Spin Master is relaunching the Bakugan brand with a new anime series, toy line, card game, and mobile app.
The anime adventure series, Bakugan Battle Planet, launches in North America on Cartoon Network Sunday, Dec. 23. It combines the essence of Japanese-anime with computer-generated animation, and each episode follows a boy named Dan and his group of friends as they forge relationships with mysterious alien creatures known as Bakugan. The series will also be available early next year in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and on Teletoon in Canada.
Bakugan.com and the Bakugan YouTube channel feature extended content, sneak peeks, and 90-second character webisodes introducing each Bakugan and its abilities.
Spin Master will launch the new Bakugan integrated toy line and trading card game in January at major retailers. New technology transforms each of the marble-like balls into multiple collectible characters when kids roll them over a magnetic card. There are more than 100 Bakugan available in season one, which players can battle in an attempt to become a Bakugan Master.
There are also deluxe Bakugan Ultra, which perform even more complex transformations when players roll them over BakuCores. The Bakugan Starter Pack Three-Pack includes two Bakugan, one Bakugan Ultra, six BAKUCores, collectible character cards, and ability cards.
For the first time, Bakugan is also available as a mobile app on iTunes and Google Play. The app allows fans to learn, battle and track their collection in a Bakugan fan hub. Fans can refine their skills and Bakugan knowledge through tutorial videos; read the latest news and information about the TV series, characters, and webisodes; and play a mobile mini game where fans can battle, win, and unlock more Bakugan.
There will also be real-life “Bakugan Brawl” organized play tournaments later next year. They will take place March 14 to 17 at Emerald City ComiCon in Seattle, Washington; from May 23 to 26 at MomoCon in Atlanta, Georgia; and from July 3 to 7 at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, California.