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Beyblade Metal Fusion Super Vortex Battle Set

Beyblade Metal Fusion Super Vortex Battle Set

Fall 2010 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Hasbro, Inc.
Price: $24.99

This is the latest incarnation of the spinning-tops battle game based on the Japanese TV series and movie about kids who battle one another with magically powerful tops called "Beyblades." Believe it or not, spin-top competition has a long history in the United States, Asia and worldwide. Spin tops were one of the first patented U.S. toys. In the 19th- and early 20th-century, kids pitted their best tops against each other-a form of play largely forgotten until the emergence of Beyblades.

The BeyBlade Metal Fusion Super Vortex Battle Set features two battle-tested tops (Storm Pegasus and Lightning L-Drago) ready to go head to head in the new Super Vortex stadium. Newbies can read over the rule book and instructions, fill out one of the twenty-four tournament grids, hook up their top to its ripcord launchers, and let it rip! The two tops spin inside the stadium bumping, bashing, crippling and ultimately outlasting the opponent. Last top standing (or make that spinning) wins.

Even though these are tops are small-about 1 ¾ inches diameter-and the battle stadium resembles a fancy plastic dog bowl, the game still offers many quick bouts of intense and competitive fun. Kids can't control the tops once they're off and spinning, but watching them confirms and maybe even teaches something fascinating about the forces of nature, centrifugal force, and the relentless pull of gravity.

Don Oldenburg   ©2010 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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