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The Pokemon Trading Card Game Classic will release on November 17th in English!
It will retail for a whopping $399.99, making it the most expensive Pokemon TCG product ever released in stores. Preorders just launched on the Pokemon Center. It will also be sold at local hobby stores.
We’ve also learned the product will be sold at GameStop stores on November 3rd, which is two weeks before the November 17th date. It will retail there for the same price. GameStop has yet to officially announce this, so details could change.
TPCi has also announced, “The unique cards from [Classic] will be made available in a separate product coming in...

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I like Expanded
This product is confused about its own identity.

It's presented as a boardgame style self-contained format that you play (given that it comes with play pieces and I'm pretty sure that none of the cards are tournament legal), but it's so expensive that I wouldn't be surprised if 99% of the copies bought are never actually played with or even opened and are just bought for collection. This kind of product should have been priced like the Battle Academies, which are literally the same thing minus the nostalgia and some of the cards from that being tournament legal (even if they're not competitively viable). This does have some fancier items than the Academy I guess, but that shouldn't be a $300+ markup.


Aspiring Trainer
There's no sane reason for TPCI to charge more for this product than the Japanese price;

· TPCI did not design the product (i.e. 0 R&D expense).
· TPCI did not put a great deal of effort into the product; there are both subtler examples I might go through on some later date, but one of the more blatant examples has already been discussed (of not using the e-Card template for Pokémon Nurse and using incorrect ADV/PCG template instead).

It's not a product that demonstrates much effort, interest, or care from TPCI. The inflated price might be a thoughtless attempt to introduce a 'premium' pricepoint for the product lineup (as WPM suggested in the write-up), but when you combined the lack of effort and the pricepoint, I read this as a possible attempt to make the product fail and have something to point to as a reason why any future products like this won't be adapted by TPCI for US and other oveaseas markets. (I don't actually expect this product to fail, though, as some of the people I've seen that throw the most money at this hobby seem to have the least knowledge or sincere interest in the card game, and they won't be able to perceive the obvious shortcomings in this product.)

Whatever the reasoning, this is a really poor showing on TPCI's part.
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Get Shinxed bro
Pretty disappointing that there isn't going to be an option to buy the board and accessories separately, because I honestly couldn't care less about the weird decks. I hope that they're at least relatively affordable secondhand because they do really look quite nice. Also that pricing is obviously ridiculous blehh
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Aspiring Trainer
They could have easily priced it at $100 and printed a bunch of these. They know exactly what they're doing - this isn't a product for you, this is for FOMO investors to buy out the entire stock and resell them on ebay for an even higher price. An actual pump & dump.
Meanwhile, if you actually want to relive the nostalgia of Base Set, I have a set to show ya. :3


Ice/Fairy Stan Account
$400 and the scalpers still sold out preorders within an hour of listing. Hope they eat dirt hard on this release.

The only good thing about this announcement is that they said straight-up that the new unique cards in Classic will be released in a different product in February. k bye I don't want this $400 trash anyway!


The price is nuts, still going to get one though, I had heard about the price about a month or so back and already decided to commit to getting one. That is, assuming I can find one for this particular price in my country.