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Hard Metal System Structure

The Hard Metal System, also known as the Heavy Metal System (ヘヴィメタルシステム Hevui Metaru Shisutemu), is the fifth Beyblade System to be implemented, starting from August 2003. It succeeded the Engine Gear System and was succeeded by the Initial System (Second Generation).

Information

Also referred to as the HMS System. The Hard Metal System completely broke compatibility with all previous Systems, meaning that Hard Metal System parts aren't interchangeable with parts from past Systems. This has supposedly been proven fatal in the sale of these Beyblades. By adding metal to Attack Rings and reducing the overall size of Beyblades' bodies, rotational speed, attack power and defense power is dramatically improved. Also, the sounds of metal colliding is one of this System's appeals. Although left rotation had only been available for Dragoon Beyblades until now, because Launchers can now launch from both the left and right side, left rotation is available for all Hard Metal System Beyblades. Following the advent of the Hard Metal System, all previous Beyblade systems can be referred to as the Plastic Beyblade Series.

HMS Beyblades are much smaller than Beyblades from previous systems; generally, their size is about 75% of their predecessors. Despite this loss in size, their weight remains about the same due to the addition of metal to the AR. This decrease in size is completely advantageous. Smaller, more compact Beyblades will have better balance and retain their spin velocity more effectively. The only disadvantage is a lower attack range, but this difference is meaningless considering the superior strength of HMS.

While HMS are not compatible with previous generations, in terms of competitive battling they were initially considered completely legal within the same playing field. When HMS was first released, some plastic Beyblades were still able to defeat them with reasonable consistency. However, as more were released, plastic Beyblades became more obsolete. Wolborg MS was the final "nail in the coffin", making plastic Zombie Beyblades obsolete. Eventually, the systems were separated to allow Plastics a metagame where they could actually be used.

After December 2003, Takara-Tomy instituted a new code format for their Beyblade products, consisting of the two-letter "MA" series code, followed by "-", then a two-digit serial number.

Gimmick Specialty Series

See here for more information.

Structure

Bit Protectors (BP)

The Bit Protector (ビットプロテクター, Bitto Purotekutā) is a symmetrical circular part that holds the entire Beyblade together. It is also the part of the Beyblade that the Dual Shooter latches onto when preparing to launch. The Bit Protector is held in place by the Running Core, so they will not fall out regardless of spin direction. Bit Protectors have a much larger role in the assembly of a Beyblade than the Bit Chip had in past Beyblades.

Running Protector (RP)

The Running Protector (ランニングプロテクター, Ranningu Purotekutā) is a special type of Bit Protector that is featured with the Round Shell MS. It is used for it's gimmick, Running Mode. Unlike the Running Shooter included in the package, it is possible to launch Round Shell MS vertically, making it roll like a tire. To use this, the the Attack Ring and Bit Protector must be removed, with the Running Protector being fastened in its place. With the Running Protector attached, you can turn Rubber Weight Core on its side put it into the special attachment on the running shooter. Running Mode has absolutely no uses in any battle situations, and is not legal in tournaments.

Attack Rings (AR)

The Attack Rings (アタックリング, Atakku Ringu) provides the Beyblade with it's main contact points and determine it's attack strength and effects. It is often the part that makes contact with opposing Beyblades first hence it's name. Attack Rings are decorated with various spikes and protrusions that accentuate its Type characteristics: Attack, Defense, Stamina etc. The Attack Ring's function in the Hard Metal System remains the same however, they aren't made entirely out of plastic and now made up of two parts. These parts are the Metal Frame, which is made out of metal, and the ABS Caul.

Weight Disks (WD)

Weight Disks (ウエイトディスク, Ueito Disuku) determine the weight and stabilises a Beyblade. Those with a large diameter can be used for attacking. Unlike previous Beyblades, all Weight Disks in the Hard Metal System are circular.

Customize Weight Disks (CWD)

Customize Weight Disks (カスタマイズウエイトディスク, Kasutamaizu Ueito Disuku) are similar to other Weight Disks, except they have small ridges around their circumferences where interchangeable plastic ABS Parts can be placed. They significantly alter the performance of Weight Disks. There are two types of Customize Weight Disks: Free Spinning and Stationary.

  • Free Spinning do not use the small notches on the inside of the Weight Disk to secure themselves.
  • Stationary use the small notches on the inside of the Weight Disk to secure themselves.

Running Cores (RC)

Running Cores (ランニングコア, Ran'ningu Koa) are the consolidation of the Spin Gear and Blade Base. The Attack Ring and Weight Disk slide over it, with the Bit Protector locking everything together. While the original Running Cores released were quite basic, some of the later models, such as Samurai Changer MS's Battle Change Core allow for many gimmicks and customizations.

Accessories

G-Winder

G-Winders are the only Ripcord produced for the Hard Metal System. It's design is derived from the Dragon Winder and unlike the Plastic Beyblade Ripcord, all G-Winders are the same length. G-Winders are made of stiffer plastic than past Ripcords, meaning they are thicker, firmer and more durable.

Dual Shooter

Dual Shooters are the standard Launcher for Hard Metal System Beyblades. They have two holes to insert the Ripcord: one for left spin and one for right spin. Because of this, the spin direction of Hard Metal System Beyblades can be changed at will, so it is no longer necessary to change Beyblade parts or the Launcher to achieve this.

Running Shooter

The Running Shooter is a Grip included with the Round Shell MS and moulded to fit fingers. However, it can only function with the HMS Customize Grip. The detachable part of the HMS Customize Grip's handle is what attaches to the Running Shooter. For techniques that require the Launcher to move quickly, the Running Shooter is preferred but if a Blader needs a still and stable Launcher, the HMS Customize Grip is preferred.

Beyblades

Product ID Name Classification Type Takara Release Date Hasbro Release Date
A-123 Strata Dragoon MS

Gaia Dragoon MS (Metal Spike) ガイアドラグーンMS(メタルスパイク)

Starter

スターター

August 2003
A-124 Driger MS

Driger MS (Metal Slash) ドライガーMS(メタルスラッシュ)

Starter

スターター

August 2003
A-125 Draciel MS

Draciel MS (Metal Shield) ドラシエルMS(メタルシールド)

Starter

スターター

August 2003
A-126 Dragoon MS

Dragoon MS (Metal Storm) ドラグーンMS(メタルストーム)

Starter

スターター

September 2003
A-130 Wyvern DJ

Wyvern DJ ワイバーンDJ

Double Shooter Set

ダブルシューターセット

October 2003
A-131 Dranzer MS

Dranzer MS (Metal Spiral) ドランザーMS(メタルスパイラル)

Starter

スターター

November 2003
MA-01 Dragoon MSUV

Dragoon MS (Metal Storm) Ultimate Version ドラグーンMS(メタルストーム) アルティメットバージョン

Starter

スターター

December 2003
SP Hopper Attack

Einstein MS (Metal Spring) アインシュタインMS(メタルスプリング)

Random Booster

ランダムブースター

December 2003
MA-04 Dark Effigy MS

Death Gargoyle MS (Metal Scream) デスガーゴイルMS(メタルスクリーム)

Booster

ブースター

January 2004
SP Thunder Serpent

Thunder Dragon サンダードラゴン

Random Booster

ランダムブースター

January 2004
MA-08 Wolborg MS

Wolborg MS (Metal Survive) ウルボーグMS(メタルサバイブ)

Booster

ブースター

February 2004
MA-09 Advance Averazer

Advance Averazer アドバンスアヴェレイザー

Starter

スターター

March 2004
SP Sea Drake

Sea Dragon シードラゴン

Random Booster

ランダムブースター

March 2004
MA-11 Advance Guardian

Advance Guardian アドバンスガーディアン

Starter

スターター

April 2004
MA-12 Advance Striker

Advance Guardian アドバンスストライカー

Starter

スターター

May 2004
MA-14 Advance Eterner

Advance Eterner アドバンスエターナー

Starter

スターター

June 2004
MA-15 Phantom Fox MS

Phantom Fox MS (Metal Shadow) ファントムフォックスMS(メタルシャドウ)

Booster

ブースター

June 2004
MA-16 Dark Leopard MS

Dark Leopard MS (Metal Sweeper) ダークレオパルドMS(メタルスイーパー)

Booster

ブースター

July 2004
SP Dragoon MF

Dragoon MF (Metal Phantom) ドラグーンMF(メタルファントム)

Random Booster

ランダムブースター

July 2004
MA-18 Magical Ape MS

Magical Ape MS (Metal Skill) マジカルエイプMS(メタルスキル)

Booster

ブースター

August 2004
MA-19 Round Shell MS

Round Shell MS (Metal Snipe) ラウンドシェルMS(メタルスナイプ)

Booster

ブースター

September 2004
MA-20 Samurai Changer MS

Samurai Changer MS (Metal Sword) サムライチェンジャーMS(メタルソード)

Booster

ブースター

October 2004
SP Dranzer MF

Dranzer MF (Metal Flame) ドランザーMF(メタルフレイム)

Random Booster

ランダムブースター

October 2004
MA-21 Aero Knight MS

Aero Knight MS (Metal Sky) エアロナイトMS(メタルスカイ)

Starter

スターター

November 2004
MA-22 Bearing Survivor

Jiraiya MS (Metal Spirits) ジライヤMS(メタルスピリッツ)

Booster

ブースター

December 2004
SP Slash Liger MS

Slash Liger MS (Metal Scratch) スラッシュライガーMS(メタルスクラッチ)

Random Booster

ランダムブースター

December 2004
MA-23 Bloody Devil MS

Bloody Devil MS (Metal Satan) ブラッディデビルMS(メタルサタン)

Starter

スターター

January 2005
MA-24 Shining God MS

Shining God MS (Metal Sun) シャイニングゴッドMS(メタルサン)

Starter

スターター

February 2005

Reception

Most players greeted the HMS series with reverence. The consensus was that the Engine Gear System was quite disappointing, and that HMS was a move in the right direction. Players were excited about the faster, harder battles and the more effective and efficient designs of the Beyblades, shooters and winders. This addition of metal to the AR is one of the fundamental improvements that HMS has over plastic Beyblades.

However, there were, and continue to be, valid complaints about HMS. The most common one appears to be the complaint that HMS is inferior due to its lack of customization options. Indeed, there were far less HMS Beyblades released than plastic Beyblades, and there are far less parts involved compared to the 6-Layer system. The counter-argument to this is that because there are fewer parts involved, HMS battles involve more skill and strategy and do not rely on configuration options as much.

There was also debate as to whether or not it is fair for plastic Beyblades to fight Vs. HMS Beyblades. In time, as HMS became more and more dominant, the systems were officially separated.

Despite criticism, there is one thing that is a fact: in terms of performance, HMS was far superior to every preceding system in every single way, and continues to be one of the most beloved and revered systems to this day.

In The Media

Anime

Beyblade: G-Revolution

The Hard Metal System was developed in Rebel Alliance. Developed by Kenny to counter the BEGA League. They were much more powerful than earlier Beyblades and were controlled using the emotions of Bladers.

Manga

The Hard Metal System was developed by Ken Daiba, a former Beyblading champion.

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