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

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)

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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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May Merchandise Releases

5.3

[Pokemon Center] Detective Pikachu Promotion

5.10

[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Color Series – Large Plush (Wooper, Squirtle, Glaceon)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Extra Large Plush (Lapras)
[Banpresto] Detective Pikachu – Large Plush (Pikachu x 2 Designs)

5.11

[Pokemon Center] Pikachu & Eevee
[Pokemon TCG] Pokemon Baba Nuki Card Game

5.16

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Hand Plush (Vulpix, Meowth, Growlithe, Pichu)
[Banpresto] Snorlax & Pikachu Sleeping Figure
[Banpresto] Hokkori Iyase Large Plush (Snorlax, Quagsire)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus [Stone Evolution Pokemon] Large Plush (Eevee, Vaporeon)

5.18

[Pokemon Center] Delicious Water

5.23

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Extra Large Plush (Raichu)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus [Stone Evolution Pokemon] Plush (Pikachu, Raichu, Poliwhirl, Poliwrath)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Plush (Pikachu, Meltan)
[Banpresto] Detective Pikachu – Face Cushion (Pikachu x 2 designs)
[Banpresto] Detective Pikachu – Plush Face Pouch (Pikachu x 3 designs)

End of May

[Gacha] Mae-Narae March Figure Part 2 (Boy Pikachu, Girl Pikachu, Dittochu, Psyduck, Clefairy, Mew)

5.25

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Finger Puppet Figure Volume 4 (Sleeping Pikachu, Arcanine, Shelder, Omanyte, Togepi, Ampharos, Sudowoodo, Espeon, Umbreon, Substitute Plush)
[Pokemon Center] EX Drawing Promo
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu & Eevee Fan Figure Collection
[Pokemon Center] Graniph Shirts Part 2
[Pokemon TCG] Pokemon Type Deck Case
[Ichiban Kuji] Eevee & Melodies

5.31

[TCG] Miracle Twins Tag Team GX Booster Set
[TCG] Tag Team GX Starter Set (Espeon & Deoxys / Umbreon & Darkrai)

May Banpresto Pokemon Prize Overview

May Banpresto Pokemon Prize Overview

Hello everyone~

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.


Pokemon Sun Moon Banpresto Prize Plush Lapras Raichu

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).

Pokemon Sun Moon Banpresto Prize Plush Snorlax Pikachu

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).

Pokemon Banpresto Detective Pikachu

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).

Pokemon Sun Moon Banpresto Focus Evolution Stones

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).

Pokemon Sun Moon Banpresto Iyase Korotto Kororin

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).

Pokemon Sun Moon Eevee Ichiban Kuji

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!

Prize List

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~


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