Bandai Pokemon Kids Retro Reprint Series Released In Japan

Bandai Corporation has released a new series of Pokemon Kids figures that is a total blast from the past…..

This retro reprint series features some of the oldest Pokemon characters in their original forms.  You can see what the Pokemon characters actually looked like 20 years ago when they first came out.

This set was originally made back in 1996. Bandai has re-released the set in its original form and original boxes.  Each box comes with one figure, one random mini collector card and a piece of gum. So you have to open the box to find out which Pokemon you get….

There is 10 figures plus 1 secret rare figure in the set. I wont tell you who the secret figure is until the end (spoiler alert).

Here they are in their 1996 form. You will notice they look alot different than they did 20 years ago.

Pikachu

Metapod

Magnemite

Jigglypuff

Raichu

Gengar

Lapras

Eevee

Charizard

Mewtwo

SPOILER ALERT
And the secret rare figure in the set is……. drum roll…….

more drum roll……

more drum roll……

more drum roll…..

Ok, enough……

ITS MEW!!!!! 

An absolutely awesome set for those of you who werent able to get this set back in 1996. Its a must have.

And to top it off, the figures come inside a retro box with a game boy pictured on it. There are 5 different colors as well.

A total blast from the past…..

These figures were only sold in Japan for a very limited time, but don’t worry. You can still get them on Pokevault while supplies lasts.

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Pokemon Re-Ment Forest Figures Series #2 Available In Japan

Japan Re-Ment Pokemon Forest figures Vol. 2 have now been released in Japan. There are 8 brand new Pokemon characters. Each box comes with one random tree part and Pokemon figure.

Version #8 (Celebi)

Version #7 (Hoothoot)

Version #6 (Mimikyu)

Version #5 (Jigglypuff)

Version #4 (Togepi & Exeggcute)

Version #3 (Charmander)

Version #2 (Eevee)

Version #1 (Pikachu & Caterpie)

You can collect different figures to build a tree, just simply connect the pieces together. If you get all 8 pieces, the finished tree will look like this:

You can change the order of the pieces on the tree to make your own customized tree. But, the best thing is that each tree piece comes with the bottom piece of the tree, so you can even make a short tree with one or two pieces or you can make a huge giant tree. The finished 8 piece tree stands about 11″ (28cm) tall.

Whats more, you can even combine the pieces with series #1 and make a 15 piece tree (you can only have 1 top piece) that would stand a towering 21″ (53cm) tall.

Both Pokemon Forest tree figures series #1 & 2 are on Pokevault for a limited time. Don’t miss out on these incredible figures.

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Pokemon Lets Go Pikachu & Eevee Cafe Japan

For one month only, there is a new Pokemon cafe in Japan. Its called “Lets Go Pika Vui” (Pikachu & Eevee) cafe. The cafe is only temporary and will only last for a month, but I couldnt wait to go. Finally tonight I went there for dinner.

The place is quite small, but it decorated nicely and very cute. There is seating for about 20 people.

There are lots of decorations on the wall including Butterfree, Dragonite, Bulbasaur and many more, but the coolest one by far was the Onix that looked like it was busting thru the wall.

Before you walk in, the staff will give you a menu and you take a seat in the waiting area outside. The menu is shaped like a Pokeball. The ordering process is a little strange. You have to place your order before you go inside and you cant add anything to your order after you place it.

The menu is quite small with only a handful of menu items, but they are all Pokemon themed and very cute!!! Although they were quite expensive (about $15 each on average).

At the table was a really cool paper placemat. its made of thicker than normal paper and they give you a rubber band to roll it up and take home.

The first item we orders was the Onix stew. Comes with a cutout gray colored bread bowl and stew inside. There was paper Onix and Brock cutouts attached to the food with toothpicks.

Next we received the Eevee doria. It had brown colored rice with tomato sauce and white sauce shaped like a Pokeball. Eevee’s ears were made of a rice type cracker that was edible and its eyes looked like stickers but were made of some sort of gelatin I believe and were also edible.

For dessert I ordered the Eevee pudding. Inside the glass jar was pudding and cake. Eevee’s tail was made of paper and its ears and eyes were the same as the dorian. The Pokeball was a scoop of vanilla icecream with a gelatin sticker.

On the way out I hit up the Lets Go Pika Vui cafe original merchandise corner. There were file folders, stickers, mobile phone cases, postcards, pen cases, tshirts, notebooks, mugs and some keychains and pin badges in the vending machine.

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Munch “The Scream” Japanese Pokemon Promo Cards

Some of the most unique and coolest Pokemon cards ever just got released in Japan. The cards are based on Norwegian painter Edvard Munch’s famous painting “The Scream” which is currently touring in Japan at the Tokyo Art Museum. There was a total of 5 Pokemon cards (Pikachu not shown) that are Pokemon versions of the famous painting made into promo cards.  These cards will almost positively only be available in Japan and not any other countries.

The Mimikyu comes with a mini card binder. It was only available online from the Pokemon Center (limit 1 per person) and sold in VERY limited quantity at the Tokyo Art Museum. In order to buy merchandise at the museum, you must buy a ticket and brave the 1-2 hour wait to buy merchandise.

Eevee, Psyduck and Rowlet were given out at the Pokemon Centers in Japan (1 per person) if you bought 2 or more Pokemon booster packs. BUT, the problem is that none of the Pokemon Centers in Japan currently have any booster packs for sale because they are so popular, so these were very difficult to get. Lines formed at 5am at most stores and it was a lottery to buy booster packs.

The final card is Pikachu which will be available for one week only in early December. In order to receive the card,  you must attend the Munch art exhibit (admission ticket required), while supplies lasts.

There were several other Munch items including file folders, keychain charms, a plush “Scream” Pikachu, phone covers and more in very limited quantity and only sold at the museum’s gift shop (limit 5 items per person). Most items are already sold out.

You can currently find these rare treasures on Pokevault while supplies lasts. These cards are very popular and will not last long.

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Pokemon Bandai Coo’Nuts Figures Released In Japan

There is a brand new type of figure that just got released in Japan. They are called “Coo’Nuts” which is short for “Cool Nuts”.  They are shaped like a peanut. When you try to tip them over, they wobble, but won’t fall down. They are very similar to the old Hasbro Weebles from long ago. They wobble but they don’t fall down.

Series #1 was divided into two parts (Red & Green) and were released in October, 2018, in Japan.

GREEN SET

The “Green” set features Pikachu, Eevee, Gengar, Piplup, Mimikyu, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Darumaka & Quagsire.

RED SET

The “Red” set features Pikachu, Eevee, Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Ditto, Meowth, Snorlax, Dragonite & Mew.

These figures came in random “blind” packs. You didn’t know which figure was inside until you opened it. Each figure is about 1.75″ (4.5cm) tall and made of plastic. The package also comes with a small piece of gum. Very cute and very collectible. Series #2 is set to be released in February, 2019. You can purchase these figures on Pokevault while supplies lasts.

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Re-Ment Terrarium Vol. 4 Figures Released In Japan

The newest set of Terrarium figures was just released in Japan. Vol. 4 features Gengar, Totodile, Moltres, Slowpoke, Mareep/Pikachu & Umbreon.

Terrarium figures are mini figures made by Re-Ment company. They come inside a clear plastic Pokeball shaped capsule which resembles a mini terrarium.

Vol. 1  – Pikachu, Dragonair, Eevee, Snorlax, Lapras & Bulbasaur.

Vol. 2 – Pikachu/Togepi, Squirtle, Charizard, Psyduck/Poliwag, Cubone/Sandshrew and Articuno.

Vol. 3 – Charmander, Zapdos, Cyndaquil, Misdreavus, Vaporeon & Celebi.

EX Alola – Pikachu/Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Mimikyu, Alolan Vulpix & Bewear.

With Pikachu – Pikachu with Sableye, Caterpie, Magikarp, Eevee, Piplup & Mew.

Vol. 4 – Gengar, Totodile, Moltres, Slowpoke, Mareep/Pikachu & Umbreon.

These sets sell out fast, but you can still find alot of them on Pokevault.

There will be more sets coming soon. As soon as they are released we will let you know.

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Japan Re-Ment Pokemon Forest Figures Vol. 2

Its official. Re-Ment Pokemon Forest figures vol. 2 will be released on December 3, 2018. As with the first series, these will be sold in random boxes. Each box came with one random tree part and figure and a piece of gum.

This time there will be Pikachu, Caterpie, Eevee, Charmander, Exeggcute, Togepi, Jigglypuff, Mimikyu, Hoothoot and Jirachi.
As with vol. 1, you can connect the pieces of the tree together to build a Pokemon tree. You can also interchange the tree pieces of vol. 1 and vol. 2 to build your own custom tree. But, the best thing is that each tree piece comes with the bottom piece of the tree, so you can even make a short tree with one or two pieces or you can use many pieces to make a giant sized tree. The finished 8 piece tree stands about 11″ (28cm) tall, but if you combine vol. 1 &2, you can make an even bigger tree. You can currently find vol. 1 on Pokevault while supplies lasts and you can purchase vol. 2 after December 3rd. Its fun to collect one, two or the entire set!!!

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Terrarium With Pikachu Figures Released In Japan

In a surprise move by the Japan Pokemon Centers, they released a 5th set of Terrarium figures on August 10, 2018. This set was not publicized and was exclusive to the Pokemon Centers in Japan.

For those of you who are not familiar with Terrarium figures, they are mini figures made by Re-Ment company. They come inside a clear plastic Pokeball shaped capsule which resembles a mini terrarium.

Vol. 1 featured Pikachu, Dragonair, Eevee, Snorlax, Lapras & Bulbasaur.

Vol. 2 featured Pikachu/Togepi, Squirtle, Charizard, Psyduck/Poliwag, Cubone/Sandshrew and Articuno.

Vol. 3 featured Charmander, Zapdos, Cyndaquil, Misdreavus, Vaporeon & Celebi.

The “EX Alola” set featured Pikachu/Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Mimikyu, Alolan Vulpix & Bewear.

The “With Pikachu” set features Pikachu in a combination with Sableye, Caterpie, Magikarp, Eevee, Piplup & Mew.

These sets sell out fast, but you can still find many of them on Pokevault while supplies lasts.

Stay tuned for more news regarding future Terrarium figures sets.

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Pokemon Center Japan 30 New Pokemon Fit Plush Toys

The Pokemon Centers in Japan have released a new series of plush toys called “Pokemon Fit”. These are small plush toys with a small amount of beans inside. They are similar to San-Ei plushies. The will be making ALL 151 original Kanto Pokemon characters. The first batch of 30 was released on July 13th, 2018 in Japan.

These plushies seem to be very detailed and are excellent quality. And the best part is that they are a reasonable price. The first 30 characters include Alakazam, Arcanine, Articuno, Diglett, Ditto, Dragonite, Drowzee, Eevee, Ekans, Exeggutor, Farfetch’d, Flareon, Geodude, Golduck, Jigglypuff, Jolteon, Kangaskhan, Machamp, Meowth, Mew, Moltres, Omanyte, Pikachu, Rattata, Sandshrew, Shellder, Staryu, Vaporeon, Voltorb and Vaporeon.

The first day several of the plushies sold out at the Pokemon Centers. Shellder was the most popular and was gone in just minutes, followed by Omanyte, Ekans, Rattata, Exeggutor and Staryu all selling out the first day. On day two, about 75% of them were sold out at the Pokemon Centers, but 24 of 30 still remain in the Japan Pokemon Center online shop.

These are super popular and will go fast. The remaining 121 plushies are scheduled to be released this November just in time for the holidays.

You can still get some of these on Pokevault while supplies lasts. They are going fast, so hurry. These are a must for any serious Pokemon collector.

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My Trip To The Pokemon Center Tokyo DX And Pokemon Cafe

I finally made it to the Pokemon Cafe in Tokyo.  It took me several months, but I finally made it. After finding out that you have to make a reservation more than a month in advance, I booked my ticket to Tokyo and off I went. They do not accept walk-ins, so it is necessary to make a reservation.

Upon arriving in Tokyo, I had to figure out where the Pokemon Cafe was. I knew it was somewhere near the original Pokemon Center, but wasnt sure exactly where.

I finally found it. It is located in Hombashi inside the Takashimaya department store in which the Pokemon Center Tokyo DX is located.

It was my first time to visit the Pokemon Center Tokyo DX, so I decided to visit there first.

The place was amazing. It had glass walls to make it seem bigger than it actually was, but was really cool. I found a few iPhone cases that werent available at any of the other Pokemon Centers.

The walls in the entry way had all kinds if images from Pokemon games.

After shopping, I waited patiently outside the Pokemon Cafe which is located right next to the Pokemon Tokyo DX store. Finally my name was called and I was allowed to enter.

Upon entering I was in heaven. There was glass cases with lots of old Pokedolls that came out around the time I started collecting. Togepi, Butterfree, Suicune, OMG!!!!

Houndour, Natu, Spinda…. Ahhh I was overwhelmed. I was remembering back when I had these (Except for Houndour).

It was time to order. The menu is all Japanese, but luckily I can read it. It was such a tough decision.Do I do food or dessert, or both???

Got really cute paper placemats when I sat down.

I decided on the Pikachu platter and the Gengar dessert drink. The Pikachu plate was pretty good, but kind of for kids.  But extremely cute!!! And best of all I got to keep the plate (of course for an extra fee.

The Gengar drink was incredible!!! It was like a Dairy Queen grape Mr. Misty float.

And the best part, the eyes lit up!!! There is a light inside. Unfortunately you dont get to keep the glass,  but you can buy a different type of glass (tumbler) if you buy this drink.


When I made a reservation, I was able to buy the file folder and plush chef and waitress mascot plush keychains which are not sold anywhere (Not even in the Pokemon Center Tokyo DX). They were waiting for me at the table when I arrived. They charge your credit card ahead of time to make sure that you show up…..

On the way out I bought some cookies

The plush mascots were only available for pre-sale if you made a reservation. The tumblers and Pikachu plate were only available if you bought the platter or drink. The other items were for sale.

It was an incredible experience. I cant wait to go back…..

 

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