A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than educate.
Good and evil are clearly defined, and the heroes' devotion to their cause stems from their dedication to justice and freedom. Team Estrella is strong because of the diversity of its members, and their battle strategies reflect each person's unique strengths. The show's quick pace does little to encourage kids' attention spans.
Positive Role Models
There's little redeeming quality about the Dominators, who are driven by greed and a thirst for power. The show's heroes fare differently, though, and qualities like level-headedness and loyalty are what make them so strong.
Violence & Scariness
Nearly all of the fighting is done by the BeyWheelz, which are inanimate objects infused with powers of nature that are represented by spirit images of animals. They engage in head-to-head battles that leave some looking weak, but there are no visible injuries. Some of the villains talk in threatening tones, as in, "We'll tear him into itsy-bitsy pieces."
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Products & Purchases
BeyWheelz is a line of action figures, toys, and games that are heavily marketed to kids. The series serves as an extended commercial for the toys.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that like its predecessor, Beyblade: Metal Fusion, BeyWheelz is both a TV series and a product line of toys that replicate the battles kids see in the show, so your kids' susceptibility to marketing tactics like these is a major factor in the show's suitability for them. The battles usually consist of small wheel-shaped objects crashing into each other until one isn't able to continue, so there's little emotion tied to the face-offs themselves. Villains are clearly defined, and their insidious behavior serves to accentuate the positive qualities of the civic-minded protagonists. Kids will see some good examples of teamwork, friendship, and kids taking ownership of their mistakes and making amends for them. That said, this is a real know-your-kid situation because of the show's fast pace, flashy animation style, and, of course, its extensive imbedded advertising.
Is It Any Good?
If you're wondering about the major difference between Beyblade and BeyWheelz, here is: Whereas Beyblade's battle style resembles colorful tops spinning upright, the drones in BeyWheelz roll on their sides like a flywheel. That's it. The world domination plot is nearly identical, as is the theme of young upstanding protagonists giving the hardcore villains a run for their money. But none of this compares to the two shows' most outstanding common goal: Marketing their toy replicas to eager young fans.
The story's not all bad, though. Many of the characters -- including Sho, the central figure -- display positive personality traits like loyalty, humility, and dedication to a just cause. The BeyWheelz sport draws people from different backgrounds who find common ground in their quest for excellence and, in the case of Estrella's members, their desire to return peace to their city. What's more, the Wheelers' star status as a result of their skills welcomes discussions with your kids about our society's treatment and expectations of celebrities.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.