Glow Up | Late Bloomer

Pokemon Center Glow Up Late Bloomer Collection

The “Glow-Up” collection includes a variety of merchandise featuring illustrations of Pokemon that have become stronger and more reliable upon evolving.

Hitting Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan October 26th (Saturday), this collection focuses on 8 main glow-up pairs (Dratini & Dragonite, Larvitar & Tyranitar, Bagon & Salamence, Gible & Garchomp, Deino & Hydreigon, Goomy & Goodra, Jangmo-o & Kommo-o, Beldum & Metagross) in super cute illustrations together that will be sure to warm your heart.

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Highlights of the collection include: 3 plush of evolved Pokemon hugging their baby forms, mascot plush of the 8 featured Pokemon in their baby forms, a Dratini neck pillow, a Deino hand puppet, and a tissue box cover of Bagon on a roof because where else would he hang out when handing out tissues.

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Other interesting items include an hourglass, a Goomy shower poof, and a super cute coffee mug with matching wooden case.

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Name: Glow-Up (Late Bloomer)
Where: All Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan
Date: October 26th (Saturday)

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Items & Prices

Huggy Plush (Dratini & Dragonite, Larvitar & Tyranitar, Goomy & Goodra) – 3,300 yen each
Mascot Plush (Dratini, Larvitar, Bagon, Beldum, Gible, Deino, Goomy, Jangmo-o) – 1,320 yen each

Dratini Neck Pillow – 2,750 yen
Bagon Tissue Box Cover – 2,750 yen
Deino Puppet – 1,760 yen
Goomy Bath Poof – 1,100 yen
Larvitar & Tyranitar Hourglass – 2,200 yen
Gible Coin Pouch – 1,650 yen
Jangmo-o & Kommo-o Key Case – 2,310 yen
Coffee Mug w/ Wooden Case – 1,870 yen

Acrylic Charm Collection – 550 yen
※ 8 designs total | blind packaged

iPhone Hybrid Glass Case (iPhone 6, 6s, 7, 8) – 3,168 yen
Multi-Phone Flip Case – 3,300 yen

Mini Dice Bag – 495 yen
Dice Bag – 715 yen
Blanket – 3,080 yen
Hand Towel – 550 yen
Face Towel – 1,100 yen

A4 Clearfile Set – 506 yen
Sticky Note Set w/ Case – 770 yen
Sticker Assortment – 550 yen
Washi Tape Set – 660 yen

Charm Set (Dratini & Dragonite, Larvitar & Tyranitar, Beldum & Metagross, Gible & Garchomp, Deino & Hydreigon, Goomy & Goodra, Jangmo-o & Kommo-o) – 770 yen each

Card Pouch – 1,650 yen
Tote-Bag w/ Mini Bag – 1,980 yen
Pouch – 1,980 yen
Tupperware Set – 1,320 yen
Mini Thermos – 2,200 yen
Lucky Egg Chocolate – 770 yen
2-Tier Cookie & Candy Box – 1,375 yen

※ All prices include tax.


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Detective Pikachu Blu-Ray & DVD Set

A Blu-Ray & DVD set of the Detective Pikachu movie will go on sale in Japan October 30th (Wednesday).

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A special “Wrinkled Pikachu” plush, based on a famous scene from the movie, will also go on sale at the same time.

Both the movie set and the plush will be Pokemon Center exclusive items.

Name: Detective Pikachu Blu-Ray & DVD Set Release
Where: All Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan
Date: October 30th (Wednesday)

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Items & Prices

Wrinkled Face Pikachu Plush – 2,200 yen
Detective Pikachu Blu-Ray & DVD Set (Normal) – 4,400 yen
Detective Pikachu Blu-Ray & DVD Set (Deluxe) – 7,480 yen

※ All prices include tax


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Ditto Transform! Volume 9

Pokemon Center Ditto Transform Muk Exeggutor Mew Wobbuffet Mimikyu

The very popular Ditto Transform series is returning with new friends to Pokemon Centers around Japan October 12th (Saturday)!

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Although Ditto might not be the best at transforming into other Pokemon, it’s still pretty cute seeing his attempts.

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Like previous releases, there will be 5 featured Pokemon (Muk, Exeggutor, Mew, Wobbuffet, and Mimikyu) in both plush and mascot plush form.

Name: Ditto Transform! Volume 9
Where: All Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan
Date: October 12th (Saturday)

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Items & Prices

Plush (Muk, Exeggutor, Mew, Wobbuffet, and Mimikyu) – 1,320 yen each
Mascot Plush (Muk, Exeggutor, Mew, Wobbuffet, and Mimikyu) – 880 yen each

※ All prices include tax


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October Banpresto Pokemon Prize Overview

It’s October!!

… And we have no Halloween merchandise this month, although there is one Christmas plush set. Not sure why Banpresto dropped the ball but that’s how it goes, I guess.

Maybe the other plush scheduled for release will make up for it!

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 (raffle) prizes. None of these items are designed to be sold directly through stores and cannot be found in Pokemon Centers with the exception being Pokemon kujis which can be found through Pokemon Centers as well as convenience stores and book stores. Prize items are found primarily in game centers or sold second hand through auction sites, amazon, or other similar resell outlets.

Most Pokemon releases from Banpresto drop on Tuesday or Thursday. Ichiban Kuji generally goes on sale on Saturdays.

Some of the bigger and popular game centers in Japan include: Adores, Sega, Round 1, Namco, and Taito Station. Not all game center locations stock all prizes.

Have a specific question about Japanese game centers? Drop me a note!


Banpresto Pokemon Type Focus Legendary

Type Focus returns with two Legendary Pokemon themed releases, both of which will start appearing in game centers around Japan October 10th (Thursday).

One set includes 27 cm plush versions of Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres.

The other set includes 32 cm plush versions of Latios and Latias.

Banpresto Pokemon HopePita

A new series, called “Hope-Pita” or “Cheek Squish” will have two sets of plush designed to be paired together with their cheeks squished together in a cute hug pose.

Both sets of plush will start appearing in game centers around Japan October 17th (Thursday).

A set of smaller plush, each measuring about 12 cm, will include Pichu, Teddiursa, Plusle, and Minun.

A larger set of plush, each measuring about 24 cm, will include Pikachu and Raichu.

Banpresto Sleepy Time Pokemon

October sees the release of three different series featuring sleepy themed plush, so I guess October is sleepy month for Banpresto. (To be fair, every month is sleepy month for Miki, so I can’t really complain)

From the Kutsurogi Time series comes an extra large Ditto plush measuring about 40 cm. This plush will start appearing in game centers around Japan from October 22nd (Tuesday).

From the Fuwa-Muni (Sleep Talk) series comes two larger sized plush face cushions of Snorlax and Slowpoke, each measuring about 39 cm. These cushions will also start appearing in game centers around Japan from October 22nd (Tuesday).

From the Korotto Manmaru series comes three large plush, each measuring about 26 cm. Slowpoke, Snorlax, and Seel will start appearing in game centers around Japan from October 24th (Thursday).

Banpresto Pokemon Sun Moon

Finally, from the general Pocket Monster series comes two releases.

An extra large Dedenne plush, measuring about 30 cm, will start appearing in game centers around Japan October 10th (Thursday).

A set of two larger sized Christmas themed Christmas plush, each measuring about 24 cm, will start appearing in game centers around Japan October 24th (Thursday).

That wraps up the releases planned for October from Banpresto!

Will November bring more Sleepy plush, Christmas themed plush, or a mix of both? Stay tuned to find out!

Adults love Pokemon, too


See a plush you like and need help getting it shipped from Japan to you? I offer a pick-up service! Please get in touch~


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October Merchandise Releases

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[TCG] “Tag Team GX Tag Team All-Stars” Booster Pack
[TCG] Pokemon Card Game Black/White X/Y “Extra Regulation Box Set”
[TCG] Card Sleeve Designs [Island Deities, Fairy Picnic, Eevee Dash!, Mega Rayquaza, Dark Illusionist]
[TCG] Deck Case [Eevee Dash!, Dark Illusionist]
[TCG] Rubber Play Mat [Eevee Dash!]

10.5

[Pokemon Center] 24 Jikan Pokemon Chu

10.8

[Re-Ment] Pokemon Stairs Part 2 (Pikachu, Charmander, Wooper/Ditto, Larvitar, Rockruff, Umbreon)

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[Banpresto] Extra Large Dedenne Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus – Legendary Pokemon Large Plush (Latios, Latias)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus – Legendary Pokemon Plush (Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres)

10.12

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Rock Festival
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform! Volume 9 (Muk, Exeggutor, Mew, Wobbuffet, Mimikyu)

10.17

[Banpresto] Large Cuddling Plush (Pikachu, Raichu)
[Banpresto] Cuddling Plush (Pichu, Teddiursa, Plusle, Minun)

10.22

[Re-Ment] Pokemon Terrarium Collection Part 7 (Pikachu & Growlithe, Farfetch’d, Gardevoir, Raikou, Cleffa & Phanpy, Mewtwo)
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time – Extra Large Ditto Plush
[Banpresto] Large Face Cushions (Slowpoke, Snorlax)

10.24

[Banpresto] Pokemon – Large Christmas Stocking Pikachu Plush (2 Designs)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru – Large Sleeping Plush (Slowpoke, Seel, Snorlax)

10.25

[San-ei] Big More Gengar Plush

10.26

[Pokemon Center] All Glowed Up / Late Bloomer

10.30

[Important] Miki’s Birthday!
[Pokemon] Detective Pikachu Blu-Ray Release
[Pokemon] Detective Pikachu Wrinkled Plush

Pokemon Rock Festival

Pokemon Center Pokemon Rock Festival

Pikachu, Zeraora, and Electivire are heading an electrifying rock festival with this original Pokemon Center musical themed collection going on sale in Japan October 12th (Saturday).

Pokemon Center Rock Festival Pikachu Fernandes Electric Guitar

Along with the usual merchandise, the Pokemon Center teamed up with Fernandes to create official Fernandes brand Pikachu themed [ZO-3] electric guitars.

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The Pokemon Center also teamed up with the brand “MILKFED” to create some stylish bags, hoodies, t-shirts, and a cute Pikachu hat.

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Name: Pokemon Rock Festival
Where: All Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan
Date: October 12th (Saturday)

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Items & Prices

Fernandes ZO-3 Pikachu Guitar – 60,500 yen

MILKFED Hoodie (Black/White/Pink) – 13,200 yen each
MILKFED Sacoche (Black/White) – 4,180 yen each
MILKFED T-Shirt (Black/White | Medium/Large) – 5,500 yen each
MILKFED Hat – 5,280 yen

Plush (Pikachu, Zeraora, Electivire) – 2,640 yen each
Mascot Plush (Pikachu, Zeraora) – 1,320 yen each

Ticket Holder (Rock Festival / Festival Logo) – 330 yen each
Scarf Towel – 1,100 yen
Mini Bath Towel – 2,200 yen
Mini Wallet – 2,750 yen
Card Pouch – 1,760 yen

T-Shirt Collection – 1,980 yen each
※ Random / 6 designs total
Acrylic Charm Collection – 550 yen each
※ Random / 7 designs total

3 Pairs of Socks (Electric, Fire, Poison, Dark, Ground, Fairy | 23~25 cm) – 1,100 yen
Thermos – 2,750 yen
Soft Shell iPhone Case (iPhone 6/6s/7/8 | Rock Festival / Festival Logo) – 2,068 yen each
Pins (Rock Festival) – 660 yen
Pins (Pikachu Rock Festival) – 495 yen
Washi Tape Set – 660 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 506 yen
Sticker Assortment – 550 yen
Sticker Set (Electric / Fire / Poison / Dark / Ground / Fairy) – 440 yen each
Ticket Style Memo Pad – 440 yen


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