Beyblades have been big in our household for years. The Teen had the original variety back when they first hit the market in the early 2000s. Over the last few years, Little Boo has been playing with the newer incarnations. Essentially, Beyblades are souped up spinning tops that you spin with a special launcher. The tops battle each other in a molded arena called a Beystadium.
The boys love them!
This fall, Hasbro came out with the newest addition to the Beyblades line, based on the new TV series Beyblade: Shogun Steel. The Shogun Steel collection includes new top technology as well as a whole new concept of figure-based Battling system. These "BeyWarriors" have a spinning blade in their base. Unlike the regular Beyblades, where you insert and quickly pull a rip cord to start the battle, these BeyWarriors must be powered up by repeated revving with the rip cord. I thought this added a fun dimension and an area where the kids can develop their own style and technique. Boo's technique was much better than mine, just for the record. We received the Shogun Steel Octagon Showdown Set for review (pictured above). Here's a little clip of our first battle.
Boo wanted to see how these guys would fare against his collection of Beyblades as well, so we picked his strongest blades and gave them a try. Verdict? Beyblades Zero - BeyWarriors About a Kazillion. I figured that's how it would work out, seeing as these guys are so much bigger, but it was a fun experiment for Boo.
This set is recommended for ages 8 and up and retails for around $49. This is a great starter set since it includes the arena as well as two BeyWarriors. Because these are larger and heavier than the regular Beyblades, the arena has higher sides and I'm not sure I'd battle these guys in a regular BeyStadium. This set also includes two collectors cards with codes for online battles with Beybladers from around the world on BeybladeBattles.com.
BeyWarriors are also available singly (MSRP $14.99) or in sets of two (MSRP $26.99). And I recommend picking up a Dojo BeyLocker Case as well, for storage (MSRP $22.99).
Disclosure: I received complimentary product to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.
|Close-up view of the rip cord and base.|
This storage case comes with a BeyWarrior, ripcord and collector card, and has space to store up to four figures. Great for keeping things organised and ready to travel for the next big battle!