Released in Japan on April 25th, SM10b Sky Legend contains not one, not two, but FOUR cards featuring our first triple Pokémon Tag Team, the popular Gen 1 legendary birds, Moltres & Zapdos & Articuno-GX! Let's take a closer look at these stunning new cards.
Since Pikachu & Zekrom-GX was first announced at the Pokémon World Championships 2018, we have grown accustomed to the concept of seeing two iconic Pokémon on the same card, with recent duos such as Reshiram & Charizard-GX, and Celebi & Venusaur-GX being popular both amongst collectors and players alike.
It came as a big shock/happy surprise to many to learn that in Japan's Sky Legend set we would be getting THREE different Pokémon on a playable and normal-sized card for the first time. Many fans will remember Moltres, Zapdos and Articuno all appeared on an official jumbo (oversized) card, but since then they have only made separate and individual appearances on normal sized cards.
One of the first announced is by far my favourite, and possibly the coolest alternate art Tag Team GX we've seen, featuring a beautiful stained glass art of the three legendary birds, with Moltres at the forefront.
As far as I can remember we've never seen this type of art style on a card before and I expect this to be the most expensive and sought after of the four arts if its included in the set, and definitely one to get PSA graded. There is a small chance however that this card will be made a collection box promo, as I imagine the jumbo card will look stunning in a frame, and alternate arts are often good candidates for promos.
Personally I'm not a fan of the rainbow art Pokémon GX cards as it drowns out the colour and individual personality/style of the Pokémon, but quite a large amount of collectors and players seem to enjoy them. I'm sure they'll love this hyper rare version of Moltres & Zapdos & Articuno-GX also. We are almost guaranteed to have this version in August's English set (Unified Minds) as rainbow rares from main sets rarely ever become box promos.
Next up is our “full art” version of Moltres & Zapdos & Articuno-GX. As you can see it reuses the art from the hyper rare version, but the use of colouring is almost spot on this card. I don't appreciate the grey background but it does help the legendary trio stand out in the forefront. There's a good chance that this card will be a collection box promo in English if they don't use the alternate art version, as it's unlikely all four arts of this popular trio will be in Unified Minds.
Last up is the “regular” art card of Moltres & Zapdos & Articuno-GX, once again featuring another stunning image drawn by popular Pokémon TCG artist Mitsuhiro Arita, who also recently painted the Pikachu & Zekrom-GX, Reshiram & Charizard-GX , and many of the other regular art Tag Team cards. I love that these regular art Tag Team GXs are getting better and better designs, this is another stunning example of an affordable card that would make a great addition to anyone's collection.
Hopefully we'll get at least three of these beautiful cards in our next main set this August, Unified Minds. As well as being very collectable for obvious reasons, Moltres & Zapdos & Articuno-GX also has powerful attacks (translation below) and the joint-most HP seen on a basic Pokémon TCG card next to Magikarp & Wailord-GX, so it will be sought after by players also. Definitely pick up your favourite art (or arts) of this card as soon as you get a chance!
Stephen Kent – Ludkins Pro Player
[Fire][Water][Lightning][Colorless] Trinity Burn: 210 damage.
[Colorless]+ Sky Legend GX: Shuffle this Pokémon and all cards attached to it into your deck. If this Pokémon has at least 1 extra [Fire] Energy, 1 extra [Water] Energy, and 1 extra [Lightning] Energy attached to it (in addition to this attack’s cost), this attack does 110 damage to 3 of your opponent’s Pokémon. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokémon.)