Welcome to PlasticsDB, a repository of my knowledge of Plastic Generation Beyblades, or Bakuten Shoot Beyblade.
PlasticsDB is still a work in progress at this stage, Parts and Beyblade entries are done, but there is more to come - including combo suggestions and articles on launchers, so stay tuned - or sign up for updates below!
This is not primarily a personal site, just a database. If for whatever reason you want to read me rambling about plastics, my blog th!nkBlargh and the WBO Plastics and HMS Customizations subforum and its pinned topics are generally the places to go, and I often post random thoughts in the WBO Discord. If you have questions about Plastics that are not answered by this site, the Plastics Q&A thread on the WBO is the place to go - myself and other knowledgeable members check it regularly. If you need to get in touch, PM me on the WBO or hit me up on the Discord - plus the Plastics and HMS channel there is usually relatively active. Lastly, also check out International First Generation Beybladers Community on Facebook, for a positive, friendly Plastics and HMS community with a lot of very helpful collectors, sticker makers, and players.
This information is correct to the best of my knowledge, and I checked it all carefully as I wrote it. Whether one top-tier part is better than another is often a matter of opinion as well as the metagame it is being used in, as such there is no reasonable way to cover every possibility or, past a certain point, to say one combination of a type is better than another. Please keep this in mind when reading.
Thanks for checking out PlasticsDB, I hope you find it useful!
<3 - th!nk
General Usage Notes:
The menus to the left should allow for navigation. There is also a search function if required - I have tried to add alternate names and common misspellings of names to each article to aid in this! The Beyblades page and the category page for each type of part (Attack Ring, Weight Disk etc) have galleries to help with identifying parts too!
If you are looking for a part you have but don't know the name, each category page for the part type has images of each part for easy identification - it's my old Weight Disk ID chart on steroids! There is even an ID guide for Beyblades in the same format!
I own every legal part (and pretty much all non-legal official parts aside from the Draciel G Engine Gear RC Blade Base), including almost all major known mold differences, so information herein is based on testing and experience.
If you have any mold differences not documented here, please let me know - information on these does tend to be scarce as it's rare anyone has both molds for comparison, but perhaps with the parts gallery they may be easier to find now and see if yours is any different!
Some rulings are presumptive and awaiting clarification by the WBO. Please check with your judge beforehand if attending a tournament if something is unclear. Usually presumptive rulings will be marked as such, but it is best to cross reference with the rulebook and check with your host! I am generally happy to weigh in on sensible ruling variation requests if it is helpful - don't be afraid to ask for better when applying to host a tournament for Plastics, as they should be quite flexible.
To Do List/Coming Soon:
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Basics of Plastic Gen Beyblades Page(s)
Type Pages (Entries on popular competitive and not so competitive archetypes and how they work).
Example combos to make use out of each part (even the bad ones).
Release dates and types (Attack, Defense etc) where available.
Launchers and Ripcords (and possibly Grips and Accessories).
Glossary (though HMSDB does a great job with most terms used here anyway).
The information in this database may be used as a reference (not copied verbatim), however citation is required if using it for your own works (including Wikis - sorry guys, not doing all the work for you). Exceptions may be given, but a simple link back is all that is needed! It's not much - just please give credit, this site was a tonne of work and I would like people to see it in its intended form.
Use of images on this site for other purposes is not permitted without my own approval or the approval of the contributor who supplied it (per their watermark or associated link).
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Thanks and Appreciation
This site would not exist, nor be possible without the contribution of others. Be it in inspiration, information, additional testing, photos, or just being there to talk to, I appreciate you all from the bottom of my heart. Here are a few notable contributors, and some thanks.
Dan: Without Dan, you would not be reading this. Not only was he someone I looked up to early on in my days on the WBO, but he has been a friend the whole way through, always had my back, and it's thanks to him that this is being published at all - had he not dragged me back in, this likely would have gone to the grave with me. He also contributed numerous images, as well as helping me track down parts and information, doing testing, checking my own ideas out for me. Absolute top bloke, he is a brother to me. He also made our sister site, HMSDB, a similar resource for HMS Beyblades.
Teresa of Teresa's Toy Store: Teresa assisted me in closing off my list of missing parts as my proxy for Mercari and numerous other Japanese sites. She runs a service and I thoroughly recommend her - she has been patient, very helpful, and packs things incredibly carefully and efficiently. Dan wrote a guide to buying from Mercari with her help, which can be found here.
4d_fury: 4d_fury has provided not only a huge number of photographs, but also testing, weights, and information on things outside of my experience - such as obscure Hasbro stuff, RC info, heck knows what else. Couldn't have done it without you mate!
vintagebeyblade: AKA SheevPalpatine. For testing my craziest ideas, and being probably the only person braver than I am with actually using his tops, as well as coming up with some interesting new ideas, and providing weights and pictures. In addition, for helping proofread the site and providing pre-launch feedback. Really appreciate you man - thank you!
Polishxthunder: Rob helped me track down some really, really obscure stuff and came up with economical ways to get stuff to me by proxy buying other things I needed, as well as helping with photos and being a cool guy. Thanks man!
WuboAF/AngryFace: The things this guy knows and can come up with. I remember when you were new, and it's great to see that you're still around. Thanks for helping with my weird little ideas and projects - and for the bigger things you're working on - and thanks for being so damn smart.
Neo: Thanks for holding down the fort for much of my absence, very glad to have you back in the fold.
Zoroaste: Like Neo, thanks for holding down the fort, good to have you back.
Broyeeto: For pointing out some interesting things and keeping me thinking. I look forward to your work in reproducing our beloved Beys.
Yblader1: For providing a tonne of pictures and being someone to talk to. Thank you.
Beyfinity: For providing numerous excellent photos. His Beyblades are pristine, and his instagram is something to behold.
steffennlsieg: For providing a huge number of rare photos. Another excellent instagram.
Corey Robillard: Jumped to assist me with pictures and is a genuinely great person. Thanks man!
dark.psyche94: Helped out with photos and is a chill dude. Does great stickers, and takes awesome photos on his insta.
collectionprojects.ink: Thanks for helping with photos! (Also, great insta shots!)
Daniel Castillo: For helping out with the final photos - thanks so much!
Mitul: Thank you for the encouragement and the photos. If more people had your enthusiasm the world would be a better place.
Zain: For being a brother, an incredible, wonderful human being, and helping me track down a few things back in the day. Zain helped me through some really rough times (frankly, I'm not sure I'd still be here without him), and I'm indebted to him for that (and the incident - sorry man!)
Kei: Sorry for being so critical over the years, you're a good dude and insanely dedicated. Kei has been very helpful with random knowledge and as the long-time steward of BeyWiki, back when it was a thing. His dedication to the game of Beyblade is unparalleled. Check out his site, BeyBase.
Hazel: Look, I won't say your reputation is undeserved but you're one of the most interesting people I know and have taught me a lot about a bizarre range of things. Thanks, asshole.
Shindog: Thanks for being a good sport, being willing to talk to me even when I'm being cantankerous, and having a common sense approach to part legality. Hope to be able to work with you more on things in future - and thanks for the additional perspective on plastics.
Kai-V: Thanks for being good to me in my younger days, and everything you gave to the WBO. It's weird without you around. Sorry for being a pain sometimes.
Bey Brad: Thanks for giving us the WBO, and for everything you've done for Beyblade. I wouldn't be here without you, even though we've somehow never actually been active at the same time.
r0ckbull: Thanks for teaching me so much about how Beyblade was back in the day - and showing me a huge number of things I didn't know about. If you ever want to blade again, hit me up.
Wombat: Thank you for being cool and chill, and being there to bounce some ideas off.
Sky_Shu: For being a great guy, and having a cute dog, and being there to bounce ideas off.
Dustypotatoes: The unsung hero of modern plastics, Dusty was where I got a significant portion of the more obscure stuff in my collection. Bless you.
Uwik: Thanks for everything, for your care within the committee and on-site, and the assistance with a few obscure things. Hope you are doing well.
Bluezee: For all the bad things people say about you, few people had the level of innate understanding of Beyblade as you, man. You taught me a tonne of Plastics things no one else knew, and for better or worse, you were always exciting and dynamic and bought a tonne of energy and activity to the Customizations forum. Good luck with your music career, King.
Deikailo: Thanks for the info, the life lessons, and the Beyblades. I hope you are doing okay, wherever you are.
Mc Frown: For having a nasty habit of being right about most things. Also someone I looked up to on the WBO, who helped out with a few things I couldn't track down myself. Still have that Sub AR, man. I really hope you're well.
My 140 Crew: You know who you are, thanks for getting me through 5 days of my week, every week and for not thinking this is too weird.
The many other members and staff past and present who helped me with info, helped me find beys, or were just pals, whom are too many to list but just as significant as anyone on this list: thank you, and sorry I can't list you all out, but you know who you are (if you're really aching for a shout out, let me know).
And most of all - to my darling fiancée - who gets me through every day, and has put up with me focussing on this and playing with spinning tops all day, every day, instead of doing things I should be. Bless you and your patience, I love you and remember every day that I am the luckiest guy in the world.