September Banpresto Pokemon Prize Overview

Get ready for the month of “It’s not quite Halloween but I guess it’s fine” aka September!

This month gives us some Halloween plush, the continuation of the Korotto Manmaru Colorful series, and a couple other surprises.

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 Dakko Gyutto

Two releases from the Poke Gyutto (Poke-Squeeze) and Poke Dakko (Poke-Hug) lines will come out September 19th (Thursday).

Both sets include Vulpix (Kanto version) and Piplup, with the sitting plush measuring 24 cm and the laying plush measuring about 25 cm each.

Pokemon Banpresto Korotto Manmaru Halloween Gengar

From the I Love Gengar line, an extra large Gengar plush (measuring about 34 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from September 10th (Tuesday).

The Colorful Korotto Manmaru series continues with brown for September. This set, which will start appearing in game centers from September 12th (Thursday) includes Cubone, Hitmonlee, and Eevee, with each plush measuring about 22 cm.

A set of smaller Halloween themed plush (Pikachu x 2, Raichu, Pichu), each measuring about 13 cm, will also start appearing in game centers around Japan from September 12th (Thursday).

Pokemon Banpresto Mogu Time

From the Mogu-Mogu (Snack) Time series…

An extra large plush of Slowpoke, measuring about 40 cm, will start appearing in game centers from September 19th (Thursday).

Smaller sized plush of Raichu, Meowth, Gengar, and Ditto, each measuring about 12 cm, will start appearing in game centers from September 26th (Thursday).

Pokemon Banpresto Pokemon Sun Moon

Last but not least, from the general Pokemon Sun & Moon series…

An extra large Lugia plush, measuring about 40 cm, will start appearing in game centers from September 12th (Thursday).

A set of smaller sized mascot plush with little elastic bands for easy attachment will start appearing in game centers from September 12th (Thursday). This set includes Pikachu, Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle, with each plush measuring about 12 cm.

A set of mini plush pouches (Pikachu x 3, Pokeball x 1), each measuring about 10 cm, will start appearing in game centers from September 26th (Thursday).

That wraps up the Banpresto releases planned for September! What are you most excited for?

Until next time!

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September Merchandise Releases

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[TCG] “Alter Genesis” Booster Pack
[TCG] Alter Genesis Pokemon Center exclusive box set
[TCG] Pokemon Center Card Sleeves: Arceus + Dialga + Palkia, Oricorio, Damage Count 10, Damage Count 50, Damage Count 100, Damage Count Party, Kanto 151
[TCG] Deck Case (Arceus + Dialga + Palkia)
[TCG] Rubber Play Mat (Arceus + Dialga + Palkia

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[Pokemon Center] Halloween Festival
[Pokemon Center Campaign] 1 of 2 Halloween Lucario mini art boards distributed for every 4,000 yen spent at Pokemon Centers and Stores (link)
[Pokemon Center Cafe] Halloween menu items start

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[Banpresto] I Love Gengar – Extra Large Cushion Plush

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[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus “Legendary Pokemon” – Extra Large Lugia Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Halloween Plush (Pikachu Witch, Pikachu Pumpkin, Raichu Witch, Pichu Witch)
[Banpresto] Gura-burarin Plush (Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Colorful Series – Large Plush (Eevee, Cubone, Hitmonlee)

9.14

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Plush (Scorbunny, Grookey, Sobble)
[Pokemon Center] Berry Forest Ghost Castle

9.16

[Re-Ment] Atsumete Kasanete Pokemon Forest Volume 3 (Pikachu & Mimikyu, Murkrow, Ditto & Cubone, Pumpkaboo & Litwick, Shuppet & Piplup, Mew)

9.19

[Banpresto] Mogu Mogu Time – Extra Large Slowpoke Plush
[Banpresto] Poke Dakko – Large Plush (Vulpix, Piplup)
[Banpresto] Poke Gyutto – Large Plush (Vulpix, Piplup)

9.20

[Pokemon Center] Osaka DX Opening Promo
[Osaka DX Center] Grand opening exclusive merchandise
[Pokemon Center Cafe] New cafe plush (Pikachu, Squirtle, Meowth) and clearfiles
[Pokemon Center Cafe] Meowth Chirashi dish starts exclusively at the Osaka DX Cafe

9.24

[Re-Ment] Cord Keeper Volume 3 (Pikachu, Metapod, Alolan Vulpix, Bewear, Charmander, Swablu, Dedenne, Lotad)

9.26

[Banpresto] Mogu Mogu Time – Plush (Raichu, Meowth, Gengar, Ditto)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Mini Plush Pouch (Pikachu x 3, Pokeball)

9.27

[San-ei] Big-More Charizard large plush

9.30

[Nanoblock] Mega Charizard X, Mega Charizard Y

Pokemon Sword & Shield Starter Plush

Pokemon Center Galar Sword Shield Plush

The first official generation 8 plush are hitting shelves a few months early!

Scorbunny, Grookey, and Sobble will go on sale exclusively at Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan September 14th (Saturday).

Need another reason to get hyped? I am currently running a giveaway for these new plush! Follow me on Twitter (@zombiemiki) and RT this tweet for a chance to win one plush from this release. Giveaway ends September 12th (Thursday) and entree is open worldwide!

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Name: Pokemon Center Exclusive Scorbunny, Grookey, Sobble Plush
Where: All Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan
Date: September 14th (Saturday)

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Items & Prices

Plush (Scorbunny, Grookey, Sobble) – 1,782 yen each


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Berry Forest Ghost Castle

Pokemon Center Berry Forest Ghost Castle

A cute and spooky themed merchandise promo is coming to Pokemon Centers in Japan September 14th (Saturday)!

In a collaboration with the popular illustrator Kayo Horaguchi, “Berry Forest Ghost Castle” combines cute forest illustrations with spooky castle illustrations for a unique Pokemon Center promotion!

Highlights from this release include reversible tote and shoulder bags, oven mitts and aprons for cooking in the kitchen, and two different acrylic charm sets.

You will fall in love with this cute and colorful art style!

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Name: Berry Forest Ghost Castle
Where: All Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan
Date: September 14th (Saturday)

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Items & Prices

Reversible Tote-Bag (Forest | Castle) – 1,944 yen each
Reversible Sacoche (Forest | Castle) – 2,160 yen each
Apron (Forest | Castle) – 2,700 yen each
Oven Mitts (Forest | Castle) – 1,620 yen each

Acrylic Charm Collection (Forest) – 518 yen each
※ 10 designs total.
Acrylic Charm Collection (Castle) – 518 yen each
※ 10 designs total.

Pass Case (Forest | Castle) – 1,620 yen each
Sticky Note Set – 540 yen
A4 Clearfile – 216 yen
Melamin Plate (Forest | Castle) – 756 yen each
Melamin Cup (Forest | Castle) – 648 yen each
Ramune Candy Tin – 1,296 yen
Washi Tape Set – 648 yen
B6 Ring Notebook – 648 yen
Foldable Mini Mirror (Forest | Castle) – 1,620 yen each

Blanket (Forest | Castle) – 3,024 yen each
Set of 2 Placemats – 1,080 yen
Waterproof Matt (Forest | Castle) – 1,080 yen
Thermos (Forest | Castle) – 1,512 yen each
Pouch (Forest | Castle) – 1,728 yen each
Flip Phone Case (Forest | Castle) – 3,240 yen each
iPhone Soft Shell Case 6/6s/7/8 (Forest | Castle) – 2,030 yen each
iPhone Soft Shell Case X/Xs (Forest | Castle) – 2,160 yen each
PC / Tablet Case (Forest | Castle) – 2,808 yen each


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Pokemon Plush + Dolls + All-Star Collection [Pokemon Center Report]

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since my last Pokemon Center Report, for which I apologize. I’ve been doing my best to keep up with the weekly news announcements while also dealing with a mystery illness which ended up being a semi-serious kidney infection. Long story short, after two months of struggling and a short hospital stay, I’m finally back to normal and healthy again! Moral of the story: sometimes you should take WebMD seriously when it says “get treated or you will have problems”.

I have a couple Reports in the wings, so get excited for Pokemon Center photos!

Pokemon Center Pokemon Dolls

A new batch of Pokemon Center exclusive Pokemon Dolls were released July 20th.

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The set included Charizard, Blastoise, and Venusaur plus Dewott and Lotad (not a random inclusion at all)

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Along with regular sized Pokedolls, there were also smaller sized mascot plush of the five Pokemon.

Pokemon Center Pikachu Outbreak

Some super cute Pikachu and Eevee plush were released July 27th.

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The plush and mascot plush are based on the mascot characters that walk and dance around during the annual Pikachu Outbreak event in Yokohama.

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A new collection from San-ei’s All-Star line also came out around mid July. The set included some fan favorites and some random selections (like Staryu). My personal favorite is Spinda who doesn’t have a lot of official plush.

Pokemon Center Eeveelution Socks

Some smaller and un-announced releases during this period include… the Eeveelution plush mascot socks!

Not really practical or comfortable but still adorable, there was a cute sock for every Eeveelution, plus Eevee.

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Also some cute Pokemon Center exclusive mascot plush, including Pikachu and Eevee (and Mew, although not pictured)

That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report – thanks for sticking around!


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Osaka DX Grand Opening

Pokemon Center Osaka DX Opening

A small promo will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores around Japan September 20th (Friday) celebrating the grand opening of the Osaka DX Pokemon Center and Cafe in Shinsaibashi, Osaka.

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Of note are the two Pikachus dressed in blue suits. They are representative of a traditional Japanese stand-up comedy style, Manzai, which is associated with Osaka and the Kansai region.

A Manzai skit involves two performers – a straight man and a funny man, who trade jokes usually around misunderstandings, double-talk, puns, or verbal gags.

Name: Osaka DX Grand Opening
Where: All Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan
Date: September 20th (Friday)

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Items & Prices

A4 3 Pocket Clearfile – 388 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Dice Bag – 648 yen
TCG Card Sleeves – 777 yen
PET Stickers – 540 yen
Washi Tape – 648 yen
Acrylic Charm Collection – 540 yen each
※ 10 designs total
Eco Tote-Bag – 1,296
Pocket Croquis Sketchbook – 432 yen
2Way Tote-Bag – 3,240 yen
Pouch – 1,296 yen
Pikachu Pin Set – 1,360 yen
Logo Pin – 680 yen


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