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

Pokemon Plush + Dolls + All-Star Collection [Pokemon Center Report]

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since my last Pokemon Center Report, for which I apologize. I’ve been doing my best to keep up with the weekly news announcements while also dealing with a mystery illness which ended up being a semi-serious kidney infection. Long story short, after two months of struggling and a short hospital stay, I’m finally back to normal and healthy again! Moral of the story: sometimes you should take WebMD seriously when it says “get treated or you will have problems”.

I have a couple Reports in the wings, so get excited for Pokemon Center photos!

Pokemon Center Pokemon Dolls

A new batch of Pokemon Center exclusive Pokemon Dolls were released July 20th.

Pokedoll

The set included Charizard, Blastoise, and Venusaur plus Dewott and Lotad (not a random inclusion at all)

Pokedoll Mascot

Along with regular sized Pokedolls, there were also smaller sized mascot plush of the five Pokemon.

Pokemon Center Pikachu Outbreak

Some super cute Pikachu and Eevee plush were released July 27th.

Pikachu Eevee Outbreak

The plush and mascot plush are based on the mascot characters that walk and dance around during the annual Pikachu Outbreak event in Yokohama.

San-Ei All Star

A new collection from San-ei’s All-Star line also came out around mid July. The set included some fan favorites and some random selections (like Staryu). My personal favorite is Spinda who doesn’t have a lot of official plush.

Pokemon Center Eeveelution Socks

Some smaller and un-announced releases during this period include… the Eeveelution plush mascot socks!

Not really practical or comfortable but still adorable, there was a cute sock for every Eeveelution, plus Eevee.

Eevee Pikachu Mascot

Also some cute Pokemon Center exclusive mascot plush, including Pikachu and Eevee (and Mew, although not pictured)

That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report – thanks for sticking around!


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Osaka DX Cafe Opening

Pokemon Center Cafe Osaka

A couple new items will be added to the official Pokemon Center Cafe’s gift shop on September 20th (Friday) alongside the grand opening of both the Osaka DX Pokemon Center and Cafe in Shinsaibashi, Osaka.

Osaka Cafe Plush

There will be three plush (Pikachu, Squirtle, and Meowth) decked out in Pokemon Cafe uniforms

Osaka Cafe Clearfile

And two different clearfile sets, with 3 designs in each set.

Pokemon Center Cafe Osaka

A third set of clearfiles will be added to the list of items customers can buy when reserving a seat at the cafe. This set will not be sold at the cafe store and can only be bought when placing a reservation. This set will start distribution from October 1st. The option to choose it will unlock from September 1st.

Name: Pokemon Center Cafe – New Items
Where: The Pokemon Center Cafe in Nihonbashi (Tokyo) and Shinsaibashi (Osaka)
Date: September 20th (Friday) – Clearfile reservation item from October 1st (Tuesday)

Pokemon Center Cafe News

Items & Prices

Plush (Pikachu, Meowth, Squirtle) – 2,160 yen each
Clearfile Set (A/B) – 756 yen each

Reservation Clearfile Set – 770 yen


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August Banpresto Pokemon Prize Overview

It might be closing in on the end of summer and beginning of fall but the releases from Banpresto are not slowing down for the month of August.

The surprise non-plush releases for August are smaller plastic figures. Otherwise, everything else is pretty standard for Banpresto and Pokemon with new stuff coming from Pokemon Tsuretette, Korotto Manmaru, Pikachu & Mimikyu Mania, the general Pokemon Sun & Moon series, and more from I Love Gengar (or as they write it in Japanese, I Love Gangar)

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 Mimikyu Pikachu Mania

Pikachu and Mimikyu Mania prizes continue into August. Both releases come out August 9th (Friday), which is about halfway through the Pikachu Outbreak event held annually in Yokohama. Win a cute plush and bring it with you to watch the Pikachu parades!

The two face cushions (Pikachu and Mimikyu) measure about 33 cm across.

The four smaller Pikachu plush measure about 12 cm high.

Pokemon Tsuretette Banpresto

The Pokemon Tsuretette (Pokemon Pal) series continues into August with two releases.

Larger sized plush of Squirtle and Snorlax (each measuring about 26 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 22nd (Thursday).

Smaller sized plush of Jigglypuff, Psyduck, Growlithe, and Togepi (each measuring about 14 cm) will also start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 22nd (Thursday).

Pokemon Banpresto Korotto Manmaru I Love Gengar

From the I Love Gengar (Gangar) series comes two larger sized Gengar plush (each measuring about 20 cm – he is a chunky boi) which will start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 22nd (Thursday).

Continuing the Colorful mini series from Korotto Manmaru, black themed larger plush (Umbreon, Starly, and Banette – each measuring about 23 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 22nd (Thursday).

Pokemon Sun & Moon Banpresto XL Plush Pikachu Pichu

The two XL size plush coming out for August are Witch Hat Pikachu (getting ready for Halloween early) and Pichu from the Mogu-Mogu Time (Snack Time) series.

Pichu (measuring about 30 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 8th (Thursday).

Pikachu (measuring about 31 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 20th (Tuesday).

Pokemon Sun & Moon Banpresto

Last but not least – from the general Pokemon Sun & Moon Banpresto series:

A collection of smaller sized plastic figures of Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Pikachu, and Eevee (each measuring about 4 cm), will start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 8th (Thursday).

Squishy Pokeballs, each measuring about 9 cm, will also start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 8th (Thursday).

That wraps up all the Banpresto releases for the month of August.

We should start seeing more Halloween themed stuff in September, so get hyped (if you’re into Halloween!)


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