After a couple months of low key Banpresto releases, April starts the summer surge with a bunch of different releases and a lot of new plush!
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.
Starting off with the generic Pokemon Sun & Moon line~
Plush Eevee tissue box cases (two versions: normal and smiling) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from April 4th (Thursday). Each plush measures about 27 cm from head to tail and has a strap so you can hang it if you want to keep tissues on a door, for example.
Large-size plush versions of Brionne and Nagisa (fancy Eevee currently starring in the most recent Pokemon Sun & Moon anime season) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from April 25th (Thursday). Each plush measures about 23 cm.
There will be two new XL size plush for April, both appearing in game centers around Japan from April 18th (Thursday).
Ditto measures about 40 cm and Snorlax measures about 36 cm.
From the adorable Mogu-Mogu (Snack) Time series comes two releases~
Large-size plush of Raichu and Pichu munching on berries will start appearing in game centers around Japan from April 11th (Thursday). Each plush measures about 23 cm.
Smaller plush versions of snacky Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander will start appearing in game centers around Japan from April 25th (Thursday). Each plush measures about 14 cm.
Last but not least! Three miscellaneous releases~
Kororin Friends returns with four new plush designed to fit in your hand! This release includes Pikachu, Lucario, Ampharos, and Psyduck, with each plush measuring about 9 cm. These buddies will start appearing in game centers from April 25th (Thursday).
The Korotto Manmaru Colors series continues with the color purple for April. This batch includes Espeon, Gengar, and Nidoran Male. Each plush measures about 22 cm and will start appearing in game centers around Japan from April 25th (Thursday).
Lastly, from the Hokkori Iyase (Warm & Healing) series, two new extra fuzzy plush! Psyduck and Slowpoke, both measuring about 27 cm, will start appearing in game centers around Japan from April 11th (Thursday).
That wraps up the Banpresto prize releases schedule for the month of April!
Until next time~
Adults Love Pokemon, Too
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Plush Eevee Tissue Case (2 Designs)
[Bandai] G.E.M. EX Series – Eevee Friends figure pre-order starts
[TCG] “GG End” (sm10a) Booster Pack
[TCG] Pokemon Center Card Sleeves: Garchomp & Giratina Tag Team, Malamar, Mawile, Guzma
[TCG] Deck Case (Garchomp & Giratina Tag Team)
[Pokemon Center] Latios & Latias Journeys
[Banpresto] Mogu-Mogu Time – Large Plush (Raichu, Pichu)
[Banpresto] Hokkori Iyasare – Large Plush (Psyduck, Slowpoke)
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Buy 1 Mewtwo Strikes Back movie ticket and 1 Pokemon Center item to get a random movie postcard. 6 designs in total.
[Pokemon Center] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Promo
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Free stickers given away (1 per person) to anyone who visits a Pokemon Center in Japan – 7 stickers in total
[Re-Ment] Petite Fleur Vol. 2 (Pikachu & Pichu, Dragonair, Vulpix, Shaymin, Mew, Umbreon)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Plush (Ditto)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Plush (Snorlax)
[Pokemon Center] Goodnight Pikachu Night Parade Figure Collection
[Pokemon Center] Graniph x Pokemon Shirt Collaboration
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Accessories Part 2
[Pokemon Center] *Hiroshima & On-line Exclusive* Hiroshima Carps x Magikarp Collaboration
[MonColle EX] Mewtwo
[Ichiban-Kuji] Detective Pikachu Body Care Kuji
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Palm Size Plush (Pikachu, Psyduck, Lucario, Ampharos)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Colorful Plush | Purple (Nidoran♂, Espeon, Gengar)
[Banpresto] Mogu-Mogu Time – Plush (Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Plush (Nagisa, Brionne)
[TCG] Old Art New Stuff – Card Sleeves / Deck Case / Rubber Play Mat
[TCG] Detective Pikachu – Movie Special Booster Pack
[TCG] Detective Pikachu – Special Jumbo Card Pack “Mewtwo GX Ver.”
[TCG] Detective Pikachu – Special Jumbo Card Pack “Charizard GX Ver.”
[TCG] Pokemon Card Game Sun & Moon – Special Pack (Detective Pikachu)
[Palnart] Pokemon Jewelry & Accessories
[Pokemon Center] Wobbuffet Party
[Takara Tomy] Detective Pikachu – Pikachu Plush (19 cm), 1:1 Pikachu Plush (40 cm), Mascot Pikachu Plush (13 cm)
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution shopper distribution starts
[Pokemon Center Cafe] Detective Pikachu limited edition food, drinks, coasters, and place-mat start
[Pokemon Kids] Pokemon Sun & Moon – New Discovery! Meltan Edition (Pikachu, Meltan, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Torracat, Brionne, Nagisa Eevee, Alolan Vulpix, Shaymin, Lunala, Solgaleo, Golisopod, Vikavolt, Secret)
[Nanoblock] Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres
[Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.] Pokemon Quest Pixel Box 2 (Pikachu, Eevee, Psyduck, Mew, Pokeball)
[Gray Parker Service] Pokemon Suya-Suya On The Cable Vol. 4 (Eevee, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon)
Starting off this week’s Friday Pokemon Announcements post with a couple Miki related announcements.
A new shirt design is currently available in my Teepublic store, and will be 30% off for the next 2 days!
This shirt is a shout out to the Stand By Me reference you can stumble across in Pokemon games if you have a boy protagonist (for whatever reason, girl protagonists will get a reference to The Wizard of Oz). I love both Stephen King and Pokemon so I thought this was a cute way to incorporate both of my loves in one design.
It is almost April and that means the monthly Patreon bump! I will be upping the quality of the monthly Miki Postcards for next month (April) so don’t miss out! Check out my Patreon page here for postcards, art, and more~
Want to show some support to the blog but not sure how? I have a ko-fi page as well where I share art and post when the blog updates~
Hype is already starting for this year’s Pokemon summer movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution!
Although there will certainly be more merchandise coming out the day the movie releases in July, here is a small taste to whet your appetite for Mew and Mewtwo. These items will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores around Japan April 13th (Saturday).
Of extra note is the 1:1 size Mew plush included in this release.
Mew 1:1 Plush – 4,860 yen
Mewtwo Plush – 3,780 yen
Nintendo Switch Hard Pouch – 2,354 yen
Nintendo Switch Shoulder Pouch – 2,678 yen
Nintendo Switch Cartridge Case – 1,382 yen
Backpack – 8.856 yen
T-Shirt (Kids| 130/150) – 2,700 yen each
T-Shirt (Adult| Small/Medium/Large) – 3,240 yen each
Hard Shell Case for iPhone 6/6s/7/8 – 2,030 yen each
Hard Shell Case for iPhone Xs/X – 2,160 yen each
Hard Shell Case for iPhone XR – 2,160 yen
A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 453 yen
Not Pictured Handkerchief – 367 yen
Not Pictured Hand Towel – 540 yen
Mini Bath Towel – 2,160 yen
Sacoche – 3,780 yen
Wallet – 3,240 yen
PC / Tablet Case – 3,780 yen
Multi-Ring – 1,814 yen
Croquis Sketchbook – 734 yen
PET Stickers – 540 yen
Notebook – 184 yen
Pencil Board – 270 yen
Dice Bag – 702 yen
Mug – 1,296
There will be also two give-away campaigns taking place at all Pokemon Centers & Stores around Japan starting mid April.
Starting April 13th (Saturday), all visitors to either a Pokemon Center or Store location will receive 1 free sticker. You do not have to buy anything, you just have to show up. These stickers will be given away 1 per person, randomly, with 7 designs in total.
Starting April 27th (Saturday), all Pokemon Center & Store customers will receive a Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution themed shopper with their purchase.
Both these campaigns are, as usual, while supplies last, although the shoppers tend to stick around for a fairly decent amount of time.
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center merchandise announcements!
Until next time~
Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution
Pokemon Center Movie Campaign Info