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Osomatsu-san to receive figma and nendoroid releases

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For long time followers of Osomatsu-kun and are watching “Osomatsu-san”, characters are going to receive nendoroid release and there will also be a figma release according to Orange Rouge PR on their Twitter account.

figma Virtua Fighter to be released in September 2016

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To be released in September 2016 is the figma Virtua Fighter figures featuring Akira Yuki and Sarah Bryant.

For those who loved their polygon classic look will no doubt dig these figures.

Hello Kitty and Mazinger Z collaboration

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Bandai and Hello Kitty will be collaborating on the release of the Super Alloy Mazinger Z (in Hello Kitty colors) in June and the Super Alloy Hello Kitty in Mazinger Z colors in June.

Super Alloys were first released in 1974 with “Mazinger Z” and to celebrate its 42nd year anniversary, along with Hello Kitty’s 40th year anniversary, led to the two collaborations.

Super Alloy Hello Kitty will have an underwater, driving and flight mode.

Both will be sold for 8424 yen and will be available at toy stores in Japan, via shops on the Internet and also the Sanrio shop.

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Images courtesy of (C) Dynamic Planning (C) 1976,2016 SANRIO CO., LTD.

Bandai to re-release the Marmalade Boy Voice Memo robot

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Bandai will be bringing back the popular 1994 “Voice Memo” (for those familiar with the popular “Marmalade Boy” voice memo robot) on June 18th on their shop site, while shipping of the item will be in December 2015. It will cost Y5000.

One Piece Tony Chopper Stop-Motion Animation

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What happens when animators use the Banpresto UFO “One Piece” figures in a stop-motion animated video? Magic!

Korea’s spin on Beyblade… Sonokong Top Plate

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As Japan’s Takara Tomy takes a break from releasing any new Beyblades in Japan, for those in the U.S., at least you can still continue to enjoy the Zero-G releases a.k.a. “Samurai Steel” from Hasbro.

But usually when there is a lull of any new releases, we see side releases.  Hasbro released “BeyWheelz” which received a limited toyline and short anime adaptation in the U.S. before continuing with the 4D series and then later to “Samurai Steel”.

While Hasbro has done well, in giving enough time between releases, Takara Tomy has focused on their popular B-Daman, while Korean distributor, Sonokong has decided it was time to release a side-series known as “Top Plate”.

The game has been promoted in Korea as a family game, to the point that you will see children, mothers and fathers participating in mall tournaments.

But what is Top Plate?

The tops are similar to Beyblade in the fact that you have the following five components: Head (think face bolt), Clear Top, Metal Top, Binding and Spincore.

You get a tool which you can lock the head into place but then another part of tool which locks the binding from the bottom.  the spincore spins freely and the tips are fixed.  At first, I thought that all tips were the same but after purchasing three: Blaze Liger, Wind Falcon and Dread Dragon.

The three are actually different from each other, as Blaze Liger has a flat tip and Wind Falcon has a tip that can go in and out.  Dread Dragon on the other hand has a four sided tip and comes with a hole flat attachment.

The tops are released in three varieties, stand alone which comes withe the Top Plate and winder, unity set which comes with the Top Plate, winder, attack plate and the tweezer.  The other sets include the Top Plates and a variety arenas which were released in Korea.

But the game is fairly different from Beyblade.  In Beyblade, part of the skill is the launch, the combination of tips and knowing how the metal Beyblades work.  The game requires certain skill and with Top Plate, it’s somewhat simplified as customization is not as great as Beyblade, but the fun is the fact that you can wind your Top Plate, launch it on your attack plate, guide the Top Plate to the arena and then battle.

Also, with Top Plate, your tweezer has a hitting function that allows you to slam your Top Plate towards another.  Granted, it may look easy on YouTube but it takes some time to figure out, especially if you using the Attack Plate.

But one of the positive aspects of Top Plate is the fact that you won’t screw up your winder as reusing the winder will not wear anything down and you can use left or right spin.

But Sonokong really came up with a fun, innovative game for the family and as you can see in videos, parents are hardcore in the fact that you can see fathers and their children with their Top Plates inside cases, ready to take on others at the mall.  Although, looking at the Sonokong video, some of the fathers need some practice, while the mothers, they look like they have the game down!

While Sonokong Top Plate look to do well, considering the support for more arenas and newer Top Blades, it looks like Sonokong of Korea has a hit on their hands and I’m looking forward to see what they have coming out for the remainder of 2014.

Especially with the animated series being aired in Korea.

While others in Korea, have found a way to make Top Plates the second coming since the YoYo when it comes to doing some really crazy tricks.

And another plus for Sonokong’s Top Plate…there are some US Sellers selling it cheap on eBay, so you’re not paying a fortune for them! So far, I was able to get the unity set for $16.49 and the Blaze Liger for $9.49. So, not much difference compared to Beyblade prices in the U.S.

But overall, a pretty awesome toyline from Sonokong and it will be interesting if Hasbro will pick it up for U.S. release!

In memory of William Ma of Beyblade Geeks

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On New Year’s Day, while watching the little ones engaging in Beyblade battles, I was told by one of them that William Ma of the popular YouTube channel Beyblade Geeks and Geeks Dosage died in a collision north of Calgary on the Queen Elizabeth 2 Highway on November 20th.

This was a shock to their viewers as William and his buddies (BBG brothers online – Steven and Brendan) were popular online but William was also well-known for his work outside of YouTube.  I happened to have followed them since the very beginning of both channels, their app and just amazed at the success these guys had, but how much they had together may it be shopping in HK, in their local area,  Toys ‘R Us or engaging in Beyblade Battles.

But as these guys had hundreds of thousands of views, outside of BBG, William had a bright future.

In April 2013, the Grant MacEwan University student won $10,000 in a Project U essay contest that asked the question, “How would u change the world with $5,000”.  The money went to pay his school tuition and the other half would be donated to a cause of his choice, which was the Ronald McDonald House.

According to the Edmonton Explorer, “Ma used his essay to write about the importance of family, by detailing the struggles his parents faced when Ma was faced with a serious illness as a child. His girlfriend An Nguyen is a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, which provides a home for families from out of town who have children staying at nearby hospitals.”

A scholarship was created in William’s name and for those who want more information, can visit the following Facebook page.  William’s obituary can be found here.

But having been there since the beginning of their YouTube channel and what they have done to promote the Takara Tomy & Hasbro toys on YouTube, here are my favorite videos featuring William on YouTube with his BBG bros!  RIP William and our condolences to his family and his BBG family!

And the following is William’s last BBG recording which was posted in Dec. 2013:

UPDATE: Steven and Brendan posted the following video