Ah, the wonderful world of UFO catchers!
A UFO catcher is a kind of claw machine game popular in Japan. Compared to their Western counterparts, UFO catchers generally have 2 prongs instead of 3 or 4. From my experience, in the US, claw machines just have a random assortment of things, but Fansclub took it to another level and stocked their machines with Rilakkuma. Jealous!
These plushies are genuine San-X licensed – they’re just not sold in stores! You have to earn them by mastering the art of UFO catching. They come in different sizes, materials, and designs from the store releases.
However, sometimes, Fansclub and San-X come out with very similar Rilakkuma designs. Take the Marine Series, for example:
Wow, super similar! But all legitimate :)
One great thing: Fansclub does a hell of a job cataloging their UFO catcher plushies and other prizes. If you have a lot of time on your hands, you can stroll through their entire catalog of prizes, by series name and release date. San-X has been partnered with Fansclub for a long time, so there are hundreds of Rilakkuma UFO catcher plushies out there!
I generally gravitate towards the standard 22 cm plushies, but I love that these Rilakkuma plushies come in so many different designs!