Pokémon in for “a massive year” says Asmodee UK as Trading Card Game anniversary expansion prepares for launch

Asmodee UK has cited 2021 to be a ‘massive year for the Pokémon Trading Card Game’ which is gearing up top release the Shining Fates expansion, its first major product release in the year as the brand celebrates its milestone 25th anniversary this year.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the Pokémon Trading Card Game saw a ‘phenomenally successful 2020,’ and is now set to receive ‘an even bigger boost’ thanks to the milestone year for one of the most popular and successful entertainment franchises in the world.

Launching this Febraury, the Shining Fates set spotlights the game’s ultra-rare and powerful Shiny Pokémon variants with a special expansion that sits outside of the current Sword & Shield expansion block. The latest instalment of the Sword & Shield expansion will arrive in March.

This is the first time that the game has released such a set this early in a year, having previously only done so in Q4.

The set will be led by the iconic Pikachu, who stars in the Pokémon TCG: Shining Fates – Pikachu V collection. This boxed set features Pikachu V in the form of both a full-art foil promo card and a foil oversize card, as well as coming with four booster packs.

Another fan-favourite Pokémon, Eevee, will take a turn in the spotlight as well as it fronts the set’s Elite Trainer Box in gigantic VMAX form. This bumper product, attractive to both collectors and players, includes a majestic foil promo card of Eevee VMAX as well as 10 Shining Fates booster packs and a variety of themed accessories.

The Pokémon TCG, including the full Shining Fates expansion and other exciting lines in the works for the remainder of this celebratory year for the game, is available to the UK trade exclusively through Asmodee UK. Retailers wanting a closer look at what’s next for this mega-popular brand should make sure that they book a meeting at the third edition of AsmoFair, the company’s pioneering virtual trade show.

Running from January 17 to 23, AsmoFair will bring attendees closer than ever to the feeling of an in-person event thanks to additions including a 360-degree virtual tour of a fully built show stand.

With meetings also available at evenings and weekends in order to accommodate as many needs as possible, retailers can visit asmofair.co.uk in order to book a slot and see everything that’s coming up from the games specialists.

Asmodee to launch PAW Patrol, Pixar, Marvel, and Minions licensed Dobble

Asmodee is launching four new licensed editions of its hit speed observation game Dobble this year thanks to a slew of partnerships with PAW Patrol, Pixar, Marvel, and Minions.

Dobble, a game in which players must spot a single matching image between two cards, has grown into a national phenomenon in recent years, becoming the UK’s best-selling game of 2018 and 2019 per NPD Group data.

The game has made a success of previously launched licensed editions through partnerships with The Gruffalo, LOL Surprise, and Harry Potter. In fact, it’s according to Asmodee that the Harry Potter edition practically flew off the shelves throughout 2019.

Beginning with Dobble Pixar, the four new games will be released across 2021, offering new opportunities for fans of each property to find a new way to enjoy the fast-playing game of Dobble.

“Dobble is a game whose format lends itself very well to great licensing crossovers, which we’ve already seen with the phenomenal success of the likes of Harry Potter Dobble,” said Anil Boodhoo, Asmodee UK’s national channel director.

“We’re excited to be partnering with four iconic brands on an ambitious release schedule as we continue to take Dobble from strength to strength.”

Retailers will be able to get an up-close look at these new editions, as well as find out what else is next for the Dobble brand and discover other major new additions to the Asmodee catalogue, at the third edition of AsmoFair – Asmodee’s own virtual trade show.

Running from January 17 to 23rd 2021, the event now features a 360-degree virtual tour of a fully built show stand that brings attendees even closer to the feel of an in-person show. With weekend and evening meeting slots available, retailers can head to asmofair.co.uk for more information or to book a meeting.

Green Board Games enters the Wizarding World with BrainBox Harry Potter launch

The popular educational games series, BrainBox is expanding its licensing activity into the Wizarding World with the release of its upcoming BrainBox Harry Potter in May next year. It marks a major development for the Green Board Games team, who has earmarked 2021 as a ‘huge year for the brand.’

Green Board Games was acquired by the Asmodee Group in 2019. The BrainBox games will form a key part of Asmodee’s newly launching Brain Games collection for creative and enquiring minds in 2021

The BrainBox series is a popular range of addictive memory challenges in which players have ten seconds to study a card before answering questions on what they saw. The series has previously covered topics across maths and English, to dinosaurs and football.

The family-friendly gaming brand now invites players to test their knowledge and relive the beloved Harry Potter film series.

Cards will be packed with fun facts about the franchise as well as stills from all of the Harry Potter films, offering youngsters the chance to prove that they’ve got what it takes to be top of the class at Hogwarts.

It’s part of a series of plans for the coming year from Green Board Games.

“2021 is going to be a huge year for BrainBox,” says James Wallis, studio manager at Green Board Games.

“BrainBox Harry Potter is a fantastic way to relaunch the line, followed by a fresh new look for the whole range – including a completely revamped BrainBox Board Game – and the new line of mini-BrainBoxes, in a pocket- and pocket-money-friendly format. We couldn’t be more excited.”

The BrainBox games series has sold over eight million copies worldwide, in 65 countries and 30 different languages.

The Harry Potter edition, as well as others in the series, will be previewed at AsmoFair, the third edition of Asmodee’s pioneering virtual trade show, from 17-23 January.

Now including a 360-degree virtual tour of a fully built show stand, the event is an opportunity for retailers to get a closer look at must-have products for the year ahead from Asmodee’s vast range of games and collectibles.

Weekend and evening meetings are also available – buyers can head to asmofair.co.uk to book a slot.

LMI plays the licensing game with Asmodee’s best-seller Dobble

Asmodee’s number one selling brand, Dobble is exploring a life outside of party gaming thanks to a new partnership with LMI, a UK licensing agency that will identify opportunities to expand the reach and audience for the IP through licensing partnerships.

Andrew Maconie and the team at LMI have been appointed as the licensing agent for the UK, Eire and Benelux and are now already busy identifying and planning the brand’s development.

Having sold 21 million games worldwide and been named the UK’s best selling game has given the Dobble game a firm platform from which to build a wider brand.

In the UK, Asmodee has been the country’s most effective marketer in the Family Games category and now stand as the top-ranked manufacturer in the overall Games category – progress made thanks in no small part to titles like this one.

The partnership has been announced as Dobble now celebrates its 10th birthday this year.

Alex Green, managing director of Asmodee UK, said: “We are delighted to have LMI on board to help take the Dobble brand even further. The game has come from humble beginnings to become a household name and we can’t wait to see it thrive with new opportunities as a result of this partnership.”

The development is part of new campaign from Asmodee UK which will see it launch a new Family Games range at Toy Fair next week, showcasing ‘best in class products that excel at bringing all ages together around the tabletop for shared fun.’

The Family Games range will be led by Dobble 360, lending the title a 360-degree twist. Like all of the Family Games portfolio, Dobble 360 will benefit from comprehensive marketing support, including a huge TV and digital ad campaign.

Also featured are Ticket to Ride London, the bite-sized edition of the millions-selling Modern Classic board game that lets players rush around the capital for points in just 15 minutes, and the hugely popular BrainBox range of educational games, which deliver learning and memory challenges based on a variety of topics.

The collection is completed by the hilarious dexterity challenge of Crazy Eggz, the shadow-puppetry creativity of Picture Show and the magnetised sailing adventure of Bermuda Pirates.

The creation of the Family Games range follows similar groupings of key products by Asmodee for clear marketing focus, including the Modern Classics, Party Games and newly rebranded Quick Play titles.

Visitors can find Asmodee at Toy Fair on Stand E109 but should also keep an eye out for a second stand on E15, where some of Asmodee’s standout brands will be celebrated, including Dobble, Catan and BrainBox.