‘Pokemon TCG: Battle Academy’ Product Images Revealed!

We now have the first images of the “Pokemon TCG: Battle Academy” product, which we first announced a month ago.

As you can see, it’s based on the “Pokemon TCG Family Box” that was released in Japan on March 15th, 2019. The product was intended to teach families how to play the Pokemon TCG through three decks each featuring two Pokemon-GX.

Our English product will come with decks featuring Charizard-GX, Mewtwo-GX, Raichu-GX, a playmat, a deck box, a guide, an oversized coin, damage counters, and a PTCGO code card.

The product will release on July 31st in America and Europe. It will retail for a projected $19.99.

At this time, we are unsure how many decks our English product will include. We also don’t know if they will match the Japanese product’s; the English packaging doesn’t advertise the other Pokemon-GX from the original.

Recently, an unreleased Aipom SM244 promo was found in PTCGO. Since this product is featuring cards from the Sun & Moon era, perhaps TPCi will release that Aipom through this product?

Thanks goes to our friend Tim for the heads-up on this story!

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  1. jbcheshire Aspiring Trainer
    jbcheshire

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    Wow!! Can't wait to see what we have here in the US for these...
     
  2. Hongo Aspiring Trainer
    Hongo

    Member

    The Battle Academy logo itself gives me 1999/2000 Macromedia Flash vibes.
     
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  3. Jackrockstar Aspiring Trainer
    Jackrockstar

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    I like this idea just to get my friends into the game without printing off proxies/getting theme decks that could match up bad against one another. Probably nothing of value in these things, but honestly that's for the best b/c if there was seasoned players would just scoop them up without giving families a chance to get them.
     
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  4. Animegamer420 Aspiring Trainer
    Animegamer420

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    this is so annoying that we had to deal with these trash cards in Hidden Fates, if they were gonna relase this product then they should have just left them out or included better cards in the HF set like the ones that were about to come out for the high class packs (which are relegated to a holiday set because god forbid they come out a month early in the US)
     
  5. Clam Almost decent
    Clam

    Member

    this comes with enough cards to make multiple decks with right?
     
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  6. OVERGRO Pokemon is lyfe.
    OVERGRO

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    Ooooh, potential bad news for Aipom collectors :p
     
  7. ADP Big Rat 212/???
    ADP Big Rat

    Member

    That Aipom actually looks super good for control, similarly to how FLF Durant is played in 8 Doll Stall to punish your opponent for building large hands.
     
  8. Ive actually handled this product back at London Toy Fair in January and its not much different from the Japanese version at all. but for some reason the pokemon company where really unhappy about even the plan to release this being discussed. (Hence why i didnt share the info with Pokebeach as i often do)

    Photos were embargoed as was online discussion of the product

    They have however slighly changed the box since its prototype earlier in the year which was nearly all yellow and red with the same 3D renders of Charizard and Pikachu from the Japanese box but nothing in the background behind them. My honest feedback i gave them when they asked me was that the packaging didnt feel very exciting.

    All contents inside were almost identical to the Japanese Release.

    The promo wasnt in the prototype though

    It also wasnt referred to as 'Battle Academy' so this branding is a new decision on their part

    But even the pokemon rep who discussed the item with me was at a loss at to why the Pokemon company didnt want knowledge sharing of the product. But he was very keen to tell me how much the Pokemon company want to release more products that encourage family interaction
     
    Last edited: May 7, 2020
  9. Master_Z Zach Carmichael
    Master_Z

    Member

    Another meh cash cow product. When will they put viable cards in these things?
     
  10. The Binder Guy Aspiring Trainer
    The Binder Guy

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    Well this one is easily skippable, I'll wait to see what other cards non-advertised cards are included in the League Battle Decks and Trainer's Toolkit.

    And judging by cards I can make out in the first two images I have a feeling the decks will be worse versions of the TCGO's Charizard-GX and Rachu-GX tin decks, Salandit is present in Charizard's but it's the print found in this product is Ultra Prism while the TCGO's Charizard-GX deck has the Unbroken Bonds print. The only curveball is Mewtwo-GX, a TCGO deck was never made for that one.
    I wouldn't be surprised if they wanted to keep its release quiet to quash any negative reception the product would've received, it DOES contain underwhelming Hidden Fates cards that were originally in their own products when released in Japan.
     
  11. Youre looking at this from a competitive and collectors point of view... you're completely missing the point. Its a product designed for children to learn and play the game at home with their friends and families at a basic level.

    Its not intended to fit into the meta or be competitive or even provide something new for collectors. In that respect it will sell, and it will likely sell well.

    Your average pokebeach member will still rage at XY Evolutions packs being included in products... but ask any Asmodee or Pokemon TCG Staff member and its still the most popular a and best selling set years after release and still shifts more units off the shelves due to parents buying for their children, nostalgia seekers and entry level collectors. Again this was confirmed to me from staff at London Toy Fair

    Not everyone buys cards from the perspective you do
     
    Last edited: May 9, 2020
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  12. SableyeGuy Aspiring Trainer
    SableyeGuy

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    Yay, bad promos of the same three pokemon that have been in tons of products and sets!
     
  13. Good thing the set wasnt designed with you in mind then i guess, there are lots of people who will be very happy with this
     
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  14. Clam Almost decent
    Clam

    Member

    TBH I would rather get a new player a theme deck instead of this because theme decks have a lot more variety instead of just a few decks and the newer theme decks have loads of helpful trainers you can put in pretty much every deck and sure they dont have GXs but I dont think you need them at all to understand the game
     
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  15. AshCo さくうぴい?!
    AshCo

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    I dunno, I think I can see the merit of this too. I would have eaten this up back when I was just starting out and had an interest in the game. I started collecting when I was 12, back when EXs were the big thing at the time (later BW/Early XY era), and the big thing I wanted were those big fancy cards. Three decks to try out with fellow new fans and some pretty cool looking GXs for a supposed $20, it's definitely not for everyone but if I were that 12 year old version of myself I would definitely have had interest in this if not just to learn how to play the game.

    That being said, modern-day theme decks didn't exist EITHER when I was that age, and the appeal of those cool trainers are a nice little thing too. But IMO they all have enough merit to them to be worth it to some people.

    Would I get either of those now? No, I collect singles, but I'm not going to deny the fact that these products do have good use for other people, just not for myself.
     
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  16. awholterman Aspiring Trainer
    awholterman

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    That Aipom promo is in the Pikarom League Battle Deck
     
  17. blackiyto Aspiring Trainer
    blackiyto

    Member

    I like this idea just to get my friends into the game without printing off proxies/getting theme decks that could match up bad against one another.