As we saw during Pulsecon 2022, Magic The Gathering and Transformers are crossing over proper in the new Brothers War tabletop game card sets. The story line of the series features a battle between mechanical armies and those who side with magic, so working Transformers into the game now made sense. At least more than in prior storylines anyway :). There are 15 Transformers cards based on Generation 1, with 15 Shattered Glass variants of those cards (both function the same). They come randomly packed, 1 in 10 booster packs has a Transformers card. The Magic team over at Wizards / Hasbro sent through a promotional box and we were able to rip into packs to check out the set. There was also some pretty cool Magic swag too!
To check out the full Brothers War story, product line and events – head on over to The Brothers War Site @ Wizards of the Coast. It’s got a great presentation and overview of everything coming. You can also pre-order sets over on Amazon. #ad
Read on to check out an overview of everything we got here, including some in hand shots of the Shattered Glass Goldbug toy!
Magic The Gathering Brothers War Promotional Box
- Custom Mailer Box
- Brothers War Branded Foam Insert
- Light-Up Split Crystal Display with Remote
- 2 Example Cards, 1 Transformers, In A Protective Case
- 1 Sealed Collector Booster Pack
- Mishra’s Burnished Banner Commander Box
- Booster Pack Box (30 Packs)
- Transformers T-shirt for small people and/or those that wear tight small shirts
This set celebrates both the Brothers War launch and the Transformers aspect of the set. It’s a bit more Magic focused in theme and contents, which is expected. We here at TFW2005 are obviously Transformers focused, so that’s what I was looking forward to. In total I opened 30 packs of Boosters, a Commander Box, 2 Collector Booster packs (1 from the Commander box). In total, I got my hands on 5 Transformers cards. Zero Shattered Glass versions. There was also an Ultra Magnus TF card which came with the promo box, which isn’t counted in that total. Booster box says 1 in 10 packs has a Transformers card, and I got 4 out of 30, so I suppose that’s in the zone. In the two Collector Booster packs, I only got 1 Transformers card. Not sure if there are other easier avenues to obtain just the Transformers cards, but prepare yourself for a lot of pack ripping if you want to do it the old fashion way. You can check out image of all 30 Transformers cards here.
Official notes about Transformers:
What are the Transformers Cards?
Autobots, roll out! Fifteen Transformers cards in classic G1 styling can be found in The Brothers’ War. Each is a new mythic rare card. You can find them in Set and Collector Boosters, as well as in Bundles.
What are the Shattered Glass Cards?
The Shattered Glass cards depict an alternate universe where heroic Decepticons battle evil Autobots. The Shattered Glass cards are mechanically identical to the standard, G1 Transformers cards, but feature new art and frames.
While I wish I could comment on the rest of the set, I really can’t. The art is awesome, the presentation is there. The story looks deep and something I would really love to consume as a TV show, cartoon, movie, video game, etc. I just personally don’t do table top games. I took some photographs of each thing I opened, whatever looked “special”. Foil/hologram cards and art cards mostly. I’m sure there was some other good stuff in there from a gameplay standpoint, I just have no clue what is what. So for the purpose of this article, didn’t dig into that.
Deluxe Shattered Glass Goldbug
This one is more up my alley. I haven’t been doing the new Shattered Glass figs, my focus is more narrow. Didn’t do the original run either. I am happy they exist and out in the world for those who want them. So Goldbug is my first (stop trying to trick me into buying more stuff). He’s a remix of Earthrise Cliffjumper. Deco is sharp, I love the blue and pink of the boxes and key art from the line. Head came out good, very Goldbuggy. And the overall toy is good, as was Cliffjumper. Check some shots of it below.
Brothers War Crystal Display
One of the special things in this promo box was a crystal display. This is split in two, red and green. Each have an LED inside, and can be individually turned on via the back of the crystal. In addition, there is a base for each side to slide into with the Brothers War logo on it. That can be plugged in via USB, and then lit up using a remote, so perfect for shelf display. Even has strobe, color change, and so on built in. I am not sure what the backstory is to this, so Magic folks please forgive my ignorance being a Transformers first guy here. I assume since the story focuses around brothers going at it, that this got split at some point and represents the two sides. Or, not, you guys tell me. 🙂 It’s well done and looks cool either way.
Bottom line, great promotional box, cards look great, story looks cool, and the Transformers aspect rocks. If I can get my hand on a complete set without stressing out or selling my house to do it, I will. Thanks to the Wizards / Hasbro team for this, check out our pics below!
For more info on all this, make sure to check out The Brothers War Site @ Wizards of the Coast.
Key shots here, over 100 more below!