I will be back in Tokyo a little under a week from this posting (November 28th) and will be re-opening my pick-up service for game center prizes as well as for the Pokemon Center and other pick-ups by request. Please see this nifty page for a full list of items and prices. If there’s anything you want, please get in touch with me (via my website | via Twitter).
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. Note that the exception to this are Pokemon kujis, however even in this case, you have to win the prizes; you can’t buy the prize you want directly. Typically, you can find these prize 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. Note that not all game center locations stock all prizes.
The Pokemon Focus series continues into December with more Legendaries.
Three large plush (Mew, Shaymin, and Manaphy), each measuring about 26 cm, will start appearing in game centers from December 18th (Tuesday).
Korotto Manmaru returns in December with the beginning of their “Colorful” series.
Three large plush (Leafeon, Tyranitar, and Chikorita), each measuring about 24 cm, will start appearing in game centers from December 6th (Thursday).
The Pokemon Tsuretette series will also make a return in December!
Two large plush (Gengar and Ditto), each measuring about 30 cm, will start appearing in game centers from December 11th (Tuesday).
Three smaller sized plush (Clefairy, Snorlax, and Eevee), each measuring about 14 cm, will start appearing in game centers from December 13th (Thursday).
December also brings us a brand new Banpresto series: Hokkori Iyase (Warm & Soothing)
Two super soft and fuzzy bags (Pikachu and Rowlet), each measuring about 31 cm, will start appearing in game centers from December 20th (Thursday).
Two large plush (Pikachu and Mareep), each measuring about 27 cm, will start appearing in game centers from December 27th (Thursday).
Finally, Banpresto is also releasing three extra large plush from the general Pokemon Sun & Moon series.
Extra Large Eevee, measuring about 33 cm, will start appearing in game centers from December 6th (Thursday).
Extra Large Bulbasaur (smiling and winking versions), each measuring about 33 cm, will start appearing in game centers from December 30th (Sunday).
And that’s all the prizes from Banpresto for December!
Until next month~
Adults Love Pokemon, Too
The second volume of the popular Pokemon Fit Pokemon plush series was released in Japan November 16th (Friday), the same day that Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee dropped.
The Pokemon Fit plush series included every single Pokemon from the original 151 list over two release dates – volume 1 plush went on sale back in July (see this post for Pokemon Center photos), and the remaining 121 Pokemon were included in this volume 2 release.
I love the Pokemon Fit series. The style is incredibly cute, the size is perfect, and it gives a chance for some Pokemon who might never have gotten plush to have their first plush.
I unfortunately don’t have photos of every single Pokemon included in this release, but here are some highlights from over the weekend!
Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Caterpie, Butterfree, Pidgey
Rattata, Raticate, Raichu, Nidoran♀, Nidoran♂, Clefairy, Clefable
Vulpix, Zubat, Gloom, Persian, Psyduck, Growlithe, Bellsprout
Ponyta, Rapidash, Gastly, Haunter, Onix, Krabby
Chansey, Tangela, Goldeen, Seaking, Mr Mime, Scyther, Jynx
Tauros, Kabuto, Snorlax, Dratini, Dragonair
What do you think of the Pokemon Fit / Sitting Cuties series? Which Pokemon is your favorite?
Until next time~
Happy release weekend for Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee!
With all the releases for this week happening on Friday, I wasn’t expecting a lot of big news, and I was basically right, but we did get two smaller announcements.
The Pokemon Center teamed up with the popular accessory brand, Q-Pot, to create a mini sweets themed accessory promotion that will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan from December 8th (Saturday).
Cookie Sandwich Necklace (Pikachu | Eevee) – 21,600 yen each
Creamy Macaron Bag Charm (Pikachu | Eevee) – 9,180 yen each
Creamy Macaron Necklace (Pikachu | Eevee) – 9,720 yen each
Chocolate Bag Charm (Pikachu | Eevee) – 7,560 yen each
The trend of having everything be all about the original 151 Pokemon continues with a dot-sprite themed Pokemon Red & Green Pokemon promotion going on sale at all Pokemon Centers from December 1st (Saturday).
The promotion includes a bunch of stationary related items, such as pens, erasers, notebooks, and stationary sets galore plus a bunch of lunch related items and bags and pouches, along with blind packaged charms, because why not!
Pass Case – 1,620 yen
ID Card Case – 1,944 yen
Compact Wallet – 3,024 yen
Card Case – 1,728 yen
Thermos (White | Black) – 2,700 yen each
Sticky Note Set – 756 yen
Stationary Set w/ Book Style Case – 972 yen
PC | Tablet Case – 2,808 yen
Wristwatch (White | Black) – 2,160 yen each
Sarasa Multi-Color Pen (Black | White | Red | Green) – 864 yen each
Delguard Mechanical Pencil (Black | White | Red | Green) – 756 yen each
Action Pen (Pikachu | Eevee | Gengar | Ditto | Snorlax) – 864 yen each
Frixion 3 Color Pen (Black | White | Red) – 972 yen each
Mini Eraser (White | Red) – 162 yen each
Pen Pouch (White | Red) – 1,512 yen each
Sticker Assortment (contains 1 of each 151 Pokemon) – 810 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 454 yen
Lunch Bag (Black | White) – 1,836 yen each
Chopsticks w/ Case – 972 yen
Tupperware Set (3 Sizes) – 1,296 yen
2-Tier Lunch Box – 1,728 yen
Mini Bath Towel (White | Yellow) – 2,160 yen each
Hand Towel (White | Yellow) – 540 yen each
Lunch Cloth (White | Black) – 702 yen each
Handkerchief (White | Yellow) – 702 yen each
Tote-Bag – 3,780 yen
Wallet – 3,780 yen
Pouch – 1,728 yen
Flat Pouch – 1,728 yen
Charm Strap Collection (8 Designs) – 540 yen each
Set of 3 Deco Tape – 972 yen
Set of 5 Colored Highlighters (White | Red) – 810 yen each
Campus Note Set of 5 Notebooks – 864 yen
Tape Style Stickers (White | Red) – 324 yen each
Correction Tape (White | Red) – 324 yen each
Clips w/ Case (Black | White) – 648 yen each
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center announcements!
Enjoy your gaming and stay warm~
151 Dot Sprite
First up! I am currently running a giveaway over on my Twitter account. Follow the @zombiemiki account and RT this tweet to be entered to win 1 plush of your choice from the Pokemon Center’s Pokemon Fit Volume 2 release (see this post for a list of Pokemon included in this release). Giveaway ends Noon EST November 15th 2018 and entrees are welcome worldwide.
It’s been a bit since our last Pokemon Center Report, but we’re back so I hope you’re excited.
Both the Christmas promo and the Winter promo for 2018 was released at all Pokemon Centers & Stores around Japan on November 3rd (Saturday).
This year’s Christmas promotion featured three plush (Pikachu, Eevee, and Mew)
and three mascot plush (Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander)
My personal opinion from this year’s release: the plush were sort of a let down. Pokemon Center gets a minus for no Santa Chu and another minus for the slightly off plush pattern for Eevee.
On the other hand, Bulbasaur was super adorable, which makes up for everything else.
Other neat things from the Christmas release: the usual promo logo pin, and a pretty original item: an acrylic charm Christmas tree!
… and nothing else!!
If you’ve been following my Twitter account, you’ll know that the majority of items from the Pokemon Center’s 2018 Christmas release were canceled very last minute when it was discovered that there was a very small error on the main promotional artwork.
Basically it was almost midnight, all the Pokemon Centers were putting out their items for display and sale and the Amazon items were about to go on sale when everything was abruptly taken down and a blog post went up stating it was unclear whether these items would be available for sale at a later time, but “info coming soon”.
What was this catastrophic error? Dragonite’s back wing had green showing when it should be entirely orange.
So that was a thing that happened.
The yearly Winter themed Pokemon Center promotion also came out November 3rd.
The Winter Promo had an ami-gurumi theme, with ami-gurumi Pikachu and Snowman Pikachu plush and mascot plush versions.
This promo had a bunch of cute items, like the ami-gurumi style pouch
I was especially excited for the yearly sale of the Pokemon Center’s polvorone cookies!
These amazing cookies, also known as Mexican Wedding Cookies, are smaller sized round buttery cookies covered in powdered sugar. The Pokemon Center tends to sell these with their Winter promo, and this year is no exception. However, unlike past releases, this version is strawberry flavored.
Also of note were the selection of fuzzy inside clothes, perfect for keeping warm in winter!
The collection included a fuzzy hoodie, fuzzy shorts, and longer fuzzy socks.
Ending this post on a random release note: the second release from the semi new Pokemon Center Seasons with Pikachu & Eevee series.
There will be four plush sets in total. Summer came out during the summer, and now we have fall, with winter and spring to come in the near future.
Also of note: from Takara Tomy’s Chokkori-san plush series, the remaining Eeveelutions (excluding Eevee who already came out previously) were released near the end of October.
They sit nicely and can hold things in their tiny hands, so they’re also useful!
And that wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report.
Until next time!
With the release of Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee a week away, we have a bunch of exciting announcements related to the games.
A bunch of Pokemon Center related campaigns related to the original 151 Pokemon will start from November 16th (Friday).
The official Pokemon Center cafe will be offering latte art of all 151 Pokemon by request, with each latte costing 756 yen including tax.
For every drink ordered, you will also receive 1 of 6 random coasters: Pikachu & Eevee, Ditto, Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, or a special secret design.
Anyone who visits the Pokemon Cafe between November 16th (Friday) and March 3rd (Sunday) – or while supplies last – will receive 1 random Pokemon sticker out of a possible 151.
These stickers will also be given out to all Pokemon Centers customer, 1 sticker per receipt, starting from November 16th (Friday) until February 22nd (Friday) – while supplies last.
Starting November 16th (Friday) and running while supplies last, all Pokemon Center & Store customers will receive 1 original My 151 design shopping bag.
Finally, starting November 16th (Friday), all customers who order from the Pokemon Center’s official on-line store will receive their order in a limited edition box featuring 1 random Pokemon out of the original 151.
The much anticipated volume 2 of the Pokemon Fit or Sitting Cuties series will be going on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan from November 16th (Friday).
This release will include the 121 remaining Pokemon that weren’t included in the original Volume 1 release back in July.
The Pokemon in this release are: Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise, Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree, Weedle, Kakuna, Beedrill, Pidgey, Pidgeotto, Pidgeot, Raticate, Spearow, Fearow, Arbok, Raichu, Sandslash, Nidoran♀, Nidorina, Nidoqueen, Nidoran♂, Nidorino, Nidoking, Clefairy, Clefable, Vulpix, Ninetails, Wigglytuff, Zubat, Golbat, Oddish, Gloom, Vileplume, Paras, Parasect, Venonat, Venomoth, Dugtrio, Persian, Psyduck, Mankey, Primeape, Growlithe, Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Poliwrath, Abra, Kadabra, Machop, Machoke, Bellsprout, Weepinbell, Victreebel, Tentacool, Tentacruel, Graveler, Golem, Ponyta, Rapidash, Slowpoke, Slowbro, Magnemite, Magneton, Doduo, Dodrio, Seel, Dewgong, Grimer, Muk, Cloyster, Gastly, Haunter, Gengar, Onix, Hypno, Krabby, Kingler, Electrode, Exeggcute, Cubone, Marowak, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Lickitung, Koffing, Weezing, Rhyhorn, Rhydon, Chansey, Tangela, Horsea, Seadra, Goldeen, Seaking, Starmie, Mr Mime, Scyther, Jynx, Electabuzz, Magmar, Pinsir, Tauros, Magikarp, Gyarados, Lapras, Porygon, Omastar, Kabuto, Kabutops, Aerodactyl, Snorlax, Dratini, Dragonair, and Mewtwo.
Like volume 1, each plush will cost 1,188 yen including tax.
The Pokemon Center, in collaboration with the ceramics brand “Chugaitoen”, will be releasing three ceramic ornaments: Pikachu, Eevee, and Pikachu with Swinub.
These three ornaments will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan from November 23rd (Friday).
Pikachu and Eevee individual ornaments will sell for 972 yen each.
The ornament of Pikachu and Swinub will sell for 1,404 yen including tax.
The Pokemon Center’s New Years merchandise for 2019 will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores from November 23rd (Friday).
Note that these items do not include the lucky bags or other related goods that typically come out around New Years – this mini promotion is for items that are used around New Years, such as traditional Japanese decorations and greeting cards.
Eevee Kagami Mochi Plush – 1,728 yen
Pikachu Darumaka Bell Charm – 540 yen
Mini Kadomatsu – 800 yen
Mini Shime-Kazari – 800 yen
Postcard Set – 313 yen
2 Tier Jubako – 3,240 yen
Soup Bowl – 864 yen
Chopsticks (18 cm) – 864 yen
Chopsticks (23 cm) – 1,080 yen
Stickers – 594 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 432 yen
The Pokemon Center will be celebrating the release of Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee with a mini promotion including items featuring promotional artwork from the game.
This promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan from November 16th (Friday).
Pikachu Plush (Sportswear, PT, Assistant) – 1,944 yen each
Eevee Plush (Sportswear, PT, Assistant) – 1,944 yen each
Pikachu Mascot Plush (Flowers, Curly Hair) – 1,080 yen each
Eevee Mascot Plush (Flowers, Curly Hair) – 1,080 yen each
Acrylic Charm Collection (Blind Packaged) – 540 yen each
* 10 designs in total
Mug – 1,296 yen
Flip Phone Case (Pikachu | Eevee) – 3,240 yen each
Half Blanket – 4,104 yen
Microfiber Towel – 735 yen
Pouch (Boy Protagonist | Girl Protagonist) – 1,944 yen each
Nintendo Switch Game Cartridge Case – 1,404 yen
Nintendo Switch Stand w/ Cover – 2,592 yen
Nintendo Switch Smart Pouch – 2,562 yen
A5 Ringed Notebook – 702 yen
PET Stickers – 540 yen
Postcard – 162 yen
A4 Clearfile (Pika Vee | New Adventure) – 260 yen each
Pokemon Card Game Deck Case & Card Sleeves – 1,080 yen
Poster – 918 yen
That covers the announcements for this week!
Good luck to everyone participating in Community Day this weekend through Pokemon Go~
Pokemon Cafe My 151 Campaign
Pokemon Center My 151 Campaign
Pokemon Fit Volume 2
Pikachu & Eevee Ceramic Ornaments
Pokemon Center New Years 2019
Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee