[Banpresto] Hokkori Iyase – Large Snorlax Face Cushion (2 Designs)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Fit Gold & Silver Release
[Pokemon Center Cafe] Pokemon Gold & Silver seasonal menu starts
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Sticker distribution starts for generation 2 Pokemon
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Distribution starts for generation 2 limited shopper bags
[Pokemon Center On-Line Campaign] My 251 Box distribution starts – 20 designs in total
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus – Stone Evolution Pokemon Large Plush (Eevee, Jolteon)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Colorful – Large Plush (Luvdisc, Sylveon, Slowpoke)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Plush (Pokeball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball, Master Ball)
[Pokemon Center] Japanese Style Collection
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus – Stone Evolution Pokemon Large Plush (Eevee, Flareon)
[Banpresto] Mimikyu Mania! Extra Large Plush
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Plush (Pikachu, Mew, Mewtwo)
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Large Plush (Pikachu, Dragonite)
[Pokemon Center] Neon Color
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Palm Plush (Raichu, Slowpoke, Cubone, Dragonite)
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Extra Large Mew Plush
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Bath Towels (Mewtwo, Mew & Mewtwo, Pikachu)
[Takara Tomy] Chokkori-San Plush (Alola Vulpix, Lillie, Mew, Mewtwo, Litten, Popplio, Rowlet)
[Takara Tomy] Sleepy Plush (Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Mew)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon World Market
[Pokemon Center] Eeveelution Plush Pass Cases (Eevee, Flareon, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Umbreon, Espeon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon)
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform Linking Keychain Charms (Lapras, Magikarp, Omanyte, Furret, Alolan Vulpix, Dragonite, Mareep, Electrode, Magnemite, Whimsicott, Gloom, Shaymin, Litwick, Sableye, Misdreavus, Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon)
[Takara Tomy] Fuzzy Plush (Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Mew)
[Takara Tomy] 1:1 Size Fuzzy Mew Plush
[Nanoblock] Litten, Rowlet, Popplio, Bewear, Mimikyu
The Pokemon Center pulled through this Friday with a couple exciting merchandise announcements.
Ditto Transform returns to Pokemon Centers across Japan February 23rd (Saturday).
Ditto Transform Volume 8
The release will feature plush and mascot plush versions of five Pokemon: Sylveon, Vanillite, Trubbish, Mareep, and Furret.
Plush will cost 1,296 yen each and mascot plush will cost 864 yen each (including tax).
There will also be a matching gacha set featuring the same five Pokemon. One play will be 300 yen.
A small apparel based promo, mainly featuring Pikachu, will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers across Japan February 16th (Saturday).
This promo is billed as selling matching clothing items for adults and kids (so presumably parents and their children).
T-Shirt (Adult | Small / Medium / Large) – 3,996 yen each
T-Shirt (Child) – 2,916 yen
Bomber Jacket (Adult | Free Size) – 9,612 yen
Bomber Jacket (Child) – 8,100 yen
Hoodie (Adult | Pikachu Free Size) – 7,020 yen
Hoodie (Child | Pikachu) – 4,860 yen
Hoodie (Adult | Eevee Free Size) – 7,020 yen
Hoodie (Child | Eevee) – 4,860 yen)
Tote-Bag (Patch Design – White) – 3,780 yen
Tote-Bag (Patch Design – Black) – 3,780 yen
Tote-Bag (Houndstooth Design – Small) – 2,700 yen
Tote-Bag (Houndstooth Design – Large) – 3,780 yen
Pouch – 1,944 yen
Flat Pouch – 2,700 yen
Patch Set (Pikachu & Pokeball) – 864 yen
Patch Set (Pikachu Face) – 864 yen
The official Pokemon Center Cafe in Nihonbashi will be offering a bunch of new seasonal exclusive menu items from March 14th (Thursday) until April 26th (Friday), as part of their one year anniversary.
Pokemon Cafe Food
Bulbasaur Vegetable Burger – 1,490 yen
Charizard’s Roast Beef Volcano Plate – 1,598 yen
Sakura Afro Pikachu’s Marshmallow Cake – 1,706 yen
Squirtle’s Super Bubbly Parfait – 1,274 yen
Pokemon Cafe Drinks
Mew’s Fluffy Marshmallow Drink – 1,058 yen
Ice Cream Float (Articuno | Zapdos | Moltres) – 864 yen each
More information on campaigns and new coaster designs will be coming soon.
Last but not least – the Kyoto Pokemon Center will be moving to a new location, and as usual there will be various campaigns and a nation wide promotion to celebrate.
The Kyoto Center will open in it’s new location March 16th (Saturday), which is also when the nationwide Kyoto Pokemon Center promotion will start.
Starting March 16th (Saturday) until April 7th (or while supplies last), all Pokemon Center customers will receive 1 free clear art card featuring the Pikachu & Celebi under the cherry blossoms artwork in the main Kyoto Center renewal banner.
Also starting March 16th, Pokemon Center customers will receive their merchandise in limited shoppers featuring the Kyoto Center renewal promotional artwork.
From March 16th, all customers who purchase something at any Pokemon Center in Japan will receive an exclusive Kyoto Center promotional TCG card.
Note that, unlike past campaigns, customers do not need to purchase card packs to get this card, and there is no price limit.
Exclusive to the Kyoto Pokemon Center, customers will receive 1 special Pikachu & Cherry Blossoms charm for every 5,000 yen spent.
Adding to the festivities, special costumed Pikachus will be visiting all the Pokemon Centers around Japan between March 16th and April 7th. Note that the female kimono Pikachu will only appear at the Kyoto Center.
Kyoto Merchandise Preview
More information on what merchandise will be included with the Kyoto Center promotion will be available on the 22nd, but in the meantime, here is a sneak preview!
Pikachu Plush – 2,592 yen each
Pikachu Mascot Plush [Kyoto Exclusive] – 1,620 yen each
Pikachu Metal Charm Set – 540 yen
Flip Phone Case – 3,240 yen
Mini Bath Towel – 2,160 yen
Paper Theater – 2,376 yen
Pokemon TCG Rubber Play Mat – 2,700 yen
Pokemon TCG Double Deck Case – 3,240 yen
Until next time~
Ditto Transform Volume 8
Pokemon Center Pikachu Apparel
Pokemon Cafe 1st Year Anniversary
Kyoto Pokemon Center Renewal
[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
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time – Large Plush (Pikachu / Squirtle)
[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
[Pokemon Center] Adult & Kid Matching Apparel Promo
[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)
[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)
[San-ei] All-Star Collection Plush (Sylveon, Umbreon, Espeon, Leafeon, Glaceon)
[San-ei] All-Star Collection Flat Pouch (Sylveon, Umbreon, Espeon, Leafeon, Glaceon)
[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
[Banpresto] Pokemon Life With Eevee – Large Plush (Normal / Sitting)
[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
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)