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Going Bey-ond Your Average Spinning Top With Beyblades

Are your kids Beyblade fans? If so read on to learn a little more about the Beyblade phenomenon and impress your kids with your newfound knowledge. Plus, learn how I got to take the Beywarriors Shogun Steel Octagon Showdown Battle Set, which I received for review, out for a spin.

I have always liked to stay current on the latest fads and trends (or at least know what they are). I like to know what TV shows, movies, tech gadgets, sports teams, celebrities, politics and music people are talking about so I can have an educated opinion about them. However when it comes to some of the hottest toys on the market right now, I have to admit I am a little out-of-the-loop.

Going Bey-ond Your Average  Spinning Top With Beyblades

I decided to remedy that by learning a little more about one those toys, Beyblades. I decided to share what I learned, so you can be in the loop also, and engage in an enlightened conversation on the topic with your little Bey-warrior!

What are Beyblades?

To understand what Beyblades are, think back in your mind 10-15 years, to when Pokemon Cards first came out. Now imagine that Pokemon grew up and married the timeless classic, spinning top. Together, their off-spring is a perfect blend of the two, a toy for a new generation, Beyblades! Beyblades are metal spinning tops with rip-cords that can battle each other. Each Beyblade comes with its own skill set, enabling the user to find the right ability to knock-out his opponent. The last Beyblade spinning is pronounced the winner.

Gaining an advantage

One of the unique things about Beyblades is that there are different types of Beyblades that can be used for different strategies. There are heavily weighted “attack” Beyblades, “defense” Beyblades that are built to take a hit and continue spinning, “stamina” Beyblades, meant to spin longer then others, and “balance” Beyblades which are a unique blend of all of the other skills. You can also customize Beyblades with extra parts such as face bolts, energy rings and fusion wheels to out maneuver your opposing Bey-warrior. The effectiveness of these special powers is a fairly debated topic among Beyblade enthusiasts with varied opinions on both sides.

According to the Beyblade experts that I interviewed (two eight year old boys), these special powers do not seem to make much difference except in the Beyblade TV show (a whole different topic for a whole different day). They say that the most effective way to gain an advantage is to perfect your spinning technique. I was able to get one of their secret techniques out of them to share with you! The technique is to release the Beyblade above the stadium rather then at the side of it. This causes the Beyblade to bounce and hit the top of the opposing Beyblade, causing more damage.

Beyblade Shogun Steel Octagon Showdown Battle Set: Going Bey-ond Your Average  Spinning Top With Beyblades

Beyblade Stadiums

Along with your Beyblades, you will want a Beyblade Stadium to battle in. A Beyblade Stadium is a dish shaped enclosure to spin your Beyblades into. I recently had my Beyblade experts take the Bey-warrior Shogun Steel Octagon Showdown Stadium out for a spin. This stadium is unique in that it has two entrance ramps on either side of the stadium, so Beybladers can compete with confidence that both have equal entrance advantage. This set also comes with two Beyblades, the Samurai Ifrit Speed Attack Battler and the Ronin Dragoon Range Attack Battler. With everything included in this set, all Beybladers need to do is “1-2-3 Let it Rip” to engage in the ultimate Beyblade Battle! The “all inclusive” nature of this set makes it an ideal starter kit for someone who is just getting interested in the world of Beyblades. However, the unique ramp system also makes it a desirable addition for any Beyblade enthusiast looking for the latest updates to stadiums. To take your own BeyWarriors Shogun Steel Octagon Showdown Stadium out for a spin look for it in stores nationwide, retailing for $44.99, or I recently spotted on sale at Amazon for $27.50.


Leanne Cox is a guest writer for She is a stay-at-home mom to two kids, and a credentialed preschool teacher. Leanne teaches “mommy-and-me” and “preschool style” music & movement classes through her business “Little Stars Music & Movement Classes” . She is passionate about encouraging early childhood education through hands on learning and exploration

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  • Oh! My Grandbebe Boy JoJo LOVES Beyblades! I’ve bought him all different kinds and he has the stadium and I bought him the Dome as well (the stadium didn’t hold up so well to little kids, but the Battle Dome seems to be going strong!) My own Bebe Boy is 13, but if JoJo is over with his Beyblades, he and his friends play as well (they SAY they’re just being nice to the little guy, but . . . ) 🙂

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