Back in September, we posted the news about the Transformers collab with Magic: The Gathering in their upcoming set: The Brother’s War. Now the set was released in November with one of the more collectible and notable things about the set being the inclusion of 15 Transformers cards based around the 1980s cartoon series of the same name.
As an avid Transformers fan, I now own a full set of these Transformers cards in my Magic: The Gathering collection… But little did I know it was over.
Recently a package arrived on my doorstep from Wizards of the Coast (via their Australian PR company) with three little boxes inside. To my surprise, I opened the package to reveal that there has been a Secret Lair x Transformers crossover set released and I got a set to have a look at! So here for your own eyes are the three sets that are available right now at the Secret Lair website (Stock is printed to order, but the timeframe is limited)
Roll Out or Rise Up
The first set that is in this collection, features 6 cards that are playable in all formats. (You can see a higher resolution of the cards below) All 6 cards represent moments from the 1986 Transformers animated movie, one of my favorite movies of all time, but using more modern models from recent toy releases. For example, the Megatron used in the image for Fabricate is from the recent Core Class toy release instead of his traditional Generation 1 character model. The cards from this set include:
While I like the idea that Wizard of the Coast wanted to include something that can be played for each color, its annoying that Blue (One of the more overpowered and hated deck colors in Magic: The Gathering) gets two cards to use instead of making one of the blue cards into a colorless card. Otherwise, there is a lot of viability in these cards for most play types, especially Commander/EDH.
One Shall Stand, One Shall Fall
The second box from this set contains a set of 5 land cards based on what those areas would look like on Cybertron. All 5 colors and their locations are represented, complete with small details of fights going on in the background on each card. The 5 cards represented are:
Unfortunately, while these cards look amazing, and I want a playset of them all, I’d call this the lowest point for the crossover set.
Optimus Prime vs Megatron
The final set is a nice double-sided panorama set of 3 cards featuring Optimus Prime and Megatron arriving and diving at the same time to claim the AllSpark. These three full art cards look amazing and are double-sided with the same effect on both sides so it doesn’t matter which one you use if you choose to use them. Both characters are what would be considered “Bombs”, high-cost cards that can be used to really strengthen your own side of the playing field but are hard to get onto the field. The three cards you get in this set are:
Shame these aren’t Legendary Creature or Planeswalker cards since they would have made excellent Commander cards for that format, and would allow a cheaper casting cost with some really interesting effects… Maybe next time Wizards of the Coast.
It’s Not Over!
Yep, just when you thought everything was done, there is one more card to be talked about. With all Secret Lair sets, you get one extra card per box that is the “secret” of the bunch. With this Transformers crossover set, you get… Cybertron! This card is a land card with ZERO COST that you tap to add a mana of any color that applies to your Commander… See! Another reason why I would have liked Optimus Prime or Megatron to be a card that you could use as a Commander!
If you are interested in buying your own Transformers cards from this set, you can buy them at the Secret Lair website in the following boxes: