Anna Sui Collaboration

Pokemon Center Anna Sui Pikachu

A dream collaboration between the fashion designer Anna Sui and the Pokemon Center will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores around Japan August 17th (Saturday).

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The merchandise included in this release will feature an embroidered design of girl Pikachu with a wreath of flowers, along with Anna Sui’s trademark purple rose.

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Along with pouches, bags, hand towels, and other usual Pokemon Center items, there will also be a necklace, earrings, a bracelet, and a couple other cute and stylish items, perfect for every-day use.

Name: Anna Sui x Pokemon Collaboration
Where: All Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan
Date: August 17th (Saturday)

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Items & Prices

Tote-Bag (Medium) – 16,200 yen
Tote-Bag (Large) – 20,520 yen
Pochette – 14,040 yen
Phone Pochette – 12,960 yen
Pass Case – 11,880 yen
Pouch (Medium) – 5,184 yen
Pouch (Large) – 6,264 yen

Towel Handkerchief (Medium) – 1,404 yen
Towel Handkerchief (Large) – 1,620 yen
Pocket Towel Handkerchief – 1,944 yen

Ringed Notebook – 1,296 yen
Pen Case – 2,700 yen
Washi Tape – 864 yen

Mug – 2,160 yen
Necklace – 21,600 yen
Piercing / Earring – 16,200 yen
Bracelet – 16,200 yen


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Life-Size Mareep Plush

Pokemon Center Online Mareep Life Size Plush

A life-size (1:1) Mareep plush is currently up on Japan’s official Pokemon Center On-line webstore.

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The plush, which will ship out at the beginning of December, is roughly 2 feet and extra fluffy so perfect for cuddling.

This fluffy sheep is the perfect nap-time buddy!

Name: 1:1 Mareep Plush
Where: Pokemon Center On-Line Store exclusive
Pre-order Date: August 2nd (Friday) – September 1st (Sunday)
Release Date: Beginning of December 2019

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Items & Prices

1:1 Size Mareep Plush – 41,800 yen

Where: Pokemon Center On-Line Store exclusive (United States Store)
Pre-order Date: August 2nd (Friday) – September 1st (Sunday)
Release Date: January 2020

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Items & Prices

1:1 Size Mareep Plush – $500 USD


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New Pokemon Cafe Menu Items

Pokemon Center Cafe Snorlax

The official Pokemon Center cafe is adding two new items to their main menu.

Pokemon Center Cafe Snorlax

Starting August 10th (Saturday), visitors to the Pokemon Center Cafe in Nihonbashi will be able to order a Snorlax Naptime Lunch Plate (1,922 yen) with more than enough food to make you sleepy after eating it.

Pokemon Center Cafe Snorlax

Along with a cute Pokemon shaped mini sponge cake that comes in a pokeball shaped bowl (1,706 yen). Which Pokemon will you get? It’s a surprise!

Both the Pokeball Dessert bowl and the Snorlax plate will be available for purchase individually through the Pokemon Cafe’s gift shop as well, with both costing 2,160 yen including tax.

Name: Pokemon Cafe Menu Update
Where: Pokemon Cafe in Nihonbashi
Date: August 10th (Saturday)

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Items & Prices

Snorlax Plate – 2,160 yen
Pokeball Dessert Bowl – 2,160 yen


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August Banpresto Pokemon Prize Overview

It might be closing in on the end of summer and beginning of fall but the releases from Banpresto are not slowing down for the month of August.

The surprise non-plush releases for August are smaller plastic figures. Otherwise, everything else is pretty standard for Banpresto and Pokemon with new stuff coming from Pokemon Tsuretette, Korotto Manmaru, Pikachu & Mimikyu Mania, the general Pokemon Sun & Moon series, and more from I Love Gengar (or as they write it in Japanese, I Love Gangar)

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 Mimikyu Pikachu Mania

Pikachu and Mimikyu Mania prizes continue into August. Both releases come out August 9th (Friday), which is about halfway through the Pikachu Outbreak event held annually in Yokohama. Win a cute plush and bring it with you to watch the Pikachu parades!

The two face cushions (Pikachu and Mimikyu) measure about 33 cm across.

The four smaller Pikachu plush measure about 12 cm high.

Pokemon Tsuretette Banpresto

The Pokemon Tsuretette (Pokemon Pal) series continues into August with two releases.

Larger sized plush of Squirtle and Snorlax (each measuring about 26 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 22nd (Thursday).

Smaller sized plush of Jigglypuff, Psyduck, Growlithe, and Togepi (each measuring about 14 cm) will also start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 22nd (Thursday).

Pokemon Banpresto Korotto Manmaru I Love Gengar

From the I Love Gengar (Gangar) series comes two larger sized Gengar plush (each measuring about 20 cm – he is a chunky boi) which will start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 22nd (Thursday).

Continuing the Colorful mini series from Korotto Manmaru, black themed larger plush (Umbreon, Starly, and Banette – each measuring about 23 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 22nd (Thursday).

Pokemon Sun & Moon Banpresto XL Plush Pikachu Pichu

The two XL size plush coming out for August are Witch Hat Pikachu (getting ready for Halloween early) and Pichu from the Mogu-Mogu Time (Snack Time) series.

Pichu (measuring about 30 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 8th (Thursday).

Pikachu (measuring about 31 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 20th (Tuesday).

Pokemon Sun & Moon Banpresto

Last but not least – from the general Pokemon Sun & Moon Banpresto series:

A collection of smaller sized plastic figures of Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Pikachu, and Eevee (each measuring about 4 cm), will start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 8th (Thursday).

Squishy Pokeballs, each measuring about 9 cm, will also start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 8th (Thursday).

That wraps up all the Banpresto releases for the month of August.

We should start seeing more Halloween themed stuff in September, so get hyped (if you’re into Halloween!)


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August Merchandise Releases

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[TCG] “Dream League” Booster Pack
[TCG] Card Sleeves – Lillie Flute, N
[TCG] Collection File – Old Book Design
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Trainers
[Pokemon Center On-Line] 1:1 Mareep Plush pre-orders start

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[Takara Tomy] Nee, Uchi Pika (Talky Pikachu Figure)

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[Event] Pikachu Outbreak event starts in Yokohama
[Event] Pop-up Cafe & Drink Stand starts in Yokohama

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[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Soft Figures (Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander, Pikachu, Eevee)
[Banpresto] Mogu-Mogu Time – Extra Large Plush (Pichu)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Squeezy Pokeballs (Pokeball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball, Masterball)

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[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania – Plush (Pikachu x 4 designs)
[Banpresto] Pikachu & Mimikyu Mania – Face Cushions (Pikachu, Mimikyu)

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[Pokemon Center] Spooky Gengar
[Pokemon Center Cafe] New menu items: Snorlax Naptime Lunch Plate / Pokeball Dessert Bowl

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[Pokemon Center] Anna Sui Collaboration

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[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Plush (Witch Hat Pikachu)

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[Banpresto] I Love Gengar – Large Plush (Happy, Sleeping)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Colorful Series – Black – Large Plush (Umbreon, Starly, Banette)
[Banpresto] Tsuretette – Large Plush (Squirtle, Snorlax)
[Banpresto] Tsuretette – Plush (Jigglypuff, Psyduck, Growlithe, Togepi)

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[Pokemon BigMore] Lapras Plush

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[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Researcher

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[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Trainers (iPhone Cases + Plush)
[Eskei] Pokemon Shiny Jewel Rubber Mascot (Pikachu, Eevee, Piplup, Flaaffy, Plusle & Minun, Espurr, Whimsicott)
[Eskei] Pikachu & Sweets Charm Collection (Ice Cream, Donuts, Chocolate, Macarons, Pudding, Lollipop, Cupcake)

Pokemon Surf [Pokemon Report]

Pokemon Surf, unsurprisingly a Pokemon Center promotion all about Pokemon surfing, was released at Pokemon Centers and Stores around Japan July 20th (Saturday).

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The four main Pokemon featured in this release were Pikachu, Marshtomp, Slowpoke, and Oshawott.

(I’m honestly surprised they didn’t include Piplup, but maybe even the merchandising team felt Piplup needed a break.)

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The star Pokemon were made into surfing mascot plush, metal charms (minus Oshawott)

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And die-cut stickers (along with Raichu who super loves surfing)!

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There were also cute surfboard charms because why not

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An item of note is the iPhone shell case which sort of looks like wood.

That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report! Stay cool and don’t forget the sunscreen when you go out.


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