Merchandise Overview – January

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[Pokemon Center] Special Skytree Center Moving Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Skytree Center Sun and Moon Pokedoll Pre-release (Litten, Popplio, Rowlet)
[Pokemeon Center] Spring Spring Spring! Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Villains Part 2 – Gacha Figure Collection
[Pokemon Center] 2017 Lucky Bags

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[Pokemon Center] 2017 Lucky Bags

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[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pair Pikachu – February
[Pokemon Center] Pokeball Promotion

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[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection | Large Plush (Flareon, Vaporeon)
[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection | Plush (Espeon, Sylveon, Umbreon)

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[Pokemon Center] Sun and Moon Pokedolls Nationwide Release (Litten, Popplio, Rowlet)
[Pokemon Center] New Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush (Alola Ninetails, Alola Sandshrew, Fomantis)
[Pokemon Center] Original Phone Cases (Snorlax + Sleeping Pokemon, Alola Pokemon Collection, Mimikyu)

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[Merchandise] MonColle Get Vol 4 | Electric Types (9 Varieties)

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[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party | Pikachu Candy Plush (3 Varieties)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party | Large Pikachu Plush

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[Banpresto] Kororin Friends | Electric Type Plush (Ampharos, Pachirisu, Pikachu)

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[Banpresto] *NAMCO EXCLUSIVE* Large Pikachu Mascot Plush (3 Types)

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[Merchandise] Pokemon Desktop Figures (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Gengar, Mew, Pikachu, Squirtle)

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[Banpresto] Kororin Friends | Big Raichu Plush
[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection | Large Plush (Leafeon, Glaceon)

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[Banpresto] Large Rockruff Plush
[Banpresto] Rockruff Evolution Line Plush
[Banpresto] *NAMCO EXCLUSIVE* Magikarp Plush

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[TCG] Sun & Moon Booster Pack
[TCG] Sun & Moon Special Set (Decidueye, Incineroar, Primarina)
[TCG] Sun & Moon special Set (Rockruff, Turtonator)
[TCG] Popular Card Sleeve Re-Release (Subway Bosses, Steven w/Metagross, Champion Steven, Chandelure, Eeveelutions)

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[MonColle] Bewear, Zygarde Perfect Forme

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)

Pokemon Center Report – Pikachu Explosion + July Monthly Pair Pikachu + Kuttari Batch 5

Along with the surprise mini-promotions (Trick Battle and Forest Playtime) previously mentioned, a bunch of cute plushies also came out June 18th!

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First up, Pikachu explosion! Every summer, there is a series of Pikachu centered events with tons of costumed Pikachus and other related Pikachu goods. This year, the explosion leaked into a mini Pikachu promotion featuring a bunch of items with a Pikachu print.

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Perhaps one of the coolest items (in my opinion) is this backpack. It’s a little pricey mainly because it’s double branding (Pokemon and Outdoor) but you’re guaranteed a sturdy bag that will probably last for a while, and even longer than a while if you’re not planning on going hiking with it through, for example, the Australian outback.

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Most of the items in this promotion come in either yellow or black, and the backpacks are no exception. While the yellow Pikachus are cute, my preference is definitely in the black. Not only because it’s my favorite color, but I think the print looks cooler white on black. However, if you prefer to stand out in a crowd, the yellow patterned bag is probably more your style!

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Another neat item from the Pikachu promotion is this shirt. First off, way longer than I was expecting, especially for a Japanese size shirt! For the record, yes, this shirt also has a black/white variation.

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The July Monthly Pair Pikachu also came out on the 18th.

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These two Pikachu are beating the heat with their cute swim wear and inner tube!

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The best release of the 18th, however, is the 5th batch of the very popular Kuttari series.

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This new set of plush included Lilligant

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Marshtomp

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Vulpix

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Pachirisu

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Emonga

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But best of all… CHILLARMY! For those who are new to the Miki(tzune), Chillarmy (Minccino) is my number one favorite Pokemon, and when I saw he was getting a Kuttari plush, I cried tears of joy and could not wait for this release. As with the previous Kuttari releases, all the Pokemon featured in this batch have both an awake and sleeping version, and the tag art differs slightly depending.

My personal Chillarms are on the way, but as soon as I get them, expect a slightly more in-depth review.

Until next time!

New Pokemon Merchandise – Mori Asobi (Forest Playtime) + Trick Battle

Along with July’s Monthly Pair Pikachu and the 5th batch of kuttari plush that came out today in Japan, the Pokemon Center surprised us with two mini stationary promotions: Mori Asobi (Forest Playtime) and Trick Battle.

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These stationary mini promotions can sometimes be easy to miss, especially if they’re released without notice, but they’re great if you like Pokemon themed items (rulers, pencils, notebooks, clearfiles, etc) that you can easily use in your everyday life.

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Friday Pokemon Announcements – Kuttari Plush Part 5 + Lots of Pikachu

On the heels of the Pokemon Sun & Moon update last night, Pokemon came through with an amazing update today.

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Information on the up-coming kuttari batch came out with the latest edition of Pokemon Fan, so for those of us who are sneaky and in the know, this isn’t a surprise. But that doesn’t diminish how amazing this kuttari line-up is!!

The Pokemon included in this batch are: Emonga, Lilligant, Marshtomp, Pachirisu, Vulpix…

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And Mincccinnnoooooooo!

Looook at the Minccino! How perfect! Awake! Sleeping! Aaaaaaaaa

The 5th part to the very popular Kuttari series will come out June 18th.
As with all Kuttari plush, the Pokemon included in this batch will have both an awake and sleeping version. Retail price is 928 yen each.

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A bunch of Pikachu patterned items will also be coming out on June 18th.

Pikachu Pattern Line-Up

OUTDOOR Daypack (Yellow | Black) – 8,856 yen

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OUTDOOR Body Bag (Yellow | Black) – 8,424 yen

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OUTDOOR Boston Bag (Yellow | Black) – 9,720 yen

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OUTDOOR Roll Boston Bag (Yellow | Black) – 8,856 yen

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Pouch (Yellow | Black) – 1,620 yen

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iPhone 6/6s Soft Case – 2,030 yen
Masking Tape – 648 yen

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Lots of Pikachu T-Shirt (Yellow | Black – S/M/L) – 3,240 yen
Lots of Pikachu T-Shirt (Yellow | Black – XL) – 3,456 yen

Mini Bath Towel – 2,074 yen

A4 Clearfile (Yellow | Black) – 260 yen

FRIXION Lots of Pikachu Pens (Black | Red | Blue | Blue-Black | Light Blue | Green | Light Green | Orange | Pink | Violet) – 356 yen each

Pocket Croquis Sketchbook (Yellow | Black) – 432 yen
Pocket Notebook w/ Cover – 820 yen

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Kuttari Batch 5
Pikachu Pattern Items