‘Lost Thunder’ Launch Kits to Ditch Promos, Include Bracelets

Launch displays are kits that hobby stores can put on their shelves to sell the latest Pokemon set. Since they were introduced by TPCi in 2014, they’ve included 72 booster packs, eight theme decks, and 16 promo cards — all within a large shelf display box.

Starting with Lost Thunder, the kits will only come with 36 booster packs, eight theme decks, and will also include ten slap-band bracelets featuring a Poke Ball design. Presumably, store owners can give them out at their discretion to those who buy the product. We do not have a picture of the bracelets yet.

The kits previously featured 16 promo cards that came from the set’s blister packs, but those will be replaced by the bracelets. This means if you plan to buy your Lost Thunder product from a hobby store, you’ll have to buy the blister packs separately.

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  1. SmiteKnight Destroying half the universe one snap at a time
    SmiteKnight

    Member

    Well, thats just, lame...
    Such a shameless cash grab IMO.
     
  2. PikaPally! Aspiring Trainer
    PikaPally!

    Member

    Stupid....
     
  3. OVERGRO Pokemon is lyfe.
    OVERGRO

    Member

    The ratio of boosters to theme decks is pretty alarming... I wonder if theme deck sales have been up lately (warranting doubling the ratio) or if it's just a total cash grab.
     
  4. Tapu Lele Responsibile for an Economic Recession
    Tapu Lele

    Forum Mod Member

    Wait, since when did they come with promos in the first place? I never got one :c
     
  5. Lord Charizard Aspiring Trainer
    Lord Charizard

    Member

    The fact that they are cheap slap bracelets is even more lame, back to retail for my non-booster box product for me.
     
  6. Lord Charizard Aspiring Trainer
    Lord Charizard

    Member

    It is possible they were out, you didn’t meet arbitrary restrictions, the store just kept them, etc. I’ve seen all of these in various stores, our previous store, for example, gave you one of each promo when you bought a theme deck from that set, but only the decks, you could buy every single booster in the display and would get no promo.
     
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  7. Animegamer420 Aspiring Trainer
    Animegamer420

    Member

    At first glance I thought they meant the pre-release kits won't get a promo in them anymore. I was like damn they're really making these kid friendly/targeted. Making them Build & battle kits instead of exclusive pre-release kits and then taking out the promo to include a toy! but! I was just a bad reader
     
  8. Raven Zombie Dark/Ghost Trainer
    Raven Zombie

    Member

    honestly, never seen a launch kit with the promos. then again, most hobby stores dont carry much other than boosters and decks anyway. I pick up a booster box and ETB from my hobby shop, and anything with promos from walmart etc. but lately they havent wanted to carry the checklane blisters and 3 packs anymore.
     
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  9. paulyd84 cooltrainerpaul
    paulyd84

    Member

    Cant ever remember a promo with these wpm? But not a great retail set! Whoever thought pushing out LESS product with the launch kits is a lunatic - i know a few stores locally to me only stock with a launch kit!

    But still want a snap band :rolleyes:
     
  10. GamePhoenix Top Notch Loser
    GamePhoenix

    Member

    Ahh well, I didn't even know there were promos up until now, but still, what are you thinking cutting the booster packs?!?! Most people I know by one maybe two theme decks when they start and never again. Is that just my group or are they anticipating a huge boon in new players?
     
  11. Lord Goomy Got Goomies?
    Lord Goomy

    Member

    SLAP BRACELETS!
    WAAAAAHOOOOOO!
    (I don’t care, I never knew these things existed in the first place.)
     
  12. PokeMedic Don't talk to me or my Pokemon ever again
    PokeMedic

    Activities Staff Member

    I loved those things when I was a kid in the late 80s and early 90s. Schools had to ban them because they were fun.
     
  13. KazamEsper Aspiring Trainer
    KazamEsper

    Member

    Well, bracelets aren't too bad for a replacement. Especially if they have poke ball designs on them. I usually get Blister Packs anyway. The coins in some of them
     
  14. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
    The Rhyperior

    Member

    from 72 to 36. What??! This is 210-card set. It should be increased by 30%