Merchandise Overview – September

9.2

[Pokemon Center] Ruby / Sapphire Pokemon Center Plush (Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Altaria, Rayquaza, Banette, Sableye, Gulpin, Plusle, Minun)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Halloween Time

9.6

[Collaboration] New Era x Pokemon Hats

9.7

[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania! Korotto Manmaru Plush (5 Designs)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Extra Large Plush (Ditto Pikachu)
[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania! Large Pikachu Plush (Baby Eyes Pose)

9.11

[Rement] Pokemon Camping (Blind Packaged)

9.12

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Big Plush (Snorlax)

9.14

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends (Psyduck, Slowpoke, Munchlax)

9.15

[TCG] “Awakened Heroes” / Ultra-Dimensional Beasts” Booster Packs
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Silvally, Drampa, Tapu Lele, Goliosopod, Team Skull)
[TCG] Silvally Deck Case
[TCG Campaign] Buy 2 boxes of booster packs at a Pokemon Center or store and get 1 pack of 64 original Acerola card sleeves

9.16

[Pokemon Center] Magikarp Jump Merchandise
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Yurutto
[Pokemon Center] 2018 Schedule Books (Pikachu Forest, Pikachu Red, Eeveelutions, Ditto Transform)
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Hoenn Gym Badge Collection Preorder Starts
[MonColle] Cosmog, Rowlet (Smiling Version)
[MonColle Anniversary Sets] Unova Starter Pack, Kalos Starter Pack
[Takara Tomy] Rowlet Plush + Ash’s Backpack Set, Cosmog Plush, Dusk Form Lycanroc Plush

9.21

[Banpresto] Extra Large Mimikyu Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Large Plush (Cosmog, Rowlet)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Plush (Bewear, Meowth, Mimikyu)

9.22

[Pokemon Center] Mysterious Encounters
[Pokemon Center] Emifull Pokemon Store Location Opens / Mini Promotion (Ehime Prefecture Exclusive)

9.23

[Ichiban Kuji] Pokemon Research – Magnemite –

9.26

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends (Axew, Hydreigon, Garchomp)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Big Plush (Dragonite)

9.29

[Merchandise] Pokemon Sun & Moon Ash Plush

9.30

[Pokemon Center] Putitto Pokemon Collection Volume 2 (Haunter, Sableye, Banette, Drifloon, Litwick, Gourgeist, Mimikyu)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You Can Badges (Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Mew, Eevee, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Snorlax, Dragonite, Lapras, Raichu)
[Merchandise] Nanoblock Sets (Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Pichu)

Banpresto September Prize Overview

Banpresto September Prize Overview

Hello everyone!

It’s already almost September?! I swear only yesterday it was the beginning of August!

Two new extra large plush will come out in September!

Ditto-chu (35 cm / 13.5 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 7th (Thursday).
Mimikyu (28 cm / 11 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 21st (Thursday).

From the general Pokemon Sun & Moon line-up, there will be one set of large plush and one set of smaller plush.

Measuring at around 12 cm each (4.5 in), Meowth, Bewear, and Mimikyu will start appearing in game centers from September 21st (Thursday).
Measuring at around 20 cm each (7.8 in), Cosmog and too adorable for this world Rowlet will also start appearing in game centers from September 21st (Thursday).

There will be two separate releases from the Kororin Friends series in September.

The first release features a selection of water and normal types.
Large size Snorlax (26 cm / 10 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 12th (Tuesday).
Smaller sized Psyduck, Slowpoke, and Munchlax (12 cm / 4.7 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 14th (Thursday).

The second Kororin batch is all dragon types!
Larger sized Dragonite (26 cm / 10 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 26th (Tuesday).
Smaller sized Axew, Hydreigon, and Garchomp (12 cm / 4.7 in) will also start appearing in game centers from September 26th (Tuesday).

Last and certainly not least, we conclude the summer with more plush from the Pikachu Mania! series.

Large size baby-doll eyes Pikachu plush (24 cm / 9.5 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 7th (Thursday).
From the Korotto Manmaur series, smaller sized Pikachus (12 cm / 4.7 in) in 5 different poses will also start appearing in game centers from September 7th (Thursday).

That wraps up the Banpresto releases for September!
Stay tuned for the return of Eeveelutions starting in October (the best month! Hint: my birthday is at the end of it!)

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Adults Love Pokemon Too

Merchandise Overview – August

August

[Gacha] Halloween Pumpkin Charms (Pikachu x 2, Mimikyu, Bewear, Gengar)

8.3

[Banpresto] *Namco Exclusive* Pokken Pikachu Libre Plush
[Banpresto] Large Ditto Plush

8.4

[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania! Mascot Plush (5 Designs)
[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania! Large Sitting Pikachu Plush

8.5

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Dessert Plate
[Pokemon Center] Putitto Eevee Collection Volume 1 & 2
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon x Nippon-Ham Fighters Collaboration (Sapporo Exclusive)
[Pokemon Center] Momo-Taro Pikachu Plush (Okayama Store Exclusive)

8.7

[MonColle Get] MonColle Get Vol 11 (Primarina, Machamp, Bounsweet, Golbat, Mudsdale, Jangmo-o)

8.8

[Pokemon Center] PokeSPedia Special 20th Anniversary Art Book

Mid-August

[Gacha] We Love Ash’s Rowlet Collection (4 Designs)

8.9

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Go Plus Deluxe Set
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Go Merchandise (Yokohama / On-Line Store Exclusive)

8.10

[Bapresto] Large Pokeball Plush (Great Ball, Masterball)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends (Piplup, Totodile, Mudkip)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Large Squirtle Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Large Plush (Alola Exeggutor, Slowpoke)
[MonColle] 20th Anniversary Set Vol 4 (Sinnoh – Piplup, Chimchar, Turtwig)
[MonColle] 20th Anniversary Set Vol 3 (Hoenn – Torchic, Mudkip, Treecko)

8.11

[Pokemon Center] Yokohama DeNA Baystars Collaboration

8.12

[Ichiban Kuji] Eevee & Flowers

8.14

[Candy Toy] Terranium Collection (Pikachu, Lapras, Snorlax, Bulbasaur, Dragonair, Eevee)

8.16

[Pokemon Center] Dot Sprite Series
[Pokemon Center] Kutani Porcelain Pokemon Plates (Pikachu, Eevee, Gyarados)
[Collaboration] A Bathing Ape x Pokemon T-Shirts

8.19

[Pokemon Center] Hoenn Can Badges

8.22

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Lapras Plush

8.25

[Merchandise] Snow Slow Life Snowglobe (Eevee, Flareon, Vaporeon, Jolteon)

8.26

[Pokemon Center] Eevee Collection Part 2
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Plush + Dress Up Clothes
[MonColle] Ash’s Pikachu (Alola Cap Version), Alola Exeggutor EX, Alola Marowak EX

8.29

[Bandai] Pokemon Pokeball Collection

8.31

[Merchandise] Snow Slow Life Snowglobes (Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander)

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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Adults Love Pokemon, Too! | Banpresto Prize Page

Banpresto July Prize Overview

Banpresto July Prize Overview

Movie related Pokemon Banpresto prizes continue into July, increasing the hype for the Pokemon summer movie for 2017 coming out in theaters July 15th!

The series of larger Pikachu plush wearing Ash’s hats from different generations continues with two new sets. All Pikachu plush are about 24 cm tall.

Unova Pikachu and Kalos Pikachu will start appearing in game centers from July 6th (Thursday).
Alola Pikachu and “I Choose You!” Pikachu will start appearing in game centers from July 13th (Thursday).

Two larger sized plush (Ho-oh and Pikachu) will also start appearing in game centers from July 13th (Thursday), with Ho-oh measuring 32 cm from wing tip to wing tip and Pikachu measuring 23 cm tall.

If you love Charizard and Charmander, July is your month!

A set of larger sized sleeping Charizard and Charmander plush will start appearing in game centers from July 4th (Tuesday).
Both plush are about 28 cm from nose to tail.

A super large Charmander plush, measuring about 34 cm tall, will also start appearing in game centers starting July 11th (Tuesday).

July gives us a second part to the movie themed Pokemon Korotto Manmaru plush with a new set featuring Charmander, Charizard, Butterfree, and Caterpie! Each plush measures roughly 12 cm tall and they will start appearing in game centers July 13th (Thursday).

Another set of larger sized plush of Piplup and Lucario will start appearing in game centers July 4th (Tuesday). Each plush is about 26 cm tall.

The super adorable sweets themed Pokemon Tea Party series continues in July with two new larger plush.

Extra large ice cream Pikachu plush (roughly 38 cm tall) will start appearing in game centers July 4th (Tuesday).
A cute Pikachu plush holding ice cream (roughly 24 cm tall) will start appearing in game centers July 20th (Thursday).

Finally, we also have a couple Namco Game Center exclusives!

From the Pokken series, a 23 cm tall Pikachu Libre plush will start appearing in Namco Game Centers from the beginning of August.

Two super sweet (and large – 35 cm from nose to tail) Pikachu plush will start appearing in Namco Game Centers from July 22nd (Saturday).

That wraps up this month’s Banpresto Pokemon releases! Until next time ~

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Pokemon Banpresto Claw Machine Prizes

UFO Catcher Adventures – Kororin Friends: Pikachu Line

UFO Catcher Adventures – Kororin Friends: Pikachu Line

One of a couple catch up posts from when I was in Japan!

Some new plush from the popular “Kororin Friends” Banpresto prize plush series were released near the end of May.

One of these releases was a larger size Pikachu plush.

As with everything related to the Pokemon franchise, there can never be too many Pikachu plush.

Three smaller plush (Pikachu, Raichu, and Pichu) from the same Kororin Friends series also came out at the same time.

I tend to have difficulty catching the smaller sized Kororin Friends plush because of their round shape. How easy or difficult they are to catch is completely dependent on how nice the staff at the game centers are. For the mountain set-up, they can be super easy to catch if placed in the right spot of the mountain or incredibly difficult if at the wrong spot. For the other set-up photoed here, from Round 1, this can either be an easy 1-3 play win if the claw is strong or a waste of money if the claw is too weak to do anything.

I won the majority of my Kororin plush from this type of set-up, with the grabby claw. This is yet another instance of “this will either go well or horribly wrong” depending on how strong the claw is. If it doesn’t lift at all, you’re probably better off saving your money. If it’s strong enough to lift the plush a little, you can move it forward (or to the side depending on where the plush is in the machine) and win it in a few tries or if you’re really lucky, the claw will lift the plush up entirely and you’ll win instantly.

As an aside, the Raichu is super cute! I won one for myself because I couldn’t resist. You can see him here with my other Raichus (and Alolan Raichus) in the top right corner of the shelf.

Until next time~