After a small hiatus, the Banpresto Prize overview post is back~
This post will cover all the Pokemon related game center prizes that will be released in March.
Pokemon Tea Party
The Pokemon Tea Party series will return in March with four different releases.
A set of four mini sized charms (2 Pikachu donuts and 2 Pikachu cupcakes) will start appearing in game centers from March 6th (Tuesday).
Each charm measures about 4 cm.
A super cute figure, called Pikachu’s Sweets Collection, will start appearing in game centers from March 8th (Thursday).
This figure measures about 9 cm from top to bottom.
This adorable Pikachu plush holding a mini Pikachu donut will start appearing in game centers from March 13th (Tuesday).
The plush is roughly 24 cm tall.
Two Pikachu mugs will start appearing in game centers from March 23rd (Friday).
I Love Gengar
The ever popular
I Love Gangar I Love Gengar series returns in March (because I guess game centers love losing money) (sorry Gengar!)
A set of two larger sized plush (one smirking and one sticking out his tongue) will start appearing in game centers from March 8th (Thursday).
Each plush is about 23 cm tall.
One extra large Gengar plush will start appearing in game centers from March 23rd (Friday).
He will measure about 31 cm tall.
Kutsurogi Time / Korotto Manmaru
The Kutsurogi Time and Korotto Manmaru series will each have one release in March.
From the Kutsurogi Time line – a larger sized sleeping Ditto plush!
This plush will start appearing in game centers from March 20th (Tuesday) and measures about 27 cm from one “hand” to the other.
From the Korotto Manmaru line – more large plush!
This set of plush, featuring Snorlax, Chansey, and Meowth, will start appearing in game centers from March 20th (Tuesday). Each plush will be about 24 cm tall.
Pokemon Sun & Moon
Rounding off this post with the general Pokemon Sun & Moon line of prizes!
An extra large Porygon plush (about 33 cm tall) will start appearing in game centers from March 6th (Tuesday).
A die-cut Ditto blanket will also start appearing in game centers from March 15th (Thursday).
This blanket measures roughly 150 cm long making it good as either decoration or a lap blanket but not necessarily as a sleeping blanket.
That wraps up another exciting Banpresto Prize Post!
Until next time~
Adults Love Pokemon Too
As promised, the Pokemon Center gave us more information on the items being sold March 14th (Wednesday) as part of the Tokyo DX Pokemon Center grand opening event.
There are three sub-promotions that will make up this release.
First up is the main Tokyo DX Pokemon Center grand opening promotion. These items for the most part feature the dress-up Pikachus, all of which are wearing Edo-style clothing as a throw-back to old-timey Tokyo.
Most of the items from this set will be sold at all Pokemon Centers and Stores around Japan.
Of the three main Pikachu plush, only the first one pictured here (Fireman Pikachu) will be sold exclusively at the Tokyo DX Center. The other two (Gentleman Pikachu and Hakama Pikachu) will be sold everywhere in Japan.
All three Pikachu plush will cost 2,160 yen after tax.
The official Tokyo DX logo pin will also be sold exclusively at the Tokyo DX Center. Each pin will cost 680 yen after tax.
The following items will all be available at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan.
Metal Charm Set – 680 yen
Acrylic Charm Collection (Blind Packaged) – 540 yen each
Mug – 1,404 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Face Towel – 1,080 yen
A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
B6 Ringed Notebook – 648 yen
Handkerchief – 367 yen
Dice Bag – 648 yen
Ball-Point Pen – 540 yen
Post Card Set – 432 yen
Memo Pad – 518 yen
Stickers – 540 yen
Pokemon Card Game Sun & Moon Special Box – 2,808 yen
Book-Style Stationary Set – 756 yen
The second sub-promotion will be sold exclusively at the Tokyo DX Center. All the items will feature a stylized walking map of Tokyo complete with Pokemon (pictured above).
Blanket – 3,240 yen
Eco Tote-Bag – 1,296 yen
Canvas Tote-Bag – 1,620 yen
Mini Tote-Bag – 1,296 yen
Flat Pouch – 1,728 yen
Pouch – 1,296 yen
iPhone Hard Shell Case (8 / 7 / 6s / 6) – 1,944 yen
T-Shirt (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen
A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
Slim Notebook – 756 yen
Ball Pen – 540 yen
Tapestry – 3,240 yen
Tumbler – 1,512 yen
Message Card with Stationary Set – 756 yen
Sugoroku Stickers – 540 yen
Last but not least, a collaboration promotion between the Pokemon Center and the traditional Japanese art store, Haibara, will be sold through the Tokyo DX Pokemon Center as well as through the Pokemon Center On-Line Store. The line-up features mainly stationary items… and then toothpicks because why not.
Stationary Set – 918 yen
Mini Stationary Set – 702 yen
Stationary Box – 1,080 yen
Foldable Small Box – 972 yen
Notebook – 1,620 yen
Box of Toothpicks (Fireman / Hakama) – 1,296 yen each
That wraps up all of Friday’s announcements!
Will you be visiting Japan when the Tokyo DX Pokemon Center opens? What items are you most excited for?
Until next time~
Tokyo DX Opening Promotion
Pikachu Walking Map
This Friday’s announcements finally gave us more info on the Karel Čapek cross promotion that was hinted at in Pokemon Centers near the beginning of January, along with a surprise gacha release and information on the Pokemon Center Online 2nd anniversary celebrations.
Putitto Pokemon Collection returns with an Alolan region packed third volume.
The gacha series will be sold exclusively through Pokemon Centers and Stores around Japan, with each play costing 300 yen.
The set will include: Litten, Popplio, Rowlet, Pyukumuku, Salandit, Bewear, and Alola Vulpix. There are no secret figures.
Believe it or not, it’s been about 2 years since the official Japanese Pokemon Center Online Store opened!
As with previous campaigns, there isn’t that many exciting things happening, and as might be obvious they’re all related to ordering from the store which only ships domestically. But with that said, there are a couple things happening.
Pika-Pika Happy Sale
From February 16th until February 23rd, the Pokemon Center Online will have select items up for sale at a 50% discount. Each set of items will be available for 24 hours only and then the next set of sale items will go up. The schedule is as follows:
February 16th: Pokemon Varsity promo + Poketabi Tokyo + Yokohama
February 17th: Lillie promo + Poketabi Tohoku + Sapporo
February 18th: Pikachu’s Closet + Tabi-Biyori Fujisan + Onsen
February 19th: Alola Protagonist Item Sets + 40 Inch Pikachu Plush + Poketabi Nagoya + Kyoto
February 20th: Umbreon & Espeon Cosmetic promo + Poketabi Osaka + Hiroshima
February 21st: Eevee merch + Tabi-Biyori Airport + Station
February 22nd: Pyukumuku merch + Extra Large Sleeping Pikachu Plush + Poketabi Fukuoka + Okinawa
This is not the entire list. New information on what exactly will be part of each day’s sale will be announced every day at 10 am Japan time.
Pokemon Center Online Logo Sticker
A limited 2nd anniversary logo sticker, featuring Pikachu and Pyukumuku, will be distributed 1 per order starting February 16th while supplies last.
To get a sticker, simply place an order for anything from the Japan Pokemon Center Online Store starting February 16th at 10 am Japan time.
Exclusive Item Lottery Sale
Are you regretting missing out on the 1:1 size Eeveelution plush? Now you don’t have to! The Pokemon Center Online Store will be holding a lottery for some of their previously released super exclusive merchandise, including the 1:1 Eeveelution plush, the solid gold 20th anniversary Pikachu TCG card, and a bunch of other items.
Don’t get too excited, though. This isn’t a lottery to win the item… this is a lottery to win the opportunity to buy the item.
If you’re still excited anyway, in order to enter, log in to your Pokemon Center Online account. Between February 16th and February 25th, an “Entry” button will be available to click from the user home page. You can only enter your name into the raffle pot once per item. Once your entry has been accepted, you’ll receive a confirmation email.
If you get selected to buy the item you entered for, you’ll receive an email sometime after February 27th. Items will be shipped out from March.
Additional Mini Game Prizes
Pokemon Center Online customers receive points with every online order, and these points can be used to play the slot mini game.
Limited edition prizes will be added to the prize pool between February 16th and February 25th. These prizes include previously distributed prizes (which I guess they ended up with a lot of extras of cough)
In order to win, you need your little fake slot machine to show three of a Pokemon.
The top “Magearna” prize is a rubber photo frame featuring Pikachu and Pyukumuku.
The next prize tier down, “Greninja”, is either a tote-bag or an A3 poster, with prizes distributed randomly.
The bottom prize tier, “Pikachu”, is an A4 clearfile. Winners will randomly receive 1 design from a possible 8.
Last and not least… Pokemon Meets Karel Čapek!
The Karel Čapek tea store is a semi famous small chain of stores in Tokyo and Kichijoji, owned by Yamada Utako, who is not only a creative director and tea taster but also famous for children’s picture books.
With that said, it should come as no surprise that the promotion features original artwork by Yamada and everything has a very distinctive tea theme.
Pikachu Plush (Pancake / Tea) – 2,160 yen each
Cushion (Pancake / Flowers) – 2,160 yen each
Pokemon Garden / Earl Grey Tea Pack (5 bags per pack) – 648 yen each
Tea Tin w/ Tea – 1,296 yen
Tea Pot – 2,592 yen
Mug – 1,296 yen
Cake Stand – 3,240 yen
Stainless Steel Tumbler – 2,700 yen
Set of 4 Clearfiles – 972 yen
Set of 3 Deco Tape – 864 yen
Pouch – 1,620 yen
Necklace (Tea / Honey) – 1,620 yen each
Acrylic Bag Charm – 1,296
Oven Mitt – 1,620 yen
Kitchen Apron – 2,700 yen
Spoon & Fork Set – 1,296 yen
iPhone Soft Case (iPhone 8/7/6s/6) – 2,030 yen
Flip Phone Case (150mm long) – 3,240 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Face Towel – 1,080 yen
Round Stickers – 486 yen
Art Poster Stickers – 702 yen
Mini Gift Bag – 540 yen
Wax Paper – 540 yen
Cardigan (Small / Medium) – 6,156 yen each
That wraps up this weekend’s Pokemon Center merchandise announcements!
Next week will give us more information on the grand opening of the Tokyo DX Center, and who knows what else surprises.
Shop for Karel Capek items at Japanstuffs.com
Putitto Pokemon Collection Vol 3
Pokemon Center Online 2nd Anniversary
Pokemon Meets Karel Čapek
Pokemon Meets Karel Čapek – Daisuki Club
This week’s announcements were pretty boring as far as announcements go, but I guess not every week can be a parade of upcoming merchandise.
A new booster pack, called “Forbidden Light” (SM6) and featuring Ultra Necrozma, will hit shelves in Japan March 2nd (Friday).
Each pack will contain 5 random cards and will cost 162 yen after tax.
Along with the booster set, 4 Pokemon Center original card sleeves will also go on sale March 2nd.
The 4 designs are Lysandre, Ultra Necrozma, Kalos Girls, and Poipole. Each pack of sleeves will contain 64 sleeves and cost 777 yen after tax.
There will also be an Ultra Necrozma deck case costing 390 yen after tax.
In honor of the release, a super special booster pack set will be available as a pre-order item starting February 10th. This set can be pre-ordered from the Pokemon Center On-Line Store or any Pokemon Center or Store in Japan, with the release date being March 2nd.
This set will include:
2 boxes of Forbidden Light booster packs (60 packs)
1 set of 64 card sleeves (Clemont & Bonnie)
1 deck case (Clemont & Bonnie)
1 card box
The Clemont & Bonnie sleeves and deck case can only be obtained via this set, so if you’re a fan, don’t miss this chance!
The set all together will cost 10,800 yen after tax.
A new Pokemon Store will open in the Osaka International Airport April 18th (Wednesday).
Special Osaka Airport Pilot and Flight Attendant Pikachu plush will be available for sale exclusively through this store location.
Last but not least… the Pokemon Center Tokyo DX!
Both the new Pokemon Center and the Cafe will open March 14th (Wednesday).
As with most Center openings, there will be a variety of campaigns that will start March 14th across Japan, as well as some exclusively for the DX Center.
First up… everyone’s favorite clear cards! These cards are given out to all visitors regardless of if you purchase something or not.
The first Snorlax + Mew card will be available at all Pokemon Centers across Japan between March 14th and March 25th (or while supplies last).
The Snorlax + Mew on the bridge card will be available only at Tokyo DX, Mega Tokyo, Sky Tree, and the Tokyo Station Store and will be distributed between March 26th and April 8th (or while supplies last).
The final Snorlax + Mew design will only be available at Tokyo DX between April 9th and April 22nd (or while supplies last).
Limited Tokyo DX shopping bags will be distributed at all Pokemon Centers and Stores around Japan starting March 14th until they run out. To get a bag, all you need to do is buy something.
For every 5 packs of booster cards bought at a Pokemon Center or Store in Japan, customers will receive 1 Sakura Afro Pikachu promo card.
For every 5 packs of booster cards bought specifically at the Tokyo DX Store, customers will receive 1 Gentleman Pikachu promo card.
Both promo cards feature the Tokyo DX Logo.
Finally, and as always while supplies last, tiny foldable fan charms will be given to Tokyo DX customers for every 5,000 yen spent. So if you go and spend 10,000 yen, for example, you’ll get 2 tiny fans.
More information on merchandise will be announced in two weeks, so stay tuned!
Until next time~
Shop for Everyday Mimikyu items at JapanStuffs.com
Forbidden Light Booster Set
Pokemon TCG Information
Osaka Airport Store Opening
Tokyo DX Center Opening Campaigns
[Bandai] Pokemon Bath Figures (Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Alolan Vulpix, Bewear, Mimikyu)
[Banpresto] Girlish Pikachu Hand Mirrors (3 designs)
[Banpresto] Girlish Pikachu Large Plush (2 designs)
[Pokemon Center] Everyday Mimikyu
[Ichiban-Kuji] Pokemon Research – Gengar
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Large Plush (Eevee, Porygon, Teddiursa)
[Banpresto] Girlish Pikachu Plush Pouch (3 designs)
[Banpresto] Girlish Pikachu Large Mascot Plush (3 designs)
[Banpresto] Extra Large Pokeball Plush (Pokeball, Master Ball)
[Pokemon Center Online] 2nd Year Anniversary Campaign Starts
[TCG] Deck Build Box (Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon)
[TCG] Pokemon Card Sleeves (Pikachu Face, Lillie/Lana/Mallow)
End of February
[San-ei] Plush Tissue Box Covers (Snorlax, Slowpoke)
[San-ei] All Star Mascot Collection (Bellsprout, Pichu, Cleffa, Igglybuff, Togepi, Azurill, Chimecho, Wynaut)
[San-ei] All Star Unown Mascot Collection (A, E, H, K, M, N, R, S, T, Y)
4th Week of February
[Sega Prize] Premium Planetarium Light
[Sega Prize] Set of 4 Mini Towels
[Sega Prize] Applique Denim Tote Bag
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Large Plush (Clefairy, Sylveon, Mimikyu)
[Pokemon Kids] Pokemon Ultra Sun & Moon – Ultra Beasts Edition (Poipole, Decidueye, Primarina, Incineroar, Charjabug, Alolan Ninetails, Celesteela)
[Ensky] Pikachu Ude-Makura Plush
[Banpresto] Extra Large Togepi Plush
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Meets Karel Capek
[Gacha] Putitto Pokemon Collection Vol 3 (Litten, Popplio, Rowlet, Pyukumuku, Salandit, Bewear, Alola Vulpix)
[Takara Tomy Plush] Ultra Ball Plush, Poipole plush
[MonColle] Magikarp, Jangmo-o, Stufful, Sandygast, Alolan Dugtrio, Buzzwole
[MonColle Sets] Pikachu + Pokeball, Charizard + Ultra Ball, Ho-oh & Lugia + Pokeball & Great Ball
We finally got news on the annual “Weird Pokemon Promotion” that typically occurs in February, and this year’s “Weird Pokemon” is…
If you love Mimikyu, then hold on to your butt because this Pokemon Center promotion is only Mimikyu (and Pikachu). This slightly creepy mostly cute promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting February 10th (Saturday).
There are two plush as part of this release. The first plush is a 1:1 size Mimikyu, with a small surprise.
Technically speaking, Mimikyu is about 20 cm or 7.8 inches.
…this is definitely bigger than 20 cm, though, right!? So is this really life-size?
Actually yes. The 20 cm only measures Mimikyu. The Pikachu head part is technically part of the costume and not part of Mimikyu’s actual body size.
Each 1:1 Mimikyu plush will sell for 4,860 yen after tax.
Plush number 2: a pretty unique Diorama Plush set!
Each plush come with little velcro on the bottom so you can move them around the base as you want and they won’t fall over.
The Diorama Plush set costs 2,700 yen after tax.
Another neat item from the list: a pocket watch!
The last time we had a pocket watch in a merch line-up was several years ago with Mystery Mansion.
Each watch will cost 3,240 yen after tax.
Book Style Memo Set – 972 yen
Mini Tote Bag – 1,944 yen
Pouch – 1,620 yen
Flat Case (Blue / White) – 648 yen each
1:1 Size Wall Sticker – 1,296 yen
PET Sticker Sheet – 648 yen
Deco Sticker Roll – 648 yen
Croquis Sketchbook – 572 yen
iPhone Soft Shell Case (iPhone 8/7/6s/6) – 2,030 yen
Flip Phone Case (140 mm x 70 mm x 10 mm) – 3,456 yen
Paperclip w/ Case – 648 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Face Towel – 1,080 yen
Metal Charm Collection *blind packaged* (6 designs / No secrets) – 648 yen each
A4 Clearfile Set – 497 yen
Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Tin – 972 yen
Mug w/ Lid – 1,512 yen
Pokemon Card Game Sun & Moon
Not quite as big or exciting but a new Eeveelution necklace from the U-Treasure jewelry series is currently available for special order.
Necklaces can be ordered on-line or in person at the Shinjuku U-Treasure Store, the Nagyoa K-Uno Order Made Salon Meitetsu store, and the Osaka K-Uno in Doton Plaza.
Glaceon comes with a blue topaz and is available in silver (12,000 yen) white gold/yellow gold/pink gold (55,000 yen each), and platinum (65,000 yen).
That wraps up this week’s fun filled Pokemon Center announcements.
Until next time~
Everyday Mimikyu (Daisuki Club)
U-Treasure Glaceon Necklace