It’s the end of September so let’s talk about game center prizes coming out in October!
As a side note… the next time we do a Banpresto Prize Overview… it will be for prizes coming out when I’m in Japan?! How is my trip so soon! As always, I will be re-opening my pick-up service for while I’m in Japan and will be able to get prizes from November to January. There is also a chance I’ll be able to get stuff from October depending on availability. (Hype! Hype!) All prizes I get are picked up personally by me from game centers, making them extra special. (More hype!)
Okay okay moving on to the actual post
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. Not all game center locations stock all prizes. If you’re having trouble finding stock of the item you’re looking for, feel free to send me a message!
A new series from Banpresto, “Pokemon Focus”, starts in October. The focus for the October release is “Regionals”.
Two large Raichu plush (Raichu and Alolan Raichu, each measuring about 23 cm) will start appearing in game centers October 18th (Thursday).
Two extra large Diglet plush (Diglet and Alolan Diglet, each measuring about 35 cm) will start appearing in game centers October 25th (Thursday).
Two large Vulpix plush (Vulpix and Alolan Vulpix, each measuring about 23 cm) will also start appearing in game centers October 25th (Thursday).
The “Pokemon Focus” theme for November and October will be “Legendary Pokemon” with Celebi, Victini, Jirachi, Mew, Manaphy, and Shaymin.
The “Pokemon Focus” theme for January (and maybe February?) will be “Gender” and I know the Nidorans will definitely have merchandise coming out then.
From the Pokemon Quest game series, an extra large cube cushion (measuring about 28 cm) featuring Pokemon faces on all sides will stat appearing in game centers October 11th (Thursday).
Mogu-Mogu Time (Snack Time) returns in October with a set of large plush (Dedenne and Gengar, each measuring about 2e cm) which will start appearing in game centers October 18th (Thursday).
The I Love Snorlax line returns in October with two releases.
A Snorlax die-cut blanket (measuring about 130 cm) will start appearing in game centers October 4th (Thursday).
An extra large Snorlax plush (measuring about 36 cm) will also start appearing in game centers October 4th (Thursday).
Last but not least! Girlish Pikachu also returns in October with two releases.
As can be assumed by the name, all the Pikachus in Girlish Pikachu are Girl(ish).
A set of two extra large Pikachu plush (each measuring about 24 cm) will start appearing in game centers October 11th (Thursday).
A set of three smaller mascot Pikachu plush (each measuring about 11 cm) will also start appearing in game centers October 11th (Thursday).
That wraps up the releases from Banpresto scheduled for October.
Until next time~