KelsiDavis

Bulbanews Writer
KelsiDavis

KelsiDavis

Bulbanews Writer
Los Angeles-based streetwear designer King Ice debuts Pokémon jewelry collection
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The King Ice brand has a history of experience with pop culture collabs, including with other video game mainstays like Sonic the Hedgehog and Xbox. Today, the LA-based jewelry designer revealed their latest collection of Pokémon-inspired pieces, which is available now on their website to ship internationally. The new collection includes 7 pieces, 5 of which are large bust-style pendants of Pikachu, Eevee, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle.
New drinks, food, and merch inspired by sea and mountain Pokémon coming to Pronto cafés in Japan
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A new menu inspired by Pokémon of the seas and mountains is coming to Italian-style Japanese coffee chain Pronto beginning July 11th and lasting until September 16th. The chain has revealed a selection of three new drinks with summery flavors, two new meals, and a dessert, as well a collection of original merchandise that will be available exclusively in-store at some Pronto locations.
Kitchenware maker Le Creuset to release first round of Pokémon-themed collection
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Le Creuset, the French-Belgian cookware brand best known for their enameled cast-iron cookware, has announced a two-part collaboration with The Pokémon Company, with the first release coming on July 17th. This first round will include a variety of Le Creuset cookware and kitchenware with Pokémon designs, with the as-of-yet unrevealed second round coming in November of this year.
New Merch Roundup: Snorlax, Gengar, and Charizard apparel at the Pokémon Center, Build-A-Bear’s new Munchlax, and a peek at upcoming Squishmallows
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The latest drop at the Pokémon Centers for the US, Canada, and the U.K. brings new apparel of fan favorites Snorlax, Gengar, and Charizard. Each Pokémon is featured on a spread of denim jackets ($199.99 USD) hoodies and crop hoodies ($59.99 USD and $49.99 USD), t-shirts and crop tops ($24.99 to $29.99 USD), socks ($14.99 USD) and hats ($29.99 USD). The entire collection is available online now.
Attendees of Pokémon fan convention “Pokéverse” report barren expo hall, high prices and miscommunication, and child safety concerns
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Held over the weekend of May 31st to June 2nd, Pokéverse was an unaffiliated, “Made by Fans for Fans” Pokémon convention held in Mandaluyong City, near Manila in the Philippines. Since the convention, congoers, vendors, and even its own celebrity guests have come online to discuss the many issues they encountered, from its unusually high ticket prices and table fees to concerns with how it treated its Make-A-Wish child guests.
New Sitting Cuties plushies of Kalos Pokémon coming to Pokémon Centers in Japan
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The Pokémon Company’s popular and very extensive plush line, Sitting Cuties (Pokémon fit in Japan) is getting a major addition. A whopping 107 new Sitting Cuties will be available at Pokémon Centers in Japan and at the Pokémon Center Online beginning June 15th, with online preorders opening on June 13th. The new drop includes Pokémon native to Gen VI’s Kalos region, including many different forms of Pokémon such as Vivillon and Furfrou.
New Bug Type merch, with life-size Larvesta, coming to Pokémon Centers in Japan, plus Pokémon Tropical line at Pokémon Centers in US, Canada, and U.K.
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Pokémon Centers in different parts of their world have announced some new summery merchandise, including the new “Bug Out!” merchandise collection coming to Pokémon Centers in Japan and the Pokémon Tropical apparel line that’s already available online for customers in the US, Canada, and the U.K. The Bug Out! collection will be available at the Pokémon Center Online and Japanese Pokémon Centers beginning June 4th, but their other newly-announced piece of Bug-Type merch is already available for preorder.
Previously Japan-only “Soda Pop” plush line available online now at US, Canada, and U.K. Pokémon Centers
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The Pokémon Company International (TPCi) announced today that the Soda Pop plush line, which was originally exclusive to Japan, has begun launching in the US, Canada, and U.K. markets for the first time. Three plushies, Squirtle, Chamander, and Bulbasaur are available online now at Pokémon Centers, with more of the Soda Pop line planned to be added in the future.
New Pokémon loungewear available online now at the Pokémon Center for US, Canada, and U.K. shoppers
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The newest clothing at the Pokémon Center belongs to the Pokémon Lounge line, which is available online now at the US, Canada, and U.K. Pokémon Centers. The 29-piece collection is the same in all three places and stars Pikachu, Ditto, and appropriately for loungewear, Snorlax across comfy pieces for men and women.
Original voice actor for Misty and Jessie shares cancer diagnosis, GoFundMe for comfortable treatment
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Rachael Lillis, a prolific voice actor in the Pokémon series, voiced dozens of characters across the early anime, movies, and video games, including main roles as Misty and Jessie until 2006. The other half of her villainous duo, Eric Stuart, who was the original voice of James, has shared a GoFundMe on X (formerly Twitter) in support of Lillis’ medical needs.
New Paldean plushies and Paradox Pokémon merch coming to Pokémon Centers in Japan
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The Pokémon Center has announced their latest additions for May, with lots in store for fans of the Paradox Pokémon new to Scarlet and Violet. Three Paradox Pokémon plushies, Scream Tail, Flutter Mane, and Slither Wing, as well as the Legendary Chien-Pao will be arriving to Pokémon Centers in Japan on May 18th, with preorders at the Pokémon Center Online beginning May 16th. Scream Tail and Flutter Mane will be available for ¥2,970 ($19.06 USD), Slither Wing for ¥4,400 ($28.24 USD), and Chien-Pao for ¥3,520 ($22.60 USD). All four plushies will also be available via Amazon Japan in limited quantities beginning May 25th.
Pokémon X ColourPop Cosmetics collab arriving May 9th to include lip products, eyeshadow, and more inspired by Gen I
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ColourPop, the cosmetics brand perhaps most famous for their various collaborations with beloved IPs like the Twilight movies and Sailor Moon, has announced their latest makeup collection inspired by Pokémon. The collection is currently not revealed in its entirety, but ColourPop has teased several lip glosses, blushes and a large eyeshadow palette featuring Pokémon-themed shades and packaging. The collection will be available via ColourPop’s website, shipping worldwide, beginning May 9th at 10 AM PDT, and at Ulta Beauty stores beginning May 12th.
New Merch Roundup: Luxury Pokémon children’s wear from Bonpoint, plus new Pokémon picture books for English and Japanese audiences
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This week’s merch roundup centers on kids as the Pokémon Center adds to its official baby line, monpoké, with new books and a Bonpoint clothing collab, while Japanese fans will also get new Pokémon picture books by prolific children’s book author Akio Kashiwara. The Bonpoint x Pokémon capsule collection is available now online at Bonpoint’s website, with select pieces available online at the Pokémon Centers US, U.K., and Canada.
New Merch Roundup: Terastal merch at Pokémon Center Japan; US, U.K., and Canada Pokémon Centers offer new apparel and Wand's latest Poké Ball replica
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Plenty of new merch is coming in at Pokémon Centers across the world this week, including Pokémon Center Japan, where the newest apparel line is themed after the Terastal phenomenon. The “TeraCute” and “TeraCool” lines include apparel, accessories, and lots of jewelry in the sparkly style of Terastallization. TeraCool features icy and elegant Pokémon on its items, like Chien-Pao earrings for ¥1,320 ($8.54 USD), a Dragonair lanyard and card case for ¥2,200 ($14,23 USD), and, interestingly, a Frosmoth wind chime for ¥2,420 ($15.65 USD). Meanwhile, the TeraCute line stars some of the expected cuties, like Tandemaus earrings for ¥1,430 ($9.25 USD), Pikachu, Mew, Dolliv, Tandemaus, and Flittle on an acrylic jewelry box for ¥2,970 ($19.21 USD), or the same Pokémon frolicking on a sheer shirt for ¥4,400 ($28.46 USD). The TeraCute and TeraCool lines will be dropping in-store on April 27th, with preorders online beginning April 25th.
Free Comic Book Day 2024 will feature Pokémon Adventures: Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, available free of charge at participating locations May 4th
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The first volume of Pokémon Adventures: Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is scheduled to be available as part of Free Comic Book Day 2024, which will be held Saturday, May 4th. The event, hosted by indie comic shops across North America, offers visitors a variety of free comics and manga and is celebrated “as a way to get customers to visit the comic shops in their local community.” Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is offered as Gold sponsor title, meaning every shop that is participating in Free Comic Book Day will have them available, though quantities of popular titles like Pokémon are often limited. Customers can find a local participating shop on Free Comic Book Day’s website.
New Pokémon puppets arriving at Pokémon Centers in the US, U.K., and Canada, while Pokémon Center Japan announces new Paldea plushies
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Pokémon fans in the West will find a new line of plush puppets available online now at the Pokémon Centers for the US, U.K., and Canada. The “Bite Buddies” collection is aptly named, featuring toothy favorites Fuecoco, Totodile, Greavard, Gible, and Trapinch. Standing at about 10 to 12 inches tall, each Bite Buddy hand puppet comes in at $29.99 USD. Fans in Japan won’t be left out for new plushies, as Pokémon Center Japan has announced five new favorites from Paldea and Kitikami arriving in-store on April 20th, with online preorders beginning April 18th. Pawmot and Polchageist will be available for ¥2,200 ($14.35 USD), Pawmo and Sinistcha will be available for ¥2,970 ($19.38 USD), while Finizen will be ¥4,400 ($28.71 USD). All five plushes in this drop will be available via Amazon Japan in limited quantities, beginning April 27th.
Japanese man arrested for selling thousands of dollars worth of hacked Pokémon
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Yoshihiro Yamakawa, a 36 year old interior designer from the Kyoto Prefecture in Japan, was arrested on April 9th on suspicion of modifying data in Pokémon Violet in order to sell hacked Pokémon online. Between December 2022 and March 2023, the suspect allegedly advertised his illegitimate Pokémon via a website meant for buying and selling items and accounts for video games, and even took custom orders for Shinies and other difficult-to-obtain Pokémon. Modifying save data and providing services that circumvent technological limitations of certain hardware are acts that are illegal in Japan under the Unfair Competition Prevention Act.
Handmade Pokémon decorations stolen from Easter display in Kent, England
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The host of a Pokémon-themed Easter scavenger hunt, Unravel and Unwind CIC, have posted an appeal on their Facebook page for the return of six crocheted Pokémon decorations. The nonprofit yarn shop had originally placed 46 Pokémon decorations made by volunteer artisans around the Gillingham community for children and families to find. However, sometime over the holiday weekend, a post box topper featuring Wobbuffet, Lefeaon, Voltorb, Snom, Mew, and Oddish was “selfishly” removed from its place near St. Mark’s Church in Gillingham.
New Merch Roundup: the Pokémon Center’s new graduation collection and Samsung’s Poké Ball earbud cases available online now
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The Pokémon Center is offering lots of new merchandise for spring, the latest of which is their new graduation collection, which is themed after the orange and purple colors of the Naranja and Uva Academies from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Fans in the U.S. and Canada are getting a full line of grad gear, which includes two display figures; Pikachu in purple and Eevee in orange, a diploma frame, an insulated mug, and several pins and stationary options. Customers in the UK can find an exclusive 8 inch Graduate Pikachu plush as part of the Pikachu Celebrations line, which retails for £16.99. The graduation collection is available now online at the U.S. and Canada’s Pokémon Center websites, while Graduate Pikachu is available online via the Pokémon Center UK.
Two new merch collections starring Quaxly and Poltchageist coming to Pokémon Centers in Japan
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The Pokémon Center announced today its two newest collections, the first of which stars Quaxly and other Pokémon that might be found in a pond, such as Psyduck, Galarian Wooper, Swanna, and Lotad, illustrated in a watercolor style. The collection features bath items like a Quaxly spa headband for ¥1,650 ($10.90 USD), Quaxly as a bathmat for ¥4,620 ($30.51 USD), and even a set of four Quaxly bath toys for ¥2,750 ($18.16 USD). Some other interesting pieces include two Quaxly plushes, one regular and one disheveled, each for ¥2,750 ($18.16 USD), two large jewelry trays, one with Lotad and one with Galarian Wooper, each for ¥5,500 ($36.33 USD), and a reversible bucket hat for ¥3,520 ($23.25 USD). The Quaxly collection will be available at the Pokémon Center Online and at Pokémon Centers in Japan on April 6th, with preorders online beginning April 4th. The two Quaxly plushes will also be available via Amazon Japan in limited quantities beginning April 13th.

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