[YGOFTH 2017] Yu-Gi-Oh! Figure Hangers (Series 2)

December 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Grin Studios Yu-Gi-Oh! Figure Hangers (Series 2) boxes

Grin Studios is back with another set of Yu-Gi-Oh! figure hangers! Today’s installment of Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) looks at this new set of keychains. Series 2 includes seven figures in all, each sold in its own blind box.

Included inside the box is a 6- by 8-inch mini poster featuring Yami Yugi and the Egyptian Gods on the front and a checklist of the Series 2 figures on the back.

Grin Studios Yu-Gi-Oh! Figure Hangers (Series 2) mini poster and checklist

Each figure is stored in an opaque bag that’s taped closed. The key ring is usually peeking out of the bag as shown to prevent it from scratching the figure.

Grin Studios Yu-Gi-Oh! Figure Hangers (Series 2) box and black bag with figure inside

Let’s take a look at the figures! First up is Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters protagonist Yami Yugi, decked out in his Battle City garb. He and the Egyptian Gods each stand about three inches tall.

Various angles of Grin Studios' Yami Yugi figure hanger

Here’s Obelisk the Tormentor, out for its morning jog. Obelisk’s wings are made of slightly flexible plastic to prevent them from easily breaking off.

Grin Studios' Obelisk the Tormentor figure hanger

Here’s The Winged Dragon of Ra. Its wings, arms, legs, and tail are all slightly flexible.

Grin Studios' The Winged Dragon of Ra figure hanger

And here’s Slifer the Sky Dragon. The middle part of Slifer’s body is made of hard plastic, but all its other parts are slightly flexible.

Grin Studios' Slifer the Sky Dragon figure hanger

Next up is the always popular Millennium Puzzle, which measures almost 1.75 inches long.

Front of Grin Studios' Millennium Puzzle figure hanger

Top of Grin Studios' Millennium Puzzle figure hanger

I noticed that it’s possible to slightly push outward the front piece of the Puzzle. This is probably not a feature, but rather the way the toy was made. I didn’t keep pushing to see if the piece was fully removable because I didn’t want to risk damaging it.

Grin Studios' Millennium Puzzle figure hanger with the front piece pushed slightly outward

Here’s another popular item, the Battle City Duel Disk. This measures 3.5 inches long.

Grin Studios' Duel Disk figure hanger, ready for action

Highly detailed, the Duel Disk can also change into standby mode if you don’t want to duel.

Close-up and various views of Grin Studios' Duel Disk figure hanger

The box and checklist promise that there’s one more figure included in Series 2 — an exclusive mystery figure. What could it be…?

Grin Studios teasing a mystery chase figure on its Series 2 checklist

It’s a translucent version of The Winged Dragon of Ra!

A translucent version of The Winged Dragon of Ra, Grin Studios' Series 2 chase figure

Preparing to enter Egyptian God Phoenix Mode, no doubt.

Looking up at Grin Studios' The Winged Dragon of Ra Series 2 chase figure hanger

Be on the lookout for this chase figure!

Where To Buy

Look for Grin Studios’ Yu-Gi-Oh! Figure Hangers (Series 2) at select Walmart and ToysRUs stores for a suggested retail price of $6. Each figure is sold in a blind box.

Twitch Hosts Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, GX, ZEXAL Anime Marathon

December 20, 2017 at 9:00 am | Posted in 5D's, English dubbed, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 2 Comments
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Yuma Tsukumo pumping his fist as he destroys a monster in episode 145

Does Twitch love Yu-Gi-Oh! anime? Darn right! As we enter the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, TwitchPresents is launching an intense marathon of three Yu-Gi-Oh! spin-off series lasting nearly 27 days. Whoooaaa. The schedule is as follows.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX:

  • Season 1: December 20, 3 pm ET/12 pm PT – December 23, 9:24 pm ET/6:24 pm PT
  • Season 2: December 23, 9:24 pm ET/6:24 pm PT – December 27, 3:50 am ET/12:50 am PT
  • Season 3: December 27, 3:50 am ET/12:50 am PT – December 30, 8:43 am ET/5:43 am PT

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s:

  • Season 1: December 30, 8:43 am ET/5:43 am PT – January 3, 9:11 am ET/6:11 am PT
  • Season 2: January 3, 9:11 am ET/6:11 am PT – January 7, 2:09 am ET/January 6, 11:09 pm PT

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL:

  • Season 1: January 7, 2:09 am ET/January 6, 11:09 pm PT – January 10, 4:02 am ET/1:02 am PT
  • Season 2: January 10, 4:02 am ET/1:02 am PT – January 13, 5:54 am ET/2:54 am PT
  • Season 3: January 13, 5:54 am ET/2:54 am PT – January 16, 6:17 am ET/3:17 am PT

Each season will run a total of three times during its respective time block.

What new memes will these series unearth in the Twitch chat? Which Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonist’s catchphrase will triumph as the greatest of them all? Tune in and find out! Let’s duel!

Update: The schedule has changed. The shows are now being streamed in their order of production — Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, then 5D’s, then ZEXAL. All’s right with the world!

[YGOFTH 2017] Millennium Puzzle Lanyard by Bioworld

December 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Close-up of the Millennium Puzzle and Egyptian hieroglyphs design on Bioworld's Yu-Gi-Oh! lanyard

You probably know Bioworld as a company that sells licensed apparel, like shirts, caps, and socks. But did you know that Bioworld makes lanyards too? This installment of Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) looks at the company’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Puzzle lanyard, which is probably as close as you can get to wearing the ancient Egyptian artifact in everyday life without getting strange looks.

The lanyard features a tessellated Millennium Puzzle design on one side of the straps, and the Yu-Gi-Oh! logo and Egyptian hieroglyphs on the other side. The lanyard includes a collectible sticker, rubber charm, and ID holder. The top of the lanyard has a breakaway safety buckle.

A full look at Bioworld's Yu-Gi-Oh! lanyard

The lanyard also has a snap-fit buckle, perfect if you regularly need quick access to an attached ID or key. The ID holder is the ideal size for holding a Yu-Gi-Oh! card. Coincidence…?!

Bioworld's Yu-Gi-Oh! lanyard with detached ID holder

…Yes, coincidence.

Here’s a close-up of the Millennium Puzzle rubber charm sitting in front of the Millennium Puzzle sticker.

Close-up of Bioworld's Millennium Puzzle rubber charm and sticker

If this combination of lanyard, charm, sticker, and ID holder looks familiar, that’s because Bioworld offers a huge line of lanyards just like this one. The company has licensed numerous anime, gaming, and pop culture properties and given them all their own special lanyards.

Various Bioworld lanyards featuring other anime properties

But with its bright yellow and white colors, the Yu-Gi-Oh! lanyard easily stands out among its peers.

Where To Buy

Bioworld’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Puzzle lanyard (UPC: 190371463204) is available from various online retailers, like Amazon Marketplace, Anime Poko, Circle Red, and Hello Discount Store for a suggested retail price of $10.

It’s also available at select brick-and-mortar retailers like Hot Topic and GameStop.

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[YGOFTH 2017] Yu-Gi-Oh! Cube Headz (Series 1)

December 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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A Yu-Gi-Oh! Cube Headz pack and a Yami Yugi keyring

From The Wish Factory, the creator of Kawaii Cubes, comes another fun, square-shaped product — Yu-Gi-Oh! Cube Headz! Today’s Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) entry looks at these new collectibles. Unlike their three-dimensional cuboidal counterparts, Cube Headz include a key ring and a plastic clip, making them ideal to guard your keys or to decorate a bag.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Cube Headz are sold in blind bags. Here’s the back of the Series 1 package.

Back of a Yu-Gi-Oh! Cube Headz pack

The packaging shows that Series 1 has twelve Yu-Gi-Oh! characters and monsters to collect, four of which are shrouded in mystery.

Depiction of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Cube Headz Series 1 designs

Looking at the drawings, it’s not immediately clear what the Cube Headz actually look like. Are they made of soft or hard plastic? Are the designs printed on? How is the keyring attached to the Cube Headz? As it turns out, Cube Headz are made of soft, flexible plastic, and the designs are cut right into the mold.

Here’s the Yami Yugi Cube Headz. He’s sitting on a Yu-Gi-Oh! card for scale.

Close-up of the Yami Yugi Cube Headz

Here’s the backside. All of the Cube Headz have a grey Yu-Gi-Oh! logo on the back.

Reverse side of the Yami Yugi Cube Headz

The Mystical Elf Cube Headz is looking very serene, as expected.

Close-up of the Mystical Elf Cube Headz

Dark Magic Attack! The Dark Magician Cube Headz looks like he might have been staying up a little too late practicing his magic.

Close-up of the Dark Magician Cube Headz

The Dark Magician Girl Cube Headz is cute as always. Unlike her master, it looks like she’s been spending a lot of time in the sun.

Close-up of the Dark Magician Girl Cube Headz

Smug Seto Kaiba Cube Headz is oh so smug.

Close-up of the Seto Kaiba Cube Headz

Here are the five Yu-Gi-Oh! Cube Headz all together. Even though it doesn’t look like it, their faces are all about the same size. The thing that leads one design to look larger than another is the hair or headwear. Yugi’s gigantic hair makes him so much wider than all of the others that it’s almost comical. Mystical Elf, on the other hand, is quite petite.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Cube Headz Series 1: Kaiba, Yugi, Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl, Mystical Elf

And here are the reverse sides of the five Yu-Gi-Oh! Cube Headz.

Back sides of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Cube Headz Series 1: Kaiba, Yugi, Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl, Mystical Elf

Hey, where are Kuriboh, Rocket Warrior, and Time Wizard? And what about the four mystery Cube Headz?

Sorry, I don’t have them to photograph. I bought a lot of Yu-Gi-Oh! Cube Headz packs. A lot. But I could only pull the five designs seen here. Not only that, I pulled roughly the same number of each of the five. This tells me that the remaining seven designs are either exceptionally rarer than the five pictured here…or they don’t exist.

Are you able to pull any of the Cube Headz that I don’t have? Leave a comment and share your finds!

Where To Buy

All of The Wish Factory’s products are available for purchase at select Five Below, FYE, Target, ToysRUs, and Walmart stores. Yu-Gi-Oh! Cube Headz (Series 1) are sold in blind bags, each with a suggested retail price of $5.

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[YGO: TAS] Episode 78 – Binary Sunseto

December 16, 2017 at 7:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Seto Kaiba can't believe the plot twist in YGOTAS episode 78
“I can’t believe what a twist this is!”

Oh Kaiba, the only thing that’s more twisted than the plot is what you’re doing to your spine in that shot. Dartz has taken over Kaiba’s company! Destiny has chosen Yugi and Kaiba to travel to KaibaCorp USA and enhance the images of the ancient Atlantean text so that they can stop him. You know there’s going to be some great banter between Yugi and Kaiba as the duo carries out this deadly task! Check out LittleKuriboh’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged episode 78, “Binary Sunseto,” available now on YouTube and TFS!

This episode features a cameo from Rachelle Heger, best known for playing Sucy in Little Witch Academia, as the voice of Kaiba’s computer.

Desert Island Decks

Every day since December 1, LittleKuriboh has been taking part in Desert Island Decks, a new series where he opens Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG booster packs and chooses one card from each pack to construct a deck. His goal? To defeat Pegasus and escape Duelist Kingdom Island!

This isn’t at all related to Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged, but it’s nevertheless a great time watching someone who is new to the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game having fun opening packs and learning about new cards. Check out LK’s playlist for all of the episodes, which he updates daily. The series finale will take place on Christmas Day.

4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Deck the Halls Sweepstakes

December 15, 2017 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Konami | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Deck the Halls December 2017 Sweepstakes banner from YUGIOH.com

4K Media has launched an extra big giveaway for this month, with not one, not two, but four chances to win! And the prize packages are amazing; they all include hot Yu-Gi-Oh! figures imported straight from Japan. The December 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! Deck the Halls Sweepstakes features the following goodies.

One entrant will win the grand prize package, which includes:

Three entrants will win the first prize package, which includes:

Don’t miss this one! The entry period begins today and ends January 2, 2018. U.S. residents ages 6 and up in the 50 U.S. States and Washington, D.C., are eligible to win. For more details, check the official rules.

[YGOFTH 2017] Yami Yugi, Yuya Sakaki Plushies by Sakami Merchandise

December 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yami Yugi plushie takes a selfie with Yuya Sakaki plushie

In October 2016, Sakami Merchandise, a Germany-based business that specializes in video game and comic goods, announced plans to produce plushies of Yami Yugi and Yuya Sakaki. Today’s installment of Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) takes a look at both of these items.

Sakami has done quite well for itself, with the final products looking nearly identical to the concept art it unveiled months ago.

Yami Yugi stands approximately 12 inches tall, from the bottom of his shoes to the tallest point of his hair.

Full body photo of the Yami Yugi plushie by Sakami Merchandise

His eyes are stitched on, not printed.

Close-up of the eye of the Yami Yugi plushie by Sakami Merchandise

Here’s a close-up of his Millennium Puzzle.

Close-up of the Millennium Puzzle of the Yami Yugi plushie by Sakami Merchandise

And here’s the back of Yugi’s head. His hair is quite the mystery and always a challenge to interpret in three dimensions. If you were to plushify a pink baby sea urchin, I’d imagine that it would look something like this!

The hair and back of the head of the Yami Yugi plushie by Sakami Merchandise

Yuya Sakaki stands about 10 inches tall, from the bottom of his shoes to the top of his head, excluding his ahoge.

Full body photo of the Yuya Sakaki plushie by Sakami Merchandise

Yuya’s eyes are stitched, just like Yugi’s.

Close-up of the eye of the Yuya Sakaki plushie by Sakami Merchandise

Here’s a close-up of one of the lenses of Yuya’s goggles, complete with blue star.

Close-up of the goggles worn by the Yuya Sakaki plushie by Sakami Merchandise

And here’s the back of Yuya’s head. Plushified red baby sea urchin!

The hair and back of the head of the Yuya Sakaki plushie by Sakami Merchandise

HALP HALP.

Yami Yugi and Yuya Sakaki plushies drowning in a sea of Yu-Gi-Oh! cards

Both plushies are made of 100 percent polyester.

Where To Buy

Sakami Merchandise’s Yu-Gi-Oh! plushies are only licensed for sale in Europe. If you live in the United States or elsewhere, you might need to look a little harder to find a retailer who is willing to ship overseas to you. Try looking on Amazon.co.uk, where the plushies are sold by Amazon itself and by various third-party vendors.

Both plushies have a suggested retail price of about US$27.

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[YGOFTH 2017] Yu-Gi-Oh! Funky Chunky Magnets

December 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Full set of Yu-Gi-Oh! Funky Chunky Magnets: Yugi, Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl, and Exodia

Welcome to the first day of Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) 2017. Kicking off this year’s series is a product that was originally announced in early 2016 — Yu-Gi-Oh! magnets! Aquarius Entertainment Merchandising is a Canadian marketing firm that licenses pop culture properties and produces all sorts of goods, from playing cards to lunch boxes and more. The company offers a line of magnets known only as Funky Chunky Magnets.

“This isn’t your run-of-the-mill magnet,” Aquarius tells its buyers. “It’s wooden, it’s laser die cut, and it’s so chunky!”

Wha? How can wood be magnetic? Yet here we are.

Aquarius’ Yu-Gi-Oh! magnets are proudly made in Canada. Hooray for the Great White North’s plentiful and inexpensive supply of lumber! Each magnet is about four inches tall. Here’s the Yugi Funky Chunky Magnet next to a Yu-Gi-Oh! card for scale.

Yugi Funky Chunky Magnet next to a Yu-Gi-Oh! card for scale

How chunky is the magnet? About a quarter of an inch thick. Sorry to ruin the magic but the wood isn’t actually magnetic. It’s sandwiched between a thin sheet of plastic with the artwork on top and a magnetic sheet on the bottom. The entire side edge of the magnet is painted black so you can’t see the separate layers.

Side view of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Funky Chunky Magnets

Can magnets be considered T H I C C?

Close-up of the side edge of a Yu-Gi-Oh! Funky Chunky Magnet

I mean, look at that.

Here’s the Dark Magician Funky Chunky Magnet.

Dark Magician Funky Chunky Magnet

And the Dark Magician Girl Funky Chunky Magnet.

Dark Magician Girl Funky Chunky Magnet

Plus, an Exodia Funky Chunky Magnet.

Exodia the Forbidden One Funky Chunky Magnet

I must say, Exodia is nice because it has the greatest surface area of the four. If you want the most wood for your dollar, Exodia is the way to go!

Where To Buy

Aquarius’ Yu-Gi-Oh! Funky Chunky Magnets have a suggested retail price of $12.99 each, but you can buy them for less from various online retailers.

Yugi (UPC: 840391113572)

Dark Magician (UPC: 840391113589)

Dark Magician Girl (UPC: 840391113596)

Exodia (UPC: 840391113602)

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Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH): 2017 Edition

December 13, 2017 at 5:45 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Joey about to get schooled by Grandpa about Duel Monsters in episode 2
The face of an unprepared Yu-Gi-Oh! gift giver. Don’t let this be you!

It’s that time of the year again. The holidays are in full swing and everyone is busy doing their last minute shopping. This year has seen many new Yu-Gi-Oh! goods announced and released in the West, including the launch of the official Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise store, ShopYuGiOh.com. But what if you still haven’t found the right gift for that special Yu-Gi-Oh! fan in your life? Other than the obvious choice of Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards, anime, and manga, I mean.

Worry not because my Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) series is back! This year, I’ll be looking at six licensed Yu-Gi-Oh! products that I’ve never written about before. All of them are available for sale in various Western countries and would make great gifts for your friends, or for yourself.

Check back here at 6 pm ET/3 pm PT on each of the following dates to see which new items I’ll highlight in my 2017 YGOFTH entries:

Wednesday, December 13: Yu-Gi-Oh! Funky Chunky Magnets
Friday, December 15: Yami Yugi and Yuya Sakaki plushies by Sakami Merchandise
Sunday, December 17: Yu-Gi-Oh! Cube Headz (Series 1)
Tuesday, December 19: Millennium Puzzle lanyard by Bioworld
Thursday, December 21: Yu-Gi-Oh! Figure Hangers (Series 2)
Saturday, December 23: Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly by Winning Moves

Bonus entry, Monday, December 25: Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Mystery Power Box

Don’t forget about my YGOFTH: 2016 Edition for even more gift ideas!

Manga UK’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Advent Giveaway

December 8, 2017 at 8:00 am | Posted in The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Seto Kaiba lifting up the steel container holding the pieces of the Millennium Puzzle in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
Bearing gifts

Heads up, Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in the United Kingdom. Manga Entertainment UK has a limited number of Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and posters and wants to give them all away to you! For a chance to win, all you need to do is follow @MangaUK on Twitter and retweet the linked giveaway tweet by Monday, December 11, 8 am GMT.

This prize draw is part of Manga UK’s Anime Advent Calendar, where every day of Advent the company highlights one of its favorite releases of 2017.

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