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?

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

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)

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

UNIQLO’s Weekly Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary Yu-Gi-Oh! Shirts

May 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yami Yugi T-shirt by UNIQLO

Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine turns 50 years old this year! The home of Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, WSJ has teamed up with UNIQLO to develop Jump UT, a new line of T-shirts featuring the hottest WSJ series and characters. In the coming months, the Japanese casual wear maker will be selling 83 different shirt designs in its stores all over the world. Today, Jump UT made its debut in UNIQLO’s online and brick-and-mortar stores in the United States — and Yu-Gi-Oh! has the honor of being one of the first series included at launch!

Currently, there is one Yu-Gi-Oh! design available, pictured above, featuring Yami Yugi. The image is taken from the title page of chapter 200 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist. This shirt is only available in kids sizes.

At least two more Yu-Gi-Oh! designs will be available in U.S. stores in the near future. One is a white T-shirt with the three Blue-Eyes White Dragon cards printed on the left breast. The other is a black T-shirt with Dark Magician in his iconic pose. These two shirts will arrive on May 25. These designs are already for sale on UNIQLO’s Japanese website, which lists both shirts as adult men’s cuts.

UNIQLO T-shirt designs featuring three Blue-Eyes White Dragon cards and Dark Magician

UNIQLO’s Jump UT shirts are $14.90 for adult sizes and $9.90 for kids sizes.

Which other Weekly Shonen Jump series will get their own UNIQLO shirts? How did UNIQLO select which designs to use? What special considerations went into developing Jump UT? For insights into this product line, check out the manga The Making of Jump UT!, available in VIZ Media’s free WSJ section.

And for more Yu-Gi-Oh! shirts, don’t forget to visit ShopYuGiOh.com.

Update (May 25): UNIQLO’s Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician shirts are now up!

[YGOFTH 2017] Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly by Winning Moves

December 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Front of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly game box by Winning Moves

Did you know that there are two different English-language versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly? This Yu-Gi-Oh! for the Holidays (YGOFTH) entry looks at the Yu-Gi-Oh! edition of the classic board game produced by Winning Moves, a developer and manufacturer of all types of games based in London.

This post makes a few comparisons of Winning Moves’ product to USAopoly’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly, which I covered in YGOFTH 2016, so be sure to take a look at that write-up too.

Back of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly game box by Winning Moves

Cracking open the game box reveals the game board, folded in quarters, and the Monopoly banker’s tray.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly banker's tray

Strangely, the design of this tray isn’t suitable for Monopoly’s game pieces. There are only five narrow slots for the banknotes in the center of the tray, even though Monopoly has seven different banknotes. Below those five slots is a small tray where I put the remaining two stacks of banknotes. There are two large trays to the left and right of the center trays, but they have no partitions. They are hardly suitable to hold the remaining cards and loose pieces, but we make do with what we have.

On the plus side, there is a nice cloth pouch to hold all of the houses, hotels, and dice.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly cloth pouch for loose pieces

There is also a special tray to hold the Millennium Item tokens. More on this later.

Like USAopoly’s game, the currency in Winning Moves’ Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly is Duel Points (DP). These bills are styled to look like the Battle City Duel Disk.

The different denominations of Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Duel Points money

Winning Moves’ game board has the same properties as USAopoly’s. The style, colors, and design of the boards are different.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly game board

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly, Monsters are the equivalent of the colored properties (streets and avenues) found in traditional Monopoly. Here are the title deed cards for the Monsters.

Front of the Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Monster title deed cards

Back of the Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Monster title deed cards

The Egyptian God Cards take the place of the railroad stations.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly title deed cards for Holactie, Ra, Slifer, and Obelisk

And the Duelist Kingdom and Battle City tournaments take the place of the Electric Company and Water Works utilities.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly title deed cards for the Duelist Kingdom and Battle City tournaments

It’s Your Move (IYM) cards and It’s Time to Duel (ITTD) cards are the equivalent of classic Monopoly’s Community Chest and Chance cards, respectively.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly It's Your Move cards

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly It's Time to Duel cards

There are a few minor differences in the text between Winning Moves’ and USAopoly’s IYM and ITTD cards, but the ideas they convey are the same. More importantly, the instructions on the cards are the same.

According to the instruction manual, houses and hotels of traditional Monopoly are called Game Shops and Duel Arenas, respectively. However, they look like the buildings used in traditional Monopoly.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Duel Arena and Game Shop buildings

A Game Shop is a small red plastic building, and a Duel Arena is a large black plastic building. This is unlike USAopoly’s product, which have pieces that are molded in the shape of Grandpa’s Game Shop building and Duelist Kingdom’s Duel Arena structures.

The game tokens are made of metal and are shaped like the Millennium Items.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Millennium Item tokens on the GO space

Winning Moves’ tokens are quite different than USAopoly’s. Aside from the colors — Winning Moves’ tokens are gold while USAopoly’s are silver — the molds are completely different. Winning Moves’ tokens are larger, heavier, and more detailed. Furthermore, the tokens look like they have been torched or have had patinas applied to them, giving them an attractive aged look.

Winning Moves includes a tray that securely holds the Millennium Items in place for display when the game is put away.

Tray for holding the Millennium Item tokens in Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly

There is an unfortunate downside to Winning Moves’ product. Winning Moves only includes six tokens — the Millennium Puzzle isn’t included! This is not a production mistake as the display tray lacks a slot for the Millennium Puzzle, and the instruction manual states that the game is only for two to six players. USAopoly includes all seven Millennium Items in its version.

Close-up of the Millennium Eye, Scale, and Necklace on the Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

Close-up of the Millennium Key, Ring, and Rod on the Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

The instruction manual also provides the rules of the game and lists the differences between Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly and classic Monopoly.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly rule book

Yes, that is Rich Uncle Pennybags carrying the Millennium Rod instead of a cane.

Winning Moves also includes a demo card for Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps, the Yu-Gi-Oh! edition of a popular card game in the United Kingdom.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly includes a Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps card

To learn how to play Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps, check out my YGOFTH 2016 entry about the game.

So why are there two English-language versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly anyway? As expected, the answer is uninteresting to consumers: licensing. Winning Moves owns the rights to produce Monopoly for Europe, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and several other countries. But USAopoly can only make and sell the game in the United States and Canada.

Where To Buy

If you’re in the United Kingdom or European Union, you can buy Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly directly from Winning Moves for £29.99 (about $40).

If you’re in the United States or a country where Winning Moves doesn’t sell its games, try looking for a vendor on the Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk Marketplace that is willing to ship this product overseas.

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

December 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 5 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.

[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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[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! | 1 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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