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The official Pokémon Taiwanese website has announced that a special Taipei's Pikachu promotional card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game will be distributed this month, to commemorate the opening of Pokémon Center TAIPEI on December 8th.
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.
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.
YOASOBI's brand new song, Biri-Biri, is now available for streaming and download in both Japanese and English across a wide variety of music platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music and the iTunes Store, Amazon Music, Tital, and deezer. The song is directly inspired by After the Rain With You (Japanese: きみと雨上がりを Kimi to Ameagari o), the original short novel based on Pokémon Scarlet and Violet that was released as a free-to-read web novel in Japan last Friday, November 10th.
The Pokémon Company have announced that Japanese superduo YOASOBI will be releasing a brand new song, Biri-Biri this Saturday, November 18th, in commemoration of the first anniversary of the release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. The song will be simultaneously released for both download and streaming in both Japanese and English versions. A music video will also be made available in the near future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 has launched a new Theme for the LINE app called Pokémon yonayonaGhost, featuring Hisuian Zorua along with a plethora of Ghost Pokémon in celebration of the spooky season. The theme can be purchased in the LINE shop for ￥370 in Japan, or in other countries at the local currency equivalent of the USD$2.99 price tier.
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 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...
Project VOLTAGE, a special art and music collaboration project between Pokémon and the popular Volcaloid character Hatsune Miku, will finally be posting the first of 18 music videos from it "Songs and Music Videos from 18 Vocaloid Producers sampling Game Background Music and Sound Effects" (18名のボカロPによる、ゲームBGM・SEをサンプリングした楽曲・MV) sub-project, with the release later today of Volt Tackle feat. Hatsune Miku, by acclaimed Japanese musician and producer DECO*27, Friday September 29th, at 7:00pm (JST) / 10:00am UTC / 3:00am (PDT).
The folks over at the independent video game record label GameChops are today releasing Poké & Sleep, the latest album from the Super Piano 64 duo of Nate and Canaan Evans. Covering all generations of the main series games, as well as popular spin-off titles such as Pokémon Legends: Arceus and the Mystery Dungeon series, Poké & Sleep features a total of 34 licensed piano covers of Pokémon songs originally composed by a range of Pokémon music luminaries including Junichi Masuda, Gō Ichinose, Hitomi Satō, and Shota Kageyama.
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.
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.
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.