Battle Strikers Toys v Metal Fight Beyblades
Spinning top toys are a classic children’s toy. The Beyblade version has been the market leader since the late 1990’s but recently Mega Bloks made a bid for a share of these toy sales with the launch of their Battle Strikers range.
So what are the differences between these two spinning top systems?
Magnext Battle Strikers by Mega Bloks were launched just over a year ago and have gone from strength to strength. A second wave of toys, Battle Strikers Series 2 were released to be shortly followed by the stronger and more durable Battle Strikers Metal XS range. Going back to basics, they are just a spinning top but with their magnetic technology they are controllable by the child playing with them. To play you need a launcher to send the striker off into battle and a finger controller to make the striker do what you want during the challenge.
Beyblade is a spinning top that has been around since 1999 when it was introduced to complement the anime TV series of the same name. Beyblades started off as an all plastic affair but their engineering has since changed greatly and in 2008, a new generation was released which had a metal outer layer. These Metal Fight Beyblades (MFB’s) come in four varieties – stamina, balance, attack and defence. The latest Hybrid Wheel System is an update to the MFBs. To play you need a launcher and a ripcord.
The aim of both games is to win the classic spinning top battle – to push your opponent out of the playing arena or be the last top still spinning.
Both Battle Strikers and Beyblades are customisable. Each Battle Striker is built differently with a strength of either attack, defence or control. The Strikers are made of six pieces, which can be mixed and matched to create custom versions.
Each Beyblade is made of four pieces – a face, a wheel, a track and a bottom. The face holds it altogether and includes the artwork. The wheel determines the strength of attack of the Beyblade due to several protrusions which slow your opponents down, the track controls the height and spin direction, and the bottom holds the interchangeable tips which mean the blades movement pattern can be altered.
Battle Strikers are launched from the Turbo Launcher. This is a hand held stick where the Striker is attached to the underside. The Battle Striker launcher then powers the striker to over 6000 RPMs, the player releases it and it is sent into battle.
The Beyblade game has a more traditional rip cord system which when quickly pulled back through the top and released, powers the blade into its battle. There is a launcher you can put them in to start with and then use the rip cord or you can just hold them in your hand whilst launching.
Control In Battle
Battle Strikers are controlled in battle by a magnetic finger controller. By pointing this controller at the Striker whilst in battle the player can make the striker jump or dodge out of an opponent’s way or charge into them with an attack.
Beyblades have no such control during the battle.
Battle Strikers can battle on any surface, anywhere, although you can buy a Battle Arena to keep the strikers from spinning off all over the place.
The Bayblade equivalent playing area is called the Beystadium.
Variety Of Spinning Tops
Battle Strikers are available in 16 unique versions. Each Striker has a different mix of strength, determined by ratings in attack, defence and control.
There are 11 versions of Metal Fight Beyblades currently available in the UK.
Each Battle Striker costs around £5. A starter pack, which includes everything you need to play costs around £10 and the bestselling Battle Strikers Tournament Set costs up to £25 but is great value for money as so much is included.
Each Bey Blade starts at around £10, the cheapest starter pack is £15 and stadiums to play in also start at £15.
Differences In Game Play
- Battle Strikers do not offer diversity in launch options. They can only be revved up via the launcher and have no ripcord or manual launch option as found with Beyblades. The latter includes launch tactics, speeds and styles as part of the game play.
- There is no finger control during battle in Beyblades. Some players think the finger control interferes with the tops too much but others find the interactivity during battle to be fun.
- Battle Strikers and made of plastic and the latest Beyblades are made of metal making them faster.
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