by ZombieMiki | May 30, 2019 | Pokemon, Pokemon Merch News, UFO Catchers
[Banpresto] Hokkori Iyase – Large Snorlax Face Cushion (2 Designs)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Fit Gold & Silver Release
[Pokemon Center Cafe] Pokemon Gold & Silver seasonal menu starts
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Sticker distribution starts for generation 2 Pokemon
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Distribution starts for generation 2 limited shopper bags
[Pokemon Center On-Line Campaign] My 251 Box distribution starts – 20 designs in total
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus – Stone Evolution Pokemon Large Plush (Eevee, Jolteon)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Colorful – Large Plush (Luvdisc, Sylveon, Slowpoke)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Extra Large Plush (Pokeball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball, Master Ball)
[Pokemon Center] Japanese Style Collection
[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus – Stone Evolution Pokemon Large Plush (Eevee, Flareon)
[Banpresto] Mimikyu Mania! Extra Large Plush
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Plush (Pikachu, Mew, Mewtwo)
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Large Plush (Pikachu, Dragonite)
[Pokemon Center] Neon Color
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Palm Plush (Raichu, Slowpoke, Cubone, Dragonite)
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Extra Large Mew Plush
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Bath Towels (Mewtwo, Mew & Mewtwo, Pikachu)
[Takara Tomy] Chokkori-San Plush (Alola Vulpix, Lillie, Mew, Mewtwo, Litten, Popplio, Rowlet)
[Takara Tomy] Sleepy Plush (Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Mew)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon World Market
[Pokemon Center] Eeveelution Plush Pass Cases (Eevee, Flareon, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Umbreon, Espeon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon)
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform Linking Keychain Charms (Lapras, Magikarp, Omanyte, Furret, Alolan Vulpix, Dragonite, Mareep, Electrode, Magnemite, Whimsicott, Gloom, Shaymin, Litwick, Sableye, Misdreavus, Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon)
[Takara Tomy] Fuzzy Plush (Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Mew)
[Takara Tomy] 1:1 Size Fuzzy Mew Plush
[Nanoblock] Litten, Rowlet, Popplio, Bewear, Mimikyu
by ZombieMiki | May 24, 2019 | Pokemon, Pokemon Merch News, UFO Catchers
June is going to be packed full of Banpresto prize releases, partly in anticipation of the yearly summer movie in July, “Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution”.
Not only will there be a ton of plush from several collections, but June also sees the return of the Pokemon bath towel (one of my favorite prize items!) All of the towels I own are Banpresto prize towels. I love them because they’re a nice size and very sturdy – even after repeated washing for years, they’re still in great shape. Also cheaper than most bath towels, assuming you are good at winning stuff from claw machines!
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.
The extra large plush release for June is Mimikyu from the Mimikyu Mania series and four types of Pokeballs from the general Pokemon Sun & Moon series.
The four pokeballs (pokeball, great ball, hyper ball, and master ball) measure roughly 31 cm each and they will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 13th (Thursday).
Measuring roughly 35 cm, Mimikyu will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 20th (Thursday).
The Pokemon Focus – Evolution Stone series continues into June with two Eeveelution plush sets.
Eevee & Jolteon (both measuring about 23 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 13th (Thursday).
Eevee & Flareon (both measuring about 23 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 18th (Tuesday).
The Pokemon Korotto Colorful series continues with pink for the month of June!
The set features Slowpoke, Luvdisc, and Sylveon. Each plush measures roughly 26 cm and they will start appearing in game centers in Japan from June 13th (Thursday).
Kororin Friends – Palm Plush has four new additions as well.
Measuring roughly 9 cm each, Raichu, Cubone, Slowpoke, and Dragonite will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 25th (Tuesday).
Snorlax makes an appearance to bring a smile to your face from the Pokemon Hokkori Iyasare series.
Two extra fuzzy & soft Snorlax face cushions, each measuring about 38 cm, will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 6th (Thursday).
Last but not least – Mewtwo Strikes Back movie prizes!
A set of large plush (Pikachu & Dragonite, each measuring about 23 cm) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 20th (Thursday).
A set of smaller plush (Pikachu, Mew & Mewtwo, each measuring about 12 cm) will also start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 20th (Thursday).
A set of three bath towels (Pikachu, Mewtwo, and Mew + Mewtwo) will start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 26th (Wednesday).
Last but not least, an extra large sized Mew plush (measuring roughly 33 cm) will also start appearing in game centers around Japan from June 26th (Wednesday).
That wraps up the Banpresto releases planned for June!
Until next time~
Adults Love Pokemon, Too
by ZombieMiki | May 2, 2019 | Pokemon, Pokemon Merch News, UFO Catchers
[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)
by ZombieMiki | Mar 5, 2019 | Pokemon, Pokemon Center Report
Hello everyone and welcome to another Pokemon Center Report!
The first two big releases for February fell on a Friday (February 1st), I guess to shake things up.
First up: new 1:1 (life-size) Eevee plush!
There were two plush designs in total: normal pose and sitting pose (with the open smile face).
Both are cute and soft!
Along with the two Eevee plush, a Dot Sprite style promotion, called “Eevee Collection”, also came out February 1st!
The promo included a variety of items based on dot sprite versions of Eevee and the Eeveelutions.
Eevee Collection Cushions
Each Eeveelution had their own die-cut cushion and matching die-cut mascot plush and rubber pin.
The unique addition to the merch list was a collection of watches – one for each Eeveelution!
Eevee Collection Stuff
Other neat things from the promo included: a set of cute band-aids, sticky notes, a notepad, and (not pictured) phone cases, a hoodie, t-shirts in two designs, decoration tape, plus a set of earrings with one of each Eeveelution!
And of course, not forgetting the socks!
That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center Report~
Until next time!
by ZombieMiki | Feb 22, 2019 | Pokemon, Pokemon Merch News
As promised by the Pokemon Center, we finally got information on the merchandise coming out for the Kyoto Center Renewal promotion, along with another small announcement.
First up, if you love cat Pokemon and love Pokemon TCG, these card sleeves (and matching deck box) were made for you!
“Perfect Nap Weather” will go on sale on Pokemon Card Day (March 1st, 2019).
The Pokemon Center’s charity line, Pokemon With You, returns March 9th (Saturday) with a new set of can badges.
The set includes: Plusle, Minun, Sylveon, Ditto, Gardevoir, Lucario, Greninja, and Ampharos.
Each badge costs 270 yen including tax and all proceeds go toward helping children affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.
Pokemon With You Shirt Tile
Along with the usual can badges, there will also be a new t-shirt.
The shirt is available in small, medium, and large (3,240 yen each), along with a kids size version (2,880 yen).
A ceramic tile, featuring Eevee and Pikachu, will be available for purchase exclusively through the Pokemon Center’s on-line store. One tile will be 2,700 yen including tax.
Last but not least!
The Kyoto Center will officially re-open March 16th (Saturday), which is also when the coinciding Kyoto Center Renewal promotion will start.
All items will be available everywhere, except for the mascot plush which will be Kyoto exclusive.
Kyoto Center 1
Plush (Boy | Girl) – 2,592 yen each
Mascot Plush (Boy | Girl) *Kyoto Exclusive* – 1,620 yen each
Metal Charm Set – 540 yen
Not Pictured Pin Set – 680 yen
Acrylic Charm Collection *Blind Packaged* – 540 yen each
(10 designs total)
Paper Theater – 2,376 yen
Flip Phone Case – 3,240 yen
Not Pictured iPhone Soft Shell Case (8/7/6s/6) – 2,030 yen
Kyoto Center 2
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Mini Bath Towel – 2,160 yen
Pouch – 1,620 yen
Dice Bag – 734 yen
Pokemon TCG Rubber Play Mat – 2,700 yen
Pokemon TCG Double Deck Case – 3,240 yen
Not Pictured Pokemon TCG Card Sleeves – 777 yen
A4 Clearfile – 259 yen
Set of 2 Stickers – 432 yen
Gold Lacquer Sticker – 972 yen
Ballpoint Pen – 540 yen
PET Stickers – 540 yen
Memo Pad – 518 yen
Set of 2 Postcards – 259 yen
A5 Ring Notebook – 648 yen
Book-Style Sticky Notes – 756 yen
Mug – 1,404 yen
That wraps up the merchandise announcements for this week!
Until next time~
Pokemon With You
Kyoto Center Renewal