~deaita~On a fine Sunday afternoon, we went to Wisma Hopoh in search of Xbox 360 games as my plan to burn the ISOs myself didn't went smoothly (plus DL discs are almost priced the same as the pirated game discs anyways). We managed to get some, well a lot of games. I can't tell you how many genre of games was in the plastic bag that day and how empty my wallet was after that. (My sister picked most of the games and no, they are not something lame.)
After all that wallet burning, we went to the only viable restaurant there, KFC. Before I reached KFC, I spotted many TT Hongli Gunpla (all priced as usual and barely any good choices) and then... bootleg Metal Fight Beyblade Beyblades! I was like, totally surprised! Er, not that surprised actually. The price wasn't that good but considering how much I wanted them as well as some support from my sister, we bought em'. *wallet burns*
I did ever see some originals at a normal toy shop before but they were too pricey to buy normally. I mean, RM59.90 isn't cheap for something so small though it was a full set. Then again, this bootleg version isn't all that cheap anyways.
Okay, enough boring story. Time for the review!
Those who do not know the existence of the latest Beyblade anime Metal Fight Beyblade may want to read up Wikipedia for a bit or, if your internet permits, watch on Youtube.
EDIT1: L-Drago is actually LL-Drago (Lightning L-Drago, L for Left). Sorry about that. ^^;
EDIT2: This Leone is actually the Rock Leone and not the normal Leone. Sorry about that. I'll just refer to it as Leone though.
Part 1D: Box
Some of the more direct bootleg packaging I've seen in a while. They simply copied the whole thing with some extremely minor changes (logo) and some parts look off. The overall print and box quality was pretty good though which makes it look more "original" or at least attempt to trick you that it is original.
Part 2D: Box Open!
Not as many parts as you would get from Gunpla but much easier to put together... if only there were some instructions included which sadly were not.
Part 3D: Accessories
A cool looking left spin shooter with a weird pulling gimmick... by string. You pull out the string to spin the Beyblade and let it go to return it to normal. It can be said to be pretty nice but it greatly limits the maximum spin on the Beyblade.
A grip for the launcher. Only comes together with the larger Beyblade sets. FYI, ifyou buy the bootlegs without this grip, they would cost you RM9.90 each while an original was RM39.90 IIRC. All prices quoted are normal shop price and you might find them cheaper.
A point card is also given and it looks and feels almost as if it is the authentic deal! This was one of the biggest surprise of this bootleg. The card feels great.
The grip connects to the launcher very well. The lock works but I'm pretty sure you should be careful when closing and opening it as it feels not so strong.
The plastic on the grip and launcher doesn't feel that cheap actually but not all that original either. I give it my praises nonetheless.
Part 4D: Beyblade
From left to right; Face, Clear Wheel, Metal Wheel, Track, Bottom. Also comes with a "screwdriver"-like tool to screw Face and a sticker sheet that barely works. Oddly enough, it comes with two tracks. Ah, the good thing about bootlegs, potential extra parts.
The completed Beyblade but my construction at this point wasn't all that right since there weren't any instructions. For one thing, the bottom should be turned.
Unfortunately, it fits very loosely onto the left spin launcher and you need some effort to make it stick on long enough to shoot.
Part 5D: Action!
Took my old cheap stadium to test run it. At first it split into pieces due to bad construction (my bad) but after some tightening with the screwdriver thing it works pretty well and feels quite solid. The movement of the Beyblade was rather limited due to the limitation of the launcher it comes with as it goes to the middle of the stadium pretty fast and runs out of spin shortly after.
Part 6D: Extra
One side for the Face and the other for the Bottom. Works well but make sure you don't get it stuck.
Part 1L: Box
Part 2L: Box Open!
Part 3L: Accessories
A more traditional right spin launcher and rip cord. I hope the rip cord can last long though since bootleg plastic aren't the best things in the world unfortunately.
Part 4L: Beyblade
Two bottoms?! One is made of metal (or platted)! Very, very nice! Construction for the Leone was easier than LL-Drago since I've already did it once and that the stickers are way less and comes off well. FYI, the stickers can stick nicely for both the Beyblades in this review. The only problem that can occur is whether they are cut properly or not...
Part 5L: Action!
Part 6L: Extra
Part 7: 3 2 1 GO SHOOT!
Watch video for some metal hitting each other. XDPart 8: Verdict
After playing with them a bit, I finally found out the right way, presumably, to put them together properly.
- Good plastic quality
- Quite accurate to original
- Platted/Metal parts
- Extra parts
- Pricey @ RM14.90
- No instructions sheet
- Loose launcher (LL-Drago)
- Stickers hard to pull out (LL-Drago)
LL-Drago was pretty disappointing but Leone was good. I guess the "cats" make pretty nice Beyblades in real life since I remember my Drigger was pretty "strong" too.
I'm not sure how an actual real life Beyblade battle should go about except aiming them to fight each other at the center of the stadium. If there is a more "real" way, please do tell me and I might try. XP
That's all for now. Until the next post! :D