New! Rilakkuma Meets Dr. Yellow!

Back from Charleston, and ready to get back into the (Rilakkuma) swing of things! I hope to post a few of my photos on this blog, once I get around to sorting through the hundreds of takes haha.

In what feels like news to welcome me home, San-X swarms us again with a dashingly cute collaboration with JR (Japan Railway) this summer: Rilakkuma Meets Dr. Yellow!

Rilakkuma Meets Dr. Yellow - cover art

“Rilakkuma’s ears and Kiiroitori’s body are yellow. The yellow color brings you happiness.”

Rilakkuma Meets Dr. Yellow - Rilakkuma Store exclusives

Wow! Cheerfully yellow Rilakkuma Store Exclusives (from top left): collectible 22 cm plushie (1,900円), keychain (1,300円), standing plushie (2,100円), and camera strap (2,200円). Standing plushie and camera strap will both be available on the Net Shop as well.


And this time, Rilakkuma even gets to be a Dr. Yellow!! And Kiiroitori gets to play stationmaster. Available at Rilakkuma Stores as well as select locations: Rilakkuma as Dr. Yellow (1,900円) and Kiiroitori (1,900円).

Rilakkuma Meets Dr. Yellow - face close-up

“Ready for my close-up!”

Now this was a collaboration I really didn’t see coming!

Dr. Yellow (ドクターイエロー) is the nickname for the high-speed test trains used on the Japanese Shinkansen (bullet train) – as the name implies, these train cars are “doctors” that help diagnose problems on the track, and sport a beautiful bright yellow! A lovely complement to the lime green theme from last year’s Rilakkuma x Yamanote Line collaboration.

And just like the Yamanote collaboration too, looks like Korilakkuma got left out again :[

Specifically for this collaboration, Rilakkuma represents a Dr. Yellow Class 923, as designated on his shirt and by the blue stripe.

No time to rest for this release y’all – these items and more (such as keyrings, storage boxes, and pens) will be available July 19! There will also be a special commemorative bag, and if you make a purchase over 1,900円, a commemorative sticker, too!

As a future doctor hahaha, I’m actually super drawn to this design, so even though my wallet is already tired from July, I feel like I have to have a bear from this series! But with the three different Rilakkuma designs, I’m having a hard time deciding which to choose! What are your thoughts?

12 thoughts on “New! Rilakkuma Meets Dr. Yellow!

  1. You gotta get at least the standard one you love these T-shirt Rilakkumas XD. I love this design and I was hoping they’d make more for other lines like the Blue and Sobu lines. There are so many things coming out in July I can’t choose either but the standard plushie is a must for me! Wow thanks for the news, hehe I’ve only seen a yellow train once and I was wondering what it was.

    • Yeah, I was leaning toward the standard one too! So he can hang out with his other T-shirt brothers hahaha.

      I wonder if they’ll be making a Rilakkuma for a different color line each summer? I think it’s a really fun collab, and it’s cool to see San-X expanding on it from the original release last year!!

  2. Wow!! Thanks for the update!! But seems a little bit too yellow for me. Some how, the green yamanote ones still appeals more to me.😅

    • Yeah, the Yamanote green was really a beautiful color complement! And that series will always hold a special place in my heart since it was from the summer I visited Japan and got to ride the Yamanote line!

      This Rilakkuma reminds me a little of the construction workers here in the US, they wear yellow a lot too hehehe.

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  4. July is so crazy with releases, haha! I’m figuring out which to save/preorder for. I’m sort of in love with the Rilakkuma sitting in the train, but I also need to figure out if I’ll pre-order the cat series.

    They’re all so cute, if I could have all of them I would. Rilakkuma as a train is new, a little strange but I also find it adorable.

    • I feel you haha, I always try to make a plan of what to get before the time comes, but San-X somehow always manages to throw a wrench in my plans.

      The Rilakkuma as a train himself is such a bizarre but fascinating design concept haha I really love it when San-X gets creative with their concepts. I think I’m gonna order the bigger pillow-sized one of those for my sister and then the standard collectible size with the T-shirt for myself. Ouch, my bank account…

  5. Ah, I’m not a fan of this collab. While I do think it’s adorable that they decided to make Rila into Dr. Yellow, this collection isn’t setting off my “Omg, I MUST HAVE THIS!” switch. I do think it’s hilarious that Kii looks like a miner though XD

    • He really does! I thought the Rilakkuma with the yellow had kinda looked like a construction worker too, seems like it could pass as a whole team of Rilakkumas/Kiiroitoris working blue collar jobs haha.

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