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Attacktix Bling – Promo, Premium, and Chase January 16, 2007

Posted by webofwebhead in Attacktix, CMG, Marvel, Star Wars, Transformers.
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Everyday, someone out there is buying their first booster of Attacktix, and everyday someone is getting their first chrome and wondering just how lucky they are, and what exactly a chrome is.  Today I’m going to spell it all out so everyone has a reference to guide them through the bling bling of the ‘Tix world.

Before we even get into Promos, Premiums, and Chase figures, I’m going to talk about figure rarity in the boosters.  Hopefully this will provide a foundation upon which to build the remainder of the rarity tiers.

Star Wars Attacktix Series 1, 2, and 3 each came in 3 figure boosters.  The rarities in each booster were 1 Common, 1 Rare, and 1 Super Rare.  In those 30 figure booster series there were 5 different Common figures, 10 different Rare figures, and 15 different Super Rare figures.  So, Rares were twice as rare as Commons, and Super Rares three times as rare as commons…meaning for each Super Rare fig, you might collect 3 of the same Common on average.

Beginning with Star Wars Attacktix Series 4 and Transformers Series 1, boosters switched to 2 figures each.  These rarities are known as Rare and Super Rare.  These series have 18 figures in the booster set, with 6 Rares and 12 Super Rares, obviously making Super Rares twice as rare as normal Rares.  This rarity relation is similar to the old Common/Rare ratio, with the new Rares and Super Rares each being slightly more infrequent than the old Commons and Rares.

OK, so now that we’ve got that cleared up, let’s talk about Chromes.  Chrome based figures are found only in boosters, approximately 1 out of every 5 booster will have 1 Chrome based figure.  Chrome based figures are identical to the normal black based figures in the boosters in terms of playability…they have the same stats and numbering.  Only the color of the base is different.  This makes chromes a Chase Variant subset of the normal booster series.  These are most similar to the foil cards found in some ccg sets, like Magic.

Next up are the Gold Based figures.  These figures come from Premium Sets…most recently the Intergalactic Showdown set.  The original Gold figures followed Star Wars Series 2 and were numbered G1 – G3.  The newer Gold figures comprise the Star Wars versus Transformers set and are numbered SVT1 – SVT6.  These Premium figures are of a fixed rarity, similar to starter sets.  The gold based figures are found in other series, but have different stats and powers, making them functionally unique within the game.

The Tournament Series figures are numbered T1 – T10, and are easy to spot…they are all silver from base to figure.  These were released in two waves, the first including T1 – T5 are perhaps the rarest ‘Tix figures to date.  The newer figures are still rarer than most, but somewhat easier to come by at events.  These figures have the same powers and ratios as the standard series figures they are based off of, but have superior stats…either lower point costs or higher movement scores.

Finally we come to the Promo Series of figures, P1 and P2.  These figures are both functionally unique playwise and have different paint schemes than the matching figures within the normal booster series.  So far, we have seen these figures only as bonus figures in the Wal-Mart exclusive Star Wars 4 and Transformers 1 starters.  Their rarity is fixed, but they are rarer in general than they other starter figs, as they only appear in the Wal-Mart exclusive packs. 

So that’s it…now you know the difference between the promo, premium and chase figures in the Attacktix world.  Good luck pulling chromes in your boosters!

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1. Brantley - January 24, 2007

We may also want to mention the original Wal-Mart and San Diego Con individually wrapped promos from series 1 figures 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, & 15.

They are exactly the same in everyway of figures in Series 1 booster except that they are individually wrapped in a promotional see thru bag.

2. Gideon - February 3, 2007

What would you say if you had a mistake figure? Last night I opened a pack of Marvel and got a Thing figure with Spiderman’s stun power.

3. webofwebhead - February 3, 2007

The issue with mistake figures…I think it would be too easy, if they did have any value, to fake them. After all, any figure could fit on any base, decals could be switched, someone conceivably even switch the underbases around. I think they are an interesting oddity, but I have yet to see any interest in them from collectors.


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