Banpresto August Prize Overview

Banpresto August Prize Overview

Believe it or not, it’s already closing in on the end of July, and so here we are with an overview of Banpresto claw machine prize releases to look forward to in August!

There will be three main releases under the general Pokemon Sun & Moon label, with two extra large plush and two large plush.

Super large Ditto (measuring around 42 cm or roughly 16.5 inches across) will start appearing in game centers from August 3rd (Thursday).

The super large Pokeball plush (Great Ball & Masterball – both measuring around 35 cm or a little over a foot) will start appearing in game centers from August 10th (Thursday).

Alola Exeggutor and Slowpoke (both measuring around 30 cm or a little under 1 foot) will also start appearing in game centers together from August 10th (Thursday).

The Kororin Friends series continues through August with a water Pokemon theme!

The set of three normal sized plush (Totodile, Mudkip, and Piplup, all measuring about 13 cm or 6 inches) will start appearing in game centers from August 10th (Thursday).

Squirtle (measuring about 26 cm or 10 inches) will also start appearing in game centers from August 10th (Thursday).

Lapras (measuring about 26 cm or 10 inches) will start appearing in game centers from August 22nd (Tuesday).

Last but not least, Pikachu fans will rejoice with a couple more additions to the Pikachu Mania series!

A set of 12 cm (5.5 inch) tall Pikachu mascot plush (5 designs in total) will start appearing in game centers from August 4th (Friday).

A larger 24 cm (9 inch) Pikachu plush will also start appearing in game centers from August 4th (Friday).

That wraps up the Pokemon Banpresto releases for August!

For those who might be a little disappointed with August’s releases, never fear, for we have Halloween and more Eeveelutions in the near future.

Until next time!

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Pokemon Center Report – New Pokemon Center Plush + Mascot Plush + Pokedolls + We Love Pikachu

Pokemon Center Report – New Pokemon Center Plush + Mascot Plush + Pokedolls + We Love Pikachu

Hello everyone!

July 22nd had a bunch of plush releases, along with the We Love Pikachu promotion and a couple surprise items that hadn’t been announced.

First up, new Pokedolls were released! Pokedolls is one of the most popular staple of Pokemon Center merchandise and everyone always gets excited for them.

This batch included Mimikyu, Lapras, and Wobbuffet (because there’s always one odd one).

Along with Pokedolls, a fresh batch of Pokemon Center exclusive plush were also released.

The line-up included three Pokemon I never thought I’d see in plush form: Ivysaur, Charmeleon, and Wartortle. Of the three, I think Wartortle came out the cutest.

Along with the three second evolution forms, there was also Alola Exeggutor, Ditto, Slowpoke, Larvitar, and Sandygast, doing a good imitation of the aliens from Sesame Street.

As an aside, the Alola Exeggutor necks are bendy so you can pose them if you so desire.

(Also for those curious, here is the tail!)

New, squishy Pokemon Center mascot plush also came out July 22nd!

This newest batch of mascot plush included Pikachu, Alola Raichu, Ditto, Alola Vulpix, Rockruff, and Bewear.

A super cute Pikachu themed promotion, called We Love Pikachu, came out July 22nd in honor of the Pikachu Invasion Yokohama events that run through summer.

The line-up of merch included a bunch of wearable and everyday use items, like backpacks, shirts, headbands, and even scrunchies with little Pikachu plush on them.

The backpacks are some of my favorite Pikachu backpacks that I’ve seen so far. They’re soft, have little ears, come with tiny Pikachu tail charms on the zipper, and include the little back stripes!

The collection of postcards is a neat item as well, especially if you love the Pikachu costumed characters.

Along with the line-up, there was also a blind-packaged figure collection, featuring a bunch of super adorable Pikachus (and a Mimikyu on a skateboard!)

There was also a bunch of un-announced items that appeared in Pokemon Centers this past Saturday. These were all smaller stationary-esque items, but that doesn’t make them any less cute.

Pictured here from left right and top to bottom:

A collection of colored pens and a pen pouch to store them in, all featuring adorable artwork with Pikachu and Mimikyu.

A Frixion 3 ink erasable pen in two designs: Lots of Pikachu and the same adorable Pikachu & Mimikyu artwork.

An item called a Stickyle, which is a pocket sized foldable pair of scissors also available in two designs: Line Art Pokemon and Pikachu & Mimikyu.

More surprise items!

Correction tape in three different designs: Pikachu & Mimikyu, Eeveelution Pokedolls, and Pikachu in the Forest.

Regular tape! in three different designs: Eeveelution Pokedolls, Pikachu Face, and Pikachu in the Forest.

That wraps up this weekend’s Pokemon Center Report!

What do you think of the new plush? Which is your favorite?

Until next time!

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Putitto Eevee Collection + Nippon-Ham Fighters Collaboration + Pikachu Blackboard Collection

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Putitto Eevee Collection + Nippon-Ham Fighters Collaboration + Pikachu Blackboard Collection

Hello everyone!

Tonight’s updates were a little quiet, which I was happy for. Sometimes it’s nice to get a break but still have something exciting!

For everyone who loves Eeveelutions and gacha figures, you’re in luck, because here’s more! These new Pokemon Center exclusive gacha figures, from the Putitto series, will go on sale in Japan starting August 5th (Saturday).

The gacha set is split into two volumes. Volume 1 has Eevee (sitting), Flareon, Vaporeon, Espeon, and Umbreon.

Volume 2 has Eevee (standing), Jolteon, Leafeon, Glaceon, and Sylveon.

Each play costs the usual 300 yen.

A collaboration between the Pokemon Center and Sapporo’s baseball team, the Nippon-Ham Fighters, will go on sale exclusively at the Sapporo Center from August 5th (Saturday).

Merch Line-Up

T-Shirts (Small/Medium/Large) – 3,780 yen each
Long Towel (Fighters x Machamp / Fighters x Alola Vulpix) – 1,296 yen each
Twinstick – 864 yen
A4 Clearfile (Fighters x Machamp) – 280 yen
Set of Stickers – 475 yen
Shibaful iPhone7 Hard Case – 5,173 yen

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Totebag (Fighters x Machamp) – 1,728 yen
Acrylic Charm (Fighters x Machamp) – 777 yen

Last and not least, this cute Pikachu and coffee themed series of merch is currently on sale exclusively through Loft stores!

Hot coffee and tasty snacks, what more would you want?

Merch Line-Up

Bic Ball-Pen – 432 yen
A4 Clearfiles – 378 yen
Foldable Pass-Case – 1,836 yen
Acrylic Key Holder – 702 yen
Can Badge – 432 yen
Mug – 1,296 yen

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Multi-Colored Ball-Pen – 648 yen
Double Ticket Holder – 454 yen
Pin badge – 540 yen
Eyeglasses Case – 1,620 yen
Plate – 1,296 yen
Bowl – 972 yen

And more stuff!

That wraps up tonight’s updates. Until next time~

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Putitto Eevee Collection
Nippon-Ham Fighters Baseball x Pokemon Collaboration
Pikachu Blackboard Collection

Pokemon Center Report – Look Upon The Stars

Pokemon Center Report – Look Upon The Stars

We’re back with another

Blast From The Past Pokemon Center Report

This post will cover the Look Upon The Stars promotion that was released May 20th.

While there were no plush as part of the merchandise line-up, there was still plenty of really neat items with a cute Pokemon night sky twist.

One of my favorite parts of this promotion was the tag art. Lillie’s Bag, originally released as a full-size item when the Pokemon Sun & Moon games were released November 2016, was re-released during this promotion in a smaller pouch form. Personally I thought it was even cuter than the original because I like small things. The tag, if I remember correctly, is the same on both bags.

The Under The Stars hang tag is pretty big, which is both good and bad. Good because you get more art included on the tag, but bad if you like keeping your tags mint and uncreased (the bigger the tag, the easier it is to bend, even just getting it home from the store). To add to it, the tag has a couple bits that stick out, making it even easier to damage. Regardless, I love this art!

The only thing better than the hang tag art, however, is the little Cosmog/Nebby label that appears on most of the items.

I had been pretty excited for this promotion. I love the night, I love night themed stuff, I think Cosmog is a cutie, what could go wrong? Maybe it’s just me but the constellation print they put on most of the items seems oddly blurry, and that coupled with the oddly in focus Cosmog made things look like (to me at least) they weren’t printed well. Jen said it looked fine to her, so it might be that I’m super picky (possible) and in the end it helped me save money, but this cushion is a good example of what I mean by the weird out of focus print style.

Moving on to the merch! Pokemon Center promotions lately have been featuring backpacks as part of their line-up, and Look Upon The Stars was no exception. The backpack features the constellation print and even has little stars on the zippers.

Another neat item: the hoodie! I was conflicted over whether or not I wanted this, as once again, I love constellations and night themed merch, and I also love hoodies, and it’s a dark color which the Japanese Pokemon Center doesn’t make a lot of clothing in darker colors. Plus I loved having the constellation design on the inside.

The downside for me is the print is actually only just behind the zipper and on the hood. The rest of the inside of the hoodie is plain blue, and the material was a little too thin for what I like.

Regardless, it’s still a cute hoodie! And it even features a little Cosmog on the outside.

Some other neat items from the promotion:

A foldable compact mirror featuring the constellation print.

A cute train pass case with the Pikachu and Cosmog illustration

Two types of pens: one featuring the Pikachu and Cosmog illustration and one with the Pokemon constellation art.

Cute socks!

A tumbler with an insert that features the Pikachu and Cosmog illustration on one side and the Pokemon constellation art on the other, so you can switch between the two depending on your mood.

That wraps up Look Upon The Stars! Did you get anything from this promotion? What was your favorite item?

Until next time!

Pokemon Center Report – Alola Festival + New Pokemon Center Plush + TCG Card Sleeves

Pokemon Center Report – Alola Festival + New Pokemon Center Plush + TCG Card Sleeves

This past Saturday (July 15th) saw a multitude of releases, from plush to figures, plus a Pokemon Center promotion, a Pokemon Store grand opening (Okinawa), and of course not forgetting the release of the 2017 summer Pokemon movie: I Choose You!

In short, this weekend was very busy for Pokemon fans in Japan.

This post won’t cover everything, but here is a taste of what came out at Pokemon Centers!

First up: the adorable vacation Pikachu plush and mascot plush from the Alola Festival promotion.

Everything the Pikachu plush is wearing (hat, t-shirt, button-up shirt) was available in human sizes as well, so you could match! Although I don’t collect Pyukumuku, I thought the shirts were especially cute, and I love how the human size hats come with Pikachu ears attached.

As an aside, the button-up shirt release was delayed until August.

Speaking of Pyukumuku, we got a couple plush items of him in the Alola Festival promotion. Along with a super adorable mini sized Pyukumuku mascot plush, there was also a plush drawstring pouch and a plush tissue box cover. I especially love the tissue box covers because they transform any tissue box into a cuddle buddy, perfect for when you’re sick and feeling bad. (You’ll feel less bad pulling tissues out of Pyukumuku!)

There were also two other mascot plush besides Pyukumuku: Alola Marowak and Alola Exeggutor. The Exeggutor unfortunately is a little tiny (even with the neck he is still roughly the same size as Marowak) but I think that just makes him cuter. The Alola Marowak plush is perfect!

There were other items from the Alola Festival promotion aside from plush, believe it or not. The majority of items featured one of two main promotional art, both of which are just adorable beyond belief.

Pictured here is a sheet of stickers, various hand towels and handkerchiefs (the blue towel is a long towel with a bunch of Pyukumukus on it), and a cute Alolan style pouch!

These six Pikachu card sleeves were announced semi at the last minute. Each Pikachu is wearing a different hat from a different region, and each card sleeve pack contained 64 sleeves.

Card sleeves are special but pretty standard for TCG releases, however, the Pokemon Center also gave us mini card folders for storing your cards (how sweet!) There were two designs in total for this release, one featuring Rotom and one featuring Lana.

What were you especially excited for from the multitude of July 15th releases?

Until next time!

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Pokemon Dessert Plate + Japanese Style

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Pokemon Dessert Plate + Japanese Style

Hello everyone!

The Pokemon Center gave us two cute promotion announcements on Friday, and I already can’t wait until the release!

First up, the promotion I’m most excited for: Pokemon Dessert Plate!

This promotion, featuring a bunch of sweets themed merch, will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting August 5th (Saturday).

There are two items that were most intriguing to me: 8 mascot plush, blind packaged figures, and what appears to be, based on description alone, a teapot/teacup set …none of which had pictures because the Pokemon Center is currently being really annoying with their news. Why not give us pictures of the stuff we want the most? Also, I’m not sure if it’s a temporary thing and someone just forgot or if it’s the new trend but none of the pictures this time had labels, which is usually fine, but sometimes what the item is can be ambiguous at best and the labels were helpful. So I dunno… thanks, Pokemon Center??

Full Line-Up

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Mascot Plush (Pikachu, Charizard, Venusaur, Blastoise, Snorlax, Eevee, Vulpix, Alola Vulpix) – 1,080 yen each
Pancake Cushion w/ Venusaur – 3,240 yen
Mini Figure Collection (Blind Packaged) – 594 yen
Tea For One – 3,024 yen

Cupcake Hand Towel (Pink / Blue) – 594 yen each
Face Towel – 1,080 yen
Mini Tote Bag – 1,944 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 497 yen
Memo Set w/ Case – 864 yen

Sticker Assortment – 648 yen
Mini Pouch (Blue) – 1,296 yen
Pouch (Pink) – 1,728 yen
Flat Case (Pink / Blue) – 648 yen each

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Mini Gift Bag (Pink / Blue) – 540 yen each
Apron – 2,700 yen
Universal Flip Phone Case – 3,456 yen
A5 Note Book Set – 626 yen
Thermos – 2,700 yen

For those who love Japanese style merchandise and Pokemon, the return of the Japanese Style Pokemon promotion will sure to be right up your alley! It features some of the usual Pokemon Center items, such as plush, towels, stickers, and pouches, along with some unique items, such as a curtain, traditional Japanese clothing, fans, and a plethora of other neat stuff.

This promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting July 29th (Saturday).

Full Line-Up

Crepe Material Style Plush (Pikachu, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio) – 1,512 yen each
[Not Pictured] Crepe Material Style Mascot Plush (Pikachu, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio) – 1,080 yen each
Mini Clasp Purse (Rowlet / [Not Pictured] Mt Silver) – 1,080 yen each
[Not Pictured] Mini Clasp Purse (Candy) – 1,188 yen
Clasp Pouch (Candy / Rowlet) – 2,052 yen
Set of 3 Clearfiles – 756 yen
Hand Towel (Candy / Rowlet / Mt Silver) – 540 yen each
[Not Pictured] Handkerchief (Candy / Rowlet / Mt Silver) – 1,404 yen each
Decoration Tape (Candy / Rowlet) – 648 yen each
[Not Pictured] Gold Lacquer Sticker (Mt Silver) – 540 yen
[Not Pictured] Stickers (Candy / Rowlet) – 486 yen each

Set of 2 Small Plates (Rowlet) – 1,080 yen
Hanko Case – Candy / 1,188 yen | Rowlet – 1,080 yen
Drawstring Pouch (Candy / Rowlet) – 1,296 yen each
Pouch (Mt Silver) – 1,080 yen
Door Curtain (Mt Silver) – 3,780 yen
Paper Craft Theater (Mt Silver) – 2,160 yen
Jinbei Set (Shirt / Pants | Medium / Large) – 5,184 yen
Traditional Boxers (Rowlet – Mens / Ladies) – 3,024 yen each
Traditional Boxers (Candy | Small / Medium) – 3,024 yen

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Arare Tins (Rowlet / Mt Silver) – 648 yen each
Sticky Notes (Candy) – 540 yen
Hand Bound Notebook (Rowlet) – 648 yen
A5 Notebook (Mt Silver) – 410 yen
Mini Envelope (Set of 4 Patterns) – 648 yen
Folding Fan (Candy / Rowlet / Mt Silver) – 2,376 yen each
Chopsticks (Rowlet) – 1,080 yen
Tea Cup (Rowlet) – 1,836 yen
Mini Rice Bowl (Rowlet) – 1,080 yen
Piercings (Candy) – 1,296 yen
Non-hole Piercings (Candy) – 1,296 yen
Bag Keychain (Candy) – 1,728 yen
Noodle Cup (Rowlet) – 864 yen
Chopstick Rest (Rowlet) – 648 yen

Charm Collection (Blind Packaged) – 540 yen each

Pokemon TCG Card Sleeves (Pack of 64 | Candy / Rowlet / Mt Silver) – 777 yen each
Pokemon TCG Flip Deck Case (Rowlet) – 2,160 yen

Thanks to the lovely Jen from Japan Stuffs, I can include photos of the posters the Pokemon Center put up on Saturday for both the Dessert Plate and Japanese Style promos, which include labels for things as well as pictures for the items everyone is excited about: the plush, the mascot plush, and the figures! The only thing we’re missing is the tea for one set and the mysterious “Charm Collection” from the Japanese promotion. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

As always, thanks for reading and until next time~

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Pokemon Dessert Plate
Pokemon Japanese Style 2017