Tenkai Knights - a.k.a. toys your kids will probabaly be bugging you for this Holiday season.
So I just found out about this new toy line coming sometime this year (probably in time for the Holidays).
It's called Tenkai Knights.
From what I've gathered, it is beginning as a new show (produced by BONES) which is currently airing on Cartoon Network (aimed at kids maybe 6-12?), and like Bandai of America's D.I.C.E., it's another property that is appearing here first, and then being brought over to Japan (as "Tenkai Naito" テンカイナイト). The toy line following the show is being made by Spin Masters, who will most likely try to milk it as much as they did with Bakugan (they've already said they would attempt this with a BIG toy line planned).
I don't care much for the television show, what really caught my eye though is the toy line. Specifically how it is designed. These toys all start out like those 4x2 sized Lego bricks and then convert into various items. Because they are based off of Lego bricks, and there have been no actual photos of the toys (just computerized renders) I do not know exactly how big these will be. Many sets seem to be designed for combining to make larger/powered-up robots. There are currently 5 types of bricks:
1.) Mini-figure Bricks: small articulated humanoid and animal frames which parts are then applied over.
2.) Titan Bricks: large articulated humanoid and animal frames which parts are then applied over.
3.) Weapon Bricks: various melee weapons and motorized weapons.
4.) Action Bricks: various weapons that fire projectiles.
5.) Power Bricks: animated image projecting bricks and sound emitting bricks.
I found the weapons and action bricks to be the most impressive of the bunch. The sword, motorized cannon, and bow really surprised me.
Click the link and go to "Shape-shifting Brick Simulator" to see just how these things will work. Each of the 5 options has about 3 videos per option, so make sure you sit through them all. The "Characters" and "Videos" sections also show how the toys will work and how the combining gimmick will most likely be handled.