"NEWTROPOLIS & The Fantastic Fur" includes 56 unique pieces of original artwork from celebrated U.K. Playing Card Artist, Peter Wood. Peter has drawn decks for many different companies over the years including not only Newt's Playing Cards, but also US Games and Piatnik. Just shy of 20 have been published and another 30+ have been created as part of or one offs for various collectors worldwide. We are proud to continue the legacy with this unique, Limited Edition deck of cards that includes your normal 52 cards plus 4 jokers...all drawn by Peter Wood.
- Strict Limited Edition run of 1152 decks of cards or 8 cases.
- Numbered Edition, Gold Colored Decal or label on each deck.
- Printed design inside of the tuck box.
- Originally partially funded on Kickstarter
ABOUT THIS TYPE OF ART:
This type of art isn't really new as it has been around since the late 1800s. As the video states multiple times, at NewtsGames.com we just happen to love this type of art so much that we continue to create more decks with it. In the "old days" this type of art was called "semi-transformational" but we like to call it "hidden images" or "seek-n-find". "Semi-transformation" just means that the suit signs or "pips" are hidden in the picture...which is exactly what these decks do. They are 'transformed' in a subtle and fun way just like they did back in the late 1800s.
THE STORY BEHIND THE DECK:
"NEWTROPOLIS & The Fantastic Fur" is the latest deck of cards created by UK artist Peter Wood exclusively for Newt's Playing Cards! Peter has always been a huge fan of comic book superheroes and remembers reading them as a young boy a 'few' years ago. Likewise, he loves to draw teddy bears. Together, this deck features Peter's "Super Teddy Bears", straight from his own imagination. While he freely admits that some are parodies of famous comic book heroes and villains, most are inspired from every day life.
Similar to some of our other decks like "WILD!", "Cats - Pips-N-Paws" and "Busy Bears", Peter has created "NEWTROPOLIS & The Fantastic Fur" in the same semi-transformational format. At Newt's Playing Cards we often call them "seek and find" playing cards to help folks better understand what the deck is. The basic scoop is the deck has hidden Pips (hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades) on each card. As an added dimension Peter has also hidden the symbol of Newtropolis, a hexagon, throughout the deck.
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NEWTROPOLIS is the main city of Hugobia (The Land Of Bears). What makes this city so unique is not the buildings or it's location, but many of it's inhabitants. NEWTROPOLIS is the home of a host of powerful and very special teddy bears who have a vast range of special powers. Some are gained from unique circumstances, some from accidents and some from years of dedication to their craft. These 'Super' bears are joined by their desire to rid Hugobia of all evil and wrong. They are divided into 3 main 'factions': The Diamonds, Hearts & Clubs. They are all connected in their battle with evil via BRAIN (Ace of Clubs) who has the mental ability to contact anyone at any time and read their minds whilst planting his own thoughts within his subjects heads. All is not well in NEWTROPOLIS! Although the 'good' bears in Hugobia derive much of their energy from the honey combs pure honey, there is a mutant strain of this food that was infected many years ago - some say deliberately. For those bears that eat from this source it eats away at their more positive traits and has created the villain 'Spades', which are the sworn enemies of NEWTROPOLIS. They also have a wide range of bears with special powers of their own.
And so the battle for NEWTROPOLIS begins. Heroes versus Villains. Good versus evil. One lovable hug at a time...but who will win?
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Peter Wood is a wonderful independent artist living in the United Kingdom. He has a flame for creating unique decks of playing cards and has done so for several years. To date he has created 3 decks specifically for Newt's that have been printed and 1 more that will go to print soon. Peter has also created decks for US Games, Inc., Piatnik and other card makers/publishers around the world.
Playing Card Features
In the US the standard names for the size of decks would be "Bridge" or "Poker". Both of these decks can be used for most card games. The only real difference would be that the "Bridge" size decks are 1/4" narrower than "Poker". Otherwise they can be used for pretty much anything. Please read the description of this item for more information.
- Poker Size (2-1/2 x 3-1/2)
This has to do with the actual size of a deck of cards, not really whether or not tradional games can be played with it or not. While here in the US we call most decks either "Poker" or "Bridge" size, most of the rest of the world would call them either "Wide" or "Narrow", respectivily.
Many times the "narrow" decks were intended for ladies or children because it was easier for them to handle. While the "narrow" are considered the standards size in most of the world, here in the US the "wide" are considered the standard size.
Please check actual description of the product to see if normal card games can be played with this particular product.
- Wide Format (2-1/2 x 3-1/2)
What size of print (a.k.a. index) is printed on the playing cards. This is the actual numbers and pips (hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades). While most folks are used to the "normal", some like their numbers to be a little larger. Please remember that the normal and jumbo size print will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
We will do our best to sort through them and let you know our thoughts or what the manufacturer considers them.
In regards to the "Medium Sized Print". This is something that is unique to Newt's as we try to create decks of cards that have just a little bit larger print, but not to large to be annoying to those who do not like the jumbo print or index.
As always, be sure to check out the actual description of this item to get a clearer descritpion. Should you have any questions please give us a call.
- Normal Sized Print