2020 is over. 2021 has just begun. The world is starting to feel incredibly similar as everyday appears to merge into one. After an incredibly successful 2020 for Pokémon TCG there looks to be even more light through the tunnel in the shape of the Pokémon Company’s 25th anniversary. Since its inception in 1996 Pokémon has taken the world by storm, whether that’s the biggest game franchise of all time, a tv show that has stayed relevant throughout generations, or a TCG that has continued to appreciate in value throughout its lifespan.
After all that 2020 had to offer, 2021 could very well be the next catalyst for growth within Pokémon TCG. Initially, reports had surfaced that Shining Fates (who’s launch is within a week of the 25th anniversary date of 27/02/2021) would be the 25th anniversary TCG set, these reports were quickly debunked in favour of reports of an October anniversary release. This leaves us in a position where early 2021 will have an eagerly anticipated release in the form of Shining Fates and quite possibly an anniversary set further down the line.
If we take a look back at 2016, and Pokémon’s 20th anniversary there were 2 releases commemorating the historic feet. Pokémon TCG: Generations launched on the same week as the franchise’s anniversary. This set paid homage to the Kanto region with newly printed artwork of some of the most beloved Pokémon (M Charizard EX 12/83, Pikachu RC29/RC32, Jolteon EX 28/83). Then, in November of that year Pokémon TCG: XY – Evolutions launched with reprints of original artwork brought up to more useable power levels for the game. Both of these sets have been incredibly successful since their release due to their collectibility and nostalgia for newcomers who want the closest thing to Base Set at a cheaper price.
With the soar in popularity over the last 12 months, now is a prime opportunity for The Pokémon Company to thrive on this success and release 25th Anniversary sets that pay homage to all of our childhoods.
The opportunities to play on nostalgia (yes, I’ll mention it again.) are endless. Imagine a set that pays homage to our favourite Neo Pokémon from the Gold and Silver era, Shining Gyarados at the helm. Or what about a Team Rocket style print of all the Dark Pokémon artworks that we all hold so dear. If 2016 is anything to go by then the reports of another set in October could very well be true. The hope of another reprint or a “best of” set akin to Legendary Collection could be massive for bringing in even more returning fans to the hobby.
It’s very easy to speculate, something we don’t want to do here at Ludkins Media. Instead rest assured that this is the place for all the content you need in such a monumental year.
We’ll be providing coverage of all information related to Pokémon’s 25th Anniversary throughout the course of the year and can’t wait to have you come along for the ride.
John-Anthony Disotto – Ludkins Media Editor