There aren’t too many Pikachu out there, and The Pokémon Company will prove it.
To celebrate 25 years of Pokémon and its beloved electric mouse mascot, The Pokémon Company announced a special one Pokémon Trading cards that celebrate everything Pikachu has to offer.
The seven Pikachu cards are part of the 25th Anniversary Collection set. Three cards are reshuffled versions of older Pikachu cards with updated graphics and abilities that are scaled to fit the current standard game. The cards are Flying Pikachu, Surfing Pikachu, and an updated version of the very first Pikachu card drawn by its original artist Mitsuhiro Arita.
The other four cards are part of the new one V-Union mechanic announced in June. Collect the four cards together to reveal a beautiful explosion of the many different Pikachu in its 25 year history. Each of the 25 Pikachu was made by. drawn another artist who worked on the Pokémon TCG throughout its existence, including Mitsuhiro Arita and Pikachu’s original designer, Atsuko Nishida.
Also included in the 25th Anniversary Collection set are anniversary editions of other non-Pikachu cards. A New edition of the first Charizard card will be in this set but probably won’t be as valuable as that Charizard and other cards burst into flames the Pokémon TCG speculative market.
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Team Rocket and Pikachu enthusiasts will also receive the special 25th Anniversary Promo Card Pack, which contains even more Pikachu variants. These cards aren’t legal by default though, which is a shame because I can’t think of a better way to win a Pokémon game by slamming a grinning Birthday Pikachu at my opponent.
The 25th Anniversary Collection set will be available in Japanese Pokémon Centers on October 22nd. I’m sorry, coach, but unfortunately it is not yet known whether there will be a worldwide release.