In an announcement made today via their website, Panini America - the leading global publisher of licensed sports and entertainment collectibles - will be relaunching the Dragon Ball Z TCG. Last seen almost 10 years ago, this new print run will feature over 200 cards, reprints of old favorites, and will be completely compatible with the old version of the game.
Early photos of the cards show that designed has remained very similar. It should because this new incarnation of the game was developed by Panini America Brand Manager Aik Tongtharadol, a former DBZ world champion who also worked on the original card game in 2004.
“We’re thrilled to be able to bring back Dragon Ball Z after so many years away; it’s a true cult classic that has a fiercely loyal following in the TCG community,” said Jason Howarth, Panini America Vice President of Marketing. “The fact that the new release is completely compatible with those original releases from the early 2000s is huge. Dragon Ball Z loyalists will appreciate how true this new release is to the original; new players will appreciate the ease and pace of game play.”
This is extremely exciting news. Whether you were a fan of the game, the idea of Panini America diving into the card game scene has some great potential. Think of some of the other card games that saw an early end that could see a revival: WoW TCG and Naruto. Panini has also shown its innovation in some of the sports cards they have published. Most recently, their Prizm technology has been a very big hit with collectors. Seeing this technology applied to these cards could not only make it worthwhile for old players to come back to a popular game, but it may bring a large, new crowd to the scene just for the collectibility.
Currently, Panini America has a booth at the San Diego Comic-Con this year. Each day they will be giving away promotional cards (while supplies last) with the fifth being given away at the FUNimation booth. In addition to showing off the new product, there is even a playmat available for purchase to those who are attending the convention at the Panini booth.
Regarding the sales logistics, Panini America will release 69-card starter decks starting at $14.99 SRP and 12-card booster packs starting at $3.99 SRP. The card game is set to be released in retail stores across North America in late August.
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