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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Friday Pokemon Announcements – Ditto Transform! Part 4 + Pokemon Center Campaigns

Hello everyone!

Although the latest promotion announcement isn’t new per se (it was originally announced in the most recent edition of Pokemon Fan) we finally have more details and more photos for the fourth installment of the popular Ditto Transform! series.

Unlike previous releases, this release (coming out at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan on March 25th) will be a full blown promotion, including more than just the usual plush and matching mascot plush. Playing with the theme of “transformation”, there will be several reversible items (a pouch, a cloth bag, and a cushion). Other notable items include a bowl and cup set, earrings, a super adorable tissue box cover, and the 3 for 1,000 yen sock deal that Japan loves so much.

The 25th is only two weeks away, so if there are any items you feel you must have from this promo, I suggest you check out Japan Stuffs and preorder sooner rather than later!

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Merchandise Overview – March

3.7

[Banpresto] I Love Gengar – Large Plush (Rerelease)

3.8

[Pokemon Candy] Pokemon Pokeball Collection

3.9

[Banpresto] I Love Gengar – Plush (3 Versions)

3.11

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You ~Always With You~
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Gen 7 Pokedex Metal Charms
[Event] Masuda will be at the Mega Tokyo Pokemon Center collecting donations for children affected by the 3.11 Tohoku earthquake from 3-4 pm.

3.14

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Big Plush (Bewear, Mimikyu)

3.16

[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru (Popplio, Litten, Rowlet)
[Banpresto] Pokemikke Large Mascot Plush (Mew, Eevee, Gengar, Meowth)
[Banpresto] Pokemikke Large Plush (Pikachu, Ditto)

3.17

[TCG] Awaiting Islands / Alola Moonlight Booster Packs
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Mimikyu, Ditto Transform, Lycanroc, Alola Vulpix + Ninetails, Wild Ride)
[TCG] Deck Boxes (Normal: Lycanroc, Double: Lycanroc, Mao’s Cooking)
[TCG] TCG Special Sets (Jangmo-o, Pikachu, Komala)
[TCG] Tapu Bulu EX Starter Set
[Campaign] Buy 5 booster packs to receive 1 special promo pack
[Campaign] Special holo promo card given for every box of booster packs bought

3.18

[Pokemon Center] Pikachu’s Easter
[Pokemon Center] Shiny Tapu Koko Metal Charm + Miscellaneous Stationary
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush (Tapu Koko, Shiny Tapu Koko, Stufful, Alola Persian, Alola Dugtrio)
[All-Star Cushion] Pikachu, Eevee

3.22

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Acrylic Charms (Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Lunala, Solgaleo, Tapu Koko)
[Candy Figures] Pokemon Kids (Tapu Koko, Gumshoos, Bounsweet, Alola Raichu, Alola Rattata, Pyukumuku, Mimikyu, Bewear)

3.23

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Large Plush (Bounsweet, Steenee)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Mega Big Plush (Wobbuffet)

3.25

[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform! Part 4
[Takara Tomy] Snorlax Plush
[MonColle] Brionne, Dartrix, Komala, Tapu Lele, Torracat

3.28

[Merchandise] Meowth PC Plush

3.31

[Merchandise] Art Jigsaw Puzzles (Pikachu, Eeveelutions, Alola)

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Japan Pokemon Center On-line 1st Year Anniversary

Hello everyone!

Tonight’s update was fairly uneventful. However, with that said, the official Japanese On-line Pokemon Center store will be celebrating it’s 1st year anniversary with a bunch of sales and campaigns!

The campaign will start from February 16th (Thursday), 2017 at 10:00 am.

At this point, 5 special deals and campaigns have been announced.

First up, there will be a 4 day sale exclusively on the Japan Pokemon Center On-line store, from February 16th (Thursday) until February 19th (Sunday). During this time a bunch of special sets will be sold at 50% off each, with each day featuring different items.

Thursday the 16th will have four sets on sale: a Pokeball set, 2 TCG sets, and a play mat.

Friday and Saturday will have one set each day (Villains set and Pokemon Time set) while Sunday will have 2 special sets (Varsity Pikachu and Spring Time sets).

All items and sets will go on sale from 10:00 am JP time and will only be available as long as supplies last.

Number 2: On-line Exclusive Items!

The Lapras plush is an enlarged version of the previously released Pokemon Center exclusive plush, measuring in at around 3 feet and weighing 5 pounds.
The Red Nendoroid set is a re-release, so if you missed out the first time, now is your chance!

Number 3: Raffle Items!

Japan Pokemon Center On-line members will be able to enter to win previously released exclusive items from the account page on the On-Line store site starting February 16th, 2017. Since the official page hasn’t opened yet, I’m not sure if these are the only four items being raffled off or if there will be other items.

Note that even if you win, you do not receive these items for free, and the only payment method is Cash On Delivery.

Number 4: More Exclusive Items!

Both the Sapporo Exclusive Pikachu Snow Plush and a double pack of Pokemon Sun & Moon will be sold in limited quantities exclusively on the Japan Pokemon Center On-line web store.

Number 5: Presents!

It’s not a Pokemon Center promotion without some sort of special campaign present. These three poster designs will be given out to all on-line center store customers for every 4,000 yen spent between February 16th (Thursday) until April 7th (Friday) or while supplies last. Each design will be distributed during the times specified in the photo.

And that concludes tonight’s announcements! Until next time~

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Pokemon Center On-line 1st Year Anniversary

Pokemon Center Report – Pokedolls Again + New PokeCen Plush + Phone Cases

Hello everyone~

This post is a little late (oops) but here are most of the releases from January the 14th!

Valentine’s related merchandise has been on sale since New Years signs were taken down, and the Pokemon Center is no exception. The little sign says “show your love to important people in your life with cute Pokemon stuff” which by the way is great advice 😉

The 14th was the official nationwide release date for the return of one of the most popular lines of Pokemon merchandise: the Pokedoll. I shared photos from the pre-release on January 1st but here are three more because I’m sure no one can have enough Pokedolls. Currently the only three Pokedolls in existence are Rowlet

Litten

and Popplio!

I’ve heard some displeasure over Litten not having a nose but I personally find it cute.

There was also three Pokemon Center Exclusive plush (or PokeCen plush). The Alola Ninetails sold out within 15 minutes on the on-line Pokemon Center store but didn’t seem to sell out as quickly in the actual stores.

Fomantis

…and Alola Sandshrew which sold out so quickly we don’t have photos for you! I was not expecting either Ninetails or Sandshrew to sell out, or if yes, not at least for a week or longer because it didn’t seem like they’ve been popular. From the reports I heard, scalpers jumped all over the Sandshrew plush hardcore, and I still don’t understand why, but this meant every time the plush were restocked they immediately sold out again, so that was exciting.

At any rate, once I get photos, I will of course share them. For now, please imagine something cute and soft.

Continuing with PokeCen plush, Mew and Mewtwo both were re-released on the 14th without any prior announcements. As implied with “re-release” these plush are not new, but the designs are slightly different from the previous releases. Mew’s face is slightly less fat

Mewtwo looks fairly the same but maybe more angry?

This cute clearfile featuring original artwork for New Years also went on sale on the 14th.

Last but not least, phone cases! I love Pokemon phone cases because not only can you cushion your little phone in Pokemon, but the cases usually come with a little spot for hanging phone charms.

This release featured three designs in two styles: a soft case for iphone 6/6s and 7 and a flip-case for other phone models.

My favorite of the three was the Mimikyu + Pikachu design. The iPhone cases was predominantly Mimikyu with one Pikachu

while the flip case was predominantly Pikachu with one Mimikyu.

Personally, I liked the second design the best (with all the Pikachu and one imposter) – it would be nice if they made other items with this same pattern.

Which phone case is your favorite?

Thanks for reading, and until next time!