Japan's next big reprint set SM12a Tag All Stars launches this Friday, and among the 40+ secret rares included is gold versions of Reshiram & Charizard-GX, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX, Mewtwo & Mew-GX, 12 full art trainers, and many other stunning reprints. Let's take a closer look!
Many were expecting there to be a lot of cool secret rare cards in Japan's SM12a set (releasing October 4th 2019) but nobody could predict they would go one step further to try and top last year's Ultra Shiny GX.
As well as having a guaranteed regular set GX (reprints of older Tag Team series cards) in every pack, retailers have confirmed all the 40+ secret rares that can be found inside the packs, including the aforementioned gold Reshiram & Charizard-GX card, which features the same artwork as the full art and rainbow rare from Unbroken Bonds.
Alongside Reshiram & Charizard-GX, many other popular Tag Teams including playable ones as Pikachu & Zekrom-GX, Mewtwo & Mew-GX and Zoroark & Greninja-GX, as well as more collectable ones that fans will love such as Articuno, Zapdos & Moltres-GX
Charizard collectors will know straight away that their favourite Pokémon has never been featured on one of these rarer all-gold cards before, where as Reshiram was featured solely on the 114/113 secret rare card from Legendary Treasures.
That's not all, SM12a Tag All Stars also contains a huge range of additional secret rares alongside the gold cards. These include full arts and rainbow rares of Pokémon-GX we didn't get in the past year (Jirachi-GX, Eevee-GX, Weavile-GX for example), as well full art, rainbow rare and alternate art versions of Umbreon & Darkrai-GX and Espeon & Deoxys-GX, which is huge for Eeveelution collectors.
Full art trainer collectors will also be excited (or exasperated) about the addition of 12 new cards from SM12a. These are again all reprints, but feature some stunning artworks including the iconic trio of Red's Challenge, Blue's Tactics and Green's Exploration partnering their default first-partner Pokémon from the original video games, as well as a surprise male full-art version of Welder which is the strongest Supporter card in the game currently.
The big question on everyone's lips - Will we be getting the gold Reshiram & Charizard-GX card and these other SM12a secret rares any time soon here in the west?
A Magic 8 Ball would probably say "Outlook not so good". We already know our release schedule up until the end of November (2019) for promo/collection boxes. This means that 40+ secret rares would have to be released in the short 2 month busy pre/post Christmas window before we get our Sword & Shield Base Set on February 7th 2020.
Due to the vast amount of cards involved here, the Magic 8 Ball will say "Signs point to yes" for a combined release as part of our yearly mini/holiday subsets that release each year in August, and continue to have separate product releases up until the following October/November.
There is a small chance that most or some of these cards could be released in our English Cosmic Eclipse set this November, but seems extremely unlikely due to the set already containing secret rares from Japan's Dream League, Altar Genesis and Remix Bout sets.
Pokémon had a huge hit both financially and in other senses (social media, PR etc) with Hidden Fates, so I'm sure they'd love to follow up the most successful subset of all time with another one containing gold Tag Teams, 12 full art supporters cards, and reprints of GXs/holos from sets (Unbroken Bonds, Team Up etc) that will be likely out of print in 10 months.
Saying all this though, the one thing about Pokémon over the past few years is that anything can happen. Let's hope at the end of the day we do get all these amazing cards released here in some shape or another, especially that gold Reshiram & Charizard-GX card!
SM12a Tag All Stars booster boxes release on October 4th 2019, and is the final set in Japan before they get their first Sword & Shield set next month.
Stephen Kent - Ludkins Editor
(Big THANKS to Pokeguardian for the above images of the cards. Check out their website for scans of all 40+ secret rares from the set!)