Online Bakugan Video Games

November 29, 2008

Bakugan Video Games

There are plans to release the Bakugan Video game on the Nintendo DS platform only. Although, I think Bakugan would be great on the Nintendo Wii platform instead. Imagine waving your Wii remote to mimic rolling the bakugan balls….that would be cool.

I found an online petition for Bakugan video games. Sign the online petition and get them to make bakugan video games for all gaming platforms (ie. PS2, PS3, xBox 360, Wii, DS, PsP).

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/bakugan-battle-brawlers.html

Will Spin Master Toys go interactive with their hot new property: Bakugan Battle Brawlers. Our retail stores sells tons of Chaotic cards (Collectible Card Game) which requires that you go online to activate codes found on your card to play. Webkinz has a similar product (buy a plush toy and use the code to create a new animal in their virtual online world).

Bakugan would be a great concept for an online virtual game. Will they take the plunge and allow their game be played interactively online? Only time will tell.

Bakugan Battle Brawlers by Spin master toys

 

Abis Omega Bakugan

Here are some other bakugan articles you might be interested in:

What is Bakugan?

How to Play Bakugan (with Youtube Instructions)

FAQ Bakguan (Frequently Asked Questions)

What size Bakugan are best?

Names of Bakugan (Download High Quality Free Poster)

How to Repair your Bakugan?

Online Bakugan Video Games are Here?

My Favorite Bakugan ball is…

Fake and Custom Bakugans

Upcoming Bakugan Movie

BakuSwap Bakugan Collection Part 1

BakuSwap Bakugan Collection Part 2

BakuSwap Bakugan Collection Part 3

BakuSwap Bakugan Collection Part 4

BakuClear Bakugan Collection Part 1


Wal-Mart Employee Trampled to Death by 2008 Black Friday Shoppers

November 28, 2008

Black Friday Trample

A male worker at a New York WalMart was killed Friday when anxious shoppers trampled him in their rush for Black Friday bargains, witnesses say.

Witnesses to the early morning incident in Valley Stream, N.Y., said the unidentified worker had been attempting to hold back a wave of customers after the store opened, only to be knocked down and trampled underfoot, the New York Daily News said.

He was bum-rushed by 200 people, Jimmy Overby, a co-worker of the man’s, said. They took the doors off the hinges. He was trampled and killed in front of me. They took me down too … I literally had to fight people off my back.

Witnesses claim that before the store was closed, eager shoppers streamed past emergency crews as they worked furiously to save the worker’s life.

“They were working on him, but you could see he was dead,” said Halcyon Alexander, 29. “People were still coming through.”

A 28-year-old pregnant woman was taken to a hospital for observation, and she and the unborn baby were both reported to be OK, said Sgt. Anthony Repalone, a Nassau County police spokesman. Four or five other people suffered minor injuries, he said.

Ellen Davis, a spokeswoman at National Retail Federation, said the group knew of no other incident where a retail employee has died working on the day after Thanksgiving.

Wal-Mart is working closely with police, company spokesman Dan Fogleman said.

“The safety and security of our customers and associates is our top priority,” Fogleman said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families at this difficult time.”

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

My Two Cents:

This is a tragic event.  I heard it on the radio during lunch today and it really put a damper on the day.

For once, a lawsuit is going to be warranted. I hope the family of this employee gets a few hundred million out of Walmart for this.  I feel this is totally Wal-Mart’s responsibility to keep their employees and customers safe.  I guess they wanted to save a few bucks to avoid hiring some security outside the store.  A few employees or security personnel outside the store directing people around would have avoided this.

The other solution is to give out ticket stubs for the sales inside (they do that in Canada).  Once all the tickets have been given out…there is less madness.  When the doors open, people just take their time entering the store (ticket stub holders have 1 hour to pick up the item).


How to Repair your Bakugan?

November 28, 2008

Bakugan Battle Brawlers

I noticed that a fair amount of kids always ask me to repair their Bakugan.  These Bakugan balls are not made of steel so they do wear down over time.

The most common problem with the Bakugan is the ball not opening when they land on the metal card.  Well, there is nothing you can do.  You can try and gently force open the ball however, you will have the same problem once you close it up.  I have dismantled several bakugans and had no success fixing them.  Sorry there is no quick solution….we usually place the Bakugan Warriors to rest in the Baku Sematary. Hopefully, they don’t resurrect during some nuclear accident and become Zombies.  Yes…Zombie Bakugans will eat human flesh!

Loose Open Bakugan

We have opened up thousands of Bakugans and only got a few defective ones.   They usually work great right out of the package however through many uses they wear out.  It is normal wear and tear on the Bakugans.  They really don’t age well.  Make sure you have a good arsenal of Bakugans in case you get permanent injuries to your beloved creatures.

Bakugan Launcher

The only item I do not recommend is the older bakugan launcher (pictured above).  It is probably the worse bakugan accessory ever made.   It is poorly made and usually breaks.  Also, the B2 Bakupearls (slight bigger Bakugans) do not fit into them.   I think Spin Master is fazing them out and replacing them with the new Hand Launcher (which is a much better product).  The new Bakugan Hand Launcher fits all bakugans (except for the Deka series).

Here are some other bakugan articles you might be interested in:

What is Bakugan?

How to Play Bakugan (with Youtube Instructions)

FAQ Bakguan (Frequently Asked Questions)

What size Bakugan are best?

Names of Bakugan (Download High Quality Free Poster)

How to Repair your Bakugan?

Online Bakugan Video Games are Here?

My Favorite Bakugan ball is…

Fake and Custom Bakugans

Upcoming Bakugan Movie

BakuSwap Bakugan Collection Part 1

BakuSwap Bakugan Collection Part 2

BakuSwap Bakugan Collection Part 3

BakuSwap Bakugan Collection Part 4

BakuClear Bakugan Collection Part 1


Will you hit the stores for post-Thanksgiving sales?

November 27, 2008

I am curious by nature. Everyone is talking about the market downturn and how poorly the economy is performing. Please complete my survey. Be honest….

Update: I am surprised, I thought there would be a higher percentage for “No”.   It appears that it is not all doom and gloom even though the markets say otherwise.  I hope everyone had a great holiday Thanksgiving.  I will leave this poll up…so if you just stumble upon it…feel free to take the poll.


Spin Master Ltd. Launches Attack on Counterfeiters of Highly Sought-After Hit Toy Bakugan Battle Brawlers

November 26, 2008

Bakugan online

Found this PR Newswire article off the net.

TORONTO, May 12 /PRNewswire/ — There’s an old saying that says that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but Spin Master Ltd., the company behind the North American toy-phenom Bakugan Battle Brawlers, is warning imitators that counterfeiting will not be tolerated and is offering parents guidance on how to ensure that their Bakugan purchases are the real thing.

Between February 6 and May 2, 2008, Spin Master Ltd. in conjunction with its anti-counterfeiting enforcement team at the Toronto-based law firm of Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP served a combination of Canadian Federal Court Order Anton Piller Orders and cease and desist letters on 15 locations in Ontario and Quebec. As a result of this effort, a total of 2203 counterfeit Bakugan Battle Brawler items have been removed from sale. In addition, several businesses involved in the importation, distribution and sale of counterfeit Bakugan Battle Brawlers toys are currently being investigated.

“Spin Master has asked us to aggressively pursue the suppliers and stores selling these infringing products and we believe the word is getting out there that counterfeits will not be tolerated,” notes Lorne Lipkus of Kestenberg Siegal, Lipkus who is heading the enforcement efforts. “The obstacle facing us in our efforts is that Bakugan is such a hot product, even the counterfeiters and stores selling the counterfeits are selling out quickly. As enticing as counterfeits might be to some retailers however, its not worth the risk of a law suit.”

The RCMP Border Integrity investigators consistently note that the following is characteristic of the counterfeit products they encounter:

1. They are almost always cheaply made;
2. They are often unsafe;
3. They always generate huge profits for organized crime;
4. People involved in trafficking counterfeit products don’t care about the health and safety of the people, who knowingly or unknowingly, buy the product.

“The inevitable result of having a successful product is that the market gets flooded with cheap imitations,” states Christopher Harrs, General Counsel for Spin Master Ltd. “It’s often small convenience stores that are the unwitting buyers and end up on the wrong end of a law suit with consequences far outweighing the profit they could make on this product. The bigger mass-market stores know better. “

From the Japanese words “baku” meaning “to explode” and “gan” meaning “sphere,” Bakugan Battle Brawlers is a collectible action strategy game featuring small spheres that pop open into powerful Bakugan monster action figures when skillfully rolled onto the game’s metal cards. Launched in Canada in August, then the United States this past January, Bakugan Battle Brawlers has exploded into the market to become the most talked about and most in-demand item for North American kids.

“We’re bringing in Bakugan in planes, trains, automobiles … whatever we can do to deliver product fast to meet this incredible demand,” says Donna MacNeil, Senior Director of Communications at Spin Master Ltd.
“Bakugan is selling out within hours of reaching stores — kids want this product, and they want the real thing.”

More information on Bakugan Battle Brawlers can be found at http://www.bakugan.com and http://www.spinmaster.com

Hades Bakugan

My Final Observations:

Here are some tips to help ensure that your Bakugan purchases are the real thing:

  • Some counterfeit Bakugan packaging is identical to original product so check the packaging for the Spin Master logo (look for spelling/grammar errors on the packaging)
  • There usually is no UPC bar code on the fake bakugan packaging
  • Infringing product is being sold under names such as “Bursting Egg” and “Battle Brawlers”
  • Only buy from North American retailers (do not buy from websites based Overseas)
  • Organized Crime? I don’t know who wrote this Newswire article but that is very unlikely. Can you image the Sopranos making fake Bakugans in a New Jersey factory!!! Yes…fake bakugans are adding bucks to their accounts to finance drugs. Mmmm…what is more profitable? Fake Bakugans or Drugs. Hey, crack a raw egg on a hot pan and figure it out. Bakugan has a finite FAD shelf life. Drugs have an indefinite life with much more consumers/users. I could go on and on…but let’s not beat this up any further.
  • Authentic Bakugan Battle Brawlers items will always be in packaging (unless you are buying from a reputable retailer that sell Loose Bakugans individually) Always purchase loose bakugans from an online retailer that is a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB Inc)
  • I would not worry too much about fake bakugans as Spin Master has done an excellent job in protecting the consumer (they started addressing this issue 6 months ago and have cleaned up the streets of fake bakugans in North America)

We are currently running a Bakugan Contest.  Wanna enter and play….click the image to win a Bakugan Training
DVD.

Bakugan Battle Training DVD

Bakugan Battle Brawlers by Spin master toysCmdStore.com is one of the only retailers able to offer the season’s number one hot toy, Bakugan, in such BBB Online Seal of Approvalhuge and diverse quantities, with every accessory possible still available for sale through the site! Cmdstore has so many bakugan choices from: opened/loose and sealed boosters, starters, battle packs, collector tins, arenas, launchers to customized gift sets, you will always find something for your budget. Cmdstore has been in business for over 16 years and is an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau Inc (BBB).

Here are some other bakugan articles you might be interested in:

What is Bakugan?

How to Play Bakugan (with Youtube Instructions)

FAQ Bakguan (Frequently Asked Questions)

What size Bakugan are best?

Names of Bakugan (Download High Quality Free Poster)

How to Repair your Bakugan?

Online Bakugan Video Games are Here?

My Favorite Bakugan ball is…

Fake and Custom Bakugans

Upcoming Bakugan Movie

BakuSwap Bakugan Collection Part 1

BakuSwap Bakugan Collection Part 2

BakuSwap Bakugan Collection Part 3

BakuSwap Bakugan Collection Part 4

BakuClear Bakugan Collection Part 1


Bakugan Lesson 101 YouTube – Learn the names of Bakugans

November 25, 2008

Cmdstore - The Action Figure storeLoose Bakugan Marble for Sale

I made this Youtube.com video clip about half a year ago (over 156k views, not bad).   In a few minutes you should be able to learn the names of the popular Bakugans after watching the video clip.


My Favorite Bakugan

November 25, 2008

Cmdstore - The Action Figure store

Working in a retail toy store requires a lot of patience. Usually parents drop off their child in our store and then we have to be a daycare for the next hour or so while the mom is shopping or getting her hair done. Don’t get me wrong….I love kids, I just like to tease them a bit. The number one Bakugan question the kids ask me when i work at the store:

What is your favorite Bakugan?

MY ANSWER: So many to chose from….they are all like my children. How can you pick one over the other? How can you love one more than the other?

Now, I do have a tendency to always play my Black Darkus Hydranoid in Bakugan tournaments (he’s my secret weapon). I also have a liking to my Red Preyas (pictured below). So…which one is my favorite…..mmmm

Red Preyas Bakugan Loose High G-PowerWait, I do not love one of my Bakugan more than the other. It doesn’t matter if one is wonderful and the other is a little two-headed devil (with a High G-Power rating), they are all my children and could not even dream of making a comparison to them. I think that is incredibly selfish, the Bakugan creatures will notice and might resent each other for it. That just isn’t fair to either bakugan and I need good Karma when I play them!

Yeah…the kids usually don’t get my sense of humor.

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Being in the retail toy business for so many years, it is really important that parents take an active part in their child’s interest. Play board games together….it is a great way to be a close family. Don’t let them hide in their rooms playing computer/video games. I paid a visit to a friend’s home the other day and noticed that every member of the family was on their own computer typing away (except for Mom…who was on her CrackBerry). What is happening here? Does anyone see it? Anyways, I am starting to rant….sorry. Let’s get off this subject.

Below are some pictures from our last Bakugan Tournament in early November/2008. It’s really great to see the parents supporting their kids. It was very noisy and extremely fun. I don’t have another tournament date yet. Stay tuned.

Bakugan Tournamentbakugan tournament

Here are some other bakugan articles you might be interested in:

What is Bakugan?

How to Play Bakugan (with Youtube Instructions)

FAQ Bakguan (Frequently Asked Questions)

What size Bakugan are best?

Names of Bakugan (Download High Quality Free Poster)

How to Repair your Bakugan?

Online Bakugan Video Games are Here?

My Favorite Bakugan ball is…

Fake and Custom Bakugans

Upcoming Bakugan Movie

BakuSwap Bakugan Collection Part 1

BakuSwap Bakugan Collection Part 2

BakuSwap Bakugan Collection Part 3

BakuSwap Bakugan Collection Part 4

BakuClear Bakugan Collection Part 1

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How to play Bakugan Battle Brawlers

November 24, 2008

Bakugan Battle Brawlers by Spin master toys

How to Play Bakugan

I found some instructions from wikiHow but they appear a little confusing so I revised it. The official instructions from Spin Master Toys (makers of Bakugan) are not that much better. I actually got great playing instructions and tips from kids in the store.

This game requires nerves of steel. Try and follow the instructions below:

  1. Get a Bakugan. Pick your favorite or one with a high G-Power Rating.
  2. Put one game card facedown in the center of the battle arena in the slot furthest away from you. Players take turns shooting Bakugan Battle Brawlers with the youngest player going first. Players must shoot from at least two card lengths away. To shoot you can roll it like a marble with your thumb (or if you have the Bakugan hand launcher, you can use that).
  3. Players shoot until any two opponents’ Bakugan “stand” on the same card, meaning magnetically fasten and open, and battle. Compare the “G Power” of the battling Bakugan (it’s indicated on the sphere). Flip the card over and each player adds or subtracts the G Power Boost shown on the card. For example, 350 G Power plus 150 G Power Boost equals 500 total G Power
  4. The player with the highest G Power wins the battle, capturing the card and the defeated Bakugan. If players tie in a battle, each player keeps his Bakugan and the card is removed from play. If only one lands on it they get the card and bakugan. If you knock a bakugan off a card its an automatic knock out and you capture the bakugan and card.
  5. If you stand two of your Bakugan on a card, you automatically capture that card. You cannot shoot captured Bakugan (they are out of play for the rest of the game).
  6. Players battle until all the cards are captured. Each player then counts up the total Holo Sector Points, or HSP, of his captured cards (HSP are marked on each card) and adds 100 HSP for each captured Bakugan. The player with the most HSP wins.
  7. Pretty Simple Rules/Instructions. And if you lose in a battle don’t be sad…you can do battle another day. You don’t get to keep anyones bakugan and cards if you win (they are returned to each player).

I also found some simple instructions on how to play Bakugan Battle Brawler from YouTube which is pretty easy to follow. Remember: Don’t get frustrated with this game…you will get better.

Bakugan Tournament


Watchmen Movie Trailer

November 23, 2008

Watchmen Movie PosterFor those of you who do not know The Watchmen series it was written by Alan Moore who also wrote the cult classic “V for Vendetta” and “From Hell“. I remember reading the original comic books as they were being released by DC Comics and I could hardly wait for each month’s release. Now you can buy the Graphic Novel (Watchmen TPB) and read it all in one sitting.

Short Synopsis from IMDb:

Watchmen” is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion – a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers – Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity… but who is watching the Watchmen?

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Watchmen Movie Cast

Watchmen Cast: Warner Brothers casting for long-anticipated comic-book epic Watchmen, directed by Zack Snyder (300): Billy Crudup as Dr. Manhattan, Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl, Matthew Goode as Ozymandias, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the Comedian, Malin Akerman as Silk Spectre, and — in an inspired bit of news — Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach.

Watchmen Movie DC Action Figures

We have Watchmen action figures that you can pre-order now.  Place your order today to reserve your figures and we will ship them once they are released.  Watchmen Movie will be released March 6th 2009 and I can’t wait. Here is the Movie Trailer:


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Bakugan Battle Brawlers

November 23, 2008

Bakugan Battle Brawlers by Spin master toys

Bakugan B2 Bakupearl

There are sooo many Bakugan creatures (from Series 1,2 to B2 Bakupearls) that your adult brain can get fried just trying to remember them all. It is amazing how our little loved ones know it all and can probably beat us at a Bakugan Trivia Game. I started playing Bakugan with kids that came into our store (yeah, I must have been bored) and actually found it fun. I also got a chance to learn from the kids. I normally play all games that we carry in the store to get a feel of the game play. Half the games I test are usually boring however, I got kind of hooked on bakugan! The game has flaws no doubt but if you get the right collection of balls and cards there is a very nice game here. Below are some popular questions parents ask me in the store before attempting to buy bakugan:

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A: All kids want bakugan creatures that have a high G power rating (ie. 540G or 670G would be pretty powerful in gameplay). For this reason, we open up thousands of bakugans and sell them loose (so kids can get the specific G-Power rating bakugan they want).   When you buy sealed packs, you are unable to see what the G power is.  We usually open up 10-12 Starter packs before we find a really high G-power Bakugan and that is why they are priced so expensively.   Once they have been removed from the package, the bakugans are called ‘LOOSE’.   If you are buying for a very young child then the G power rating might not be so important.  However, don’t be surprised that your 6 or 7 year old will know about the value of high G power bakugans.  These kids talk among themselves and are very well educated in Bakugan.

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Q: What color should I get and what are the names of these different colors?

A: You should buy the color your kid requests. Every kid has their own preferences so make sure you ask them before buying. Below are the names of the basic colors so when your child ask for ‘Pryus’, now you know what color you need to buy. Don’t buy random colors as I have so many parents return to buy the specific color their child wanted. It can save you a trip back to the store and headaches by just asking your child what color they want.  If you happen to see them at your local Wal-Mart or Toys R Us, just concentrate on buying the colors your child likes….you can always return the extra ones you don’t need (however, that is very unlikely).   Be agressive…know the color you want and attack!!!  There will be nothing left if you are unsure and plan to return later on.

  • Red = Pyrus
  • Tan = SubTerra
  • Blue = Aquos
  • Black = Darkus
  • Green = Ventus

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Q: What is the difference between Booster and Starter pack?

A: Booster pack consist of a single bakugan. Starter pack consist of 3 random colored bakugans. Each pack will come with metal card(s).  Since each bakugan is sealed in their packaging, you will probably be unable to see what the G-Power rating for each creature.  Pictured below (Booster Packs on the left and Starter Packs on the right):

Bakugan Booster PackAssorted Bakugan Starter Deck

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Here are some other bakugan articles you might be interested in:

What is Bakugan?

How to Play Bakugan (with Youtube Instructions)

FAQ Bakguan (Frequently Asked Questions)

What size Bakugan are best?

Names of Bakugan (Download High Quality Free Poster)

How to Repair your Bakugan?

Online Bakugan Video Games are Here?

My Favorite Bakugan ball is…

Fake and Custom Bakugans

Upcoming Bakugan Movie

BakuSwap Bakugan Collection Part 1

BakuSwap Bakugan Collection Part 2

BakuSwap Bakugan Collection Part 3

BakuSwap Bakugan Collection Part 4

BakuClear Bakugan Collection Part 1


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