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 – 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

Merchandise Overview – February

February

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

2.1

[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)

Pokemon Center Report – Sun & Moon TCG Release + Card Sleeve Re-Release

Tomorrow is already February and so here I am with my monthly Patreon reminder!

All support on Patreon goes toward new art creations as well as me being able to report on Pokemon merchandise directly from the Pokemon Centers in Japan, which means more pictures and more ufo catching madness. You also get neat rewards like art, phone wallpaper, and postcards!

Check out my page if you haven’t already 🙂

This past weekend was fairly quiet release wise, but a new booster pack dropped on Friday, January 27th, and as with most booster pack releases, a bunch of other TCG related merch also came out on the same day.

First up, the booster packs themselves! This set contains only holo cards, and the price per pack reflects this, with each pack costing roughly 250 yen.

A couple special card sets were also released, including a set featuring Turtonator

and one featuring Rockruff. Along with the featured cards, each set comes with two packs of Sun & Moon booster cards.

There were also three other special card sets featuring Primarina, Incineroar, and Decidueye promotion cards. Those sets were slightly more expensive and also included more booster packs.

Friday also gave us re-releases of the 5 most popular card sleeve designs from Pokemon TCG’s past catalog of card sleeves. These designs were chosen by a vote. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t mildly salty that Steven ended up with two designs out of the 5, especially considering how many illustrations have been released with some really amazing art. But to each their own.

The Chandelure sleeves are one of my favorites

As are the Powerpuff Girl-esque Eeveelutions.

On a parting note, it’s almost February and that means Valentine’s Day is approaching!

Along with my usual commissions, I am offering two types of Valentine’s Day related commissions.

If interested, contact me via the form on this site, send an email to mikitzune (at) gmail (dot) com, or get in touch with me on Twitter @zombiemiki.

Until next time!

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