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 Zone.com:

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: