By Jacqueline Rupp,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Lively community area saves fan site from product overkill.
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What you will—and won't—find in this website.
The premise of this game is battling with little robot-like creatures. Characters argue and brag and Bakugans morph into animal-like creatures that brawl for their masters. The messages kids probably get from the game is that people can have different skills and vulnerabilities, and you have to adapt and strategize to succeed.
Violence & Scariness
Although the main purpose of the Bakugans is to do battle, there really isn't much action happening on the Web site. Most of the attention is given to the collecting and game preparation-side of things here. So those familiar with the television series should find less conflict on the Web site.
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Products & Purchases
Many parts of the Web site promote the Bakugan line of battle toys. Some marketing is obvious, like the Products section which shows off the newest arrivals. However, other areas of the site integrate the brand's products too, like in the Games section and the news updates about events tied into new cartoon series. There are also banner ads for Bakugan-related products, like newly released Cartoon Network DVDs.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this site markets its products -- Bakugan figures, games, cards -- fairly aggressively. But it also promotes community and allows fans to share their love of the game, which is not nearly as battle-filled as the Bakugan animated series that airs on Cartoon Network.
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What’s It About?
Dedicated to the battle-filled sci-fi cartoon series and toyline of the same name, the BAKUGAN Web site is a multi-media compendium of all things Baku. Visitors can learn about the latest Bakugan news, see what new toys are hitting the shelves and add Bakugan wallpaper and icons to their computer. The Games section features a trio of simple Bakugan-themed challenges, while the Community section lets members post comments, pictures, and video and participate in Bakugan-related polls, groups, and forums.
Is It Any Good?
On the Cartoon Network animated series, Bakugan is filled with angsty adolescents. The Web site loses some of the show's quirky spirit, given over to the promotion of the Bakugans toys. For serious fans of the show who also really like the card-trading and collecting aspect, the Community area is the most fun, because it mimics the best aspects of the real-life experience and lets fans enjoy it together.
Online interaction: The Bakugan community is very passionate but the forums are moderated for language or abusive behavior.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how companies market to kids. Does this site make you want to buy more Bakugan toys? Do you think there are certain products that are created to inspire collecting? Are you a better player of the game -- or a better consumer -- by collecting lots of Bakugan toys?
- Genre: Fan Sites
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: November 5, 2015
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