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~

Merchandise Overview – May

5.1

[Candy Figure] There Might Be Pokemon Nearby? Pokemon Chikaku ni Iru Kamo? (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Eevee, Gengar, Meowth, Pikachu, Psyduck, Squirtle)

5.11

[Banpresto] Large Ash’s Pikachu Plush
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee Large Plush (Glaceon, Leafeon)

5.13

[Pokemon Center] Eevee & Colorful Friends Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Eeveelution Pokedolls & Mascot Plush + Litten, Rowlet, Popplio Mascot Plush
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform Gacha Set 3

5.16

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends (Pichu, Pikachu, Raichu)
[Collaboration] Pokemon Love Its’Demo

5.18

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Pikachu Plush

5.20

[Pokemon Center] New Pokemon Center plush (Bounsweet, Pyukumuku, Cosmog)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center mascot plush (Alola Vulpix, Rockruff, Togedemaru, Cosmog)
[Pokemon Center] Look Upon The Stars
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Line Art Promotion
[Sanei] Pokemon All Stars Part 5 Plush (Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Bewear, Togedemaru, Mimikyu, Alolan Raichu, Alolan Vulpix)
[Sanei] Pokemon All Stars Part 5 Mascot Plush (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Meowth, Psyduck, Snorlax, Mew, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Togedemaru, Mimikyu)

5.23

[Banpresto] Extra Big Snorlax Plush

5.25

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Plush (Alola Sandshrew, Alola Ninetails, Alola Marowak)
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee Large Plush (Espeon, Umbreon)

5.27

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Graphix
[MonColle] Alolan Meowth, Alolan Vulpix

Banpresto May Prize Announcements + Current Prize Overview

Hello everyone~

Today’s blog post is all about claw machine prizes, so if you love Banpresto and plush, you’re in luck!

A couple new Pokemon Sun & Moon series plush are coming out in May.

Alola Marowak, Alola Sandshrew, and Alola Ninetails plush will be released May 25th (Thursday). Each of these plush measures in at about 14 cm (5.5 in).
Ash’s Pikachu is the hot item this summer because of the summer Pokemon movie, and so consider this plush the first of many. Ash’s Pikachu, measuring in at about 25 cm (10 in) will be released May 11th (Thursday).
Finally, a large Snorlax plush (measuring in at about 35 cm or roughly 13 in) will be released in game centers May 23rd (Tuesday).

More Kororin Plush will be coming out in May.

A large Pikachu Kororin plush, measuring in at about 26 cm or 10 in will start appearing in game centers May 18th (Thursday).
A smaller set of Pikachu evolution line plush (Pichu, Pikachu, and Raichu with each measuring roughly 12 cm or 5 in) will start appearing in game centers from May 16th (Tuesday).

The most recent I Love Eevee release will conclude with Leafeon and Glaceon (releasing May 11th – Thursday) and Umbreon and Espeon (releasing May 25th – Thursday). All the Eeveelution plush are soft and minky and measure in at about 25 cm or 10 in.

Moving on~

Since I’ve arrived in Japan, I’ve already visited a bunch of game centers (because what else do I do with my time?) and here are some photos of the Pokemon Banpresto prizes that are currently out!

Mew and Mewtwo Kororin Friends plush were released April 13th (Thursday) and are still very much in stock all over. They’re adorable legendary beans that need snuggling!

Komala (from the general Pokemon Sun & Moon series) and Sylveon and Jolteon (the first from the most recent I Love Eevee series) all came out April 6th (Thursday). Sylveon stock depends on the location of the game center and how difficult their machines are. The machines I visited today in Tokyo only had a few Jolteons left, but obviously this game center in Chiba still had a bunch.

Today brought us the next set of I Love Eevee plush – Vaporeon and Flareon! They’re both super soft, and Flareon is especially adorable with his huge poofy tail and his cute little fire face.

We’ll have a short break from Banpresto prize releases until the 25th (Tuesday) when Vulpix and Alola Vulpix plush come out, and before that, we have Friday Pokemon News to look forward to. So stay tuned!

Until tomorrow~

Pokemon Center Report – Little Tales

Pokemon Center Report – Little Tales

A new addition to the popular Pokemon Little Tales promotion came out Saturday, April 8th, and everything was as adorable as expected!

I’m a personal fan of this series as I love the art, created by Shinzi Katoh, who has a very unique style. If you’re a fan like me, you can check out his website here.

Every year there is a new set of plush and mascot plush. The plush this year are a boy and girl Pikachu pair going berry picking.

While the mascot plush are a boy and girl Pikachu pair holding little balloons, going to a little party.

This year’s release also included a third plush: a bigger sleeping Pikachu cushion!

There was a lot of stationary related items in this release. Along with a cute stationary set, there were also two greeting cards (with envelopes), four different designs of decoration (washi) tape, a sticker roll featuring 100 stickers divided into 5 different designs, and two sizes of notebooks.

What good are notebooks without pencils to write with? There were two different types of pencils available (KuroToga and Delguard), each with a different illustration theme.

The Little Tales series tend to feature home goods that aren’t generally seen in other Pokemon Center promotions, and this release was no exception. Along with a cute wooden fork and spoon set, three was also a pasta bowl and a set of glass tupperware, as well as a more traditional Center item: a mug with one of the main promotion illustrations (shown in the background of this photo).

The home goods continued with this adorable photo frame and three types of towels. There were two smaller sized towels (hand and face) that were both this purple pattern with the sleeping Pikachus, plus a small bath towel with the berry picking Pikachu artwork.

Another staple of the Little Tales series: fashion merchandise! There was a shoulder bag, pouch, wallet, pass case, and card case all with this same pink background illustration. They’re cute and simple designs that can easily be used in every day life while not being necessarily over the top but also still being cute and Pokemon. The charm point for me is the little Whismur in the window.

More fashion goods! There was an earring set, with one pair of dangling charms and one pair of studs, as well as two different sets of metal charms because everyone loves metal charms.

That concludes today’s Pokemon Center Report! What did you think of this year’s Little Tales promotion?

If there was anything that piqued your interested, you can still place an order via Japan Stuffs to get the items you desire 🙂

Until next time!

Merchandise Overview – April

4.1

[Pokemon Center] New Pokedolls (Rockruff, Alola Raichu, Alola Vulpix)
[Pokemon Center] Big Can Badges – Johto Edition
[Ichiban Kuji] Pikachu & Friends – Happy Beach Time

4.3

[Gacha] Pokemon School Backpack Collection (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Eevee, Gengar, Pikachu, Squirtle)

4.6

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Large Plush – Komala
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee – Large Plush (Jolteon, Sylveon)

4.8

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Little Tales Part 4
[Pokemon Center Online] 1st Year Anniversary Campaign starts: get 1 of 3 canvas bags for every 10,000 yen spent

4.13

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Plush (Mew, Mewtwo)

Mid April

[Gacha] Pokemon Connecting Charms Part 2 (Gengar, Metapod, Mew, Pikachu, Slowpoke)

4.15

[Pokemon Center] Kuttari Series Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You Promo
[Pokemon Center Online] Pre-order period for custom phone case orders starts
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Pokemon Movie Pikachu clearfile campaign starts
[Merchandise] Paper Theater (Pichu/Pikachu/Raichu, Mew/Mewtwo)

4.20

[Banpresto] I Love Eevee – Large Plush (Flareon, Vaporeon)

4.21

[TCG] “Beyond New Challenges” Power Booster Pack
[TCG] Special Card Set w/ Alola Vulpix promo card
[TCG] Pokemon Card Game Sun & Moon 30 Card Battle Set” – Ash vs Team Rocket

4.22

[Pokemon Center] New Pokemon Sun & Moon Plush (Decidueye, Incineroar, Primarina)
[Takara Tomy] Shoulder Pikachu Plush – Sun & Moon Ver.
[MonColle] Moncolle EX Figures (Pikachu, Raichu)
[MonColle] MonColle Get Vol 7 (Meowth, Alola Meowth, Marowak, Alola Marowak, Sandslash, Alola Sandslash + three secrets)

4.25

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Large Plush (Vulpix, Alola Vulpix)
[Banpresto] *NAMCO EXCLUSIVE* Pokemon Sun & Moon Pokeball Mascot Plush (Pokeball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball, Master Ball)
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time Plush (Pikachu, Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle)
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time Big Plush – Pikachu
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee – Huge Plush (Eevee)
[Merchandise] Pokemon Kiri-e Series (Alolan Vulpix, Gengar, Mimikyu, Snorlax)

4.27

[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi Plush (Marill, Psyduck)

4.29

[Takara Tomy] Talky Rotom Pokedex Plush