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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Formulaic toy-inspired series has some good messages, too.

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This was the original series in the Beyblade franchise that inspired follow-ups like Beyblade: Metal Fusion and BeyWheelz. If you're familiar with the others or the popular toys themselves, there will be no surprises here, as the show pretty much exists to showcase the excitement of the match-ups, thus ramping up kids' desire to have their own. Add a touch of fantasy in each Beyblade's link to a unique beast spirit, and you've got the makings of a hot collectible kids (especially boys) will want to own.

That said, Beyblade isn't all bad. The match-ups between the "good" Bladebreakers and the "bad," well, everybody else, does a good job of illustrating the difference between healthy competition and obsession. What's more, the outcomes aren't always predictable, and the underdogs' success usually hinges on their use of strategy and creative problem solving rather than on brute strength, reminding kids that winners come in all different shapes and sizes.

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