[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! | 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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GB eye Offers New Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Mugs

November 30, 2017 at 10:00 am | Posted in The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Kaiba and Yugi mug and box mock-up from GB eye

If you like the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions key art seen on ShopYuGiOh.com‘s clothes and mobile accessories, you won’t want to miss GB eye’s newest ceramic mugs. The England-based manufacturer and distributor of mugs, posters, and other licensed goods has added four new Yu-Gi-Oh! movie mugs to its already extensive line-up.

First is the “Triangles” mug with close-ups of Aigami, Yugi, and Kaiba. “Yu-Gi-Oh!” is printed in Japanese below them, and two Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions logos sit near the handle. EAN: 5028486397259.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Aigami, Yugi, and Kaiba triangles mug by GB eye

Are you on Team Aigami, Team Yugi, or Team Kaiba? Cheer for all three with the “Teams” mug, featuring black-and-white renderings of the trio. Their names are printed in both English and Japanese. The vertical text beside each of them is the Japanese tagline for the movie, “Fight for what you believe in.” EAN: 5028486397266.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Team Aigami, Team Yugi, and Team Kaiba mug by GB eye

The “Panels” mug focuses on just Kaiba and Yugi, with the Japanese tagline between them. The Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions logo is printed vertically. EAN: 5028486397280.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Seto Kaiba and Yugi Muto mug by GB

And last but not least, Yugi is in full color and ready for action in the “Believe” design. He is surrounded by the movie’s tagline, written in both Japanese and English. EAN: 5028486397273.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Yugi Muto Believe mug by GB eye

These mugs are all made in the United Kingdom and are dishwasher and microwave safe.

GB eye is also offering a large new framed collector print. “Duel” features old-school Yami Yugi and his signature monsters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters TV anime. The poster measures 30 x 75 cm (about 12 x 29.5 inches). EAN: 5028486389841.

Yu-Gi-Oh! framed collector print featuring Yami Yugi and his monsters by GB eye

You can buy these and all of GB eye’s other Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise right now on GBPosters.com, which is GB eye’s own retail store. Worldwide shipping is available!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Mugs by GB eye – The original five mugs from 2016

4K Media’s Back-to-School Yu-Gi-Oh! Merchandise Suggestions

September 4, 2017 at 11:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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The back-to-school season is in full swing and 4K Media wants all Yu-Gi-Oh! fans to be ready for the new year. From must-have clothes, to required reading, to fun accessories, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page on Facebook has been pumping out product suggestions to ensure maximum dueling success. I’ve highlighted many of these items before, but some are brand new, so check them out!

Suggestion #1: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions “Duel” T-Shirt

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Duel T-Shirt from ShopYuGiOh.com

Straight from ShopYuGiOh.com, this T-shirt features Kaiba and Yugi from the new movie with the text “Fight for what you believe in” written in Japanese.

Where to buy: A ShopYuGiOh.com exclusive. Available in men‘s and women‘s cuts.

Suggestion #2: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards artbook cover mock-up from UDON Entertainment

This full-color hardcover book features artwork of over 800 monsters that appear in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime, all neatly indexed from A to Z. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards from UDON Entertainment is one for the collector in all of us. Check out a preview courtesy of UDON.

Where to buy: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite bookstore.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links promo images

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links has hit over 50 million downloads worldwide! Easy to learn and quick to play, Duel Links crowned its first world champion in Japan last month alongside the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG champions. Will you be the Duel World’s next great duelist?

Where to buy: Free to play on iOS and Android with optional in-app purchases.

Suggestion #4: Yu-Gi-Oh! Monster Figure Keychains

Yu-Gi-Oh! monster figure hangers and box from Grin Studios

Never lose your keys again with Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Exodia the Forbidden One, Kuriboh, Red-Eyes B. Dragon, and Summoned Skull guarding them! These Yu-Gi-Oh! Figure Hangers from Grin Studios stand about three inches tall.

Where to buy: Select Kmart, Meijer, Shopko, Target, ToysRUs, and Walmart stores. Look for them in the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards section.

Suggestion #5: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Blu-ray

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Blu-ray cover mock-up from Anchor Bay Entertainment

Unless you’ve been living under a rock monster, you know that there’s a terrific new movie starring all of your favorite original Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters heroes. Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions one more time in English and in Japanese before heading back to school! A free Obelisk the Tormentor card is included with your purchase too.

Where to buy: Amazon, Best Buy, or your favorite video store.

Suggestion #6: Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Puzzle Pajama Pants

Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Puzzle pajama pants from Hot Topic

Is there any piece of clothing more comfortable than pajama pants? Debatable! Show your love for Yu-Gi-Oh! and grab a pair featuring the Millennium Puzzle. According to the item description, “The one who solves me shall gain the powers and knowledge of darkness.” They’re talking about what happens when you put on the pants, right?

Where to buy: A Hot Topic online exclusive.

Suggestion #7: Yu-Gi-Oh! Character Belt

Yu-Gi-Oh! character belt from Hot Topic

“A Yu-Gi-Oh! web belt that proves great fashion doesn’t need to be a puzzle.” True! Yugi and his friends and foes adorn this nylon web belt, which measures 1.5 inches wide.

Where to buy: A Hot Topic online exclusive.

Suggestion #8: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Pullover Hoodie

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Pullover Hoodie from ShopYuGiOh.com

Stay warm and stylish in this Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions pullover hoodie featuring Aigami, Yugi, and Kaiba. Available in black, light heather, and navy.

Where to buy: A ShopYuGiOh.com exclusive.

Suggestion #9: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Magician Girl Figures

Kotobukiya's Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Dark Magician Girl, Apple Magician Girl, and Lemon Magician Girl figures

“Do you have all the MGs?” asks 4K Media. The three lovely Magician Girls who appear in the new movie are available as 1/7th scale figures, straight from Japan and licensed for sale in the West.

Where to buy: Kotobukiya’s U.S. online store has all three figures — Dark Magician Girl, Apple Magician Girl, and Lemon Magician Girl — in stock.

I’ll update this post each time the Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page adds new suggestions! (Last updated: September 5)

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

August 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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4K Media (Konami) today announced two big licensing deals to bring new Yu-Gi-Oh! figures and collectibles to the Western market.

First, 4K Media and Funko have partnered to develop a line of stylized vinyl figures and other collectibles based on Yu-Gi-Oh! characters and monsters. Funko, a Washington-based purveyor of pop culture goods, is probably most famous for its big-headed Pop! Vinyl line, which includes thousands of licensed figures of TV, movie, and video games characters, as well as real-life celebrities, athletes, and musicians.

Second, 4K Media and GameStop have inked a deal to create a line of four-inch Yu-Gi-Oh! figures to be sold at GameStop’s brick-and-mortar and online stores, as well as its partners’ stores. Although it is best known for its video game retail business and tech brands, GameStop has begun homing in on the collectibles market this year, expanding its shelf space for collectibles in all of its stores and signing major licensing deals to produce its own original products.

“We are elated to welcome both Funko and GameStop to the Yu-Gi-Oh! family,” said Jennifer Coleman, 4K Media’s VP of licensing and marketing, in a press release. “We are impressed with both companies’ creative designs for new and engaging collectibles encompassing so many of our central characters and monsters. Yu-Gi-Oh! fans around the globe eagerly await each new licensed product introduction, which not only keeps the brand fresh and front of mind, but also serves to invigorate demand for all things Yu-Gi-Oh!”

What Yu-Gi-Oh! figures and collectibles would you like to see? Yugi and Kaiba Funko Pop! Vinyl figures are definitely no-brainers! Funko Plush of Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonists and monsters would certainly be welcome on any collector’s shelf. And you can never have enough Yu-Gi-Oh! shirts!

New Yu-Gi-Oh! Character Mugs & DSoD Collectibles by GB eye

April 20, 2017 at 9:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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You've Activated My Trap Card mug and box mock-up from GB eye
Yu-Gi-Oh! memes — now on official merchandise

GB eye, a manufacturer and distributor of licensed merchandise based in the United Kingdom, is back with some spiffy new Yu-Gi-Oh! mugs and other great collectibles. This round of products includes mug designs featuring Yu-Gi-Oh! characters and memes, and mugs and prints for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions.

First up are the new Yu-Gi-Oh! character mugs, starring the main characters of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. Each mug includes a headshot, the character’s name in English and Japanese, and his or her signature monster.

The “Yami Yugi” design features Yami Yugi and Dark Magician. EAN: 5028486384280.

Yami Yugi and Dark Magician mug by GB eye

The “Kaiba” design, with Seto Kaiba and his Blue-Eyes White Dragon, is quite appropriately printed in blue. EAN: 5028486384273.

Seto Kaiba and Blue-Eyes White Dragon mug by GB eye

The “Joey” design includes Joey Wheeler (Katsuya Jonouchi) and Red-Eyes Black Dragon. EAN: 5028486384297.

Joey Wheeler and Red-Eyes Black Dragon mug by GB eye

The “Mai” design, with Mai Valentine (Mai Kujaku) and Harpie Lady Sisters. EAN: 5028486384303.

Mai Valentine and Harpie Lady Sisters mug by GB eye

The “Pegasus” design features Maximillion Pegasus and Thousand-Eyes Restrict. EAN: 5028486384310.

Maximillion Pegasus and Thousand-Eyes Restrict mug by GB eye

Here’s looking at you, “Kuriboh.” Kuriiii! EAN: 5028486384334.

Kuriboh mug by GB eye

Yu-Gi-Oh! memes are a thing, and now, they’ve made it onto official 4K Media-approved merchandise.

The “Trap Card” mug features the infamous YOU’VE ACTIVATED MY TRAP CARD meme. EAN: 5028486384327.

You've Activated My Trap Card mug by GB eye

Every day I’m “Shufflin’” my deck with Yami Yugi. And now you can too. EAN: 5028486384266.

Every Day I'm Shufflin mug by GB eye

GB eye also has three new mugs featuring artwork from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions.

The “DSOD Dark Yugi” design shows Yugi Muto, the Millennium Puzzle, and the movie logo on a black background. Beautiful. EAN: 5028486384365.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Yugi Muto and the Millennium Puzzle black mug by GB eye

DSOD Kaiba” includes two shots of Seto Kaiba, his wacky arthritic hand gesture, and his Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon. EAN: 5028486384341.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Seto Kaiba and Blue-Eyes White Dragon mug by GB eye

And last but not least, the “DSOD Key Art” mug features the image seen on the official movie poster with Yugi, Kaiba, and Aigami. EAN: 5028486384358.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Yugi, Kaiba, and Aigami mug by GB eye

Additionally, GB eye is offering three framed Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions collector prints, each measuring 30 x 40 cm (about 12 x 15.75 inches).

DSOD Yugi and Kaiba” shows the first promo image ever released for the movie featuring Yugi and Kaiba. EAN: 5028486384396.

DSOD King of Games” has a black silhouette of Yugi Muto on a red background. EAN: 5028486384389.

And “DSOD Key Art” features the official movie poster image. EAN: 5028486384372.

Three Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions framed collector prints by GB eye

For fans who want something a tad bigger to cover their walls, GB eye has a gigantic Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions poster measuring 61 by 91.5 cm (about 24 by 38 inches), like the ones you see in movie theaters. EAN: 5028486384242.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions maxi poster with Yugi, Kaiba, and Aigami by GB eye

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Retailers can order these products now, so look for them in online and brick-and-mortar stores very soon.

GB eye’s Yu-Gi-Oh! mugs are licensed for sale in Australia, New Zealand, most of Europe, and South Africa. For fans outside of these countries, you can find these items on GBPosters.com, the retail site of GB eye, which offers worldwide shipping. You can also look on the Amazon.co.uk Marketplace for vendors who are willing to ship overseas. Search by each item’s EAN (European Article Number) to find it more easily and to avoid bootlegs.

Special thanks to Andi Creffield, GB eye’s design manager, for the hard work on these mugs and for sending over these designs.

What mug designs do you want to see next?

Related posts:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Mugs by GB eye – A look at 2016’s mug designs.
ShopYuGiOh.com – The Official Yu-Gi-Oh! Merchandise Shop – More DSoD goods for sale

Update (April 26): Jamie Wilkins, the ecommerce manager at GB Posters, alerted me that GBPosters.com can ship GB eye’s products worldwide. The site is based in the U.K. so the sales are localized and don’t fall foul of any licensing issues, said Wilkins.

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