{☆Timeline☆}

Timeline of Rilakkuma Series

-MAJOR CONSTRUCTION Updated6/27/14

There have been so many Rilakkuma Series’ since 2003. San-x has been putting out a series or two a month for over 10 years so it’s pretty hard to keep track. I’ve been getting quite a lot of questions regarding each series so I thought I’d take the time to share the details of Rilakkuma series plushies and a bit of fun facts leading up to them that I’ve learned. With a catalog of Rilakkuma releases it’ll be easy to find what you’re looking for. I’m including all standard, some Caravans and Rilakkuma store limited ones (possibly more in the future). If you’re looking for a timeline that includes collaborations and Fansclub releases please check out Rilakkuma Lifestyles’, she has done an AMAZING job and worth checking out! San-X also has a timeline but its got a lot of their other characters and it’s missing a few releases.

This Timeline will go newest to oldest in years but months will go in order.

2014

February was the 5th Anniversary of the Tokyo Rilakkuma Store. There was also special Rilakkuma plushies with the Marunouchi side of the station printed on the t-shirt.

Tokyo's 5th Anniversary

Tokyo’s 5th Anniversary

Marunouchi special plush

Marunouchi special plush

March was the release of the Shima Shima/Stripes Stripes Everyday series. There was two sets one was sold exclusively in Rilakkuma Stores. This series also had a Caravan plushie of Korilakkuma and M size plushie versions of the Kumas and Kii.

Stripes Stripes Everyday series standard

Stripes Stripes Everyday series standard

Stripes Stripes Everyday series store limited

Stripes Stripes Everyday series store limited

March was also the 4th Anniversary of the Fukuoka Rilakkuma Store.

Fukuoka's 4th Anniversary

Fukuoka’s 4th Anniversary

April was Kii’s month and brought a line just for him! April was also the month for the new Kobe Rilakkuma store.

Kobe Grand Opening

Kobe Grand Opening

May brought the Sweet Happy series. It’s also the 2nd anniversary for Tokyo Station’s Rilakkuma Store.

Sweet Happy series

Sweet Happy series

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Tokyo Station’s 2nd Anniversary

June brought the 2nd Anniversary for Kiddyland’s Rilakkuma Store.

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July brings the Space Series also known as “Uchu No Kanatade Fuwa Fuwa Goron”. There is a Standard series, two Store Limited sets and a Caravan.

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Space Series

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Space Series Store Limited

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Space Series Store Limited

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Space Series Store Limited

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Space Series Caravan

2013

January was the release of the Zodiac series. It was also the 1st Anniversary of the Sendai Rilakkuma Store.

Zodiac series

Zodiac series

  • February was the release of the Hawaiian series. There were two Store Limited released of the Kumas, Korilakkuma could only be bought at the Rilakkuma stores.
Hawaiian series

Aloha series

Aloha series Store Limited

Aloha series Store Limited

February was also the 4th Anniversary of the Tokyo Station Rilakkuma Store.

Tokyo's 4th Anniversary

Tokyo’s 4th Anniversary

Fukuoka's 3rd Anniversary

Fukuoka’s 3rd Anniversary

  • April was the release of the My Only Rilakkuma series.
My Only Rilakkuma series

My Only Rilakkuma series

  • May was the release of the Which Color Do You Like? series. This series only featured Rilakkuma with 3 plushies with reversible hoodies giving each plushie 2 different colors to choose from.
Which Color Do You Like? series

Which Color Do You Like? series

  • July marked the 10th anniversary for Rilakkuma and it was the biggest anniversary yet. There was the standard Marching Band series.
10th Anniversary Marching Band series

10th Anniversary Marching Band series

  • October brought the Happy Natural Time series often called the Deer series. There was two store limited releases and a Caravan.
Happy Natural Time series

Happy Natural Time series

  • November was the release of the Rilakkuloset which focused on a more Build-A-Bear theme. There are 3 different sizes and a varity of clothing featuring outfits from passed series but with a new touch. There is also furniture. Kii makes an appearance only on clothing and furniture, he is not part of the dress up. Novermber was also the 1st Anniversary for the Sendai Rilakkuma Store.
Rilakkuloset series

Rilakkuloset series

Sendai 1st Anniversary

  • December brought the Hearts series (not to be confused with the Heart series).
Hearts series

Hearts series

2012

Picnic series

Picnic series

March was the 2nd Anniversary of Fukuoka’s 2nd Anniversary. The Picnic series’ Caravan was also in March, releasing the special Picnic Blue Bird Rilakkuma plushie.

Fukuoka's 2nd Anniversary

Fukuoka’s 2nd Anniversary

Picnic Blue Bird plushie

Caravan Picnic Blue Bird plushie

Marine series

Marine series

Tokyo Skytree series

Tokyo Sky Tree series

Tokyo Sky Tree series

Tokyo Sky Tree series version 2

June was the Grand Opening of the Harajuku Rilakkuma Store (Kiddyland).

Harajuku's Grand Opening

Harajuku’s Grand Opening

Bath Time standard series

Bath Time standard series

Heart Bath Rilakkuma Store Limited

Heart Bath Rilakkuma Store Limited

Heart Bath Rilakkuma Store Limited 2

Heart Bath Rilakkuma Store Limited 2

July also brought a special plushie to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Harajuku Rilakkuma Store.

Shaved Ice Harajuku's Grand Opening

Shaved Ice Harajuku’s Grand Opening

August was the release of the…

I love Rilakkuma

I love Rilakkuma

September was the 1st Anniversary of the Sapporo Rilakkuma store, releasing the Mint Ice Cream series. It was also the 4th Anniversary of Umeda’s Rilakkuma Store.

Sapporo's 1st Anniversary

Sapporo’s 1st Anniversary

Umeda's 4th Anniversary

Umeda’s 4th Anniversary

  • October was the release of the Egg series or sometimes referred to as the Chicken series. There were 3 different plushies for the store limited (1&2, 3) and a caravan.
Egg series

Egg series

October was also the 2nd Anniversary of the Kichijoji Rilakkuma Store.

Kichijoji's 2nd Anniversary

Kichijoji’s 2nd Anniversary

November had it’s yearly Christmas release. This year the trio was dressed up as reindeer.

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

December was also the release of the Year of the Snake. Big versions were released.

Year of the Snake

Year of the Snake

  • December brought release of the Pink Rabbit series, it was a big release month. Kii was not included. December also brought bigger versions of the Sweets series.
Pink Rabbit series

Pink Rabbit series

Big Sweets Series

Big Sweets Series

2011

  • February was the 2nd Anniversary of Tokyo Station’s Rilakkuma Store. It was also the release of the Valentine plushies for 2011.
Tokyo 2nd Anniversary

Tokyo 2nd Anniversary

Tokyo 2nd Anniversary Valentines series

Tokyo 2nd Anniversary Valentines series

Rilakkuma Meets Honey series

Rilakkuma Meets Honey series

Honey Bee Store Limited series

Honey Bee Store Limited series

  • March 19th was also the 1st Anniversary of the Fukuoka Store.
Fukuoka's 1st Anniversary

Fukuoka’s 1st Anniversary

  • July brought the I Love Rilakkuma series. It was also the re-opening of the Tokyo Station Rilakkuma Store.
I Love Rilakkuma series

I Love Rilakkuma series

  • August was the release of the Rilakkuma Pom Pom series. This series only featured Rilakkuma and doubled as a mini purse or key chain.
Pom Pom series

Pom Pom series

  • October was the release of the Chocolate and Coffee series.
Chocolate and Coffee series

Chocolate and Coffee series

  • December was the release of the Sweets series.
Sweets series

Sweets series

2010

  • February was the release of the Bonjour series. February was also the 1st Anniversary for the Tokyo Store, the special sub-sandwich plushie was also released for the 1st Anniversary.
Bonjour series

Bonjour series

March was the Grand Opening of the Fukuoka Rilakkuma Store.

Fukuoka's Grand Opening

Fukuoka’s Grand Opening

Rainbow series standard

Rainbow series standard

Rainbow series M size

Rainbow series M size

7th Anniversary standard

7th Anniversary standard

7th Anniversary special

7th Anniversary special

  • July was also the collaboration of the Holiday series.
Holiday series

Holiday series

  • August 7th was the collaboration with Tower records.
Tower Records 2010 series

Tower Records 2010 series

Umeda's 2nd Anniversary

Umeda’s 2nd Anniversary

Squirrel series

Squirrel series

Bohemian series

Bohemian series

  • October 15th was the opening of the Kichijoji store as well as the release of the Kichijoji Store Opening release also know as the Hammock series.
Kichijoji Store Opening

Kichijoji Store Opening

Kichijoji Store Opening Limited

Kichijoji Store Opening Limited

  • November was the release of the Christmas 2010 series.
Christmas 2010 series

Christmas 2010 series

  • December was the release of the I Love Strawberries series. It focuses more on Korilakkuma because of her love of Strawberries. December 4th was also the release of the Year of the Rabbit series.
I Love Strawberries series

I Love Strawberries series

Year of the Rabbit series

Year of the Rabbit series

2009

Strawberry series

Strawberry series

  • February 20th Tokyo Station Rilakkuma Store celebrated it’s Grand Opening! A special plush was released just for the opening.
Tokyo Store Grand Opening

Tokyo Store Grand Opening

  • July a mini size of Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kii were released for the Cloud theme.
  • August 9th plushies specially for the stores were made and can be found in all the Rilakkuma Stores.
Rilakkuma Store series

Rilakkuma Store series

Bed Time series standard

Bed Time series standard

Bed Time special series

Bed Time special series

Bed Time Store Limited series

Bed Time Store Limited series

  • A few other products were released for the Bed Time series in November.
  • December was the release of the Cupcake series, marking the first time a series didn’t keep everyone in their normal animal forms. Additional plushies were specifically made for cell phones.
Cupcake series

Cupcake series

2008

  • March was the release of the Clover and Cow series. While there are a few other names for this series I usually refer to it as the Clover and Cow. Other products were released in April. (My Kumas)
Clover and Cow series

Clover and Cow series

  • May was the release of the Fruit series.
Fruit series

Fruit series

5th Anniversary standard series

5th Anniversary standard series

Rilakkuma's 5th Anniversary Store Limited

Rilakkuma’s 5th Anniversary Store Limited

Rilakkuma Dress Up

Rilakkuma Dress Up

  • August was the release of the Heart series, the saying “okiniiri to issho no mainichi” was featured on it meaning I’m happy with my favorite things everyday.
Heart series

Heart series

  • September released another addition to the Heart series but are still available at Rilakkuma stores. This one had the normal Rilakkuma fur texture and the heart could be removed to hold a cell phone. (My Rilakkuma) There was also a re-release of the Cow series from the Clover and Cow series, this time including Kiiroitori.
Heart series

Heart series

Cow series

Cow series

September was also the Grand Opening of the Umeda Rilakkuma Store (the first one).

Umeda's Grand Opening

Umeda’s Grand Opening

  • November was the release of the Onsen series.
Onsen series

Onsen series

2007

  • January released the first Valentines plushies. The series was called Sweet & Happy Day.
Sweet & Happy Day series

Sweet & Happy Day series

  • February released the Korilakkuma’s Mischief series. There is also a bigger version released of Ko with a removable Rabbit suit.
Korilakkuma's Mischief

Korilakkuma’s Mischief

  • September was the release of the Happiness series. Two pairs of the kumas featured different words on the cushions one set being Love and the other Friend. Kii has the word Money on his bag.
Happiness series

Happiness series

Rilakkuma Cafe series

Rilakkuma Cafe series

2006

  • February the Sheep series was released.
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Sheep series

  • In April a line of Rilakkuma bath product were released.
  • August 2006 marks the celebration of Rilakkuma’s 3rd Anniversary! There was also two special releases a Caravan and one only for the Net Shop. (My Korilakkuma)
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3rd Anniversary series

3rd Anniversary Net Shop exclusive

3rd Anniversary Net Shop exclusive

  • September included more 3rd Anniversary products even a Rilakkuma shelf. A bigger plush of the Sheep series was reveled in October.
  • November the Winter series was released.
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Winter series

  • December was the biggest month of 2006! Not only was the first Christmas series released but also the start of the Chinese Zodiac releases with the release of the Year of the Pig 2007, the only Chinese Zodiac plushies not to include Kii.
Christmas 2006

Christmas 2006

Year of the Pig 2007

Year of the Pig 2007

2005

  • February Rilakkuma, Ko and Kii products started depicting more of how the 3 acted around each other. Giving fans a feel of each ones personality. This month produced the famous Rilakkuma Graffiti plush.
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Rilakkuma Graffiti series

  • 2005 was a big year for Rilakkuma because products were starting to be released on a monthly basis and Kii was put into the spotlight in August.
  • It wasn’t until September that the standard kind of series we see today were released featuring each member of the Rilakkuma gang.

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  • In October the plushies first got a new texture of fur in a variety of plushie sizes making each one furry even Kii.
  • November play sets were introduced, now they are incredibly expensive and rarely (if even) seen on auctions.

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  • In December the first bath bombs were introduced.

2004

  • In August Korilakkuma was introduced into the products as well.
  • November Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma plushies started taking shape, Kiiroitori started to make an appearance.

2003

  • Rilakkuma was created by Aki Kondo in February but first appeared in the book “Rilakkuma Seikatsu” about a stuffed bear who lived with her persona Kaoru. She got the idea because she wished she could have a pet but was too busy with work to have one. Which is also one of the reasons Rilakkuma is so relaxed.
  • Rilakkuma products started being made June that same year.
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