COLLECTIBLES REMAIN SOLE BRIGHT SPOT AS GAMESTOP SALES DECLINE

GameStop’s collectibles business was the only real sales bright spot in its down fiscal Q1 ended May 4, as restructuring of the category continues.

The chain retailer reported a 13.3% overall decline in sales (11.5% in constant currency), driven by comp store sales declines of 10.2% in the U.S. (and 10.4% internationally).

Collectibles sales were up 10.5% to $157 million for the quarter. The only other up category was accessories, which was up less than 1%. New hardware was down 35%, software sales were down 4.3%, pre-owned sales were down 20.3%, and digital receipts were down 6.7%.

The troubled ThinkGeek online operation, which exhibited its first signs of trouble last quarter (see “GameStop Coillectibles Sales Up, But Overall Sales Decline”), continued to have problems. Sales in the collectibles category would have been up 16% rather than 10.5% if not for ThinkGeek.com, COO/CFO Rob Lloyd said in the conference call.

The company is consolidating the ThinkGeek web operation with GameStop’s, with a redirect for ThinkGeek maintaining the brand “at least initially, while we consolidate the backend operation,” CEO George Sherman told analysts.

Top categories in the collectibles category are Funko POP! figures, statues, and t-shirts, Sherman said.

While the company underperformed on sales, it beat net profit projections with a $6.8 million profit (on its $1.5 billion in sales), still down substantially from $28.2 million in the year-ago quarter.

GameStop has a number of initiatives to try to continue to respond to the digitization of its core videogame software business, according to its executives in the conference call (transcript via Seeking Alpha). It’s eliminated its dividend to conserve capital, has brought in a top tier consulting firm to help with restructuring, has begun expense reduction efforts, and deployed a special management team to manage the process. It’s already begun expense reductions; tests of experiential retailing in a number of areas, including collectibles; focusing on decluttering stores to give more attention to the best sellers; and expanding its exclusive collectibles.

“The challenge is a significant one,” Sherman told analysts. “We must immediately address SG&A [sales, general, administrative expenses – ed.] that’s been allowed to deleverage, execute on opportunities to optimize the current business and develop new revenue streams for our future. Doing so will require immediate action on our part and an ongoing sense of urgency that is off the chart.”

Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/43350/collectibles-remain-sole-bright-spot-gamestop-sales-decline

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‘MAGNIFICENT COLLECTION’ POWERS UP ‘DRAGON BALL SUPER’

Bandai has revealed details for the Dragon Ball Super Card Game: Magnificent Collection.

The Magnificent Collection will be available in two separate editions, one featuring Gogeta and the other featuring Broly. Each comes with a deck comprised of reprints with a new look similar to Event Pack cards. The Gogeta and Broly Leader Cards have new art and feature the same silver foiling and finish as tournament pack cards.

Each version contains two copies of 18 new non-foil promo cards, for a total of 36 cards. Each set will include five of the 18 promos randomly included in foil, for a total of 41 promo cards in all.

Each set contains a total of 92 cards. There are 6 sets per box, and 4 boxes per case.

Dragon Ball Super Card Game: Magnificent Collection releases in October and has an MSRP of $39.99.

Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/43419/magnificent-collection-powers-up-dragon-ball-super

TOP TOURNAMENT CARDS REAPPEAR IN ‘YU-GI-OH! DUEL DEVASTATOR’

On October 11, Konami will release the all-Ultra-Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Devastator boxed set, featuring new alternate art for popular cards and a new Ultra Rare monster card.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Devastator is intended for players who want some of the game’s more popular cards for their Extra Deck and Side Deck. This boxed set comes with a total of 56 Ultra Rare cards, including 20 Extra Deck monsters, 30 Side Deck cards, and 6 Ultra Rare monsters. The cards for the set were chosen based on the top winning tournament decks from the past year, and will include cards like Saryuja Skull Dread, Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier, Abyss Dweller, Tornado Dragon, Inspector Boarder, Spell Canceller, Solemn Strike, Super Polymerization, Typhoon, and Wave-Motion Cannon.

Five of the Ultra Rare monsters are variant versions of cards with new artwork: Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring, Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit, Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries, Ghost Bell & Haunted Mansion, and Ghost Sister & Spooky Dogwood. The sixth card is a brand new Ultra Rare monster whose identity has not yet been revealed, but it will feature two Special Summoning abilities.

Each set will also have four out of 12 possible Field Center cards. Six of the cards will have new monster artwork from the Duel Devastator set, while the other six will depict characters from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series: Yugi, Kaiba, Joey, Pegasus, Mai, and Ishizu.

The cards will be packaged in a heavy-duty storage box featuring the new monster artwork. MSRP is $39.99.

Duel Devastator will release about a month after the Rising Rampage Special Edition set (see “‘Rising Rampage’ Makes Waves in ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ TCG’”).

Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/43449/top-tournament-cards-reappear-yu-gi-oh-duel-devastator

https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/products/duel_devastator.html

UFS: Yu Yu Hakusho incoming !

The next expansion for Jasco’s Universal Fight System (UFS) will be based on the anime Yu Yu Hakusho, the company announced. The anime follows the exploits of Spirit Detective Yusuke Urameshi as he protects the human world from the demons and spirits from the underworld.

UFS: Yu Yu Hakusho will contain 81 cards of different rarities. While card details are limited at the moment, the set is said to feature the characters of Yusuke Urameshi, Kasuma Kuwabara, Kurama, Hiei, Botan, Byakko, Suzaku, and Rando.

MSRP and release date have not been announced at this time.

Yu Yu Hakusho is a venerable property which first appeared in the U.S. in 2001 via FUNimation (see “FUNimation Seeks Follow-Up to DBZ”), and quickly made its way onto Cartoon Network (see “New Anime Series on Cartoon Network”). It was a big hit both in Japan and in the U.S., and was the basis for a TCG from Score in the early 00s (see “Score Plans Two-Prong Push for Yu-Yu CCG”).

Jasco released UFS: Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers late last year (see “’Street Fighter Vs. Darkstalkers’ Comes to ‘UFS’”, and Seventh Cross and SoulCalibur VI earlier this year.

Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/43462/fight-paranormal-ufs-yu-yu-hakusho

‘FINAL FANTASY TCG: OPUS IX COLLECTION BOOSTER – LORDS AND CHAOS’

‘FINAL FANTASY TCG: OPUS IX COLLECTION BOOSTER – LORDS AND CHAOS’

Plus Prerelease Kit

Posted by Nicole Bunge on May 16, 2019 @ 3:36 pm CT

Square Enix will release Final Fantasy Trading Card Game: Opus IX Collection on July 19.

The Final Fantasy TCG: Opus IX Booster -Lords and Chaos set will include cards of the franchise’s most iconic Boss characters from Final Fantasy IV, VI, VII, XIV, XIV Morbius Final Fantasy and more. Original, exclusive art from Final Fantasy series artists will be included in this booster. The set will include 16 full art cards. The set includes 48 Common, 36 Rare, 26 Hero, 14 Legend, and 140 Premium cards. Each booster pack includes 12 cards, inclusive of 1 Premium foil card.  For collectors, the Buy-A-Box program will include a full art promo featuring Final Fantasy XIV antagonist Nael van Darnus.

The Final Fantasy TCG: Opus IX Pre-Release Kit will be available for pre-release events held from Saturday July 13 – Friday July 19. The kit will include 6 Opus IX booster packs and two exclusive items: a Gunslinger PR-053 card and card sleeves.

Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/43227/final-fantasy-tcg-opus-ix-collection-booster-lords-chaos

New UFS Mexhanics with Seventh Cross

OFFICIAL UFS LGR GAUGE RULES

I.3.7 Gauge

I.3.7.1 Gauge grants the ability “E: If this attack deals X or more damage, search your deck and
discard pile for a character card that shares a name with your starting character and add it to your
staging area. X equals the rating of the Gauge keyword granting this ability.”

OFFICIAL UFS LGR FREEZE RULES

K.4.5 To “freeze” a card is to create the assigned rule effect “That card does not ready during the next
Ready Step.”

K.4.5.1 A “frozen” card is any card with this effect assigned to it.

Source: https://jascogames.com/seventh-cross-brings-new-mechanics-to-ufs-the-latest-update-to-the-ufs-lgr-is-now-live/

JAPANESE ALTERNATE-ART PLANESWALKERS

War of the Spark is all about Planeswalkers. With 36 different characters represented, the set truly showcases an all-out war for the fate of the Multiverse being fought on Ravnica.

We wanted to do something special to commemorate this event in Japan, so we worked with Japanese artists to create alternate-art versions of every planeswalker in the set. All 36 planeswalkers in War of the Spark were reimagined beautifully by artists well-known throughout Japan, including Yoshitaka Amano!

These alternate versions appear randomly in Japanese-language War of the Spark boosters, replacing the regular version of the planeswalker in the pack 50% of the time. We’ve made Japanese boosters available to retailers around the world, so you can find them nearby wherever you live.

These cards will also be available in Wizards Play Network promo packs during the Core Set 2020 play season, appearing in roughly 1:4 of packs. The alternate-art planeswalkers have only been printed in Japanese, but will appear in promo packs around the world.

Source:
https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/japanese-alternate-art-planeswalkers-2019-04-22?fbclid=IwAR0jFpEYkE-CJiK0AintkIN7xPXRehFphFP6HUKwVaHwiKg0XpdaR3l5FF0