June is going to be packed full of Banpresto prize releases, partly in anticipation of the yearly summer movie in July, “Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution”.
Not only will there be a ton of plush from several collections, but June also sees the return of the Pokemon bath towel (one of my favorite prize items!) All of the towels I own are Banpresto prize towels. I love them because they’re a nice size and very sturdy – even after repeated washing for years, they’re still in great shape. Also cheaper than most bath towels, assuming you are good at winning stuff from claw machines!
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.
The extra large plush release for June is Mimikyu from the Mimikyu Mania series and four types of Pokeballs from the general Pokemon Sun & Moon series.
The four pokeballs (pokeball, great ball, hyper ball, and master ball) measure roughly 31 cm each and they will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 13th (Thursday).
Measuring roughly 35 cm, Mimikyu will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 20th (Thursday).
The Pokemon Focus – Evolution Stone series continues into June with two Eeveelution plush sets.
Eevee & Jolteon (both measuring about 23 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 13th (Thursday).
Eevee & Flareon (both measuring about 23 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 18th (Tuesday).
The Pokemon Korotto Colorful series continues with pink for the month of June!
The set features Slowpoke, Luvdisc, and Sylveon. Each plush measures roughly 26 cm and they will start appearing in game centers in Japan from June 13th (Thursday).
Kororin Friends – Palm Plush has four new additions as well.
Measuring roughly 9 cm each, Raichu, Cubone, Slowpoke, and Dragonite will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 25th (Tuesday).
Snorlax makes an appearance to bring a smile to your face from the Pokemon Hokkori Iyasare series.
Two extra fuzzy & soft Snorlax face cushions, each measuring about 38 cm, will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 6th (Thursday).
Last but not least – Mewtwo Strikes Back movie prizes!
A set of large plush (Pikachu & Dragonite, each measuring about 23 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 20th (Thursday).
A set of smaller plush (Pikachu, Mew & Mewtwo, each measuring about 12 cm) will also start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 20th (Thursday).
A set of three bath towels (Pikachu, Mewtwo, and Mew + Mewtwo) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 26th (Wednesday).
Last but not least, an extra large sized Mew plush (measuring roughly 33 cm) will also start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 26th (Wednesday).
That wraps up the Banpresto releases planned for June!
Until next time~
Adults Love Pokemon, Too
If you love Gold & Silver, then this week’s announcements are sure to bring a ray of sunshine to your weekend!
Pokemon Center Finger Puppets
The Pokemon Center’s original finger puppet figure series returns May 25th (Saturday) with volume 4 including Sleeping Pikachu, Arcanine, Shelder, Omanyte, Togepi, Ampharos, Sudowoodo, Espeon, Umbreon, and Substitute Plush.
These figures are not blind packaged. Each figure costs 300 yen including tax.
Pokemon Fit / Sitting Cuties
Following the success of the initial Pokemon Fit release, which included plush versions of every single 151 Pokemon from generation 1, the Pokemon Center is continuing into the Johto region with plush versions of every single generation 2 Pokemon.
Pokemon Fit (or Sitting Cuties as named by the US Pokemon Center site) are smaller plush designed to Fit in your hand. They make a great addition to any collection, and the series has in a lot of cases created plush for Pokemon who up until now haven’t had official plush available or in other cases any official merchandise at all.
Each plush retails for 1,188 yen.
The list of plush in this release starts with Chikorita and ends with Celebi. It also includes every single Unown from A to Z plus ! ?
All Generation 2 Pokemon Fit plush will go on sale at Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan from June 8th (Saturday).
My 251 Campaign
Along with the release of the Gold & Silver Pokemon Fit plush, a couple related Pokemon Center campaigns will also start from June 8th.
From June 8th until September 6th (Friday), the official Pokemon Center Cafe in Nihonbashi will be offering Gold & Silver themed menu items.
Umbreon Fried Chicken Burger Set (1,598 yen)
* Can only be ordered between 6 and 10 pm
Espeon Teriyaki Chicken Burger Set (1,598 yen)
* Can only be ordered between 10:30 and 5:59 pm
Happy Pichu Curry (1,598 yen)
Chikorita Green Pancake Sandwich (1,706 yen)
Smeargle Drawing Pancake (1,490 yen)
Tapioca Mix au Lait Set (1,080 yen)
There will also be 6 new drink coasters in rotation during this time period, including one secret design.
Alongside the cafe promotion, Pokemon Centers will be giving out special My 251 themed shopping bags to every Pokemon Center customer starting June 8th and while supplies last.
On top of that, the Pokemon Center On-Line will be using specially designed boxes for orders, with 20 different designs total.
That’s all the announcements for this week! Until next time~
Pokemon Center Finger Puppet Figures
Pokemon Fit Generation 2 Release
Pokemon Center Cafe Gold & Silver Campaign
A cute Pokemon Center exclusive mini promotion, called “Pikachu & Eevee Rainbow” went on sale without much fanfare or announcement this past Saturday (May 11th).
The colorful pastel series included two mascot plush: one of Pikachu and one of Eevee.
Each mascot plush also came with a acrylic charms featuring a silhouette of Pikachu or Eevee’s head and a lollipop.
Along with the plush, there were also several types of pouches
A tote bag and an eco bag
Plus cute pens, stickers, notebooks, pass cases, and kitchen related items like lunch boxes and bags.
Full List of Items
Mascot Plush (Pikachu | Eevee) – 1,404 yen each
Round Pouch (Pikachu | Eevee) – 1,728 yen each
Wallet (Pikachu | Eevee) – 3,456 yen each
Pass Case (Pikachu | Eevee) – 1,620 yen each
Eco Bag – 1,728 yen
Tote Bag – 2,160 yen
Pen Case (Pikachu | Eevee) – 1,512 yen each
Wash Tape Single (Pikachu | Eevee) – 702 yen each
Washi Tape Set – 864 yen
Lunch Cloth (Pikachu | Eevee) – 702 yen each
Hand Towel (Pikachu | Eevee) – 540 yen each
Mini Bath Towel – 2,160 yen
Handkerchief (Pikachu | Eevee) – 702 yen each
Clearfile Set – 453 yen
B6 Ring Notebook (Pikachu | Eevee) – 648 yen each
Memo Set w/ Star Case – 972 yen
Decoration Sticker Sheet – 540 yen
Glittery Sticker Sheet – 648 yen
Ball-Point Pen (Pikachu | Eevee) – 756 yen
Pikachu 1-Tier Lunchbox – 1,566 yen
Eevee 2-Tier Lunchbox – 1,728 yen
Tupperware Set – 1,296 yen
Thermos – 1,512 yen
Lunch Bag – 1,836 yen
Wrist Watch – 2,160 yen
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report!
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