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~
[Candy Figure] There Might Be Pokemon Nearby? Pokemon Chikaku ni Iru Kamo? (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Eevee, Gengar, Meowth, Pikachu, Psyduck, Squirtle)
[Banpresto] Large Ash’s Pikachu Plush
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee Large Plush (Glaceon, Leafeon)
[Pokemon Center] Eevee & Colorful Friends Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Eeveelution Pokedolls & Mascot Plush + Litten, Rowlet, Popplio Mascot Plush
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform Gacha Set 3
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends (Pichu, Pikachu, Raichu)
[Collaboration] Pokemon Love Its’Demo
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Pikachu Plush
[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)
[Banpresto] Extra Big Snorlax Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Plush (Alola Sandshrew, Alola Ninetails, Alola Marowak)
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee Large Plush (Espeon, Umbreon)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Graphix
[MonColle] Alolan Meowth, Alolan Vulpix
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.
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!
The Pokemon Center released one medium sized promotion and one smaller over this past weekend. Of the two, the Kuttari Plush series had a bit more “exciting” merch, as most of the Movie merch was school related stuff (notebooks, pencils, rulers, clearfiles, etc.)
This was the first time the Kuttari series dealt with items aside from plush, although there were two extra large versions of Piplup and Pikachu.
There were three sets of double-sided clear acrylic charms, with one side having awake versions and the other sleeping versions.
The same three sets of Pokemon were also featured on smaller hand towels.
Patterns featuring those Pokemon and several others were included on cute stackable cups
On mini tote-bags
And on this stacking cookie tin as well! I love and dislike this type of tin. On one hand, I love the ability to re-order the individual compartments. On the other hand, I usually don’t like 2 out of 3 of the candy they give you (I prefer cookies vs candy).
There was also a cute chopstick holder featuring Pikachu and Piplup. One set has one of each Pokemon, but if you have a friend you could always both buy a set and then swap one Pokemon out to create a full Piplup set or a full Pikachu set.
As mentioned, this weekend wasn’t just dominated by the Kuttari series; we had some preview summer Pokemon movie merch as well! The stars from this release were the Ash’s Pikachu related plush. The main plush was bigger than the usual plush released for promotions, and to add to the excitement, his little hat (which isn’t so little) can be removed and worn!
There was a much smaller mascot size plush version as well, although his hat is sewn on to his head.
There was also a soft drawstring pouch and a plush pass case, perfect for storing your Pikachu figures or carrying around your Pikachu train pass.
And that concludes this weekend’s release round-up.
Until next time!
It’s that time of year where we’re getting closer to summer and the annual Pokemon summer movie. This year’s movie, called Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You, is the first in the Sun & Moon line of Pokemon movies and like everything in the world lately is a remake of an earlier film.
There will definitely be more stuff with a little more variety when the movie is released, with some movie theater exclusive stuff, but for now, here is a taste and a little bit of nostalgia if you’re into that. There are three parts to this promo: Pikachu plush and related items, Pikachu Z-Move items, and the legendary Ho-Oh scene illustrated items. Aside from a clearfile that will be available with the Pikachu Z-Move illustration and the Ho-Oh illustration, the two parts have different items. For example, there is a cup with the Ho-Oh art, but no cup for Pikachu. There is an eraser for Pikachu but not for Ho-Oh. Small stuff.
Of note is the Pikachu main plush, which is going to be bigger than the usual Pokemon Center plush based on the price.
The Movie promotion goods will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan on April 15th (Saturday).
(If you don’t live in Japan and would like some items from this promotion, check out Japan Stuffs!)
The Pokemon Center On-line Store is adding a new shopping campaign to their 1st Year Anniversary Extravaganza.
Starting April 8th and until supplies run out, the Pokemon Center will be giving away 1 canvas tote bag for every 10,000 yen spent at the on-line store. There are 3 designs in total (the same used for the promotional posters given out previously) and the canvas tote bag you get will be random. Based on previous campaigns, if you spend 30,000 (roughly $300 USD) you should be able to get 1 of each design.
And that concludes the announcements for Friday. Saturday brings us the Beach Party Time ichiban-kuji, new Pokedolls (Rockruff, Alola Vulpix, and Alola Raichu) and the Johto can badges, so stay tuned for photos when I get them!
Pokemon The Movie Promo Merchandise List
Pikachu Plush – 5,400 yen
Pikachu Mascot Plush – 1,296 yen
Pikachu Plush Pass Case – 1,296 yen
Pikachu Plush Dice Bag – 864 yen
Pikachu Metal Charm – 540 yen
Pikachu Z-Power A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
Pikachu Z-Power Pencil Board – 270 yen
Pikachu Z-Power Eraser – 162 yen
Sticker Sheet – 432 yen
Baked Chocolate Cookies – 1,296 yen
Notebook – 184 yen
Mini Notebook – 140 yen
B/2B 12 Pencil Set – 745 yen each
Foldable Ruler – 270 yen
T-Shirt (Child Size) – 2,700 yen
Dice Bag – 648 yen
Handkerchief – 367 yen
Mini Towel – 410 yen
Ho-Oh A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
Postcard – 162 yen
Microfiber Towel – 540 yen
Pokemon TCG Deck Case & Card Sleeve Set – 1,080 yen
Mug – 1,080 yen
Hard iPhone 7 Case – 2,030 yen
A5 Ringed Notebook – 702 yen
Jigsaw Puzzle – 1,728 yen
Pokemon The Movie Promotion
Pokemon Center Online 1st Year Anniversary Campaign