Wizards of the Coast Reveals New Transformers Trading Card Game

Despite not having played one in a LONG time, I love trading card/collectible card games. In my younger days I played a bunch of them (from Star Wars to Lord of the Rings and Magic), but time and friends to play with has seen me on the sidelines for a number of years. With my kiddos getting older, however, it might be time to dive back in with this cool looking Transformers card game

Build for players as young as eight, you’ll build a team (deck) and battle it out. You’ll be able to “transform” and play around with oversized character cards. In all, it sounds pretty neat, and a bunch of new details have been revealed: 

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The TRANSFORMERS Trading Card Game is a fast, easy-to-learn action battling card game designed for two players. Players build a team of TRANSFORMERS character cards and power them up with a customizable deck of battle cards. TRANSFORMERS character cards are huge – character cards in the AUTOBOTS Starter Set and Booster Packs are twice the size of standard playing cards, and can be flipped from bot mode to alt mode and back – and feature premium printing treatment on one of their sides. The deck of battle cards features Action and Upgrade cards to enhance TRANSFORMERS character cards.

“The TCG format lets us pull TRANSFORMERS characters from across the brand’s massive history. From Bumblebee to Sunstorm – the game is digging deep into the TRANSFORMERS lore,” said Drew Nolosco, TRANSFORMERS Trading Card Game Brand Manager. “We can even focus on different aspects of the same character. Optimus Prime, for example, is immensely powerful in combat, but he’s also a master tactician. The Transformers TCG will let players explore the characters’ depth through engaging and tactical gameplay.”

At launch, TRANSFORMERS fans can look forward to the following:

·       AUTOBOTS Starter Set – The AUTOBOTS Starter Set contains cards for two players to begin gameplay, and features OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE, IRONHIDE and RED ALERT character cards. It will be available for purchase at retailers in the United States beginning on Sept. 28, 2018, and in certain other markets later in 2018.

·       TRANSFORMERS Trading Card Game Booster Packs – Players can add to their character card teams and battle card decks for full gameplay with Booster Packs. Each Booster Pack contains 1 TRANSFORMERS character card and 7 battle cards from a pool of 40 character cards and 81 battle cards. Booster Packs will be sold separately and available for purchase at retailers in the United States beginning on Sept. 28, 2018, and in certain other markets later in 2018.  

Fans at San Diego Comic-Con can get an early look at four of the cards in the game with a TRANSFORMERS Trading Card Game Convention Edition that will be available in limited quantities:

The TRANSFORMERS Trading Card Game Convention Edition contains two TRANSFORMERS character cards (CLIFFJUMPER – RENEGADE WARRIOR and SLIPSTREAM – STRATEGIC SEEKER) and two battle cards (All-Out Attack and Tandem Targeting System) not available in the AUTOBOTS Starter Set or the TRANSFORMERS Trading Card Game Booster Packs.

It sounds pretty neat so far, and the easy pick-up-and-play aspect makes it an ideal thing that I can enjoy with my kids. I’m eager to learn more and get my hands on some play time. What do you think?