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22 May 2012 @ 12:22 pm

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Set Name: ポケキュンコレクション (Pokekyun Collection)
Set Logo: CP3
Number of Cards: 32
Checklist: Download (PDF)



Notes: Much like Shiny Collection back in the BW era, not only is Pokekyun a wholly holo set — be it literal holofoil cards or gloss coating with holo inset onto it to make the cards very refractive in the light — but it shares the similarity of being a cutesy type set with a heavy focus on cute, or popular Pokemon. Pokekyun comes in as our 3rd Concept Pack for the entire XY era, and our 1st specifically during the XY BREAK era, and not only features a vast array of original cards for the subset, but some very gorgeous alternate art reprints of prior cards all the way back to XY4.

In addition to all of this, Pokekyun brought in a ‘charm’ system, wherein the left side of the card artwork border is decorated with an array of hang charms which denote different emotions regarding the Pokemon featured in the artwork. In addition to them generally meaning something, the “Pokekyun Secret” insert cards that were on the back of the advertisement cards give a bit more insight into the illustration brief for the cards in the subset.

RibbonRibbon (Charming): Fully cute! It’s a maximum girly ribbon charm★ Women are attracted by extremely cute illustrations, and ribbon charms are lucky. Pay attention to the little touches in the background♪
HeartHeart (Close Friends): The heart charm looks good and best given to friends♡ When you’re with that little one your heart is warmed. Heart charms have such happy illustrations. You can see there’s so much fun!
CloverClover (Pure): You’re sure to find the most pure, immaculate heart with the clover charm. Oh my! Your expressions and behaviour, they're so precious. This is such a blessing. These clover charm illustrations of purity are so soothing.
DropletDroplet (Sorrow): Sadness comes with the droplet charm; a small sadness, such as loneliness. The droplet charm illustrations make you feel that way. …Sadness prepares us for happiness.
StarStar (Magnificent Battler): The star charm sparkles like a brilliant fight! Believe in yourself and stand up against any opponent! These beautiful battle illustrations with the star charm — it’s hard to not admire them.
BookBook (Story): The book charm guides us to the hidden story of Pokemon in the illustrations. When a book charm is attached to an illustration, that means another card follows it. Find the continuation and try to complete the story.


This, along with many cards having unique dex entries that are from the perspective of the Pokemon or owners of the Pokemon, makes this entire subset have even more charm than I think Shiny Collection ever had. I really, really love it!

With two boxes I pulled an entire set bar the Pikachu full art card; RR cards are a little spartan in distribution, and while each box has 5 guaranteed it’s in which 5 you get that the trouble sets in when it comes to completing things. Only 1 GardevoirEX and 1 SylveonEX (normal) out of two boxes on my end but nice duplicate pulls. As for favourite cards -- there are so many! Biggest favourites of mine though have to be Swablu and Fletchling, followed by the full art SylveonEX and the normal FlareonEX. Also Yveltal. Because holy gods is that a ridiculously cute card for a death bird.

Trivia:
• This subset was released in Japan on the 29th of January 2015.
• The entirety of this subset is holographic and glossy coated.
• There was a premium long box released alongside this subset, the Premium Pokekyun♥Set, which featured a special Pokekyun style ShayminEX promo and came with packs of the set.
• This subset was released as part of Generations in English.

Scans: Pokekyun CollectionCollapse )

Last Updated: 03/02/16
 
 
31 January 2016 @ 01:35 pm
Set Name: 青い衝撃 (Blue Shock)
Set Logo:
Number of Cards: 65
Checklist: Download (PDF)



Notes: Blue Shock and Red Flash are a part of the dual set block that makes up the entirety of XY8, while also being the 8th consecutive set for the XY era and the first set of the new Pokemon Card Game XY BREAK block. We’d gotten hints for a while that a Mewtwo-oriented set would be coming through products announced for the October period after this set would come out, and not only was it stuffed full of Mewtwo with a combined 10 cards in total (5 in each set) but also came bearing a new mechanic that’s never been done in the TCG before.

Pokemon BREAK cards. BREAK cards were made so that Pokemon that usually never saw EX cards could gain a power up in kind, and it’s pretty beefy overall due to how they’re played — horizontally, sitting over the artwork of the prior evolution. This is specifically because of the rule which states for us that:
BREAK Evolution Rule: [Pokemon] BREAK retains the attacks, Abilities, Weakness, Resistance, and Retreat Cost of its previous Evolution.

Additionally, all BREAK cards feature gold-clad Pokemon. I think it’s a pretty awesome mechanic, as it’s bringing variety in against the EX cards which has been needed for quite while.

Two boxes netted a fairly hefty chunk of cards, and I pulled all of the main set outside of EX cards and BREAK over livestream with good company. The chunk of SR cards is thankfully not so woefully as huge as previous sets, but only pulling 1 SR from both boxes was a little painful — as much as I’d of loved to have pulled one of the Arita Gold UR cards, it just wasn’t happening either. They found a pretty good balance for distribution I feel given BREAK cards take up the same slot as EX, sharing the double rare (RR) marking.

Big favourite cards for me in this set have to be the UR Mewtwo (I don’t even like Mewtwo I just love Mitsuhiro Arita’s stunning artwork), Doduo, Noctowl, and Xerneas.

You can see a full size, correct orientation scan of the BREAK cards from this set below:
ZoroarkBREAK & FlorgesBREAK

Trivia:
• This set was released in Japan on the 26th of September 2015.
• There were two corresponding decks released with this set block, BREAK Evolution Pack: RaichuBREAK and BREAK Evolution Pack: NoivernBREAK.
• M MewtwoEX’s 1st Edition SR print (063/059) was printed with a typo in the text band that read VANISING STRIKE instead of VANISHING STRIKE. This error has been issued a correction as of the Unlimited print.
• Both Beheeyem and Noctowl, both featured in this set, saw BREAK cards issued promotionally after this set was released.
• This set was released as BREAKthrough in English.

Scans: Blue ShockCollapse )

Last Updated: 31/01/16
 
 
This is a pretty unique thing that's happening in the TCG -- goods themed around favourite TCG card prints have been announced as part of a Pokemon Card Kuji that will begin from January 1st at Pokemon Centres Japan-wide. Each entry into the lottery will cost 500円, and each entry nets the chance to potentially pull one of the higher ranked prizes in this merch set.

What's really neat about this is that while the designs for everything revolve around select cards from the XY era, the items aren't all solely for TCG-side of things (ie. deck shields and so on) but include fun things like keychains and even a beach towel. The full list for the prizes is as follows:

Prize A: M RayquazaEX Jumbo Bath Towel
Prize B: Pikachu Coin Cushion or Damage Counter Cushion (30cm in size)
Prize C: Carabina Pouches (4 types)
Prize D: Double Deck Case (M GyaradosEX Type or ShayminEX Type)
Prize E: Keychains (7 types)


In addition to this, entrants have a chance of winning a Special Prize slot, which consists of a Collection X or Collection Y booster box. This is super neat because Collection X and Collection Y aren't currently stocked in Pokecens, as it's been out of print for a while. You can check out shots of the prizes below! I definitely want to get some of these when they come out; it's so nice seeing unique and different goods revolving around the TCG!


Prize A: M RayquazaEX Jumbo Bath Towel


Prize B: Pikachu Coin Cushion or Damage Counter Cushion (30cm in size)


Prize C: Carabina Pouches (4 types)


Prize D: Double Deck Case (M GyaradosEX Type or ShayminEX Type)


Prize E: Keychains (7 types)


Resource(s):
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14 December 2015 @ 11:12 am


The time sure flies between set releases -- it feels like only a few days ago we were all bemoaning having to collect 10 Mewtwo across two sets with a (then) unknown pullrate since the era was starting anew, and yet now the second instalment of the XY BREAK era (and 9th XY set overall) has landed upon us in all it's Gyarados-ly glory.

Anger of the Broken Heavens came at us with 89 cards all up with SR and UR prints, including Gyarados and M GyaradosEX, EspeonEX, DarkraiEX, along with Scizor and M ScizorEX. A release alongside it gave us 4 more Mewtwo to get -- thankfully in a pre-done pack -- and a plethora of card sleeves came out in addition to a unique take on Gym Challenge's box campaign. Add in the fact this release coincided with a massive merchandise release for a very popular merch line at Pokcen and... well. Madness Weekend certainly surmises it!

Max, the wonderful store-runner of Hoshiiya, kindly sent us photos of just how big a display is made at a Pokemon Centre when a new set is released in Mega Tokyo and Tokyo Bay's respective stores. You can check them all out below!


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Packs. Packs EVERYWHERE. Packs and sealed boxes everywhere! It's a very unique thing to see, and Pokecen goes above and beyond to show a heap of product because they have the space to do so, which just leads to cool shots like this! I know some of the bigger TCG and hobby stores in Japan do similar but not to this scale -- and this is something you'd just outright never see out in the west, especially all those sealed booster boxes just sitting out there to take up to the counter at will.

They also had new signs up for the Poncho-Clad Pikachu promo that began being given away this weekend with purchases of TCG goods over 1,000円.

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The aforementioned new sleeves! The booster art of Mega Gyarados was predictably a sleeve done for release, but we also got Mega Scizor sleeves illustrated by Hitoshi Ariga, some very cute Slowpoke sleeves, and Garbodor was a focal 'mon just because they felt like it (it was revealed early for the set at Battle Festa after all, so they were clearly super hype about it!)

Additionally, they've got advertisements up for the Pokemon Gym campaign -- instead of a promo card this time they did damage counter tins featuring two of the EX 'mons of the set. Hilariously enough none of us picked that Espeon would be one despite seeing these tins a month before it's reveal.

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And lastly, check out the Mewtwo Special Boxes that they released the same day -- they're currently sitting cushy with the November-released Double Mega BREAK Set blisters! They also have a massive chunk of Red Flash and Blue Shock being displayed with them. I wonder if we're seeing Unlimited release packs yet?


Once again, a big thank you to Hoshiiya Shop for the wonderful photos! It's so nice being able to see how TCG releases are back in PCL's own home territory, given they're a big thing over there. Our next major TCG set release isn't until next year, but we're going to see two big releases for filler products between now and then with the Eeveelution Battle Strength sets and the just-announced Poncho-Clad Pikachu boxes, so we'll likely see shots of those when they land.

In the middle of holiday season hell. Pokemon, your timing for releases is always impeccable.
 
 
 
Set Name: BREAK進化パック「オンバーンBREAK」(BREAK Evolution Pack: NoivernBREAK)
Set Logo:
Number of Cards: 10
Checklist: Download (PDF)


Notes: Our first BREAK era deck comes to us in the form of these two little 10 card packs, toting RaichuBREAK and NoivernBREAK as their star-runner cards. When the decks were first announced no one was really sure if they were going to be their own standalone small deck, or simply feature promo prints, like some later BREAK releases did. Instead a lot of us were pleasantly surprised to find they were standalones!

Given how cheap these tiny decks are they’re pretty awesome, and while they only offer a small sampling of Pokemon with a fair few trainers, both reprint and new, they’re still pretty neat. The Raichu deck of course focuses on Noivern and it’s pre-evo, but sees support from the most darling Chatot, too. Each deck came with a special fold out poster all about the new BREAK mechanic, with play style guides written up for each card in the deck.

You can see a full size, correct orientation scan of NoivernBREAK here.


Trivia:
• This deck was released in Japan on the 26th of September 2015.
• The SNP set logo and designation comes from the word Evolution (しんか/Shinka) and Pack.
• These cards were assimilated into the English set BREAKthrough.

Scans: BREAK Evolution Pack - NoivernBREAKCollapse )

Last Updated: 28/11/15 Set Complete
 
 
Set Name: BREAK進化パック「ライチュウBREAK」(BREAK Evolution Pack: RaichuBREAK)
Set Logo:
Number of Cards: 10
Checklist: Download (PDF)


Notes: Our first BREAK era deck comes to us in the form of these two little 10 card packs, toting RaichuBREAK and NoivernBREAK as their star-runner cards. When the decks were first announced no one was really sure if they were going to be their own standalone small deck, or simply feature promo prints, like some later BREAK releases did. Instead a lot of us were pleasantly surprised to find they were standalones!

Given how cheap these tiny decks are they’re pretty awesome, and while they only offer a small sampling of Pokemon with a fair few trainers, both reprint and new, they’re still pretty neat. The Raichu deck of course focuses on Raichu and it’s pre-evos, but sees support from a very cute Stunfisk as well. Each deck came with a special fold out poster all about the new BREAK mechanic, with play style guides written up for each card in the deck.

You can see a full size, correct orientation scan of RaichuBREAK here.


Trivia:
• This deck was released in Japan on the 26th of September 2015.
• The SNP set logo and designation comes from the word Evolution (しんか/Shinka) and Pack.
• These cards were assimilated into the English set BREAKthrough.

Scans: BREAK Evolution Pack - RaichuBREAKCollapse )

Last Updated: 28/11/15 Set Complete
 
 
Set Name: 伝説キラコレックション (Legendary Shine Collection)
Set Logo:
Number of Cards: 27
Checklist: Download (PDF)



Notes: Much like Shiny Collection back in the BW era, Legendary Shine Collection is a completely holo in some way, shape, or form. It also is kind of a blast from the past with a touch of the modern — this is the first subset since 2009’s Movie Release Commemoration Random Pack to feature only Pokemon cards with no trainers whatsoever! The subset focuses on two major focal Pokemon: PikachuEX and HoopaEX. They are then supported by a myriad of Pokemon who feature in the anime and the movie that this set was released in commemoration of, from protagonists and antagonists 'mons alike, to the big smack-down of Legendary Pokemon.

When it comes to how insanely pretty this set, it delivers in spades — from artwork to how glorious each card is thanks to the inset holos. Common and Uncommon cards saw a glossy coating with a star inset pattern, while Rare cards were not only entirely mirror foil cards with a glossy coating and holo inset but also were Full Art illustrations. Double Rare/EX cards saw their usual glossy coating but with the same inset holo that is featured on the Rare cards. A good number of full art cards actually share artwork with one another, i.e. Regigigas, Arceus, and White Kyurem form one illustration, while Palkia, Zekrom, and Latios are all fighting in the same area so cameo in each other’s cards. It’s truly awe-inspiring, and a great subset overall.

I think it’s very easy to guess which card(s) I love the most in this subset!

There was also a special collectors album released in Pokemon Centre and movie theatres that tied into CP2's release. It came with pack from Legendary Shine Collection, in addition to internally having pages that you could set certain cards that had directly joining artwork. You can check out these pages here: Regigias, Arceus, and White Kyurem & Reshiram vs Black Kyurem. It also had the complete joint artwork for the two booster pack designs, which you can see here as well.

For the record when it comes to the name:
A big chunk of the community are sticking by Legendary Shine Collection as the ‘official’ translation, but some players in the West are calling it ‘Legendary Holo Collection’, which is wildly incorrect. The Japanese word Kira - キラ - means ‘to shine’, or something shiny (for the record, ‘Shiny Pokemon’ are known as Irochigai no Pokemon - 色違いのポケモン。)

While this is the term used within the Japanese community and Creatures official to denote holofoil cards, it does not actually mean holographic or holofoil which is why the set name is definitely not ‘Legendary Holo Collection’!

Trivia:
• This subset was released in Japan on the 18th of July 2015.
• The entirety of this subset is holographic and glossy coated.
• This is the first release of a card featuring Arceus since 2009.
• There was a deck released alongside this subset, the Player Start Deck EmboarEX VS TogekissEX. While not directly related, they do share the setblock release.
• This set has been partially released across two special boxes and some set insert cards in English.

Scans: Legendary Shine CollectionCollapse )

Last Updated: 30/07/15 Set Complete
 
 




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Here's our double feature! In celebration of the new Pokémon Movie that's out tomorrow, we've got the special Concept Pack Legendary Shine Collection which is chock-full of only Pokémon, and along-side it the last standard deck for the XY era before the change over to BREAK in September, the EmboarEX VS TogekissEX Deck. Both are brimming with some great cards, and all of them feature some pretty damn amazing artwork! Both the concept pack and deck are released officially as of tomorrow, and kick off the horrifying merchandise run that is July 18th for Pokémon.

You can check out all the cards below! Adding them as they're posted.

Legendary Shine is our first subset (or general set period) since 2009 to feature solely Pokémon cards, with no trainers. All Pokémon featured are either owned in the anime by one of the protagonists (including pre-evos of current evolutions), Team Rocket, or are one of the Legendaries in the movie, with a few surprise guests thrown in that feature in all the joint full artworks of the amazing Legendaries.
CP2 SET LIST
001/027 Chespin
002/027 Reshiram
003/027 Fennekin
004/027 Braixen
005/027 Palkia
006/027 Froakie
007/027 Froggadier
008/027 PikachuEX
009/027 Zekrom
010/027 Dedenne
011/027 Wobbuffet
012/027 HoopaEX
013/027 Hippopotas
014/027 Pancham
015/027 Hawlucha
016/027 Inkay
017/027 Dialga
018/027 Latias
019/027 Latios
020/027 Black Kyurem
021/027 White Kyurem
022/027 Meowth
023/027 Regigigas
024/027 Arceus
025/027 Rufflet
026/027 Braviary
027/027 Noibat

Legendary Shine Collection:
Chespin1 Reshiram2 Fennekin3 Braixen4 Palkia5 Froakie6 Froggadier7 PikachuEX8 Zekrom9 Dedenne10 Wobbuffet11 Hoopa12 Hippopotas13 Pancham14 Hawlucha15 Inkay16 Dialga17 Latias18 Latios19 BlackKyurem20 WhiteKyurem21 Meowth22 Regigigas23 Arceus24 Rufflet25 Wargle26 Noibat27

As for the EmboarEX vs TogekissEX Deck, we've got a good general assortment of Pokémon -- Fire, Psychic, and Steel make up Emboar's side, while Water, Electric, and Fairy make up Togekiss' side, with a sole colorless on both teams.
As for trainer cards, all are reprints.
XYE EmboarEX VS TogekissEX Deck List
001/022 Growlithe
002/022 Arcanine
003/022 EmboarEX
004/022 Corsola
005/022 Electabuzz
006/022 Electavire
007/022 Espurr
008/022 Meowstic
009/022 Mawile
010/022 TogekissEX
011/022 Spritzee
012/022 Aromatisse
013/022 Dunsparce
014/022 Furfrou
015/022 Energy Retrieval
016/022 Potion
017/022 Great Ball
018/022 Switch
019/022 Pokémon Catcher
020/022 Shauna
021/022 Tierno
022/022 Double Colorless Energy
Fire Energy + Electric Energy + Psychic Energy + Fairy Energy

EmboarEX vs TogekissEX Deck:
Growlithe1 Arcanine2 EmboarEX3 Corsola4 Electabuzz5 Electivire6 Espurr7 Meowstic8 Mawile9 TogekissEX10 Spritzee11 Aromatisse12 Dunsparce 13 Furfrou14 ER15 Potion16 GreatBall17 Switch18 Catcher19 Sana20 Tierno21 DCE22
 
 






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Hot off the heels of Bandit Ring, Pokemon Centers nation wide in Japan released a very special commemorative box, based on the Pretend Magikarp Pikachu and Pretend Gyarados Pikachu mascots. The special box is a sturdy thick cardboard long box, which we've seen in prior releases like the Master Deck Build kit and the Rising Fist special box, and inside are packed some really awesome goodies!


I got my box thanks to Hoshiiya! It even came with candy and a nice surprise:


The promo Sylveon that's been handed out at Pokecens for purchases over a certain amount of TCG goods!


On one side of the box's over-sleeve is this really cute hires artwork of the Pretend Pikas. Karpchu on one side--


Pikados on the other.


Sliding the over-sleeve off gives us the actual box design: a glossy white covered in Pretend Magikarp and Pretend Gyarados' across the board! Heaps and heaps of really cute poses on here.


Including some super cute playful ones.


Inside the box: we've got our full set of sleeves, the deck box, the promos, and hiding in the back there are 5 Bandit Ring packs.


First up: the sleeves and deck box. I really like the simple but vibrant design the sleeves have going for them! The box has the Pretend Magikarp Pikachu on the front, with the Pretend Gyarados Pikachu on the back. Inside are two deck dividers, featuring the main box design on one, and the logo of the Hiroshima Pokecen on the other.


Here are the illustrious promos: Pretend Magikarp Pikachu, and Pretend Gyarados Pikachu! They're a mirror holofoil base, with a glossy coating inset with a holographic star overlay. Absolutely gorgeous in person!


And finally, here are the 5 XY7 packs--


-- and my two super good pulls from the 5! Always nice when you get a surprise like pulling a mega! (Shame it wasn't Ampharos, haha.)