Saban Unveils Vortexx’s Debut Fall 2012 Lineup

August 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Posted in 4Kids, Saban, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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MyVortexx.com was updated to display characters from Vortexx's lineup of shows

This morning, Saban Brands announced the full lineup for Vortexx, its upcoming Saturday morning kids’ programming block on The CW. The five-hour block makes its debut with the following mix of old and new shows:

  • 7:00 – Cubix
  • 7:30 – Rescue Heroes
  • 8:00 – Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy
  • 8:30 – Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
  • 9:00 – Iron Man: Armored Adventures
  • 9:30 – Justice League Unlimited
  • 10:00 – WWE Saturday Morning Slam
  • 10:30 – Dragon Ball Z Kai
  • 11:00 – Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic
  • 11:30 – Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal

Vortexx hits the airwaves on Saturday, August 25. As usual, check your local listings for the exact dates and times. And if you haven’t already done so, check out Vortexx on the web at MyVortexx.com, Facebook, and Twitter!

As previously discussed, the number of Yu-Gi-Oh! broadcasts has been trimmed from four episodes on Toonzai, to just three on Vortexx. One of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal broadcasts will feature a new episode.

You won’t really need to wait until August 25 to catch a new Zexal episode though! On August 18 — the final broadcast of The CW4Kids Toonzai — a new episode will air at 11:00, wrapping up a three-and-a-half hour Zexal marathon. The last episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic (“The Final Duel, Part 4”) will then follow at 11:30. Way to go, Toonzai! That’s how you sign off with a bang!

Saban Acquires Zombie Farm Creator The Playforge

Earlier this month, Saban Brands revealed that it had acquired The Playforge, the makers of the popular mobile game Zombie Farm.

The acquisition opens The Playforge up to a wealth of new licensing and merchandising opportunities, and also provides Saban with the talent and resources to expand solidly into the digital realm with the development of new mobile and online platforms.

Could we see social and mobile gaming playing a significant part in Saban’s Vortexx brand?

YuGiOh.com Closes, Redirects to Toonzaki.com

On July 20, YuGiOh.com shut its doors and automatically redirected all traffic to the anime video portal Toonzaki.com. There’s been no official word on what led to this change.

YuGiOh.com launched in January 2011 and was meant to serve as the international hub for all things Yu-Gi-Oh!, from the TCG, to the anime, to the merchandise.

Earlier in mid-July, a Toonzaki rep noted in a comment on Facebook that Konami was now the owner of Toonzaki, having secured the brand as part of 4Kids and Konami’s $15 million deal.

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