I have been visiting my favorite shops across New York City and trying to support them by picking up a few things whenever I can. Next up for me was Compleat Strategist, a board game store in Midtown. This shop was right by where I worked so I used to go there a lot. Anyways I picked up a few things including this pack of DC Comics HeroClix Justice League Unlimited.
I love, love Justice League Unlimited. You just never know which superhero would be featured in the episode. I know basically everything about Batman’s origins but how about the Shining Knight? One group that I was a huge fan of (and I don’t quite know why) is the Seven Soldiers of Victory and they starred in one of my favorite episodes. Thus even though I haven’t really collected Heroclix for quite some time, I wanted to check out this set. There aren’t many products that advertised the Seven Soldiers of Victory on the box!
I pulled a Lex Luther, Jonah Hex, Dr Emil Hamilton and two Wonder Woman figures. I didn’t pull any of the Seven Soldiers of Victory but the Wonder Woman from the future seems like a start of fun team. It is so hard to get a game of Heroclix in especially nowadays but I really want to try to test some of the new figures I got.
All in all from what little I have seen, I am surprised Wizkids didn’t make this set earlier.
So today was a big day for New York City inching back to normalcy. It is the start of phase 2 which means most businesses like bookstores and comic book shops can finally reopen. Still as I was walking around NYC today, I saw many shops and restaurants are closed and the ones that are are open don’t really have much foot traffic. It was sad to see but I wanted to help out some of many favorite shops and picked up some new books.
I picked up a signed copy of book one of Artemis Fowl. The movie was so bad that I wanted to read the book to get the “real” story. I was quite pleased to find a copy autographed by the author Eoin Colfer at Strand Books.
I was also so happy to see Forbidden Planet reopen. I used go there easily once a week. I picked up Yugioh Arc-V volume 6 and a comic book blind bag which has 13 comics including one limited variant.
I love my book haul and expect to pick up even more later this week. So I have a lot of reading to do!
For me, buying trading cards whether baseball, basketball, wrestling or non- sport is kind of spontaneous thing. I go to the shop and see what catches my eye. Unfortunately every shop near me that sold trading cards went out of business the last couple of years. Buying online is not the same. There are still a few comic book and card shops but they mostly sell trading card games like Magic, Pokemon and Yugioh so that is what I have been buying. But I missed opening baseball cards so I picked up a repack while picking up groceries. This repack has 100 random cards, 1 pack and 1 in 4 chance I get a hit. You can find these repacks everywhere.
My pack was a 2019 Topps Opening Day Baseball. I didn’t get lucky and pull any hits but I did pull a couple of cards for my personal collection. I pulled a fairly obscure Kazuhito Tadano card, a Michael Conforto insert , a Gavin Cecchini Bowman rookie card (I remember seeing him play with the Brooklyn Cyclones) and a Walker Buehler prospects card. There were a few interesting inserts and rookie cards sprinkled in but nothing too exciting.
Fingers crossed for some sort of baseball season this year…
It honestly has been a weird last couple of months and it was kind of hard to find time and energy to blog about anything. Anyways the card store closest to me finally reopen and I wanted to support them. This card store unfortunately doesn’t sell baseball, basketball, wrestling etc trading cards but has a lot of trading card games. One thing I got back to is Pokemon TCG Online so the Sword & Shield Rebel Clash Pokemon TCG Elite Trainer Box caught my eye.
It comes with a card box, sleeves, dice, damage counters (which are a lot nicer the ones that come with the theme decks), a player guide, a couple other extras and most importantly 8 Rebel Clash packs. I played with the cards online and Rebel Clash seems to be a powerful and impactful set. Here are my pulls.
I pulled one V card, Copperajah V, few foil rares and a couple cards I see play in the format. Honestly didn’t get the cards I really wanted but do have the codes for packs to trade online to build my decks there.
The two decks I have been playing around with on Pokemon TCG online is a Rillaboom/ Snorlax Vmax deck and a fun Falinks deck. Pokemon TCG online is a lot of fun and free-ish. You can play in the theme deck format without dropping a dime but if you want to play the other formats you will need to trade for cards.
I probably paid a little too much for this but I was looking for something fun to do. All the non essential shops are still closed in New York City and there are still a ton of delays getting anything shipped. But I did find this Pokemon TCG: Toxtricity V box at a neighborhood discount store and I couldn’t resist. It has 1 foil promo of Toxtricity V, 1 oversized version of the promo, 4 Pokemon TCG packs and a code card.
The packs I got were 2 packs of Sword & Shield, 1 Cosmic Eclipse and 1 Evolutions. The Evolutions pack is kind of bummer. It is a much older set and I don’t think it is even Standard legal. I see the Evolutions packs a lot in bundles so there must be a ton of these packs lying around.
Anyways I love the art of Toxtricity V. He looks so over it and Toxtricity is probably my favorite new pokemon from Sword & Shield. I didn’t pull any other EXs, GXs or Vs and the best card of the bunch is the Charizard foil from the Evolutions pack. It is a remake of the classic Charizard card from the base set. I looked it up and it worth a lot more than I was expecting!
I am a huge Disney fan and sadly I probably won’t be able to go Disney World anytime soon. One of my favorite things to do in Disney World was pin trading. So I was bored the other day and I was browsing around looking at some Disney pins…
and I ended up buying a couple from the Disney store! I got the Mickey Mouse NBA Experience – Brooklyn Nets pin and the Oh My Disney Pin Set – 1990s. I saw the Brooklyn Nets Mickey Mouse pin the last time I was in Disney World (it was at the new NBA Experience in Disney Springs) and I kind of wanted then but only got it now. The real reason though I bought some pins (along a bunch of other Disney stuff) was the 90’s pin set. When I saw it, I had to have it! Bonus points to anyone who can name all the characters in this set. It features characters from some of my favorite movies from the era.
I got this collector’s mystery box a long time ago and it was sitting at my desk ever since. This mystery box has 15+ collectible items that has over $50 in value for $16. I remembered there was also a bigger box which has a bunch of stuff for $35 (that’s too much) and there was also a smaller version I have seen for $6 (which I have gotten a couple of times). You just never know what you can find in these boxes.
My box has:
Paw Patrol Mashems
PJ Masks Mashems
Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man Zuru Capsule
The Nightmare Before Christmas Domez Jack Skellington figurine
Fortnite Domez The Visitor figurine
3x Jurassic World Dog Tags
Harry Potter Collector’s Bag Clip
2x Paw Patrol Light Ups
Minion Slap Bracelet
2x MLB TeenyMates
Super Mario K’nex
This was actually a better mix of stuff compared to other collector’s mystery boxes I got in the past.
I was really only excited about the Super Mario K’nex figurine. I was part of a Mario RPG campaign so I may be able to use the Mario figure one way or another whenever we meet again. I also opened the Domez figures, Ultimate Spider-Man capsule and the Jurassic World Dog Tags. The Spider-Man capsule was really hard to open and I think I got one of Ultimate Spider-Mans. I was hoping to get a dog tag with a piece of an authentic costume from the Jurassic packs (I didn’t). Everything else I am probably going to keep sealed and maybe use them as giveaways during my board game nights in Bryant Park (again whenever we can meet again).
I needed a pick me up and I wanted to do a box break of something, anything. Unfortunately most of the shops are still closed and will for sometime. But I manage to get this Yu-Gi-Oh Speed Duel: Attack from the Deep booster box (along with some probably more important supplies).
Each box has 36 packs and 4 cards each.
My ultra rares are Sonic Bird, Blade Knight and The Forceful Checkpoint and super rares are Apprentice Magician, Yomi Ship, Zombina and the skill It’s My Lucky Day. I am pretty happy with my pulls. Sonic Bird is the chase card of the set and the one I was hoping to pull so I can add it to my ritual decks. One problem of Speed Duel booster boxes is the set is smaller so there are a lot of duplicates in each box. There is also too many common cards that are basically useless. Theban Nightmare and Umi for example are interesting commons but Power of Kaishin is not.
I play Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links and Yu-Gi-Oh Speed Duel is kind of like the paper version of that game. The advanced version of Yu-Gi-Oh has gotten quite complex and it is quite intimidating to teach. Speed Duel tries to solve that by simplifying the game and by making the game shorter. As a bonus, Speed Duel features a lot of older cards that will never see play in the advanced version of the game so I am hoping it will appeal to the nostalgia of the TV show of my gaming group.
Also I hope there will be more sets for Speed Duel because but I am finding it tough to build fun decks. I made a straight forward but boring water aggro deck from the cards in this box. My other two decks just take two archetypes and combine them. One deck revolves around big dinosaurs summoned with the Double Evolution Pill skill card and a Fortress Whale ritual package (Skreech and Kabazauls makes it possible). My other deck is an insect and spellcaster stall deck. Both insects and spellcasters have tons of annoying flip effects and you can stall the game with cards like Mask of the Accursed and Insect Neglect.
A lot has changed with Wrestlemania 36 but I am so happy that it is still going on in one form or another. It is one of the few things to look forward to during this crazy time. Anyways, I got this WWE Raw Deal CCG Wrestlemania XX tin awhile ago as something special to open for Wrestlemania season this year. I rarely play it but I love the WWE Raw Deal CCG. It was quite innovative and captures the feeling of wrestling match quite well. There really hasn’t been a game like it to this day.
This tin comes with a Wrestlemania XX themed deck box and 4 promo cards, Jerry Lawler, Absolutely Raw, Ultimate Smackdown and Wrestlemania. I have seven decks already but Raw Deal cards are getting harder to find and I am always in the look out to build more decks so I am probably most excited about the Jerry Lawler card. I used whatever loose cards I can find to build a (horrible) deck for him. I also have the Paul Heyman starter deck which allows you to play with Michael Cole so I can recreate the classic Wrestlemania match of Jerry “The King” Lawler vs Michael Cole…
Wow a lot has changed since my last blog post. I hope everyone is safe and doing well. It has been a crazy last couple of weeks and I only just got the time to do some organizing. I “found” these Pokemon TCG Sword and Shield promo packs in my bag that my friends got me from Pax East. I have 11 packs total and they have 3 cards each.
I am excited to pull Stonjourner V and it is going straight to my shiny cards binder. I also got a Snorlax and a few other cards to improve my Rillaboom theme deck. I used to play Pokemon TCG a lot but haven’t really played in years. I have been getting back to Pokemon (mostly due to Pokemon Go) and I will have a lot of free time so I guess now is good time to relearn the game.