In this week's Pokemon Update we have the usual merchandise news along with a new weekly feature. Here is what's new this week:
-Pokemon Center Tohoku merchandise
-New Black/White figure straps
-'Pokemon with You' Pokemon Center merchandise
-Black/White stamps series 2
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I'm not sure why these sets don't allow creatures before Final Fantasy VII, but oftentimes there are creatures that reappear in the series quite often that were in earlier games. Malboro, one of my personal favorites, shows up in this one. He's been in many of the games, as well as bomb, tonberry, etc.
Also in this set is Bahamut Fury from the Crisis Core, Omega Weapon and King Behemoth from Final Fantasy VIII, Shadow Creeper from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
A box of 8 figures will retail at ¥7,040 coming out in June, 2012. The standard import shops are already starting their discounts for pre-orders.
We've all seen plenty of Nintendo keychains, but Super Mario key holders? These are rubber charms from the Super Mario series that can hold a key for decorative purposes. The set consists of 8 well known Super Mario icons; Mushrooms, Koopa Shells, blocks, a coin, and Mario's face. These have just been released at arcades, but no import shops have these, so YJA will probably be the best bet.
Via Kikai's blog
Cave Johnson knew what he was doing. This is a man that envisioned combustible lemons. Now, we see a less-lethal plush version in the Valve Store ($19.99).
There is also a new diner mug (Maybe even the one Cave used to drink out of?!) for $9.99, and a couple of familiar-looking keychain plushes for $12.95 each.
Wonder Festival 2012, the best place to see video game merchandise coming out of Japan, is going on now. Most exciting thing so far (and arguably ever) is this Legend of Zelda Link Figma. No details . . . just sit and stare at the awesome!
Nintendo teamed up with iam8bit and Giant Robot to hold a Rhythm Heaven Fever launch event in Los Angeles on February 10th. The party sounds like it was a blast with a bunch of Wiis hooked up with the new game, free food and drinks, a DJ, artists, and, best of all, merchandise. Just for walking through the door, attendees received a T-shirt, poster and stickers adorning the quirky artwork that Rhythm Heaven is known for. It also looks quite a few Rhythm Heaven themed plushes, headphones and props were commissioned for the event. There was even a raffle with the winners receiving the Rhythm Heaven paintings which were created during the event.
Wish I was there!
More pics at Joystiq
Via VGTribune (also has more pics)
Six new pouches and four new straps are coming soon adorned with Mario, Super Mushroom, item blocks, and various enemies. The enemy pouches have two spots to store stuff, while Mario and mushroom are one big pouch. The straps may even be screen cleaners, and if so, well, you can never have too many screen cleaners apparently.
It looks like Chinese Club Nintendo members had a chance to enter into a raffle to win one of 200 Mario themed umbrellas. Good luck finding one as any iQue related thing is hard to find outside of China, even when there's more than 200 of them...
This year's Pokemon anime movie is centered around Kyurem and merchandise sets are beginning to appear. Here are this week's offerings:
-Kyurem movie figure straps
-Kyurem movie watches
-Black/White Pokemon dolls
Grab your explorer kit and check out more info and pics after the break!
Since this exciting post, we've found a picture of the full set of Legend of Zelda Skyward Sworld metal item keychains.
The Master Sword and Hylian Shield are back (despite the Hylian Shield being very difficult to attain in the game), but the Goddess Harp, Gust Bellows, Beetle, and Mogma Mitts are all brand new!
Found on ebay - Thanks Ikhana!
The Dragon Quest 25th Anniversary was last year, but the flow of merchandise from the event has not been stopped, and is spilling into this year as well. While this new merch isn't necessarily related to the 25th anniversary, that event certainly got the ball rolling!
Added to the already very impressive flood are some mugs, some new gold business holders, a costume, and a blind-boxed figure and map set.
Hero's costume (DQIII) - ¥15,800
Case of Map figures - ¥6,300
Slime Mug - ¥1,500
King Slime Mug - ¥1,500
Slime Stack Mug - ¥1,500 (coming in March)
Metal Slime Mug - ¥1,500 (coming in March)
Golden business card holders - ¥1,780 each (coming late March)
NECA is making Portal stuff, and its next entry is a 1:1 scale Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device replica (or the Portal Gun).
Now there will be more hilarious portal videos on Youtube, as not everyone will have to make their own Portal gun.
It lights up orange and blue, but no word yet on whether or not sound will be included. It would be a nice touch.
You can pre-order here for ¥16,000 (~$210) for an April release date.
The popularity of the last two sets of Converse Mario shoes were so popular, that they decided one good turn deserved another. The Converse One Star Super Mario Bros. OX is based off of Converse's One Star series (as opposed to the Chuck Taylor Hi-tops), and features two new styles of shoe, black and white, and has a Starman prevalently displayed on the shoe. 8-bit Mario graphics adorn the heel.
The premium leather shoes will be coming out in March this year.
See the second she after the break!
Vile has been revealed by Bluefin USA, the company bringing the Bandai D-Arts line over from Japan. Vile has MANY accessories, including two shoulder-mounted cannons, knee guns (?!), and even . . . a cocktail (???!!!).
No more info other than the shots were released, but they did start a poll for the next figure on Facebook. I'm pulling for Sigma, as there has never been a full-sized figure of him released.
The Angry Video Game Nerd, and his "sidekick" Sh*t Pickle, are both getting plushes. $17.98 each or $30 for the set, and both are available right now on Screw Attack's Store.
Now The Nerd can be right there with you while you try to land your plane in Top Gun, get killed relentlessly in Silver Surfer, or even brave Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
New Pokemon figures and Crossover game! Pokemon + Nobunaga's Ambition! Slated for mid-march 2012 release!
Hello Pokemon Fans! Do I got a surprise for you? Coming very soon in March, releasing in Japan are some new figures to co-release with Nintendo's upcoming crossover game with Koei, Pokemon + Nobunaga's Ambition. The figures slated for release will be of two new characters from the new game and their Pokemon partner. The first figure is Oda Nobunaga and his Zekrom and the second figure is Akechi Mitsuhide and his Articuno. Both characters are originally from Nobunaga's Ambition, a turn-based strategy RPG originally released in Japan on the Famicom in 1987.
Nobunaga stands on a black base with his Zekrom behind arms and wings open in a pose in which he's ready to attack. Mitsuhide stands on an ice base with his Articuno behind him wings ready to soar. These figures look incredible! Each character is beautifully and meticulously sculpted have been made with great detail.
Any Pokemon fan would absolutely LOVE these two in their collection, heck, I know I do! So hurry and get your Pre-Orders in before time runs out! These figures will release in the middle of March 2012 along with the DS game which is slated for March 17, 2012.
Super Mario 3D Land has all the enemy mainstays, while introducing us to quite a few new enemies. Lucky for us, Takara Tomy is taking the best of both worlds with their 3D Land enemy collection figure set. The set takes veterans Thomp, Boo, Goomba and Bullet Bill and slaps a Tanooki Tail on them, just like in the game. Meanwhile, first time enemies Stingby, Biddybuds, Wallop and Prongo are busy getting their very first pieces of merchandise with this set. On a side note, this also marks the first figure for Coin Coffer/Moneybag, who has been around the Mario universe (sparingly) since Super Mario 64!
And to top things off, HLJ has these listed at only 1200 Yen for a box of 15 with a May release.
Bravo Takara Tomy (and HLJ), bravo!
A couple Gacha figure sets from Sonic and Super Mario Galaxy 2 have been spotted at Target retailers. The Sonic set is a brand new with 6 figures, while the Super Mario Galaxy 2 set is a localized version of the Japanese enemy collection figures. Each figure is a couple dollars and blind packaged, but it looks like you might be able to see into the packaging...even if it will draw weird looks from employees and other shoppers. It's great seeing a lot of the Japanese merchandise making its way over here, hopefully that trend continues!
Thanks LSuperSonicQ2 and SoulDreamX!
How about a couple new Pokemon merchandise set sheets? Here's what is new this week:
-Pokemon Black/White mini slot machines
-Pokemon Black/White Pokeball figures
Grab some poffins, more pics and info after the break!