Ever wonder how many Japanese Pokemon Center charms there are? The answer is not an easy one. The Pokemon Centers in Japan had a campaign in 2009 that featured all 251 original Pokemon Johto charms.
The Pokemon Centers in Japan put out a massive amount of charms during 2009. This is supposedly the first of the charm campaigns. These charms were from the original 251 Johto Pokemon characters. They were sold in sets of 1 charm, 2 charms, 3 charms, 4 charms or 6 charms and featured the evolutions of the characters. All of these charms sold out almost immediately. This article will focus on the single charms that were made. See my other articles for the other sets of charms that were produced.
The Pokemon Center produced a total of 40 single charms. Among the most popular of the single charms are probably Suicune, Raikou and Entei. Known as the three dogs, these charms sold out almost immediately. I would say the next popular were probably Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres. Known as the three birds, these three charms were also an instant hit. They were also made in limited quantity and sold out very fast. Most of the charms were a big hit, but because there was so many made, its been almost impossible to put together a complete list. Ho-oh and Lugia from Gold and Silver Pokemon were also very popular. As was Celebi, Mew, Mewtwo, Delibird, Lapras, Sneasel and Smeargle. Most of these characters were sold out within a week or two.
The next batch of characters were not as popular, but as soon as the popular ones were sold out, people snatched them up. Aerodactyl, Corsola, Ditto, Dunsparce, Farfetch’d, Misdreavus and Miltank were just a few of the ones that didn’t sell right away, but are now completely gone. Once the initial rush was over, the remaining semi-popular characters started to sell out. Gligar, Heracross, Kangaskhan, Mantine, Wobbuffet, Snolax and Tauros finally sold out after about 2 months. Leaving only a few characters remaining. Some of the other characters like Dunsparce, Gligar, Murkrow, Mr. Mime, and Pinsir never really caught anyone’s attention, but they eventually did sell out. I dont know if any of the characters were sold in different quantities, but some obviously took a lot longer than others to sell out due to their popularity.
Some of the very unpopular characters like Girafarig, Sudowoodo, Shuckle, Skarmony, Stantler, Unnown and Qwilfish took about a two months to finally sell out, but now that everything is gone, I wish that I would have snatched a few more characters up before they finally sold out. It is rumored that there will be another set of the next 250 or so charms, but nothing is set for sure. It would be really great if they decide to put out the next batch of characters. Who knows, they may be more popular than the first.