This post will cover the Banpresto Pokemon prize releases for the month of June.
What is Banpresto?
Banpresto is a company that manufactures plush, figures, towels, glasses, and other items to be used as prizes for claw machines in game centers as well as kuji prizes. None of these items are designed to be sold directly through stores and cannot be found in Pokemon Centers. Typically, you can find these items in game centers or sold second hand through auction sites, amazon, or other similar stores.
Most Pokemon releases from Banpresto drop on Tuesday or Thursday, with occasional releases on Friday. Ichiban Kuji generally goes on sale on Saturdays.
Some of the bigger name game centers in Japan include: Adores, Sega, Round 1, Namco, and Taito Station. Not all game center locations stock all prizes. If you’re having trouble finding stock of the item you’re looking for, feel free to send me a message!
We’re officially into June and with the summer movie just around the corner, it’s no surprise that Pokemon summer movie themed merchandise would pop up.
June has three different releases from Banpresto.
Two larger size plush (28 cm) of Lugia and Pikachu will start appearing in game centers June 14th (Thursday).
A cute cold drink thermos + glass set will start appearing in game centers June 21st (Thursday). The thermos has Zeraora and Lugia while the glass has Eevee and Pikachu.
Three smaller sized (12 cm) plush, from the Korotto Manmaru series, will also start appearing in game centers June 21st (Thursday). The set includes Eevee, Pikachu, and Lugia.
From the general Pokemon Sun & Moon series!
A cute 30 cm Pikachu knapsack will start appearing exclusively in Namco game centers starting June 7th (Thursday).
Extra large Squirtle (35 cm) will start appearing in game centers June 19th (Tuesday).
What is summer without some summer themed Pikachu merchandise?
Extra large summer style Pikachu plush (35 cm) will start appearing in game centers June 7th (Thursday).
Two large summer style Pikachu plush (about 26 cm each) will also start appearing in game centers June 7th (Thursday).
Cooler tote-bags (perfect for keeping food safe for picnics) will start appearing in game centers June 14th (Thursday).
Last and not least, the Kutsurogi Time series returns with one release in June.
Large Vulpix and Alolan Vulpix plush (about 25 cm) will start appearing in game centers June 14th (Thursday).
That wraps up all the releases scheduled for June!
Until next time~
This past weekend gave us the much anticipated release of new plush from the popular Pokemon Dolls or “Pokedoll” series, as well as a bunch of other non-plush items with a Pokedoll theme.
Disclaimer: my personal thoughts.
I’ve been excited for this release since the Pokemon Centers put up their teaser posters in their stores. I love Pokedolls (as do a lot of people) and based on those stock preview images, they looked really cute. I love Mew, and as a collector, I was looking forward to this new plush to add to my collection.
And then I saw a non-stock photo and my dreams were crushed. It might be just me, but the nose looked a little weird and some of the faces looked unevenly stuffed, so some looked like chipmunks or Mews that had recent dental surgery. I’ll probably wait and see if there are any in stock when I visit Japan near the end of the year, at which point I’ll be able to spend as long as it takes to see if I can find a Mew face that looks acceptable to me, but for now, just disappointment.
But! Again that’s just my opinion. The other plush (of course) are all adorable! Especially that Snorlax. Everyone who takes naps needs one as a nap time buddy.
Perhaps the most confusing item from this promotion is this… “cushion” or so it’s called. It’s actually closer to a mat that you can roll up and carry around and then sit on, like during a picnic, so I’m not sure why they called it a cushion. It also seems kind of small? I guess as long as you have a small butt, it should be okay.
There was actually quite a lot of interesting items from this promotion, off the beaten Pokemon Center path.
Among the line-up were individual keychain charms of each Pokedoll (plus Pikachu), sticker sets, and clear plastic pouch sets (each set came with a larger pouch and a smaller one).
Of course, we also got dice bags in two designs, because what is a Pokemon Center promotion without a dice bag.
Another neat item: these boxes! You can stack them or put them next to each other or put them far away from each other. They’re small enough to easily fit on a desk. One box can hold a Pokedoll, for size reference.
More neat things!
Can cases in two designs~ They’re pretty big so if you have a lot of markers or pens and pencils and erasers and need an easy way to cart them around, the Pokemon Center has your back.
Lunch bags~ When you want to take your lunch to work and look cute at the same time.
A thermos! To keep your drinks at the right temperature.
A card case! Keep your cards in order and out of your wallet.
Memo pads! When a notebook is too big.
More cute stuff! These are actually cookie tins, but look like old-fashioned lunch boxes.
Last but not least… phone cases!
This is the first official Pokemon Center phone case for the iPhone X, so iPhone X users rejoice. More is coming on the horizon!
That wraps up today’s Pokemon Center Report. What were you looking forward to?
Until next time!
This week’s announcements were fairly low key but we did get one exciting piece of news!
Based on the Poke-Maniac character from the Pokemon game series, a Poke-Maniac campaign will take place in Japan between June 2nd and July 8th.
During this time, staff and Pikachus dressed as the Poke-Maniac character will make appearances at Pokemon Centers around Japan. There will also be photo spots set up where you can take pictures with dress-up items. If you show this picture to staff at the Center, they’ll give you a free sticker (while supplies last)
Along with the campaign, four Pikachu cosplay plush will go on sale at Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan on June 30th (Saturday).
The four Pikachu are dressed as: Poke-Maniac, Hydreigon, Tyranitar, and Charizard. Each plush will cost 2,484 yen after tax.
(Pre-orders for these four plush are up over at japanstuffs.com)
A neon themed series of clothing items and pass cases will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan on June 2nd (Saturday).
Full Merch Line-Up
NEW ERA® Youth 9FIFTY®Cap (Pikachu, Charizard, Gengar, Rowlet) – 4,104 yen each
Kids Size T-shirts (Pikachu, Charizard, Gengar, Rowlet) – 2,700 yen each
Adult Size T-Shirts (Pikachu, Eevee, Gengar, Mimikyu) – 3,230 yen each
Pass Case (Pikachu, Charizard, Gengar, Rowlet) – 1,296 yen each
Knapsack – 3,780 yen
3-Way Pouch – 2,700 yen
Wallet – 1,944 yen
Pokemon Oedo returns with a part 3 to the Pokemon Center On-Line store and the Tokyo DX Pokemon Center. This series features more traditional Japanese style items, with a Pokemon twist.
The main highlight of this most recent release is the yukata pictured here. With a price-tag of 46,440 yen after tax, this is not your typical corner store yukata, however, one would hope the quality would match the cost. It will be available in three sizes: small, medium, and large.
Along with the yukata, this release will also include…
Hand Towel (Kanto Starters / Pikachu) – 2,052 yen each
Round Fan – 2,376 yen
Folding Fan – 4,104 yen
These four items will go on sale May 26th (Saturday).
The Pokemon Japan Championships for 2018 will take place June 9th and 10th (Saturday and Sunday). Attendants will be able to purchase Pokemon goods that will be sold exclusively at the event site on June 9th.
T-Shirt (Medium / Large / XL) – 3,300 yen each
Shoulder Towel – 1,100 yen
Dice Bag – 650 yen
TCG Card Sleeves – 777 yen
Last but not least!
From K-Uno’s K-Treasure line of jewelry, three new Mew rings will be available to order for that special someone in your life from May 25th (Friday).
Mew Pair Ring
(Women’s Size) Platinum x Pink Gold – 100,000 yen | White Gold x Pink Gold – 90,000 yen
(Men’s Size) Platinum x Pink Gold – 112,000 yen | White Gold x Pink Gold – 105,000 yen
Mew Single Ring
Platinum x Pink Gold – 120,000 | White Gold x Pink Gold – 110,000 yen
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon merchandise announcements.
Until next time~
Pokemon Oedo Part 3
Pokemon Japan Championships 2018
K-Treasure Mew Rings
First off, a big apology and a confession.
When I first saw advertisements for this promotion, due to the weird font choice, I incorrectly called it “Salko Soda”. It took me a few weeks to realize the name of the promotion is based off of one of the in-game Pokemon items “Psycho Soda” and it took me this long to realize it’s “Psycho” and not “Saiko”, which would be the direct transliteration of the title.
Psycho Soda. Not Saiko. Not Salko. (Although now I can’t un-see Salko…)
At any rate, now the name makes perfect sense! I’m sorry for any confusion I might have caused.
The Psycho Soda promotion came out this past Saturday (May 19th) and did reasonably well, as expected. It’s a super cute promotion, and I love the pop imagery to match the pop theme (or soda for some of you out there).
The promotion featured two mascot plush: one Pikachu and one Eevee.
My personal opinion is that they aren’t quite as cute as they could have been. I like them better in the illustrations vs the translation into plush form. With that said, Pikachu is super adorable, though.
The item I was most surprised with? The memo pad. I knew it was a memo pad and not a notebook but this thing is tiny!
The item I was most excited for? The cups! They did not disappoint.
Believe it or not, I didn’t get either cup although I’m still considering it. I love having cute Pokemon cups to drink out of.
A Pokemon Center promotion staple: the train pass case.
Items we don’t see a lot of: earrings! Each set of earrings comes with either Pikachu or Eevee and a cute Psycho Soda bottle.
Psycho soda stickers! Along with the usual PET sticker sheets, there were also two individual stickers of Pikachu and Eevee.
Another Pokemon Center staple: the foldable mini mirror.
Phone cases! This is maybe the last promotion to not offer iPhone X Cases. It seems like all Pokemon Center promotions from this point will be offering shell cases for 8/7/6s/6 as well as a separate case for the X.
Psycho Soda had a couple clothing items and bags; not new but not always included in every promotion, so it was a little exciting.
Along with two pairs of socks and two free-size shirts (one Pikachu and one Eevee), there were two bags: a backpack (pictured here) and a shoulder bag (not pictured).
There was also a semi-clear pouch and a similar looking but larger and flatter case, perfect for storing Pokemon Center clearfiles.
Although this promotion didn’t include a cookie tin, they did have this tin case, which has ramune candy inside! Eat the candy and use it as a pen case after.
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report!
Until next time~
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Friday’s announcements, so I was surprised that not only did we get a pretty neat line-up for part 2 of the Pokemon Center’s 20th Anniversary festivities, but also new Pokemon Center exclusive plush (although three are Eevee so don’t get too excited).
The second wave of merchandise will feature a completely different base illustration from the first wave. Unlike the first illustration which included Shaymin, Pikachu, and the starter Pokemon across all 7 generations, this second illustration includes Pokemon that have been featured on Pokemon Center logos, plus Shaymin and Eevee.
Personally, I’m a fan of this second illustration more than the first, and likewise, I like the items from the second wave a little more than the first.
These items will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan starting June 2nd (Saturday).
Shaymin Squishy Plush – 4,536 yen
Keyholder – 1,026 yen
A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
Smartphone Flip Phone Case – 3,240 yen
Hard Shell Case for iPhone 8/7/6s/6 – 2,030 yen
Hard Shell Case for iPhone X – 2,160 yen
Pen/Pencil – 648 yen each
Memo Stand – 864 yen
Mug – 1,620 yen
Set of 2 Plates – 3,240 yen
Cookie Tin – 1,296 yen
Ringed Notebook – 864 yen
PET Stickers – 540 yen
Can Badge – 378 yen
Next up – new Pokemon Center exclusive plush!
There will be 3 Eevee plush and 1 life-size Jirachi plush coming out in the month of June.
The three Eevees (standing, running, and sleeping) will all cost 1,296 yen each and will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores starting June 2nd (Saturday).
Life-size Jirachi will cost 3,024 yen and will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores starting June 9th (Saturday).
A new booster set, “Broken Sky’s Charisma” (SM7) will go on sale starting June 1st (Friday).
Each pack will contain 5 random cards and will cost 162 yen after tax.
A special Pokemon Center exclusive set will also go on sale starting June 1st. As can be guessed by the name, it will be sold exclusively through Pokemon Centers.
The set contains 2 boxes of “Broken Sky’s Charisma” booster packs, 1 set of 64 original card sleeves, 1 deck case, and 1 card box.
The set will cost 10,800 yen after tax.
We get some new card sleeves, too!
Each pack contains 64 sleeves and will cost 777 yen after tax.
Last but not least! Pictures have finally surfaced for the items coming out Saturday April 19th from Pikachu’s Closet.
Raincoat Set – 4,104 yen
Argyle Set – 1,404 yen
Substitute Plush Shirt – 1,080 yen
Sailor Shirt – 1,080 yen
That wraps up today’s report! Until next time~
Pokemon Center 20th Anniversary Wave 2
June Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush