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Battling tops popular worldwide

March 14, 2006|by JIM KLICK

"Stadium out."

That's what you might hear a referee say at the end of a Beyblade battle.

Beyblades are battling tops that duel in a small arena. There are tons of Beyblades to battle, customize and trade.

Anybody who has about $7 can buy their own Beyblade. A basic blade includes a battling top with four snap-together parts - the spinning base, a metal weight ring, an attack ring and a decorative bit chip for the top - plus a launcher and one rip cord. Each pack also includes instructions on how to build, battle and launch your new Beyblade.

To customize a Beyblade, you take parts from one and add them to another to get an advantage in battle.

Beyblading is popular all over the world. Beyblades were originally sold in Japan in 1995. Then in 2001 they were sold by Hasbro in the United States only in select states. Now they are sold nationwide in places like Toys-R-Us, Wal-Mart, Kmart and Target.

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Also normally in the same aisle are the Beyblade arenas. Beyblade arenas are sort of round, plastic dishes with three pockets on the side. During one battle there can be two to five blades battling in the stadium. The last one standing wins. The first Beyblade with three wins is the victor.

There are five ways to lose:

Stadium out - when you get knocked out of the arena by another blade.

Sleep out - when your blade stops spinning.

Crash out - when your blade breaks or comes apart.

Pocket - when your blade gets knocked into a pocket and stops spinning.

Mis-shoot - when you forget to launch or don't launch it into the arena.

Beyblades are different from Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon because Beyblades are physically interactive. But, like Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon, there are Beyblades video games.

I've been Beyblading for almost five years now. With a lot of time and practice you, too, can become a Beyblade master. Just like me.

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