Konami's latest "Yu-Gi-Oh!" release "Legendary Collection 4: Joey's World" is a product that appeals to both players and collectors alike. It features a game board, three promo cards, six tokens, and five mega-packs made up from the "Duelist Kingdom," "Battle City,' and "Waking the Dragons" storylines, reprinting many powerful spells, monsters, and traps from "Yu-Gi-Oh!" history.
The game board is a sleek double-sided four section collapsible cardboard play area that will keep the back of your cards protected from dirt and rough surfaces, allowing you to duel in style. One side has all of the card zones marked, and on the reverse there's artwork from one of the promo cards included in the set. The game board is quite durable and will fit easily into a backpack. Although natural wear and tear will result the the ripping of the folds, this shouldn't occur for several hundred uses. It is cardboard, afterall.
There's three promo cards featured in "Legendary Collection 4: Joey's World," and it's the first time any of these powerful cards from the popular anime show have seen print in physical card form.
Blue Flame Swordsman looks like a great addition to that Fire/Warrior deck you've been thinking of brewing.
Blue Flame Swordsman
Once per turn, during either player’s Battle Phase: You can target 1 other Warrior-Type monster you control; this card loses exactly 600 ATK, and if it does, that monster gains 600 ATK. When this card you control is destroyed by your opponent’s card (either by battle or by a card effect) and sent to your Graveyard: You can Banish this card from your Graveyard, then target 1 FIRE Warrior-Type monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target.
Harpie Lady Phoenix Formation is a powerful spell card that can help you gain a massive card advantage and do an impressive amount of damage.
Harpie Lady Phoenix Formation
If you control 3 or more “Harpie Lady” or Harpie Lady Sisters”: Target as many monsters you opponent controls as possible, but not more than the total number of “Harpie Lady” and “Harpie Lady Sisters” you control; Destroy those targets, and if you do, inflict damage to your opponent equal to the highest original ATK among those destroyed monsters (your choice, if tied). You cannot Special Summon monsters from the Main Deck or Extra Deck, nor conduct your Battle Phase the turn you activate this card.
The third promo, Card of Last Will, is deemed so good that "is not allowed in tournament play due to its insane power level." It's featured purely for collective purposes and casual play.
Card of Last Will
Normal Trap Card
If the ATK of a monster(s) you control becomes 0 by a card effect: Draw until you have 5 cards in your hand.
There's six token cards included too: Joey’s Sheep Tokens and Lamb Tokens, both in premium foil for the first time ever. Although the token cards won't help improve your chances of winning any duels, they'll style and pizzazz to your game.
The bulk of this release comes in the form of the five mega-packs of "Legendary Collection 4: Joey's World" featured in the box. The set is has almost 300 cards, featuring a mix of reprints along with 20 brand new cards to the game to collect. Unlike normal packs of "Yu-Gi-Oh!," these mega-packs will super charge your collection with more than one rare per pack.
Each mega-pack of "Legendary Collection 4: Joey's World" has:
- 1 Secret Rare
- 1 Ultra Rare
- 1 Super Rare
- 1 Rare
- 5 Common
In total, the set has:
- 26 Secret Rare
- 21 Ultra Rare
- 17 Super Rare
- 14 Rare
- 220 Common
Strangely, it's actually harder to collect any particular common card in this set than it is for any secret rare. Due to the amount of unique cards in the set, just one "Legendary Collection 4: Joey's World" isn't nearly enough. Even if you purchase three boxes of "Legendary Collection 4: Joey's World" in order to have a play set of the promo cards you still wouldn't even get remotely close to owning one of every card in the set - Nevermind owning complete play sets of the cards. You'll also end up with two extra game boards (or even more, if you're a big spender).
Currently "Legendary Collection 4: Joey's World" is the only way for players to obtain the mega-packs for this set, as they aren't sold individually. This is a problem Konami could easily rectify, and we don't see any reason that these booster packs wouldn't be popular. Konami could make the boosters a limited release, and even raise the MSRP. For comparison one only need's to look at the success of Konami's competitor Wizards of the Coast with their recent "Magic: The Gathering" reprint set "Modern Masters," which cost double the amount of a normal booster pack at $7.99. It sold out at most game stores in less than a week.
Still, with just the one box of "Legendary Collection 4: Joey's World" we received for free from Konami for this review we pulled some fantastic cards. Our favorite was Raigeki, a powerful spell that destroys all monsters your opponent controls. It's the equivalent to a one-sided Wrath of God, allowing you to attack your rival unopposed. In such a big set, there's a plethora of new strategies to explore for deck brewers and some amazing reprints to enhance your deck with.
"Legendary Collection 4: Joey's World" offers a fantastic amount of value. Be it for yourself or as a gift to your favorite "Yu-Gi-Oh!" player, this is one limited edition product you don't want to miss. For casual collectors one should suffice, although more competitive players may want to get three in order to complete full playsets of Blue Flame Swordsman and Harpie Lady Phoenix Formation.
"Legendary Collection 4: Joey's World" is currently available at local game stores and mass market retailers for an MSRP of $29.99.
For more information about the game, visit www.yugioh-card.com.