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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August Merchandise Releases

8.2

[TCG] “Dream League” Booster Pack
[TCG] Card Sleeves – Lillie Flute, N
[TCG] Collection File – Old Book Design
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Trainers
[Pokemon Center On-Line] 1:1 Mareep Plush pre-orders start

8.3

[Takara Tomy] Nee, Uchi Pika (Talky Pikachu Figure)

8.6

[Event] Pikachu Outbreak event starts in Yokohama
[Event] Pop-up Cafe & Drink Stand starts in Yokohama

8.8

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Soft Figures (Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander, Pikachu, Eevee)
[Banpresto] Mogu-Mogu Time – Extra Large Plush (Pichu)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Squeezy Pokeballs (Pokeball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball, Masterball)

8.9

[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania – Plush (Pikachu x 4 designs)
[Banpresto] Pikachu & Mimikyu Mania – Face Cushions (Pikachu, Mimikyu)

8.10

[Pokemon Center] Spooky Gengar
[Pokemon Center Cafe] New menu items: Snorlax Naptime Lunch Plate / Pokeball Dessert Bowl

8.17

[Pokemon Center] Anna Sui Collaboration

8.20

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Plush (Witch Hat Pikachu)

8.22

[Banpresto] I Love Gengar – Large Plush (Happy, Sleeping)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Colorful Series – Black – Large Plush (Umbreon, Starly, Banette)
[Banpresto] Tsuretette – Large Plush (Squirtle, Snorlax)
[Banpresto] Tsuretette – Plush (Jigglypuff, Psyduck, Growlithe, Togepi)

8.23

[Pokemon BigMore] Lapras Plush

8.24

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Researcher

8.31

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Trainers (iPhone Cases + Plush)
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Kotobukiya Elesa figure pre-order starts
[Eskei] Pokemon Shiny Jewel Rubber Mascot (Pikachu, Eevee, Piplup, Flaaffy, Plusle & Minun, Espurr, Whimsicott)
[Eskei] Pikachu & Sweets Charm Collection (Ice Cream, Donuts, Chocolate, Macarons, Pudding, Lollipop, Cupcake)

Spooky Gengar

Pokemon Center Gengar De Hiyari

Cute Gengar themed merchandise designed to keep you cool in the summer will hit Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan August 10th (Saturday).

Gengar wants to scare all the other Pokemon. Everyone acts surprised and spooked, so perhaps Gengar was successful? But Ditto turned the tables on him and spooked him back!

This original promotion is designed for Gengar fans and includes tons of cute illustrations of Gengar trying his best to be spooky. The merchandise line-up includes tons of items for everyday use, such as clearfiles and lunch bags, as well as a popsicle / candy mold to make Gengar shaped treats!

Gengar De Hiyari

Name: ゲンガーdeヒヤリ?! (Spooky Gengar)
Where: All Pokemon Centers & Stores
Date: August 10th (Saturday)

Official JP Pokemon Center News Site

Items & Prices

Gengar Plush – 1,620 yen
Gengar Mascot Plush – 1,080 yen

Acrylic Charm Collection – 540 yen each
※ 6 Designs | Blind Packaged

Flip Phone Case – 3,456 yen
iPhone Soft Shell Case (6/6s/7/8) – 2,030 yen
iPhone Soft Shell Case (X/Xs) – 2,030 yen

Cold Pack Lunch Bag – 2,592 yen
Popsicle Mold – 1,836 yen
Clear Pouch – 1,728 yen
Clear Flat Pouch – 1,728 yen

Hooded Towel – 3,240 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Face Towel – 1,080 yen

3 Pairs of Socks for 1,080 yen
(Pikachu, Vanillish, Psyduck, Goomy, Sylveon, Ditto | 23 – 25 cm)

A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
B6 Ring Notebook – 648 yen
Die-Cut Washi Tape – 648 yen
Sticky Note Set – 972 yen
PET Stickers – 648 yen

Metal Keyholder Charm – 648 yen
Dice Pouch – 702 yen
Bottle Holder – 1,620
Thermos – 2,700 yen
Plastic Cup – 648 yen
T-Shirt (Medium / Large) – 3,780 yen
Hoodie (Medium / Large) – 6,480 yen


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Chibi May-June Pokemon Center Releases

There’s been a couple of smaller new merchandise releases between June and July that don’t fit in with a bigger promotion and this post will cover some of them!

Delicious Water Mascot Plush

The Delicious Water Pokemon Center promotion dropped May 18th (Saturday). Some astute observers might have noticed the art style was similar to the previously released Mix Au Lait and Saiko Soda promotions, and you would be correct; Delicious Water was part of this same series, but with a watery twist.

The mascot plush were the most popular from this release, and rightfully so. There was a plush made for each water starter Pokemon from the current 7 Pokemon regions.

Why does only Piplup get a crown? My guess… there is someone involved with Pokemon merchandising who loves Piplup, which explains why he gets so much merchandise while simultaneously not selling well ever. You can push it all you want, Piplup person, but it’s not going to happen (I’m sorry).

Pokemon Center Delicious Water Saiko Soda

Along with the main Delicious Water items, there were a bunch of Saiko Soda stuff as well, including bags and t-shirts.

Pokemon Center Delicious Water

Following in the footsteps of the last Mix Au Lait release, the Delicious Water promotion also included a gacha set with each figure being paired with a mini bottle of water figure.

Japanese Style June

June 16th (Saturday) saw the release of the Japanese Style promotion, featuring a bunch of more traditional Japanese items with a Pokemon twist.

There were a lot of neat items, but some highlights included: a set of four plates, four different 2 plate sets, two different types of bento boxes, super cute chopsticks with Umbreon and Espeon, aprons, and traditional Japanese short pants for wearing outside in summer when it’s hot.

Pokemon Center Neon Color

An unannounced mini Pokemon Center promotion, featuring mostly apparel with a neon theme and aptly titled “Neon Color”, came out June 22nd (Saturday).

Although maybe not too exciting, the set included phone cases, some bags, t-shirts, hats, and a bunch of socks.

Sock designs included: Pikachu,

Chokkori-San June

A new set of Chokkori-san sitting plush came out near the end of June.

This set of 8 plush included: Popplio, Litten, Rowlet, Lillie, Alolan Vulpix, Mew, Mewtwo, and Zeraora.

I love this series because the plush look so cute in their little sitting poses and also they can hold things with their tiny hands!

Eeveelution Pass Case

June 29th (Saturday) had a couple of surprise unannounced releases, one being a set of Eeveelution plush face pass cases.

They’re all cute (and soft!) but Umbreon is my favorite ❤

Ditto Charm Sets

Another June 29th unannounced release – Ditto Transform linking charm sets!

It’s been so long since the last release of these charm sets I forgot they existed, so it was kind of a nice surprise.

There were 6 charm sets in total:

Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon
Furret, Alolan Vulpix, Dragonite
Whimsicott, Gloom, Shaymin
Lapras, Magikarp, Omanyte
Mareep, Electrode, Magnemite
Litwick, Sableye, Misdreavus

Some of these sets make complete sense. Some of them… don’t. But that’s fine! The Pokemon Center can do what it wants as always.

Next Pokemon Center Report will cover the Pokemon World Market release so stay tuned!

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July Merchandise Releases

7.3

[Ichiban Kuji] 2019 Pokemon Collection Kuji ~ Holiday Night ~

7.5

[TCG] “Remix Bout” Booster Pack
[TCG] Special Jumbo Card Pack “Mewtwo & Mew GX”
[TCG] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Special 7-11 Movie Ticket Pre-order Set
[TCG] Pokemon Center Exclusive Card Sleeves (Retro Card Design, Armored Mewtwo, Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise)
[TCG] Deck Case (Venusaur, Charizard Blastoise)
[TCG] Long Card Box (VEnusaur, Charizard, Blastoise)

7.6

[Pokemon Center] Petit Pokemon Plush in Pokeballs Volume 3 (Pikachu, Sleeping Eevee, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Alolan Vulpix, Pyukumuku, Mimikyu, Poipole, Zeraora)
[Pokemon Center] Oceanic Operetta
[Pokemon Center] Graniph T-Shirt Collection

7.8

[Bandai] Pokemon Kids Figures – Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Ver. (Mewtwo, Armored Mewtwo, Mew, Sad Pikachu, Ash, Charizard, Blastoise, Venusaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Dragonite)

7.11

[Takara Tomy] Hello Vee – Eevee Figure
[Takara Tomy] Extra Large Mewtwo Figure
[MonColle] Pokemon Battle! Volume 1 (Braviary, Ultra Necrozma, Incineroar)
[MonColle] Pokemon Battle! Volume 2 (Scizor, Melmetal, Solgaleo)
[MonColle] Pokemon Battle! Volume 3 (Zekrom, Reshiram, Kyurem)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Tsuretette – Large Plush (Bulbasaur, Charmander)
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Extra Large Plush (Mewtwo)
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Plush (Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Togepi)
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Large Plush (Mew, Togepi)
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Large Plush (Pikachu, Mew)

7.12

[Pokemon Center] Pre-order starts for Nintendo Switch Lite | Zacian & Zamazenta Ver.
[Pokemon Center] Large & Fluffy Mew Plush
[San-ei] All-Star Collection Volume 11 (Staryu, Butterfree, Abra, Munchlax, Mareep, Bellossom, Zeraora, Spinda, Snorlax, Mewtwo)
[San-ei] Mochi-Fuwa Cushions (Pyukumuku, Vileplume)
[Banpresto] *Namco Exclusive* Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Mew Backpack
[Palnart] Pokemon Jewelry Part 2 (Butterfree earrings, Mew necklace, Mew broach, Charmander Squirtle Bulbasaur broach)

7.15

[Re-Ment] Pokemon Desk Helpers – So Cute Ver. (Pikachu, Marill, Vulpix, Slowpoke, Sylveon, Plusle + Minun, Whimsicott, Mew)

7.17

[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania – Large Plush (2 variations)

7.18

[Banpresto] Mimikyu Mania – Plush (4 variations)

7.20

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Surf
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Dolls (Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Lotad, Dewott)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Mascot Plush (Pikachu Standing, Pikachu Sitting, Eevee Standing, Eevee Sitting, Mew)
[Pokemon Center] Eeveelution Socks
[Pokemon Center Cafe] Lugia & Ho-oh dessert plates start

7.23

[Banpresto] Pikachu & Mimikyu Mania – Large Mascot Plush (Pikachu, Mimikyu)

7.25

[Takara Tomy] Eevee Talky Plush
[Chokkori-San] Winking Pikachu, Angry Pikachu, Surprised Pikachu, Happy Pikachu
[Banpresto] *Namco Exclusive* Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Pikachu Backpack
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Plush (Chansey)

7.26

[BigMore] Greninja Plush

7.27

[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Outbreak Plushies
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Outbreak Merchandise
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Finger Puppets Volume 5 (Shelgon, Snorunt, Metagross, Steven Stone, Manectric, Ralts, Treecko, Mudkip, Torchic, Mewtwo, Mew)
[Pokemon Center Hiroshima / On-Line] Hiroshima Toyo Carp x Pokemon Collaboration Plush

7.30

[Polygo] Charizard, Mewtwo, Pikachu

7.31

[Pokemon Kids] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution (Mewtwo, Mewtwo Evolution, Mew, Pikachu, Ash, Charizard, Blastoise, Venusaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Dragonite)