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Hasbro Battlespin - Level 1
Exhibit #2693
TypeProduction
ShapeStandard (-)
AxleFixed String
PackagingBubble Carded
ConstructionMulti-piece plastic
ResponseNone
GapFixed
ConditionMint in Package
Date2016
OwnerRick Brough
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From the Hasbro website:

"Find inner balance and unleash the powers of light and darkness with Blazing Team! Based on the popular Blazing Team TV show, Blazing Team toys let kids become masters of Yo Kwon Do, learning exciting tricks and swinging their skills into action.

Kids can start their training to become Yo Kwon Do masters with the Battlespin, which features a retractable string for easy playing action. The Battlespin toy is perfect for the first-time Yo Kwon Do-er: kids can imagine unleashing their creature spirit into the battle from the first spin, then improve their battling skills ! The attached spirit ring secures on the finger for fast play as Yo Kwon Do masters-to-be train and learn new tricks. Each Battlespin features creature-inspired styling and details on its face, so kids can imagine joining the Blazing Team with their spirit creatures on their side!"

The Battlespin was a skill level 1 yo-yo marketed to children, ages 5+. A large marketing effort by Hasbro to bring yo-yo to very young children.

This set included a Battlespin yo-yo with wolf image sidecaps and an animal spirit ring that was in the form of a wolf's head. The yo-yo featured a retractable string for easy play, much like Empire Industries' YoYo Ball toy.

Blazing Team was an animated boys action-adventure series that first aired in 2015 on the Discovery Family cable channel. The show's premise is that a mysterious “darkness” rises; a group of teens join together to harness the mystical power of "Yo Kwon Do"--a practice that defeats evil by blending the skill of yo-yos with the martial art of Tae Kwon Do. The series was originally based on the Chinese animated series "Blazing Teens" that first aired in 2006 in Asian countries.

The Blazing Team product line, combined with the animated series, filled a market niche in that their yo-yos were designed with young children in mind (in this case 5+) who were new to yo-yo play; they were also affordable, fun, and interesting to use. The yo-yos helped children develop their hand/eye coordination, and the discipline needed to master a skill. As young players became accomplished, they would build more confidence at each stage or level. At the time, there was no other yo-yo product line quite like it.
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