2013 NECA The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Trading Cards
First it was a book. Next came the movie. Now it's time for the sequel. 2013 NECA The Hunger Games: Catching Fire trading cards offer a simple look at the follow-up blockbuster. It's a no-frills product that some might see as a throwback to simpler times in the hobby.
The 2013 NECA The Hunger Games: Catching Fire base set has 40 cards. Besides a title card, there are five character cards and 34 film cards. These use shots from the film. Although be warned, it doesn't show much outside of the trailers.
Unlike a lot of modern sets, Catching Fire is all base cards. There are no inserts to be found -- no autographs, no memorabilia cards, no foil cards. There aren't even any stickers with thick-colored borders like Topps movie sets from the 1970s.
Product Configuration: 24 packs per box, 6 cards per pack
Price Point: Low-End Entertainment Card
Target Audience: Hunger Games Fans, Set Builders
2013 NECA The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Box Break
- 144 Total Cards
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2013 NECA The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Checklist
2 Katniss Everdeen
3 Peeta Mellark
4 Gale Hawthorne
5 Finnick Odair
6 Johanna Mason
7 Katniss & Prim
8 Mrs. Everdeen & Prim
9 Gale & Katniss
11 Katniss Everdeen
14 Katniss & Peeta
15 Effie Trinket
16 President Snow
17 Peeta & Katniss
18 President Snow & Plutarch
19 Peeta, Effie & Katniss
20 President Snow
22 Plutarch & Haymitch
23 Katniss, Effie & Peeta
24 Caesar Flickerman & Katniss
25 Effie Trinket
27 Caesar Flickerman & Peeta
28 Caesar Flickerman
29 Effie & Peeta
30 Finnick Odair
31 Plutarch Heavensbee
32 Peeta & Katniss
34 Johanna Mason
35 Katniss Everdeen
36 Finnick Odair
37 Finnick & Katniss
38 Mags & Finnick
39 Katniss & Cinna
40 Katniss Everdeen
2013 NECA The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Product Review
Reviewed by Ryan Cracknell
Good: Easy to build.
Bad: Doesn't show anything beyond an early trailer, little text, no inserts.
The Bottom Line: For those clamoring for old-school sets, you might want to be careful what you wish for. 2013 NECA The Hunger Games: Catching Fire takes it to the extreme with a release that's all base cards. Forget about opening a pack and finding an autograph from Miss. Katniss, Jennifer Lawrence. Don't even thing about any basic inserts. They're nowhere to be found. This wouldn't be so bad if it offered a killer base set at a lower price. Sadly, neither is the case.
Card Design: 2.0/5.0
The photos on the front don't look bad at all. The full-bleed design is simple and showcases the strong set designs of the film. However, this set comes across as lazy. Flip to the backside and you get the same photo only flipped vertically and cropped a little tighter. Other than the first six cards, there isn't even any text beyond the legal fine print.
A 2013 NECA The Hunger Games: Catching Fire master set consists of 40 cards. That's it. I'm actually okay with no inserts if the base set is interesting. Without offering a deeper look into the film or anything beyond one of the early trailers, this isn't the case. Flipping through the 40-card set is okay, but it's definitely not a set to savor. The saving grace here is that with just 40 cards a set shouldn't be too hard to put together pack-by-pack.
Simple structure, thin card stock, no inserts means a lower price tag, right? Nope. The suggested price on this retail-focused release is $3.50 per pack. That's on par with current releases from Cryptozoic and Rittenhouse Archives that offer a chance at autographs, sketch cards and other basic inserts.
The Fun Factor: 2.0/5.0
To say this set is a disappointment, at least from a card collector's perspective, would be an understatement. The Hunger Games is a cornerstone of pop culture today that could certainly handle a full-blown release for each film. Instead there's an uninspired release that offers very little other than offering pocket-sized photos of some of the main characters. This set is best served as a pack here and there kind of product. With a 40-card set and six cards per pack, it's not overly expensive. But when you put it alongside the much nicer base sets from other companies that sell for less than $5, it's not very encouraging. Granted, NECA is a company known more for their detailed toys and other pop culture collectibles. It's unfortunate they weren't able to put the same care and detail into this set as a lot of the action figures and other products I've seen from them.