The Pokémon Trading Card Game will soon include Pokémon from the upcoming Pokémon Detective Pikachu movie as part of several new sets, which include three cards that were revealed at the American International Toy Fair.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu is an upcoming live-action movie that follows a retired Pokémon trainer named Tim Goodman, who teams up with a sleuth version of Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) that only he can understand. Detective Pikachu and Tim go on a journey to uncover the mystery of what happened to Tim's father, who had disappeared years earlier. Pokémon Detective Pikachu uses realistic redesigns of many different classic Pokémon, which has resulted in a mixed response from audiences across the world. A Detective Pikachu sequel is already in development.
The artwork used on the cards of the Pokémon Trading Card Game is usually made specifically for the game, but there are several new sets that will use stills from Pokémon Detective Pikachu as the artwork for each Pokémon. There is the Detective Pikachu Special Case File, which comes with a promo card for Detective Pikachu, a metallic coin, a card binder, and several packs of cards. There is also the Detective Pikachu Charizard-GX Case File, which comes with a promo card and an oversized card for Charizard-GX, along with six packs of cards. There is the Detective Pikachu Greninja-GX case file, which comes with a promo card and an oversized card for Greninja-GX card, a pin of Greninja, and seven packs of cards. The last set is the Detective Pikachu Collector Chest, which comes with nine packs of cards, a collector's pin featuring Detective Pikachu, and a notepad. All of the sets (except for the Collector Chest) come with special codes for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online.
Three of the cards that will be part of the upcoming Detective Pikachu set were revealed at the American International Toy Fair in New York, which are the cards for Jigglypuff, Mr. Mime, and Psyduck, all of which can be seen above. The new Pokémon Trading Card Game cards will also be compatible with the upcoming Pokémon TCG Card Dex app for iOS and Android devices, which will allow you to scan the physical copies of your cards and keep them in a digital database.
The official announcement for these new Pokémon Trading Card Game sets was made on Jan. 17, but the sets have already made their way into the hands of collectors, with users on a French Pokémon fan site called Pokécardex posting spoiler images of the cards that can be found in the Detective Pikachu booster packs. The original images of the cards have since been taken down due to a legal threat from the Pokémon Company.
The four Pokémon TCG: Detective Pikachu sets will be available in the US on April 5, 2019.
Source: The Pokémon Company