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.
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).
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).
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).
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 Center] Pokemon Red / Green Dot Sprite Promo
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Accessories
[Bandai] Pokemon Kids – First Edition Return (Charizard, Metapod, Pikachu, Raichu, Jigglypuff, Magnemite, Gengar, Lapras, Eevee, Mewtwo, Secret)
[Re-Ment] Atsumete! Kasanete! Poke-Forest Shooting Star (Pikachu & Caterpie, Eevee, Charmander, Togepi & Exeggcute, Jigglypuff, Mimikyu, Hoothoot, Jirachi)
[Re-Ment] Cord Keeper Volume 2 (Pikachu, Ditto, Piplup, Rowlet, Arbok, Ditto, Natu, Sentret)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Plush – Colorful (Chikorita, Tyranitar, Leafeon)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Extra Large Plush – Eevee
[TCG] Booster Pack “Tag Bolt” SM9
[TCG] Pokemon Center Card Sleeves (Pikachu & Zekrom Tag Team WCS Illustration Ver., Pikachu & Zekrom Tag Team)
[TCG] Pikachu & Zekrom Tag Team – Deck Case, Play Mat
[Pokemon Center] Q.Pot x Pokemon Center Collaboration
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Christmas 2018 (Delayed Merch)
[Re-Ment] Terrarium Collection DX – Pikachu’s Sunny Forest
[Munch x Pokemon Exhibit] Pikachu promo card distribution period starts until December 16th.
[Banpresto] Tsuretette Large Plush (Gengar, Ditto)
[Banpresto] Tsuretette Plush (Eevee, Snorlax, Clefairy)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Can Badge Collection – Kalos Region
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Yurutto
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon League Mini Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu & Eevee Plush Merch
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You Can Badges (Charizard, Blastoise, Venusaur, Vulpix, Kangaskhan, Psyduck, Meowth, Jigglypuff)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Christmas 2018 – Delayed Merch (Cookie Tin)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus Large Plush – Legendaries (Mew, Shaymin, Manaphy)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Hokkori Iyasare Fuzzy Bags (Pikachu, Rowlet)
[Sekiguchi] Moko-Moko Plush (Bewear, Stufful, Espeon, Umbreon, Eevee, Marshtomp, Magikarp)
[Pokemon Center] Seasons Pikachu & Eevee – Winter
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform Plush & Mascot Plush (Leafeon, Glaceon, Poipole, Litwick, Misdreavus)
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform Gacha (Leafeon, Glaceon, Poipole, Litwick, Misdreavus)
[Pokemon Center] Super Nerd Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Finger Puppets (Venusaur, Blastoise, Charizard, Dratini, Psyduck, Chikorita, Totodile, Cyndaquil, Sentret, Furret, Giovanni, Team Rocket Grunt)
[Ichiban Kuji] Ichiban Kuji Pokemon – Eevee & Crystal Drops
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Hokkori Iyasare Large Plush (Pikachu, Mareep)
[Takara Tomy] Chokkori-san Plush – Zeraora
[MonColle] Porygon, Jang Mo-o, Magikarp
[Takara Tomy] Chokkori-San Plush – Zeraora
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Extra Large Plush – Bulbasaur (Smiling, Winking)
[Bandai] Pokemon Doll 2 (Eevee x 3, Pikachu x 3)
[Ensky] Fluffy Eevee Plush Cushion
[Ensky] Paper Theater – Wood Style (Pikachu, Eevee)
[Pokemon Kids] Pikachu I Choose You Edition (Ash’s Pikachu, Butterfree, Charizard, Piplup, Lucario, Incineroar, Lycanroc Midnight Forme)
[Pokemon Center] New Pokemon Center Plush (Marshadow)
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu in the Forest
[Pokemon Center] Jumbo Ho-oh GX Card Set
[Candy Toy] Pikachu Loves Ketchup Figures (8 designs, no secrets)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party – Extra Large Plush (Ice Cream Pikachu)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Movie: I Choose You! Large Plush (Lucario, Piplup)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Movie: I Choose You! Large Plush (Charmander, Charizard)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Movie: I Choose You! Large Plush (Ash’s Pikachu Vol 3 – 2 designs)
[Bandai] Pre-order start for Substitute Doll Keyboard Plush
[Banpresto] *NAMCO EXCLUSIVE* Extra Large Charmander Plush
[Takara Tomy] Pop’n Step Figures (Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur)
[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi Rowlet Plush
[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi Mini Ash’s Pikachu Plush (7 Types)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Plush (Charmander, Caterpie, Butterfree, Charizard)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Movie: I Choose You! Large Plush (Ho-Oh, Pikachu)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Movie: I Choose You! Large Plush (Ash’s Pikachu Vol 4 – 2 designs)
[Pokemon Center] Alola Festival Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokeball & Mini Pokemon Plush (Pikachu, Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Vulpix, Gengar, Eevee, Snorlax, Mew)
[Pokemon Center] Okinawa Center Promotion
[TCG] “Shining Legends” booster packs
[TCG] Pikachu Hat Card Sleeves (6 Designs)
[TCG Campaign] Buy 20 packs of Shining Legends to get 1 promo shiny Ho-oh card
[TCG] Dex Rotom Mini Card File, Lana’s Vacation Card File
[Takara Tomy] Mini Size Shoulder Pikachu (Original Cap, Hoenn Cap, Sinnoh Cap, Unova Cap, Kalos Cap, Alola Cap)
[San-ei] All-Star Plush Part 6 (Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Cerebi, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Plusle, Minun, Jirachi, Manaphy, Shaymin, Victini, Hoopa)
[MonColle] Ho-Oh (I Choose You! Ver.), Ash’s Pikachu Set (6 Figures), Primarina Z-Move Pose, Incineroar Z-Move Pose, Decidueye Z-Move Pose
[MonColle 20th Anniversary Sets] Kanto Region + Pikachu, Johto Region
[MonColle Get] Vol 9 (Charmander, Incineroar, Entei, Piplup, Metamon, Makuhita)
[Candy Toys] Pokemon Chocolate Eggs – Sun & Moon (Ash’s Pikachu, Leafeon, Glaceon, Ditto, Lucario, Porygon 2, Poliwag, Magikarp, Machamp, Lapras, Flygon, Charizard, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Secret)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party – Large Plush (Pikachu)
[Sekiguchi] Moko-Moko Pokemon Plush (Litten, Rowlet, Popplio, Marshtomp, Slowpoke)
[Sekiguchi] Pokemon Sun & Moon Plush (Ash)
[Pokemon Center] Squishy Pokemon Center Mascot Plush (Pikachu, Bewear, Ditto, Rockruff, Alola Raichu, Alola Vulpix)
[Pokemon Center] New Pokedolls (Mimikyu, Lapras, Wobbuffet)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush (Wartortle, Ivysaur, Charmelon, Sandygast, Slowpoke, Larvitar, Alola Exeggutor, Ditto)
[Pokemon Center] We Love Pikachu promotion
[Collaboration] Pikachu Polaroid Camera
[Banpresto] *NAMCO EXCLUSIVE* Extra Large Sleepy Pikachu Plush (2 designs)
[Candy Toys] Pikachu Magnets (8 designs, no secrets)
[Pokemon Center] Japanese Style Promotion