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Pokémon TCG Cards Back At McDonald's, But Not In U.S. (Yet)

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  • Posted on 05th Aug, 2022 16:14 PM

The Pokémon TCG is now collaborating with McDonald's again, with Happy Meals containing four promo cards available in the UK now and the US next week.

The Pokémon Trading Card Game is collaborating with McDonald's once again, with Pokémon-themed Happy Meals returning to stores. McDonald's has run Pokémon promotions in the past on numerous occasions, with with them usually proving popular.

There have been numerous collaborations between Pokémon and various other companies over the years. These have included the production of everything from novelty foodstuffs to collectible toys. Only last year, as part of Pokémon's 25th-anniversary celebration, a special promotion was run in conjunction with Mcdonald's. Through this event, fans were able to obtain packs of special Pokémon TCG cards with Happy Meals. In total, 50 different cards were made available as part of the promotion. However, controversy soon enveloped the promotion. With TCG cards skyrocketing in value at the time, scalpers attracted to the Pokémon promotion ruined it for many fans by buying up stock and then selling the cards on for outrageous prices.


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Last year's problems do not seem to have dissuaded The Pokémon Company, however, as it has now teamed up with Mcdonald's for a new wave of Pokémon TCG promotional items, including a new set of cards. As reported by PokéBeach, the promotion is currently live in UK McDonald's stores. US outlets, meanwhile, will begin the fun next week, with the promotion running from August 9 to September 26. Included in each Pikachu-themed Happy Meal box are four cards, as well as a special spinner and coin used to play a new game named "Match Battle". The size of the booster packs is similar to that of the Pokémon TCG's upcoming Halloween Trick-or-Trade BOOsters, which will themselves be available in the same period starting September 1.

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Every Pokémon TCG Card From UK McDonald's Promo

  • Chinchou
  • Cutiefly
  • Growlithe
  • Flaafy
  • Gossifleur
  • Victini
  • Tynamo
  • Lapras
  • Ledyba
  • Rowlet
  • Smeargle
  • Pikachu
  • Drampa
  • Pangoro
  • Bewear

This year's promotion is reportedly made up of just 15 cards, a dramatic reduction from last year's promotional card list. Of these, six (Rowlet, Gossifleur, Growlithe, Victini, Pikachu, and Smeargle) will always be holo cards, using the same confetti-style foil as was used by last year's McDonald's cards. The remaining nine will similarly always be non-holo cards. Also included will be instructions for Match Battle, which appears to be a simple Top Trumps-like game. The spinner and coin used to play Match Battle will feature one of the six Pokémon featured on the holo cards, with the specific Pokémon available apparently being rotated on a weekly basis.  It is currently unclear whether these Pokémon Happy Meal sales will be restricted to combat scalpers, as they were last year in many locations.

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The introduction of Match Battle seems likely to make a splash among younger fans. With an easy set of rules to follow, it appears to be an entertaining game that can be easily played even with just a few Pokémon TCG cards. Furthermore, with just 15 cards to collect, this year's promotion with McDonald's should hopefully prove to be an easier time for collectors. While it seems inevitable that scalpers will be attempting to buy up cards wherever they can, the much shorter card list will hopefully lead to the promotional collection being much easier to complete. With fewer different cards, the stock of each individual card will naturally rise accordingly. This should in theory lead to the scalpers' efforts being stymied by the laws of supply and demand, which should make these Pokémon TCG cards lose their value as a result.

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Source: PokéBeach, McDonald's

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