Banpresto – Upcoming April Releases

The official Banpresto site updated with a list of prizes and dates for April! This post will cover everything coming out, along with the prizes for the Ichiban-Kuji [Pikachu & Friends Happy Beach Time] going on sale April 1st.

There will be three large size plush coming out in April from the general Pokemon Sun & Moon line-up.
These plush will be roughly 24 cm each, or a little over 9 inches.

Komala will be released in Game Centers starting from April 6th (Thursday).
Both Vulpix and Alola Vulpix will be released in Game Centers starting from April 25th (Tuesday).

The I Love Eevee series makes a come-back in April, with a new line-up of large size plush and 1 extra large size Eevee.
Eevee measures in at about 30 cm or roughly a foot, while the other Eeveelutions will be about 25 cm each, or close to 10 inches.

Sylveon and Vaporeon will start appearing in Game Centers from April 6th (Thursday).
Vaporeon and Flareon will start appearing in Game Centers from April 20th (Thursday).
Extra Large Eevee will start appearing in Game Centers from April 25th (Tuesday).

The rest of the Eeveelutions should be available in Game Centers in May, but for now, information coming soon.

The Kutsurogi Time (Relax Time) series also makes a comeback in April with some cute sleepy time plush versions of everyone’s favorite Gen 1 starters (and Pikachu).
The normal size plush will all be roughly 13 cm or 5 inches, while the big sized Pikachu will be 26 cm or 10 inches.

All the Kutsurogi Time plush will start appearing in Game Centers from April 25th (Tuesday).

April will feature one release from the Kororin Friends series.
Both Mew and Mewtwo are part of the Larger Size line-up of Kororin Friends, with each measuring about 26 cm or 10 inches.
These plush are usually super cute because of the roundness and a nice size to hug!

They will start appearing in Game Centers from April 13th (Thursday).

These cute mascot plush sized pokeballs will be available in Namco Game Centers only starting April 25th (Tuesday)!

That wraps up the Banpresto prize releases for April.

Moving on…there will be a new Pokemon Ichiban-Kuji coming out April 1st (no joke!) The entire kuji has a beach theme to it, and the prizes reflect this.
This is the first big kuji to have new generation 7 Pokemon, including Alola Vulpix and Mimikyu.

Each kuji pull will cost the usual 620 yen, and it will be available at game centers, hobby shops, Animate, Tsutaya, book stores, and the Pokemon Center (among some other places). I have a feeling this kuji will be popular, so if you’re planning to play yourself in person, get there early!

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Banpresto – Upcoming March Releases

Hello everyone!

This post will cover all the Banpresto Pokemon game center prizes for the month of March.

The I Love Gangar (*internally raging*) line will officially start March 7th with the re-release of the high quality and super soft Gengar plush. Limited (?) amounts of this plush were originally available at game centers back in December 2016, although I use the term limited loosely as these plush were around for a while and didn’t seem to be super in demand.

Along with the large plush, there will also be smaller Gengar plush, similar in size to the Korotto Manmaru series. With three different designs to choose from, these plush will start appearing in game centers from March 9th.

More Alola region plush will be coming out in March as well!

Large versions of Bewear and Mimikyu will be available at game centers around Japan starting March 14th, with each plush measuring roughly 26 cm or a little over 10 inches.

Semi large size plush of Bounsweet and Steenee will be available at game centers around Japan starting March 23rd, with each plush measuring roughly 17 cm or 6.5 inches.

Note that none of these plush will be made of the softer minky fabric.

A new type of prize will also come out in March: acrylic charms! Most Pokemon Banpresto prizes are plush, but not all; we just don’t see them very often, making them extra special. Each charm measures roughly 7 cm or a little under 3 inches and will start appearing in game centers from March 22nd.

A very large Wobbuffet plush will also be available at game centers starting from March 23rd. This plush will be about 40 cm high, or a little under 16 inches.

Finally, the popular PokeMikke line of up until now mostly stationary, pouches, and charms, will be expanding out into plush.

For March releases, there will be two types of PokeMikke plush. One set of mascot plush, measuring at 10 cm or roughly 4 inches each, and featuring Mew, Meowth, Pikachu, and Gengar, and two larger size plush, measuring at 29 cm each, or a little under 1 foot, featuring Pikachu and Ditto.

All the PokeMikke items will start appearing in game centers around Japan from March 16th.

Until next time!

Merchandise Overview – February

February

[Gacha] Sleepy Friends: Sun & Moon (Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Rockruff, Pikachu)

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[Pokemon Center] Vulpix Poncho Promotion
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Sapporo Re-opening Part 2: Coaster + Art Card distribution starts

2.4

[Pokemon Center] March Monthly Pair Pikachu

2.6

[Candy Toy] Pokemon Collection Candy Sun & Moon (Solgaleo, Lunala, Togedemaru, Litten, Rowlet, Popplio, Komala, Rockruff, Dex Rotom, Pikachu)

2.7

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Togedemaru Plush

2.9

[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection – Large Plush (Jolteon, Sylveon)
[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection – Plush (Eevee, Glaceon, Leafeon)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Alola Raichu Plush
[Banpresto] *NAMCO EXCLUSIVE* Magikarp Plush

2.11

[Pokemon Center] Pokedolls Part 2 (Pikachu, Bewear, Ditto)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Plush Part 3 (Dartrix, Torracat, Brionne, Jangmo-o, Passimion, Lycanroc Midday/Midnight)

2.14

[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection – Large Plush (Espeon, Umbreon)

2.16

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Plush (Alola Raichu, Alola Vulpix, Alola Meowth)

2.21

[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party – Pikachu Face Cushion
[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party – Large Pikachu Plush

2.23

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Meowth Plush
[Merchandise] Mocchi-Mocchi Cushions (Snorlax, Gengar, Jigglypuff)

2.25

[MonColle Get] Part 5 (Lycanroc, Alola Rattata, Absol, Drowzee, Yungoos, plus 3 secrets)

Friday Pokemon Announcements – March Monthly Pair Pikachu + February Banpresto Prizes

Hello everyone!

Tonight’s announcements were pretty sparse, so I’ll be including the Banpresto update for February as well.

First up, the Monthly Pair Pikachu for March was officially announced on the Pokemon website. The theme for March is, unsurprisingly, Hana-Matsuri (Girl’s Day) which is on March 3rd. The pair will come out February 4th and will cost 2,808 yen after tax.

Moving on to the Banpresto side of things!

As a reminder before we dive into prizes, Banpresto is a company that creates prizes for game centers. These prizes are not sold to customers directly; you need to either win them yourself or get them second hand.

The Pokemon Tea Party continues from January with two new plush. The Pikachu Macaron cushion and large Pikachu plush will both be available starting February 21st (Tuesday).

The Nebukuro Collection is not slowing down with more releases into February.

There will be two sets of large plush. Jolteon and Sylveon will be available starting February 9th (Tuesday) and Espeon and Umbreon will be available starting February 14th (Tuesday).
The smaller set of plush, featuring Eevee, Glaceon, and Leafeon, will be available starting February 9th (Tuesday).

Alola Hype continues with some popular Alola type Pokemon plush.

The smaller sized plush, featuring Alola Raichu, Alola Vulpix, and Alola Meowth, will be available at game centers starting February 16th (Thursday).
The larger sized Alola Raichu plush will be available starting February 9th (Thursday) and the larger Togedemaru plush will be available starting February 7th (Tuesday).

If you prefer Meowth over his Alolan counter part, you’re in luck, as a fairly big Meowth plush will be available as a prize starting February 23rd (Thursday).
A fairly big sized Magikarp plush will be available as well, exclusively through Namco, starting February 9th (Thursday).

And that concludes our merchandise round-up for today!

Until next time~
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March Monthly Pair Pikachu

Banpresto – Upcoming January Releases

Hello everyone!

I’m back with a new type of merchandise announcement post: Banpresto! In the past, I’ve quietly added these releases directly to the Monthly Overview posts, but I’m going to start creating posts like this once a month when Banpresto releases information for the next month’s prizes.

January promises us a bunch of really cute plush, including some adorable Rockruffs!

A new series, Pokemon Tea Party, will start in January with a big size Pikachu plush and three smaller plush all coming out January 17th (Tuesday).

If you love the Nebukuro Collection plush, and Eeveelutions, you have the January line-up to look forward to.

Big size plush of Vaporeon and Flareon sleeping bag Pikachus will come out January 11th (Wednesday).
Big size plush of Leafeon and Glaceon sleeping bag Pikachus will come out January 24th (Tuesday).

The three smaller plush (Sylveon, Umbreon, and Espeon sleeping bags) will come out January 11th (Wednesday).

The Kororin Friends series continues in January with an electric type theme!

The smaller size plush (Pikachu, Pichu, and Pachirisu) comes out January 19th (Thursday).
Large size Kororin Raichu plush comes out January 24th (Tuesday).

Rockruff (and Lycanroc) will be the first Alolan Banpresto prizes aside from the starter plush released in November and December!

The big size Rockruff plush and the smaller Rockruff and Lycanroc plush will all come out January 26th (Thursday).

Finally, we have a Namco game center exclusive: Magikarp! At a length of 15 cm, he’s not considered a big size plush, but if you’re a Magikarp collector, he’s pretty cute.

*All the plush mentioned in this post are prizes, meaning they can only be won from game centers and won’t be available for direct sale at Pokemon Centers.
They can also be bought second hand.

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Adults Love Pokemon Too (Banpresto Site)

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Pass Case Hoodies + Pikachu Invasion + New Mega Poncho Plush + Summer Campaigns

The Pokemon Center has a semi bad history of piling a bunch of releases onto one day, creating pandemonium when there doesn’t necessarily need to be any. With a lot of Pokemon Center exclusive goods now getable from multiple sources (including Amazon and their official on-line store), and coupled with buying limits that have been in place for over a year at this point (10 of each new item per person), the chaos probably won’t be as bad as it might have been in the past, but still, prayers go out to anyone challenging the Pokemon Centers on July 16th, as we have more merchandise set for release on that day!

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First up, these super cute mini hoodie shaped pass cases! Like most pass cases, they have a tiny slot to conveniently hold your train pass and can be easily attached to your bag with a carabiner clip to keep you from potentially losing it.

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You can use them to hold small items. Unlike most pass cases, however, you can reuse the cases to dress up your tiny plushies. Pro tip: these hoodies are a perfect fit for most (if not all) kuttari plush!

Designs for this batch of hoodie pass cases include: Gengar, Pikachu, Raichu, Slowpoke, and Substitute Plush.
Each case will sell for 2,052 yen

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Straight from the official Pokemon YouTube account, this new batch of Mega Poncho Pikachu plush has been announced for release on July 23rd! This batch of 7 plush will include Poncho versions of: Mega Gallade, Mega Gardevoir, Mega Mawile, Mega Diancie, Mega Ampharos, Mega Lopunny, and Mega Rayquaza. There is a good chance these plush will be part of a promotion, so more information coming soon!

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Starting July 23rd and while supplies last, for every 5,000 yen spent at all Pokemon Centers, stores, customers will receive 1 of these Mega Poncho Pikachu fans.

WorldPikachu

A Pikachu of the World promotion will be coming out August 6th – more information coming soon!

In keeping the tradition of the summer Pikachu Invasion event hosted at Yokohama’s Minato Mirai, a bunch of Pikachu themed merchandise will be released at all Pokemon Centers and Stores across Japan on July 16th. Do you really love Pikachu? These items are definitely for you!

Item Line-Up

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Pikachu Hat w/ Ears (51~55 cm, 55~59 cm) – 3,240 yen
Pikachu Headband w/ Ears (Kids Size) – 1,201 yen
Pikachu Knapsack w/ Ears (Kids Size) – 4,536 yen
Shopping Bag w/ Fastener – 1,058 yen

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Pikachu Face Print T-Shirt (130) – 2,700 yen
Pikachu Face Print T-Shirt (S/M/L) – 3,240 yen
Pikachu Facel Print T-Shirt (XL) – 3,456 yen

Pikachu Walky-Chu T-Shirt (130) – 2,700 yen
Pikachu Walky-Chu T-Shirt (S/M/L) – 3,240 yen
Pikachu Walky-Chu T-Shirt (XL) – 3,456 yen

Pikachu Necktie T-Shirt (130) – 2,700 yen
Pikachu Necktie T-Shirt (S/M/L) – 3,240 yen
Pikachu Necktie T-Shirt (XL) – 3,456 yen

Pikachu Carabiner Clip – 702 yen

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Pikachu Face Rubber Wristband – 702 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Mini Bath Towel – 2,074 yen
Pikachu Flip Flops (Kids Size: 19 cm / M Size: 24 cm / L Size: 26 cm) – 1,620 yen

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Pikachu Tail Mascot Plush – 648 yen
Pikachu Tail Mascot Plush (Female Version) – 648 yen
Dress T-Shirt – 3,780 yen

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