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Can anyone help me out here? Five y/o DS is asking for it b/c his friends at school have it/talk about it. I have no clue what it is...is it appropriate for this age? Is it violent? How expensive, etc?<br><br>
TIA! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Backugan is a collectable card game with action figures<br><a href="http://www.bakugan.com/" target="_blank">http://www.bakugan.com/</a><br>
There are lots of additions that can be purchased...each item is relatively inexpensive <a href="http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10099319&findingMethod=rr" target="_blank">http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...ndingMethod=rr</a><br><br>
...but of course the more you buy the more you may end up spending<br>
There is also a cartoon based on it.
 

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My just-turned 4 DS really likes the toys. He likes that he can fold them up and search the house for magnetic surfaces that trigger them to open. He has no idea there is a cartoon for them.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Backugan is a collectable card game with action figures<br><a href="http://www.bakugan.com/" target="_blank">http://www.bakugan.com/</a><br>
There are lots of additions that can be purchased...each item is relatively inexpensive <a href="http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10099319&findingMethod=rr" target="_blank">http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...ndingMethod=rr</a><br><br>
...but of course the more you buy the more you may end up spending<br>
There is also a cartoon based on it.</div>
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I was going to say it is a stupid little plastic ball to get kids to try to spend their parents' money <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> My son wants them, too, because his friends have them... $5 each at our local store.
 

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It's actually Bakugan with a "B". I refuse to buy it personally. The toys are expensive, cheaply made and the show associated with it is not appropriate in my opinion.<br><br>
Your DS is 5? I would buy him Playmobil. Right now, there are lots of sales on Playmobil, especially the ones focused toward boys. There is a pirate island take-along kit at Target on sale for $14.99 that boys that age would LOVE.
 

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Could you say more about that, please? In what way?<br><br>
Thanks for all the info, Mamas!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Could you say more about that, please? In what way?<br><br>
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Well, I guess I should back up a step and explain. To start with, I don't like Cartoon Network which is where the show is shown. I have it blocked on our satellite so it's not even an option when going through the guide. Bakugan, and all the other japanese anime shows that are on there, strike me in the same way. The kids on the shows tend to be rude, I don't like the violence exhibited, especially for the age groups that are being targeted and to me, the shows feel like they are designed to just sell more stuff to the kids that are watching it.<br><br>
I also don't like buying toys that are associated with a show or movie. That's one of the reasons why I love Playmobil so much. There's no story line associated with it so it encourages children to be creative and come up with their own.
 

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RUN! Far, far away! Don't look back! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Honestly I don't understand them, I guess it is a game? McDonald's had them in the Happy Meals a month or so ago-Hi, this is a horrible toy for the younger above three crowd (saying this to McD's and cursing them all the while). DS became obsessed with getting the red one (his favorite color) and then when he got it, freaked that it didn't look like the one on the box <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"> .<br><br>
DH just bought him the full size one-which looks like the one on the box did and it is pretty neato. He will probably get one more for Christmas so that DH and DS can play with them together. But I will put the stop there.
 

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Ds is 5 and loves them. He has no idea there is a cartoon, but the little balls keep him occupied for a while and he loves opening them. Yes, they probably are MIC but they aren't breaking and he is throwing them on the ground to open them.<br><br>
Not my idea of an ideal toy, but he doesn't play with toys all too often and these get a lot of attention. I say they are worth it.
 

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Bakugan is a semi-hit with the 8-10 crowd amongst my children and their friends, but I agree, it's too violent (they battle) for children younger than 8, I would think.
 

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My ds doesn't watch the show but he does love the toys and card game. I don't see anything objectionable about it if they're not watching the TV show. There are a bunch of boys at our homeschool meetup that play it; last week the dads were playing with them.
 

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I have no idea what it is, but ds1's dad bought him some of them. I don't think ds1 has ever seen the cartoon (we don't have cable) but he likes the toy. He tried getting dh and I to battle with him, but we just don't understand it.<br><br>
Overall it seems to me to be like the Pokemon craze that happened around 5 years ago.
 

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4yo DS has a bunch of these. We don't watch the show and they don't battle, he just collects them and has fun seeing how each one opens. I think they're neat.<br><br>
And yep they're MIC, but nobody's mouthing them and they're cheap. We actually got a 3-pack at the local Asian mall for about 1/3 of the cost at Target. Not only made in China, but printed in Chinese. Exact same quality and different from what we can usually find around here so DS loves them.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">RUN! Far, far away! Don't look back! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Honestly I don't understand them, I guess it is a game? McDonald's had them in the Happy Meals a month or so ago-Hi, this is a horrible toy for the younger above three crowd (saying this to McD's and cursing them all the while). DS became obsessed with getting the red one (his favorite color) and then when he got it, freaked that it didn't look like the one on the box <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"> .<br><br>
DH just bought him the full size one-which looks like the one on the box did and it is pretty neato. He will probably get one more for Christmas so that DH and DS can play with them together. But I will put the stop there.</div>
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This is funny, because ds' favorite color was red and he wanted me to go to Mcdonalds every week to get a red one (got a blue one instead <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> ) I think the only reason my son likes them is because the other kids in his class talk about them. We don't have cable, but we wouldn't allow him to watch the show anyhow. I'm not a big fan of those types of cartoons.<br><br>
I haven't seen the actual toys (haven't really looked though) and ds is content with just making his own Bakugans out of Lego's or whatever.<br>
I would get him a toy if he asked but not all the cards, cartoons and extra stuff.
 

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For the younger kids that I see playing with them, its mostly about the little balls and making them open into interesting characters. Yes, they are plastic and MIC if that bothers you. They are about $5 each at Target etc.<br><br>
For kids with more math and strategy understanding, they become part of a rather elaborate card-like game where two players "battle" to see who wins by having the most points. The figures don't actually interact -- you roll them until they open on a specific magnetic card, then you play other cards that impact your points or your opponents. Lots of 3 digit math skills required and a fair amount of strategy about which cards and characters you play when. Think Japenese Dungeons and Dragons condensed into about 10 minute segments. My 10 YO DS really enjoys playing with several older boys/young adults and its a pretty good multi-generation thing. He also plays after school with his classmates. That said, its too complex for me to get and I have given up. :) My 6 YO DD can't get it either, so probably your 5 YO would be overwhelmed.<br><br>
There is a Japenese anime cartoon that is shown on Cartoon Network that is the basis for all of this. IMHO not appropriate for 5 YO because here the characters do actually battle in that they are no longer the little balls but come alive and strke at each other. Defeated Bakugan either return tot he ball stage or are banished to the "Doom dimention", or effectively dead. The basic story line is a group of kids battling an evil group that has taken over the Bagukan's home planet. No "good" adults -- its definitely good kids vs. evil adults. I allow my 10 YO to watch it but I probably wouldnt' have allowed him to much younger than about 8. Unfortunately, the types of shows that appeal to 10 YO boys aren't my favorite things.<br><br>
OK, I have just realized that I know entirely too much about this subject!<br><br>
Oh, and the recent McD's versions of these figures were not nearly as detailed or interesting as the real ones are.
 

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To me they are like Pokemon meets Transformers meets marbles. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> they are kind of cool, but the will break if thrown hard enough or stepped on.<br><br>
My soon to be 6 year old likes them a lot. He is getting the Maxus Dragonoid for Christmas (because it combines to make one big one and I think he will really like the building aspect of it). I don't have a problem with them.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">To me they are like Pokemon meets Transformers meets marbles. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> they are kind of cool, but the will break if thrown hard enough or stepped on.<br><br>
My soon to be 6 year old likes them a lot. He is getting the Maxus Dragonoid for Christmas (because it combines to make one big one and I think he will really like the building aspect of it). I don't have a problem with them.</div>
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Wow, I'm impressed you know the name of some of them. My 5.5 yo loves Bakugon but I have no idea what any of them are named.<br><br>
I have no idea how to play the game. My 11 yo DD and 9 yo DS will occasionally play with 5.5 yo and some of the 9 yo neighbor boys are very into it so he plays with them too.
 

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My 5 year old loves them.<br><br>
There is a game for older kids and there is a show (totally agree about cartoon network!), but at 5 it's just a fun little toy that opens and closes. You can use it to teach about magnets and which surfaces will cause it to open up.<br><br>
Not the greatest thing in the world, but they are inexpensive and simple. I got a few for stocking stuffers.
 

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Personally, I wouldn't get them because they are basically designed to be thrown open, at least from what I've seen on the TV commercials. Anything made of hard plastic and designed to be thrown inside the house is a bad toy in my book.
 

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I always thought Bakugan was from that song.<br><br>
You know... "Get it on... bakugan... get it on!"<br><br>
(Okay, yes, I know those aren't the real lyrics. But for years I thought this song was about an attraction to Pokemon).
 
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