There are going to be a lot of confused parents in the UK in the next couple of months as their kids start asking for spring loaded plastic marbles known as Bakugan. These toys stem from the worldwide phenomenon television show, Bakugan Battle Brawlers.
Let me first explain the television show. The Bakugan Battle Brawlers are the group of kids who play the game of Bakugan. It involves throwing down cards and then spheres on top of them to release the Bakugan creatures. The program also follows the exploits of Dan Kuso and the rest of the gang and all their personal relationships.
The Bakugan toys work more or less on the same principle as the television show, which is the genius of the idea. Sega have had a lot of input into the Bakugan game and it is widely regarded that this toy has succeeded where many previous television-related toys have previously failed, with the most notable being Pokemon. Yes, they sold millions of toys and games and the show was a worldwide success but where they failed was coming up with a way to allow kids to play the game themselves exactly as they see it on screen. Bakugan takes this one step further.
The good news for parents is that Bakugan toys will retail quite cheaply, with a single sphere and card set being on offer for around £5. Unfortunately, kids will probably want to build a collection which could prove costly, especially in the run up to Christmas. You can of course get all the paraphernalia, like the Battle Arena and the Bakugan Launcher, which are slightly more expensive.
There's more Bakugan information at Bakugan UK.