If you're new to Beyblades they can be confusing. There are many different models and accessories to choose from. This blog post will explain the basics of Beyblades so you can make informed buying decisions.
THERE ARE 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO START PLAYING WITH BEYBLADES:
A Stadium, The Beyblades themselves, and Launchers to launch the Beyblades.
That's it, but before you proceed there's a few more things you need to understand. Keep reading.
THERE ARE 3 DIFFERENT GENERATIONS OF BEYBLADES:
Plastic / HMS
Originally released in 1999, these are now very rare and hard to find. These are mostly for collectors.
Metal Fight, AKA Metal Fusion
Originally released in 2008, these are also referred to as MFB and are still popular. You won't really find them in retail stores anymore. Beyblade series Metal Fury, Metal Masters, Zero-G and Shogun Steel are also considered Metal Fight Beyblades and for the most part all have the same basic compatibility.
Released in 2015, these are the current line of Beyblades you see in stores. These are currently the most popular and most common Beyblades. Beyblades Series Turbo, Rise, SuperKing etc. are all Burst Beyblades and for the most part all share the same basic compatibility. What makes Burst Beyblades different from previous generations is that they're capable of “Bursting” apart during battles.
Note: Beyblades from any generation can battle each other, but they're not really meant to; it’s not a fair battle. Also any type of Beyblade can be used in any stadium, although stadiums are typically designed for specific Beyblade Series.
Each generation of Beyblades requires a different type of launcher (a launcher can also be referred to as a "Ripper"). So if you have a Burst Beyblade, you need a Burst launcher. If you have a Metal Fusion Beyblade, you need a Metal Fusion launcher.
The majority of Beyblades are right spin, but there are some that spin left, and some are capable of spinning both left and right. Thus there are right spin launchers, and left spin launchers available, as well as launchers that are capable of both right and left spin.
Any Burst launcher should work with any Burst Beyblade as long as they both operate in the same spin direction. (A left spin Burst Beyblade needs a left spin Burst launcher for example).
Any Metal Fusion launcher should work with any Metal Fusion Beyblade as long as they operate in the same spin direction. (A right spin Metal Fusion Beyblade needs a right spin Metal Fusion launcher)
As you've probably noticed there are many different Beyblade accessories. Without getting too deep into it, the main thing you need to know about accessories is that they need to be from the same generation to work with each other. Burst accessories work with Burst items. Metal Fusion accessories work with Metal Fusion items.
The most common accessory is a grip. Grips are basically handles that attach to launchers. There are also other accessories that can attach to grips.
There are two main official Beyblade brands: Takara Tomy and Hasbro.
Takara Tomy is the Japanese company that originally conceived Beyblades. Takara Tomy Beyblades are considered to be the most high quality and desirable Beyblades. Occasionally you will see Takara Beyblades released under different imprints such as Sonokong (Korea), YoungToys (Korea), NewBoy (Middle East). The main thing you need to know is that a Takara Beyblade packages will always have a "Takara Tomy" logo on them regardless of what imprint they're produced under.
Hasbro is the North American maker of Beyblades. They operate under license from Takara Tomy. These are the Beyblades you find in retail stores in North America such as Walmart, Target etc. Hasbro Beys are not exactly the same as Takara Beys, but they're similar and have the same compatibility. So for example a Hasbro Burst launcher should work on a Takara Tomy Burst Beyblade.
Unbranded. These are cheaper imitations of Beyblades. They have the same compatibility as official Beys, but are not considered to be as high of quality as Takara/Hasbro Beys and are not as durable. These cannot be used in official Beyblade tournaments. These are good if you just want to try Beyblades out, or you just want to use them for parts.
Beyblades are made up of multiple different parts. When you buy a Beyblade it's going to come with all the parts you need to assemble it.
One of the cool things about Beyblades is that the parts are interchangeable with other Beys as long as they're from the same generation (there are a few exceptions). This means you can swap out parts from different Beyblades and come up with your own custom versions!
For example, Burst performance tips are pretty much all compatible with any Burst Beyblade, and performance tips from a Metal Fusion Beyblades are compatible with just about any other Metal Fusion Bey. The customization posibilities are endless.
The above information is all you need to start making educated Beyblade purchases. If you have any further questions, feel free to shoot us an email at info@BeysAndBricks.com. We’d be happy to help you. First time buyers use coupon code BOW2BYK3X9T at checkout for a discount.