Christmas came early this year!
Hello Royal Rilakkuma!
Wow! This set really shows a diverse representation of Rilakkuma over the years! This regal Rilakkuma is a Fanclub UFO plushie from their 10th anniversary series released in August 2013! The bookmark shows the classic Rilakkuma design, while the keychain features Rilakkuma from the 2011 Rilakkuma Meets Honey Series! The relaxing Rilakkuma plush keychain is also a Fansclub Rilakkuma plush from their Happy Picnic release from March 2013 – doesn’t he look a lot like the Happy Picnic Caravan plushie from 2012? Hehehe he’s so cute and relaxed!
This beautiful set came from the super generous Jennifer! Thanks so much again and again for all of your support, your generosity really cheers me up when times get tough, and your warm wishes always brighten my day!
What else is new in the Rilakkuma world?
This release really took me by surprise!
San-X will be opening a temporary Rilakkuma Store in Nagoya as a special event from December 26 to January 6 where they’ll be selling plushies and other merchandise from the new Rose Series! After the event is over, the other 8 Rilakkuma Stores will be selling these plushies on January 11.
The set with all three (top) will be 5,000円, and the individual plushies will be 1,780円 each.
How special! The temporary store set-up is pretty interesting, and I don’t recall San-X doing an event like this before. Ariel at Rilakkuma Desu suggested that maybe they’re testing the waters for opening a new Rilakkuma Store there soon? We’ll see!
YAY I’m so glad San-X has decided to expand on this line – it’s one of my favorites! The collaboration between Rilakkuma and the JR Yamanote Line began in the summer, but I guess it was successful enough to merit an additional release of merchandise!
The train car cushion (3000 円) and the large stationmaster and fan plushies (5500 円 each) will be released on December 20 – they’ll also be available for purchase at the San-X Net Shop! In addition, they are also releasing little nameplate keychains, too. I already have the small Yamanote stationmaster and fan, but I might ask for the train car cushion as an early Christmas present hahaha
In addition, they’re also releasing a (non-plush) Rilakkuma x Yamanote toy train! They’ll be available at Rilakkuma Stores and department stores all over Japan for 2400 円 starting at the end of December. How cool! I usually only get the soft Rilakkuma products, but this is such a cute toy, and it even runs on toy train rails on battery!
Recently, there have been a few interesting minor releases here and there like the new exercise line with a Rilakkuma trampoline, a few Rilakkuma-themed pickles, and a potpourri of new kitchenware items like ginger graters, sausage picks, and ladle holders – but my favorite recent one is the new Rilakkuma cookbook!
Since I can’t read Japanese, the actual recipes would probably be of no use to me, but the photography and visuals are really quite inventive well done! It’s pretty cool because it seems like a lot of the recipes were inspired by existing Rilakkuma designs/plushies, like the cover! This cookbook sells for 1155円, and will be available starting December 13.
Really cute! Maybe I’ll try to pick one up if I end up at a Kinokuniya again :)
Year of the Horse 2014 XL plushies
In addition to the regular individual plushies and the special Rilakkuma Store exclusive set, San-X will also be releasing their usual XL sitting versions of the individual plushies on January 2 in 2014 for 13800円 in Rilakkuma Stores as well as the Net Shop.
While I likely won’t be getting these XL plushies, I’m really quite partial to this series because horse is my zodiac sign, but also because the illustration with all 3 of them under the horse is just so cute and unique! I think San-X went in a really bizarre direction with it, but I think it paid off and I appreciate it a lot for the creativity! I’m expecting the set sometime soon, and I can’t wait!
In other news, both fortunately and unfortunately haha school has been picking up this week since we have a huge midterm next week that covers the past 10 weeks of anatomy/physiology/histology/embryology – our exam will last the entire day! Good news though, is that once it’s over, I have winter break with finally some time to relax with my Rilakkumas haha. I really felt like I’ve learned a lot this semester, and Rilakkuma has been with me the entire way!
Hope everyone’s enjoying the holiday season!
The royal kuma is so gorgeous and I love his dango looks delicious haha.
And thanks for all the winter updates, the rose series looks so sweet, the yamanote line is another cute one with bigger size and I also like the horse series :)
Yeah, they’re really releasing a lot of things in the next month, it’s pretty incredible! I think as Rilakkuma gets older and more established, there are more and more releases haha it’s getting a lot harder to keep up but it’s so great and exciting to see new content regularly, especially as the Rilakkuma community keeps growing!!
Royal kuma has such a great life! He can sit and eat all day. yum :)
Yeah, and he doesn’t even have to move that much, the dango is already at his mouth hahaha
The royal Rilakkuma is very cute! Thanks for sharing and thanks so much for sharing the news about the new rose series. That series is so adorable. By the way, is that a limited edition or is it just a standard release? I may get some of those since I love roses and the styles are so cute and pretty.
The horse series is out. Did you get any? I will get the Korillakuma only because that is usually my most favorite one with the best design and color combination, but varies from set to set and series to series. I saw that the horse now with all 3 of them are out but may have to skip it because it is over $100! How much did you get it for?
By the way, do you have the link to your entire San X collection on this blog? I want to see what you already have so that I can drowl over it.. Ha…ha… Also, can you give me your email address? Or you can email me at Chingsui2002@yahoo.com because I want to ask you something. Thanks!
Yep! I ordered the Store Exclusive one with all 3 of them – it ended up being around $100 for me anyway because of shipping, but the tracking and speed gives me a piece of mind so it’s worth it haha.
I think the Rose Series will be a limited edition Store Exclusive release, but since they’re doing a new thing with the temporary Nagoya store, I’m not sure how much/little their stock will be… we’ll have to see!
I don’t have a short page with my entire collection, but you can see every post I’ve made for my plushies under the “collection” category on the sidebar: https://rilakkumalifestyle.wordpress.com/category/plushies/collection/ I want to make a page in the future with all of my Rilakkumas together in one page so people don’t have to scroll through all of my posts – maybe I’ll work on it when I get done with school for the year haha.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org :D
Aww he’s such a cute plushie! What lovely gifts~ So many things for winter really adds up. I was thinking about that cute cook book too. It’d be really cool if they did the other line’s since the Yamanote is so popular! Did you see they’re re-released the big version of Rilakkuma from the Candy Series. I bet they’re gone already but maybe easier to find on the auctions! http://www.san-x.co.jp/blog/rilakkuma/2013/12/post-370.html
Christmas is almost here wow it’s only 10 days now XD
Oh yeah! It’s so interesting how that XL plushie seems to reappear every holiday season haha even though that sweets series was from a few years ago.
It would be really cool for them to do other lines!! Though honestly I only really remember the Yamanote line haha because I was a tourist when I went to Japan – it would be so awesome to see the others featured though :D
Haha King Rilakkuma munching away on his dango. I love the extras you received, especially the book mark! It’d look totally cute in your med books and a little bit of kawaii to brighten your day.
I really like the group roses plush, it’s very serene looking. I can picture it being placed in a spa somewhere. Korilakkuma’s posture reminds me so much of my dog, he likes to lie down like that, with the back feet splayed.
I’m not crazy about the Yamanote line products…I find the items could’ve been better. But oh well, I guess they were popular enough to have a second line!
Omg, the cookbook looks AWESOME! Rilakkuma yumminess for every meal.
Yeah the cookbook looks so well done!! The photos/concepts are so inventive, I really wish I had that kind of food decoration talent! :D