KelsiDavis

Bulbanews Writer
KelsiDavis

KelsiDavis

Bulbanews Writer
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...
The Pokémon Company International enters second year of partnership with English Schools’ Football Association, announcing 2023/24 Pokémon Cup
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The largest primary-age school football cup in England is continuing into its second year as The Pokémon Company International and the English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) announce the 23/24 season. The Pokémon Primary Schools’ Cup, sponsored by both organizations, is a national competition for students aged 9 to 11, designed to promote ESFA’s “15 Benefits” of football, including principles like teaching respect, encouraging teamwork, and helping children to feel they are part of a team. The competition reaches more than 50,000 students in over 5,000 teams across England, who compete in mixed teams, girls’ teams, and small school teams categories. Peter Murphy - Senior Director of Marketing at The Pokémon Company International, said: “It was amazing to see so many talented teams from across the country take part in last season’s competition, truly demonstrating that teamwork, friendship and respect are equally important factors in a football competition. We look forward...
Pokémon Squishmallows win 2023 Collectable of the Year from The Toy Foundation, voting continues for People’s Choice Toy of the Year
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The 2023 Toy of the Year Awards, hosted by charitable organization The Toy Foundation, has announced their individual category winners for the year. Pokémon products were nominated in three categories in 2023; Collectable, Construction Toy, and Action Figure Toy of the Year. Pokémon Squishmallows took the crown for Collectable of the Year, beating out competitors such as LEGO Disney, Monster High, and Furby. The collection of plushies is manufactured by longtime partner of The Pokémon Company International, Jazwares. The 16” version of Squishmallows also won for 2023 Plush Toy of the Year, and even won in 2022 for Overall Toy of the Year, while the Pokémon brand itself won in 2022 for License of the Year. The Toy Foundation announced that approximately $800,000 USD was raised in cash donations during this year’s award season from sponsors such as Mattel, Spin Master, and The Pokémon Company International, which donated $90,000 in cash and $3.7 million worth of cards and other...
The Pokémon Company International x Van Gogh Museum collaboration reveals special events, new merch, and an exclusive TCG card
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Following up on their mysterious teaser trailer from earlier this month, The Pokémon Company International and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam are now showing off more details of their collaboration, which begins today, September 28th, and will run through until January 7th, 2024. The latest announcement shows off special artworks and events within the museum, merchandise coming to the Pokémon Center online, and an exclusive Pokémon Trading Card Game release featuring Pikachu in the style of a Van Gogh painting.
Get a sneak peek inside the newest Pokémon Center, opening in Taiwan this December
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The Pokémon Company revealed earlier this month that its newest Pokémon Center will be coming to Taipei, Taiwan, the first in the country. The grand opening event in December is expected to include special events and commemorative products for sale to celebrate the new store. The exact location of the new Pokémon Center has now been revealed, along with its unique logo. The new store will be located on the third floor of Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, a department store in the Xinyi District of Taipei. Pikachu and Dragonite serve as Pokémon Center Taipei’s mascots, making Dragonite the first Pseudo-legendary to hold the honor.
Major card printing facility for the Pokémon Trading Card Game in North Carolina lays off 800 people
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Millennium Print Group, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company International (TCPi), confirmed on Monday, September 25th that 800 temporary positions have been cut at their facility in Morrisville, North Carolina. This facility, which specializes in printing trading cards and associated materials, has been printing Pokémon cards for distribution worldwide (besides in Japan and Portugal), since partnering with TCPi in 2015. Millennium Print Group was then acquired by TCPi in April of last year for an undisclosed amount of money, with the intention to scale the company to become a larger trading card printer with a higher output capacity. An unnamed spokesperson for The Pokémon Company International assured local media outlets that there are no plans to include full-time workers in the layoffs.
Over 1,400 allegedly counterfeit Pokémon products seized by Australian authorities
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The Australian Border Force (ABF) reported over the weekend that they have seized 1,465 products from a single traveler arriving from Thailand to the Perth International Airport, over concerns the products breach intellectual property rights laws. ABF officers conducted a baggage search after the traveler declared they were carrying commercial products. The holders of the intellectual property rights (namely, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company International) are being consulted by the ABF to investigate the items’ authenticity, and as of yet, no charges have been filed.
Pokémon Air Adventures debuts new Pokémon themed mural to welcome international arrivals at Narita International Airport in Japan
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The Pokémon Company’s collaborative project with the airline industry, Pokémon Air Adventures (called Flying Pikachu Project in Japan), has been thinking up themed jets, in-game events, and exclusive merchandise since 2021. The newest addition to the project, the “Pokémon Welcome Wall,” will greet international travelers arriving at Tokyo's Narita International Airport. Passengers arriving on international flights to Terminal 2 of the airport will be welcomed in English and Japanese by the three Kanto starters, Pikachu, and Mew.
New Merch Roundup: Cozy up with socks and plushies from The Pokémon Center, plus a fresh apparel line from Japanese retailer Graniph
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Fans in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada can welcome the official start of the Fall season with cozy new releases available now online at The Pokémon Center. A new selection of sock sets and fleece socks are new to the site, with the Pokéball-themed fleece socks retailing for $14.99 USD. The three-sock sets, which include Electric-type and Ground-type versions, cost $29.99 USD, and the three-sock box sets with special Pokémon Center packaging, which come as a Pokéball-themed set or a Legendary birds set, will be $49.99 USD.
Limited and unique merch: Pokémon collabs with boutique textile designer and an artisan doll-maker for highly limited merchandise exclusive to Japan
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Pokémon has been on a roll with interesting collaborations this year, lending their name to everything from skateboards to pop music, and even recently announcing a mysterious partnership with the Van Gogh Museum. This week, Japanese press releases have promoted two more unusual projects for highly limited merchandise available exclusively in Japan.
McDonald’s latest Pokémon Card Happy Meal promo available now in the U.S.
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The Pokémon Company International has been collaborating with McDonald’s almost every year since 2011 to put toys or cards in Happy Meals, and this year’s set of 15 cards is now available in the U.S. This promotion has already been run in Germany, Austria, and the U.K. earlier this summer, and is currently also running in Australia, so a full list of cards, as well as which ones are available printed in the usual Happy Meal confetti holofoil, is already available. Just like the 2022 Happy Meal cards, this set is entirely comprised of reprints of cards from other available sets.
The Pokémon Company International announces special collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum
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While The Pokémon Company International has kept the details sparse, a new promo on The Official Pokémon YouTube channel has given fans their first look at an upcoming collaboration between Pokémon and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The video shows Pikachu and Eevee frolicking through the Dutch countryside surrounded by Vincent Van Gogh’s quintessential sunflowers - which then turn into Sunfloras.

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