Tuesday, October 9, 2012


I saw a commercial for the Angry Birds Star Wars earlier today,

But it didn't really sink in,

Until I saw this.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Monsuno + some interesting stuff

Monsuno, Y U a month late?

Anyways, found these things along with some other stuff. According to what I got from someone (thank you) it's supposedly a connective toy.

There's some other stuff I've found, but I've been too lazy to research it. Will update if I find a lot of more information.

Yes, I'm a lazy man.

Cheers, A2.

Sunday, September 9, 2012


If I ever go to Japan, I'm definitely going to a toy store. And getting something like this. Need to go get something to review. D:

Saturday, September 1, 2012

DenkoSekka review

DenkoSekka, that hit boy's toy from 2010 you never heard of. Or atleast, I never did. Wait, are those yo-yos?

Remembered I had to take a picture of the packaging after I had taken it out, sorry!

DenkoSekka is boy's toy brand which features little plastic "yo-yos", called "Denko Catchers", with magnetic tips on the bottom. The point of the game is to try to pick up little disks, called "Denko Disks", by using the Catcher like a yo-yo, and throwing it towards the ground in hopes the magnet works and catches a disk. To me, the game was kind of fun, if you don't mind scratching up the disks something fierce, but the fun was short lived. I suppose if I was a 7-8 year-old, the fun wouldn't be as short lived, but I didn't have anyone to play with. D: The Battle Set I got came with two Cathers, eight disks, two Battle Mats, a collectable poster.

The Catchers are basically what I've called them before, yo-yos with magnets on the bottom. You throw them down, catch the disk, etc. There's four different Catchers to collect, but they don't really vary that much. Also, the straps for your finger are incredibly tiny, say, if someone older that 7-8 wanted to play with them, like me? I had a had time getting it on the tip of my ring finger, let alone getting it any further down. If these are ever made again, it'd be good to see some understanding that some people aren't tiny.

Onto the disks. Just as one would think, the disks are just pieces of metal with plastic surrounding them. However, what I found surprising is that these are the actual collectables, not the yo-yos. I received a Collector's Chart in the Battle Set. (not shown) Turns out, there's three "tiers" of disks, Warrior, Duplix, Spectrus. The chart claims there's a "Challenge Level", but I didn't notice anything between the Warrior and Duplix disks, besides that the Duplix ones seemed to be a bit thicker with the plastic rim. It also came with two Battle Mats, which really don't serve much purpose.

Now that we've gotten the basics out of the way, we're onto the faults. And boy, are they gleaming...

The first thing that I noticed was that there wasn't too much to expand on. Granted, the Battle Mats are "expanding", but they don't really do anything, and they come with the set. I tried thinking of stuff, but I couldn't really come up with anything.

The second part is the collectableness. (yes, I made that up) There's not really anything to entice you to keep collecting after you get one of each "tier". From the collective point of view, it's as if I just cut pieces of paper into different sizes, put numbers on them, threw them into the wind and told you to pick them up. You can't "gain" anything, nor are they really unique. They're just kind of, there...My idea would be to make something like nine different Catchers, but make them different (the Catchers are pretty much the same) and package it a single pack, but not too expensive.

To illustrate my point
All in all, it was okay, fun to play with for an hour or so, but something I'd put back in the box and forget about after a week or so. Kind of an "eh" toy.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Did not notice my name was so close to Kohdok's...oops... >_>

Testing out some names..

Rubbish Reviews: Quick-Change Transforming System

By now, anyone has even the most basic of understands of toys knows what this is a rip-off of. Yep, you guessed it, that ever-popular series Transformers.  It's even got box art that looks suspiciously like Optimus Prime. (Apologies for the glare, still setting up a good place for pictures) Anyway, these can't be worse than Hawk Overlord, can it...?

To answer that question, yes, it can get worse. The basic figure of Hawk Overload, as flimsy as it was, made sense. The arms and legs were the correct lengths, etc. Quick-Change, however, just seems to try to create an appealing vehicle, or in our case, animals, and then shove a robot down its throat and hope it sticks.

For the animal forms, they're okay in terms of ascetics, aside from the non-sticking stickers. The designs were actually a lot more detailed than I thought they'd be, but that's not really saying much. When it comes to functionality, however, it trips on its shoelaces and falls flat on its face(s). There's no articulation in both the legs and the arms at all.  The only thing you could call articulation is in the bird-thing's wings, and that just allows it flap around awkwardly. In the end, you get a bird...like thing, and a humanoid shark. I can somewhat understand the bird, albeit the fact it's not a vehicle makes it seem completely out of place, but I'm not quite sure where a two-legged shark comes from. Atlantis? Maybe.

The robot forms are somehow worse, though. Didn't see that one coming, right? The arms are just tiny bricks of plastic, barely jutting out in front of its chest, or in bird-things case, nowhere. There's a small hole in each of the hands, as if there was supposed to be an accessory that came with this. The legs are just carved out sections of the plastic brick, heck, the bent-backwards animal legs keep it more upright than the actual legs do.

Upon further notice, I've found tons of scratches on bird-thing. Tsk tsk, Polyfect.

TL;DR Summary

Don't really feel like I got my two bucks worth.

Head's Up, Beyblade v. Battle Strikers

I figured I'd start off by doing something I have on me, but wasn't too terribly overdone. I thought about Beyblade, but then again, you can't go ten feet without stepping on one. On the other hand, there's Battle Strikers, but there's not a terrible amount to talk about with them. So, I decided to pit them against each other to see which is the better top.

This is not a clash of brands, but just of the tops themselves.

Left: Battle Striker, Right: Beyblade

To begin with stating the obvious, the Battle Strikers tops are bigger than Beyblade's. This may be due to the fact that Battle Strikers seem to be for younger children. Heck, even I can't fit in my mouth...not that I tired, or anything...it slipped...

The materials couldn't be more different. While Beyblade uses a metal ring with plastic attached, Battle Strikers are made of a hard plastic, which keeps it from getting damaged. This further supports the idea of it being for younger children rather than 12-15 year olds.

The Beyblade's packing was not able to found. (I think someone threw it away) >_<

Compared to the Beyblade packaging, the Battle Striker's is pretty bland. It's just a box with a picture, some numbers, and a red outline. Concerning the designs of the tops themselves, Beyblade's were the most interesting, while with Battle Strikers, it felt like if you got the one or two you wanted, you had them all. With Beyblade, the designs were so diverse and varied, it felt more like collectables. What also helped this was the fact the stats were better done than Battle Strikers, if it is a tad confusing at first.

Beyblade's smaller plastic tips compared to the ball and point tips of Battle Strikers
Freedom of use, however, is the one category Battle Strikers takes the lead on. I used to test the Beyblades on a stone surface, the closest flat surface at the time. I found out that the stone had begun to chip at the tip, taking off bits of plastic. However, I did not have this problem with either the ball or plastic of Battle Strikers.

TL;DR Summary

Beyblades are great examples of how something can be made into a collectable, although for them not to be damaged on the tip, you have to get their "Beystadium", which at the cheapest, is about 15 bucks.

However, if a child just wants to play with a semi-collectable top and doesn't really care about it all that much, or if they're still in the habit of putting things in their mouths or throwing toys around, Battle Strikers are your thing. Just remember, though, they may become obsolete.