Gamestop Groudon Promo, ‘Trade & Play’ Events Now Held at Gamestop with New Freebies!

To celebrate the upcoming release of Celestial Storm as well as the upcoming Kyogre and Groudon video game distributions, those who purchase $25 of Pokemon TCG product from Gamestop will receive a Groudon promo featuring a holo “Legendary Pokemon” stamp.

Some stores already have the promo, but the giveaway won’t officially start until next week.

Gamestop held promotions for the last two sets as well, giving out Heatran and Zygarde promos.

In bigger news, according to internal company documents, it appears Gamestop will be taking up the torchic from Toys R Us and holding Pokemon Trade & Play events from now on. Toys R Us held the events for the past few years when new sets were released, but officially shut down in the United States in June after the company declared bankruptcy.

The first Trade & Play event will apparently take place after Celestial Storm hits store shelves. Internal product documentation shows that around the same time as the event, Gamestop stores will be receiving Kyogre and Groudon pins and Pokemon lanyards. Apparently, they will be freebies at the event. Documentation also shows Gamestop will be receiving promotional Dialga and Palkia pins at a later date, though for what purpose we’re unsure. Gamestop and TPCi have been partnering together more in the past year to promote the Pokemon TCG as part of Gamestop’s new corporate strategy to target the collectibles market.

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  1. Jeff Stratford Aspiring Trainer
    Jeff Stratford

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    Happy that game stop is taking over R.I.P ToysRUs
     
  2. Swampert Full Art #GROOKEYGANG
    Swampert Full Art

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    So... could I just show up on the 3rd and get a free lanyard and pin? Is there any requirements or reservations? I did go to the Togedemaru Toys R Us one, but I assume that this will work differently.
     
    TheVanillaCookie likes this.
  3. DaLoc Aspiring Trainer
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    I don't want to grow up. I'm a toys r us kid.
     
    fleshrum and Swampert Full Art like this.
  4. paulyd84 cooltrainerpaul
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    This is gamestop so i imagine will be a few cravats - only allowed after doing 5 preorders, joining some elite club or after a $xx purchase lol or is gamestop US more consumer friendly vs gamestop ireland lol
     
  5. AuraJackle Aspiring Trainer
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    Lol cravats
     
  6. SharKing I won't bite... much.
    SharKing

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    Shame that the card is bad, because that artwork is badass.
     
  7. Thellen120 Aspiring Trainer
    Thellen120

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    Well, I know what I'm doing Friday.
     
  8. Seastrome Aspiring Trainer
    Seastrome

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    I have a Gamestop right next to my work so of course I will go and get some goodies. And I usually buy something from my Gamestop because they always have something interesting I want.
     
  9. Blinkehyo Aspiring Trainer
    Blinkehyo

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    The last two were pretty bad as well, but at least it's a nice collectable that may go up in value in the next 10 years
     
  10. Ari Aspiring Trainer
    Ari

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    R.I.P Toys R Us.. By the way that is a sweet Card, But not competitively though
     
  11. Serperior 464/500
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    Is there an official "Trade and Play" ad I can refer to? I can't find any other information online.
     
    TheVanillaCookie likes this.
  12. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
    Water Pokémon Master

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    No, this comes from internal company documents.
     
  13. theprp30 Aspiring Trainer
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    Just wish it wasn't $25 to get the promo and should be like $10 to get people in the store and buy a couple packs. $25 is too much for a alt print promo card.
     
  14. Raven Zombie Dark/Ghost Trainer
    Raven Zombie

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    I tried to get the Zygarde card last month, all the Ft Wayne stores that they gave them out during the 'event day'. I was like what event day? does anyone know if they already started this stuff in july?
     
  15. Number51x Blasting off at the speed of light!
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    My son is thrilled (as am I to an extent). I'm concerned as to how this is going to go in a small space like GameStop as the TRU events were pretty chaotic. At least he'll have a venue to trade his cards in now. Prereleases are too cut-throat.
     
  16. Number51x Blasting off at the speed of light!
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    I wonder if the set promo will have a "GameStop" stamp.
     
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  17. Seastrome Aspiring Trainer
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    I think they are selling Kyogre and Groudon plush too. Not a new item but since they have a partnership with Pokemon Center, it makes sense. I looked up Kyogre plush on Gamestops site and it showed a release date of 8/3/2018, which is the start of this event. Cool stuff.
     
  18. Number51x Blasting off at the speed of light!
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    Asked about this at a local GS and the manager had no idea what I was talking about. Said they had the Groudon promos, but had no info on the Trade & Play event, the promo for that, or anything else. Seems like they'd know since it is this weekend!
     
  19. TATECE1234 gotem
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    Is Torchic going to be the promo? (Like Alolan vulpix)
     
  20. Number51x Blasting off at the speed of light!
    Number51x

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    I'm beginning to doubt the event is even a thing. Do we have a source for this story? I can't confirm any part of this except the Groudon promo.