Pokemon Surf, unsurprisingly a Pokemon Center promotion all about Pokemon surfing, was released at Pokemon Centers and Stores around Japan July 20th (Saturday).
The four main Pokemon featured in this release were Pikachu, Marshtomp, Slowpoke, and Oshawott.
(I’m honestly surprised they didn’t include Piplup, but maybe even the merchandising team felt Piplup needed a break.)
The star Pokemon were made into surfing mascot plush, metal charms (minus Oshawott)
And die-cut stickers (along with Raichu who super loves surfing)!
There were also cute surfboard charms because why not
An item of note is the iPhone shell case which sort of looks like wood.
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report! Stay cool and don’t forget the sunscreen when you go out.
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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.
Pokemon Surf 1
The merchandise line-up includes mascot plush, keychain charms, stickers, and an acrylic charm collection of a variety of Pokemon on surfboards.
Pokemon Surf 2
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.
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
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] 2019 Lucky Bags (Mega Tokyo, Sky Tree, Tokyo Bay, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Pokemon Stores)
[Pokemon Center] Mix Au Lait
[Pokemon Center] Mix Au Lait / Saiko Soda Gacha
[Pokemon Center] Pokedoll Mascot Plush
[Pokemon Center] 2019 Lucky Bags (Sapporo, Tohoku, Tokyo DX, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka)
Second Week of January
[Gacha] Pokemon Mascot Alola Version (Pikachu, Alolan Sandshrew, Alolan Raichu, Alolan Vulpix, Alolan Marowak, Alolan Exeggutor, Alolan Dugtrio, Mimikyu)
[Banpresto] Hokkori Iyasare ~ Large Plush (Torchic, Rowlet)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Life With Eevee ~ Cushion (Eevee Winking, Eevee Sleeping)
[TCG] Booster Pack “Night Unison” (SM9a)
[TCG] Melmetal Card Set
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Greninja & Zoroark, Lost March)
[TCG] Deck Case (Greninja & Zoroark)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Growlithe Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus ~ Male & Female ~ Large Plush (Pikachu Girl, Pikachu Boy)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus ~ Male & Female ~ Plush (Pikachu Boy, Pikachu Girl, Nidoran Boy, Nidoran Girl)
[Pokemon Center] Fluffy Little Pokemon
[Pokemon Center] Sumi-e Retsuden (Ink Painting Portraits)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus ~ Male & Female ~ Large Plush (Magikarp Girl, Magikarp Boy)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru ~ Colorful Series ~ Large Plush (Charmander, Dragonite, Flareon)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Squirtle Plush (Smiling, Winking)
[TCG] Trainer Battle Deck: Brock’s Pewter Gym
[TCG] Trainer Battle Deck: Misty’s Cerulean Gym
[TCG] Misty & Brock Full-Size Rubber Play Mat
[Re-Ment] Pokemon Desktop Figure 3 (Dragonite, Lugia, Ho-oh, Pikachu, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Chikorita, Porygon)
[Pokemon Center] Third Evolution Starter Pokemon Center Plush (Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Meganium, Typhlosion, Feraligatr, Sceptile, Blaziken, Swampert, Torterra, Empoleon, Infernape, Serperior, Emboar, Samurott, Chesnaught, Delphox, Greninja, Decidueye, Primarina, Incineroar)
[Pokemon Center] Eevee x Tamagotchi
[Takara Tomy] Shaymin Plush
[Takara Tomy] Pokemon Let’s Go! Shoulder Plush (Pikachu, Eevee)
[MonColle] Shaymin, Porygon, Magikarp, Jangmo-o
[Takara Tomy] Pokemon Let’s Go! Stand Figure Collection
[Nanoblock] Espeon, Umbreon, Mew
[Takara Tomy / Gacha] Eevee Ippai Collection 2
[Pokemon Center Cafe] Halloween coasters & place mat distribution starts
[Banpresto] I Love Snorlax – Extra Large Plush
[Banpresto] I Love Snorlax – Die-cut Blanket
[TCG] Booster Pack – “Dark Order”
[TCG] Energy Card Box
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Nanu & Sableye, Hoopa Unbound)
[Good Smile] Pre-orders start for Green Nendoroid
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu & Eevee Fancy Home Goods
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Original Desk Calendar
[Pokemon Center] Magikarp Mascot Plush
[Banpresto] Girlish Pikachu – Mascot Plush (3 designs)
[Banpresto] Girlish Pikachu – Large Plush (2 designs)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Quest – Extra Large Plush (Cube Face Cushion)
[Pokemon Center] Mofu-Mofu Paradise
[Pokemon Center] Naganadel Pokemon Center Plush
[Pokemon Center] Fan of Pikachu & Eevee – Pikachu & Eevee Poncho
[Re-Ment] Pokemon Terrarium Collection Vol 4 (Gengar, Totodile, Moltres, Slowpoke, Pikachu & Mareep, Umbreon)
[Banpresto] Mogu-Mogu Time – Large Plush (Gengar, Dedenne)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus – Regional Large Plush (Raichu, Alola Raichu)
[Pokemon Center] Kaiju Mania Vol 2 (Pikachu Snorlax, Pikachu Ampharos, Pikachu Garchomp)
[Pokemon Center] Mofu-Mofu Paradise (Plush, Slippers, Tissue Boxes)
[Takara Tomy] Chokkori-San Plush (Flareon, Jolteon, Vaporeon, Umbreon, Espeon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus – Regional Extra Large Plush (Diglett, Alola Diglett)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus – Regional Large Plush (Vulpix, Alola Vulpix)
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform! Goods Promo
[Pokemon Center] Ghost Type Clothing Mini Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Seasons Pikachu & Eevee – Autumn Pair Plush
[Pokemon Center] Finger Puppets Volume 2 (Red, Green, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander, Rhydon, Lapras, Koffing)
[Takara Tomy] Pokemon Quest Acrylic Mascot (Pikachu, Squirtle, Charmander, Bulbasaur)
[Takara Tomy] Pokemon Quest Cushion (Snorlax, Pikachu Eevee)
[Takara Tomy] Pokemon Quest Pin Collection Vol 1
[Takara Tomy] Pokemon Quest Pin Collection Vol 2
[Takara Tomy] Pokemon Quest Figure Collection (Pikachu, Snorlax, Magikarp)
[MonColle] Mew & Pokeball Set (Clear Ver.), Lapras DX
[MonColle] Ultra DX Set
[Bandai] Coo-Nuts (Pikachu, Eevee, Gengar, Piplup, Mimikyu, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Darumaka, Quagsire)
[Bandai] Twin Magnet Sets (Pikachu Girl & Boy, Pikachu & Eevee, Pikachu & Bulbasaur + Ditto, Charmander & Mew, Squirtle & Psyduck, Clefairy & Jigglypuff)
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~
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