My son is obsessed! Obsessed with Beyblades! I hear the spinning sound in my sleep. But, I don’t mind. This hobby has plenty of benefits, the least of which is it keeps him busy for hours.
Beyblades is a Japanese manga series which focuses on these kids who battle each other using highly powerful spinning tops called “Beyblades”. The toy line incorporates the Beyblades from the anime series, seemingly loosely based on constellations, including Storm Pegasus, Rock Leone, Flame Sagittario and Earth Pegasus- my son’s favorite.
The game is not violent but highly competitive. Kids can battle alone or with others. Basically the player builds their Beyblade and then makes it spin against an opponent’s Beyblade. The last Bey standing wins.
Each bey has different levels of stamina, strength, attack and defense based on what pieces are incorporated into it’s design. The engineering aspect of taking it apart and designing based on different attributes you want it to have make this a thinking pastime.
I have watched my son go through endless permutations of attack rings, performance tips etc to find the best battling combination. I have also watched him experiment with the beys on different surfaces- terrazzo, concrete, puddles. He has become a master at the various battle skills and why each tactic works best in any given situation.
The best part is the instant fascination it inspires in a group of kids. Recently, my son walked into a roomful of kids he didn’t know with a couple of Beys in his pocket. As soon as he let the first Bey “rip”, everyone wanted to take part. And the battles lasted for hours.
For real Beyblade tournament information your child can participate in, check worldbeyblade.com
Article By Nuria Almeida
Photo By xornalcerto