Monday, August 11, 2008

BEN 10: Sumo Slammers

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Name of Toy Line: Ben 10: Sumo Slammers
Production Company: Bandai
Distributor: Bandai America Incorporated
Characters and Elements: Cartoon Network
Years of Production: 2005-2006
Countries/Regions Available: USA, UK, and Web
Size/Scale: Approximately 1"
Figure Trade Markings:
Approximate # of Figures: 30

Details: Sumo Slammers are an original take on SD styling of mini-figures, instead of being 'Super-Deformed' they are 'Sumo-Deformed'!

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From a Bandai press release (09/06/2007):

"Taking a humorous page from the show - where Ben is obsessed with collecting hard-to-find Sumo Slammer cards - Bandai America has created the unique Sumo Slammer Battle Sets. Each comes with six "sumo-sized" figures that face-off against one another utilizing the packaging as a dojo. These sets also come with five humorous game cards, with highly stylized artwork, that can be used in a Japanese Menko battle, a play pattern considered as the forerunner to the modern card game phenomenon."

The back of the pack explains game-play:

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At the time of writing this entry five series are available:

Credit Bandai.com for the following images.

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Series 1

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Series 2

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Series 3

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Series 4

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Series 5

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Series 1 - 4 Packaging

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Series 5 Packaging

Two translucent, unpainted figures are also available exclusively with the Vilgax Battle Ship playset:

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There is even a Ben 10 Sumo Slammers Scooter!

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What's it got to do with Sumo Slammers? Check out the storage compartment, Sumo Slammers are included:

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Related Web sites:

Bandai.com

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