Pokemon Center Finger Puppets Volume 5

Pokemon Center Finger Puppets Volume 5

Finger puppets return to Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan July 27th (Saturday)!

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Volume 5 includes: Shelgon, Snorunt, Metagross, Steven Stone, Manectric, Ralts, Treecko, Mudkip, Torchic, Mewtwo, and Mew.

Figures are not blind packaged. Each figure costs 300 yen including tax.

Release Overview

Name: Pokemon Center Finger Puppets Volume 5
Where: All Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan
Release Date: July 27th, 2019 (Saturday)

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Pokemon Surf

Pokemon Center Pokemon Surf

A surfing themed original summery promotion will hit Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan July 20th (Saturday).

This promotion is all about surfing under the shining summer sun and features Pokemon battling the waves and looking cool.

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The merchandise line-up includes mascot plush, keychain charms, stickers, and an acrylic charm collection of a variety of Pokemon on surfboards.

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There are also a plethora of other items, including a cute plastic cup, tote bag, pouch, two types of phone cases, and some stationary items as well, such as notebooks, sketchbooks, a PET sticker sheet, and a pencil board for writing on, as well as the eponymous Pokemon Center A4 sized clearfile.

Release Overview

Name: Pokemon Surfing
Where: All Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan
Release Date: July 20th, 2019 (Saturday)

Official JP Shop News

List of Items & Prices

Mascot Plush (Pikachu, Slowpoke, Oshawott, Marshtomp) – 1,296 yen each
Keychain Charm (Pikachu, Slowpoke, Marshtomp) – 648 yen each
Acrylic Charm Collection (blind packaged | 7 designs total) – 540 yen each
Surfboard Keychain Charm (Pikachu, Sunglasses Pikachu, Rainbow Pikachu) – 648 yen each
Die-Cut Stickers (Pikachu, Surfing Pikachu, Pikachu & Raichu, Pikachu & Slowpoke, Rainbow Pikachu) – 324 yen each

Plastic Glass – 648 yen
Hard Shell Case for iPhone 6/6s/7/8 – 2,030 yen
Multi-Use Flip Phone Case – 3,240 yen

Handkerchief – 367 yen
Tote-Bag – 3,240 yen
Pouch – 1,620 yen
Foldable Mirror – 1,512 yen

Lined Notebook – 184 yen
Pencil Board – 270 yen

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A4 Clearfile (Pokemon Surf, Pikachu Surfing) – 260 yen each
PET Sticker Sheet – 540 yen
Croquis Sketchbook – 572 yen

Petit Towel – 410 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Face Towel – 1,080 yen
Wide Towel – 3,780 yen
Mini Dice Bag – 432 yen
Dice Bag – 648 yen

Flat Pouch – 1,620 yen
Waterproof Pouch – 1,620 yen
Pass Case – 1,620 yen
Clear Thermos – 1,512 yen

T-Shirt (Rainbow Pikachu | Kids Size) – 2,700 yen each
T-Shirt (Surfing Pikachu | Small / Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen each
T-Shirt (Surfing Pikachu & Raichu | Small / Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen each


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Pokemon Center Pokedolls & Mascot Dolls

Pokemon Center Pokemon Dolls Venusaur Charizard Blastoise

Five new Pokemon Dolls are coming to Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan July 20th (Saturday)!

This up-coming release will include Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Lotad, and Dewott.

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These five adorable Pokemon will be available as both normal sized Pokedolls as well as squishy and soft mascot plush.

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Release Overview

Name: Pokemon Dolls
Where: All Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan
Release Date: July 20th, 2019 (Saturday)

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List of Items & Prices

Pokedoll Plush – 1,296 yen each
Mascot Pokedoll Plush – 1,058 yen each


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Chibi May-June Pokemon Center Releases

There’s been a couple of smaller new merchandise releases between June and July that don’t fit in with a bigger promotion and this post will cover some of them!

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The Delicious Water Pokemon Center promotion dropped May 18th (Saturday). Some astute observers might have noticed the art style was similar to the previously released Mix Au Lait and Saiko Soda promotions, and you would be correct; Delicious Water was part of this same series, but with a watery twist.

The mascot plush were the most popular from this release, and rightfully so. There was a plush made for each water starter Pokemon from the current 7 Pokemon regions.

Why does only Piplup get a crown? My guess… there is someone involved with Pokemon merchandising who loves Piplup, which explains why he gets so much merchandise while simultaneously not selling well ever. You can push it all you want, Piplup person, but it’s not going to happen (I’m sorry).

Pokemon Center Delicious Water Saiko Soda

Along with the main Delicious Water items, there were a bunch of Saiko Soda stuff as well, including bags and t-shirts.

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Following in the footsteps of the last Mix Au Lait release, the Delicious Water promotion also included a gacha set with each figure being paired with a mini bottle of water figure.

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June 16th (Saturday) saw the release of the Japanese Style promotion, featuring a bunch of more traditional Japanese items with a Pokemon twist.

There were a lot of neat items, but some highlights included: a set of four plates, four different 2 plate sets, two different types of bento boxes, super cute chopsticks with Umbreon and Espeon, aprons, and traditional Japanese short pants for wearing outside in summer when it’s hot.

Pokemon Center Neon Color

An unannounced mini Pokemon Center promotion, featuring mostly apparel with a neon theme and aptly titled “Neon Color”, came out June 22nd (Saturday).

Although maybe not too exciting, the set included phone cases, some bags, t-shirts, hats, and a bunch of socks.

Sock designs included: Pikachu,

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A new set of Chokkori-san sitting plush came out near the end of June.

This set of 8 plush included: Popplio, Litten, Rowlet, Lillie, Alolan Vulpix, Mew, Mewtwo, and Zeraora.

I love this series because the plush look so cute in their little sitting poses and also they can hold things with their tiny hands!

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June 29th (Saturday) had a couple of surprise unannounced releases, one being a set of Eeveelution plush face pass cases.

They’re all cute (and soft!) but Umbreon is my favorite ❤

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Another June 29th unannounced release – Ditto Transform linking charm sets!

It’s been so long since the last release of these charm sets I forgot they existed, so it was kind of a nice surprise.

There were 6 charm sets in total:

Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon
Furret, Alolan Vulpix, Dragonite
Whimsicott, Gloom, Shaymin
Lapras, Magikarp, Omanyte
Mareep, Electrode, Magnemite
Litwick, Sableye, Misdreavus

Some of these sets make complete sense. Some of them… don’t. But that’s fine! The Pokemon Center can do what it wants as always.

Next Pokemon Center Report will cover the Pokemon World Market release so stay tuned!

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July Banpresto Pokemon Prize Overview

July brings us a deluge of Pokemon merchandise from the Banpresto game center prize company!

Unlike June, the prizes for July are pretty typical, with only plush this time around.

With that said, there will be two plush backpacks (Mew and Pikachu) available exclusively through Namco game centers. While cute, keep in mind Namco claw settings are notoriously difficult, so that’s sort of “great” but maybe you might luck out and find a Namco with some very nice staff members.

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. Keep in mind, not all game center locations stock all prizes.


Pokemon Banpresto July Game Center Prizes

There will be 6 sets of plush in total coming out as part of the Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution series.

Pikachu and Mew backpacks are, as mentioned, exclusive to Namco game centers only. Mew will start appearing around July 12th (Friday) and Pikachu will start appearing around July 25th (Thursday).

Both backpacks measure about 30 cm from head to feet.

The extra large Mewtwo plush (measuring about 42 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from July 11th (Thursday).

Pokemon Banpresto July Game Center Prizes

The set of smaller plush (each measuring about 12 cm) including Bulbasaur, Togepi, and Squirtle, will start appearing in game centers around Japan from July 11th (Thursday).

Large sized plush of Togepi, Mew (two versions), and Pikachu (measuring about 25 cm each) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from July 11th (Thursday).

Banpresto Pokemon Mimikyu Mania Pikachu Mania

July brings some new releases from both the Pikachu and Mimikyu Mania series.

From Pikachu Mania:

Two large Pikachu plush (each measuring about 24 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from July 17th (Wednesday).

A large mascot Pikachu plush will also start appearing in game centers from July 23rd (Tuesday).

From Mimikyu Mania:

A matching Mimikyu large mascot plush will start appearing in game centers from July 23rd (Tuesday).

A set of four Mimikyu plush (each measuring about 13 cm) will start appearing in game centers from July 18th (Thursday).

Pokemon Banpresto Tsurtette Sun Moon

From the Pokemon Tsuretette series, a set of two larger sized sitting plush of Bulbasaur and Charmander (each measuring about 23 cm) will start appearing in game centers from July 11th (Thursday).

From the general Pokemon Sun & Moon series, an extra large size plush of Chansey (measuring about 31 cm) will start appearing in game centers from July 25th (Thursday).

That wraps up the Banpresto releases planned for June!

Until next time~

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