I grew up during a time when school kids were constantly arguing about the inherent superiority of Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Beyblade. Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh were typically more popular, but it never stopped kids from collecting their favorite Beyblades and battling their friends on poorly made arenas and smooth pavement.
The toy market has grown a lot since then, which means toys I remember from my childhood are being reinvented in more complex ways and are held to a higher standard. This is especially true when it comes to Beyblade. The Beyblade Burst Turbo Slingshock from Hasbro is one of the most detailed Beyblade toys to date. If you have a kid in your life who enjoys getting competitive with a couple of Beyblades, then this toy will be a real treat for hardcore and casual fans of the franchise.
The Beyblade stadium (Beystadium) is surprisingly large when you pull it out of the box. It comes in two separate parts: the battle ring base and a transparent, blue top to keep wild Beyblades in the stadium. The pieces need to be held together with four included pin-like screws that easily snap in place. There are two Beyblade tops inside the box: one is purple with fluorescent yellow and red accents, the other is gold with red and green accents. It also includes two Slingshock spin-launchers, so this toy would work well as a shared gift between two kids, who can compete head to head.
Along with the two tops in the box, kids can collect four other toppers that are each sold separately. The tops have detachable “energy layers” that can be slid apart and combined with other colors to form eight unique Beyblade configurations. Each Beyblade also includes a unique center chip that can be swapped out for diverse customization options. The chips each have a code that can be scanned on the Beyblade app so kids can compete in online battles with their own Beyblade, adding an additional layer of fun.
The pieces are easily unlocked by the circular end of the ripcord — but it will take some practice getting them back together. It will also take you a bit of patience to understand how to load the Beyblade onto the Slingshock spin-launcher. A player has to slide a ripcord into the spin-launcher and then attach the Beyblade onto the launcher. To “let it rip” the player must then quickly pull the ripcord out of the spin-launcher to release the Beyblade into the stadium. Each player releases their Beyblade at the same time, and the first player to beat their opponent and earn three points wins — it’s pretty simple gameplay. And the payoff is worth the time it takes to learn. Once you work out the kinks and get the hang of things, the toys spin well on the surface of the smooth stadium, providing satisfying spinning action.
This playset is a great addition to any fan’s collection of Beyblade merch — especially for experienced players. Each top is beautifully detailed and well constructed. It’s reliably made and appears to be sturdy enough to allow for hours of Beyblade battles.