[Pokemon Center] Detective Pikachu Promotion
[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)
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu & Eevee
[Pokemon TCG] Pokemon Baba Nuki Card Game
[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)
[Pokemon Center] Delicious Water
[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)
[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
[TCG] Miracle Twins Tag Team GX Booster Set
[TCG] Tag Team GX Starter Set (Espeon & Deoxys / Umbreon & Darkrai)
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
I’m playing catch-up with the big Pokemon Center releases from New Years and so here we go with the first two big promotions that coincidentally came out on the first of the year
Mix Au Lait!
This promotion is a sequel to the original Saiko Soda promotion, featuring original artwork by F*Kaori (a graphic designer and illustrator). While the first release focused on a soda pop theme, this new one has a mixed canned coffee theme, with each Eeveelution having their own individual flavor and design.
Mix Au Lait Plush
The release featured 9 adorable plush: one for each Eeveelution plus Eevee
Saiko Soda Plush
Along with plush sized versions of the previously released Saiko Soda Eevee and Pikachu mascot plush.
I received a couple comments from people on the size of the plushies, which were all bigger than expected (always a nice surprise!)
Along with the plush, there were also a set of 9 mascot plush and plush face badges. The badges have safety pins on the back to make them easy to attach to things like bags, clothing, whatever you want.
Mix Au Lait Mascot Plush
The mascot plush ended up being different poses than the main plush, which was sort of a surprise to me. Between the two designs, I personally prefer the sitting plush (I’m not the biggest fan of the faces on the mascot plush).
On the other hand, the plush face badges were a cute and original idea!
A surprisingly popular part of the release were the MEI brand messenger bags. These bags are not the biggest (definitely not big enough to hold a laptop unless it’s an incredibly small one that maybe doesn’t exist and is actually a tablet) but they’re still fairly sturdy, a nice size for every-day items like phones, aforementioned tablets, notebooks, wallets, glasses, etc., and they’re cute!
Mix Au Lait Messenger Bag
There were 10 designs in total for the bags, with 1 for every Eeveelution plus 1 (not pictured) with Saiko Soda themed Pikachu.
Another cute item from the release: pens!
As with everything else mentioned here so far, there was 1 pen per Eeveelution (of course, I got Umbreon for myself!)
Mix Au Lait Stuff
There were a bunch of group Eeveelution items that are also worth mentioning, including bandaids, a tupperware set, a 2-tier bento box, two types of heat resistant glass mugs, and a pack of assorted stickers (which were more popular than I was expecting).
There were also socks, with designs available of all the Eeveelutions plus Saiko Soda Eevee and Pikachu.
And not forgetting the glass mugs with individual Eeveelution designs that were only available on-line.
Mix Au Lait Cookies
The cookie tin ended up being slightly smaller than I was expecting, but that’s not a bad thing!
Each tin comes with an assortment of vanilla butter cookies shaped like Eeveelution faces. I’m pretty sure you are guaranteed at least one of each Eeveelution plus one or two extras but I might be wrong. I know I got Eevee, Sylveon, and Umbreon, and honestly that’s all I care about.
Along with cookies, there was a new item. Keeping with the pop theme, the Center sold a set of 9 Eeveelution themed candies. Each package is shaped like a canned drink and contains yummy ramune candy!
Mix Au Lait Gacha
Last but not least, there were also three gacha releases!
There were two sets from the Mix Au Lait series, with a different Eevee in Volume 1 and 2, plus a separate Saiko Soda gacha set including a third Eevee, plus Pikachu, Oddish, Swirlix, and Litwick.
The second release that came out on New Years was the Pokedoll mascot & plush accessory release.
The Pokemon featured in this release were: Snorlax, Mew, Gengar, Lapras, and Poliwhirl.
Pokedoll Sleeping Bags
Along with the plush, there were also tiny accessories designed to fit these smaller sized Pokedolls, including three types of sleeping bags (Chansey, Weepinbell, and Magikarp)
A Pikachu couch and a Snorlax couch
Plus a couple other items including a Pikachu bus, a small train, and a Mimikyu tent!
On a parting note, shopping on New Years morning at the Pokemon Center was one of the nuttiest decisions of my life. After waiting all night from midnight to get a Lucky Bag, the Pokemon Center was a mob scene with the line for the registers extending out of the store and down the hall. To make it worse, for about an hour or so after opening, half the registers were devoted to people buying Lucky Bags so the register line for regular items wasn’t moving. I jokingly mentioned to Jen from Japanstuffs that it was like being perpetually stuck in purgatory, except it wasn’t funny, and it was more like hell because it was so hot and full of people.
Eventually the line started to move and we did eventually leave (or am I writing this from line still?!) but wow. I thought last year was bad, but it seems every year New Years at the Pokemon Center gets worse and worse, at least regarding their inability to stagger releases and crowd control.
And on that delightful note… that wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report!
Until next time~
[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
Friendly reminder that almost all items (excluding the lucky bags) are available for pick-up through me while I’m here! Click the banner or this link here to move to my Japan Pick-Ups Page.
We finally got the news tonight that everyone has been waiting for…
The Lucky Bags for 2019! (Fanfare! Applause!)
This year’s Lucky Bags will cost the same as last year’s (4,000 yen including tax) and like last year, each bag will include a random Lucky Bag exclusive plush. This year, we get 1 of 3 foot tall versions of Fit plush: Pikachu, Eevee, or Mew.
Lucky Bags will be distributed as usual on a first come first serve basis.
Mega Tokyo, Sky Tree, Tokyo Bay, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, and Pokemon Store locations will have Lucky Bags available January 1st.
Sapporo, Tohoku, Tokyo DX, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto, and Osaka Centers will have Lucky Bags available January 2nd.
The Pokemon Center On-Line put up their lucky bags an hour after the announcement (Friday December 14th at 3 pm JP time) and they sold out a few hours later. Note that this year’s limit seems to be 1 bag per person, vs last year’s 2 bags per person.
Finger Puppets Volume 3
Pokemon Center Finger Puppets return December 22nd (Saturday) with Volume 3!
This release includes: Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Dratini, Psyduck, Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Sentret, Furret, Giovanni, and a Team Rocket Grunt.
Each figure costs 300 yen including tax.
Along with Lucky Bags, Pokemon Centers in Japan will also be selling new mascot plush sized Pokedolls and some matching Pokemon themed accessories from January 1st, 2019 (Tuesday).
This batch of Pokedoll mascot plush will include Lapras, Mew, Poliwhirl, Snorlax, and Gengar, with each plush costing 1,058 yen including tax.
There will also be a few Pokemon themed accessories to compliment your plushies.
Pokedoll Mascot Accessories
Pokedoll Couch (Pikachu | Snorlax) – 972 yen each
Pokedoll Sleeping Bags (Magikarp | Chansey | Weepinbell) – 756 yen each
Mimikyu Tent – 972 yen
Pikachu Bus – 1,080 yen
Pokemon Train – 1,296 yen
Pokemon Center – 972 yen
Pokeball – 756 yen
Last and certainly not least, a sequel to the Saiko Soda promotion that came out earlier this year, called “Mix Au Lait” and featuring all the Eeveelutions, will go on sale in Japan at all Pokemon Centers and Stores from January 1st, 2019 (Tuesday).
As part of the promotion, there will be two Mix Au Lait figure collection sets (Volume 1 & 2) and 1 Saiko Soda figure collection set.
Mix Au Lait Volume 1 includes: Eevee, Vaporeon, Flareon, Jolteon, and Sylveon.
Mix Au Lait Volume 2 includes: Eevee, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, and Glaceon.
Saiko Soda includes: Pikachu, Eevee, Swirlix, Litwick, and Oddish.
All gacha figures are 300 yen per play.
Plush (Saiko Soda Pikachu, Saiko Soda Eevee, Eevee, Vaporeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon) – 1,620 yen each
Mascot Plush (Eevee, Vaporeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon) – 1,080 yen each
Eevee Face Badge (Eevee, Vaporeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon) – 648 yen each
Mix Au Lait Items
Set of 9 Ramune Candies – 918 yen
Not Pictured Eeveelution Face Cookies – 1,080 yen
Socks (Saiko Soda Pikachu, Saiko Soda Eevee, Eevee, Vaporeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon) – 1,080 yen for 3 pairs
Coin Pouch (Pikachu | Eevee) – 1,296 yen each
Mei Messenger Bag (Saiko Soda Pikachu, Eevee, Vaporeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon) – 5,184 yen each
A5 Notebook (Pikachu, Eevee, Yellow Pattern) – 378 yen each
Foldable Umbrella – 3,024 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 497 yen
Deco Tape Set – 648 yen
Sticker Assortment – 540 yen
Ballpen (Eevee, Vaporeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon) – 648 yen each
Pouch (Saiko Soda | Mix Au Lait) – 1,620 yen each
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Face Towel – 1,080 yen
2-Tier Lunch Box – 1,836 yen
Fork w/ Case – 540 yen
Set of 3 Tupperware – 1,512 yen
Thermos – 2,700 yen
Heat Resistant Glass Mug (Saiko Soda | Mix Au Lait) – 2,052 yen each
Blanket – 3,240 yen
Band-aid Set (Saiko Soda | Mix Au Lait) – 432 yen each
Heat Resistant Glass Mug (Eevee, Vaporeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon) – 2,052 yen each
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center announcements!
Until next time~
2019 Lucky Bags
Pokemon Center Finger Puppets Volume 3
Pokedoll Mascot Plush
Mix Au Lait / Saiko Soda Gacha
Mix Au Lait Promo