This post will cover three Pokemon Center releases that occurred over the past few weekends.
Pokemon Pop & Cute
The Pokemon Center promotion I refer to as Pop & Colorful was released at all Pokemon Centers & Stores around Japan November 10th (Saturday).
Highlights from the release include the super-size floppy Pikachu cushions and extra squishy Psyduck, Jigglypuff, Snorlax, and Gengar plush cushions.
Along with the more traditional cushions, there were also three types of neck cushions (Pikachu, Jigglypuff, and Gengar), phone stands to help prop up your phone (Pikachu, Psyduck, Lapras, and Snorlax), extra cute earbuds (Pikachu, Jigglypuff, and Gengar), mascot plush & coin purses, plus a variety of other smaller items such as phone cases, mini foldable scissors, thermoses, and a variety of colorful pens from Sarasa.
Yokohama Center Renewal
The Yokohama Center temporarily closed and then re-opened in a new location November 9th (Friday). To celebrate the renewal and re-opening, Pokemon Centers around Japan had a special Yokohama Center themed promotion on the same day.
As Yokohama is a port city, everything was sailor and nautical themed.
Pictured here are the Pikachu plush and matching mascot plush that were sold at all Pokemon Centers & Stores, along with the plush tissue box cover which is equally adorable.
One of the Pikachu plush, with Pikachu holding a Psyduck doll, was exclusive to the Yokohama Center, but the doll style Psyduck plush was sold as a larger sized squishy cushion at all Pokemon Centers.
Other items from the release included: two types of charms of all three Sailor Pikachu, a blind packaged acrylic charm collection, a blue and white striped t-shirt and 2-way hoodie, chocolate candy tin, blanket, towels, and some other cute stuff.
Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee
Last but not least! Alongside the Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee game release, a couple game related items also went on sale around Japan from November 16th (Friday).
Three plush each of Pikachu and Eevee were included in this release, with the plush dressed up in red sports clothes, blue personal trainer clothes, and as adorable glasses wearing assistants.
Two types of Pikachu and Eevee mascot plush were also released.
Other items in the release included: phone cases, a blanket, a cute mug, Switch related items such as pouches and cartridge cases, a blind packaged acrylic charm collection, and a couple other things.
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report!
The next time you hear from me, I’ll be back in Japan~
This week’s Pokemon merchandise announcements are pretty… lackluster.
Friday was a public holiday in Japan and so the announcements actually went up on Thursday, so I apologize for dropping the ball there. So maybe it’s good that there were only two announcements.
First up – the Pokemon Center’s blind packaged can badge series continues with a set of 18 Kalos themed badges going on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan from December 15th (Saturday).
One badge costs 300 yen.
A bunch of Pikachu and Eevee themed accessories (earrings, hair ties, necklaces, rings) will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan from December 1st (Saturday).
The listing is pretty ambiguous, with everything listed on the page as “accessory” with prices ranging from 864 yen to 1,620 yen.
… and that wraps up this week’s announcements!
Until next time~
Kalos Region Pokemon Center Can Badges
I will be back in Tokyo a little under a week from this posting (November 28th) and will be re-opening my pick-up service for game center prizes as well as for the Pokemon Center and other pick-ups by request. Please see this nifty page for a full list of items and prices. If there’s anything you want, please get in touch with me (via my website | via Twitter).
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. Note that not all game center locations stock all prizes.
The Pokemon Focus series continues into December with more Legendaries.
Three large plush (Mew, Shaymin, and Manaphy), each measuring about 26 cm, will start appearing in game centers from December 18th (Tuesday).
Korotto Manmaru returns in December with the beginning of their “Colorful” series.
Three large plush (Leafeon, Tyranitar, and Chikorita), each measuring about 24 cm, will start appearing in game centers from December 6th (Thursday).
The Pokemon Tsuretette series will also make a return in December!
Two large plush (Gengar and Ditto), each measuring about 30 cm, will start appearing in game centers from December 11th (Tuesday).
Three smaller sized plush (Clefairy, Snorlax, and Eevee), each measuring about 14 cm, will start appearing in game centers from December 13th (Thursday).
December also brings us a brand new Banpresto series: Hokkori Iyase (Warm & Soothing)
Two super soft and fuzzy bags (Pikachu and Rowlet), each measuring about 31 cm, will start appearing in game centers from December 20th (Thursday).
Two large plush (Pikachu and Mareep), each measuring about 27 cm, will start appearing in game centers from December 27th (Thursday).
Finally, Banpresto is also releasing three extra large plush from the general Pokemon Sun & Moon series.
Extra Large Eevee, measuring about 33 cm, will start appearing in game centers from December 6th (Thursday).
Extra Large Bulbasaur (smiling and winking versions), each measuring about 33 cm, will start appearing in game centers from December 30th (Sunday).
And that’s all the prizes from Banpresto for December!
Until next month~
Adults Love Pokemon, Too