Smyths Toys no longer selling Yu-Gi-Oh! product in Ireland. | The Irish Duelist

Smyths Toys no longer selling Yu-Gi-Oh! product in Ireland.

I don't usually do 2 blog posts in a day, but I just got some breaking news from a felow Irish Duelist that is of importance to the majority of Irish Yu-Gi-Oh! fans.

Source: Pojo

Bad news if you are like me living in Ireland. SMYTHS toys are no longer selling yugioh cards. I emailed them this morning about the lack of new Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and I got this response.


Thank you for your email.

Unfortunately we have stopped selling the Yu-Gi-Oh! cards due to unforeseen circumstances.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused and if you require any further assistance please do not hesitate in contacting us.

Kind Regards,

Customer Service Dept.

Smyths Toys Superstores

For those of you reading from outside of Ireland right now, Smyths Toys is Ireland's largest (and dare I say only) toystore chain, with stores in all the major regions in the country. More often than not (for whatever reason) they manage to get in product before our Hobby Stores can do the same, and on rare occasions get in product that the Hobby Stores aren't able to (the most notable case was the original Gold Series in 2008, which was pretty much only available in Smyths).

This announcement will have a big impact on the game in Ireland, and while most cities have their own Hobby Stores (The Gathering in Limerick, Sub City in Galway, Other Realms in Cork and various stores in Dublin) where events are held and product is sold, the vast majority of Yu-Gi-Oh! product buyers in Ireland will not exactly be aware of these, which will affect these stores in future as existing players who move on or "grow out of the game" won't be replaced by fresh new players as often as they used to.

It's a sad day for Irish Yu-Gi-Oh!, and those of us who are playing right now have to stick together to help the game survive. If there's a Hobby Store near you, do what you can to support it and keep the game going.