Oceanic Operetta

Oceanic Operetta Pokemon Center

The Oceanic Operetta Pokemon Center promotion was teased at on a pamphlet distributed from Pokemon Centers since a bit ago, but we finally got an official release announcement via the Japanese Pokemon website on Friday.

Scheduled to go on sale at all Pokemon Centers & Stores around Japan on July 6th (Saturday), this promotion merges elegant water type Pokemon with a musical aquatic theme.

Oceanic Plush

The stars of the promo are Milotic, Vaporeon, and Primarina, who in this case really are the divas of the ocean. There will be a plush of each of them

Pokemon Center Oceanic Operetta

As well as mascot plush versions.

Oceanic Items 1

Along with the plush, each of the star Pokemon get an acrylic stand charm (not blind packaged!), a hand towel, a pen (included in a set of 3 Sarasa colored pens), and cute transparent pass cases with a reel type strap.

Oceanic Items 2

The concept is all about a sparkling under the sea image and to recreate that, a lot of the items are pastel, transparent, and glittery.

Pokemon Center Oceanic Operetta

The blind packaged item for this release are mini candy tins, all decked out with glittery jewels. There are 6 designs in total with no secret designs.

Release Overview

Name: Oceanic Operetta
Where: All Pokemon Centers in Japan
Release Date: July 6th, 2019 (Saturday)

Official JP Shop News

List of Items & Prices

Plush (Vaporeon, Milotic, Primarina) – 3,240 yen each
Mascot Plush (Vaporeon, Milotic, Primarina) – 1,728 yen each

Clear Pen Pouch (Blue, Pink) – 1,080 yen each
Cosmetic Pouch – 1,620 yen
Sarasa Marble Color Pen Set – 864 yen
A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
Clear Pass Case (Vaporeon, Milotic, Primarina) – 1,080 yen each

iPhone Case for 6/6s/7/8 – 2,376 yen

Dice Bag (Blue, Pink) – 1,188 yen each
Face Towel – 1,080 yen
Hand Towel (Vaporeon, Milotic, Primarina) – 540 yen each

Sparkly Candy Tin Collection – 432 yen
* 6 designs total

Acrylic Stand Charm (Vaporeon, Milotic, Primarina) – 1,080 yen each
Caramel Style Pouch – 1,296 yen
Clear 2-Tier Pouch – 1,944 yen
Mini Tote Bag (Blue, Pink) – 2,160 yen each
Paper Theater – 2,592 yen
Mini Poster – 432 yen
Post Card Set – 432 yen
PET Stickers – 540 yen

Pokemon TCG Rubber Play Mat – 2,700 yen
Pokemon TCG Card Sleeves (Vaporeon, Milotic, Primarina, full art) – 777 yen each
Pokemon TCG Flip Deck Case – 2,160 yen

Maple Stick Pie Cookie Tin – 1,080 yen


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June Merchandise Releases

6.6

[Banpresto] Hokkori Iyase – Large Snorlax Face Cushion (2 Designs)

6.8

[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

6.13

[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)

6.15

[Pokemon Center] Japanese Style Collection

6.18

[Banpresto] Pokemon Focus – Stone Evolution Pokemon Large Plush (Eevee, Flareon)

6.20

[Banpresto] Mimikyu Mania! Extra Large Plush
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Plush (Pikachu, Mew, Mewtwo)
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Large Plush (Pikachu, Dragonite)

6.22

[Pokemon Center] Neon Color

6.25

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Palm Plush (Raichu, Slowpoke, Cubone, Dragonite)

6.26

[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Extra Large Mew Plush
[Banpresto] Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution – Bath Towels (Mewtwo, Mew & Mewtwo, Pikachu)

6.27

[Takara Tomy] Chokkori-San Plush (Alola Vulpix, Lillie, Mew, Mewtwo, Litten, Popplio, Rowlet)
[Takara Tomy] Sleepy Plush (Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Mew)

6.29

[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

6.30

[Nanoblock] Litten, Rowlet, Popplio, Bewear, Mimikyu

May Merchandise Releases

5.3

[Pokemon Center] Detective Pikachu Promotion

5.10

[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)

5.11

[Pokemon Center] Pikachu & Eevee
[Pokemon TCG] Pokemon Baba Nuki Card Game

5.16

[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)

5.18

[Pokemon Center] Delicious Water

5.23

[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)

5.25

[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

5.31

[TCG] Miracle Twins Tag Team GX Booster Set
[TCG] Tag Team GX Starter Set (Espeon & Deoxys / Umbreon & Darkrai)

May Banpresto Pokemon Prize Overview

May Banpresto Pokemon Prize Overview

Hello everyone~

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.


Pokemon Sun Moon Banpresto Prize Plush Lapras Raichu

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).

Pokemon Sun Moon Banpresto Prize Plush Snorlax Pikachu

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).

Pokemon Banpresto Detective Pikachu

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).

Pokemon Sun Moon Banpresto Focus Evolution Stones

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).

Pokemon Sun Moon Banpresto Iyase Korotto Kororin

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).

Pokemon Sun Moon Eevee Ichiban Kuji

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!

Prize List

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

Detective Pikachu

Detective Pikachu

Hey everyone!

With the Detective Pikachu movie coming out at the beginning of May, it’s no surprise that this week’s Pokemon Center announcements were dominated by Detective Pikachu merchandise news.

Detective Pikachu Pokemon Center Promotion

Pokemon Center Detective Pikachu Movie

Takara Tomy has already come out with Detective Pikachu merch (including within the United State), but the Pokemon Center finally announced their own exclusive line of plush, bags, charms, and other fun items that will be available for purchase in Centers & Stores around Japan from May 3rd (Friday – incidentally also the day the movie is released in Japan).

The merchandise line-up includes a 1:1 size Pikachu plush, along with a regular sized plush and mascot plush.

Detective Pikachu 1

Life-size Pikachu Plush – 5,184 yen
Plush (Pikachu, Psyduck) – 2,160 yen each (Ludicolo) – 2,484 yen
Mascot Pikachu Plush – 1,512 yen
Acrylic Charm Collection *Blind Packaged* (8 designs + 1 secret design) – 540 yen each
Rubbery Keychain Collection *Blind Packaged* (6 designs) – 540 yen each
3-Pocket Clearfile – 389 yen

Detective Pikachu 2

New Era 59Fifty Cap (7 3/8, 7 1/2) – 6,372 yen each
Team T-Shirt | H / O (Medium | Large) – 3,240 yen each
Not Pictured Detective Pikachu T-Shirt (Small | Medium | Large | X-Large) – 3,240 yen each
Boxers – 1,620 yen
Socks (23~25cm | 25~27cm) – 540 yen each
Flip Phone Case – 3,240 yen
Soft Shell Case for iPhone 6/6s/7/8 – 2,030 yen\
Eco Tote Bag – 1,296 yen

Not Pictured

Dice Bag – 648 yen
Pouch – 1,728 yen
Hand Towel – 756 yen
Mini Bath Towel – 2,160 yen
PET Stickers – 540 yen
Croquis Sketchbook – 572 yen

Pokemon Center Cafe

Pokemon Center Cafe Detective Pikachu Food Drinks

Starting April 27th (Saturday) until June 30th (Sunday), the official Pokemon Center cafe located in Nihonbashi will be offering a Detective Pikachu themed menu, including food and drinks, along with an exclusive place-mat to all guests and a new set of random drink coasters.

Detective Pikachu Cafe 1

Detective Pikachu Macaroni & Cheese – 1,706 yen
Detective Pikachu & Psyduck Combo – 2,570 yen
Detective Pikachu Set (includes Psyduck Combo & Detective Pikachu Float) – 3,780 yen

Detective Pikachu Float – 1,274 yen
Latte Art (Detective Pikachu, Psyduck, Bulbasaur, Mr Mime, Jigglypuff) – 756 yen each

Pokemon Center Cafe Detective Pikachu

Along with the limited menu items, all customers who dine at the Pokemon Center cafe between April 27th and May 31st will get a special Detective Pikachu place-mat.

Pokemon Center Cafe Detective Pikachu Drink Coaster

The random drink coasters will also be updated with a Detective Pikachu theme. As usual, you get 1 random coaster for every drink ordered in the cafe, with 6 designs in total.

Palnart x Pokemon Collaboration

Pokemon Palnart Eevee Accessories and Jewelry

In not Detective Pikachu news, Palnart, a Japanese accessory and jewelry store, will be selling Pokemon collaboration items through their stores and through stores that sell their merchandise (Harajuku Kiddyland and the Shinjuku Saturday Comet branch).

These items will start to go on sale from April 26th (Friday).

Pikachu Earrings – 3,456 yen
Pikachu Ketchup Necklace – 3,240 yen
Eevee Flower Ring – 3,024 yen
Broach (Pikachu, Eevee, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon) – 3,888 yen each

That wraps up this week’s Pokemon Center merchandise announcements!

Until next time~


Detective Pikachu Pokemon Center Promo
Pokemon Center Cafe – Detective Pikachu Campaign
Palnart & Pokemon