[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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[YGOFTH 2017] Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly by Winning Moves

December 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Front of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly game box by Winning Moves

Did you know that there are two different English-language versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly? This Yu-Gi-Oh! for the Holidays (YGOFTH) entry looks at the Yu-Gi-Oh! edition of the classic board game produced by Winning Moves, a developer and manufacturer of all types of games based in London.

This post makes a few comparisons of Winning Moves’ product to USAopoly’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly, which I covered in YGOFTH 2016, so be sure to take a look at that write-up too.

Back of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly game box by Winning Moves

Cracking open the game box reveals the game board, folded in quarters, and the Monopoly banker’s tray.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly banker's tray

Strangely, the design of this tray isn’t suitable for Monopoly’s game pieces. There are only five narrow slots for the banknotes in the center of the tray, even though Monopoly has seven different banknotes. Below those five slots is a small tray where I put the remaining two stacks of banknotes. There are two large trays to the left and right of the center trays, but they have no partitions. They are hardly suitable to hold the remaining cards and loose pieces, but we make do with what we have.

On the plus side, there is a nice cloth pouch to hold all of the houses, hotels, and dice.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly cloth pouch for loose pieces

There is also a special tray to hold the Millennium Item tokens. More on this later.

Like USAopoly’s game, the currency in Winning Moves’ Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly is Duel Points (DP). These bills are styled to look like the Battle City Duel Disk.

The different denominations of Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Duel Points money

Winning Moves’ game board has the same properties as USAopoly’s. The style, colors, and design of the boards are different.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly game board

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly, Monsters are the equivalent of the colored properties (streets and avenues) found in traditional Monopoly. Here are the title deed cards for the Monsters.

Front of the Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Monster title deed cards

Back of the Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Monster title deed cards

The Egyptian God Cards take the place of the railroad stations.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly title deed cards for Holactie, Ra, Slifer, and Obelisk

And the Duelist Kingdom and Battle City tournaments take the place of the Electric Company and Water Works utilities.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly title deed cards for the Duelist Kingdom and Battle City tournaments

It’s Your Move (IYM) cards and It’s Time to Duel (ITTD) cards are the equivalent of classic Monopoly’s Community Chest and Chance cards, respectively.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly It's Your Move cards

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly It's Time to Duel cards

There are a few minor differences in the text between Winning Moves’ and USAopoly’s IYM and ITTD cards, but the ideas they convey are the same. More importantly, the instructions on the cards are the same.

According to the instruction manual, houses and hotels of traditional Monopoly are called Game Shops and Duel Arenas, respectively. However, they look like the buildings used in traditional Monopoly.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Duel Arena and Game Shop buildings

A Game Shop is a small red plastic building, and a Duel Arena is a large black plastic building. This is unlike USAopoly’s product, which have pieces that are molded in the shape of Grandpa’s Game Shop building and Duelist Kingdom’s Duel Arena structures.

The game tokens are made of metal and are shaped like the Millennium Items.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Millennium Item tokens on the GO space

Winning Moves’ tokens are quite different than USAopoly’s. Aside from the colors — Winning Moves’ tokens are gold while USAopoly’s are silver — the molds are completely different. Winning Moves’ tokens are larger, heavier, and more detailed. Furthermore, the tokens look like they have been torched or have had patinas applied to them, giving them an attractive aged look.

Winning Moves includes a tray that securely holds the Millennium Items in place for display when the game is put away.

Tray for holding the Millennium Item tokens in Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly

There is an unfortunate downside to Winning Moves’ product. Winning Moves only includes six tokens — the Millennium Puzzle isn’t included! This is not a production mistake as the display tray lacks a slot for the Millennium Puzzle, and the instruction manual states that the game is only for two to six players. USAopoly includes all seven Millennium Items in its version.

Close-up of the Millennium Eye, Scale, and Necklace on the Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

Close-up of the Millennium Key, Ring, and Rod on the Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

The instruction manual also provides the rules of the game and lists the differences between Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly and classic Monopoly.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly rule book

Yes, that is Rich Uncle Pennybags carrying the Millennium Rod instead of a cane.

Winning Moves also includes a demo card for Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps, the Yu-Gi-Oh! edition of a popular card game in the United Kingdom.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly includes a Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps card

To learn how to play Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps, check out my YGOFTH 2016 entry about the game.

So why are there two English-language versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly anyway? As expected, the answer is uninteresting to consumers: licensing. Winning Moves owns the rights to produce Monopoly for Europe, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and several other countries. But USAopoly can only make and sell the game in the United States and Canada.

Where To Buy

If you’re in the United Kingdom or European Union, you can buy Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly directly from Winning Moves for £29.99 (about $40).

If you’re in the United States or a country where Winning Moves doesn’t sell its games, try looking for a vendor on the Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk Marketplace that is willing to ship this product overseas.

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4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Deck the Halls Sweepstakes

December 15, 2017 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Konami | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Deck the Halls December 2017 Sweepstakes banner from YUGIOH.com

4K Media has launched an extra big giveaway for this month, with not one, not two, but four chances to win! And the prize packages are amazing; they all include hot Yu-Gi-Oh! figures imported straight from Japan. The December 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! Deck the Halls Sweepstakes features the following goodies.

One entrant will win the grand prize package, which includes:

Three entrants will win the first prize package, which includes:

Don’t miss this one! The entry period begins today and ends January 2, 2018. U.S. residents ages 6 and up in the 50 U.S. States and Washington, D.C., are eligible to win. For more details, check the official rules.

4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! November 2017 Sweepstakes

November 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! November 2017 Sweepstakes banner from YUGIOH.com

4K Media’s latest giveaway is live! In the Yu-Gi-Oh! November Sweepstakes, one lucky winner will take home a prize package that includes the following:

The entry period for this sweepstakes begins today and runs through November 27. Anyone who is at least 6 years of age and a resident of the 50 U.S. states or Washington, D.C., is eligible to win. As usual, check the official rules for more details.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links PC Steam Version Coming November 17

November 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Blue-Eyes White Dragon summoned in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, PC Steam version

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links is coming to the PC! Konami announced today that the popular mobile game will arrive on Steam this Friday, November 17. Whether duelists decide play on mobile or the PC, all their progress is retained between the two platforms.

Sample screenshots of the Steam version show that the game takes full advantage of the larger screen real estate by offering a three-column display. In the overworld, the global chat appears in the right column. And during a duel, card details are listed in the left column while a log of the duel is shown in the right.

Download for free at: http://store.steampowered.com/app/601510/YuGiOh_Duel_Links/

Select Mode screen in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, PC Steam version

Duel World overworld screen in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, PC Steam version

Deck editing mode in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, PC Steam version

Screenshot of a duel in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, PC Steam version

Good Smile Company’s figma Seto Kaiba

November 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Good Smile Company's figma Seto Kaiba figure

How long has it been since Good Smile Company first announced a figma Seto Kaiba? Over a year? Well, the wait is over! figma Seto Kaiba is coming and 4K Media has formally announced that the figure is available for sale in the West.

Seto Kaiba is a non-scale figure that stands about 6.5 inches tall with figma’s quality posable joints. He includes a Duel Disk, cards, briefcase, two face plates, and figma stand. He also includes a shouting face plate for figma Yami Yugi (sold separately).

Pre-order directly from Good Smile for ¥7,800 (approximately $70) and you’ll also get an exclusive Enemy Controller bonus.

figma Seto Kaiba is scheduled to be released in May 2018.

(h/t Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page)

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Good Smile Company’s figma Dark Magician Girl

Protective Soul Ailin: The Heart Behind the Card

October 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Other Stuff | 1 Comment

Protective Soul Ailin card artwork from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 4, Japanese version

Of all the Yu-Gi-Oh! cards named after real people, Protective Soul Ailin probably has the most heartrending story behind it. Yesterday, Konami’s Leighton Kurashima shared a very personal story behind the card’s creation in 2005:

Thirteen years ago our son Ailin was born (just about this time) he passed away just over two hours later in our arms. It was a crushing life changing event for which I have little words, I immersed myself in work. The team made a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG card for Ailin and presented it to me before the release of the upcoming booster set (CRV). I was speechless, people wonder why I do so much for Yu-Gi-Oh!, this is one of the reasons why.

Protective Soul Ailin is a card that has the ability to equip itself to another monster card, a powerful warrior named Indomitable Fighter Lei Lei. Normally, after Lei Lei attacks, he must change to defense position. But when Lei Lei is equipped with Ailin, he gets to stay in attack position, allowing him to keep fighting onward.

And who is Lei Lei?

…That’s the nickname of Leighton Kurashima.

(h/t Jason “MisprintPrince” Knapp)

4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! October 2017 Sweepstakes / Duel Links Loot Crate

October 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Konami | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! October 2017 Sweepstakes banner from YUGIOH.com

It’s that time again — a new monthly sweepstakes from 4K Media! Now live is the Yu-Gi-Oh! October 2017 Sweepstakes, where one lucky fan will take home the following prizes:

  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Circuit Break booster box. This latest set includes the newest cards from Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, like Revolver’s Rokket monsters and Ghost Girl’s Altergeist monsters. Each box contains 24 booster packs, with 9 cards per pack.
  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board game from USAopoly.

The entry period for this giveaway begins today and runs through November 2 and is open to residents of the 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. ages 6 and up. Check the official rules for more information.

Konami UK's Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links loot crate giveaway

Plus — for Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in the United Kingdom only — Konami is giving away one Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links loot crate. It’s literally a wooden crate branded with the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links logo and filled with loot! It includes:

  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links playmat
  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Starter Deck: Link Strike
  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! red double deck case
  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links puzzle
  • Five Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Legendary Duelists booster packs
  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links postcard flyer
  • One pack of Yu-Gi-Oh! Legendary card sleeves

To enter, follow @KonamiUK on Twitter and retweet the giveaway tweet. Or, Like the Konami UK Facebook page and Like the giveaway post. This competition ends November 5.

ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions SPIEL, MCM London Comic Con Shirts

October 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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ShopYuGiOh.com ad showing the new shirt designs featuring Yugi, Aigami, and Kaiba, made exclusively for SPIEL '17 and MCM London Comic Con 2017

ShopYuGiOh.com today added two new exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions shirt designs for the upcoming SPIEL and MCM London Comic Con events. Both feature Yugi, Aigami, and Kaiba and the name of the city hosting the events. They are available in short-sleeve styles starting at $23.95 and long-sleeve styles starting at $25.95. Just like all of the previous exclusive designs, these are only available for sale online and for a limited time.

SPIEL (German for “game” or “play”) is one of the world’s largest conventions for tabletop games, attracting over a thousand exhibitors from across the globe. The event takes place in Essen, Germany, on October 26 through 29. Konami’s tournament-organizing partners will have a booth at the event, where they will hold Yu-Gi-Oh! Win-A-Mat tournaments, Structure Deck tournaments, and demos all weekend long.

Konami will have a full-blown Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) event at MCM London Comic Con on October 28 and 29. In addition to the main tournament, there will be plenty of public events to take part in, plus a special appearance by Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors Dan Green and Eric Stuart. Attendees can also buy a convention-exclusive playmat featuring Yugi and Kaiba.

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ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions NYCC 2017 Shirts

4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! September 2017 Sweepstakes

September 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Konami | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! September 2017 Sweepstakes banner from YUGIOH.com

4K Media today launched its Yu-Gi-Oh! September Sweepstakes! This month, the company is giving away one prize package containing the following goodies:

  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Legendary Duelists box. This newest set features cards used and inspired by Joey Wheeler, Mai Valentine, Mako Tsunami, and other famous duelists. There are plenty of Red-Eyes, Amazoness, and Legendary Fisherman cards to go around! Each box contains 36 booster packs, with 5 cards per pack.
  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! embossed metal lunch tin by Aquarius Entertainment Merchandising. (I posted pictures of this item near the bottom of my DSoD premiere write-up.)
  • One deck of Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards, also by Aquarius.

The entry period for this sweepstakes begins today and runs through October 5. Residents ages 6 and up of the 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. are welcome to enter. Check the official rules for more details.

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