I like the artwork for vaporeon *. I think the jolteon * artwork lets the three stars down. As far as playing goes, if I was to start playing the game I would probably not consider any of these cards for my deck.
It's too bad that Vaporeon * doesn't remove shockwave or imprision markers or else it might be getting some more hype IMHO.
The combo that comes to my mind is Vaporeon * + Mr Brineys Compassion (or Super Scoop Up). Pop Vaporeon * down on your bench two, three, or more times in one turn or just be able to do it several turns in a row to counter condition decks.
As a tech it's not even a terrible starter if it's your only basic. 50-50 to take energy off your opponents starter isn't terrible, though the attack doesn't keep up later in the game.
We should be lucky that these cards have been printed because the player promos can be VERY expensive. I know this is not the same as the promos but at least we have the opportunity to have one. I am so pleased about the POP5 news.
Yes but pokemon cards are highly collectable. So even if you do not use * cards in your deck, they are highly sought after. I have always dreamt of having an umbreon *. It might not be holofoil, but at least it is still available. The player versions of these cards are out of most people's price range.