As I reported two months ago, the pandemic has impacted printing plants and lead to production shortages. This has forced Pokemon and other card games to print their products in “waves,” where a limited amount of product is available upfront and more is printed later. We advised readers to be patient since the impacted products would eventually come to stores.
Today, TPCi publicly acknowledged the shortages with an update to their customer support page. They state there will be more product coming to retailers as soon as possible, which is what the “wave” model already entails.
However, they promise they will “maximize production […] upon release” for future sets, which seems to indicate they will be able to go back to normal production capacity in the near-future. Perhaps for March’s Battle Styles and beyond.
We’re aware that some of you are experiencing difficulties purchasing certain Pokémon Trading Card Game products due to very high demand and global shipping constraints impacting availability. We understand this inconvenience can be disappointing for fans, and we are working to address it where it is within our control.
In situations where there is limited availability, we are actively working to print more of the impacted Pokémon TCG products as quickly as possible and at maximum capacity to support this increased demand. Reprinted products are expected to be available at retailers as soon as possible.
For new Pokémon TCG expansions launching in the future, we are maximizing production to increase product availability upon release, and we will continue to reprint the products to replenish stock at retailers as soon as possible.
We’d like to thank the community for their continued support and patience as we work to deliver more Pokémon TCG products to fans.