12 New Pokemon San-Ei Plushies & 6 Mini Plushies Released In Japan

Today the Pokemon Centers in Japan released 12 new Pokemon San-Ei plushies and 6 mini plushies.

This is the first time that they have released mini plushies other than Pikachu and Bulbasaur back in 2017.
The larger plushies were Charizard, Blastoise, Venusaur, Pachirisu, Growlithe, Azumarill, Petilil, Teddiursa and Magikarp. The mini size plushies were Pikachu, Psyduck, Jigglypuff, Oddish, Poliwag and Snorlax.

For those of you who are not familiar with San Ei plushies, they are high quality plushies made with a small amount of beans inside for balance. The quality is extremely good (even better than Pokemon Center usually), but they are slightly more expensive than other plushies of similar size. The plushies varied in price with Charizard, Blastoise and Venusaur costing nearly double the normal price due to the explicit quality.

I dont expect some of these to last long, but you can still find them on Pokevault. Todays release brings the number of San-Ei plushies to over 130 with more in production.

 

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Japanese Pokemon Nano Block Magikarp & Chansey Coming June 30th

Kawada Company in Japan will be releasing 2 new Pokemon Nano Block figures on June 30th. This time it will be Magikarp and Chansey.


For those of you who are not familiar with Nano blocks, they are mini Lego-type building blocks, but they are much smaller (thus the name Nano meaning “small”). These mini blocks are made by Kawada company in Japan and are only for sale in Japan.  There have been over 40 different Pokemon characters made so far, plus several sets, for a total of more than 75 different Pokemon.  You can find the previous released Nano Blocks on Pokevault.  These two new figures will be available after June 30th.  You can build a specific Pokemon character, or of course you can combine different sets to build other things. The best part about Nano Blocks is that they are really small, so you can build much more detailed items.

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12 New Japanese San-Ei Plush Toys Coming July 5th

San-Ei company has just announced a new lineup of 12 new plushies for the summer.

This time it will be Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Growlithe, Magikarp, Dratini, Azumarill, Teddiursa, Gulpin, Pachirisu, Petilil and Swirlix. San-Ei plushies are high quality plush toys that are sold in the Pokemon Centers and a few toy stores in Japan. They are very detailed and very nicely made. Currently you can get over 115 different San-Ei plushies on Pokevault now. These 12 new plushies will be available on July 5, 2018.

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New Transform Ditto Plushies & Gashapon Figures To Be Released In Japan

The Pokemon Centers in Japan will be releasing 5 more Transform Ditto plushies on December 23, 2017.

Alolan Vulpix

Voltorb


Absol


Shaymin


And Whimsicott.

Each plushie will also have a matching smaller mascot plush keychain version.

In addition there will be 6 more Transform Ditto gashapon figures as well. These figures will only be sold in vending machines inside the Pokemon Center for a very limited time.

Omanyte & Ditto


Dragonite & Ditto


Sableye & Ditto

Lapras & Ditto


and Magikarp & Ditto.

These will all be very popular and should sell out fast, but you can always get them on Pokevault while supplies lasts.

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WIN A Karpchu Pikados & Shiny Pikados set of 3 Pokemon Center Hiroshima Grand Opening Plush Toys

Pokevault.com is giving away a set of 3 Pokemon Center Hiroshima Grand Opening plush toys.  One lucky winner will receive ALL 3: Karpchu, Pikados & Shiny Pikados.  The contest starts August 9, 2015 and ends on August 17, 2015 (Japan time). Its 100% free to enter and there is no purchase necessary.
The winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced on August 17, 2015. By entering you receive one chance in the random drawing.

BUT WAIT!!!! Refer a friend to the contest and you get 5 extra chances to win. So tell everyone that you know, post it on Pokemon websites, blogs, info sites, facebook, twitter, etc. The more people that you tell about the contest, the better your chances are of winning.

Enter the Contest

The set of 3 Hiroshima Grand Opening Plushies will be sent to the lucky winner. Shipping will be paid by Pokevault.com, so you do not need to pay anything if you win.

Dont miss out!!! Contest ends soon.

 

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Pokemon Time Campaign #4 Goods Have Arrived

Finally there are some new Pokemon Time goods at the Pokemon Centers in Japan. Its been quite a while since the last round of Pokemon Time goods was sold. This time its from the 4th campaign. There are 10 characters this time and I must say that I like the characters this time around. Charizard, Bulbasaur, Venusaur, Dragonair, Oddish, Growlithe,  Psyduck, Magikarp, Gengar and Poliwag.

There was 10 different phone straps made, one of each of the 10 characters. In addition there was also all 10 characters made into clear file folders. Oddish, Poliwag, Charizard and Growlithe were the only characters to be made into square-shaped spiral notebooks. These are very cool and seem to be very popular.

There was also 3 different character pens that came in plastic tubes. Each of the pens features 4 Pokemon Time characters. A day planner/calendar for 2013 that features all the different characters with a monthly calendar, memo pages and yearly calendar is very nice.

Probably the best items in the campaign are the Growlithe deck sleeves and the deck box with all 10 characters. Anyone who plays the Pokemon TCG will love these items. The sold out extremely fast at the Pokemon Centers.

This campaign was timed for the start of school, so it seems to be focused mainly on school supplies. The last campaign had earphones, computer mouses, mousepads and more recreational items. But I really like the characters this time around.

Of course you can always find these products available while they last at Pokevault.com. Hopefully they will add some more items to this campaign, but for now that is all the items that have been released. Im really looking forward to the next Pokemon Time campaign. Stay tuned.

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Several Pokemon That Should Never Have Been Made

By Jill/Redterror117

Though the main catch of the Pokemon franchise is ‘Gotta Catch Em All’, the majority of Pokemon that are caught are essentially never seen again, as they fulfill their purpose of the checklist system that the game is comprised of. And even though some are brought back out to the light to be evolved, they normally return to their state of storage, unless ever needed again. While the entire Pokemon universe is considered to be a thriving ecosystem based on variety, there are a number of Pokemon that probably should not have been introduced into the game in the first place. I will be examining several of these sort of Pokemon based on my own observations. I am aware that there are probably others who may think otherwise, but this article is based on personal opinion.

The first set of Pokemon on the metaphorical ‘chopping block’ are Pokemon that technically already exist in the previous Pokemon games. With the release of Pokemon Black and White, a number of Pokemon released are essentially copies of Pokemon from the first generation. The first example that I will give of this is Audino, who shares a resemblence to the Chansey evolutionary line in terms of colour (and in Blissey’s cases the ‘fairy’ appearance). Both also have the same role as a ‘healer’, though Audino can be obtained a little easier than Chansey. Nevertheless they are still very similar. The same conflict also appears with Bouffalant, who bears a striking resemblance to Tauros. The only difference between the two is the distinct afro of the newer Pokemon. The resemblance and function scenarios are also obvious to a fighting duo released in Black and White: Throh and Sawk. These two are essentially copies of Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan, as the pair are based off of opposite fighting styles, as Throh is the Judo Pokemon, while Sawk is the Karate Pokemon, meanwhile Hitmonlee fights with the feet, and Hitmonchan fights with the fists.

Following this category is a number of Pokemon that show little to no prowess in battle situations. While a big portion of the game is collection, the combat component is also rather prominent, as it decides which species that player carries around on them. Unlike the duplication scenario from above, Pokemon like this can occur in any generation. I’ll only be doing three as an example, as while some like Magikarp and Feebas are almost useless off the bat, they make up for their lack of attack power in their following evolution. From the initial 151 Pokemon there is Ditto, who, although having one of the most unique and fun attacks in the game, lacks any sort of real power. The reasoning for this is that while Transform copies the appearance, type, and moves of the target, it does not copy stats. So a weak ditto copying a legendary Pokemon will not perform as well as the duplicate, unlike the anime counterpart claims. In the Gold and Silver series there’s one of the most often forgotten about Pokemon: Dunsparce. Only appearing in a small cave prior to entering Cherrygrove city, Dunsparce doesn’t have anything special about it, and no adorable appearance to use to save it from being entirely ignored. Luvdisc has this same problem, with base stats matching several other Pokemon, who can overcome their weaknesses with evolution.

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Pokemon Magikarp

By Anonymous

You have all heard of the Pokemon known as Magikarp, am I correct? Well he is the strongest Pokemon in the world! No, Magikarp is actually believe to be the weakest Pokemon in the world. All he can get is Splash, a move that does nothing at all! He just splashes around! And Tackle a normal type move that does damage but is absolutely useless due to Magikarp having such an insanely low attack stat! He can get Flail later on which is a bit better if I remember right but still with a poor attack stat you can’t do anything right with a Magikarp!

In the anime James of Team Rocket got hit up by a con-artist salesman that a Magikarp is awesome and it will produce eggs, those eggs hatch and you can sell the Magikarp and keep making more money! No, nobody would want a Magikarp. He sells it for a way too expensive price. He one time even included a gold poke ball! That’s right a solid gold pokeball!

No, that is way off, it is simply a regular cheap poke ball with some gold paint on it, you probably wouldn’t be able to see James by any Magikarp these days, maybe once in a while. But it used to happen every so often back around the early seasons. For some reason James never learns, he always falls for the deals, they can’t even be called deal, it’s just an expensive Magikarp!

Anyway in some of the games, including Pokemon Black and White, they will be a man selling a Magikarp for a way to expensive price. I would only buy it in Black and White, because Magikarp can’t be found anywhere in the reason unless you buy it from the salesman. Now is Magikarp really all that bad? A shiny Magikarp is gold, does that have any points to how awesome he is? They main attraction with a Magikarp is that it evolves in the powerful Gyarados at level twenty. Gyarados is a very powerful Pokemon, and in the end a Magikarp is worth the price. Though if you get an Old Rod you can get them whenever you want one. A shiny Gyarados is red, most of you should know of the red Gyarados if you red the other articles. Magikarp is a neat Pokemon, don’t you think?

 

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The Rarest Pokemon Pokedoll

By Anonymous

For collectors of Pokemon plush like myself, surely you’ve endured some grueling searchers for certain products. Whether one is a collector of a certain species or a certain generation, he or she will inevitably discover some out-of-the-way dolls in their own Pokemon journey. There are the well-known grails, of course, such as Espeon, but there are even some more rare that newer collectors aren’t even aware of. Before continuing, though, please take into account this article only pertains to regular sized Pokedolls, it does not include the DX or large sizes, so if you’ve begun reading thinking you know where this is going, time for your double-take.

It’s fair to say that all Pokemon fans at some point or another fans of the Eeveelution family. Whether it’s the diversity or just those adorable faces, they’re undeniable. This goes for both in game and for collectors of all sorts, of course. Figurine collectors may feverishly chase after kids and Tomy’s while plush collectors burn paychecks after the elusive Vaporeon Japanese Pokedoll. Of the lot of them, Leafeon and Glaceon hold their title of most elusive, though. The two get to be so bad that I even caved and just went for a bootleg Leafeon, courtesy of Hong Kong on eBay of course. For those who specialize in this family, you have my pity and support, especially for the successful of you.

While the Eeveelution die-hard collectors may have it tough, given the line has been around for more than a decade and counting, amounting to no small amount of merchandise to collect, there are a certain three dolls that have trumped them in rarity, despite the lower demand. With the release of the thirteenth Pokemon Movie Zorua Master of Illusions, the Japan Pokemon center released a limited number of shiny Pokemon dog Pokedolls, not available through any means besides lottery prizes and resale. The three dogs, the most rare being Suicune of course, are prizes worth bragging, as prices for just one can hover at four hundred dollars or more. Should you be one of the few collectors willing to fork out so much for a single Pokedoll, make haste and head over to http://www.pokevault.com, as they have but one Raikou and one Entei available. For the majority who want a deal, you may as well start stalking eBay, it seems like that’s your best chance to get one, assuming the reserve is indeed less than the list price. For Suicune fans, well, no such luck for you. If you’re dead set on getting one, it’ll be a tiresome endeavor, one that won’t end anytime soon. Surprisingly, although the shiny Pokedoll dogs were only released once and in such a limited fashion, I would not deem them to be the least common of Pokedolls. There are two more dolls that I have seen in even more fleeting quantities than these three, two that few would expect and fewer will believe.
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Feebas, The Ugly Pokemon

By Anonymous

Have you ever heard of an ugly Pokemon? I am almost one hundred percent sure you have. One Pokemon of this nature is Feebas. Now Feebas was once referred as the moldy cheese Pokemon. Looking at his skin you can see why, it is a moldy looking color and the skin has blotches on it which could look like cheese holes. He has gray, messy fins and a look similar to Magikarp but it looks a bit dumber, that is the best word to describe it. Not only that, but this Pokmeon was impossible to capture back in the days of Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald. The Feebas choose a new pattern and keep appearing. It could be very frustrating to even capture this Pokemon. And even though it is so ugly looking and it is terribly hard to catch. Feed it a PokeBlock, Poffin, whatever. Make it enhance it’s beauty. Max out this ugly Pokemon’s beauty and do you know what happens? It will make itself you beautiful! That’s right, Feebas will evolve into a Milotic.

It just goes to show you that there is no balance with these two Pokemon. The first stage gets all the bad looks and the final stage gets all the good looks. Feebas is the Pokemon that would seem to be pretty ugly to most people, however unlike Magikarp, Feebas can get more moves outside of Spals, Tackle and Flail. It learns some TMs, which Magikarp can’t. Feebas will be alright to use but I suggest you get it to evolve so you can have some more power on your side.
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