This post will cover all the Banpresto prize releases for the month of April.
As a reminder, the items listed on this post are not available for sale in stores, such as the Pokemon Center. They are only sold from Banpresto for use as prizes in game centers. Everything can be bought from second hand sellers, however, what is sold and at what price is completely up to the discretion of the re-sellers.
April brings us three new series (Pokemon Life With Pikachu, Tsuretette Plush, and Mogu-Mogu Time) along with the return of some favorites (Korotto Manmaru and Kororin Friends) along with the general Pokemon Sun & Moon line.
Pokemon Life With Pikachu starts in April with two different releases.
A set of 2 large Pikachu plush (about 28 cm long) will start appearing in game centers April 5th (Thursday).
From the stock photo, it seems like these plush are made of softer minky fabric vs the usual velboa. It could be an illusion, but hopefully not!
A set of 2 Pikachu plush tissue box cases (about 30 cm long) will start appearing in game centers April 12th (Thursday).
The next new series, Pokemon Tsuretette, will also have two releases in April.
Tsuretette means to bring along, so this is like a Buddy Pokemon themed series.
A set of two larger sized plush (about 24 cm tall) will start appearing in game centers April 5th (Thursday).
This set includes Pichu and Cubone.
A set of four smaller sized plush (14 cm tall) will start appearing in game centers April 16th (Tuesday).
This set includes Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur.
The last new series for April is Mogu-Mogu Time (Snack Time).
The extra large Snacky Snorlax plush (about 36 cm tall) will start appearing in game centers April 26th (Thursday).
Large plush from the Korotto Manmaru series (about 25 cm tall each) will start appearing in game centers April 12th (Thursday).
This set includes Raichu, Voltorb, and Ampharos.
April sees the release of the first four plush from the large Kororin Friends Eeveelution set.
Jolteon, Sylveon, Vaporeon, and Flareon will start appearing in game centers from April 24th (Tuesday).
Each plush should be around 26 cm from head to tail.
Last but not least, there will be two releases from the general Pokemon Sun & Moon line.
A large Poipole plush (about 24 cm tall) will start appearing in game centers April 5th (Thursday).
An extra large Magnemite plush (54 cm long) will start appearing in game centers April 24th (Tuesday).
That wraps up the exciting Banpresto releases for April!
Until next time~
Pokemon For Adults
This week’s announcements were pretty low-key.
Pikachu’s Closet returns to Pokemon Centers with a brand new clothing set.
The Easter Clothing Set features cute overalls, shirt, hat, and tiny Torchic Easter egg. Perfect to dress Pikachu up in for Easter brunch!
The clothing set will cost 3,456 yen after tax and will go on sale March 31st (Saturday) at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan.
Images and pre-orders for the next San-ei Pokemon All-Star series of plush have surfaced on Amazon!
This set, which should go on sale around July 5th 2018 (Thursday) includes 11 Pokemon: Venusaur, Blastoise, Charizard, Growlithe, Azumarill, Petilil, Swirlix, Pachirisu, Teddiursa, Magikarp, and Dratini.
Prices are as follows.
Magikarp, Petilil, Dratini, Teddiursa, Gulpin (not pictured)
Growlithe, Swirlix, Pachirisu, Azumarill
Venusaur, Blastoise, Charizard
There will also be a set of plush pouches with tail zippers on the back. These pouches should also go on sale in Japan starting around July 5th 2018 (Thursday).
The set will include: Pikachu, Mimikyu, Slowpoke, Caterpie, Eevee, and Wobbuffet.
Each pouch will cost 2,160 yen after tax.
Also of note is a new Re-ment figure set coming out April 9th, 2018 (Monday).
The set has 8 figures in total. Each figure comes with a Pokemon and a part of a tree plus stump. Collecting all 8 figures will let you build the entire tree with all the woodland Pokemon for a cute diorama.
The Pokemon in this set include: Pikachu, Rowlet, Oddish & Bulbasaur, Elekid & Bellossom, Teddiursa, Pichu, Pideot, and Cerebi.
That wraps up today’s Pokemon Merchandise Announcements!
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The brand new Tokyo DX Pokemon Center, located on the 5th floor of the Nihonbashi Takashimaya S.C. East Hall, is officially open for business.
Maybe in part to the Center opening on a weekday, the crowds were not as big as they probably will be over the weekend. The Center is about as big as the Skytree location but the staff tried to make it seem larger with the use of strategically placed mirrors (sneaky!)
Along with the opening, there are a bunch of Center exclusive merchandise promotions, with most of these items being sold exclusively through the Tokyo DX Center location.
Two of the three main Pikachu plush (Gentleman and Hakama) are available everywhere around Japan, but the special Fireman Pikachu is only available at the DX Center.
A set of three dress-up Pikachu metal charms is available for sale everywhere, so even if you’re not in Tokyo, you can still get something of the super cute Fireman Pikachu.
The Center logo pin is, unsurprisingly, a DX exclusive, but makes a great commemorative souvenir!
Also exclusive to the DX Center: the Pikachu Walking Map series!
All of the items in this series feature a stylized map covered in cute Pokemon and featuring notable sites around Tokyo.
These cute toothpick cases, complete with wooden toothpicks, are from a third separate mini promotion also exclusive to the DX Center.
A brand new permanent Pokemon Cafe is now also open on the same floor as the Tokyo DX Pokemon Center.
This cafe features a bunch of Pokemon themed food (more information in this post) as well as a small store with exclusive items sold through the DX Pokemon Center, including these adorable Pikachu plush.
Mascot sized versions of each plush are available for purchase when eating at the cafe. The full size plush can be bought even if you don’t eat at the cafe.
Of note is the adorable Pokeball mug!
That wraps up this Pokemon Center Report. Expect more pictures from the new Center in the future!
Until next time~
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