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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!

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’!

• 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 hasn’t been released in English.

Scans: Legendary Shine CollectionCollapse )

Last Updated: 30/07/15 Set Complete


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.
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


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.)
30 June 2015 @ 01:04 am
Set Name: バンデットリング (Bandit Ring)
Set Logo:
Number of Cards: 97
Checklist: Download (PDF)

Notes: Bandit Ring -- the final main set of the XY Era before the change to XY BREAK, and monster-sized set at that. Bandit Ring is the same size as Phantom Gate so shares the slot as being one of the second largest sets of XY, only beaten out by Rising Fist's ginormous roster after SR/UR cards, and is chock-full of a myriad of types. HoopaEX featuring Hoopa Unbound is the main focal card, with supports in the form of Sceptile, Ampharos, and Tyranitar + their Megas, and some other surprise EX friends alongside with Kyurem, Giratina, Machamp, and Lugia. The heavy EX count hurts when it comes to the Super Rares...
Continuing the trend of Ancient Traits, Bandit Ring introduced three new traits in the form of Theta-themed ones.
θ Stop: Prevent all effects of your opponent's Pokémon Abilities done to this Pokémon.
θ Double: This Pokémon may have up to 2 Pokémon Tool cards attached to it.
θ Max: When 1 of your Pokémon becomes this Pokémon, heal all damage from it.

Overall, it's a pretty awesome set. As it was the swansong of the era, Creatures decided to switch things up and give us Ultra Rare prints of shiny EX cards -- with that change came a ratio change in the boxes as well. Each box (in theory) should come with 1 of the UR shiny Pokémon, while the gold item UR cards are their standard pull and are much harder to come by. The ratio change also makes SR cards a bit harder to come by in the 10 holo cards per box thing they do. A very fiddly, painful set to finish in that respect.

But by gods it does have some seriously beautiful artwork throughout, so it's worth it.

Three boxes netted 30 holos (10 each, distributed between R/RR/SR/UR), and I pulled all of the main set outside of EX cards, but it took all three boxes to do so thanks to some very difficult to pull cards like the wide illustration Ancient Trait Gyarados holo. Big favourite cards for their art in this set are HoopaEX, GiratinaEX, AT Gyarados, both Entei, Persian, Bellossom, Vespiquen, AT Volcarona, and the entire Porygon line. Lots and lots of great art throughout, and some gorgeous Hoenn locations in the background of some of them too!

• This set was released in Japan on the 20th of June 2015.
• There were no corresponding decks released with this set.
• This set was released as Ancient Origins in English.

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Last Updated: 30/06/15
29 June 2015 @ 03:24 pm

It's here! The swansong to the XY era as we know it sidles on in with almost 100 cards of pure beauty, including the debut of Hoopa to the TCG in it's Unbound forme, and supported by ferocious Mega cards like M TyranitarEX. I had three boxes of the set to go through, which was streamed to some friends for ol' times sake, and boy were there some amazing pulls.

Three boxes gave a total of 30 holo cards (10 each distributed between R/RR/SR/UR), and boy some of the regular holos are a pain in the ass to pull. Low pulls were Goodra (1), Gardevoir (1), and AT Gyarados (1). High pulls were Metagross (4) and Volcarona (4). The UR distribution has been altered so that every box will likely have one of the UR Shiny Pokémon cards, in my case I got Primal KyogreEX (1) and Primal GroudonEX (2) -- UR trainer cards are much more scarce, and I'd hazard a guess that they're still 1 in every 5 boxes (20 boxes a case/5 chances if a case bought). SR cards are a pain to get, I pulled zero, but I also had 3 successful Mega pulls instead of 2 + 1 SR, so there's that.

LugiaEX was my curse card -- I pulled 3. In doing so I missed chances at KyuremEX, AmpharosEX, M AmpharosEX, MachampEX, and TyranitarEX. But, I'm more than happy with the fact I pulled GiratinaEX and HoopaEX!! And two M TyranitarEX!

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The stunning Primal KyogreEX and Primal GroudonEX shiny UR cards. Just need that glorious sky serpent to finish the trio off!

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Easily my favourite cards of the set: GiratinaEX and HoopaEX. I'm a big fan of ovopack's artwork for the TCG, so the Hoopa card is like mana from heaven tbh. This is probably the most amazing Origin Forme card we've had of Giratina too, in my opinion. Stunning colours and intense art all 'round.

The other RR pulls, all just as spectacular. Pretty sad to not pull a single AmpharosEX or M AmpharosEX. LugiaEX seemed to be the scarcer EX card from the boxes I'd seen opened by others in Japan, but I inverted that luck right up on it's head ahaha.

Favourite wide illustration Ancient Trait cards: Entei and Gyarados. I -love- the dynamic art of Gyarados by TOKIYA, and Entei is a very biased favourite because a) my favourite of the Beast Trio, and b) my favourite TCG artist: Mitsuhiro Arita! I'd say the Ancient Trait Volcarona is very close in at third place for me.

And finally the favourite card of the stream: Goodra. I never noticed the little Goomy's hiding in the background until I got my hands on the card. A gorgeous card, if strangely hard to pull alongside Gardevoir.

All in all, a great run, and a good way to finish off the XY era's main sets. July brings us the EmboarEX vs TogekissEX deck + CP2 Legendary Shine Collection, and I've got my pre-orders in for both so expect a (likely more widely advertised) stream when those arrive at the CV nest. Following that? XY BREAK in September. Oorah!
27 June 2015 @ 11:36 am


Our first official poster teasing at the upcoming set block for XY BREAK's Blue Shock and Red Flash! Nothing really much to it, but it does give us a good hint that we'll be seeing Zoroark BREAK and Chesnaught BREAK as well as Raichu BREAK and Noivern BREAK. We'll be seeing exactly what these BREAK cards are in due time.
On top of the news about Blue Shock and Red Flash starting a new era for the Japanese TCG in September, suppliers have more info on products in the October and November block of the up-coming XY BREAK era, which offers a bit more insight into the whole BREAK mechanic, even if only slightly.

To begin we'll be seeing a 60-card Break Battle Deck: Golduck BREAK & PalkiaEX on the 9th of October, with the sellsheet telling us to aim for victory by using Pokémon BREAK and PokémonEX together, which means that this new mechanic co-exists peacefully with the EX and Mega EX mechanic that's been a part of the prior XY era. As mentioned above the deck will feature 60 cards, and will sell for 1,556円 + tax.


Secondly, there is a special Double Mega Break Set being release on the 20th of November. This special set will feature 14 cards, including AerodactylEX, M AerodactylEX, MawileEX, M MawileEX, and Luxray BREAK. The set also will come with 10 boosters: 5 Blue Shock, and 5 Red Flash. It's not yet known if this is simply a small sub-set, or if the cards will be promo cards (ala some prior released long boxes in XY Era.) This one comes in at 2,000円 + tax.


With these sellsheets it's been made loud and clear though that BREAK is a special-type Pokémon mechanic, perhaps a redux of things like SP Pokémon in DPt? We won't know until XY8 details begin to surface in full.
17 June 2015 @ 06:00 pm
We're here at the end of the XY era officially before the transition to XY BREAK in September, and it's going out with quite a bang. Bandit Ring is a colossal Japanese set, weighing in at almost 100 cards with a large majority of the tail end full of difficult to get Super Rare (SR) and Ultra Rare (UR) cards; the UR especially will be highly sought after solely on the fact they feature Shiny Pokémon!


Without further ado, here's the breakdown of the set overall. Bandit Ring consists of 37 Common cards, 24 Uncommon cards, 9 Rare (holo) cards, 11 Double Rare (EX) cards, 11 Super Rare cards, 5 Ultra Rare cards for a grand total of 97 cards. Being a movie tie-in set, the focus is on Legendary Pokemon for the most part with HoopaEX leading the charge, and we see a large number of Pokémon returning that haven't seen cards printed for a large number of years! Gorgeous wide illustrations across the board, and dynamic art overall for the entirety of the set.

Continuing the trend of Ancient Traits, Bandit Ring introduces three new traits in the form of Theta-themed ones.
θ Stop: This Pokémon cannot be affected by your opponent's Pokémon's Abilities.
θ Double: This Pokémon can have up to 2 Pokémon Tool cards attached to it at the same time.
θ Max: When 1 of your Pokémon becomes this Pokémon, heal all damage from it.

When some of those are matched up with cards giving us dual typing (Jolteon, AT Golurk), other supporters that cripple abilities (Hex Maniac), and some out-right nasty stacking attacks the playability in this set is wide and varied. They certainly threw in all the cards, pardon the pun, for this swansong of the XY Era.

Bandit Ring's SR Cards:
SceptileEX (082/081), M SceptileEX (083/081 - θ Stop), KyuremEX (084/081), AmpharosEX (085/081), M AmpharosEX (086/081), HoopaEX (087/081), MachampEX (088/081), TyranitarEX (089/081), M TyranitarEX (090/081), GiratinaEX (091/081), LugiaEX (092/081)

Bandit Ring's UR Cards:
Primal KyogreEX (093/081 - θ Max), Primal GroudonEX (094/081 - θ Max), M RayquazaEX (095/081 - θ Max), Energy Retrieval (096/081), Trainers' Post (097/081)

Bandit Ring's Ancient Trait Wide Illustration Cards:
Vespiquen (θ Double), Entei (θ Double), Gyarados (θ Double), Baltoy (θ Stop), Golurk (θ Stop), Metagross (θ Double), PorygonZ (θ Stop)

For setlist and translations, please see Bulbapedia where I've been endeavouring alongside others to have the most accurate info and translations for the cards available. For all images, check out below!

OddishBanditRing1 GloomBanditRing2 VileplumeBanditRing3 BellossomBanditRing4 SpinarakBanditRing5 AriadosBanditRing6 SceptileEXBanditRing7 MSceptileEXBanditRing8 CombeeBanditRing9 VespiquenBanditRing10 VespiquenBanditRing11 VirizionBanditRing12 FlareonBanditRing13 EnteiBanditRing14 EnteiBanditRing15 LarvestaBanditRing16 VolcaronaBanditRing17 VolcaronaBanditRing18 MagikarpBanditRing19 GyaradosBanditRing20 GyaradosBanditRing21 VaporeonBanditRing22 RelicanthBanditRing23 RegiceBanditRing24 KyuremEXBanditRing25 JolteonBanditRing26 AmpharosEXBanditRing27 MAmpharosEXBanditRing28 RotomBanditRing29 UnownBanditRing30 BaltoyBanditRing31 BaltoyBanditRing32 ClaydolBanditRing33 GolettBanditRing34 GolurkBanditRing35 HoopaEXBanditRing36 MachampEXBanditRing37 WooperBanditRing38 QuagsireBanditRing39 RegirockBanditRing40 GolurkBanditRing41 TyranitarEXBanditRing42 MTyranitarEXBanditRing43 SableyeBanditRing44 InkayBanditRing45 MalamarBanditRing46 BeldumBanditRing47 MetangBanditRing48 MetagrossBanditRing49 MetagrossBanditRing50 RegisteelBanditRing51 RaltsBanditRing52 KirliaBanditRing53 GardevoirBanditRing54 CottoneeBanditRing55 WhimsicottBanditRing56 GiratinaEXBanditRing57 GoomyBanditRing58 SliggooBanditRing59 GoodraBanditRing60 MeowthBanditRing61 PersianBanditRing62 EeveeBanditRing63 PorygonBanditRing64 Porygon2BanditRing65 PorygonZBanditRing66 PorygonZBanditRing67 LugiaEXBanditRing68

EcoArmBanditRing69 PaintRollerBanditRing70 LevelBallBanditRing71 LuckyHelmetBanditRing72 SceptileSpiritLinkBanditRing73 AmpharosSpiritLinkBanditRing74 TyranitarSpiritLinkBanditRing75 AceTrainerBanditRing76 HexManiacBanditRing77 TownOfLostColorBanditRing78 GiantPlantForestBanditRing79 FlashEnergyBanditRing80 BadEnergyBanditRing81

SceptileEXBanditRing82 MSceptileEXBanditRing83 KyuremEXBanditRing84 AmpharosEXBanditRing85 MAmpharosEXBanditRing86 HoopaEXBanditRing87 MachampEXBanditRing88 TyranitarEXBanditRing89 MTyranitarEXBanditRing90 GiratinaEXBanditRing91 LugiaEXBanditRing92

PrimalKyogreEXBanditRing93 PrimalGroudonEXBanditRing94 MRayquazaEXBanditRing95 EnergyRetrievalBanditRing96 TrainersMailBanditRing97
Suppliers have posted news regarding the next set release for the Pokemon TCG, and it comes with a landslide of news to go with it. A new era is beginning! The Mega Mewtwo playmat hint that was reported on earlier was very correct, and we've even got new decks coming out along side it. This is a big post, so buckle up for an info dump.

Pokemon Card Game XY is being reformed into Pokemon Card Game XY BREAK, and while this first set retains the numbering of prior XY era sets, it's heavily stressed that this is the start of a new era with new mechanics. Think like the change from DP to DPt. The sets will have a brand new mechanic, possibly in augmentation of the EX and M-EX system in place, but at present it's not confirmed if that is the case or if they're beginning completely anew since they're touting this as being the next big step in the development of the TCG.

The other difference in the era change-over is after years of BW-on's katakana-only names, the sets are back to using kanji. Small nuance, but it's the first time in years this has happened.

XY8 is the flagship set block, giving us two parallel sets: Blue Shock (青い衝撃) which features Mega Mewtwo X, and Red Flash (赤い閃光) which features Mega Mewtwo Y. Both sets will come out on September 25th, and both will contain 59 cards + secrets. In addition to this setblock will be two special 12-card packs in the form of "BREAK Evolution Packs" -- BREAK Evolution Pack: Raichu BREAK, and BREAK Evolution Pack: Noivern BREAK. The main set packs cost the usual 150円+tax, while these new BREAK Evolution Packs will cost 500円+tax.

At present, it's not yet known if these BREAK Evolution packs are pseudo mini-decks or are part of the set block just guaranteeing certain cards. More information will likely surface after Bandit Ring's release about that.



Alongside the set block is the standard fare deck box and deck shields, which will feature both Mega Mewtwo variants. We know from the prior news about the matching playmat on the 1st of October as well. The other big release happening in the set block is a Card Box with Energy Card: Mega Mewtwo & Mega Mewtwo Y. While not usually notable, as these kinds of box kits have been released before, the sell sheet says that all 9 energy types have redesigned/new looks. It also touts that there will be 5 special cards included, though it's highly likely that they'll be promo trainers like prior releases of these boxes. The Card Box will retail for 500円+tax.



So, what do you think the new BREAK Evolution mechanic will be? A good way to speed-boost the game? Or another gimmick that will clutter the play. Hit me up on @collectorviper and let me know what your thoughts are!