Jump Force Trailer Reveals Yugi’s Fighting Abilities, Battle Ship

October 5, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi commanding Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl to attack in Jump Force

When Bandai Namco Entertainment announced that Yugi would be fighting using his monsters in the upcoming Jump Force video game, they weren’t kidding. A new trailer posted by the publisher reveals Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl using energy-based attacks and holding their own against Toguro from Yu Yu Hakusho, Freeza from Dragon Ball, and Sosuke Aizen from Bleach. Yugi is also shown dramatically summoning Slifer the Sky Dragon from a card. Yugi himself doesn’t appear to do any physical fighting.

The trailer also provides a potential clue about the story in Jump Force. Yugi is fighting in the newly revealed Golden Gate Bridge stage, the locale of a chaotic scene. Vehicles are piled up and overturned on and around the bridge. Statues from the Naruto universe’s Valley of the End have altered the landscape of the iconic bridge, while a flag featuring the symbol of the Village Hidden in the Leaves is shown fluttering. Could the universes of Shonen Jump be melding with our real world?

What would our world be like if the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe invades? We may already have an answer. Several shots from the trailer reveal Kaiba’s Battle Ship (called Kaiba Kraft 3 in 4Kids’ English anime) flying in the background. Is that just for effect? Or could it be another stage or part of the story?

If you are at New York Comic Con this weekend, check out the Bandai Namco booth (#515) where you can play a demo of Jump Force. Alas, Yugi is not one of the playable characters in this demo, but you can still have fun with Goku, Luffy, and several other iconic characters.

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Yugi Confirmed Playable in Jump Force Video Game, Fights Using Monsters

STARZ Removes Yu-Gi-Oh!

September 30, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Seto Kaiba, dropping his cards and losing his duel, as envisioned by Ishizu in episode 94

As of today, STARZ is no longer streaming the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime on its platform. The premium cable network had added season 1 of the Yu-Gi-Oh! English dub to its catalog in April 2017. It did not add the remaining four seasons.

Currently, STARZ still has the Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movies.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Resin Statue by First 4 Figures Confirmed

September 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Seto Kaiba, shocked by Gozaburo Kaiba's plays in episode 120

For the past several months, there has been a lot of chatter that First 4 Figures might be releasing a Yu-Gi-Oh! statue. Unlike producers of mass-market collectibles, F4F is renowned for making ultra high-end statues, each individually numbered and costing in the hundreds of dollars.

Anime series like Berserk, Cowboy Bebop, One Punch-Man, and Samurai Champloo have all been blessed by the company’s masterful touch, as have video game franchises like Castlevania, Kirby, The Legend of Zelda, and Sonic the Hedgehog.

With its incredible track record and reputation, it’s no wonder so many people are excited about the possibility of F4F taking on the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand. Now, the much-whispered-about F4F Yu-Gi-Oh! figure has finally been confirmed!

Speaking to media industry publication World Screen, Jennifer Coleman, VP of licensing and marketing at 4K Media, announced that First 4 Figures has a resin Yu-Gi-Oh! statue in the works!

Coleman further recognized the importance of the collectibles market, stating that “Offering bespoke and limited-edition collections is something retailers and consumers all around the world are looking for.”

While neither Coleman nor F4F has revealed which Yu-Gi-Oh! character or monster will be getting a statue, F4F has already divulged a lot of information in the past…

Yu-Gi-Oh! and First 4 Figures: What Do We Know So Far?

First 4 Figures gauges interest in various anime and video game properties by polling its followers in its First 4 Figures Official Collectors Club Facebook Group. (Note: Admin approval is necessary to view this group and the Facebook links I’ve posted below.)

In May 2016, F4F’s owner, Alex Davis, posted a basic poll about Yu-Gi-Oh! figures, just to see if this property could sell. At the time, there was not much interest among voters for such products. But Yu-Gi-Oh! fans were loud and very persistent, spending many, many months rallying in favor of the King of Games. Eventually, their effort paid off and resulted in close to 700 positive votes.

There would be no more Yu-Gi-Oh! polls from Davis until August 4, 2017, when he asked fans what Yu-Gi-Oh! figures they would be interested in seeing. Blue-Eyes White Dragon garnered the biggest following with over 800 votes, followed by Dark Magician and Red-Eyes Black Dragon. Voters also suggested nearly a hundred other options.

Davis followed up quickly in an August 14, 2017, poll, stating that the previous poll “really had my attention.” Would fans be interested in a $400+ Blue-Eyes White Dragon that measured 15 to 25 percent larger than Good Smile’s 2011 Blue-Eyes White Dragon? For comparison, Good Smile’s figure with its base measures about 18 inches tall and costs over $850 at the then-exchange rate. About two-thirds of the voters were in favor of such a design.

Then, in September 2017, Davis polled the audience about the possibility of a $400+ Dark Magician (again, about two-thirds voted in favor) and about their favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! series (not surprisingly, the original was the overwhelming favorite).

On October 7, 2017, Davis relayed some very good news. “Time to speak to the licensor to talk about how you guys pushed for Yu-Gi-Oh!” he wrote. “Thanks for your support!” His post indicated that he was writing from New York City, the home of 4K Media.

Davis admitted in a November 2017 Q&A live stream that he ignored Yu-Gi-Oh! for a year and a half because “it didn’t have a great fanbase.” But after interest grew so significantly during that period of time, the results were too substantial for him to ignore. He further revealed that he had submitted all of the legal paperwork, product proposals, and counterproposals necessary to get the ball rolling. The subsequent approval process could take months.

On January 12, 2018, Davis stated in a Q&A that he was “looking very closely into Yu-Gi-Oh!”

Then, on January 20, he introduced a new poll about the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, “just in case we can snag the license.” Would fans like to see a “chunky” design of Blue-Eyes, similar to the artwork in the manga? Or a “svelte” design like the “YAP1” Blue-Eyes from the 10th Anniversary Pack? Voters were almost evenly split. Ultimately, Davis said in his January 26 Q&A that he would go for a size between svelte and chunky.

On May 23, Davis posted a photo of himself posing in front of Dark Magician and Blue-Eyes White Dragon at 4K Media’s booth at the 2018 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Since then, Alex Davis and First 4 Figures have been mum about their involvement with Yu-Gi-Oh! and 4K Media. In several of the weekly Q&A live streams, Davis has simply brushed off questions about Yu-Gi-Oh!, stating that there is nothing to report.

Now that 4K Media has formally revealed its relationship with First 4 Figures, maybe there will be more announcements coming down the pike…

For more information about F4F, and to take part in its polls and Q&A live streams, check out the First 4 Figures Official Collectors Club on Facebook.

So what statues do you think F4F will release? Blue-Eyes White Dragon? Dark Magician? Both? What high-end Yu-Gi-Oh! figures would you like to see?

Yugi Confirmed Playable in Jump Force Video Game, Fights Using Monsters

September 19, 2018 at 7:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Jump Force Yu-Gi-Oh! promo image featuring Yami Yugi with Slifer the Sky Dragon, Dark Magician, and Dark Magician Girl

Bandai Namco Entertainment today revealed additional information about Yugi’s appearance in its upcoming Jump Force video game. The publisher confirmed that Yugi is a playable character in the game and pictured him armed with his Duel Disk and deck. Bandai Namco further stated that Yugi fights using Spell cards and Monster cards, including Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl, and Slifer the Sky Dragon.

Jump Force debuts on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Steam in 2019. It is available for pre-order right now.

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Yugi Joins Jump Force Video Game

Yugi Joins Jump Force Video Game

September 14, 2018 at 7:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Promotional screenshot of Jump Force showing Yami Yugi

Yugi has entered the fray! The protagonist of Yu-Gi-Oh! has joined Jump Force, an upcoming tag-team fighting game featuring characters from Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. Publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment and the official Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! news website YU-GI-OH.jp made the big announcement today, revealing the in-game screenshot of Yami Yugi seen above.

YU-GI-OH.jp states that Yugi Muto (and not Yami Yugi) is the character who appears in the game and is voiced by Shunsuke Kazama.

Playable characters in Jump Force revealed thus far include Bleach’s Ichigo, Rukia, and Aizen; Dragon Ball’s Goku, Vegeta, and Freeza; Hunter x Hunter’s Gon and Killua; Naruto’s Naruto and Sasuke; and One Piece’s Luffy, Zolo, Sanji, Sabo, and Blackbeard. There’s no word yet whether Yugi will be a playable character, or will only appear as part of the story like Death Note’s Light Yagami and Ryuk.

Jump Force was developed to celebrate Weekly Shonen Jump’s 50th anniversary and will debut in 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam.

(News from @BandaiNamcoEU, YU-GI-OH.jp)

Update (September 19): Bandai Namco has revealed that Yugi is a playable character and battles using Monster and Spell cards!

200th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series in Columbus Welcomes Darren Dunstan

August 30, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Pegasus looking at his opponent after drawing a card in episode 35

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tournament has been running for over 8 years and is about to host its 200th event next month. To celebrate this milestone, Konami will hold three YCS events simultaneously in different parts of the world for the first time ever. On September 22 and 23, duelists can head to Columbus, Ohio; Mexico City, Mexico; and Utrecht, Netherlands, to take part in the 200th YCS.

The 200th YCS Columbus event will host special guest Darren Dunstan, best known as the voice of Maximillion Pegasus in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and the voice director of all Yu-Gi-Oh! anime since episode 60 of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s. Naturally, this also means the return of the Ultimate Pegasus Challenge, a tournament where Pegasus uses his position as the creator of Duel Monsters to invoke wacky changes to the rules of the game while duelists are playing. This is only the fourth time that this special event will take place. Darren will be signing autographs all weekend as well.

The 200th YCS will also have several exclusive giveaways for participants, including a Gold Sarcophagus playmat; a Field Center Marker featuring the new prize card of this dueling season, Chaos Emperor, the Dragon of Armageddon; and a brand-new Divine attribute die.

To see Darren’s autograph schedule, photos of all of the exclusives, and more information about the event, check out the 200th YCS Columbus FAQ on the official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG website. The Columbus event will be live streamed on the OfficialYuGiOhTCG channel on YouTube.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series is the successor to the Shonen Jump Championship, which hosted 74 events across the U.S. before ending in April 2010. The rebranded YCS program took dueling global, holding major tournaments in Europe, Latin America, and Australia, and introduced more prizes to duelists.

[YGO: TAS] Episode 81 – Rocks Fall, Everyone Duels

August 26, 2018 at 8:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 2 Comments
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Super Special Awesome Show -- the fake title card for YGOTAS episode 81

After a long season full of twists and turns, Yami, Kaiba, and the gang finally arrive at Dartz’s hideout in Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged episode 81, “Rocks Fall, Everyone Duels.” Yami and Kaiba challenge him to a children’s card game, unleashing combos that they totally haven’t been practicing together in secret every weekend. Dartz thwarts their attacks, but not before revealing that the power of the Orichalcamalos turned his Atlantean people into furries and instructed him to rid the planet of the evil of humanity. How are Yami and Kaiba going to get out of this one?

Clocking in at just over 29 minutes, episode 81 is by far the longest episode of YGOTAS to date. This episode also guest stars Steve Yurko of The One Piece Podcast as the man in the military who asks the gang for help.

As a bonus, LK released a montage of all of the off-the-cuff lines and noises he made before recording his characters for this episode.

Anime Convention Update: The Final Alcon?!

Next weekend, LittleKuriboh will be attending Alcon in Leicester, England. This will mark his eighth guest appearance at the anime and gaming convention, which has taken place at De Montfort University for over ten years. This appearance, however, might be LK’s last. Yeah, we’ve heard this line before, but this time it might very well be for real.

“I think Alcon is dying and it’s on its last legs,” stated LK in his July 15 Patreon live stream. “So, I’m just going with the assumption that it’s going to be the last time, and whatever happens after that happens.”

Alcon will take place from August 30 through September 2.

LittleKuriboh, His Mental Health, and How It Has Affected His Interactions with Fans and YGOTAS Episode 81

Longtime followers of LittleKuriboh may have noticed a change in his works and his interactions with fans in the last few months: new content was coming out less frequently, live streams had completely disappeared (including Patreon-exclusive live streams), and even the We’re Still Here series, which LK had promised he would always continue, had stopped. What happened?

LittleKuriboh offered a detailed and emotional explanation in his July 15 Patreon live stream — his first such stream since February. LK’s words provide important answers to fans who may be worried about him or his content, or who may be wondering about the emotionality of this newest episode. Providing a summary of LK’s words would not do him justice, so here is a complete, unabridged transcription of his message from his live stream.

LittleKuriboh on his mental health and well-being:

I want to take a moment to address some more serious stuff — infinitely more serious stuff. I’ve not been doing a [Patreon] stream for you guys for, I want to say, the better part of four or five months now. And that’s on me, that’s 100 percent on me. There’s nobody else’s fault. […] Nothing serious has gone down. I just– About, I want to say, the beginning of this year, I started to notice that my mood was declining more rapidly than I was comfortable with. More rapidly than it had done previous, to the point I started to really take notice the fact that was being very hostile and lashing out at people that are close to me.

And nothing super dramatic, but I just in general have been a very negative presence and I didn’t feel comfortable putting myself in a situation where I’m in a public environment […] and I, I dunno, I just– The last four or five months I noticed I’ve been snapping at people, I’ve been attacking people, not like physically or even necessarily emotionally. I’ve just been very caustic, I’ve been very– I’m angry a lot. I’m a very angry person.

And that’s been a problem for me the last, I want to say, the better part of the last half of the year and I didn’t want that to be who I was on here, if that makes sense. I didn’t want to put myself in a position where I’m like, hey, I’m this angry personality and I’m gonna be that now. That’s not who I am, that’s not who I want to be. And I didn’t want it to be something that you guys tuned in every month or whenever to talk to and to have that person be the guy you know me as. I didn’t want that to reflect on me or on you guys or on any of this.

I wanted to get to a place where I felt like I was stable enough emotionally, if that makes sense, to handle stuff like this. And to also not be a negative influence on anybody here or even like exacerbate the way I felt and amplify it by shining a spotlight on it, if that makes sense. So I’m just sort of– I’m only just getting to the point where I feel comfortable putting myself out there in public. And yeah, it’s been really rough. I think it’s been something that’s been building for a while and I didn’t realize it.

My depression was one thing, and my depression is something that I’ve been able to keep a handle on, but I didn’t realize how angry and negative and aggressive I was becoming and it only really occurred to me when I logged on to Twitter and I realized, oh I think I’ve blocked more people in the last six months than I have in the entirety of my Twitter career, if that’s a thing.

But yeah, I realize that, no, I’m being intentionally and openly aggressive and I don’t want to feed into that. So, with that in mind, I didn’t want to come online and jump in a stream and be like, hey guys, I hate everything, I hate everyone, screw everything. I didn’t want to respond to anything you guys said or seem like– I didn’t want to encourage this ultimately and I wanted to get to a point where I felt like I could be who I want to be and be the person that you’ve all supported and have tried so hard to encourage, and the person that I should be for you guys ultimately.

‘Cause you guys have put nothing but love into all of this. You guys have put nothing but love and support into me, into Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged, into all of the production stuff that we do. And I just don’t want to respond to that with hatred or negativity. I don’t that to become who I am ultimately. […] I’ve seen a lot of people and a lot of personalities really go off the deep end and I’m not gonna list any of them ’cause I’m sure a lot of you have seen them out there. And I feel like some of that, certainly from my perspective on this side of things, I think a lot of that is from just having attention and having basically just shining a spotlight on every aspect of their personality to the point that it grows out of control. That’s how I feel. I think that that’s a lot of it.

But yeah, ultimately I’m feeling better about myself. I feel like I took the time I needed and I appreciate all of your patience for waiting for me to get over that and for basically always having my back in all of this. In this strange emotional war that I’m fighting. It’s so stupid. But it’s not, but it’s real. It’s the worst. I’m sorry, I can’t say that enough, I really can’t. So that’s what happened. That’s why I didn’t do a patron stream for a while, that’s why I haven’t done a We’re Still Here for a while. Because I thought that if I just sat down in front of a camera I’d do nothing but complain and call people out, and I don’t want to do that. I don’t ever want to be that person. That’s not what this is for, that’s not what this was ever for.

I just want to be here to entertain you guys and make you laugh. And if anything else good comes from it, that’s great. But if anything negative comes from it, I want to avoid that if possible. Thank you for being understanding, guys.

LittleKuriboh on how this has impacted the content of YGOTAS episode 81:

There’s a lot of parts that I’m very proud of. I’ll be honest, going through the stuff emotionally that I have been going through, there’s some really real stuff in this one. I actually take a moment in the episode to really address some emotional subtext, I suppose. There’s some pretty heavy stuff that happens. Much heavier than anything I’ve ever done in Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged. Like significantly so, to the point where that, I guess you could argue that some of the Yugi-Yami stuff has been emotional, but it’s more than that this time. And it’s more relevant to what I’m going through in real life.

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I feel like this episode is really important for me because […], and it kind of relates to the hostility that I was feeling that I mentioned at the beginning of the stream, but it’s– I’m gonna hint toward what I’m talking about without full-on spoiling it. And I’m sure some of you who’ve seen the original season 4, especially in Japanese, they’ll know about this.

There’s a moment in the duel where Yami questions himself, where Yami’s like, is what I’m doing, is it worth even fighting, you know? Is it worth going forward if I’m this horrible person that Dartz has described, is it worth continuing and fighting? And he has a moment of pause where he’s like, you know what? Yeah, maybe I’ll just give up. […] There’s a moment where that happens and I wanted to do that moment justice ’cause I feel like Yami Yugi in season 4 in the dub, he has this character arc where Rafael tells him he’s evil and that he was an evil pharaoh and I don’t really feel like that worked super well. I’ve always felt like that’s a very artificial character arc and plot point and it just is there to provide drama, you know? It’s only really there to give conflict and it’s artificial conflict because we know that Yami probably wasn’t an evil pharaoh. Obviously we don’t know 100 percent at that point but– […] The character arc that Yami has in the original season 4 is like, you’re an evil pharaoh, and then he’s like, oh the Orichalcos, and he gets rid of Yugi, and he’s like, oh no I got rid of Yugi! Maybe I am a bad guy. Then it turns out he’s not really a bad guy and that Dartz is the bad guy. Et cetera, et cetera. Believe in yourself, et cetera.

And it’s like, well, I appreciate what they’re going for, but I don’t really feel like it worked super well. And I wanted to sort of highlight how ludicrous it was, for the most part, in season 4. But when it got to this part in this Dartz duel where Yami has a moment to pause and he realizes, oh, I guess, yeah, it might not be worth fighting, it might be easier to just give up. And I realized that is a very human thing that Yami’s feeling. And that’s real. And that applies to so much of what I’m going through. I didn’t want to take that out. And I wanted to keep that in and I wanted to apply it to what’s sort of been in the Abridged Series.

Obviously you know if you’ve been watching, you know what kind of character the Abridged Yami Yugi is. And I wanted to see if I could apply what Yami experiences in that duel in the original version to what he is in the abridged series. And again, I’m not gonna spoil it or anything, but he goes through some serious stuff and I– that’s my favorite part of the episode and I’m looking forward to talking about that and really showing people.

In his message, LittleKuriboh did his best not to spoil the new episode. But now that it has been released, hopefully his words in context offer fans a greater understanding of the content and of what has been happening in his life.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Smartphone, Tablet Covers by caseable

August 3, 2018 at 7:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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caseable's Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hard case with chibi Dark Magician and iPhone 7 Plus hard case with chibi Dark Magician Girl

caseable, a designer and producer of custom covers and cases for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other electronics, has launched its line of cute and cool Yu-Gi-Oh!-branded items! caseable offers a wide selection of the always-popular chibi (super deformed) character and monster designs, along with some flashy key art of Yugi, Kaiba, Joey, and their signature monsters.

All of caseable’s products are handcrafted and produced in Brooklyn and Berlin, Germany. No cheap third-world goods here! And the company’s extensive range of products covers almost all of the devices available on the market, so you won’t have any trouble finding a match for your gadget.

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

caseable's iPhone 6 flip case with Red-Eyes Black Dragon

caseable's laptop premium sleeve with chibi Black Luster Soldier

caseable's laptop eco sleeve with chibi Yugi, Joey, Kaiba, and their monsters

caseable's Amazon Fire 10 HD smart case featuring with Blue-Eyes White Dragon

ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Exclusive SDCC 2018 Blue-Eyes White Dragon Shirt

July 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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ShopYuGiOh.com banner ad showing the exclusive SDCC 2018 Blue-Eyes White Dragon shirt design

The summer convention season is in full swing! Today, 4K Media unveiled an exclusive new T-shirt design on ShopYuGiOh.com, its official Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise store, just in time for San Diego Comic Con. The black San Diego 2018 T-shirt features Kaiba’s three fearsome Blue-Eyes White Dragons, ready for battle. The shirt is available in men’s and women’s cuts with prices starting at $23.95.

You’ll only find this shirt on ShopYuGiOh.com for a limited time, not at SDCC, so don’t miss it!

San Diego Comic Con 2018 will take place from July 19 to 22. Konami will be exhibiting at booth 3713. Keep an eye on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events page to see what activities and products will be available there this year.

Previously:
ShopYuGiOh.com Gets Revamp, New Shirt Designs, Movie Exclusives

Yu-Gi-Oh! Funko Pop! Figures Coming in August

June 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Funko Pop! Animation Yu-Gi-Oh! figures: Yami Yugi, Seto Kaiba, Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and Dark Magician Girl

Yu-Gi-Oh! Funko Pop! figures are here! Today, Funko unveiled four Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters figures that will go on sale in August: Yami Yugi, Seto Kaiba, Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and Dark Magician Girl. The standard-size vinyl figures are part of Funko’s Pop! Animation line. Each stands about 3.75 inches tall and is housed in a 6.25-inch box.

Which figures will you buy? Which characters and monsters would you like Funko to create next?

(h/t @OriginalFunko)

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Funko, GameStop Figures Coming Soon

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