Shining Fates inserts Pokémon TCG fandom in fire. This long-awaited set is the sequel to smash hit Hidden destinies, and has a standard set of 72 cards and a subset of over 100 shiny Pokémon. The product line has an Elite Trainer Box, boxes, boxes – pretty much the same treatment as Hidden destinies got. Shining Fates the products are now on the shelves, and Pokémon Company International was kind enough to send me some of this set’s products in exchange for fair reviews. Let’s dive in and see if this set is worth the hype. Now we tackle Shiny Bolton V Tin.
In contrast to the campaigns featured in the Elite Trainer Box, the Pikachu V Collection box and the Mad Party Pin Collections, the cards from these boxes have shiny Pokémon made in the style of Shining Fates Blank Vault Cards. The available boxes have Eldegoss, Cramorant and Bolton. The package I received had the Shiny Bolton V promo card, which is absolutely beautiful. The Pokémon TCG was smart to continue the style of the Full Art Shiny GX cards into Shining Fates with these V and VMAX cards, because they are some of the most amazing cards in the history of the hobby. As with the Pikachu V Collection, the promo cards in these boxes are also well taken care of thanks to an extra piece of plastic that holds the card in place. This new way to process promo cards Sword & Sheild time leads to fewer broken cards, which is very positive.
The Pokémon TCG Packages
The biggest surprise here was the number of packages in the box. Hidden destinies boxes came with four packs, but these Shining Fates boxes come with six. I could not have been happier to see the number of packages increase.
As mentioned in my previous reviews of other products, Shining Fates is an incredible set. The fact that you can draw a Shiny Vault or Amazing Rare card instead of the inverted holo creates a dynamic package opening experience that really feels like any package can offer a possible move, which is an experience that standard extensions are not able to fit together.
All in all
Shining Fates really lives up to its status as a special set and deserves to share the combined names of two of the most iconic special sets in Pokémon TCGhistory: Shining Legends and Hidden destinies. Jokes were made in the community about the name when the set was announced, with someone saying things like “What’s next, Hidden Legends? “Well, if the products will be as incredible as these, I say, take it further.
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