[Nintendo] Zacien & Zamazenta Nintendo Switch Lite Console
[Pokemon TCG] Card Sleeves (Psyduck Eye, Koffing Eye, Magikarp Eye, Porygon Maker, Pokemon Items, Espeon, Umbreon, Pokemon Comic Style, Pokemon World Market, Gengar)
[Pokemon TCG] Deck Case (Umbreon / Espeon, Pokemon World Market, Gengar, Pokemon Comic Style)
[Pokemon TCG] Rubber Playmat (Umbreon / Espeon, Pokemon Comic Style, Pokemon World Market, Gengar)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Frosty Christmas
[Bandai Candy] Pokemon Get Collection – Our Friends [Bokura no Nakama-tachi] (Lapras, Pikachu, Grookey, Scorbunny, Sobble, Meltan, Greninja, Latios, Latias, Gengar)
[Re-Ment] Eevee & Friends Dreaming Case Volume 2 (Eevee, Sylveon, Umbreon, Espeon, Leafeon, Glaceon)
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee – Large Plush (Sylveon, Jolteon)
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee – Large Plush (Vaporeon, Flareon)
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee – Extra Large Eevee Cushion
[Re-Ment] Pittori Collection (Pikachu, Eevee, Rowlet, Ditto, Slowpoke, Squirtle, Charmander, Mimikyu)
[Banpresto] Extra Large Christmas Plush – Pikachu
[Banpresto] Pokemon – Large Plush (Scorbunny, Grookey, Sobble)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Mini Plush (Charmander, Absol, Gengar, Chikorita)
[Game Freak] Pokemon Sword & Shield
[Pokemon Center] Galar Pokemon League
[Pokemon Center] Plush (Zamazenta, Zacien)
[Pokemon Center] 1:1 Size Plush (Scorbunny, Grookey, Sobble)
[Pokemon Center] Mascot Plush (Scorbunny, Grookey, Sobble)
[San-ei] Plush Shoulder Pouch (Scorbunny, Grookey, Sobble)
[San-ei] Mochi-Fuwa Plush Cushion (Scorbunny, Grookey, Sobble)
[Pokemon Center Cafe] Scorbunny, Grookey, Sobble menu items start
[Takara Tomy] Pikachu Plush, Eevee Plush
[Takara Tomy] Scorbunny Plush, Grookey Plush, Sobble Plush
[MonColle] Monster Collection Figure Case (Zacien Ver., Zamazenta Ver.)
[MonColle] Dusk Mane Necrozma, Dawn Wings Necrozma, Ultra Necrozma, Kyogre, Groudon, Pikachu, Eevee, Mew, Mewtwo, Squirtle, Meltan, Melmetal, Gyarados, Snorlax, Zeraora, Charizard, White Kyurem, Black Kyurem, Reshiram, Zekrom, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zoroark, Greninja, Scorbunny, Grookey, Sobble)
[Takara Tomy] Mini Pokemon Gacha Machine (Scorbunny, Grookey, Sobble, Zacian, Zamazenta, Pikachu, Eevee, Charizard)
[San-ei] All-Star Collection Volume 12 (Gyarados, Geodude, Smoochum, Ho-oh, Lugia, Elekid, Dragonair, Happiny, Whimsicott, Joltik, Sableye, Caterpie)
[San-ei] All-Star Mochi-Fuwa Cushion Plush (Goomy, Quagsire)
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time – Large Plush (Jigglypuff, Lapras)
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time – Extra Large Plush (Dragonite)
[Takara Tomy] Kuta-Kuta Plush | Small (Eevee, Snorlax, Mew, Pikachu)
[Takara Tomy] Kuta-Kuta Plush | Medium (Eevee, Snorlax, Mew)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Elastic Band Mascot Plush (Vulpix, Psyduck, Geodude, Cubone)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Shibuya grand opening
[Pokemon Center] Graffiti Art
[Pokemon Center] Nintendo Store / Pokemon Center collaboration collection
[Pokemon Center] Swarovski collaboration
[Kiri-e Series] Acrylic Keychain (Scorbunny, Grookey, Sobble)
[Pokemon TCG] Starter Set (Fighting, Electric, Water, Fire, Grass)
[Pokemon Center] Ceramic Ornaments (Raichu, Pikachu & Marill, Pikachu, Squirtle)
[POLYGLO] Pokemon Mini Collection (Pikachu, Slowpoke, Gengar, Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur)
[Bandai Candy] Pokemon Kids Figures – New Pokemon Get! Ver. [Shin Pokemon Get Da Ze!] (Scorbunny, Grookey, Sobble, Lucario, Braviary, Greninja, Meltan, Melmetal, Naganadel)
[Nanoblock] Scorbunny, Grookey, Sobble
The dead of winter is finally ending, and the summer season is starting out with a burst of Pokemon merchandise from Banpresto.
Not only does May feature a bunch of Pokemon Sun & Moon related plush and figures, but there the Pokemon Focus line restarts with stone evolution themed plushies (and a couple more 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.
From the general Pokemon Sun & Moon series, May features two new XL plush, with each measuring about 31~35 cm.
Lapras will start appearing in game centers around Japan from May 10th (Friday).
Raichu will start appearing in game centers around Japan from May 23rd (Thursday).
An original Snorlax & Pikachu Nap-Time figure, also from the general Sun & Moon series and measuring about 14 cm, will start appearing in game centers around Japan from May 16th (Thursday).
Large plush versions of winking Pikachu and Meltan will start appearing in game centers around Japan from May 23rd (Thursday).
It’s no surprise that Banpresto would be releasing Detective Pikachu themed prizes to coincide with the worldwide release of the Detective Pikachu movie at the beginning of May.
Two large Pikachu plush will start appearing in game centers around Japan from May 10th (Friday).
Two large size Pikachu face cushions will start appearing in game centers around Japan from May 23rd (Thursday).
Three plush Pikachu pouches will also start appearing in game centers around Japan from May 23rd (Thursday).
The Pokemon Focus series returns after a brief hiatus, this time with a focus on Pokemon that evolve with evolution stones.
Large plush versions of Eevee and Vaporeon (each measuring about 23 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from May 16th (Thursday).
Smaller plush versions of Pikachu, Raichu, Poliwhirl, and Poliwrath (each measuring about 12 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from May 23rd (Thursday).
From the Korotto Manmaru: Color series – a batch of three blue Pokemon (Glaceon, Squirtle, and Wooper, all measuring about 24 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from May 10th (Friday).
From the Hokkori Iyase series – extra fuzzy Snorlax and Quagsire (both measuring about 27 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from May 16th (Thursday).
From the Palm Kororin series – a batch of four small sized plush (Vulpix, Meowth, Growlithe, and Pichu – each measuring about 9 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from May 16th (Thursday).
Last but not least, from the Ichiban Kuji line, a brand new Eeveelution themed raffle!
Called Eevee & Melodies, this raffle will be available at most game centers, Tsutaya, Animate, hobby shops, and the Pokemon Center starting from May 25th (Saturday).
That wraps up all the releases planned from Banpresto for May!
A – Eevee Plush
B – Keyboard Plush
C – Tote-Bag
D – Mug
E – Record Style Plate
F – Print Hand Towel
G – Metal Charm
Last One Prize – Extra Happy Eevee Plush
Until next time~
Adults Love Pokemon, Too
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Plush Eevee Tissue Case (2 Designs)
[Bandai] G.E.M. EX Series – Eevee Friends figure pre-order starts
[TCG] “GG End” (sm10a) Booster Pack
[TCG] Pokemon Center Card Sleeves: Garchomp & Giratina Tag Team, Malamar, Mawile, Guzma
[TCG] Deck Case (Garchomp & Giratina Tag Team)
[Pokemon Center] Latios & Latias Journeys
[Banpresto] Mogu-Mogu Time – Large Plush (Raichu, Pichu)
[Banpresto] Hokkori Iyasare – Large Plush (Psyduck, Slowpoke)
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Buy 1 Mewtwo Strikes Back movie ticket and 1 Pokemon Center item to get a random movie postcard. 6 designs in total.
[Pokemon Center] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Promo
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Free stickers given away (1 per person) to anyone who visits a Pokemon Center in Japan – 7 stickers in total
[Re-Ment] Petite Fleur Vol. 2 (Pikachu & Pichu, Dragonair, Vulpix, Shaymin, Mew, Umbreon)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Plush (Ditto)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Plush (Snorlax)
[Pokemon Center] Goodnight Pikachu Night Parade Figure Collection
[Pokemon Center] Graniph x Pokemon Shirt Collaboration
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Accessories Part 2
[Pokemon Center] *Hiroshima & On-line Exclusive* Hiroshima Carps x Magikarp Collaboration
[MonColle EX] Mewtwo
[Ichiban-Kuji] Detective Pikachu Body Care Kuji
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Palm Size Plush (Pikachu, Psyduck, Lucario, Ampharos)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Colorful Plush | Purple (Nidoran♂, Espeon, Gengar)
[Banpresto] Mogu-Mogu Time – Plush (Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Plush (Nagisa, Brionne)
[TCG] Old Art New Stuff – Card Sleeves / Deck Case / Rubber Play Mat
[TCG] Detective Pikachu – Movie Special Booster Pack
[TCG] Detective Pikachu – Special Jumbo Card Pack “Mewtwo GX Ver.”
[TCG] Detective Pikachu – Special Jumbo Card Pack “Charizard GX Ver.”
[TCG] Pokemon Card Game Sun & Moon – Special Pack (Detective Pikachu)
[Palnart] Pokemon Jewelry & Accessories
[Pokemon Center] Wobbuffet Party
[Takara Tomy] Detective Pikachu – Pikachu Plush (19 cm), 1:1 Pikachu Plush (40 cm), Mascot Pikachu Plush (13 cm)
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution shopper distribution starts
[Pokemon Center Cafe] Detective Pikachu limited edition food, drinks, coasters, and place-mat start
[Pokemon Kids] Pokemon Sun & Moon – New Discovery! Meltan Edition (Pikachu, Meltan, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Torracat, Brionne, Nagisa Eevee, Alolan Vulpix, Shaymin, Lunala, Solgaleo, Golisopod, Vikavolt, Secret)
[Nanoblock] Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres
[Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.] Pokemon Quest Pixel Box 2 (Pikachu, Eevee, Psyduck, Mew, Pokeball)
[Gray Parker Service] Pokemon Suya-Suya On The Cable Vol. 4 (Eevee, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon)
March 23rd (Saturday) brought some good news and some potentially surprisingly bad news.
Let’s start with bad first because why not.
Saturday morning dawned as usual and people all over the world got ready to open up the Pokemon Center’s On-Line store to get some adorable pokedolls. Except… suddenly, the Japanese store was declining all non-Japanese issued credit cards!
Seeing the trend and also contacting the Pokemon Center’s customer service directly led to the news that the On-Line Center’s list of cards it accepts is now much smaller than it previously was. The website says that “some foreign cards might not work” I guess to cover their butts because there are still some cards that work as well as before. If you were buying directly from the Center’s On-Line store and using a shipping service to get your stuff, you might need to find an alternate work-around because this might not work anymore.
So that was exciting!
The big seller for the day was Scolipede. This adorable centipede stole everyone’s hearts, but how can you not fall for that little bug face? He was the first to sell out on-line and by Sunday was sold out basically everywhere, with his re-sale price currently around quadruple his shelf price.
Along with Scolipede, the other Pokemon included in this batch of Pokedolls included Lucario, Zeraora, Psyduck, and Jigglypuff. I personally am not the biggest fan of how Lucario turned out (his nose is a little weird) but Psyduck makes up for it by being cuter than usual!
Tiny Scolipede mascot was just as popular as his bigger brother, also selling out pretty quickly (again, how can you resist that little bug face!)
And of course there were also mascot size versions of Zeraora, Lucario, Psyduck, and Jigglypuff as well. These mascot plush are extra squishy and soft (and tiny so extra adorable).
Meltan Meltan 2
Along with the Pokedolls, a small Meltan & Melmetal themed promo also came out March 23rd.
Most of the items were stationary related, so maybe not excited, but it also included the first official Pokemon Center plush for both Meltan and Melmetal (who I affectionately refer to as Beefcake Meltan)
The maybe not quite as adorable Takara Tomy Meltan plush also came out recently. (He kind of looks like he’s been stung by bees, but he is doing his best)
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report!
Until next time~
[TCG] “Double Blaze” booster pack (sm10)
[TCG] Deck Build Box
[TCG] Half Carrying Case (Pikachu)
[TCG] Pokemon Center Original Card Sleeves (Whimsicott | Charizard & Reshiram Tag Team | Perfect Nap Day)
[TCG] Deck Case (Charizard & Reshiram Tag Team | Perfect Nap Day)
[TCG] Rubber Play Mat (Charizard & Reshiram Tag Team)
[Re-Ment] Pokemon Pika-Pika Backpacks 2 (Pikachu, Charizard, Slowpoke, Snorlax, Rowlet, Alolan Vulpix, Mimikyu, Eevee)
[Banpresto] Mogu-Mogu Time – Extra Large Plush (Gengar)
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time – Large Plush (Bulbasaur, Charmander)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You Can Badges (Plusle, Minun, Sylveon, Ditto, Gardevoir, Lucario, Greninja, Ampharos)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You T-Shirt
[Pokemon Center] Lugia + Ho-oh Plush
[Pokemon Center On-line] Pokemon With You Ceramic Tile
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Plush (Chansey, Blissey)
[TCG] Family Pokemon Card Game
[Pokemon Center] Kyoto Pokemon Center Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Nishijin-Ori Kyoto Exclusive Merchandise
[Pokemon Center] Easter Garden Party
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu & Eevee Flowers
[Re-Ment] Pokemon Terrarium Collection 5 (Pikachu + Pidgeotto, Suicune, Ponyta, Espeon, Chikorita, Ampharos)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru (Colorful) – Large Plush (Dragonair, Lucario, Vaporeon)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Plush (Marill)
[Takara Tomy] Meltan Plush
[Pokemon Center] Pokedolls & Pokedoll Mascot Plush (Jigglypuff, Psyduck, Lucario, Scolipede, Zeraora)
[Pokemon Center] Meltan & Melmetal
[Pokemon Center] Nori Chips (Ume, Sesame, Curry)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Plush (Pichu, Togepi, Smoochum)