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Got this for my son (7) for his birthday, as he's been watching the anime a lot lately. Let's just say, best birthday gift ever. He loves it, the arena is light but sturdy, and the Beyblades look and spin great with very good launchers. Not at all bad for a starting set, or for the price.
I only recently got into Beyblades so I'm not an expert but wanted to give a few notes for parents who may not know much about them.
Beyblades fall into 4 types: Defense, Attack, Stamina, and Balance. The first 3 share a Rock, Paper, Scissors relationship so Defense > Attack > Stamina > Defense. This set comes with 1 attack and 1 defense Beyblade. The Defensive one (green) is usually the winner from what I've found. If you are buying this to share between siblings, you may want 1 or 2 extras of differing types to avoid frustration. There is still some skill in how you launch so it's not impossible for one to win with the Attack type.
The Beyblades in this set both spin clockwise or right. To launch a right spinning Beyblade, first put the rip cord in the launcher on the side labeled 'R'. Next guide the launcher prongs into the center of the 'C' shaped grooves in the top of the Beyblade. Finally turn the Beyblade counter clockwise or left to lock it into the launcher (The prong of the launcher should be touching the top or bottom of the 'C' shaped groove depending on what side you are looking). Then just pull the rip cord and it should launch. You can also connect the launchers together to launch 2 at once with 1 rip cord.
The parts of the Beyblades can be mixed and matched to create better match ups.
As for the review: This is a cheap stadium so I knew it wasn't going to be perfect going in. The plastic is thin and there are some imperfections in the surface of the bowl. Mine doesn't really seem to hurt the performance enough to notice so I didn't have any problem with them. I liked the walled aspect of it. It seems like its impossible for them to fly out of the ring. There is a flat edge on the outside so it's kind of cool seeing one whip around the edge then fall into the bowl. The launchers are not as good as the one I got from the single Beyblade pack at Walmart but they work just fine. I feel like the reviews about bad launchers are probably from people who didn't read the instructions. Also I wanted to note the tips do not have the mode change like ones from Walmart but these out performed my Walmart ones so maybe that's a good thing. The bowl also isn't symmetrical, of the few episodes from the show I've seen, most of the bowls are symmetrical. It works well on tabletops and carpet. I really like the movement the hour glass shape creates for the Beyblades.
Overall this is probably a good starter set for Beyblade, I probably wouldn't get this one for people who already have a stadium and/or collects them though.
Recomiendo mucho esta arena. Su forma hace que las partidas tengan mucha acción y ataques! Además de la arena incluye 2 beyblades, lo cual es de agradecer. Por el precio, creo que es algo justo, si tomamos en cuenta que el costo de 1 blade es en promedio de 350 pesos. Mi hijo está muy contento con su arena =)
My son is 11 and here is what he thinks: It's awesome! I had LOTS of fun with my brothers. It's VERY easy to set up and the end product is even Better! And it even has borders so just in case your beyblade burst, it will hit the barrier. That is why I l LOVE it! Its a Very good product and a great deal.
After having shopped around for one of these for a while this one is great for the price and looks good. I guess I’ll update this review after Christmas if my daughter likes it. As a clueless parent I think it’s great.