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Bakugan: Battle Brawlers Vol. 1 (DVD Review)

20 Jul, 2008 By: Rachel Cericola


Prebook 7/22/08; Street 8/26/08
$14.98 DVD
Not rated.

“Two worlds collide” wails the “Bakugan: Battle Brawlers” theme song. Those two worlds must be cartoonland and toy-marketing-ville. The two come together in this anime adventure created by Spin Master, known for their famously recalled Aqua Dots, and Sega Toys, master and creator of Sonic the Hedgehog.

One day, cards fell from the sky. Dan and his friends used the cards and marbles to create a game called Bakugan. However, these weren't just your typical playing/baseball cards. Instead, these pieces have the power to conjure up monsters from an alternate dimension named Vestroia.

Dan has quite the gaming monkey on his back, constantly looking to conjure a new Bakugan battle. Players throw down cards like a gauntlet, use the marbles to yield monsters, and it's on. Needless to say, you could do this too, sans special effects, by purchasing a Starter Pack or one of the many other Bakugan-inspired products.

Trying to capitalize on the themes and merchandising of “Pok?mon” and “Yu-Gi-Oh,” “Bakugan” isn't very original or interesting. However, it doesn't really matter. It will cater to its audience of 8- to 10-year-olds, who will be clamoring for the toy tie-ins.

Those interested in the genre probably shouldn't use this release as a starting point. It only includes the first five episodes of the 26 in season one. The release also doesn't offer any extra content, teasers, cheats or cards for anyone interested in purchasing tie-ins or finding out how the game actually works.

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