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! | 2 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.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Monster Figure Keychains

March 18, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Grin Studio's Yu-Gi-Oh! figural keychains series 1

Grin Studios is back with even more Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise. 4K Media (Konami) is highlighting the Illinois-based toy maker’s new Yu-Gi-Oh! figural keychains, which feature the designs of Yugi, Kaiba, and Joey’s monsters. Series 1 includes Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Exodia the Forbidden One, Kuriboh, Red-Eyes B. Dragon, and Summoned Skull. The size of each figure varies but they stand up to three inches tall.

You can find these and other Grin Studios products at select Kmart, Target, ToysRUs, and Walmart stores.

More Grin Studio Yu-Gi-Oh! goods:
Dog tags
Enamel pins

[YGOFTH 2016] Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins by Grin Studios

December 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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All five of Grin Studios' series 1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins

Yu-Gi-Oh! pins have been around in one form or another since the introduction of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game to the West, with former Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG distributor Upper Deck being the first to release the collectibles in the early 2000s. Today’s Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) entry takes a look at the newest line of Yu-Gi-Oh! collectible trading pins, which are produced by Illinois-based toy maker Grin Studios.

Another view of the five Grin Studios series 1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins

You may already know of Grin Studios from its line of Yu-Gi-Oh! dog tags, which feature character and monster designs from the Duel Monsters anime.

Grin Studios has now followed up that offering with a set of enamel pins. Five pins are included in its series 1 set.

Yami Yugi:

Grin Studios Yu-Gi-Oh! Yami Yugi series 1 pin

Kuriboh:

Grin Studios Yu-Gi-Oh! Kuriboh series 1 pin

Dark Magician Girl:

Grin Studios Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Magician Girl series 1 pin

The Millennium Puzzle:

Grin Studios Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Puzzle series 1 pin

Slifer the Sky Dragon:

Grin Studios Yu-Gi-Oh! Slifer the Sky Dragon series 1 pin

I shot this Slifer pin from a slightly different angle to better emphasize its silver outlines, which really make the design pop. Slifer is the best-looking pin of the five, in my humble opinion. This is also the first time that an Egyptian God has been made into a pin.

Back of Grin Studios' series 1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins packaging

These pins are unfortunately not easy to find. Part of the reason is because the products, despite having five designs, are all sold under one UPC with a warning on the packaging that says “Product style and colors may vary.” As a result, retailers cannot order specific designs. Instead they will receive an assortment of pins, and there is no guarantee that customers will be able to find every pin at any one particular retailer. Thus certain pins may be rarer than others.

UPC barcode on the Grin Studios series 1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins packaging

So if you see a pin that you like, don’t wait to snatch it up. I visited about 10 different stores before finally getting all five pins!

Where To Buy

Grin Studios’ Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins are available at select Target, ToysRUs, and Walmart stores for $4 to $5 each.

[YGOFTH 2016] Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly by USAopoly

December 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Front of the Monopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Edition game box by USAopoly

How can you tell when a franchise has truly penetrated mainstream culture? By one measure, it’s whether or not it has its own official version of Monopoly! Today’s Yu-Gi-Oh! for the Holidays (YGOFTH) entry looks at Monopoly: Yu-Gi-Oh! Edition from USAopoly, a producer of games and collectibles that feature big-name brands and pop culture properties. The company currently has over 20 special-edition, officially-licensed Monopoly games on the market. This year, USAopoly released three Yu-Gi-Oh! products: Monopoly, a Millennium Puzzle coin bank, and a 550-piece puzzle.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly is, quite simply, a variation of the popular “Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game” Monopoly by Hasbro. The game plays exactly the same as the standard Monopoly game, except all of the game elements are Yu-Gi-Oh!-themed. Let’s open a box and see what’s inside.

Back of the Monopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Edition game box by USAopoly

All of the game pieces can be organized in the Monopoly banker’s tray.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly banker's tray

Duel Points (DP) have exited the fictional world of Yu-Gi-Oh! video games and entered the real world! Here they are, as real as real Monopoly money.

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

Here’s the game board in all its glory.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly game board

There are three types of properties in Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly. The first are Monster Cards, which take the place of streets and avenues in the standard Monopoly game.

Front of the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly monster card title deed cards

Back of the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly monster card title deed cards

The second type of property is Egyptian God Cards, which replace standard Monopoly’s railroad stations.

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

And the third type of property is Tournaments, which take the place of the Electric Company and Water Works utilities.

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

Community Chest cards in standard Monopoly are replaced with It’s Your Move cards in Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly.

Back and front of a few It's Your Move cards from USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly

And Chance cards are replaced with It’s Time to Duel cards.

Back and front of a few It's Time to Duel cards from USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly

Standard Monopoly’s houses and hotels are now Game Shops and Duel Arenas, respectively. These small plastic pieces are surprisingly detailed. All of the windows of the Game Shop, and even the “GAME” logo hanging above the front entrance, are visible. The Duel Arena pieces show all 20 monster and spell/trap zones.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Game Shop pieces viewed from different angles

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Game Shop pieces on Thousand-Eyes Restrict and Toon Blue-Eyes properties

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Duel Arena pieces viewed from different angles

Exodia, obliterate their income!!

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Duel Arena pieces on Exodia and Game Shop pieces on Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon properties

The tokens are gorgeously crafted Millennium Items. They are all made of metal and feel substantive and heavy when you hold them in your hands.

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

Let’s see, there’s the Millennium Puzzle, Millennium Eye, Millennium Necklace, the…

Wait a minute…

The seven Millennium Items highlighted on the back of the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly box

The Millennium Staff and Millennium Scales highlighted on the back of the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly box

Uhh, okay. Millennium Staff. Millennium Rod. Sure, whatever. Scales. Scale. No problem.

And then there’s the… Umm…

The Millennium Ankh and Millennium Dream Catcher highlighted on the back of the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly box

Ah, right! The legendary Millennium Ankh and Millennium Dream Catcher. How could I forget. These names are also used in the included rule book, so they must be official!

In all seriousness, these Millennium Item tokens are beautiful and very well made. Their pictures on the back of the box are quite ugly and aren’t representative of what they actually look like.

Close-up of the Millennium Necklace, Rod, and Scale tokens on the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

Close-up of the Millennium Ring and Key tokens on the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

The bottom of the Millennium Eye is flat to prevent it from rolling away.

Close-up of the Millennium Eye and Puzzle tokens on the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

And last but not least is a fold-out rule book with instructions for how to play Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly and a summary of the differences between this game and standard Monopoly.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly rule book

In total, USAopoly’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly includes the game board, 28 Title Deed cards, 16 It’s Time to Duel cards, 16 It’s Your Move cards, 32 Game Shops, 12 Duel Arenas, 7 Millennium Item tokens, 2 dice, and a stack of Duel Points money.

Where To Buy

USAopoly’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly is available from numerous online retailers, including Amazon.com (from both Amazon itself and third-party vendors), Dave and Adam’s Card World, and Fry’s Electronics. The MSRP is $39.95. (Note: The vendors’ links are provided as a convenience. I do not endorse or recommend any particular vendor.)

[YGOFTH 2016] Yu-Gi-Oh! Playing Cards by Aquarius

December 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Pack of Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards by Aquarius Entertainment Merchandising

Aquarius Entertainment Merchandising is probably a company that you’ve have never heard of, but you’ve likely seen their products on store shelves. They make all kinds of magnets, pint and shot glasses, mugs, and games branded with characters and logos from various pop culture franchises. Today’s Yu-Gi-Oh! for the Holidays (YGOFTH) entry looks at one of Aquarius’ many Yu-Gi-Oh! products: playing cards! Because Duel Monsters isn’t the only type of card game that Yugi has mastered.

Back view of a pack of Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards by Aquarius Entertainment Merchandising

Aquarius’ Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards make up a standard 52-card deck. The cards are poker-sized, measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

Here is a close-up of the card stock used. Notice the air pockets, which help prevent sticking and improve the handling of the cards.

Close up of the Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh! playing card

The back of the cards shows Yami Yugi picking a card out of his hand. Very appropriate. Two jokers are included: one shows the Millennium Puzzle while the other shows a full body shot of Yami Yugi. The background swirl design looks really similar to the back of an actual Yu-Gi-Oh! card. All of the playing cards have that same background and vary only in their color.

The design of the back of the Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards and the two jokers

Let’s look at some game-winning hands.

Here’s Yugi’s royal flush. All of Yugi’s cards are spades. The background, suits, and symbols are colored blue.

The spades suit in Aquarius' Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards are made up of Yugi's monsters

Here’s Kaiba’s royal flush. All of Kaiba’s cards are clubs. The background, suits, and symbols are colored purple.

The clubs suit in Aquarius' Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards are made up of Kaiba's monsters

In bridge, spades are the highest ranked suit, while clubs are the lowest. Coincidence? Or a subtle nod at Yugi’s superiority over Kaiba?

Here’s Joey’s royal flush. All of Joey’s cards are diamonds. The background, suits, and symbols are colored gold.

The diamonds suit in Aquarius' Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards are made up of Joey's monsters

All of the hearts are made up of monsters played by various antagonists throughout the series, like Pegasus, Weevil, the Big Five, and the Paradox Brothers. The background, suits, and symbols are colored red.

The hearts suit in Aquarius' Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards are made up of monsters played by various enemies

Here’s a not-so-game-winning hand: a 2-7 offsuit, the worst hand in Texas Hold ‘Em poker. Noooo, it’s Kuriboh!

A Kuriboh and Thousand Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh! playing card

Umm, wrong type of card game here!

Joey versus Mai using Aquarius' Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards

Aquarius probably didn’t make this card.

Yami Yugi holding up a king of diamonds card in episode 1 of Toei Animation's 1998 Yu-Gi-Oh! anime

Never forget.

Where To Buy

Aquarius’ Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards are available on Amazon.com where they are sold directly by Amazon and by various third-party retailers for $5.99 and up. (Note: The vendors’ links are provided as a convenience. I do not endorse or recommend any particular vendor.)

[YGOFTH 2016] Yu-Gi-Oh! Mugs by GB eye

December 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Five GB eye Yu-Gi-Oh! mugs in their boxes unopened

Have you ever wanted to spend more time with Yu-Gi-Oh! while doing everyday things, like having a meal, relaxing with a cup of coffee or tea, or organizing the pens and pencils scattered all over your desk? Today’s Yu-Gi-Oh! for the Holidays (YGOFTH) entry looks at a line of ceramic Yu-Gi-Oh! mugs, which would be perfect for all that and more.

GB eye is a major producer and distributor of posters and licensed merchandise based in the United Kingdom. This past summer, the company began selling Yu-Gi-Oh! mugs in the European, Australian, New Zealand, and South African markets.

GB eye’s mugs are officially licensed products, as shown by the Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Licensed Seal stamped on all of the boxes.

Side of a GB eye Yu-Gi-Oh! mug box with the Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Licensed Seal

Quality truly is king here. GB eye didn’t cut costs by having the mugs made cheaply in a third-world country. Each mug is produced in the United Kingdom and is dishwasher and microwave safe.

But are these really, really licensed mugs? Hmm…

Numerous Licensed Mug labels on the GB eye Yu-Gi-Oh! mug boxes

…I’m still unsure. I think I need to see more “Licensed Mug” labels on each box before I can be 100 percent certain.

There are five designs available and the print on each mug is top notch; my lousy pictures and Photoshopping skills don’t do them justice. You won’t find crystal clear designs like these on bootleg mugs.

The “Dragons” design depicts a classic clash between Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Red-Eyes Black Dragon on an electric purple background. The Yu-Gi-Oh! logo separates the pair.

Blue-Eyes White Dragon on the GB eye Yu-Gi-Oh! Dragons mug

Red-Eyes Black Dragon on the GB eye Yu-Gi-Oh! Dragons mug

Yu-Gi-Oh! logo on the GB eye Yu-Gi-Oh! Dragons mug

The “Duelists” design features Kaiba, Yugi, and Joey together with their ace monsters in front of a red spiral and Egyptian hieroglyphs. Both sides of the mug have the same design while the Yu-Gi-Oh! logo sits in between them.

Kaiba, Yugi, and Joey with Blue-Eyes, Dark Magician, and Red-Eyes on the GB eye Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelists mug

Yu-Gi-Oh! logo on the GB eye Duelists mug

The “Millennium Puzzle” design shows Yugi’s legendary Egyptian item atop a bright green background on one side of the mug and a large Yu-Gi-Oh! logo on the other side.

The Millennium Puzzle over a green background on a GB eye Yu-Gi-Oh! mug

Large Yu-Gi-Oh! logo over a green background on a GB eye Yu-Gi-Oh! mug

One side of the “Yugi” design shows Yami Yugi posing with his Duel Disk in front of a stylized blue Millennium Puzzle. The other side shows Yugi Muto with his Star Chips surrounded by a blue magical circle.

Yami Yugi on the GB eye Yu-Gi-Oh! Yugi mug

Yugi Muto on the GB eye Yu-Gi-Oh! Yugi mug

The “King of Games” design features 4Kids’ classic “King of Games” logo on one side and the “Let’s Duel!” and Yu-Gi-Oh! logos on the other side. Let’s be honest here — I saved the best design for last. Ha, sorry, Yugi! What duelist wouldn’t want to take a nice long arrogant swig out of a King of Games mug while smirking at his opponent or dinner partner?

King of Games design on a GB eye Yu-Gi-Oh! mug

Yu-Gi-Oh! logo and Let's Duel design on a GB eye Yu-Gi-Oh! mug

Each mug weighs 11 oz and holds about 13.5 fl oz (one and two-thirds cups).

Where To Buy

GB eye holds the rights to produce and distribute these mugs in several European nations, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Within these countries, customers can find the mugs in various online and brick-and-mortar stores retailing for around US$10 each. Customers in the United States and elsewhere will need to pay a little more and work a little harder to find a retailer who is willing to ship overseas. Searching the third-party sellers on the Amazon.co.uk Marketplace is probably the easiest route:

(Note: The vendors’ links are provided as a convenience. I do not endorse or recommend any particular vendor.)

[YGOFTH 2016] Yu-Gi-Oh! Collectible Silver Coins

December 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Promotional image of the New Zealand Mint Yami Yugi collectible coin and case from YUGIOH.com

Yu-Gi-Oh! breeds collectors. Whether it’s Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards, anime, manga, or merch, if you aren’t collecting something now, you probably will as you delve into the franchise. Today’s Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) entry looks at two products for numismatists — coin collectors. The New Zealand Mint, a privately-owned mint in Auckland known for its gold and silver coins inspired by popular TV shows, movies, and brands, released Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba silver coins earlier this year. Minted in .999 fine silver, the coins have a limited run of 5,000 each.

The coins are each housed in a chipboard case. The material is not unlike the boxes that are often included with high-quality collectors sets of anime DVDs and Blu-rays. Yugi, Kaiba, and the Yu-Gi-Oh! logo have a glossy finish to them.

Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba coin cases

Front and back of the New Zealand Mint Yu-Gi-Oh! coin cases

Spine of the New Zealand Mint Yu-Gi-Oh! coin cases

The back and spines of each box have a pattern of Egyptian hieroglyphs that is visible from certain angles.

Close-up of the New Zealand Mint logo on the back of the Yu-Gi-Oh! coin case

The case is held shut by magnets in the flap and on the sides.

Closed and open views of the side of the New Zealand Mint Yami Yugi coin case

The inside of each case has an insert and a pocket to hold the Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba coins.

New Zealand Mint Yu-Gi-Oh! Yami Yugi coin display case

New Zealand Mint Yu-Gi-Oh! Seto Kaiba coin display case

The recess where the coin sits is lined with felt. Its bottom isn’t flat, which makes it easy to push down on the coin and take it out.

The felt-lined nook where the Yu-Gi-Oh! coin sits

Taking the Yami Yugi coin out of the case

Each coin comes enclosed in a protective plastic case. The coin is a little less than 1.6 inches in diameter and an eighth of an inch thick, while the case measures about 1.75 inches in diameter and a quarter of an inch thick.

Side of the Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba coins in their plastic protective case

Close-up of the Yami Yugi coin in its plastic case

Close-up of the Seto Kaiba coin in its plastic case

The obverse side of the coins features an image of Queen Elizabeth II.

Close-up of the observe design of the New Zealand Mint Yu-Gi-Oh! coins featuring Queen Elizabeth II

The surface of the coins is highly polished. It was impossible for me to shoot the coins straight on without seeing a clear reflection of the camera. The edges of the coins are grooved.

The insert is a numbered certificate of authenticity with a brief biography of Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba and the specs of the coins.

Description of Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba on the certificate of authenticity insert

Back of the Yu-Gi-Oh! coins certificate of authenticity insert

Amusingly, each coin has a value of $2 and is legal tender on the island of Niue located in the Pacific. But why would you ever spend it when the silver it contains is worth far more than that? Unless, of course, you are Seto Kaiba and you enjoy spending money that has your face on it.

Where To Buy

The Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba silver coins can be purchased directly from the New Zealand Mint for $85 each or $160 for both.

[YGOFTH 2016] Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps

December 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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A pack of Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps cards

Welcome to the first day of Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) 2016. Today’s entry will look at the Yu-Gi-Oh! edition of Top Trumps, a popular card game in the United Kingdom that originated in the 1970s. Top Trumps cards are sold in packs, and each pack centers around a particular theme. There are hundreds of different themes out there — everything from military aircraft to the periodic table of the elements, dinosaurs to soccer stars, Harry Potter to the X-Men. Each card features a character or subject and contains a description and a list of categories and their accompanying numerical values.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps, the cards feature characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and the categories are Highest Level, Number of Cards, Highest Attack Points, Highest Defense Points, and Number of Duels.

Did you know that Yugi Muto has played 98 cards throughout the series? Or that Mai Valentine’s strongest card only has 2000 attack points? Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps helps you discover these and other facts about the show’s characters. Because Top Trumps cards feature various biographical data and numerical statistics about their subjects, they are often used as learning tools. There is even a national Top Trumps tournament held between thousands of elementary schools in the United Kingdom.

Back and front of a Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps card
Back and front of a Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps card

The goal of Top Trumps is to win all of your opponents’ cards. To begin, the players are dealt all of the cards face down, and the players keep their cards face down in a stack. The player to the left of the dealer begins by flipping his top card face-up, looking at his card, and calling out a category. The other players then flip their top card face-up. The player whose card has the highest value in that category wins that round and takes all of the face-up cards and puts them on the bottom of his stack.

If there is a tie, or if the value of a card doesn’t exist for the called category, all of the face-up cards are placed in the center, and the turn player goes again until there is a winner. The winner of the round will also get all the cards in the center. In Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps, a value of “Infinity” always wins, and a value of “Unknown” always forces the turn player to go again.

Sounds easy, right? Let’s play an example round. Suppose I play Téa Gardner and my opponent plays Mai Valentine.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Tea Gardner and Mai Valentine cards

Téa will beat Mai if I call the Highest Attack Points category. But Mai will beat Téa if I call the Number of Cards, Highest Defense Points, or Number of Duels category. The Highest Level category results in a tie, in which case I would flip over my next card and try again.

Top Trumps is an entirely self-contained game. There are 30 cards in a pack, and each pack includes the same cards. Each card measures about 2.5 x 4 inches. Here are some of the other cards in the Yu-Gi-Oh! edition.

Yugi and his friends and family:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Grandpa, Joey, Yugi, Tea, and Tristan cards

Marik and his Rare Hunter goons:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Umbra & Lumis, Strings, Arkana, and Marik Ishtar cards

The Kaiba Brothers:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Seto and Mokuba Kaiba cards

Guardians of the Pharaoh:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Aknadin, Isis, Mahad, and Seto cards

Yami Yugi might be labeled as this game’s “Top Trump!” but there is at least one card that will always beat him…

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps deck of cards and Yami Yugi card

The other cards in the set are Bandit Keith, Bonz, Dartz, Ishizu Ishtar, Mako Tsunami, Maximillion Pegasus, Odion, PaniK, Rafael, Rex Raptor, Shadi, Weevil Underwood, and Yami Bakura.

Also included is a card explaining the rules of the game, plus a special buy-5-get-1-free offer.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps rule card and proof of purchase card

The instructions for the special offer are meant for the British market, but the producer of the game is also offering the same deal to the U.S. market.

Where To Buy

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps is owned and produced by Winning Moves, a maker of all types of board and card games. In the United States, Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps can be purchased directly from Winning Moves for $7.99.

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