After a couple months of low key Banpresto releases, April starts the summer surge with a bunch of different releases and a lot of new plush!
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.
Starting off with the generic Pokemon Sun & Moon line~
Plush Eevee tissue box cases (two versions: normal and smiling) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from April 4th (Thursday). Each plush measures about 27 cm from head to tail and has a strap so you can hang it if you want to keep tissues on a door, for example.
Large-size plush versions of Brionne and Nagisa (fancy Eevee currently starring in the most recent Pokemon Sun & Moon anime season) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from April 25th (Thursday). Each plush measures about 23 cm.
There will be two new XL size plush for April, both appearing in game centers around Japan from April 18th (Thursday).
Ditto measures about 40 cm and Snorlax measures about 36 cm.
From the adorable Mogu-Mogu (Snack) Time series comes two releases~
Large-size plush of Raichu and Pichu munching on berries will start appearing in game centers around Japan from April 11th (Thursday). Each plush measures about 23 cm.
Smaller plush versions of snacky Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander will start appearing in game centers around Japan from April 25th (Thursday). Each plush measures about 14 cm.
Last but not least! Three miscellaneous releases~
Kororin Friends returns with four new plush designed to fit in your hand! This release includes Pikachu, Lucario, Ampharos, and Psyduck, with each plush measuring about 9 cm. These buddies will start appearing in game centers from April 25th (Thursday).
The Korotto Manmaru Colors series continues with the color purple for April. This batch includes Espeon, Gengar, and Nidoran Male. Each plush measures about 22 cm and will start appearing in game centers around Japan from April 25th (Thursday).
Lastly, from the Hokkori Iyase (Warm & Healing) series, two new extra fuzzy plush! Psyduck and Slowpoke, both measuring about 27 cm, will start appearing in game centers around Japan from April 11th (Thursday).
That wraps up the Banpresto prize releases schedule for the month of April!
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)
[Pokemon Center] 2019 Lucky Bags (Mega Tokyo, Sky Tree, Tokyo Bay, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Pokemon Stores)
[Pokemon Center] Mix Au Lait
[Pokemon Center] Mix Au Lait / Saiko Soda Gacha
[Pokemon Center] Pokedoll Mascot Plush
[Pokemon Center] 2019 Lucky Bags (Sapporo, Tohoku, Tokyo DX, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka)
Second Week of January
[Gacha] Pokemon Mascot Alola Version (Pikachu, Alolan Sandshrew, Alolan Raichu, Alolan Vulpix, Alolan Marowak, Alolan Exeggutor, Alolan Dugtrio, Mimikyu)
[Banpresto] Hokkori Iyasare ~ Large Plush (Torchic, Rowlet)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Life With Eevee ~ Cushion (Eevee Winking, Eevee Sleeping)
[TCG] Booster Pack “Night Unison” (SM9a)
[TCG] Melmetal Card Set
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Greninja & Zoroark, Lost March)
[TCG] Deck Case (Greninja & Zoroark)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Growlithe Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus ~ Male & Female ~ Large Plush (Pikachu Girl, Pikachu Boy)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus ~ Male & Female ~ Plush (Pikachu Boy, Pikachu Girl, Nidoran Boy, Nidoran Girl)
[Pokemon Center] Fluffy Little Pokemon
[Pokemon Center] Sumi-e Retsuden (Ink Painting Portraits)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus ~ Male & Female ~ Large Plush (Magikarp Girl, Magikarp Boy)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru ~ Colorful Series ~ Large Plush (Charmander, Dragonite, Flareon)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Squirtle Plush (Smiling, Winking)
[TCG] Trainer Battle Deck: Brock’s Pewter Gym
[TCG] Trainer Battle Deck: Misty’s Cerulean Gym
[TCG] Misty & Brock Full-Size Rubber Play Mat
[Re-Ment] Pokemon Desktop Figure 3 (Dragonite, Lugia, Ho-oh, Pikachu, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Chikorita, Porygon)
[Pokemon Center] Third Evolution Starter Pokemon Center Plush (Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Meganium, Typhlosion, Feraligatr, Sceptile, Blaziken, Swampert, Torterra, Empoleon, Infernape, Serperior, Emboar, Samurott, Chesnaught, Delphox, Greninja, Decidueye, Primarina, Incineroar)
[Pokemon Center] Eevee x Tamagotchi
[Takara Tomy] Shaymin Plush
[Takara Tomy] Pokemon Let’s Go! Shoulder Plush (Pikachu, Eevee)
[MonColle] Shaymin, Porygon, Magikarp, Jangmo-o
[Takara Tomy] Pokemon Let’s Go! Stand Figure Collection
[Nanoblock] Espeon, Umbreon, Mew
The second volume of the popular Pokemon Fit Pokemon plush series was released in Japan November 16th (Friday), the same day that Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee dropped.
The Pokemon Fit plush series included every single Pokemon from the original 151 list over two release dates – volume 1 plush went on sale back in July (see this post for Pokemon Center photos), and the remaining 121 Pokemon were included in this volume 2 release.
I love the Pokemon Fit series. The style is incredibly cute, the size is perfect, and it gives a chance for some Pokemon who might never have gotten plush to have their first plush.
I unfortunately don’t have photos of every single Pokemon included in this release, but here are some highlights from over the weekend!
Pokemon Fit Vol 2 – 1
Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Caterpie, Butterfree, Pidgey
Pokemon Fit Vol 2 – 2
Rattata, Raticate, Raichu, Nidoran♀, Nidoran♂, Clefairy, Clefable
Pokemon Fit Vol 2 – 2
Vulpix, Zubat, Gloom, Persian, Psyduck, Growlithe, Bellsprout
Pokemon Fit Vol 2 – 3
Ponyta, Rapidash, Gastly, Haunter, Onix, Krabby
Pokemon Fit Vol 2 – 4
Chansey, Tangela, Goldeen, Seaking, Mr Mime, Scyther, Jynx
Pokemon Fit Vol 2 – 5
Tauros, Kabuto, Snorlax, Dratini, Dragonair
What do you think of the Pokemon Fit / Sitting Cuties series? Which Pokemon is your favorite?
Until next time~
[Gacha] Halloween Pumpkin Charms (Pikachu x 2, Mimikyu, Bewear, Gengar)
[Banpresto] *Namco Exclusive* Pokken Pikachu Libre Plush
[Banpresto] Large Ditto Plush
[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania! Mascot Plush (5 Designs)
[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania! Large Sitting Pikachu Plush
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Dessert Plate
[Pokemon Center] Putitto Eevee Collection Volume 1 & 2
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon x Nippon-Ham Fighters Collaboration (Sapporo Exclusive)
[Pokemon Center] Momo-Taro Pikachu Plush (Okayama Store Exclusive)
[MonColle Get] MonColle Get Vol 11 (Primarina, Machamp, Bounsweet, Golbat, Mudsdale, Jangmo-o)
[Pokemon Center] PokeSPedia Special 20th Anniversary Art Book
[Gacha] We Love Ash’s Rowlet Collection (4 Designs)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Go Plus Deluxe Set
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Go Merchandise (Yokohama / On-Line Store Exclusive)
[Bapresto] Large Pokeball Plush (Great Ball, Masterball)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends (Piplup, Totodile, Mudkip)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Large Squirtle Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Large Plush (Alola Exeggutor, Slowpoke)
[MonColle] 20th Anniversary Set Vol 4 (Sinnoh – Piplup, Chimchar, Turtwig)
[MonColle] 20th Anniversary Set Vol 3 (Hoenn – Torchic, Mudkip, Treecko)
[Pokemon Center] Yokohama DeNA Baystars Collaboration
[Ichiban Kuji] Eevee & Flowers
[Candy Toy] Terranium Collection (Pikachu, Lapras, Snorlax, Bulbasaur, Dragonair, Eevee)
[Pokemon Center] Dot Sprite Series
[Pokemon Center] Kutani Porcelain Pokemon Plates (Pikachu, Eevee, Gyarados)
[Collaboration] A Bathing Ape x Pokemon T-Shirts
[Pokemon Center] Hoenn Can Badges
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Lapras Plush
[Merchandise] Snow Slow Life Snowglobe (Eevee, Flareon, Vaporeon, Jolteon)
[Pokemon Center] Eevee Collection Part 2
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Plush + Dress Up Clothes
[MonColle] Ash’s Pikachu (Alola Cap Version), Alola Exeggutor EX, Alola Marowak EX
[Bandai] Pokemon Pokeball Collection
[Merchandise] Snow Slow Life Snowglobes (Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander)