by ZombieMiki | Oct 2, 2019 | Pokemon, Pokemon Merch News, UFO Catchers
… And we have no Halloween merchandise this month, although there is one Christmas plush set. Not sure why Banpresto dropped the ball but that’s how it goes, I guess.
Maybe the other plush scheduled for release will make up for it!
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 (raffle) prizes. None of these items are designed to be sold directly through stores and cannot be found in Pokemon Centers with the exception being Pokemon kujis which can be found through Pokemon Centers as well as convenience stores and book stores. Prize items are found primarily in game centers or sold second hand through auction sites, amazon, or other similar resell outlets.
Most Pokemon releases from Banpresto drop on Tuesday or Thursday. Ichiban Kuji generally goes on sale on Saturdays.
Some of the bigger and popular game centers in Japan include: Adores, Sega, Round 1, Namco, and Taito Station. Not all game center locations stock all prizes.
Have a specific question about Japanese game centers? Drop me a note!
Type Focus returns with two Legendary Pokemon themed releases, both of which will start appearing in game centers around Japan October 10th (Thursday).
One set includes 27 cm plush versions of Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres.
The other set includes 32 cm plush versions of Latios and Latias.
A new series, called “Hope-Pita” or “Cheek Squish” will have two sets of plush designed to be paired together with their cheeks squished together in a cute hug pose.
Both sets of plush will start appearing in game centers around Japan October 17th (Thursday).
A set of smaller plush, each measuring about 12 cm, will include Pichu, Teddiursa, Plusle, and Minun.
A larger set of plush, each measuring about 24 cm, will include Pikachu and Raichu.
October sees the release of three different series featuring sleepy themed plush, so I guess October is sleepy month for Banpresto. (To be fair, every month is sleepy month for Miki, so I can’t really complain)
From the Kutsurogi Time series comes an extra large Ditto plush measuring about 40 cm. This plush will start appearing in game centers around Japan from October 22nd (Tuesday).
From the Fuwa-Muni (Sleep Talk) series comes two larger sized plush face cushions of Snorlax and Slowpoke, each measuring about 39 cm. These cushions will also start appearing in game centers around Japan from October 22nd (Tuesday).
From the Korotto Manmaru series comes three large plush, each measuring about 26 cm. Slowpoke, Snorlax, and Seel will start appearing in game centers around Japan from October 24th (Thursday).
Finally, from the general Pocket Monster series comes two releases.
An extra large Dedenne plush, measuring about 30 cm, will start appearing in game centers around Japan October 10th (Thursday).
A set of two larger sized Christmas themed Christmas plush, each measuring about 24 cm, will start appearing in game centers around Japan October 24th (Thursday).
That wraps up the releases planned for October from Banpresto!
Will November bring more Sleepy plush, Christmas themed plush, or a mix of both? Stay tuned to find out!
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by ZombieMiki | Nov 9, 2018 | Pokemon, Pokemon Merch News
With the release of Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee a week away, we have a bunch of exciting announcements related to the games.
A bunch of Pokemon Center related campaigns related to the original 151 Pokemon will start from November 16th (Friday).
The official Pokemon Center cafe will be offering latte art of all 151 Pokemon by request, with each latte costing 756 yen including tax.
For every drink ordered, you will also receive 1 of 6 random coasters: Pikachu & Eevee, Ditto, Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, or a special secret design.
Anyone who visits the Pokemon Cafe between November 16th (Friday) and March 3rd (Sunday) – or while supplies last – will receive 1 random Pokemon sticker out of a possible 151.
These stickers will also be given out to all Pokemon Centers customer, 1 sticker per receipt, starting from November 16th (Friday) until February 22nd (Friday) – while supplies last.
Starting November 16th (Friday) and running while supplies last, all Pokemon Center & Store customers will receive 1 original My 151 design shopping bag.
Finally, starting November 16th (Friday), all customers who order from the Pokemon Center’s official on-line store will receive their order in a limited edition box featuring 1 random Pokemon out of the original 151.
The much anticipated volume 2 of the Pokemon Fit or Sitting Cuties series will be going on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan from November 16th (Friday).
This release will include the 121 remaining Pokemon that weren’t included in the original Volume 1 release back in July.
The Pokemon in this release are: Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise, Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree, Weedle, Kakuna, Beedrill, Pidgey, Pidgeotto, Pidgeot, Raticate, Spearow, Fearow, Arbok, Raichu, Sandslash, Nidoran♀, Nidorina, Nidoqueen, Nidoran♂, Nidorino, Nidoking, Clefairy, Clefable, Vulpix, Ninetails, Wigglytuff, Zubat, Golbat, Oddish, Gloom, Vileplume, Paras, Parasect, Venonat, Venomoth, Dugtrio, Persian, Psyduck, Mankey, Primeape, Growlithe, Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Poliwrath, Abra, Kadabra, Machop, Machoke, Bellsprout, Weepinbell, Victreebel, Tentacool, Tentacruel, Graveler, Golem, Ponyta, Rapidash, Slowpoke, Slowbro, Magnemite, Magneton, Doduo, Dodrio, Seel, Dewgong, Grimer, Muk, Cloyster, Gastly, Haunter, Gengar, Onix, Hypno, Krabby, Kingler, Electrode, Exeggcute, Cubone, Marowak, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Lickitung, Koffing, Weezing, Rhyhorn, Rhydon, Chansey, Tangela, Horsea, Seadra, Goldeen, Seaking, Starmie, Mr Mime, Scyther, Jynx, Electabuzz, Magmar, Pinsir, Tauros, Magikarp, Gyarados, Lapras, Porygon, Omastar, Kabuto, Kabutops, Aerodactyl, Snorlax, Dratini, Dragonair, and Mewtwo.
Like volume 1, each plush will cost 1,188 yen including tax.
The Pokemon Center, in collaboration with the ceramics brand “Chugaitoen”, will be releasing three ceramic ornaments: Pikachu, Eevee, and Pikachu with Swinub.
These three ornaments will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan from November 23rd (Friday).
Pikachu and Eevee individual ornaments will sell for 972 yen each.
The ornament of Pikachu and Swinub will sell for 1,404 yen including tax.
The Pokemon Center’s New Years merchandise for 2019 will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores from November 23rd (Friday).
Note that these items do not include the lucky bags or other related goods that typically come out around New Years – this mini promotion is for items that are used around New Years, such as traditional Japanese decorations and greeting cards.
New Years 1
Eevee Kagami Mochi Plush – 1,728 yen
Pikachu Darumaka Bell Charm – 540 yen
Mini Kadomatsu – 800 yen
Mini Shime-Kazari – 800 yen
Postcard Set – 313 yen
2 Tier Jubako – 3,240 yen
Soup Bowl – 864 yen
Chopsticks (18 cm) – 864 yen
Chopsticks (23 cm) – 1,080 yen
New Years 2
Stickers – 594 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 432 yen
The Pokemon Center will be celebrating the release of Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee with a mini promotion including items featuring promotional artwork from the game.
This promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores in Japan from November 16th (Friday).
Pika Vee Plush
Pikachu Plush (Sportswear, PT, Assistant) – 1,944 yen each
Eevee Plush (Sportswear, PT, Assistant) – 1,944 yen each
Pika Vee Mascot Plush
Pikachu Mascot Plush (Flowers, Curly Hair) – 1,080 yen each
Eevee Mascot Plush (Flowers, Curly Hair) – 1,080 yen each
Pika Vee 1
Acrylic Charm Collection (Blind Packaged) – 540 yen each
* 10 designs in total
Mug – 1,296 yen
Flip Phone Case (Pikachu | Eevee) – 3,240 yen each
Half Blanket – 4,104 yen
Microfiber Towel – 735 yen
Pouch (Boy Protagonist | Girl Protagonist) – 1,944 yen each
Nintendo Switch Game Cartridge Case – 1,404 yen
Nintendo Switch Stand w/ Cover – 2,592 yen
Nintendo Switch Smart Pouch – 2,562 yen
Pika Vee 2
A5 Ringed Notebook – 702 yen
PET Stickers – 540 yen
Postcard – 162 yen
A4 Clearfile (Pika Vee | New Adventure) – 260 yen each
Pokemon Card Game Deck Case & Card Sleeves – 1,080 yen
Poster – 918 yen
That covers the announcements for this week!
Good luck to everyone participating in Community Day this weekend through Pokemon Go~
Pokemon Cafe My 151 Campaign
Pokemon Center My 151 Campaign
Pokemon Fit Volume 2
Pikachu & Eevee Ceramic Ornaments
Pokemon Center New Years 2019
Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee