Beyblade Spins onto the Cartoon Network

Beyblade Metal Fusion is officially the new big thing, back after a few years off to retool and revamp their toy line, their show and the franchise as a whole. Now it’s poised to take the world by storm in a flurry of spinning tops and whirring spikes. The Dark Bull Red, Storm Pegasus Blue, Dark Gasher Red and tons of other tops are currently available and in-stock, but you can also pre-order upcoming items like Flame Libra Green, Rock Orso or the Super Vortex Battle Set/Battle-pack, arriving in the coming months. Check ’em out!

Naturally, the game can be played without any of the back-story: some of the tops are heavier and more defense-oriented while others are whirling dervishes armed with plastic points to knock out the competition with speed. It’s a game of both skill and luck for anyone with some spare time and spare tops. But unlike some such playground pastimes, Beyblade Metal Fusion has a plot, characters and a television show sure to be as big a success as the toy collection once its popularity picks up.

Here’s the info from Toon

Cartoon Network has licensed the US broadcast rights to Beyblade: Metal Fusion, the latest iteration in the Beyblade animated franchise, series-producer Nelvana announced today. The deal also gives the network the Australian and New Zealand broadcast rights to the series.

The announcement is part of a clutch of other licensing deals that will put the series on the air in France (via Gulli), Germany (Nickelodeon), the UK (Nicktoons), Benelux (Disney XD), Spain, and (Telecinco and Factoria de Ficcion). It already airs on YTV in Canada.

Nelvana also says it has appointed Hasbro as master toy licensee of for most non-Asian markets, and has signed Hudson Entertainment to develop a video game based on the title for the Nintendo DS and Wii. The game is tentatively set for release during the 2010 holiday season.

But if you can’t wait, here’s a look at the first episode of Beyblade Metal Fusion:

What is a Beyblade?

It is a spinning top game. Each spinning top is either a plastic or metal, roughly two inches in diameter. It has a plastic rip cord and when you pull the rip cord out the spinning top flies off and spins. You can battle against each other in a plastic arena and the aim is to knock your opponent out. You can do battle in a specialized Beyblade battle arena.

Here is what a Beyblade looks like in its packaging:

dark wolf beyblade hasbro

There is also a cartoon series produced in Japan based on this spinning top game. The series focuses on a group of kids who form teams with which they battle one another using highly powerful spinning tops called “Beyblades” which are enchanted with magical spirits

Here is a short Japanese Youtube video of Beyblades in action:

First, here’s the official list of Metal Fusion Beyblades 2-inch battle tops we’ve got in stock:
Storm Pegasus Blue
Storm Aquario Blue
Dark Wolf DF Red
Dark Bull Red
Rock Leone Turquoise
Rock Aries Purple
Dark Gasher Red
The Whole Collection