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Pokémon Calendar 2013 From McDonald's

By Kevin on Nov 02 2012 04:49 AM

A shiny Pokémon Calendar 2013 appears!
Almost exactly one year ago from today, I published an article titled 2012 Pokémon Calendar. Within that article, I presented our readers with a brief, yet detailed description of how I came across an exclusive Pokémon Calendar 2012 offer. Only offered by McDonald's restaurants in Japan, I took advantage of the opportunity to share the info with our Western readers, members and their families. I even sent a few of the calendars out to a few friends back in the United States.

Today, participating McDonald's restaurants throughout the Land of the Rising Sun began offering the new Pokémon Calendar 2013. By comparison, the 2013 calendar is far better than last year's calendar, both in quality and featured, themed artwork for the different months throughout the year. Just like last year, the calendar costs Â¥350 Yen, which is approximately equal to $4.37 US Dollars. The Pokémon Calendar 2013 comes encased in a sturdy transparent plastic sleeve, which is sealed. Last year's Pokémon 2012 Calendar was also distributed inside the same type of sleeve, but it wasn't sealed. I thought this was great! My greasy little digits were going to be the first to make smears across the Pokémon pages of the calendar.

Upon slipping the calendar out of its plastic sheathing, a subtle hint of that "new calendar" smell floats all around you, almost engulfing you're entire body. There's truly nothing quite like it, really. And, after those few passing seconds of aromatic awesomeness, it's just never quite the same as the first time. Also included between the pages of the calendar is a plastic sleeve that contains two sheets of Pokémon stickers. I took some pictures of the front cover, back cover, the December 2012 calendar view, plastic sleeve and both sticker sheets. Here's a closer look at everything, up close and personal along with a description for each.

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Front Cover: Not really visible in this image, but the front cover has a shiny foil look to it that shimmers nicely in good lighting. As you can see, Ash Ketchum is featured in his photogenic signature pose, surrounded by Pokémon White Kyurem, Black Kyurem, Pikachu, Oshawott, Snivy and Pignite. I found it rather odd that Pignite, who is evolved from the Starter Pokémon Tepig, was featured alongside Oshawott and Snivy, the other two Starter Pokémon in their non-evolved state. Maybe the art director has a fiery fetish?


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Back Cover: Unlike the front cover, the back cover doesn't have the bright and shiny foil finish. It does however, show a nice collage of Pokémon Snivy, Oshawott, Pikachu and evolved Starter Pokémon, Pignite.


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December 2012 Calendar View: As with most calendars, the last month of the year, prior to the proceeding year, is available for display. This is especially nice for this calendar because I get to countdown the final thirty-one days of 2012 in Pokémon style. Each month is also themed according to the time of year. As you can see in this image, for example, the theme for December is none other than Christmas.


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Plastic Sleeve: This was perhaps the most exciting part of checking out the new calendar. This sturdy plastic sleeve seems to have a neat little insert inside of it. To my surprise, this wasn't at all an insert, but part of the sleeve itself which makes this even cooler! I'm not sure exactly how the sleeve was designed, but I'm guessing that each side of the sleeve has two thin layers of plastic pressed together. This is likely how the neat card is sandwiched in there on the first side of the sleeve. This sleeve provides the protective housing for the two sticker sheets below.


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Sticker Sheets: Here are the two sticker sheets that are protected nicely by the durable plastic sleeve above. The Pokémon Calendar 2012 also had sticker sheets, but I like these better. Lucario is one of my favorite Pokémon and how can anyone resist Meloetta, Black Kyurem and White Kyurem. I most likely won't use these, but they're still nice to have and they look great.


I'd like to close by saying that I am more than willing to send these calendars to anyone who wants them. Part of the benefit of me living in Japan, is to share my unique experiences with friends, fans and family both in content and real tangible goodness. If any of you are interested in having one, or many of these, let me know. I can be contacted via my Google+ page, Twitter or in our community forums. Don't be a stranger if you want one of these. Get with me and we'll discuss the details.

I want to thank the McDonald's Club Happy Twitter account for giving me the heads up earlier today!


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Comments: 6

Woo hoo that is adorable! How could anyone not fall in love with Pokemon?
Pretty sweet!  Why can't we have cool things like this in North America.
I love it! North America never gets anything cool from Nintendo.

View PostDarthArk, on 02 November 2012 - 07:11 PM, said:

I love it! North America never gets anything cool from Nintendo.

View Postquijas31, on 02 November 2012 - 09:18 AM, said:

Pretty sweet!  Why can't we have cool things like this in North America.

Especially when it comes to Pokemon. It is just not as popular here as in Japan. Kind of sucks.
Nice~
woah cool another uber offering from the world of japan and pokemon.a big thumbs up and thank you to our big nintendonerd Kevin who now is in Japan to show us kewl stuff like this.