It’s nearing the end of September (soon it will a month until my birthday wooo!)
This post will cover all the planned Banpresto releases for October.
Eevee and the Eeveelutions will return through the Kutsurogi Time (Relax Time) series starting in October with 1 extra large plush and 2 sets of large plush.
Vaporeon and Flareon plush (25 cm | 9.8 in) will start appearing in game centers from October 24th (Tuesday).
Jolteon and Sylveon plush (25 cm | 9.8 in) will start appearing in game centers from October 26th (Thursday).
Extra large Eevee plush (40 cm | 15.7 in) will start appearing in game centers from October 26th (Thursday).
The popular and super adorable Korotto Manmaru series continues through October with 1 set of large plush and 2 sets of the normal size rolly-polly plush.
Large size Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur plush (24 cm | 9.8 in) will start appearing in game centers from October 12th (Thursday).
Chikorita, Treecko, Turtwig, and Rowlet plush (13 cm | 5 in) will start appearing in game centers from October 18th (Thursday).
Cyndaquil, Torchic, Chimchar, and Litten plush (13 cm | 5 in) will start appearing in game centers from October 26th (Thursday).
Two releases from the general Pokemon Sun & Moon line are also planned for October.
A cute 22 cm (8.6 in) tall soft Pikachu coin bank will start appearing in game centers from October 19th (Thursday).
A set of rubber pokeballs (pokeball, great ball, ultra ball, master ball / 6 cm | 2.3 in) will start appearing in game centers from October 17th (Tuesday).
That wraps up October Banpresto releases!
I will be in Japan for the November releases, and will return with my pick-up service, so if you love Banpresto prizes and love me and want to get your hands on some cute Pokemon, keep me in mind! I’m always happy to help!
Until next time~
Adults Love Pokemon Too
The month of semi boring August starts off with a hiccup.
Can badges return to the Pokemon Center, with a Hoenn spin. These badges are separated into two batches, with a different set of people characters and their companion Pokemon in each batch. They will cost about 300 yen each, which makes me think they will be gacha prizes, but there is a small chance they’ll be blind packaged. Either way, you can’t choose which badge you get because that’s the Pokemon Center for you.
These badges will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting August 19th (Saturday).
On the heels of last week’s Sapporo Fighter’s collaboration, we have another sports collaboration in the works, this time with the Yokohama DeNA Baystars. This promotion will go on sale starting August 11th (Friday) and will be sold exclusively through the Yokohama Pokemon Center, the Pokemon Center On-Line Store, and the official DeNA Baystars stores.
T-Shirt A (Kids) – 3,240 yen
T-Shirt A (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,780 yen
T-Shirt B (Kids) – 3,240 yen
T-Shirt B (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,780 yen
Acrylic Charm – 777 yen
Long Towel – 1,296 yen
A4 Clearfile – 280 yen
Twin Sticks – 864 yen
Sticker Set – 475 yen
A special Pokemon Go Plus Deluxe Set will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan for 9,234 yen starting August 9th (Wednesday).
This set includes:
– 1 Pokemon Go Plus
– 1 Pokemon Go Plus ring setting
– A set of Pokeball stickers to customize your Go Plus
– 1 Pokeball plastic screwdriver
– 1 Pokeball Anker 10000mAH portable charger
– 1 coin sized battery for the Go Plus
Finishing up this post, two bonus announcements!
The next Pokemon All-Star collection from the San-ei toy company is starting to show up for preorders around the internet. This set is scheduled to be released around November 18th, 2017 and includes 18 plush: Charmeleon, Ivysaur, Wartortle, Piplup, Turtwig, Chimchar, Slowpoke, Machop, Raichu, Flaaffy, Wooper, Lapras, Sewaddle, Budew, Drifloon, Chandelure, Absol, and Banette.
Prices are as follows:
Charmeleon: 1,944 yen
Ivysaur: 1,944 yen
Wartortle: 1,944 yen
Piplup: 1,728 yen
Turtwig: 1,728 yen
Chimchar: 1,728 yen
Slowpoke: 1,728 yen
Machop: 1,728 yen
Raichu: 2,160 yen
Flaaffy: 2,160 yen
Wooper: 1,728 yen
Lapras: 2,160 yen
Sewaddle: 1,944 yen
Budew: 1,728 yen
Drifloon: 1,728 yen
Chandelure: 2,160 yen
Absol: 2,808 yen
Banette: 1,728 yen
There will also be 2 cushions from the Mochi-Fuwa cushion series: Magikarp and Swinub. Both cushions will cost 4,860 yen each.
For the Nanoblock fans out there, new Nanoblock sets featuring Cyndaquil, Chikorita, Totodile, and Pichu, will go on sale near the end of September. Each set will cost 1,026 yen each.
That wraps up today’s Pokemon merchandise announcements.
Until next time~
Hoenn Blind Packaged Badges
Yokohama DeNA Baystars Collaboration
Pokemon Go Plus Deluxe Set
[Gacha] Halloween Pumpkin Charms (Pikachu x 2, Mimikyu, Bewear, Gengar)
[Banpresto] *Namco Exclusive* Pokken Pikachu Libre Plush
[Banpresto] Large Ditto Plush
[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania! Mascot Plush (5 Designs)
[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania! Large Sitting Pikachu Plush
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Dessert Plate
[Pokemon Center] Putitto Eevee Collection Volume 1 & 2
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon x Nippon-Ham Fighters Collaboration (Sapporo Exclusive)
[Pokemon Center] Momo-Taro Pikachu Plush (Okayama Store Exclusive)
[MonColle Get] MonColle Get Vol 11 (Primarina, Machamp, Bounsweet, Golbat, Mudsdale, Jangmo-o)
[Pokemon Center] PokeSPedia Special 20th Anniversary Art Book
[Gacha] We Love Ash’s Rowlet Collection (4 Designs)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Go Plus Deluxe Set
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Go Merchandise (Yokohama / On-Line Store Exclusive)
[Bapresto] Large Pokeball Plush (Great Ball, Masterball)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends (Piplup, Totodile, Mudkip)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Large Squirtle Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Large Plush (Alola Exeggutor, Slowpoke)
[MonColle] 20th Anniversary Set Vol 4 (Sinnoh – Piplup, Chimchar, Turtwig)
[MonColle] 20th Anniversary Set Vol 3 (Hoenn – Torchic, Mudkip, Treecko)
[Pokemon Center] Yokohama DeNA Baystars Collaboration
[Ichiban Kuji] Eevee & Flowers
[Candy Toy] Terranium Collection (Pikachu, Lapras, Snorlax, Bulbasaur, Dragonair, Eevee)
[Pokemon Center] Dot Sprite Series
[Pokemon Center] Kutani Porcelain Pokemon Plates (Pikachu, Eevee, Gyarados)
[Collaboration] A Bathing Ape x Pokemon T-Shirts
[Pokemon Center] Hoenn Can Badges
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Lapras Plush
[Merchandise] Snow Slow Life Snowglobe (Eevee, Flareon, Vaporeon, Jolteon)
[Pokemon Center] Eevee Collection Part 2
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Plush + Dress Up Clothes
[MonColle] Ash’s Pikachu (Alola Cap Version), Alola Exeggutor EX, Alola Marowak EX
[Bandai] Pokemon Pokeball Collection
[Merchandise] Snow Slow Life Snowglobes (Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander)
[Pokemon Center] Sapporo Center Re-opening Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You Charms: Litten, Popplio, Rockruff, Rowlet, Togedemaru
[Pokemon Center] January Monthly Pair Pikachu
[Collaboration] 5103 Pokemon Necklaces
[Blind Packaged] Welcome to Pikachu’s Room! (8 Types)
[Candy Figure] Pokemon Style Figure (Litten, Lunala, Popplio, Rowlet, Solgaeo)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Plush – Litten, Popplio, Rowlet
[TCG] Sun and Moon Expansion Pack
[TCG] Sun and Moon Starter Packs
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Incineroar/Decidueye/Primarina, Bounsweet/Steenee, Lillie/Cosmog)
[Pokemon Center] Varsity Pikachu
[Merchandise] Rotom Pokedex
[Candy Figure] Pokemon Kids Sun & Moon (Dex Rotom, Komala, Litten, Pikachu, Popplio, Rockruff, Rowlet, Togedemaru)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Chimchar, Cyndaquil, Torchic
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Charmander Big Plush
[Merchandise] Pokemon Mocchi-Mocchi Style (Pikachu, Pikachu Face, Eevee Face)
[Pokemon Store] Pokemon Store sticker campaign starts
[Pokemon Center] Rowlet’s Garden
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Villains Part 2
[Pokemon Center] Fashion From Alola
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Team Skull Pikachu)
[TCG Campaign] Receive 1 random half size playmat for every 5 expansion packs bought at the Pokemon Center or from the on-line store. 7 designs total.
[Banpresto] Big Rotom Plush
[Merchandise] Poketabi Wonderful Collection
[Banpresto] Relax Time – Pikachu Big Plush
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Growlithe, Ninetails, Vulpix
[Banpresto] Large Pokeball Plush – Pokeball, Master Ball
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush: Sun and Moon (Alola Marowak, Alola Meowth, Alola Raichu, Bewear, Mimikyu)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush: Gold and Silver (Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Espeon, Slowking, Totodile, Umbreon)
[Pokemon Center] Original 151 Pokemon Big Badges
[Pokemon Center] Johto Can Badge Collection
[Pokemon Center] Alola Friends
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Johto Badge Complete Collection Pre-order Starts
[Banpresto] *Namco Exclusive* Big Size Pikachu Plush (2 Types)
[Collaboration] Magikarp Taiyaki
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Rotom Dex)
[Takara Tomy] Alola Vulpix Plush
[MonColle] Mimikyu, Lycanroc (Midday/Midnight), Pikachu (Z-Pose), Snorlax, Tapu Koko
[MonColle Get] Volume 1, Volume 2
[Banpresto] I Love Mew – Pass Cases (2 types)
[Banpresto] I Love Mew – Big Sleeping Mew Plush
Pokemon Time was the big release this past Saturday, followed by the second to last Monthly Pikachu plush and the Pokemon Sketch mini promotion.
First up, the star of the hour, Pokemon Time! This is the 9th iteration of the very popular series. Like all the most recent Pokemon Times, this round gave us figure straps of the featured Pokemon, along with towels of the main Pokemon (Pikachu, Piplup, and Lucario) as well as the usual blind packaged candy tins and rubber straps.
The inclusion of socks is a first for the Pokemon Time series (and quite possibly a first for Pokemon Center promotions in general). “But Miki,” I hear people saying, “there have been socks offered in the past.” True, but not exactly in the same way as in this promotion. For some reason in Japan, a lot of sock stores offer a deal that allows the buyer to select any 3 of a prespecified type of sock for $10. Why 3 and why $10 and where did this originate from, I’m not sure, but you’re saving money and you get 3 pairs of cute socks!
Unsurprisingly, the socks were the most popular item from the promotion. How do I know? Pokemon Time came out on Saturday and by Monday, when this picture was taken, 3 of the designs were already sold out (Lucario, Pikachu, and Shinx).
Perhaps the most surprising items from the 9th wave were these giant sized plush cushions. All three types of plush are incredibly soft and very huggable and also large. Very, very large.
Aside from the figure straps, always my favorite type of merch from Pokemon Time, these stickers deserve a shout out due to sheer adorableness.
The February Monthly Pikachu plush also came out on Saturday. The weather in Tokyo is finally getting cold enough to require extra blankets, and for those with limited heating options, one of the best ways to stay warm in Winter in Japan is with a kotatsu, which is what Pikachu is doing!
The pattern on the blanket includes Torchic, Substitute Plush, and Dedenne, among others.
The Pokemon Sketch promotion, although maybe not as exciting as Pokemon Time, still offered some cute usable items, such as sketchbooks, dice bags, handkerchiefs, and small storage boxes. All items were available with Pikachu
There was also two miscellaneous releases. First up, this clearfile featuring artwork from this year’s Game Freak New Year’s card.
Pokemon is also jumping on the Valentine’s Day band wagon with this heart shaped chocolate bar and mini individually wrapped chocolates. Buy them for someone you love, like yourself!
On a parting note, two new posters went up in the Pokemon Center on Saturday. First up, the last Monthly Pikachu of this current series, Graduation Chu, is set to be released February 20th.
We also got this new poster for the Little Tales promotion, coming out February 6th. Hopefully we’ll get more information on the actual line-up on Friday.