News has reached us today that delays to Evolving Skies products are likely.
After severe shortages earlier in the year saw row upon row of empty shelves, Pokémon seem to have sorted the supply problems with products much more readily available.
The most affected set was Shining Fates, with Battle Styles also seeing some delays and shortages. The Chilling Reign release was unaffected with most products releasing on scheduled date.
Fans of the Pokémon Trading Card Game are eagerly anticipating the 27th August release of the 7th Sword and Shield expansion set – Evolving Skies. To date there has been no mention of delays or allocations but it would now appear that there will almost certainly be delays to Evolving Skies products. The news we have received suggests that delays will affect the UK, Europe and Australia. So far as we are aware the United States is not affected.
United Kingdom and Europe
In the UK there have been problems with freight deliveries since Brexit due to extra customs checks that have to be done before goods can enter the country. But it would seem that this is not the cause of the delay. Rather, the shipment carrying Evolving Skies to the UK has missed an important sea connection and delivery in time for release is now impossible.
One of the largest distributers in the UK has suggested that affected Evolving Skies products are likely to be delayed by at least two weeks. Furthermore, less product than anticipated may be arriving so orders to stockists are likely to be allocated and this will be passed on to the consumer.
Many European stockists purchase from UK Distributors which means they will be affected too. It is unclear whether shipments to mainland Europe are also affected.
Delays to Evolving Skies Products are believed to be confined to Booster boxes, Booster packs, Elite Trainer Boxes and the Evolving Skies Mini Portfolio, but this is not certain. **Update 30th August – Booster boxes were released on time but the Elite Trainer Boxes have been delayed to September and the Eevee Evolutions Tins have been delayed to 24th September.
A large distributor in Australia has announced this week that the launch of a number of items will be delayed. It is unclear whether the cause is also shipment/freight issues or due to other circumstances.
The distributor announcing the delays to Evolving Skies Products has suggested the revised release schedule:
Evolving Skies Booster Boxes and Booster Packs – 10th September
Evolving Skies Elite Trainer Boxes – 17th September
Chilling Reign Calyrex V boxes – 24th September
Pokémon V Union Boxes – 1st October
Eevee evolutions tins – 22nd October
This page will be updated with further information as it is released.