The English set of the Scarlet & Violet 151 cards now has an official release date.
A Kanto throwback looks to be one of the most satisfying sets to try and collect in a long time.
Search far and wide for Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region with the Pokémon TCG: Scarlet & Violet—151 set. 🎨
Join us as we rediscover the power inside the first 151 Pokémon! #Pokemon151
— Pokémon TCG (@PokemonTCG) June 16, 2023
Scarlet & Violet 151
So what is the 151 set anyways? Well, it's a throwback collection of all 151 original Pokémon in Pokédex order. Take Bulbasaur, for example.
As most know, Bulbasaur is the first Pokémon in the Pokédex, and therefore it is first in the set. Followed by its evolution Ivysaur, then Venusaur, etc. There are also 14 Trainer cards in the set, making the total set number 165. Pokémon with ex cards in this set do not additionally have regular cards. They have only and ex version and nothing else barring any Secret Rare alternate cards.
Pokemon 151 Products
Scarlet & Violet 151 will very fittingly feature Mew as its signature Pokémon for the set. These Mew covered Booster Packs, however, will not be sold individually. They're a special set, which means the only way to obtain some packs is to buy one of the special products from this set. Luckily, a few new products are going to make them a bit easier to obtain.
This Poster Collection is an easy was for any TGC player or collector to start off their Scarlet & Violet 151 set. It comes with 3 Scarlet & Violet 151 Booster Packs, a Promo card of each of the Kanto starter Pokémon, and a two sided poster featuring the card arts of all 151 cards on one side, and silhouettes of the 151 Pokémon from Kanto on the other.
The Binder Collection is another great way to start off the Scarlet & Violet 151 collection, especially for those looking to complete the entire set. Along with 4 Scarlet and Violet 151 Booster Packs, you will also receive a binder themed for the collection to order all of the cards collected so far. It will hold 360 cards total, meaning that it will be able to house more than just the Scarlet & Violet 151 collection if you wish to add more cards.
The Booster Bundle will be what any collector will want to purchase while working towards set completion. It contains 6 Scarlet & Violet 151 Booster Packs, and all comes in a box that cards can be stored in. It's a very simple bundle, but very effective towards completing the entire collection.
Elite Trainer Box
There are in fact other Pokémon besides Mew featured on products for this set! Snorlax takes center stage for the prized Elite Trainer Box, which is popular with every set release. It has the usual contents of a large storage box containing 9 Scarlet & Violet 151 Booster Packs, 151 themed deck sleeves, coins, dice, and more! One of the most exciting pieces of course being the Snorlax Promo.
The cute Promo card features Snorlax with a Pidgey and a Diglett assisting the cuteness for the card. Its ability allows it to heal back damage that it does onto itself from its attack, which costs 3 Colorless Energy for 130 damage while doing 30 damage to itself. It's not the best card available competitively, but it's a very cute card to collect, and is a pretty strong card for a starting deck.
Mini Tins are a great way for casual collectors to get a few cards in the way of any set. Not only will you get 2 Scarlet & Violet 151 Booster Packs, but also a coin featuring one of the Energy Types, and an art card similar to the art on the tin. It's a mini collection inside of a larger collection!
Zapdos ex Collection
The Zapdos ex Collection will come with a few very enticing features. The Zapdos ex Promo that comes in the collection is not only one of the best Types in the TCG right now, but is also very strong in its own right. Its ability allows it do retreat for no Energy cost as long as it has a Lightning Energy attached, while its attack does heavy damage at little cost for the reward. Multishot Lightning does 120 damage to the opponent's Active Pokémon while also doing 90 damage to any Pokémon on the bench that has taken any kind of damage.
Alakazam ex Collection
The Alakazam ex Collection isn't only going to be popular for its namesake famous Psychic Type, but also for the fact that Kadabra will be printed once again for the first time in 20 years. Though it will take some time to evolve in game, Alakazam ex has the ability to do 120 damage from the bench onto the opponent's active Pokémon.
Ultra Premium Collection
The real prized piece of the Scarlet & Violet 151 collection. Featuring Mew once again, the Ultra Premium collection will come with 16 Scarlet & Violet 151 Booster Packs, a collectable storage box, a 151 Deck Box, a Playmat, a Mew Coin, a set of pink dice, a Mewtwo Promo, and Mew Promo, and a metallic golden Mew ex card. Just by nabbing this collection, each collector will be well on their way to having a majority of the best cards and items this set has to offer.
With so many new players joining in Generation 9 of Pokémon, having new ways to teach the roots of Pokémon is very important for the history of the beloved franchise. Refamiliarizing all players with the origins of Pokémon will result in catching trainers up to the modern generation all the way from the beginning!