May Merchandise Releases

5.3

[Pokemon Center] Detective Pikachu Promotion

5.10

[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Color Series – Large Plush (Wooper, Squirtle, Glaceon)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Extra Large Plush (Lapras)
[Banpresto] Detective Pikachu – Large Plush (Pikachu x 2 Designs)

5.11

[Pokemon Center] Pikachu & Eevee
[Pokemon TCG] Pokemon Baba Nuki Card Game

5.16

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Hand Plush (Vulpix, Meowth, Growlithe, Pichu)
[Banpresto] Snorlax & Pikachu Sleeping Figure
[Banpresto] Hokkori Iyase Large Plush (Snorlax, Quagsire)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus [Stone Evolution Pokemon] Large Plush (Eevee, Vaporeon)

5.18

[Pokemon Center] Delicious Water

5.23

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Extra Large Plush (Raichu)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus [Stone Evolution Pokemon] Plush (Pikachu, Raichu, Poliwhirl, Poliwrath)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Plush (Pikachu, Meltan)
[Banpresto] Detective Pikachu – Face Cushion (Pikachu x 2 designs)
[Banpresto] Detective Pikachu – Plush Face Pouch (Pikachu x 3 designs)

End of May

[Gacha] Mae-Narae March Figure Part 2 (Boy Pikachu, Girl Pikachu, Dittochu, Psyduck, Clefairy, Mew)

5.25

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Finger Puppet Figure Volume 4 (Sleeping Pikachu, Arcanine, Shelder, Omanyte, Togepi, Ampharos, Sudowoodo, Espeon, Umbreon, Substitute Plush)
[Pokemon Center] EX Drawing Promo
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu & Eevee Fan Figure Collection
[Pokemon Center] Graniph Shirts Part 2
[Pokemon TCG] Pokemon Type Deck Case
[Ichiban Kuji] Eevee & Melodies

5.31

[TCG] Miracle Twins Tag Team GX Booster Set
[TCG] Tag Team GX Starter Set (Espeon & Deoxys / Umbreon & Darkrai)

Merchandise Overview – February

2.1

[Pokemon Center] Eevee Collection
[Pokemon Center] 1:1 Eevee Plush (Normal / Sitting)
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Q-Pot x Pokemon Collaboration Part 2 (Eeveelution Cupcake Bag Charms) – Pre-order start
[TCG] “Full Metal Wall” Booster Pack (SM9b)
[TCG] Meltan Card Sleeves
[TCG] Meltan Deck Case

2.7

[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time – Large Plush (Pikachu / Squirtle)

2.14

[Banpresto] Pokemon Life With Eevee – Large Face Cushions (Smiling / Winking)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Colorful Series – Big Plush (Abra, Pichu, Jolteon)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Extra Large Plush – Charmander (Smiling / Winking)
[Takara Tomy] Snorlax Mocchi-Mocchi Plush + Mascot Plush

2.16

[Pokemon Center] Adult & Kid Matching Apparel Promo

2.19

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Extra Large Plush – Ampharos
[Bandai] Pokemon Get Collection – Ultra Guardians (Snorlax, Pikachu, Lana’s Eevee, Stoutland, Shaymin, Lunala, Solgaleo, Metang, Charizard, Garchomp)

2.20

[Furuta] Pokemon Chocolate Eggs Sun & Moon Volume 2 (Togedemaru, Komala, Poipole, Eevee, Dusk Lycanroc, Pikachu, Dex Rotom, Dartrix, Torracat, Brionne, Alolan Vulpix, Alolan Marowak, Bewear, Charjabug, Jigglypuff, Snorlax, Psyduck, Pyukumuku, Secret)

2.22

[San-ei] All-Star Collection Plush (Sylveon, Umbreon, Espeon, Leafeon, Glaceon)
[San-ei] All-Star Collection Flat Pouch (Sylveon, Umbreon, Espeon, Leafeon, Glaceon)

2.23

[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform! Volume 8 (Sylveon, Furret, Trubbish, Vanillite, Mareep)
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform! Gacha Set (Sylveon, Furret, Trubbish, Vanillite, Mareep)
[Pokemon Center] Ultra Beast Ultra Graphix Apparel
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Life-size Furret plush pre-orders start
[MonColle] Dragonite

2.26

[Banpresto] Pokemon Life With Eevee – Large Plush (Normal / Sitting)

2.28

[Bandai] Qoo-Nuts Pokemon Volume 2 (Pikachu, Eevee, Togepi, Psyduck, Clefairy, Torchic)

End of February

[Collaboration] Original Stitch x Pokemon : 151 Button-Up Custom Order Shirts

December Banpresto Pokemon Prize Overview

December Banpresto Pokemon Prize Overview

Hello everyone!

Announcement

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.


Pokemon Sun & Moon Focus Legendaries Korotto Manmaru

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).

Pokemon Sun & Moon Tsurtette Plush

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).

Pokemon Sun & Moon Hokkori Iyase

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).

Pokemon Sun & Moon Extra Large Plush

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

Pokemon Fit Volume 2 Release

Pokemon Fit Volume 2 Release

Hello everyone!

The second volume of the popular Pokemon Fit Pokemon plush series was released in Japan November 16th (Friday), the same day that Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee dropped.

Pokemon Center Pokemon Fit Plush

The Pokemon Fit plush series included every single Pokemon from the original 151 list over two release dates – volume 1 plush went on sale back in July (see this post for Pokemon Center photos), and the remaining 121 Pokemon were included in this volume 2 release.

I love the Pokemon Fit series. The style is incredibly cute, the size is perfect, and it gives a chance for some Pokemon who might never have gotten plush to have their first plush.

I unfortunately don’t have photos of every single Pokemon included in this release, but here are some highlights from over the weekend!

Pokemon Fit Vol 2 – 1

Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Caterpie, Butterfree, Pidgey

Pokemon Fit Vol 2 – 2

Rattata, Raticate, Raichu, Nidoran♀, Nidoran♂, Clefairy, Clefable

Pokemon Fit Vol 2 – 2

Vulpix, Zubat, Gloom, Persian, Psyduck, Growlithe, Bellsprout

Pokemon Fit Vol 2 – 3

Ponyta, Rapidash, Gastly, Haunter, Onix, Krabby

Pokemon Fit Vol 2 – 4

Chansey, Tangela, Goldeen, Seaking, Mr Mime, Scyther, Jynx

Pokemon Fit Vol 2 – 5

Tauros, Kabuto, Snorlax, Dratini, Dragonair

What do you think of the Pokemon Fit / Sitting Cuties series? Which Pokemon is your favorite?

Until next time~

My 151 Campaign + Pokemon Fit Plush + New Years 2019

My 151 Campaign + Pokemon Fit Plush + New Years 2019

Hello everyone!

With the release of Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee a week away, we have a bunch of exciting announcements related to the games.

Pokemon Center My 151 Campaign

A bunch of Pokemon Center related campaigns related to the original 151 Pokemon will start from November 16th (Friday).

Pokemon Center Cafe My 151

The official Pokemon Center cafe will be offering latte art of all 151 Pokemon by request, with each latte costing 756 yen including tax.

Pokemon Center Cafe My 151

For every drink ordered, you will also receive 1 of 6 random coasters: Pikachu & Eevee, Ditto, Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, or a special secret design.

Pokemon Center Cafe My 151

Anyone who visits the Pokemon Cafe between November 16th (Friday) and March 3rd (Sunday) – or while supplies last – will receive 1 random Pokemon sticker out of a possible 151.

These stickers will also be given out to all Pokemon Centers customer, 1 sticker per receipt, starting from November 16th (Friday) until February 22nd (Friday) – while supplies last.

Pokemon Center My 151

Starting November 16th (Friday) and running while supplies last, all Pokemon Center & Store customers will receive 1 original My 151 design shopping bag.

Pokemon Center Online My 151 Campaign

Finally, starting November 16th (Friday), all customers who order from the Pokemon Center’s official on-line store will receive their order in a limited edition box featuring 1 random Pokemon out of the original 151.

Pokemon Center Pokemon Fit Sitting Cuties Volume 2

The much anticipated volume 2 of the Pokemon Fit or Sitting Cuties series will be going on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan from November 16th (Friday).

This release will include the 121 remaining Pokemon that weren’t included in the original Volume 1 release back in July.

The Pokemon in this release are: Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise, Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree, Weedle, Kakuna, Beedrill, Pidgey, Pidgeotto, Pidgeot, Raticate, Spearow, Fearow, Arbok, Raichu, Sandslash, Nidoran♀, Nidorina, Nidoqueen, Nidoran♂, Nidorino, Nidoking, Clefairy, Clefable, Vulpix, Ninetails, Wigglytuff, Zubat, Golbat, Oddish, Gloom, Vileplume, Paras, Parasect, Venonat, Venomoth, Dugtrio, Persian, Psyduck, Mankey, Primeape, Growlithe, Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Poliwrath, Abra, Kadabra, Machop, Machoke, Bellsprout, Weepinbell, Victreebel, Tentacool, Tentacruel, Graveler, Golem, Ponyta, Rapidash, Slowpoke, Slowbro, Magnemite, Magneton, Doduo, Dodrio, Seel, Dewgong, Grimer, Muk, Cloyster, Gastly, Haunter, Gengar, Onix, Hypno, Krabby, Kingler, Electrode, Exeggcute, Cubone, Marowak, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Lickitung, Koffing, Weezing, Rhyhorn, Rhydon, Chansey, Tangela, Horsea, Seadra, Goldeen, Seaking, Starmie, Mr Mime, Scyther, Jynx, Electabuzz, Magmar, Pinsir, Tauros, Magikarp, Gyarados, Lapras, Porygon, Omastar, Kabuto, Kabutops, Aerodactyl, Snorlax, Dratini, Dragonair, and Mewtwo.

Like volume 1, each plush will cost 1,188 yen including tax.

Pokemon Center Ceramic Ornament Charms Pikachu Eevee

The Pokemon Center, in collaboration with the ceramics brand “Chugaitoen”, will be releasing three ceramic ornaments: Pikachu, Eevee, and Pikachu with Swinub.

These three ornaments will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan from November 23rd (Friday).

Pikachu and Eevee individual ornaments will sell for 972 yen each.
The ornament of Pikachu and Swinub will sell for 1,404 yen including tax.

Pokemon Center New Years 2019

The Pokemon Center’s New Years merchandise for 2019 will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores from November 23rd (Friday).

Note that these items do not include the lucky bags or other related goods that typically come out around New Years – this mini promotion is for items that are used around New Years, such as traditional Japanese decorations and greeting cards.

Merchandise Line-Up

New Years 1

Eevee Kagami Mochi Plush – 1,728 yen
Pikachu Darumaka Bell Charm – 540 yen
Mini Kadomatsu – 800 yen
Mini Shime-Kazari – 800 yen
Postcard Set – 313 yen
2 Tier Jubako – 3,240 yen
Soup Bowl – 864 yen
Chopsticks (18 cm) – 864 yen
Chopsticks (23 cm) – 1,080 yen

New Years 2

Stickers – 594 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 432 yen

Pokemon Center Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu Eevee

The Pokemon Center will be celebrating the release of Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee with a mini promotion including items featuring promotional artwork from the game.

This promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan from November 16th (Friday).

Merchandise Line-Up

Pika Vee Plush

Pikachu Plush (Sportswear, PT, Assistant) – 1,944 yen each
Eevee Plush (Sportswear, PT, Assistant) – 1,944 yen each

Pika Vee Mascot Plush

Pikachu Mascot Plush (Flowers, Curly Hair) – 1,080 yen each
Eevee Mascot Plush (Flowers, Curly Hair) – 1,080 yen each

Pika Vee 1

Acrylic Charm Collection (Blind Packaged) – 540 yen each
* 10 designs in total
Mug – 1,296 yen
Flip Phone Case (Pikachu | Eevee) – 3,240 yen each
Half Blanket – 4,104 yen
Microfiber Towel – 735 yen
Pouch (Boy Protagonist | Girl Protagonist) – 1,944 yen each

Nintendo Switch Game Cartridge Case – 1,404 yen
Nintendo Switch Stand w/ Cover – 2,592 yen
Nintendo Switch Smart Pouch – 2,562 yen

Pika Vee 2

A5 Ringed Notebook – 702 yen
PET Stickers – 540 yen
Postcard – 162 yen
A4 Clearfile (Pika Vee | New Adventure) – 260 yen each
Pokemon Card Game Deck Case & Card Sleeves – 1,080 yen

Not Pictured

Poster – 918 yen

That covers the announcements for this week!

Good luck to everyone participating in Community Day this weekend through Pokemon Go~


Pokemon Cafe My 151 Campaign
Pokemon Center My 151 Campaign
Pokemon Fit Volume 2
Pikachu & Eevee Ceramic Ornaments
Pokemon Center New Years 2019
Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee