KelsiDavis

Bulbanews Writer
KelsiDavis

KelsiDavis

Bulbanews Writer
New merch inspired by Pokémon Concierge coming to Pokémon Centers in Japan
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The newest addition to Pokémon animation is Pokémon Concierge, a stop-motion, four-episode project that debuted on Netflix on December 28th. Fans of the new series will be able to find new homegoods, apparel, and stationary themed after the show beginning January 20th, exclusively in Pokémon Centers in Japan and at Pokémon Center Online. The resort theming from the show is clear in this collection, which includes an Aloha shirt like the one worn by the show’s main character, Haru, for ¥4,950 ($34.23 USD) and an adorable LED lamp shaped like Bellsprout for ¥7,700 ($53.25 USD). More cute and tropical merch like the Horsea watering can for ¥4,400 ($30.43 USD), throw pillows for ¥2,970 ($20.54 USD), and a shoulder bag also for ¥2,970 ($20.54 USD) round it out.
New Fendi x FRGMT x Pokémon collab introduces designer apparel and accessories, plus free avatar gear in Pokémon GO
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Japanese streetwear designer Hiroshi Fujiwara’s label, fragment design, is teaming up with Italian luxury fashion brand Fendi for new Pokémon-inspired goods to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. Dratini, Dragonair, and Dragonite are the stars of the collection, appearing on t-shirts and sweatshirts, as jewelry, and alongside Fendi’s signature pattern on handbags and other leather goods. Fendi reports that the Dragonite figure, made entirely of leather and just under 16 inches tall, requires 30 hours of handcrafting, which is reflected in its $2,290 USD price tag.
New Merch Roundup: Seasonal Eevee statue, Teddiursa & Clefairy Squishmallows, and a freebie at the Pokémon Center, plus Mister Donut's Pokémon promo
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There’s been plenty of festive merchandise from the Pokémon Center this season, and for fans in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, the newest addition is the Eevee Winter Celebration of Seasons figure. It’s the final of four Eevee figures released throughout this year, each representing a different season. The festive figure featuring Eevee in a Santa hat and Pikachu snowman stands at just under 4 inches tall, and is available online now for $49.99 USD. For those who caught a glimpse of Squishmallows' teaser promo from September, preorders are now available for the 12-inch Teddiursa and Clefairy Squishmallows online at the Pokémon Center. Preorders are available for $29.99 USD and will close on November 28th, with the expectation that the plushies will ship in mid-December. Just like other Squishmallows available at Pokémon Centers, Teddiursa and Clefairy will come with the exclusive Poké Ball embroidery.
Pokémon Center Japan announces new apparel and homegoods inspired by the move Hyper Beam
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Beginning November 25th, Pokémon Centers in Japan and the Pokémon Center Online will be stocked with new merch based on the Normal-type move, Hyper Beam. The collection takes on a retro feel, calling back to the move’s introduction in Generation I by utilizing a limited color palette similar to Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow’s. The apparel available in the new line includes T-shirts, bags, and hoodies with designs on the front and sleeve. Also included are accessories like keychains, a lanyard, and a baseball cap, as well as homegoods like pillows and hand towels.
The Pokémon Company International collaborates with French fashion house A.P.C. for high-end apparel line, available now at The Pokémon Center U.K.
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The Pokémon Company International (TPCI) and high-end, ready-to-wear brand A.P.C. have announced their new collection of Pokémon inspired fashion, available online now. “The collection combines A.P.C.’s renowned minimalist signature with colorful Pokémon to create ’90s-inspired designs that are both playful and simple — while nodding to the decade when the popular brand was born in Japan,” says TPCI. Several pieces of the collection, including sweatshirts, T-shirts, and A.P.C.’s signature raw denim jacket - with a Pokémon twist - are available online at the Pokémon Center U.K. The entire collection, which includes unisex and kids pieces, plus accessories like Pikachu jewelry and bags, is available online at A.P.C.’s website, and in-person at A.P.C. locations and retailers worldwide.
Visit new Poké Post Mailing Office popup locations in the U.K., France, and Germany to send and receive TCG souvenirs
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The newest holiday attraction from The Pokémon Company International is coming to the U.K., France, and Germany this winter, as the Poké Post Mailing Office travels around the three countries beginning this coming Saturday, November 18th. The popup attraction will appear for one day in each of eight locations, where visitors can receive special Trading Card Game packs and a Pokémon Together promo card featuring their choice of Pikachu or Eevee in a corresponding wintry envelope. Visitors can then send the promo card (and the TCG pack) they didn’t choose to a friend; if a visitor chooses to keep the Pikachu promo card, Eevee will be sent to a recipient of their choice, and vice versa. Poké Post says they will endeavor to have the mail delivered to recipients by Christmas Day, though it isn’t guaranteed.
New Merch Roundup: Detective Pikachu at the Pokémon Center and as a My Nintendo reward, and Japanese retailer GU launches cozy Pokémon apparel
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The Pokémon Company International announced today that the newest plush at the Pokémon Center is Detective Pikachu, in honor of the recently released Detective Pikachu Returns. His iconic hat and determined expression set him apart from other Pikachu plushes. Though he is similar in appearance to the talking Detective Pikachu available at Japanese Pokémon Centers, this plush does not talk. Detective Pikachu is 8 ¼ inches tall and available online now for $25.99 USD.
Luxury retailer Tiffany & Co. announces Pokémon jewelry collection
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Tiffany & Co., the high-end brand most well known by their proprietary color, Tiffany Blue, has announced a new collection of nine Pokémon pendant necklaces in collaboration with artist Daniel Arsham. Two pieces, both featuring Pikachu in different poses, come as 18 karat yellow gold, and the other seven necklaces come in an oxidized sterling silver finish and feature Pokémon from Generation I, including Charmander, Squirtle, Mew, Jigglypuff, and Cubone. Both materials are accented with diamonds, and the two gold Pikachu designs will come packaged in a Tiffany Blue Poké Ball.
New Merch Roundup: Paldean TCG accessories, Pokémon skincare from Japan, Build-A-Bear’s new Mudkip, and a holiday freebie from The Pokémon Center
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There is quite a variety of new Pokémon merchandise this week, ranging from practical Trading Card Game accessories and skincare to cozy plushes and holiday décor. Long-term partner of The Pokémon Company International, Ultra PRO, has announced the Paldea First Partner accessory bundle, available online now only at Ultra PRO’s website. The bundle includes 65 protective card sleeves, a 24 inch by 13.5 inch playmat, a deck box which holds 80 or more cards, and a card storage box which holds up to 500 sleeved cards, all decorated with the Paldea starters Quaxly, Fuecoco, and Sprigatito. The set retails for $44.99 USD and ships internationally.
Pokémon returns for 23rd consecutive appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
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The Pokémon Company International confirmed this week that a giant Pokémon balloon will appear in the yearly Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, just as in every parade since the debut of the original Pikachu balloon in 2001. Pikachu and Eevee will appear along the 2.5 mile long parade route in New York City in their Poké Ball sleigh, accompanied by 90 balloon handlers on the ground. This will be Pikachu and Eevee’s third appearance in the sleigh, as the balloon debuted in 2021 in conjunction with the Pokémon franchise’s 25th anniversary. It’s also the first of the four Pokémon balloons in the parade’s history to feature a Pokémon other than Pikachu.
Burglars gain entrance to card shop by driving truck through the door, steal thousands worth of Pokémon cards in Washington State
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At about 12:20 a.m. on Friday, October 27th, two unidentified suspects backed a red Ford pickup truck through the side door of Gabi’s Olympic Cards and Comics in Lacey, Washington. With the door completely removed from the hinges, the two thieves entered the store and stole approximately $10,000 dollars worth of merchandise, including eight to ten cases (containing six booster boxes each) of Pokémon cards, according to owner Gabi Shepard. Shepard, who helped construct the store, says she remembers putting up the pillar that the pickup truck destroyed. “I know the building is just a thing, but it's still a thing that, you know, has been a part of my life for almost 20 years.” said Shepard.
Voice actor for Professor Oak, James, Meowth reports “overall positive news” regarding cancer diagnosis from earlier this year
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James Carter Cathcart is best known as the voice talent for multiple roles in the English-language version of the Pokémon anime, including Professor Oak, James of Team Rocket, and many different Pokémon throughout his long career. He has recently offered an encouraging update for fans on his blog, which he began early this year to document his ongoing battle with throat cancer. Cathcart and his wife, Martha Jacobi, wrote on October 29th that he has been cleared to return home after an intense 14-day in-patient session of IV antibiotics. “Overall, our spirits are tired, but good,” they wrote
Dragonite announced as the official Ambassador Pokémon for Fukui Prefecture in Japan
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Dragonite is enjoying quite a bit of popularity this year; in September, it was introduced as one of the mascots of the upcoming Pokémon Center Taipei, and just this week on October 23rd, was ceremonially signed in as the Official Ambassador Pokémon for Fukui Prefecture, making it the ninth Pokémon to be given the honor. The Ambassador Pokémon promotion is sponsored by Pokémon Local Acts, a program designed to drive tourism by “highlighting [the] well-known and not so well-known charms,” of various localities in Japan through events and activities. Pokémon Local Acts may be best known for the “Poké Lids,” which are utility hole covers with Pokémon designs, often including the region’s Ambassador Pokémon, which are located all throughout the country.
The Pokémon Center announces lots of new plushies, homegoods, and apparel for the holiday season
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Available online beginning October 25th, customers in the U.S., U.K., and Canada can find holiday apparel, kitchenware, home décor, and plushes that were originally announced for Japanese retailers online at the Pokémon Center. The new collection includes plenty of bakeware, pajamas, and more to get cozy as the weather gets cold. An exciting part of the new announcement are the Christmas-themed plushes of Pikachu, Pawmi, and Psyduck, as well as some plush stocking keychains and a plush bouquet of the Paldean starters, which were first announced for Pokémon Centers in Japan.
Pokémon Air Adventures announces sightseeing flight around Mount Fuji featuring Pikachu-themed jets
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In collaboration with Skymark Airlines, the Hankyu Travel Agency, and Kobe Airport in Japan, Pokémon Air Adventures has announced their latest sightseeing day trip flight, which will take passengers from Kobe Airport on a scenic route around Mount Fuji, passing over Lake Biwa and flying along the Kii Peninsula. Passengers can begin reserving their seats now with the Hankyu Travel Agency, with the flight itself being scheduled for December 9th.
New Christmas merch and plushies coming to Pokémon Centers in Japan
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Scheduled for release on October 28th, a new collection of Chirstmassy merchandise featuring plushies, an advent calendar, and more will be coming to Pokémon Center stores in Japan. The Pokémon Center Online will begin accepting orders for the new products on October 26th. This collection is themed after the Paldean city Porto Marinada, where players can visit the in-game auction market. That market has been transformed into a Christmas festival for the season with this new merch collection, “Paldea's Chistmas Market.”
The Pokémon Company International x Van Gogh Museum: Scalpers, sellouts, and safety concerns bring promotion to a grinding halt
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The Pokémon Company International’s collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has been plagued with issues since its debut on September 28th, mostly in regards to the limited edition “Pikachu with Grey Felt Hat” promo card. Originally available in-person at the Van Gogh Museum and free with online orders of Van Gogh-themed Pokémon merchandise through the Pokémon Center online, the card has become a rare find, as scalpers overran the museum and sold out the Pokémon Center’s merch almost immediately. The Van Gogh Museum will continue to offer its Pokémon-themed exhibits and activities until the promotion’s original end date, January 7th of 2024, despite being completely sold out of Pokémon merchandise and no longer offering the promo card.
GameStop employee charged with manslaughter after shooting a man stealing Pokémon cards near Miami, Florida
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Derrick Guerrero, 33, has been charged with manslaughter after shooting and killing a currently unnamed shoplifter who was in the process of stealing several Pokémon Trading Card Game boxes from the GameStop where Guerrero worked. The incident occurred the night of Tuesday, October 17th at the GameStop located in Pembroke Lakes Mall, in Pembroke Pines, a suburb of Miami, Florida. Guerrero is currently being held at Broward County Jail on a $25,000 bond.
New footage released of LAPD officers ignoring call for backup to play Pokémon GO
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“I don’t want to be his help,” said former Los Angeles Police Officer Louis Lozano in recently released dashcam footage, in regards to a request for backup from a Los Angeles Police Department captain. The captain was responding to a robbery inside the Crenshaw Mall which took place on April 15th, 2017, the department reports, during which time Lozano and fellow former Officer Eric Mitchell were parked in their squad car less than 200 yards away, playing Pokémon GO. Court documents reveal that the officers then drove away from the scene of the robbery in pursuit of Snorlax and Togetic.
Detective Pikachu-themed drinks, food, and merchandise to come to Pronto cafés in Japan from October 12th
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A new menu inspired by Detective Pikachu Returns is coming to Italian-style Japanese coffee chain Pronto next week from October 12th, remaining available until December 10th. To celebrate the new game, Pronto has revealed a selection of three new drinks with Autumn flavors and four new set meals, as well a collection of original exclusive merchandise that will be available exclusively in-store at Pronto locations across Japan. In addition, the following five Pronto stores will be getting special decorations along with their new menu: New Chitose Airport Akihabara North Exit Ginza Corridor Umeda Rakutenchi Building Fukuoka Shintencho locations. Based on Pronto’s store makeovers for their 2022 collaboration with Netflix's Stranger Things, customers can expect the Detective Pikachu Returns theming of these stores to be quite extensive. Pikachu & Eevee's "Best Friends" Sweet Potato Chestnut Latte and Pikachu & Pawmi’s Orange Tea with Crackling Chocolate, both for ¥990 (~$6.67...
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