Hiroshima Toyo Carp x Pokemon Center

Pokemon Center Hiroshima Toyo Carp Baseball Team

The Hiroshima Toyo Carp baseball team is once again collaborating with the Pokemon Center – this time, with super cute Magikarp and Gyarados plushies!

Get hyped for baseball with a cute Pokemon baseball buddy!

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This release has two plush (Magikarp and Shiny Gyarados) and one mascot plush (Magikarp).

The charm point for this release are the tiny baseball caps that Magikarp and Gyarados are wearing.

Release Overview

Name: Hiroshima Toyo Carp x Pokemon Collaboration
Where: Hiroshima Pokemon Center + the official Pokemon Center On-line Store
Release Date: July 27th, 2019 (Saturday)

Official JP Shop News

List of Items & Prices

Magikarp Plush – 2,160 yen
Shiny Gyarados Plush – 2,700 yen
Magikarp Mascot Plush – 1,296 yen


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Pokemon Center Finger Puppets Volume 5

Pokemon Center Finger Puppets Volume 5

Finger puppets return to Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan July 27th (Saturday)!

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Volume 5 includes: Shelgon, Snorunt, Metagross, Steven Stone, Manectric, Ralts, Treecko, Mudkip, Torchic, Mewtwo, and Mew.

Figures are not blind packaged. Each figure costs 300 yen including tax.

Release Overview

Name: Pokemon Center Finger Puppets Volume 5
Where: All Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan
Release Date: July 27th, 2019 (Saturday)

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Pokemon Surf

Pokemon Center Pokemon Surf

A surfing themed original summery promotion will hit Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan July 20th (Saturday).

This promotion is all about surfing under the shining summer sun and features Pokemon battling the waves and looking cool.

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The merchandise line-up includes mascot plush, keychain charms, stickers, and an acrylic charm collection of a variety of Pokemon on surfboards.

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There are also a plethora of other items, including a cute plastic cup, tote bag, pouch, two types of phone cases, and some stationary items as well, such as notebooks, sketchbooks, a PET sticker sheet, and a pencil board for writing on, as well as the eponymous Pokemon Center A4 sized clearfile.

Release Overview

Name: Pokemon Surfing
Where: All Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan
Release Date: July 20th, 2019 (Saturday)

Official JP Shop News

List of Items & Prices

Mascot Plush (Pikachu, Slowpoke, Oshawott, Marshtomp) – 1,296 yen each
Keychain Charm (Pikachu, Slowpoke, Marshtomp) – 648 yen each
Acrylic Charm Collection (blind packaged | 7 designs total) – 540 yen each
Surfboard Keychain Charm (Pikachu, Sunglasses Pikachu, Rainbow Pikachu) – 648 yen each
Die-Cut Stickers (Pikachu, Surfing Pikachu, Pikachu & Raichu, Pikachu & Slowpoke, Rainbow Pikachu) – 324 yen each

Plastic Glass – 648 yen
Hard Shell Case for iPhone 6/6s/7/8 – 2,030 yen
Multi-Use Flip Phone Case – 3,240 yen

Handkerchief – 367 yen
Tote-Bag – 3,240 yen
Pouch – 1,620 yen
Foldable Mirror – 1,512 yen

Lined Notebook – 184 yen
Pencil Board – 270 yen

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A4 Clearfile (Pokemon Surf, Pikachu Surfing) – 260 yen each
PET Sticker Sheet – 540 yen
Croquis Sketchbook – 572 yen

Petit Towel – 410 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Face Towel – 1,080 yen
Wide Towel – 3,780 yen
Mini Dice Bag – 432 yen
Dice Bag – 648 yen

Flat Pouch – 1,620 yen
Waterproof Pouch – 1,620 yen
Pass Case – 1,620 yen
Clear Thermos – 1,512 yen

T-Shirt (Rainbow Pikachu | Kids Size) – 2,700 yen each
T-Shirt (Surfing Pikachu | Small / Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen each
T-Shirt (Surfing Pikachu & Raichu | Small / Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen each


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Pokemon Center Pokedolls & Mascot Dolls

Pokemon Center Pokemon Dolls Venusaur Charizard Blastoise

Five new Pokemon Dolls are coming to Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan July 20th (Saturday)!

This up-coming release will include Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Lotad, and Dewott.

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These five adorable Pokemon will be available as both normal sized Pokedolls as well as squishy and soft mascot plush.

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Release Overview

Name: Pokemon Dolls
Where: All Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan
Release Date: July 20th, 2019 (Saturday)

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List of Items & Prices

Pokedoll Plush – 1,296 yen each
Mascot Pokedoll Plush – 1,058 yen each


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July Banpresto Pokemon Prize Overview

July brings us a deluge of Pokemon merchandise from the Banpresto game center prize company!

Unlike June, the prizes for July are pretty typical, with only plush this time around.

With that said, there will be two plush backpacks (Mew and Pikachu) available exclusively through Namco game centers. While cute, keep in mind Namco claw settings are notoriously difficult, so that’s sort of “great” but maybe you might luck out and find a Namco with some very nice staff members.

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 July Game Center Prizes

There will be 6 sets of plush in total coming out as part of the Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution series.

Pikachu and Mew backpacks are, as mentioned, exclusive to Namco game centers only. Mew will start appearing around July 12th (Friday) and Pikachu will start appearing around July 25th (Thursday).

Both backpacks measure about 30 cm from head to feet.

The extra large Mewtwo plush (measuring about 42 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from July 11th (Thursday).

Pokemon Banpresto July Game Center Prizes

The set of smaller plush (each measuring about 12 cm) including Bulbasaur, Togepi, and Squirtle, will start appearing in game centers around Japan from July 11th (Thursday).

Large sized plush of Togepi, Mew (two versions), and Pikachu (measuring about 25 cm each) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from July 11th (Thursday).

Banpresto Pokemon Mimikyu Mania Pikachu Mania

July brings some new releases from both the Pikachu and Mimikyu Mania series.

From Pikachu Mania:

Two large Pikachu plush (each measuring about 24 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from July 17th (Wednesday).

A large mascot Pikachu plush will also start appearing in game centers from July 23rd (Tuesday).

From Mimikyu Mania:

A matching Mimikyu large mascot plush will start appearing in game centers from July 23rd (Tuesday).

A set of four Mimikyu plush (each measuring about 13 cm) will start appearing in game centers from July 18th (Thursday).

Pokemon Banpresto Tsurtette Sun Moon

From the Pokemon Tsuretette series, a set of two larger sized sitting plush of Bulbasaur and Charmander (each measuring about 23 cm) will start appearing in game centers from July 11th (Thursday).

From the general Pokemon Sun & Moon series, an extra large size plush of Chansey (measuring about 31 cm) will start appearing in game centers from July 25th (Thursday).

That wraps up the Banpresto releases planned for June!

Until next time~

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July Merchandise Releases

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[Ichiban Kuji] 2019 Pokemon Collection Kuji ~ Holiday Night ~

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[TCG] “Remix Bout” Booster Pack
[TCG] Special Jumbo Card Pack “Mewtwo & Mew GX”
[TCG] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Special 7-11 Movie Ticket Pre-order Set
[TCG] Pokemon Center Exclusive Card Sleeves (Retro Card Design, Armored Mewtwo, Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise)
[TCG] Deck Case (Venusaur, Charizard Blastoise)
[TCG] Long Card Box (VEnusaur, Charizard, Blastoise)

7.6

[Pokemon Center] Petit Pokemon Plush in Pokeballs Volume 3 (Pikachu, Sleeping Eevee, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Alolan Vulpix, Pyukumuku, Mimikyu, Poipole, Zeraora)
[Pokemon Center] Oceanic Operetta
[Pokemon Center] Graniph T-Shirt Collection

7.8

[Bandai] Pokemon Kids Figures – Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Ver. (Mewtwo, Armored Mewtwo, Mew, Sad Pikachu, Ash, Charizard, Blastoise, Venusaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Dragonite)

7.11

[Takara Tomy] Hello Vee – Eevee Figure
[Takara Tomy] Extra Large Mewtwo Figure
[MonColle] Pokemon Battle! Volume 1 (Braviary, Ultra Necrozma, Incineroar)
[MonColle] Pokemon Battle! Volume 2 (Scizor, Melmetal, Solgaleo)
[MonColle] Pokemon Battle! Volume 3 (Zekrom, Reshiram, Kyurem)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Tsuretette – Large Plush (Bulbasaur, Charmander)
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Extra Large Plush (Mewtwo)
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Plush (Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Togepi)
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Large Plush (Mew, Togepi)
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Large Plush (Pikachu, Mew)

7.12

[Pokemon Center] Pre-order starts for Nintendo Switch Lite | Zacian & Zamazenta Ver.
[Pokemon Center] Large & Fluffy Mew Plush
[San-ei] All-Star Collection Volume 11 (Staryu, Butterfree, Abra, Munchlax, Mareep, Bellossom, Zeraora, Spinda, Snorlax, Mewtwo)
[San-ei] Mochi-Fuwa Cushions (Pyukumuku, Vileplume)
[Banpresto] *Namco Exclusive* Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Mew Backpack

7.15

[Re-Ment] Pokemon Desk Helpers – So Cute Ver. (Pikachu, Marill, Vulpix, Slowpoke, Sylveon, Plusle + Minun, Whimsicott, Mew)

7.17

[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania – Large Plush (2 variations)

7.18

[Banpresto] Mimikyu Mania – Plush (4 variations)

7.20

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Surf
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Dolls (Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Lotad, Dewott)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Mascot Plush (Pikachu Standing, Pikachu Sitting, Eevee Standing, Eevee Sitting, Mew)
[Pokemon Center] Eeveelution Socks
[Pokemon Center Cafe] Lugia & Ho-oh dessert plates start

7.23

[Banpresto] Pikachu & Mimikyu Mania – Large Mascot Plush (Pikachu, Mimikyu)

7.25

[Takara Tomy] Eevee Talky Plush
[Chokkori-San] Winking Pikachu, Angry Pikachu, Surprised Pikachu, Happy Pikachu
[Banpresto] *Namco Exclusive* Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Pikachu Backpack
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Plush (Chansey)

7.26

[BigMore] Greninja Plush

7.27

[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Outbreak Plushies
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Outbreak Merchandise
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Finger Puppets Volume 5 (Shelgon, Snorunt, Metagross, Steven Stone, Manectric, Ralts, Treecko, Mudkip, Torchic, Mewtwo, Mew)
[Pokemon Center Hiroshima / On-Line] Hiroshima Toyo Carp x Pokemon Collaboration Plush

7.30

[Polygo] Charizard, Mewtwo, Pikachu

7.31

[Pokemon Kids] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution (Mewtwo, Mewtwo Evolution, Mew, Pikachu, Ash, Charizard, Blastoise, Venusaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Dragonite)