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The Transformers: 3D Battle Card Game is a "constructible card game" from Wizards of the Coast (who are, of course, owned by Hasbro). The game involves punching out pieces from little plastic trading cards and assembling them as either a Transformer or its vehicle mode and then battling another player with a similar punch out figure. Release Date: June 2, 2007
Game play is largely based on Rock Paper Scissors. Players choose one of 3 colored attacks secretly, then both players reveal their choices at the same time. If the opposing player's color matches the target color of the attack, damage is recorded and any special effects occur. Special effects include extra damage, transformation, and changing distance from an opponent. If both players pull the same colors twice, the player with a lower health scores a "critical" attack, which does extra damage and sometimes includes a powerful special effect.
WotC included 26 Characters in the premier set featuring characters from the live-action film, with additional characters being drawn from other Transformers series past, somewhat redesigned to match the 2007 movie's aesthetic.
Each pack retails for $3.99 and includes everything needed to play: two punch-out Transformers figures (each made up of two "trading cards" worth of pieces), a character stat card for each of those figures, a token card (for determining attacks and keeping track of hit points), and a rules pamphlet. Packaging for each 'player's pack' is modeled after the 2007 movie's aesthetic, and includes a cover picture of either Bumblebee, Barricade, Optimus Prime, or Megatron.
As usual with WotC's card games, individual cards are marked with a 'rarity', which determines how likely a card can appear in any particular two pack. Cards can be 'common' (marked by a circle on the card), 'uncommon' (marked by a diamond), or 'rare' (marked by a star).
- #1 - Bumblebee - yellow 'muscle car' model - 20 points - Rare
- #2 - Cliffjumper - red 'muscle car' model - 31 points - Common
- #3 - Evac - yellow 'helicopter' - 29 points - Uncommon
- #4 - Ironhide - black 'pickup' model - 41 points - Rare
- #5 - Jazz - gray 'sports car' model - 37 points - Rare
- #6 - Jetfire - white and red 'jet' model - 38 points - Uncommon
- #7 - Longarm - blue 'construction truck' model - 35 points - Common
- #8 - Mirage - blue and white 'muscle car' model - 26 points - Common
- #9 - Optimus Prime - blue and red 'semi' model - 54 points - Rare
- #10 - Protoform Bumblebee - yellow 'fireball' model - 27 points - Uncommon
- #11 - Ratchet - yellow 'truck' model - 28 points - Rare
- #12 - Smokscreen - blue 'sports card' model - 29 points - Uncommon
- #13 - Swerve - rusty 'muscle car' model - 23 points - Common
- #14 - Barricade - black and white police 'muscle car' model - 33 points - Rare
- #15 - Blackout - steel blue 'helicopter' model - 37 points - Uncommon
- #16 - Bonecrusher - tan 'construction truck' model - 34 points - Uncommon
- #17 - Brawl - green 'tank' model - 41 points - Rare
- #18 - Dreadwing - steel gray 'jet' model - 24 points - Common
- #19 - Dropkick - light green 'pickup' model - 30 points - Common
- #20 - Megatron - gray 'cybertron jet' model - 53 points - Rare
- #21 - Payload - steel blue 'truck' model - 25 points - Common
- #22 - Protoform Starscream - yellow 'fireball' model - 24 points - Uncommon
- #23 - Scorponok - rusty 'scorpion' model - 29 points - Rare
- #24 - Starscream - steel green 'jet' model - 43 points - Rare
- #25 - Thundercracker - blue 'jet' model - 24 points - Common
- #26 - Wreckage- light green 'tank' model - 35 points - Uncommon
Energon Wars expansion
The first expansion to this game arrived in stores in October 2007. The set brings in characters based on those found in Generation One, Beast Wars and Unicron Trilogy figures. According to the game's official site, Optimus Primal and Megatron are the faction leaders for the set. The set also relies heavily on redecos of the designs used in the original set, with the new set adding the 'Sports Coupe', 'T-Rex', and 'Beast' designs to the mix. The 'Beast' model can be constructed to resemble a cat or an ape, but uses the same parts regardless.
Other than by just checking over the card list, "Energon Wars" cards can be determined by the use of a more 'G1 styled' faction symbol on the cards. The original set uses faction symbols based on the 2007 movie's promotional art. Unlike other WotC card games, "Energon Wars" does not otherwise have a unique symbol which designates its cards as part of an expansion.
- #1 - Blurr (Armada) - light blue 'sports car' model - 28 points - Uncommon
- #2 - Cheetor (Transmetal 2 form) - yellow 'cat' model - 31 points - Common
- #3 - "Classic" Bumblebee - yellow 'sports coupe' model - 22 points - Rare
- #4 - Grimlock - gray 'T-Rex' model - 48 points - Rare
- #5 - Hot Rod - red and flame-trimmed 'sports car' model - 28 points - Uncommon
- #6 - Inferno - fire engine red 'construction truck' model - 36 points - Rare
- #7 - Optimus Primal - black 'ape' model - 52 points - Rare
- #8 - Prowl - White police 'muscle car' model - 25 points - Uncommon
- #9 - Side Swipe - Blue 'sports coupe' model - 24 points - Uncommon
- #10 - Skids - teal 'pickup' model - 26 points - Common
- #11 - Trailbreaker - rusty 'truck' model - 26 points - Common
- #12 - Warpath - red 'tank' model - 35 points - Common
- #13 - Whirl - sky blue 'helicopter' model - 30 points - Rare
- #14 - Blackjack - black and purple 'sports coupe' model - 24 points - Common
- #15 - Blitzwing (who strongly resembles Quake) - red and blue 'tank' model - 30 points - Uncommon
- #16 - "Classic" Bonecrusher - green 'construction truck' model - 38 points - Rare
- #17 - Cruellock (in Doom-Lock's colors) - red 'T-Rex' model - 32 points - Common
- #18 - "Classic" Starscream - white 'jet' model - 42 points - Rare
- #19 - "Predacon" Megatron - purple 'T-Rex' model - 52 points - Rare
- #20 - Quickstrike - yellow 'scorpion' model - 33 points - Rare
- #21 - Ramjet - red and white 'jet' model - 24 points - Common
- #22 - Rampage - red 'cat' model - 32 points - Common
- #23 - Ravage - black 'cat' model - 23 points - Uncommon
- #24 - Sky Lynx (apparently a new character) - red 'cybertron jet' model - 30 points - Rare
- #25 - Skywarp - black 'jet' model - 25 points - Uncommon
- #26 - Vortex (who strongly resembles Energon Stormcloud) - yellow 'helicopter' model - 27 points - Uncommon
The artwork for Energon Wars has three notably different styles within it. One continues the trend found in the first series, largely using the 2007 movie aesthetic cues, such as Trailbreaker, who resembles a recolored Dropkick from the first set. This art is largely done by Gonzalo Flores.
The second style largely copies the artwork from their toy likenesses. Ramjet, for instance, is clearly based on his 'classics' figure. This art is generally credited to Lucio Parillo.
The final style is a very loose and simplistic 'cartoon' view, which seems to be an attempt to somewhat resemble the 'Generation One' cartoon. Inferno and Grimlock are the best examples of this. Francis Tsai is responsible for these pieces.
Two new battle mechanics "Stun" and "Grapple" were also introduced. Both of these rules make a character more vulnerable to damage until he either transforms (for stun) or changes range (for grapple).
- In many cases, even allowing for punch-card construction, the robot and vehicle designs differ significantly from all past versions of the characters. For example, Cliffjumper bears the head of Alternators Swerve.
- The card writers for the Energon Wars expansion did their homework, as many characters' special attacks are taken directly from their bios: Whirl has his "Paralyzo Box," Skywarp has a "teleport" ability, and so forth.