The Beyblade battling top phenomenon that swept the United States in 2002 and 2003 is returning with the introduction of Hasbro's Beyblade: Metal Fusion line, scheduled to be available in Canada in spring 2010 and in the United States in fall 2010.
This line of Beyblades features a new, metal gear system and the introduction of an online virtual battle component.
Tomy, Hasbro's partner in the first incarnation of Beyblades, re-launched the toy/game in Japan in 2008. Nearly 10 million Beyblade: Metal Fusion tops and accessories have been sold since then, according to a company press release.
Also debuting this fall is a new Beyblade: Metal Fusion animated series, with 51 new episodes and a fresh cast of characters.
"Beyblade is a powerful worldwide brand, and we are confident that a new generation will fully embrace our all-new line of high performance Beyblade battling tops," John Frascotti, Hasbro's chief global marketing officer, said in a press release. "Our Beyblade: Metal Fusion line takes a new approach to the top toy category, while the introduction of BeybladeBattles.com gives kids the opportunity to compete with other fans around the world like never before."
Each top in the Beyblade: Metal Fusion line will come with five interchangeable parts, ready to be built and rebuilt. For example, the Performance Tip determines how aggressive a top will be in battle, the Fusion Wheel determines the weight of the top, and the Spin Track determines movement patterns. The last top spinning wins the battle.
The following information about the 2010 Beyblade: Metal Fusion line comes from a Hasbro press release:
Beyblade: Metal Fusion Battle Top Assortment (about $8)
Collect, customize, and compete with the Beyblade: Metal Fusion Battle Top assortment. Complete with cast metal fusion wheel, ripcord launcher and assembly tool, you can build your top to suit your battle. Whether you choose to build a defense, attack, balance or stamina top type you can enter competition confident that you will reign supreme. To take your battle to new heights, enter the unique code found in each Beyblade: Metal Fusion Battle Top package at BeybladeBattles.com to compete against other Beybladers from around the globe.
Beyblade: Metal Fusion Super Vortex Battle Set (about $25)
Battle right out of the box with the Beyblade: Metal Fusion Super Vortex Battle set. Complete with two exclusive Beyblade: Metal Fusion tops, two ripcord launchers, an exclusive high-performance Super Vortex Beystadium arena, official rule book, and tournament grid this set is ready to "let it rip!" With a unique design, competitors will enjoy enhanced battles in the Super Vortex Beystadium. Players can enter the included top codes at BeybladeBattles.com to compete against other Beybladers from around the globe.
Beyblade: Metal Fusion Two-Pack Assortment (about $15)
Challenge your fiercest rival to a showdown as intense as you are with the Beyblade: Metal Fusion Face-Off assortment. Each five piece top features specialized parts to build your top to suit your battle; build attack tops, balance tops, defense tops and stamina tops. To take your battle to new heights, enter the unique code found in each Beyblade: Metal Fusion Battle Top package at BeybladeBattles.com to compete against other Beybladers from around the globe.
Beyblade: Metal Fusion Beystadium Assortment (about $10)
This is where battles are fought and won. Each Beystadium arena in the assortment features unique colors, size, and slope requiring players to plan a strategy and customize their tops for each competition. Choose from three arenas.
Beyblade: Metal Fusion Battle Gear Assortment (about $8)
Prepare yourself for battle and enter confidently into the competition with the Beyblade: Metal Fusion Battle Gear assortment. Each battle is unique so choose your gear wisely. To get the action started, select from the String Launcher, Wind-Up Launcher or Launcher Grip and send your top into combat.
Beyblade: Metal Fusion Reactor Chamber (about $10)
Gain the competitive edge with the Beyblade: Metal Fusion Reactor Chamber accessory -- this unique tool allows players to spend more time strategizing and less time assembling. Simply select your top's five components, stack them in the chamber, close it up and twist; your Beyblade top will instantly be assembled and ready for combat.
Beyblade: Metal Fusion Battle Case (about $25)
Engage in on-the-go battles with the Beyblade: Metal Fusion Battle Case accessory. With storage for gear and up to 20 Beyblade tops, the convenient carry case also opens up into a battle arena to battle anywhere.
Beyblade: Metal Fusion Electronic Top Assortment (about $10)
Supercharge your battle with the Beyblade: Metal Fusion Electronic Top assortment. Packed with dramatic action, the tops feature flashing lights and battle sounds. The Electronic Tops come preassembled and are the largest scale tops in the Beyblade: Metal Fusion top collection.