Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.
Leading manga artists are contributing designs to the new Battle Break trading figure game from toymaker Bandai Co.
The game, which was launched April 25, features 16 toy figures in its initial lineup, with one additional “secret” figure.
It will be sold under the Gashapon capsule toy brand from coin-operated vending machines, as well as in stores.
Akira Toriyama, the world-renowned creator of the “Dragon Ball” manga series, designed the game’s Lucky Dragon figure. “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” author Hirohiko Araki and other manga artists are expected to participate in the project.
Battle Break players fight imaginary battles using elaborately designed and colored figures, coins representing the figures’ abilities and dice. Players create teams of characters to fight opponents on a grid map.
It is aimed at a wide age group, ranging from older elementary school students to men in their early 30s.
The game’s storyline is set in 2111, with the figures representing aliens encountered by humanity in outer space.
Each figure costs 200 yen (about $2.45). An expansion kit that comes with figures and coins is available at 315 yen including tax and a starter set including figures, coins, a grid map and a die is also on sale for 1,260 yen.
A manga serial based on the game started in Shueisha Inc.’s monthly V Jump comic magazine on April 21, and Bandai is planning to hold a national Battle Break competition this fall. To coincide with the release, the toymaker has launched a nationwide tour of stores.
Bandai aims to make Battle Break one of its leading capsule toy brands. The company expects to generate 1 billion yen ($12.2 million) in sales from the series.
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