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

Halloween Festival

Pokemon Center Halloween Festival 2019

The first part to this year’s official Pokemon Center Halloween promotion has been announced with a release date of September 7th (Saturday) and will feature a plethora of cute merchandise of Pokemon dressed up for a Halloween parade.

Halloween Festival

The release includes three main plush (Pikachu, Celebi, and Lucario) plus four mascot plush (Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander, and Zorua), each dressed in their own unique Halloween costume.

Halloween Festival 2

Other items of note are: a plush pouch with Halloween candy, glow in the dark acrylic charms, a Lucario hoodie, and a rubber strap collection which seems to be a staple of every Halloween Pokemon Center promo.

Name: Halloween Festival!
Where: All Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan
Date: September 7th (Saturday)

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Items & Prices

Plush (Pikachu, Celebi, Lucario) – 2,160 yen each
Mascot Plush (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Zorua) – 1,296 yen each

Plush Pouch w/ Candy – 1,620 yen
Rubber Strap Collection – 540 yen each
※ 7 designs total
Acrylic Charm (Pikachu, Celebi, Lucario) – 1,080 yen each

A4 4 Pocket Clearfile – 432 yen
A4 Clearfile | Set of 3 – 756 yen
A4 Clearfile | Set of 2 – 497 yen

Mini Bath Towel – 2,160 yen
Hand Towel (Pikachu, Kanto Starters, Lucario) – 540 yen each
Pouch (Pikachu, Celebi, Lucario) – 1,296 yen
PET Stickers – 648 yen

T-Shirt (Pikachu, Lucario, Group | Small, Medium, Large) – 3,240 yen each
Lucario Hoodie (Medium, Large) – 6,048 yen each

Logo Pin – 648 yen
Mug – 1,404 yen
Dice Bag – 756 yen


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August Banpresto Pokemon Prize Overview

It might be closing in on the end of summer and beginning of fall but the releases from Banpresto are not slowing down for the month of August.

The surprise non-plush releases for August are smaller plastic figures. Otherwise, everything else is pretty standard for Banpresto and Pokemon with new stuff coming from Pokemon Tsuretette, Korotto Manmaru, Pikachu & Mimikyu Mania, the general Pokemon Sun & Moon series, and more from I Love Gengar (or as they write it in Japanese, I Love Gangar)

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 Mimikyu Pikachu Mania

Pikachu and Mimikyu Mania prizes continue into August. Both releases come out August 9th (Friday), which is about halfway through the Pikachu Outbreak event held annually in Yokohama. Win a cute plush and bring it with you to watch the Pikachu parades!

The two face cushions (Pikachu and Mimikyu) measure about 33 cm across.

The four smaller Pikachu plush measure about 12 cm high.

Pokemon Tsuretette Banpresto

The Pokemon Tsuretette (Pokemon Pal) series continues into August with two releases.

Larger sized plush of Squirtle and Snorlax (each measuring about 26 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 22nd (Thursday).

Smaller sized plush of Jigglypuff, Psyduck, Growlithe, and Togepi (each measuring about 14 cm) will also start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 22nd (Thursday).

Pokemon Banpresto Korotto Manmaru I Love Gengar

From the I Love Gengar (Gangar) series comes two larger sized Gengar plush (each measuring about 20 cm – he is a chunky boi) which will start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 22nd (Thursday).

Continuing the Colorful mini series from Korotto Manmaru, black themed larger plush (Umbreon, Starly, and Banette – each measuring about 23 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 22nd (Thursday).

Pokemon Sun & Moon Banpresto XL Plush Pikachu Pichu

The two XL size plush coming out for August are Witch Hat Pikachu (getting ready for Halloween early) and Pichu from the Mogu-Mogu Time (Snack Time) series.

Pichu (measuring about 30 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 8th (Thursday).

Pikachu (measuring about 31 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 20th (Tuesday).

Pokemon Sun & Moon Banpresto

Last but not least – from the general Pokemon Sun & Moon Banpresto series:

A collection of smaller sized plastic figures of Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Pikachu, and Eevee (each measuring about 4 cm), will start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 8th (Thursday).

Squishy Pokeballs, each measuring about 9 cm, will also start appearing in game centers around Japan from August 8th (Thursday).

That wraps up all the Banpresto releases for the month of August.

We should start seeing more Halloween themed stuff in September, so get hyped (if you’re into Halloween!)


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August Merchandise Releases

8.2

[TCG] “Dream League” Booster Pack
[TCG] Card Sleeves – Lillie Flute, N
[TCG] Collection File – Old Book Design
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Trainers
[Pokemon Center On-Line] 1:1 Mareep Plush pre-orders start

8.3

[Takara Tomy] Nee, Uchi Pika (Talky Pikachu Figure)

8.6

[Event] Pikachu Outbreak event starts in Yokohama
[Event] Pop-up Cafe & Drink Stand starts in Yokohama

8.8

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Soft Figures (Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander, Pikachu, Eevee)
[Banpresto] Mogu-Mogu Time – Extra Large Plush (Pichu)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Squeezy Pokeballs (Pokeball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball, Masterball)

8.9

[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania – Plush (Pikachu x 4 designs)
[Banpresto] Pikachu & Mimikyu Mania – Face Cushions (Pikachu, Mimikyu)

8.10

[Pokemon Center] Spooky Gengar
[Pokemon Center Cafe] New menu items: Snorlax Naptime Lunch Plate / Pokeball Dessert Bowl

8.17

[Pokemon Center] Anna Sui Collaboration

8.20

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Plush (Witch Hat Pikachu)

8.22

[Banpresto] I Love Gengar – Large Plush (Happy, Sleeping)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Colorful Series – Black – Large Plush (Umbreon, Starly, Banette)
[Banpresto] Tsuretette – Large Plush (Squirtle, Snorlax)
[Banpresto] Tsuretette – Plush (Jigglypuff, Psyduck, Growlithe, Togepi)

8.23

[Pokemon BigMore] Lapras Plush

8.24

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Researcher

8.31

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Trainers (iPhone Cases + Plush)
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Kotobukiya Elesa figure pre-order starts
[Eskei] Pokemon Shiny Jewel Rubber Mascot (Pikachu, Eevee, Piplup, Flaaffy, Plusle & Minun, Espurr, Whimsicott)
[Eskei] Pikachu & Sweets Charm Collection (Ice Cream, Donuts, Chocolate, Macarons, Pudding, Lollipop, Cupcake)

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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