Vietnam's first BeyBlade contest underway

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The qualifying rounds of Vietnam's first BeyBlade Cup competition are being held in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

According to Takara Tomy Co., the contest organizer, children aged 6 to 12 are invited to perform BeyBlade, a line of high-performance spinning top toys, in the event's first rounds that are being held on one Sunday in Hanoi and three Sundays in HCMC in July.

Those selected from these rounds will compete in the final on July 24 at the Youth Cultural House in HCMC's District 1.

The winners of two age groups - six to seven and eight to twelve - will represent Vietnam at the Asian BeyBlade Cup in Japan on August 21.

Beyblade toys were originally developed and manufactured by Takara in 2000. Both the toys and their name were inspired by "Beigoma", a traditional spinning top, and the debut of the toy corresponded with the broadcast of the Beyblade anime television series of the same name.

BeyBlade's first generation was entirely made with plastic, with the exception of weight disks and some tips.

The first top consisted of five basic parts, bit chip, attack ring, weight disk, spin gear, and blade base; and a four-layer part system: bit beast, attack ring, weight disk, and blade base.

4D system Beyblades are the latest series of BeyBlades released worldwide on March 28, 2011.

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