Where to buy Rilakkuma???
These are tips I use/used when buying so its just my personal opinion ( ´ ▽ ` ).
-The Best Place: Rilakkuma Store
This is where I mostly buy mine. Sadly they’re all in Japan but if you’re in Japan check them out. A warning any New Release day the stores are packed so tight you can’t move so you end up looking a the same thing for 10 mins sometimes he he. The average plushie sells for
￥1,575 ￥1800 yen . Here are the stores so far:
Rilakkuma Store Umeda Rilakkuma Store Tokyo Station Rilakkuma Store Fukuoka Rilakkuma Store Kichijoji Rilakkuma Store Sapporo Rilakkuma Store Sky Tree Rilakkuma Store Harajuku (Kiddyland)
When I was in the states I bought from Tamaya which is an authorized san-x shop of the USA (they get shipments straight for san-x but a month behind). You don’t need to worry about fakes so long as you are buying from Tamaya. Tamaya charges about $23 per plushie which given the current exchange rate of the dollar and yen is almost the same as Japan’s (A little higher).
A few other Authentic Rilakkuma shops that sell all over the world can be found here
-Next is Yahoo Japan Auction
If your not fluent in Japanese have no fear all you really need to know are these words リラックマ(which is Rilakkuma) ぬいぐるみ(plushie) click here and its already done for you. I’m working on putting a list on here of Yahoo Auction Pages to check but if you have a series you want and don’t know the Japanese name send me a comment and I’ll help you!
poohlover_1217– sells Rilakkuma in lots, keep checking back!
Here are a few links to check on the auctions:
For this site though you will need a Japanese credit/debit card and they don’t ship internationally.
You can also use courier companies in Japan or in your own country that will help you bid on these sites and ship to you. But be careful , really do your research and read lots of reviews(compare prices too). Tenso works well with San-X.
This site is really good to use, you don’t need a Japanese card, though they don’t ship internationally. I really like the san-x net shop because you can get the items right when they come out. But the down fall is things sell out super fast!
Lots of people have been recommending this site to add on here! It’s looks pretty good, and prices are pretty decent since she’ll ship almost anywhere I say this is a great place to check out! She has a good collection of old and new.
This is where is gets a little scary, there are so many fakes on ebay. So really look at the pictures and tags. But I’ve found a seller that works hard to bring you real Rilakkuma plushies and also might help you find a specific plushie!
xxmiraixx– she has a wide variety and only sells real plushies. Pro: she always has rare one’s and sell other San-X stuff. Con: She is kind of pricey but you have to weigh how much you want the plushie vs how much it costs. Yahoo Japan Auctions usually sell stuff cheaper but if you have to get a courier service you’ll have to pay fees and it might just be easier/cheaper to pay a little extra on ebay.
harukata– has a good amount of kumas. Pro: Takes pre-orders for rare ones. Con: A bit pricey and shipping is really expensive. But if he has a rare one it might be worth it. (Tip by Keojitmal, thanks)
If you know other sellers tell me and I’ll add them to the list. _〆(・∀・＠)
Richelle’s e-store– I’ve bought a plush from her store and it was perfect, keep an eye out for more from her kawaii shop. Canadian seller.
Is the largest online shopping mall in Japan. It also has English which helps but not to many Rilakkuma plushies. （￣～￣;）
Have a tip? Lets add it to the list.
How to Spot the Fake Rilakkuma??
Like every other Brand name there are knock offs of the kumas too…..now there’s nothing wrong with those so long as you know that’s what your getting. But when people claim that’s a real one you need to make sure you know how to tell if its real or not.
So your looking for the REAL brand name Kumas eh? Well I’m here to help you the best I can.
Here’s a few tips: Rilakkuma Plushies 22cm
First thing to do is look at the Plush. Does it look like something might be off? I’ve always preferred to play it safe if it looks off I won’t buy it (better safe then sorry). San-x works extremely hard putting so much detail into ever plushie, so they wouldn’t make them look wonky.
Not sure what real ones look like? Check out these official sites to get a feel for the real ones.
Second: So it’s passed the looks test…looks real but still not sure? Look at the TAG and its LOCATION. This is almost full proof as so many fakes have the tags in weird places. Tags are never found on the ears, arms, or directly attached to any other body part. The tag is always tied with a plastic fastener on the Rilakkuma label by the leg (not directly on the leg). San-x does this specifically so when you take the tag off you won’t put a hole in the kumas. Classy~
Tag Art/ Pictures should always match there series. Tags should always have a bar code on them, always have the prices in yen listed on the front and the back of the tag should be in Japanese. Usually tags are square on the 22cm but come in a few other cute shapes (not circle).
Fur is very soft looking too!
Fun Fact- All real Rilakkuma plushies have zippers and all Korilakkuma plushies have one red button on the front of her! The Zippers that open up on the back are lined with blue polka-dot fabric on the inside. UFO Catcher one’s usually don’t open but the Small 22cm ones mostly do.
IMPORTANT: The new horoscope plushies still have the labels but the tags are attached to the Zipper. Or a few other places. This is one of the times you’ll need to look for the specifics on the tag. Art/Bar code/Japanese price in Yen/ The Back in Japanese. This still will not put holes in your plushies. (*･∀･)／♡
Notice the fastener attached to the label which is attached to the side of the leg. Bar code/Japanese price/San-x/Art matches series.
It should look like this all the pink rilakkuma labels have the tags attached to them by fasteners. Kiichan doesn’t have legs so the label is always on his LEFT side.
Now a typical search on ebay for: Rilakkuma Plush. 4 out of 5 times you’ll come up with all fakes on first page (*゜Д゜*)
ALL BELOW ARE FAKE
Fake, Fake, Fake…Why? They all look wonky(bad or shaped weird)/weird fur/tags are on the ears. Also the more you look at the real ones you’ll notice the clothes are wrong and not released that way. Remember San-X doesn’t take short cuts so plushies should be symmetrical.
These are both real~
See the difference?
UFO Catcher Plush~
I find the UFO Catcher one’s a little more challenging. FansClub is the main (maybe the only) company to release the UFO Catcher Plush with san-x’s permission. They come in all sizes so don’t be discouraged by that. Head on over to their site where you can check the archives. It’ll come in handy when you find one you want.
The same tricks can be applied to tell but the tag is a bit different. Tags are always fastened to the label on the side of the leg which say Rilakkuma in Japanese and San-x. They are shaped in a circle, don’t have a bar code/list Rilakkuma in Japanese and have only Japanese on the front. The art on the tags are usually just plain (no one’s dressed up). The best way to be 100% sure is look at the back of the tag which should be all in Japanese, have a San-x logo/Fansclub website. If you find a seller ask them if they’ll take a picture of the back of the tag and show you. If they won’t better to not take the chance.
This is what the real one’s look like on the back.
All real, straight from FANSCLUB. But no tags are show. Still you know whatever they released and what they haven’t.
Is this real?
Never saw this release on the site/tag is attached to the hand….also can’t see back of the tag. Pretty tricky huh!? So for this one I’d say not real.
I hope this leaves you more informed and just remember to be careful!
Any questions or helpful tips I gladly welcome.
Good luck everyone!!