During the LEGO filled third day at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con, I was privileged to meet the members of the BrickJournal LEGO as an Art Form panel, Brandon Griffith, Joe Meno, Nathan Sawaya, and Tommy Williamson. After the panel, I met up with every at the TwoMorrows Publishing booth. There, Brandon and Joe both handed me a pack of STUDS Collectible Trading Cards. If you remember from last year, Brandon started the project on Kickstarter and was successfully funded. The STUDS cards are expected to be released later this year. The Series 1 base set contains 96 base cards and a 9 card poster set. Each pack contains 8 trading cards and a BrickForge Minifig Accessory Part. Also in one of my packs was a BrickNerd sticker. There are also chase cards that you can find randomly inserted into packs such as artist autographed cards which are limited to 25 per artist, 4 micro chase cards, and sketch cards.
The STUDS trading cards are made with high quality printing that you get from other trading cards. They even have that unique trading card smell as well. Yes, I smelled it. The cards feature 55 different LEGO artists including 3 featured artists. The set also includes 20 culture cards that feature different aspects of the LEGO community. On the front of the card, it features a LEGO model and the back goes into detail of the LEGO artist. Various artists include Bruce Lowell, Alyse Gagne, Dave Shaddix, and many more. One of the publication cards I got was Joe Meno’s BrickJournal card. Ironically, it was Joe who gave me the pack that had BrickJournal’s card in it. As mentioned before there are autographed cards randomly inserted into packs. In one of the packs that I got, I received one of the 25 cards signed by Will Chapman from BrickArms. It was in its own card sleeve which was a nice addition to protect the card. There are also a BrickForge Minifig Accessory Part inside every pack. The ones I got was a white canister gun and a grey coilgun. These parts were sealed in their own card packaging so they wouldn’t harm the trading cards.
Overall, I really like the designs of the cards and the details on the back of the cards. It’s nice to know a little bit more information about the person behind the LEGO models. It’s also cool that various artists agreed to sign their cards to be included in the packs. Now I wish I had the chance to donate to the project so I could’ve gotten the whole set. The STUDS trading cards are a great addition to your ever-growing LEGO collection. Below are the cards that I got in the two packs I received.