Van Gogh x Pokémon merchandise and overcrowding within the museum. Scalpers wasted no time acquiring and flipping merchandise for hundreds of dollars on resale sites like eBay; the most egregious item was perhaps the limited edition “Pikachu with Grey Felt Hat” promo card, which was originally available free in-person at the Van Gogh Museum and free with online Pokémon Center orders of Van Gogh-themed Pokémon merchandise. The museum stopped giving out the card in mid-October due to safety concerns. Getting tickets for the exhibit in the Van Gogh Museum also became difficult due to overwhelming demand. Tickets sold out weeks ahead when the collab was announced in September, and patrons reported being offered double the price for their ticket inside.
Special edition Pokémon-embossed OREO cookies available now at Singapore supermarkets
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The Pokémon Company and Singapore’s largest supermarket chain, FairPrice, are bringing limited-edition OREO cookie packs with Pokémon theming to customers in Singapore. Three flavors (Vanilla, Strawberry, or Chocolate-filled) come in packages containing nine snack packs of 3 cookies for $3.34 SGD ($2.49 USD), or the 3 cookie snack packs can be bought individually for $1.71 SGD ($1.27 USD). The newly-debuted special edition flavor, Choco Banana, which features Pikachu on each bright yellow cookie, is $4.34 SGD ($3.23 USD) for the package of nine snack packs, and $2.22 SGD ($1.65 USD) for the individual pack of 3 cookies. The three regular flavors will be stamped with 16 different Pokémon designs randomly distributed throughout the packs. The designs seem to be identical to those included in the Pokémon x OREO Limited Edition cookies that were available in the U.S. in 2021, containing fan favorites like Bulbasaur, Piplup, and Pancham.
Italian streetwear brand Dolly Noire teams up with the Pokémon Center for new “Legends of Johto” merch line
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The “Legends of Johto” capsule collection by Italian streetwear design collective Dolly Noire has arrived online at the Pokémon Center for customers in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. The premiumly-priced collection consisting of seven t-shirts ($49.99 USD each) and two sweatshirts ($144.99 and $129.99 USD) is part of the larger Pokémon collection available via Dolly Noire’s website. The larger collection, which does ship internationally, includes additional pieces not available at the Pokémon Center, like Poké Ball socks and a beanie. Despite the name, “Legends of Johto” includes starters and Legendary Pokémon from both Kanto and Johto. Favorites featured include the Johto starters, Charizard, Suicune, Entei, Raikou, the Legendary birds, Ho-Oh, Lugia, and Mewtwo.
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