It looks legitimate enough for me. Usually I am used to seeing Mewtwo
's place on the board. Also note the Machamp
picture on Bruno's card is different. The lid for it also uses most of the pics from the rare Canadian version:
Note that Metapod
is facing the back, several others (like Sandslash
, Machamp, Tentacruel
and just about every creature from 121 to 127) are all in profile view, Ninetales
is leaping up, Venonat
is just standing there instead of running, Poliwrath
is running to the side, Doduo
aren't running, Gastly
's purple gas is not trailing off, and Moltres
is pointed upward.
I am saying that because I am more used to the lid on the version I had, which was the most common version:
This uses some of the more "common" Ken Sugimori stock art used on most of the Pokemon merchandise available in North America between 1998 and 2004. Although one peculiarity is the inclusion of the early "fat Pikachu
" picture on it; it seems sort of out of place with the more "on model/updated" character designs there.
Interestingly, when the 2001 version of Pokemon Master Trainer came out (with all the 250 Kanto and Johto Pokemon included, even Mew!), it still had some decent Pokemon pictures, but for some strange reason they continued to use that older "fat Pikachu
" stock art, even though by then nobody was really using it anymore! That puzzled me, as by then there were plenty of decent Pikachu stock art pictures to choose from:
Just a thought.