Yu-Gi-Oh! Streaming Roundup, March 2020: Hulu, Netflix, YouTube

March 31, 2020 at 8:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Pharaoh Atem on his throne, angry at Bandit King Bakura in episode 202

March was a great month for Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V as season 3 of the English dub found another new home — Hulu. The U.S.-based subscription VOD network is now one of three platforms to host the entire series in English; the other two are Amazon Prime and Kidoodle.TV. If you’re looking for the Japanese version instead, Crunchyroll has you covered.

Bad news for fans of classic Yu-Gi-Oh!. Today, Netflix removed seasons 4 and 5 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters while sparing the first three seasons. The network originally added seasons 3, 4, and 5 exactly two years ago. You can still find the full English-dubbed series on YUGIOH.com, Crunchyroll, Tubi, and other services.

Between March 23 and 31, the official Yu-Gi-Oh! YouTube channel live streamed the first five episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s non-stop. Over 430,000 duelists dropped by to see the action, which ended this morning. Were you one of them? If you like what you saw and want to watch the rest for free, Yusei is waiting for you on YUGIOH.com, Crunchyroll, and Tubi.

Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon Statue Pre-Order Now Live

February 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Three-quarter close-up view of Seto Kaiba's body in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

Pre-orders for Kitsune Statue’s Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue are now live. Buyers will want to act quickly because there are only 300 statues up for grabs. Its price is €699 (about $775), which includes a VAT of 20 percent.

Seto Kaiba's upper body and BEUD's heads in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

Kitsune’s creation depicts a 1/7 scale Seto Kaiba standing proudly atop his duel tower in the Battle City semifinals, ready to take down Yugi with his Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon. Details from the anime, like the KaibaCorp logo, holographic pillars, and even Kaiba’s BEUD card, are on full display.

Three-quarter view of Seto Kaiba's upper body in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

This statue is crafted from resin, polyurethane, and PVC. Its dimensions are H47.2 x W54 x D46 centimeters (about H18.5 x W21 x D18 inches) and its weight is approximately 10 kilograms (22 pounds). The estimated delivery date is the first half of 2021.

Sales are limited to customers in France and Monaco only.

Close-up of one of the BEUD heads in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

On Twitter, the sculptor, Sacha Delon, shared a closer look of the 3-D computer models of the statue. Fans and buyers will definitely want to check out those images because they show some finer design details that aren’t visible in Kitsune’s photos of the product.

ZBrush 3-D computer model of the faces of Seto Kaiba and Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon

ZBrush 3-D computer model of Seto Kaiba's body in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

ZBrush 3-D computer model of BEUD card in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

ZBrush 3-D computer model of the duel arena floor in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

This statue’s project directors are Yann Rademske and Baptiste Periou. Artistic direction was handled by Periou and Delon. The 2-D concept artist is Guilherme Daigo from Brazil, and the painter is Thai artist Titinun Naksud.

For more photos and information about the development of the statue, including comments from sculptor Delon and director Periou, check my write-up from earlier this week.

Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon Statue Photos

February 23, 2020 at 6:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Front view of Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

Kitsune Statue has unveiled high-quality photos on Facebook of its Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon resin statue. The statue will be up for pre-order on February 29, but will only be available to customers in France and Monaco.

Rear view of Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

The France-based premium collectibles producer released the photos yesterday after one of its retail partners broke the embargo and posted low-quality photos of the statue, which inevitably began circulating. The images posted by Kitsune itself on Facebook are the definitive photos of this prototype statue.

Three-quarter view of Seto Kaiba's full body in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

The sculptor of this statue is Sacha “TheGoldenSmurf” Delon, a 2-D and 3-D artist based in Strasbourg, France.

Close-up front view of Seto Kaiba's upper body in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

The statue stands 47 centimeters (18.5 inches) tall, said Delon in the Facebook comments on Kitsune’s company page. The scale of Seto Kaiba is 1/7.

Close-up of the Duel Disk in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

Several commenters pointed out that the size of Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon felt too small compared to the size of Kaiba. A Kitsune Statue spokesperson stated that the company went with this design to keep both the size and the cost of the statue reasonable. (The price has not yet been announced.)

Close-up of the front of the monster's face in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

Baptiste Periou, one of the project directors for this statue, said that the choice to use a 1/7 scale over 1/6 was not easy because Kitsune preferred to stick with 1/6, the scale it uses for its other statues. But even as it is, this statue makes an impression because of the enormity of the dragon.

Close-up of the front of the base of Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

Periou added that the scale of Kitsune’s entire Yu-Gi-Oh! line will be 1/7 in order to maintain uniformity among the statues. In the future, he hopes to propose statues that optimize the use of space so as not to have the scale reduction effect seen in this statue.

Kitsune already has another Yu-Gi-Oh! project lined up. Its next statue will feature Yugi, said Delon on Reddit, and will probably be coming next year. Delon will also be the sculptor of that statue. The monster that will accompany Yugi, which is selected by an entire team of people, hasn’t been decided yet. Currently, Dark Paladin is the front-runner, although Delon personally prefers Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl.

Remember, Kitsune is selling its Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue to a very limited market — France and Monaco only. If you are a Yu-Gi-Oh! fan living elsewhere who would like to buy it, you’ll want to connect with a friend or shipping proxy who has an address in that region before pre-orders begin on February 29.

New Yu-Gi-Oh! Funko Pop! Figures Arrive at Toy Fair New York 2020

February 21, 2020 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yugi, Joey, Pegasus, and Red-Eyes Black Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh! Funko Pop! figures

Seven new Yu-Gi-Oh! Funko Pop! figures are coming this May. Funko today unveiled the additions to its Yu-Gi-Oh! collection, just in time for Toy Fair New York 2020, which kicks off on Saturday.

Yugi, Pegasus, Joey, and Red-Eyes Black Dragon join the Funko family as standard 3.75-inch Pop! figures.

Exodia Funko Pop! figure

Exodia arrives in its fully-assembled glory as a 6-inch figure. Aren’t you glad that Funko is not releasing Exodia’s five parts separately as convention exclusives?

Obelisk the Tormentor Funko Pop! figure

Obelisk the Tormentor makes its way to GameStop as an exclusive figure. Naturally, an Egyptian God needs to stand at a super-sized 6-inches tall.

Slifer the Sky Dragon Funko Pop! figure

Slifer the Sky Dragon is a Hot Topic exclusive and is also a 6-inch figure.

Konami included several of these characters and monsters in an August 2019 poll where it asked fans what they wanted to see made into Funko Pop! figures.

Which of these new figures are you most excited about?

Previously:
BoxLunch Exclusive: Metallic Blue-Eyes White Dragon Funko Pop! & T-Shirt
Dark Magician Funko Pop! Available Now Exclusively at Hot Topic
Yu-Gi-Oh! Funko Pop! Figures Coming in August 2018

Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon Resin Statue Pre-Order Coming February 29

February 19, 2020 at 9:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Kitsune Statue teases Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon resin statue

Calling all Seto Kaiba fans! Kitsune Statue has a product for you. The France-based designer and manufacturer of premium collectibles posted a photo yesterday teasing its first Yu-Gi-Oh! creation — a resin statue of Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon. Pre-orders for this statue will open on Saturday, February 29.

Kitsune’s Yu-Gi-Oh! license only allows it to sell this statue to customers in France and Monaco. Fans in other markets who want to purchase it must make arrangements with a friend or shipping proxy who has an address in the region.

Other than uploading the image seen above, Kitsune has not provided any other details about the statue; the company did not even identify Seto Kaiba or Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon as the subjects in the photo. However, an announcement from Konami in June 2019 confirmed that Kitsune’s product would indeed be a statue crafted from resin of the named character and monster.

Update (February 23): Photos of this statue are now available.

Update (February 29): Kitsune Statue is now taking pre-orders.

$1,000 Exodia Bust Pre-Order Now Live

February 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Close-up of Taka Corp Studio's Exodia bust

Taka Corp Studio’s first Yu-Gi-Oh! product is up for pre-order today. Standing 60 centimeters (2 feet) tall and weighing 15 kilograms (33 pounds), it is a bust of Exodia the Forbidden One. This sculpture of the most powerful monster in Yu-Gi-Oh! commands a hefty price of €899 (about $980).

Front view of Taka Corp Studio's Exodia bust

Exodia is crafted from resin and polyurethane. Its dimensions are H60 x W70 x D45 centimeters (about H24 x W28 x D18 inches). It has a limited edition size of 400 statues. The estimated delivery date is the second quarter of 2021.

Side view of Taka Corp Studio's Exodia bust

Exodia’s sculptor is Andy Tantowi, a well-known Indonesian Yu-Gi-Oh! fan artist who has created sculptures and digital paintings of all three Egyptian Gods, among many other works. The 2-D concept artist is Clément Caron, a French graphic designer who also handles Taka Corp’s banner art and packaging. The painter is French artist Jean-Philippe Reuchet.

Rear view of Taka Corp Studio's Exodia bust

Shipping to France is free. To most other European countries, shipping costs €96 (about $105), and to Asia, it costs €84 (about $92). Everywhere else — you’re out of luck, though you can certainly contact Taka Corp to see if the company will accommodate you.

Close-up of the base of Taka Corp Studio's Exodia bust

Taka Corp notes on its company Facebook page that an Exodia Necross version “will arrive a little later” with an edition size of 100. If you wish, it is possible to switch your purchase to that version at that time.

Taka Corp Studio is a newcomer to the business of super high-end collectibles, having been founded in late 2018. Exodia is only its third product to hit the market. After Exodia the Forbidden One and Exodia Necross, the company’s next Yu-Gi-Oh! products will be a 1/1 scale bust of Atem and a 1/1 scale Millennium Puzzle.

Development Comments

Exodia looks nearly identical to the unpainted prototype that was unveiled at Japan Expo in July 2019. The only notable change appears to be the angle of the horns on the back of its head.

Three-quarter view of the back of Taka Corp Studio's Exodia bust at Japan Expo 2019
From video by MechanicalJapan

This alteration was requested by Konami.

Some Yu-Gi-Oh! fans might notice that Taka Corp’s Exodia — and its face, in particular — doesn’t look exactly like the Exodia seen in the anime series. Whereas the anime Exodia is depicted with very muted shades of brown, Taka Corp’s Exodia is bright and vibrant, accented by gold and silver paint.

This was an intentional artistic decision, explained Taka Corp cofounder Nicolas Guibourg in a comment in Taka Corp Studio’s Facebook group. (Note: Admin approval is necessary to view this group.)

There is room for artistic interpretation in works such as this, said Guibourg. And Exodia, with its ancient Egyptian theme, provided a great opportunity to make use of gold to create flashy embellishments.

Guibourg’s comment is not without basis. Archaeological findings show that gold was widely used in ancient Egypt for ornamentation in daily life and in temple rituals. The godlike, but fictional, Exodia would have certainly been worthy of possessing precious metal adornments in the ancient Yu-Gi-Oh! world.

Guibourg further added that Taka Corp took greater inspiration from the artwork on the trading card rather than from the anime interpretation because the colors seen in the anime would not have made for a very attractive rendering. Both Konami and Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi commended Taka Corp’s paint job, he said.

What do you think of Taka Corp Studio’s Exodia bust? Will you be purchasing it?

Exodia Bust Pre-Order Begins February 15

February 13, 2020 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Taka Corp Studio Exodia bust pre-order announcement

Taka Corp Studio announced today that its Exodia bust will be available for pre-order starting this Saturday, February 15. The France-based producer of high-end collectibles uploaded a video to its Facebook page that provides a tease of the fully-painted statue.

Taka Corp has not yet revealed the price, dimensions, edition size, or delivery date of its Exodia statue. But if it’s anything like Taka Corp’s Hisoka bust, expect it to be huge, pricey, and magnificent.

Exodia will be available for sale to customers located in Europe and Asia. If would like to purchase the statue but are located in a different part of the world, be sure to make arrangements with a friend or shipping proxy ahead of time.

Update (February 15): Exodia is now up for pre-order. Shipping is available to addresses in Europe and Asia — not just Europe as was previously reported.

Puzzle & Dragons Yu-Gi-Oh! Collaboration Launches January 31

January 29, 2020 at 9:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yami Yugi and Slifer the Sky Dragon in Puzzle & Dragons

Have you been saving your Stones? After last week’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters collaboration announcement from Puzzle & Dragons North America, many players are surprised to see that the event is already here, kicking off this Friday, January 31.

Seto Kaiba and Obelisk the Tormentor in Puzzle & Dragons

GungHo America provided a complete rundown of the Yu-Gi-Oh! collab yesterday evening, including the all-important details about the Egg Machines, Bundles, and Dungeons.

Yami Marik and The Winged Dragon of Ra in Puzzle & Dragons

Everyone who logs in during the collab will get one free pull from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Egg Machine, which lands you a random card. You can also spend your hard-earned Magic Stones to try to score your favorite card, with each pull costing 10 Stones. And if you really want to splurge, there are special one-time-only bundles that you can purchase to net you some Stones plus a Blue-Eyes White Dragon and one of the ★7-rarity cards — Yugi Muto, Seto Kaiba, or Yami Marik.

When you receive a Blue-Eyes White Dragon, the game unlocks this adorable Yu-Gi-Oh! DM Orbs Skin as well.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters orbs skin in Puzzle & Dragons

There are also two dungeons to check out during the collab. The Yu-Gi-Oh! DM Dungeon drops Medals that you can use in the Monster Exchange. A three-player mode is available.

Yu-Gi-Oh! DM Dungeon in Puzzle & Dragons

And the Yu-Gi-Oh! DM Challenge! Dungeon is a one-time-only dungeon that rewards victors with one pull from the Egg Machine and two Rainbow Medals to use in the Monster Exchange.

Yu-Gi-Oh! DM Challenge! Dungeon in Puzzle & Dragons

Select Yu-Gi-Oh! cards are available in the Monster Exchange, along with a special Swords of Revealing Light Spell Card.

Swords of Revealing Light Spell Card is available in the Monster Exchange in Puzzle & Dragons

GungHo America has provided a gallery of all of the awesome character and monster art, plus a rundown of the cards’ Evolutions.

Update (January 31): GungHo America has also posted a gallery of all of the Yu-Gi-Oh! cards.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! collaboration runs from January 31, 12:00 a.m. PT, through February 16, 11:59 p.m. PT.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Collaboration Coming to Puzzle & Dragons North America

Yu-Gi-Oh! Collaboration Coming to Puzzle & Dragons North America

January 25, 2020 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Puzzle & Dragons North America Yu-Gi-Oh! Collaboration coming soon

The North American version of Puzzle & Dragons is getting a Yu-Gi-Oh! collaboration. The big announcement was made yesterday evening by the U.S. arm of GungHo Online Entertainment, the developer of the hit mobile game, during its Twitch live stream. The collab will feature major characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters series, including Yugi Muto, Yami Yugi, Seto Kaiba, Yami Marik, Téa Gardner, Joey Wheeler, Mai Valentine, and Yami Bakura. Many of their signature monsters will also make an appearance, including all three Egyptian God Cards, Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl, Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Red-Eyes B. Dragon, Dark Necrofear, and more.

GungHo America did not provide a specific date for the Yu-Gi-Oh! collab launch, only stating that it would take place “soon.” The company asked players to keep an eye on GungHo America’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and official website for more information.

Yugi Muto and Silent Magician in Puzzle & Dragons

Puzzle & Dragons (or PAD for short) is wildly popular a tile-matching puzzle game that also mixes in elements of monster collecting and dungeon crawling. The game is produced and published by the Japanese company GungHo Online Entertainment and launched in Japan in February 2012 and in North America in December 2012. PAD is the first mobile game to generate $1 billion in sales and is famous for popularizing the gacha (loot box) mechanic that has since been adopted by games worldwide. PAD has collaborated with numerous other properties, including Dragon Ball Z, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Angry Birds.

PAD is available on iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire. The game is free to play with optional in-game purchases available.

The Japanese version of PAD held its own Yu-Gi-Oh! collaboration between December 30, 2019, and January 13, 2020. The North American version appears to incorporate the same characters, monsters, and gameplay elements as the Japanese version.

(h/t Blogging Mama)

Seto Kaiba and Blue-Eyes White Dragon in Puzzle & Dragons

Téa Gardner, Shining Friendship, and Fire Sorcerer and their level limit breakthrough and super awakenings in Puzzle & Dragons

Blue-Eyes White Dragon card in Puzzle & Dragons

Dark Magician Girl in Puzzle & Dragons

Kuriboh and its level limit breakthrough and super awakenings in Puzzle & Dragons

Cyber Harpie Lady card in Puzzle & Dragons

Close-up of the Yami Yugi and Slifer the Sky Dragon card in Puzzle & Dragons

Close-up of the Red-Eyes B. Dragon card in Puzzle & Dragons

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Disk Shark Mouth Backpack by Sprayground

January 16, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Front of Sprayground's Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Disk backpack

Check out this hot Duel Disk backpack, a collaboration between Yu-Gi-Oh! and Sprayground, a designer and producer of street-art-inspired backpacks and accessories. The design is a mashup of the Battle City Duel Disk with Sprayground’s popular “shark mouth” motif seen on many of its products. The entirety of the bag is adorned with the anime-style Yu-Gi-Oh! card backing, while Yami Yugi poses proudly behind the Duel Disk. The bag comes loaded with a Speed Duel deck — because it’s always time to duel.

The Duel Disk backpack is available now directly from Sprayground for $80.

Yu-Gi-Oh! is just one of many anime and video game properties that Sprayground has partnered with. The brand has also applied its rebellious flair to its Dragon Ball Z, Mega Man, One Piece, One-Punch Man, and Pokemon products. There’s much more to see on Sprayground’s Instagram.

All of Sprayground’s products are made in limited quantities and never reissued, so don’t miss your chance to pick up this unique designer Yu-Gi-Oh! item.

(News from Sprayground, shared by Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page)

Back of Sprayground's Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Disk backpack

Three-quarter view of Sprayground's Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Disk backpack

Sprayground's Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Disk backpack with the front flap folded down

Close-up of Sprayground's Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Disk backpack showing the Millennium Puzzle

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