Pokémon TCG Japan Star Birth Preview: Honchkrow Alt Art
This week the Pokémon TCG will release the next Japanese set, star birth, which starts 2022 with a Sinnoh focus. Star Birth will kick off the VSTAR mechanic with cards featuring Charizard, Shaymin, Arceus, and Whimsicott. The set, the first major release of the year, will serve as part of the basis for the upcoming English expansion, Sword and shield – shining stars which will be released in February 2022. Here we cover the English and Japanese versions on Bleeding Cool, as the Japanese settings will give us a glimpse into the future of what’s to come for international releases. Today, let’s take a look at two of the first rare secrets we can see from Star birth: Alternate art from Lumineon V and Roseanne’s full support art trainer supporter.
One of the few Alternative Arts in which we operate star birth focuses on Honchkrow. Now, when it comes to Lumineon alt art, I was unabashedly happy to see a Pokemon that doesn’t normally get major attention take center stage in this new set. Now it’s not correct because Lumineon is neglected but because it has been treated with killer artwork. This is unfortunately not the case with Honchkrow’s Alternate Art. I reserve the right to be blown away when I see this in person when I start cracking packs of Sword and shield – shining stars, but neither the Honchkrow depiction nor the background do much to win over collectors here. Full Art Captures path more personality, so I’m crossing my fingers to pull that one off instead. I would have personally preferred to see a species like Shaymin get this Alternate Art slot but, if Honchkrow was the only way, it would have been nice to see the illustrator depict the Pokemon in an interesting way to elicit some kind of emotion the like most Alts do. Alas!
Stay tuned for more Pokémon TCG daily news right here at Bleeding Cool! You can follow our star birth cover using our official label for the set and our Sword and shield – shining stars cover using this tag for the whole.