Pokémon just announced their premium Classic TCG set, and it’s already sold out. This set takes players back to where it all started, to the classic era of Pokémon TCG, and it is beautiful. I mean it better look nice for $400. The set comes with everything a trainer needs including:
3 Preconstructed Decks
Sets will include iconic recreations from the base set including Venasaur, Charizard, and Blastoise, along with 3 specially constructed 60-card decks of corresponding elements. Also included will be brand new cards like Ho-oh ex, Lugia ex, and Suicune ex to shake things up. Unfortunately, aside from the energies, none of the cards will be standard legal which is kind of a bummer, but at least it’s not Magic 30.
High Quality Board and Pieces
The set comes with everything two trainers need to play, but I doubt it will get much play based on the set’s availability and pricing. The game board folds out like a nice chess board and holds all the game pieces. The board acts as a game mat with printed zones and a cloth top for games, but I doubt it will get much use. I wish they would print out cheap paper versions for those of us who would love to share some of this nostalgia with a newer generation of trainers.
Stylish Counters and Metal Orbs
The set includes sets of premium-looking burn, poison, and damage counters. The damage counters are color-coded for ease of use, and the poison counters look nice. What is interesting about this kit is that it doesn’t include dice or a coin, but this interesting roulet system for determining turn order. While the system might be fun the first few times, I prefer using dice. I would have preferred the inclusion of a nice collectible coin.
Deck Boxes and Sleves
With an expensive set of cards, you are going to need a way to protect them. The kit comes with three specially designed deck boxes and sleeves which I have some issues with. I get that they fit the aesthetic and they won’t get much play, but they are kind of boring. The deck boxes are fine, I enjoy the minimalism, but I don’t know how I feel about the sleeves. I guess it’s fine for a product that probably will never get shuffled.
The set sells for $399.99, but good luck finding it at this price after today. The set looks like a premium product and something with this much nostalgia is going to attract scalpers. I wish they released a generic cheap version with a paper mat and cardboard counters for players, but I guess it would make this set a little less special.
You can keep checking the Pokémon Center site for availability or hope it comes to a big retailer or LGS. I’ll keep an eye out, but with something this big, it’s going to be tricky to find it outside of a reseller. And make sure you like, comment, follow, and share this with your friends if you’ve been enjoying these updates.