The Pokemon Unbroken Bonds Elite Trainer Box is a great way to get started on collecting Pokemon cards. Especially if you are also starting on the Sun & Moon Unbroken Bonds expansion collection. The Elite Trainer Box comes with everything to get you started whether you are just starting or have been collecting for a while. Firstly, you get a pack of energy cards of all types. Which gives your card deck a boost from the start.
Secondly, you get 8 booster packs and 65 card sleeves. Lastly, you also get a set of dice and condition markers which is needed to play the card game. There is also a players guide as well which shows you different card combos you can make if you have the right cards and there is also a complete checklist for the Unbroken Bonds series of cards.
The Dice & Condition Markers
My son thinks the dice look pretty cool. Usually dice are used for damage markers. The bigger dice in the box is typically used for each player to roll to see who goes first. Unless of course you have a cool Pokemon coin to use for heads and tails. The smaller dice are used for damage. One dot is supposed to be equal to 10 damage points. So if a Pokemon card does 30 damage to it’s opponent, you would place one die on the card with 3 dots up. But that’s what the dice is used for.
There are different conditions in the Pokemon card game. One of which is poison and another is Burn. There are also a few others but those are displayed by turning the card upside down or sideways – left or right. The markers are pretty durable and I think it would take a lot for them to break.
The Card Sleeves
As a mom, I think this these are the best things ever. Of course anyone who plays the card game would say the same thing. After you put together your own 60 card deck, you place each of your cards in one of these sleeves. That way all your cards have protection while you play. If you are not into actually playing the game, you can use these to protect any of your rare cards too.
The back of them have a cool Unbroken Bonds design on them and they are all the same. That way all your cards in your deck look the same. The other side is completely transparent and crystal clear. This makes your cards easy to read. We have also noticed that these sleeves do not make the cards harder to read either. Lastly, they are made really well too.
The Booster Packs
Now we are getting into the really fun stuff. As mentioned previously, included with the Elite Trainer Box, there are 8 booster packs. Inside each pack, you get 10 cards which will include a mix of Pokemon cards, energy cards, item and support cards, etc. There are 214 cards in the Unbroken Bonds series. The series also includes 7 new Pokemon Tag Team GX cards and 6 new Pokemon GX cards! Unbroken Bonds also has a lot of new Trainer Cards as well (items, supporters, and stadium cards).
Out of his 8 booster packs, my son ended up pulling 7 or 8 rare basic and stage 1 cards. He also got a couple rare stage 2 cards and a gold rare Pokegear 3.0 card as well. But that wasn’t the only excitement. The real excitement arrived when he came across…
The Greninja & Zoroark Tag Team GX! Yeah, he was pretty excited about that one! These are some pretty powerful cards. If you know about the game, you know that if you have a GX card that gets knocked out, your opponent takes 2 prize cards. With the Tag Team GX, your opponent will take 3 prize cards instead of only 2. So there is that drawback.
The Unbroken Bonds Elite Trainer Box is also a storage box. I love this about it too. That way my son can build a few different card decks and use the dividers that also come with the set. The divider cards are really heavy duty too. You can also store your other game pieces inside as well such as the dice and condition markers. The box is also pretty heavy duty too and happens to be a durable box.
The great thing about this series is that it is an expansion and can be played with previous series. My son was really excited to get started on the Unbroken Bonds series. He has a lot of older cards although he doesn’t have any complete sets though but he’s close. He already has a little more than half the Unbroken Bonds collection.
He’s not a huge Pokemon Card Game player. He knows how to play and he has even been teaching me. But he’s more of a collector than he is a player. We think the Elite Trainer Box is great. It comes with everything you need to put together a decent card deck. I also think it’s a great starter set for beginners.
Are you or your kids Pokemon collectors? If so, have you started on the Sun & Moon Unbroken Bonds yet?
Buy It: You can usually find Pokemon cards just about anywhere. Well, almost anywhere. Stores like Walmart, Target, Meijer, Gamestop, hobby and specialty stores and more. Even though Walmart carries them, we usually find a better selection of them to include the Trainer Boxes at Meijer and Target more often. If you are looking to purchase the Unbroken Bonds Elite Trainer Box, it usually retails for around $38.00.
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. However, I received free product mentioned in this post from Excell Brands for my use and review. All opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway or collaboration with DustinNikki Mommy of Three, please email Nicole Anderson at danderson35 (at) columbus (dot) rr (dot) com.