October Merchandise Releases

10.4

[TCG] “Tag Team GX Tag Team All-Stars” Booster Pack
[TCG] Pokemon Card Game Black/White X/Y “Extra Regulation Box Set”
[TCG] Card Sleeve Designs [Island Deities, Fairy Picnic, Eevee Dash!, Mega Rayquaza, Dark Illusionist]
[TCG] Deck Case [Eevee Dash!, Dark Illusionist]
[TCG] Rubber Play Mat [Eevee Dash!]

10.5

[Pokemon Center] 24 Jikan Pokemon Chu

10.8

[Re-Ment] Pokemon Stairs Part 2 (Pikachu, Charmander, Wooper/Ditto, Larvitar, Rockruff, Umbreon)

10.10

[Banpresto] Extra Large Dedenne Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus – Legendary Pokemon Large Plush (Latios, Latias)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus – Legendary Pokemon Plush (Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres)

10.12

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Rock Festival
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform! Volume 9 (Muk, Exeggutor, Mew, Wobbuffet, Mimikyu)

10.17

[Banpresto] Large Cuddling Plush (Pikachu, Raichu)
[Banpresto] Cuddling Plush (Pichu, Teddiursa, Plusle, Minun)

10.22

[Re-Ment] Pokemon Terrarium Collection Part 7 (Pikachu & Growlithe, Farfetch’d, Gardevoir, Raikou, Cleffa & Phanpy, Mewtwo)
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time – Extra Large Ditto Plush
[Banpresto] Large Face Cushions (Slowpoke, Snorlax)

10.24

[Banpresto] Pokemon – Large Christmas Stocking Pikachu Plush (2 Designs)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru – Large Sleeping Plush (Slowpoke, Seel, Snorlax)

10.25

[San-ei] Big More Gengar Plush

10.26

[Pokemon Center] All Glowed Up / Late Bloomer

10.30

[Important] Miki’s Birthday!
[Pokemon] Detective Pikachu Blu-Ray Release
[Pokemon] Detective Pikachu Wrinkled Plush

Beams x Pokemon TCG

Pokemon Center The Card Game Beams

A very limited collaboration between Beams and Pokemon TCG (The Card Game) will be sold exclusively through the Beams Harajuku branch from August 3rd to the 4th – 2 days only.

Beams 1

The theme for this limited promotion is “having fun outdoors with your family and friends”, and the merchandise line-up includes thermoses, hats, playmats, and other items with an outdoor theme.

Beams 2

There will also be pins and t-shirts featuring five Pokemon GX card designs: Pikachu, Mewtwo, Charizard, Greninja, and Eevee

Beams 3

Along with a collection of white t-shirt versions of the GX card designs.

Aside from the Logo T and Mewtwo Silhouette T, all the shirts are unfortunately in children sizes only.

Beams 4

As part of the promotion, Beams will be selling Pikachu plush wearing tiny t-shirts

Pokemon Center Pokemon The Card Game Beams

A Beams exclusive promotional card, featuring a Pikachu based off of the plush design, will be given away during the event. To get one, simply spend more than 2,400 yen at the Beams Harajuku store.

Cards will be limited 1 per person. However, if you have elementary school aged children, you can get an extra card if you spend more than 4,800 yen.

Name: Beams x Pokemon TCG
Where: Beams Harajuku Store
Date: August 3rd (Saturday) – August 4th (Sunday)

Official Beams News Site

Items & Prices

Logo T-shirt (Small, Medium, Large, XL) – 4,644 yen
Mewtwo Silhouette T-shirt (Small, Medium, Large, XL) – 4,644 yen
Mewtwo Silhouette T-shirt (Child size) – 3,564 yen
White Character Children T-shirts (Pikachu, Mewtwo, Charizard, Greninja, Eevee, Pokemon Card) – 3,564 yen each
Pokemon Card T-shirts (Pikachu, Mewtwo, Charizard, Greninja, Eevee) – 3,564 yen each
Hat (two designs | 56 cm) – 3,024 yen
Hat (two designs | 58 cm) – 4,104 yen
Tote-Bag – 2,484 yen
16 oz Thermos (Pikachu, Mewtwo, Charizard, Greninja, Eevee) – 5,184 yen each
Pins (Random) – 540 yen each
Half Size Blanket (Play-Mat Design) – 2,700 yen
Play-Mat – 5,400 yen
Pikachu Plush – 3,780 yen


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Pokemon Center Finger Puppets Volume 5

Pokemon Center Finger Puppets Volume 5

Finger puppets return to Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan July 27th (Saturday)!

Finger Puppets Volume 5

Volume 5 includes: Shelgon, Snorunt, Metagross, Steven Stone, Manectric, Ralts, Treecko, Mudkip, Torchic, Mewtwo, and Mew.

Figures are not blind packaged. Each figure costs 300 yen including tax.

Release Overview

Name: Pokemon Center Finger Puppets Volume 5
Where: All Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan
Release Date: July 27th, 2019 (Saturday)

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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 Banpresto Pokemon Prize Overview

July brings us a deluge of Pokemon merchandise from the Banpresto game center prize company!

Unlike June, the prizes for July are pretty typical, with only plush this time around.

With that said, there will be two plush backpacks (Mew and Pikachu) available exclusively through Namco game centers. While cute, keep in mind Namco claw settings are notoriously difficult, so that’s sort of “great” but maybe you might luck out and find a Namco with some very nice staff members.

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 July Game Center Prizes

There will be 6 sets of plush in total coming out as part of the Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution series.

Pikachu and Mew backpacks are, as mentioned, exclusive to Namco game centers only. Mew will start appearing around July 12th (Friday) and Pikachu will start appearing around July 25th (Thursday).

Both backpacks measure about 30 cm from head to feet.

The extra large Mewtwo plush (measuring about 42 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from July 11th (Thursday).

Pokemon Banpresto July Game Center Prizes

The set of smaller plush (each measuring about 12 cm) including Bulbasaur, Togepi, and Squirtle, will start appearing in game centers around Japan from July 11th (Thursday).

Large sized plush of Togepi, Mew (two versions), and Pikachu (measuring about 25 cm each) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from July 11th (Thursday).

Banpresto Pokemon Mimikyu Mania Pikachu Mania

July brings some new releases from both the Pikachu and Mimikyu Mania series.

From Pikachu Mania:

Two large Pikachu plush (each measuring about 24 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from July 17th (Wednesday).

A large mascot Pikachu plush will also start appearing in game centers from July 23rd (Tuesday).

From Mimikyu Mania:

A matching Mimikyu large mascot plush will start appearing in game centers from July 23rd (Tuesday).

A set of four Mimikyu plush (each measuring about 13 cm) will start appearing in game centers from July 18th (Thursday).

Pokemon Banpresto Tsurtette Sun Moon

From the Pokemon Tsuretette series, a set of two larger sized sitting plush of Bulbasaur and Charmander (each measuring about 23 cm) will start appearing in game centers from July 11th (Thursday).

From the general Pokemon Sun & Moon series, an extra large size plush of Chansey (measuring about 31 cm) will start appearing in game centers from July 25th (Thursday).

That wraps up the Banpresto releases planned for June!

Until next time~

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