October Merchandise Releases

10.4

[TCG] “Tag Team GX Tag Team All-Stars” Booster Pack
[TCG] Pokemon Card Game Black/White X/Y “Extra Regulation Box Set”
[TCG] Card Sleeve Designs [Island Deities, Fairy Picnic, Eevee Dash!, Mega Rayquaza, Dark Illusionist]
[TCG] Deck Case [Eevee Dash!, Dark Illusionist]
[TCG] Rubber Play Mat [Eevee Dash!]

10.5

[Pokemon Center] 24 Jikan Pokemon Chu

10.8

[Re-Ment] Pokemon Stairs Part 2 (Pikachu, Charmander, Wooper/Ditto, Larvitar, Rockruff, Umbreon)

10.10

[Banpresto] Extra Large Dedenne Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus – Legendary Pokemon Large Plush (Latios, Latias)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus – Legendary Pokemon Plush (Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres)

10.12

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Rock Festival
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform! Volume 9 (Muk, Exeggutor, Mew, Wobbuffet, Mimikyu)

10.17

[Banpresto] Large Cuddling Plush (Pikachu, Raichu)
[Banpresto] Cuddling Plush (Pichu, Teddiursa, Plusle, Minun)

10.22

[Re-Ment] Pokemon Terrarium Collection Part 7 (Pikachu & Growlithe, Farfetch’d, Gardevoir, Raikou, Cleffa & Phanpy, Mewtwo)
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time – Extra Large Ditto Plush
[Banpresto] Large Face Cushions (Slowpoke, Snorlax)

10.24

[Banpresto] Pokemon – Large Christmas Stocking Pikachu Plush (2 Designs)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru – Large Sleeping Plush (Slowpoke, Seel, Snorlax)

10.25

[San-ei] Big More Gengar Plush

10.26

[Pokemon Center] All Glowed Up / Late Bloomer

10.30

[Important] Miki’s Birthday!
[Pokemon] Detective Pikachu Blu-Ray Release
[Pokemon] Detective Pikachu Wrinkled Plush

[Pokemon Center Report] Halloween Festival

The first part of the 2019 Pokemon Center’s Halloween promotion was released across Japan this past weekend (Saturday September 7th).

Halloween Plush

This release featured three main plush: Pikachu, Lucario, and Celebi. The big seller was hands down Lucario, who sold out fairly quickly (but was then restocked and maybe sold out again). As of this posting, both the Lucario and Pikachu plush are sold out on the on-line store. Lucario is sold out on Amazon as well, although Pikachu is still in stock over there… for now.

Halloween Mascot

There were also four mascot plush of Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, and Zorua, all dressed up in cute Halloween costumes.

Pokemon Center 2019 Halloween Festival

A neat and unique addition to the line-up was a cute Pikachu jack-o-lantern plush pouch that included candy inside.

Pokemon Center 2019 Halloween Festival

Another big seller was the Lucario hoodie, which sold out almost as fast as the plush did. I have to admit, it looks a little goofy when not being worn, but if you love Lucario, this hoodie would be perfect for you.

The t-shirts are pretty cute, too!

We should be getting information on the second part of the Halloween festivities over the next few weeks. Not sure if it will be as cute as this release, but I guess we will see.

Until next time!


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September Banpresto Pokemon Prize Overview

Get ready for the month of “It’s not quite Halloween but I guess it’s fine” aka September!

This month gives us some Halloween plush, the continuation of the Korotto Manmaru Colorful series, and a couple other surprises.

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 Dakko Gyutto

Two releases from the Poke Gyutto (Poke-Squeeze) and Poke Dakko (Poke-Hug) lines will come out September 19th (Thursday).

Both sets include Vulpix (Kanto version) and Piplup, with the sitting plush measuring 24 cm and the laying plush measuring about 25 cm each.

Pokemon Banpresto Korotto Manmaru Halloween Gengar

From the I Love Gengar line, an extra large Gengar plush (measuring about 34 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from September 10th (Tuesday).

The Colorful Korotto Manmaru series continues with brown for September. This set, which will start appearing in game centers from September 12th (Thursday) includes Cubone, Hitmonlee, and Eevee, with each plush measuring about 22 cm.

A set of smaller Halloween themed plush (Pikachu x 2, Raichu, Pichu), each measuring about 13 cm, will also start appearing in game centers around Japan from September 12th (Thursday).

Pokemon Banpresto Mogu Time

From the Mogu-Mogu (Snack) Time series…

An extra large plush of Slowpoke, measuring about 40 cm, will start appearing in game centers from September 19th (Thursday).

Smaller sized plush of Raichu, Meowth, Gengar, and Ditto, each measuring about 12 cm, will start appearing in game centers from September 26th (Thursday).

Pokemon Banpresto Pokemon Sun Moon

Last but not least, from the general Pokemon Sun & Moon series…

An extra large Lugia plush, measuring about 40 cm, will start appearing in game centers from September 12th (Thursday).

A set of smaller sized mascot plush with little elastic bands for easy attachment will start appearing in game centers from September 12th (Thursday). This set includes Pikachu, Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle, with each plush measuring about 12 cm.

A set of mini plush pouches (Pikachu x 3, Pokeball x 1), each measuring about 10 cm, will start appearing in game centers from September 26th (Thursday).

That wraps up the Banpresto releases planned for September! What are you most excited for?

Until next time!

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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

Halloween Festival

Pokemon Center Halloween Festival 2019

The first part to this year’s official Pokemon Center Halloween promotion has been announced with a release date of September 7th (Saturday) and will feature a plethora of cute merchandise of Pokemon dressed up for a Halloween parade.

Halloween Festival

The release includes three main plush (Pikachu, Celebi, and Lucario) plus four mascot plush (Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander, and Zorua), each dressed in their own unique Halloween costume.

Halloween Festival 2

Other items of note are: a plush pouch with Halloween candy, glow in the dark acrylic charms, a Lucario hoodie, and a rubber strap collection which seems to be a staple of every Halloween Pokemon Center promo.

Name: Halloween Festival!
Where: All Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan
Date: September 7th (Saturday)

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Items & Prices

Plush (Pikachu, Celebi, Lucario) – 2,160 yen each
Mascot Plush (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Zorua) – 1,296 yen each

Plush Pouch w/ Candy – 1,620 yen
Rubber Strap Collection – 540 yen each
※ 7 designs total
Acrylic Charm (Pikachu, Celebi, Lucario) – 1,080 yen each

A4 4 Pocket Clearfile – 432 yen
A4 Clearfile | Set of 3 – 756 yen
A4 Clearfile | Set of 2 – 497 yen

Mini Bath Towel – 2,160 yen
Hand Towel (Pikachu, Kanto Starters, Lucario) – 540 yen each
Pouch (Pikachu, Celebi, Lucario) – 1,296 yen
PET Stickers – 648 yen

T-Shirt (Pikachu, Lucario, Group | Small, Medium, Large) – 3,240 yen each
Lucario Hoodie (Medium, Large) – 6,048 yen each

Logo Pin – 648 yen
Mug – 1,404 yen
Dice Bag – 756 yen


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