Blastoise is the final evolution of Squirtle, one of the original three starter Pokémon and is thus one of the most cherished Pokémon in the franchises history, holding a special place forever in the people's hearts who chose him so many years ago.
Fortunately, this Pokémon is once again in the spotlight with the latest product to be released by the Pokémon Trading Card Game, appearing in the Blastoise GX Premium Collection Box.
This product not only features some top quality products, but also some incredible value, both from a players and collectors point of view.
Throughout the course of this article, we are going to explore exactly what you will receive in the Blastoise GX Premium Collection Box, breaking it down and highlighting what it has to offer.
The Booster Packs:
Like previous premium collection boxes released by the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the Blastoise GX Premium Collection Box contains a total of not four, but SIX booster packs!
But what exactly are you getting? Which packs are they? Are they of recent sets, or old?
Good questions and fortunately this is one that we can easily answer for you!
Contained within the Blastoise GX Premium Collection Box you will receive the following six booster packs:
X2 Sun & Moon Unbroken Bonds
X1 Sun & Moon Base Set
X1 XY Fates Collide
X1 Sun & Moon Celestial Storm
X1 Sun & Moon Lost Thunder
As you can see, a total of five booster packs are from the recently released Sun & Moon series, which means that five out of six of your booster packs are legal in the current Pokémon TCG standard format and immediately playable within your standard Pokémon league!
The only pack that is not and that is of an older series is the XY Fates Collide one, which is great, as typically Premium Collections contain a solid mixture of both older and newer sets.
The creators of the Pokémon TCG are clearly hearing the demands of their player base and are making some changes! Which is incredibly positive news.
Also contained within the Blastoise GX Premium Collection Box are two high quality accessories that are sure to have collectors excited.
The first one can come onto the battlefield with you in your next match, which is the official Pokémon Trading Card Game Blastoise coin;
The Second is an exclusive pin, that has been dubbed by some as the “high fiving Blastoise”;
Pins are highly sought after by a niche group of collectors within the Pokémon TCG community, so even if you aren't in the market for one, there is usually someone willing to trade you for yours!
Finally, the best part of all, the exclusive collectors cards that are contained within the Blastoise GX Premium Collection Box!
This is likely the reason why you were attracted to this product in the first place and if that is the case, good choice, as the cards contained within this set are not only incredibly collectible, as they feature one of the most beloved Pokémon in the franchises history, but are also very playable in the current meta game.
First up is the main card of the collection box, the Blastoise GX Sun & Moon Black Star Promo card, which is #189 in that incredibly hard to obtain and exclusive chase set.
This is a card that is going to be highly sought after for years to come, as there are some seriously hardcore collectors of Blastoise out there.
The next two cards that you will receive are of Blastoise GX’s pre-evolution forms, Squirtle and Wartortle, which are just as equally collectible;
Both the Squirtle and Wartortle card included within the Blastoise GX Premium Collection are cards contained within the Sun & Moon Unbroken Bonds set, however, what is different about these cards is that they feature a “cosmo holo” finish, making them exclusive cards to this collection box and thus much needed pieces for anyone looking to fully complete their Squirtle or Wartortle collections.
Finally, you will also receive a Jumbo version of the Blastoise GX SM189, which is another great piece for collectors of Pokémon TCG Jumbo cards, or simply those looking for great trade fodder, as there are many collectors out there looking to acquire the Jumbo version of these cards.
The Blastoise GX Premium Collection is a stunning success and an easy pick up for anyone that is looking to expand their Pokémon TCG collection!
It features six great booster packs, three exclusive cards and collectors accessories that can only be found within this limited edition collection box, as well as an online code to receive your products in game, if you play Pokémon TCGO.
The Blastoise GX SM189 card is a powerful Pokémon that can currently square off against some of the top decks within the current format and is thus one that should not be overlooked.
In a future article, we are going to take this card one step further, building and compiling a competitive deck around it, that will not only allow you to compete in you next Pokémon league challenge, but even possibly take home the win!
Thanks for reading everyone and please let us know what is your favorite part of the Blastoise GX Premium Collection Box? We’d love to hear!