[YGOFTH 2017] Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Mystery Power Box

December 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments

Front of the Winter 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Mystery Power Box

Merry Christmas! Here is a bonus entry of Yu-Gi-Oh! for the Holidays (YGOFTH) featuring a Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game product: the tantalizing Mystery Power Box, new for this shopping season.

The front of this box is quite enticing. It promises a chance of getting a Cyber-Stein card that’s been evaluated to be a nearly-flawless “9.5” by Beckett Grading Services. This card is the prize card from the days of the first Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament series — the Shonen Jump Championship of 2004. It’s easily priced in the thousands of dollars.

The back of the box shows some other products that you might get. There are some old-school packs — pictured are Pharaoh’s Servant, Magic Ruler, Metal Raiders, Invasion of Chaos, Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon, and Dark Crisis. There’s a pack of the Legendary card sleeves featuring Joey, Yugi, and Kaiba. And there are some more graded cards — Kaiba’s Chaos Emperor Dragon and Yugi’s Exodia. There are also two silhouettes, obviously of the Millennium Puzzle and Dark Magician Girl. Based on DMG’s pose, I’m guessing these might be the first series of Grin Studio’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins.

Back of the Winter 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Mystery Power Box

All in all, this Mystery Power Box includes at least nine items: two booster packs, five bonus packs, one vintage pack, and one mystery item. There’s a chance at getting “randomly inserted graded cards, sleeves, and more” as well.

Why are Yu-Gi-Oh! fans so attracted to mystery boxes? It must be the appeal of opening a sealed product plus the excitement from never knowing exactly what you’re going to get. But the truth is that the vast majority of the time, you won’t pick up anything that is worth more than the price you pay for the box. How can you be so sure? The answer is hidden in the disclaimer on the bottom of the box.

Fine print on the bottom of the Winter 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Mystery Power Box

It says: “The collectible products in this package have been purchased directly from the manufacturer or purchased on the secondary market & repackaged for retail sales by MJ Holding Company, LLC.” Since it features repackaged products, it stands to reason that, on the whole, the producer of this Mystery Power Box isn’t going to include items that will lead it to incur a loss. But there is always a chance that you’ll get something amazing!

So let’s open this box up!

Contents of a Winter 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Mystery Power Box

For the two booster packs, I got Judgment of the Light and Return of the Duelist, both from the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL era.

The five bonus packs are all from the Battle Pack 3: Monster League set.

The vintage pack is Metal Raiders, the second Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG set, first released in 2002.

And the mystery item is a repackaged mystery pack. This is really funny. When the box said “mystery item,” I thought it would simply be a product that wasn’t pictured on the box. I didn’t think it would literally be another mystery product. Let’s take a look at this item first.

This mystery pack includes 21 cards, one of which has a “Rare” or higher rarity. It’s released by the same company that makes this Mystery Power Box.

Front and back of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG mystery pack by MJ Holding Company

Contents of a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG mystery pack by MJ Holding Company

Did I get anything good? I don’t even know, haha.

Let’s open the Metal Raiders pack next. I remember this set! It includes the elusive and deadly Mirror Force and the Paradox Brothers’ Gate Guardian.

Contents of a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Metal Raiders booster pack

Well, I didn’t get those two rare cards. But I did get PaniK’s King of Yamimakai, Weevil Underwood’s Great Moth, and Johnny Steps’ Musician King. Pretty cool.

I’m not going to open the remaining packs. I’m going to gift them to others who might appreciate their contents more than I can.

As a whole, a lot of Yu-Gi-Oh! fans might summarize the appeal of mystery boxes like this…

Does Drake like the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Mystery Power Box

Accurate or not?

Where To Buy

This season’s Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Mystery Power Box is available at select Walmart and ToysRUs stores for around $15.

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  1. Thanks for the review! I’m just a casual TCG player but I’ve always wondered about those boxes. Nice to see the actual contents of one all laid out. And wow, I can’t believe Cyber-Stein – a forbidden card in the TCG – is actually worth that much.

  2. Prices of prize cards can get pretty wild. But I think Cyber-Stein is extra special because it was the first one.


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