I remember not too long ago Star Wars Destiny was super popular and it was impossible to find packs anywhere. Now you can find a ton of these packs in the discount bins. It is crazy how quick trading card games can burn out. Anyways I still like the game a lot (even though I can’t remember that last time I played) so I bought a couple of Star Wars Destiny Convergence packs for real cheap.
I didn’t pull anything too exciting. I did pull a couple of cards that can form a start of a Dengar deck. Could be fun.
New York Comic Con was super crowded as expected and I find I have a much more positive experience with NYCC by changing my priorities and taking it easy a lot more. I don’t go to the autograph signings, the big panels outside of Javits Center or try to get the hard to get exclusives anymore. Those lines can get crazy and it wears you down. Instead I have been checking out areas I haven’t really pay much attention to years before like the publishing/ books and the indie comics section. As you can see below I have a ton of reading materials for months (maybe years) to come. Anyways here is my haul from New York Comic Con 2019.
My big purchase was a mystery box for board games. In it, there was Sentient, Flick Em Up and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Deck-Building Game. This is probably my best mystery box/ bag yet. I have heard nothing but good things about Sentient and Flick Em Up and I am always a fan of deck building games.
I got two Yu-Gi-Oh Battle Pack 3: Monster League sets mostly because it was cheap, it came with a playmat and I might try out the Yu-Gi-Oh sealed format. There was also Yu-Gi-Oh art exhibit nearby and I got a nice pin there too.
One of my favorite booths is Del Rey Books. They have something called the Book Wizard. You just fill out a quick survey of what you want to read at the moment and you get a free book! I got Inspection by Josh Malerman (best known for Bird Box). It was probably the freebie I am most excited about.
Geek Geek Revolution is a panel I go to every year. It is a geeky trivia show with writers as the contestants. You can submit questions and if you stump the panel you win some swag! Guess what, I won! Here is my question that stump the panel: What was the name of the alien musician in Jabba’s palace that looks like a blue elephant?
I am going to Disney World soon to check out Galaxy’s Edge so I was looking out for some Disney and Star Wars stuff. I got a Star Wars choose you adventure style book which came with a tote bag and a Minnie and Mickey Tsum Tsum. I also added two Disney pins to my collection. I really love the Figment one. There was also a Marvel in Disney Parks panel. It just sucks that all the other Disney parks are getting so much cool Marvel stuff and Disney World in Florida is just getting a Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster.
Here is what I picked up on the last day. I find you can get the best deals and freebies on Sunday.
All in all, New York Comic Con was not perfect (the lotteries were totally messed up, the panels were kind of meh, too many choke points on the show floor, the Anime Festival was a joke, etc) but I had fun. I think I got more things than ever before and I don’t think I spent that much money… but I can be wrong.
I got this Yu-Gi-Oh The Dark Side of Dimensions movie pack from a repack the other day. I never watched the movie so I don’t quite know what to expect. I am guessing there will be some of the iconic monsters from Kaiba and Yugi’s decks judging from the pack. It has 5 cards per pack.
I also got a Yu-Gi-Oh Battle Pack 3 Monster League from the same repack.
I am pretty sure I didn’t pull anything too crazy. Took a quick look and I think Card Advance (a common) is actually my most valuable card of the bunch. But the Dark Magician Girl card with what I think is an alternate art is a pretty cool pull.
I wonder if the movie is worth watching.
Anyways New York Comic Con is tomorrow! Honestly… I am cautiously excited. There are a lot of red flags this year and I am kind of worried it will be super disorganized. The website and the app are terrible and NYCC totally messed up the lottery system for panels. Hoping for the best.
I got this Pokemon TCG repack that has 2 packs and 1 EX card for $10. Like so many TCG/ CCGs I played (Keyforge, Magic, Star Wars: Destiny, Game of Thrones LCG etc, etc), it is hard to find someone to play with. I have a couple of decks but I also have a binder of super shiny cards and the one thing Pokemon TCG does extremely well is super shiny cards!
The repack had one pack of Breakthrough and one pack of Sun & Moon. The guaranteed EX card is Black Kyurem EX. I also pulled a Chesnaught Break and a foil Octillery which I think saw some play when it was Standard legal.
Overall not bad for a $10 repack and I added two cards to my shiny cards binder.
I am running a Star Wars RPG campaign (using Fate Accelerated system) and I had to get some Star Wars DVDs for “research”. Anyways I just happen to get enough Disney movie reward points for a mystery DVD. It could be anything!
And my DVD is Million Dollar Arm. Honestly I never heard of the movie but I remember seeing the story that inspired it on SportsCenter (cricket players being scouted for baseball). I always find the business side of sports fascinating so it should be right in my wheelhouse…
The movie is meh. It is kind of slow paced and super predictable. Every good underdog sports movie needs a good rival and the rival in this movie is kind of abstract (coming to America or maybe time?). Also it is kind of hard to care about the main character. He not big enough of jerk to hate him and he is not interesting enough of a character to root for. The real life story that inspired this movie is really not interesting enough for a whole movie. This movie could have easily been a made for TV movie or an ESPN special.
Some repacks show a bit of what’s inside so you at the very minimum you know what you will get. I saw this baseball collector’s storage cube repack with a Rod Carew card #110/299 and I picked it up. These repacks promises a bunch of stuff. 100 total cards, 2 packs, 4 star cards, 1 hall of fame card, 5 cards (1 from each of the past 5 decades) and a storage cube.
The two packs are a 2018 Topps Baseball Series One and 1988 Donruss Baseball.
As you may expect from baseball card repacks there are A LOT of junky 80’s and 90’s cards. But here are some of the cards I found interesting.
I did get an Ichiro for my PC and a Michael Conforto rookie card that has a slightly bent corner. These repacks are $5 so you can’t expect much from it. Honestly 2 baseball packs and the storage cube is probably worth $5 alone.
I have been rewatching a lot of the old Yu-Gi-Oh anime. I haven’t watched it since I was back in high school (which seems like such a long time ago) and I remember everyone in my group playing the game. Anyways I saw this Yu-Gi-Oh repack and since it was so cheap, $6 it piqued my interest. It has 2 packs, 15 cards, 1 foil card and 1 rare card.
My packs are:
Duelist Pack Dimensional Guardians
It seems that I got lucky and got 2 rare cards, Karate Man and Performapal U Go Golem and 2 foil cards Fire Formation – Yoko and Planckton from the loose cards. I got an Altergeist Hexstia, Spiral Flame Strike, Ritual Beast Ulti- Kimunfalcos and Red Resonator as my pulls from the packs.
I haven’t played Yu-Gi-Oh in years so I don’t which cards are powerful or valuable so I looked it up. It seems like just the Spiral Flame Strike ultra rare is worth anything. Everything else is bulk. But it was still a fun repack to open. A lot of the cards are kind of foreign to me like link and pendulum monsters.
I am on a dangerous path of learning how to play again…