September Merchandise Releases

9.6

[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

9.7

[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

9.10

[Banpresto] I Love Gengar – Extra Large Cushion Plush

9.12

[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

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

8.2

[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

8.3

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

8.6

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

8.8

[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)

8.9

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

8.10

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

8.17

[Pokemon Center] Anna Sui Collaboration

8.20

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

8.22

[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)

8.23

[Pokemon BigMore] Lapras Plush

8.24

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Researcher

8.31

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Trainers (iPhone Cases + Plush)
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Kotobukiya Elesa figure pre-order starts
[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)

June Merchandise Releases

6.6

[Banpresto] Hokkori Iyase – Large Snorlax Face Cushion (2 Designs)

6.8

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Fit Gold & Silver Release
[Pokemon Center Cafe] Pokemon Gold & Silver seasonal menu starts
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Sticker distribution starts for generation 2 Pokemon
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Distribution starts for generation 2 limited shopper bags
[Pokemon Center On-Line Campaign] My 251 Box distribution starts – 20 designs in total

6.13

[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus – Stone Evolution Pokemon Large Plush (Eevee, Jolteon)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Colorful – Large Plush (Luvdisc, Sylveon, Slowpoke)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Plush (Pokeball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball, Master Ball)

6.15

[Pokemon Center] Japanese Style Collection

6.18

[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus – Stone Evolution Pokemon Large Plush (Eevee, Flareon)

6.20

[Banpresto] Mimikyu Mania! Extra Large Plush
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Plush (Pikachu, Mew, Mewtwo)
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Large Plush (Pikachu, Dragonite)

6.22

[Pokemon Center] Neon Color

6.25

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Palm Plush (Raichu, Slowpoke, Cubone, Dragonite)

6.26

[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Extra Large Mew Plush
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Bath Towels (Mewtwo, Mew & Mewtwo, Pikachu)

6.27

[Takara Tomy] Chokkori-San Plush (Alola Vulpix, Lillie, Mew, Mewtwo, Litten, Popplio, Rowlet)
[Takara Tomy] Sleepy Plush (Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Mew)

6.29

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon World Market
[Pokemon Center] Eeveelution Plush Pass Cases (Eevee, Flareon, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Umbreon, Espeon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon)
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform Linking Keychain Charms (Lapras, Magikarp, Omanyte, Furret, Alolan Vulpix, Dragonite, Mareep, Electrode, Magnemite, Whimsicott, Gloom, Shaymin, Litwick, Sableye, Misdreavus, Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon)
[Takara Tomy] Fuzzy Plush (Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Mew)
[Takara Tomy] 1:1 Size Fuzzy Mew Plush

6.30

[Nanoblock] Litten, Rowlet, Popplio, Bewear, Mimikyu

June Banpresto Pokemon Prize Overview

June Banpresto Pokemon Prize Overview

June is going to be packed full of Banpresto prize releases, partly in anticipation of the yearly summer movie in July, “Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution”.

Not only will there be a ton of plush from several collections, but June also sees the return of the Pokemon bath towel (one of my favorite prize items!) All of the towels I own are Banpresto prize towels. I love them because they’re a nice size and very sturdy – even after repeated washing for years, they’re still in great shape. Also cheaper than most bath towels, assuming you are good at winning stuff from claw machines!


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.

Banpresto Pokemon Sun & Moon Mimikyu Pokeball

The extra large plush release for June is Mimikyu from the Mimikyu Mania series and four types of Pokeballs from the general Pokemon Sun & Moon series.

The four pokeballs (pokeball, great ball, hyper ball, and master ball) measure roughly 31 cm each and they will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 13th (Thursday).

Measuring roughly 35 cm, Mimikyu will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 20th (Thursday).

Banpresto Pokemon Sun & Moon Type Focus

The Pokemon Focus – Evolution Stone series continues into June with two Eeveelution plush sets.

Eevee & Jolteon (both measuring about 23 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 13th (Thursday).

Eevee & Flareon (both measuring about 23 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 18th (Tuesday).

Banpresto Pokemon Sun Moon Korotto Kororin Iyase

The Pokemon Korotto Colorful series continues with pink for the month of June!
The set features Slowpoke, Luvdisc, and Sylveon. Each plush measures roughly 26 cm and they will start appearing in game centers in Japan from June 13th (Thursday).

Kororin Friends – Palm Plush has four new additions as well.
Measuring roughly 9 cm each, Raichu, Cubone, Slowpoke, and Dragonite will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 25th (Tuesday).

Snorlax makes an appearance to bring a smile to your face from the Pokemon Hokkori Iyasare series.
Two extra fuzzy & soft Snorlax face cushions, each measuring about 38 cm, will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 6th (Thursday).

Banpresto Pokemon Sun Moon Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution

Last but not least – Mewtwo Strikes Back movie prizes!

A set of large plush (Pikachu & Dragonite, each measuring about 23 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 20th (Thursday).

A set of smaller plush (Pikachu, Mew & Mewtwo, each measuring about 12 cm) will also start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 20th (Thursday).

A set of three bath towels (Pikachu, Mewtwo, and Mew + Mewtwo) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 26th (Wednesday).

Last but not least, an extra large sized Mew plush (measuring roughly 33 cm) will also start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 26th (Wednesday).

That wraps up the Banpresto releases planned for June!

Until next time~


Adults Love Pokemon, Too

May Merchandise Releases

5.3

[Pokemon Center] Detective Pikachu Promotion

5.10

[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Color Series – Large Plush (Wooper, Squirtle, Glaceon)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Extra Large Plush (Lapras)
[Banpresto] Detective Pikachu – Large Plush (Pikachu x 2 Designs)

5.11

[Pokemon Center] Pikachu & Eevee
[Pokemon TCG] Pokemon Baba Nuki Card Game

5.16

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Hand Plush (Vulpix, Meowth, Growlithe, Pichu)
[Banpresto] Snorlax & Pikachu Sleeping Figure
[Banpresto] Hokkori Iyase Large Plush (Snorlax, Quagsire)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus [Stone Evolution Pokemon] Large Plush (Eevee, Vaporeon)

5.18

[Pokemon Center] Delicious Water

5.23

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Extra Large Plush (Raichu)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus [Stone Evolution Pokemon] Plush (Pikachu, Raichu, Poliwhirl, Poliwrath)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Plush (Pikachu, Meltan)
[Banpresto] Detective Pikachu – Face Cushion (Pikachu x 2 designs)
[Banpresto] Detective Pikachu – Plush Face Pouch (Pikachu x 3 designs)

End of May

[Gacha] Mae-Narae March Figure Part 2 (Boy Pikachu, Girl Pikachu, Dittochu, Psyduck, Clefairy, Mew)

5.25

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Finger Puppet Figure Volume 4 (Sleeping Pikachu, Arcanine, Shelder, Omanyte, Togepi, Ampharos, Sudowoodo, Espeon, Umbreon, Substitute Plush)
[Pokemon Center] EX Drawing Promo
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu & Eevee Fan Figure Collection
[Pokemon Center] Graniph Shirts Part 2
[Pokemon TCG] Pokemon Type Deck Case
[Ichiban Kuji] Eevee & Melodies

5.31

[TCG] Miracle Twins Tag Team GX Booster Set
[TCG] Tag Team GX Starter Set (Espeon & Deoxys / Umbreon & Darkrai)