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Pokemon Center opens at Jewel Changi Airport

The Independent logo The Independent 13/4/2019 Hana Otsuka
a crowd of people standing in front of a store © The Independent Singapore

Singapore – Now you don’t have to go to Japan to try and catch ‘em all. A Pokémon Center has opened at Jewel Changi Airport, and it was a huge hit among fans.

Open for a public preview on April 11 (Thursday), The Pokémon Center Singapore is the first official merchandise store outside Japan.

Pokémon has been a big part of a millennial’s childhood that the long queues were but a small feat for many.

Being able to obtain items ahead of the store’s official opening on April 17 added to appeal.

NintendoSoup reported that there would be six exclusive products to be launched at the Pokemon Center: a Pilot and Cabin Attendant (CA) Pikachu plushies, mascot versions of the plushies, and the plush and mascot from the Ride on Lapras series which originated in Japan last March 2018.

There are also keychain versions of the exclusives but in plastic instead of metal.

The items are considered to be exclusive to Singapore although other versions were released in Japan in earlier years.

Chief business officer of The Pokémon Center Ito Kenjiro gave an explanation as to why Lapras, carrying the iconic Pikachu on its back, was chosen to symbolise Singapore. “Singapore as you know is surrounded by water. We chose Lapras since it is a water-type Pokemon and by having it here, we wanted people to see and get a feel of what it’s like,” said Kenjiro. “Safe to say that Pikachu and Lapras are extremely popular Pokemon, that’s why we thought it would be a fitting image for Singapore.”

For those interested in dropping by the Pokémon Center soon, below are the details posted by Singapore Toy Sale:

Pokémon Center Singapore Jewel Changi Airport Level 410 am to 10pm daily Preview tickets needed to enter Jewel from now till 16 Apr 2019Open to public from 17 Apr 2019 The report you are waiting for.

Posted by Singapore Toy Sale on Thursday, 11 April 2019

Returning fast food chain A&W was also packed with customers during the public preview.

Member of the public Dzar Ismail posted in his Facebook, “We gave up. The queue was 1 hour.”

"We gave up. The queue was 1 hour"Itulah yang dikatakan oleh Jason Lee, seorang pengunjung A&W yang dibuka semula di…

Posted by Dzar Ismail on Thursday, 11 April 2019

Bobcpliew uploaded a picture in his Instagram of A&W filled with customers.

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A post shared by ???????? Bob C P Liew ???????? (@bobcpliew) on Apr 11, 2019 at 4:10am PDT

Jasmine Chong gave an informative post on the attractions at Jewel Changi Airport below:

For those heading to Jewel Changi Airport, the officially open date will be 17th April 2019. Parking there 4hours+ cost…

Posted by Jasmine Chong on Thursday, 11 April 2019

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