Tags: grin studios, licensing
Yu-Gi-Oh! pins have been around in one form or another since the introduction of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game to the West, with former Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG distributor Upper Deck being the first to release the collectibles in the early 2000s. Today’s Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) entry takes a look at the newest line of Yu-Gi-Oh! collectible trading pins, which are produced by Illinois-based toy maker Grin Studios.
You may already know of Grin Studios from its line of Yu-Gi-Oh! dog tags, which feature character and monster designs from the Duel Monsters anime.
Grin Studios has now followed up that offering with a set of enamel pins. Five pins are included in its series 1 set.
Dark Magician Girl:
The Millennium Puzzle:
Slifer the Sky Dragon:
I shot this Slifer pin from a slightly different angle to better emphasize its silver outlines, which really make the design pop. Slifer is the best-looking pin of the five, in my humble opinion. This is also the first time that an Egyptian God has been made into a pin.
These pins are unfortunately not easy to find. Part of the reason is because the products, despite having five designs, are all sold under one UPC with a warning on the packaging that says “Product style and colors may vary.” As a result, retailers cannot order specific designs. Instead they will receive an assortment of pins, and there is no guarantee that customers will be able to find every pin at any one particular retailer. Thus certain pins may be rarer than others.
So if you see a pin that you like, don’t wait to snatch it up. I visited about 10 different stores before finally getting all five pins!
Where To Buy
Grin Studios’ Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins are available at select Target, ToysRUs, and Walmart stores for $4 to $5 each.
Tags: grin studios, licensing
More old-school Yu-Gi-Oh! toys are making a comeback. 4K Media (Konami) announced that it has partnered with Grin Studios to produce dog tags featuring character and monster designs from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters series. The dog tags are made of metal with a “premium finish” and are available now in national retailers like Kmart, Target, ToysRUs, and Walmart, as well as in regional chains like Meijer and Shopko.
Grin Studio’s first series of Yu-Gi-Oh! dog tags include: Yami Yugi, Seto Kaiba, Joey Wheeler, Millennium Puzzle, Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl, Red Eyes B. Dragon, Exodia the Forbidden One, Slifer the Sky Dragon, Winged Dragon of Ra, and Obelisk the Tormentor.
Dog tags have been a perennial offering in the world of collectible Yu-Gi-Oh! toys. In the franchise’s heyday in the early 2000s, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters dog tags were produced by ToySite and sometimes bundled with DVDs. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s saw dog tags made by Dizzy Heights Entertainment. And more recently, NECA produced its own line of Duel Monsters dog tags.
(News from Yugioh.com)