First 4 Figures February Roundup: Dark Magician Design Talk

February 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Arkana's and Yugi's Dark Magician facing off in episode 61

Have you joined the First 4 Figures Official Collectors Club on Facebook yet? This past month, F4F’s CEO Alex Davis turned to the group members for advice with a peculiar Yu-Gi-Oh! monster design. He also dropped a product announcement during one of the company’s weekly Q&A live streams! Here’s a roundup of what’s new with the statue maker in February.

On February 5, Davis asked the F4F OCC about Dark Magician’s hat, pointing out that there are some inconsistencies in its design in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime. “[D]oes he have 2 or 3 rings around his hat NOT including the one on the tip?” asked Davis.

Sure enough, there are animation cuts that feature both designs.

Comparison of Dark Magician's hat designs in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime
Top row: examples of the two-ring design as shown in the first opening and episodes 37, 60, and 132.
Bottom row: examples of the three-ring design as shown in the English season 3 opening (this image is also frequently used as promotional key art), episode 141, and the last Japanese opening.

Davis clarified that he had already received approval from 4K Media for a design that has three rings plus the tip. However, he wants to refine the design, which requires reapproval, and is now looking at this peculiar detail.

During F4F’s February 8 Q&A live stream, Davis further elaborated on his plans. “This time I might try and submit it with two [rings] and see what happens,” he laughed. “‘Cause you know what? I looked at it and I’m like, I actually want to change the pose, so maybe changing it.” What is wrong with the current unrevealed design that is compelling him to change it?

“Well, I’ll do that sometimes,” Davis explained. “I’m like, ‘Yeah, yeah,’ and then I’m like, ‘No.’ ‘Yeah.’ ‘No.’ Because the thing is, [the approval process] takes so long that by the time we look at it again, I feel like we can do better.”

During the same live stream, a fan asked Davis whether Yu-Gi-Oh! will be getting TF [true form] PVC figures. Davis seemed to backtrack from his answer last month.

“Confirmed or not confirmed, we haven’t made any announcements on that,” he replied. “If everything goes smoothly, it’s a very strong possibility.”

Davis then proceeded to drop a product announcement: “there will be at least one, maybe two” Dark Magician color variants!

Which variants would you like to see? The classic manga look? How about the shredded version from The Dark Side of Dimensions? Or Arkana’s Dark Magician? Or maybe even Mahad as Dark Magician? Join the F4F OCC and let Davis know!

So, Two Rings or Three? Which is the Correct Design?

Regardless of what is depicted on trading cards, promotional artwork, or other media, there is a “correct” number of rings on Dark Magician’s hat in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime world.

Image collage featuring various screenshots from Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters that show Dark Magician's hat

After looking at over 500 animation cuts from Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters that provide an unobscured view of the rings and tip — including cuts of Yugi dressed as Dark Magician, Arkana’s Dark Magician, Yugi’s Capsule Monsters Dark Warrior armor, and Dark Magician Mahad — I conclude that 99 percent of the cuts show Dark Magician’s hat with two rings plus the tip.

There are fewer than a dozen cuts that show the hat with three rings plus the tip. I’ve already included their three most prominent appearances in the second image in this post. Many of the others are insignificant or are so small that they are barely noticeable.

On the other hand, Arkana’s Dark Magician, the so-called Red Dark Magician, unmistakably has three rings plus the tip on his hat.

Well done, Alex Davis, you made the correct choice to switch from three rings to two!

Previously:
First 4 Figures January Roundup: Red-Eyes Black Dragon & Dark Magician Girl Confirmed, Blue-Eyes White Dragon Teased

First 4 Figures January Roundup: Red-Eyes Black Dragon & Dark Magician Girl Confirmed, Blue-Eyes White Dragon Teased

January 31, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi watching as Dark Magician Girl finishes attacking an opponent in episode 62

News about First 4 Figures’ upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! products continue to trickle out from its weekly Q&A live streams and the First 4 Figures Official Collectors Club on Facebook. Is a Yu-Gi-Oh! PVC figure confirmed yet? What will the first release be and when will pre-orders happen? Here is a roundup of this past month’s news featuring answers to these questions and more.

During the January 4 live stream, F4F’s CEO Alex Davis revealed that not only are Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician in the works but also Red-Eyes Black Dragon and Dark Magician Girl. When asked about making more monsters or characters, Davis noted that these four monsters “were the ones that polled the best. And we’ll continue to go from there to see how that goes on.” A fan suggested adding Egyptian monster tablets as extras and Davis called them “nice ideas.”

Then, in the January 11 live stream, Davis stated that the first Yu-Gi-Oh! pre-order will either be for Blue-Eyes White Dragon or Dark Magician. Look for that to happen after March or April following F4F’s My Hero Academia launch, he said.

On January 16, Davis offered a sneak peek in the F4F OCC of part of Blue-Eyes White Dragon’s design:

A 3D computer model showing part of First 4 Figures' Blue-Eyes White Dragon

Many fans asked about its color and pointed out that, despite its name, Blue-Eyes White Dragon isn’t exactly pure white. Davis replied that its paint job will be “nice and metallic. When you see Meta Ridley — you’ll get it!”

Davis fielded more fan questions in the January 18 live stream. Blue-Eyes White Dragon is “most likely” going to be F4F’s first Yu-Gi-Oh! product, he said. In addition to a resin statue, a “PVC [figure] is possible and it’s very — 90 percent — gonna happen,” he added. One fan wondered if adding a card display and card stand with the statues would be possible. “It’s a great question. We haven’t figured that bit out yet,” replied Davis. “Once we look at getting it nailed down, then we can think about what possible extras — but I’ll keep that in the back of my mind.” Another fan asked about Blue-Eyes White Dragon’s dimensions and Davis responded with some gestures:

First 4 Figures CEO Alex Davis making hand gestures to describe the size of a PVC figure (on the left) and a resin statue

The PVC figure will be small, while the resin statue will be enormous. That’s awfully large for a statue, isn’t it? But given the size of Meta Ridley, I don’t think he’s exaggerating.

Finally, in the January 25 live stream, a fan asked about how hard it would be to include an exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! card with the statues, to which Davis replied “I don’t know, let’s talk about it.”

To stay up to date with the latest developments, contribute ideas to F4F’s Yu-Gi-Oh! products, and ask questions, be sure to join the First 4 Figures Official Collectors Club on Facebook.

Previously:
First 4 Figures Announces Yu-Gi-Oh! Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Dark Magician Products

First 4 Figures Announces Yu-Gi-Oh! Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Dark Magician Products

December 28, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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First 4 Figures' Yu-Gi-Oh! announcement poster featuring Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician

Back in September, 4K Media announced that it had partnered with high-end collectibles maker First 4 Figures to produce a Yu-Gi-Oh! resin statue, leading to a lot of buzz about what monsters might get the company’s special treatment. Since then, F4F has remained tight-lipped, not even acknowledging that it has acquired the Yu-Gi-Oh! license. But all that changed today during its weekly Q&A live stream, with F4F confirming that it has multiple Yu-Gi-Oh! products in the works!

“[We are] already deep in the works, concept-wise. Not in the physical yet, but deep in terms of having the concept there,” said Alex Davis, the owner of F4F.

“Getting the approval to go to the next stage is–” Davis paused, then pointed at his UNIQLO Dark Magician shirt. “Blue-Eyes White Dragon as well. Some others in the works.”

Chocks with Alex Davis, who is pointing at his Dark Magician shirt
First 4 Figures’ head of marketing Tsoek “Chockles” Cheung (left) and CEO Alex Davis

With Yu-Gi-Oh! being a phenomenon that spans the gaming, anime, manga, and movie worlds, Davis hopes that the property’s mass appeal will introduce more people to First 4 Figures and bring in more anime fans as the company continues to expand its anime products.

“And I can say it won’t just be resins,” added Davis. “At least that’s the plan. Don’t quote me on that. If everything goes according to plan. And also because our strategy of bringing in more and more TFs [true form PVC figures], SDs [super deformed PVC figures], PVCs in general, as something that’s developed over time — and actually, the time that we went for the Yu-Gi-Oh! license, [PVCs weren’t] really on our radar. But as we move forward into new licenses, we’re looking at trying to do both [PVCs and resins].”

Davis says he wants to create an ecosystem where F4F can bring in new customers with its lower-cost PVC figures and eventually convert them into buyers of high-end resin statues.

To get in on the Yu-Gi-Oh! hype, chat with Alex Davis, and get the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! development news, head over to Facebook and join the First 4 Figures Official Collectors Club.

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

Yu-Gi-Oh! Rings, Bracelets, Necklaces by Tioneer Jewelry

December 12, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Kaiba Corporation KC logo rings by Tioneer Jewelry

Stylish and affordable Yu-Gi-Oh! jewelry can be yours this holiday season thanks to 4K Media’s new Yu-Gi-Oh! collaboration with Tioneer Jewelry. The Los Angeles-based jewelry company today announced its Yu-Gi-Oh! x Tioneer collection, which offers designs like the Kaiba Corporation logo, Yugi’s silhouette, monster attribute kanji, and more on its products.

Tioneer Jewelry sells a variety of rings, necklaces, bracelets, keychains, and other items that would make perfect gifts for you and your Yu-Gi-Oh!-loving friends. Tioneer is accepting orders right now on its website.

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

Blue-Eyes White Dragon bottle opener dog tag necklace by Tioneer Jewelry

Kuriboh oval charm keychain by Tioneer Jewelry

Millennium Puzzle bracelet and necklace by Tioneer Jewelry

Kaiba Corporation KC logo money clip by Tioneer Jewelry

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?

Update (December 28): Why choose only one? First 4 Figure made a formal announcement today confirming that both Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician — and more! — are in the works.

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.

Back to the Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) 2017 index

[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.

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