The Super B-Daman line of toys were probably one of the most modular series ever, with a huge variety of parts for customisation and countless possibilities when combining them with the toys. With the few Super B-Daman toys on hand I decided to hunt for some suitable parts to soup them up.
P-49 B-Dama Charger
This was the first set of parts I hunted for. They are one of the harder ones to find, and for good reason. At first glance it appears to be only a pistol grip-shaped holder to store up to 3 marbles and by itself, it really isn’t anything too special.
Package contents: 3 runners, a spring and a few screws.
Assembly is fairly straightforward except for the less kid-friendly use of screws to hold the two halves of the pistol grip together.
Both the front and rear of the holder itself have universal connecting joints. By default, the rear contains a one-way catch (the yellow tab) to prevent loaded marbles from falling out the back after you load them.
The front joint has a yellow cap. It doesn’t connect to any joints on a B-Daman toy, but note the threads on the inside wall – it can connect to a standard PET bottle to turn it into a massive capacity magazine.
You can take the thing apart and re-arrange the parts in any way you like. The third part from the left is the rear port and can be reversed to change the angle of the rear inlet.
The trigger releases a catch inside the holder to allow marbles to fall out the front. The yellow switch on the top side keeps the rear port locked.
The main draw is the yellow cap piece which I’ve used in conjunction with the top section of an Orangina bottle to turn my Nautilus Poseidon into a marble-spewing rapid-fire monster. Other irregularly shaped bottles may cause marbles to clog though.
The pistol grip section can be used as a makeshift server and grip for Burning Atlas in Triple Burst Mode.
P-57 Tune Up Parts Set
This is a set of tune-up parts meant for Battle Phoenix, but some parts can also be used for other toys like Iron Cyclops and Valiant Wyvern.
You get six springs (high power x2, spares x2, modification use x2), a pair of spacers, four rollers and a sponge sticker sheet.
The rollers are slightly larger (right) than the stock ones on Battle Phoenix (left), increasing shot power. As you get four of them, you can also replace the shooting rollers on Valiant Wyvern to increase its power. However you need to obtain another complete set just to use the rollers.
Here’s my Battle Phoenix tuned up, which involved quite a bit of re-assembly. I had to use a screwdriver to push the shoulder rivets back out. The spacers can be attached in different directions to adjust the spring preload, but you have to remove the rivets and re-assemble the suspension arms every time. With high power springs and the spacers on, the main shoulder springs push against the orange Cannon Shoulder parts pretty hard, making it difficult to hold them together during re-assembly.
The short springs can be placed on the hold parts presumably to exert more force and further increase shot power. I don’t think they actually have any effect on this toy though.
I don’t have a speed checker to measure quantitatively how much shot power is increased, but I’m quite sure the larger rollers are the primary contributor to the power boost.
P-46 Twin Aluminium Trigger
A heavy-duty trigger that uses two aluminium rods and a rubber trigger pad.
It doesn’t boost shot power in any way, but the large rubber trigger pad makes it easier to fire marbles when used on Battle Phoenix. It seems as though Battle Phoenix was deliberately nerfed with its stock trigger just to show off the modularity of the line.
Assembly is a bit tricky as you have to keep the screws and nuts together when you tighten them.
Other than the use of different materials it doesn’t do anything special.
According to some Japanese reviewers, the Twin Aluminium Trigger mysteriously reduces shot power slightly. I suspect it might be because less overall force is needed when using this trigger due to the larger ergonomic trigger pad, and it translates into slightly less contribution to shot power from pressing the trigger alone.
P-53 Two Way Long Barrel (Red Clear Ver.)
This is just a barrel for accuracy, but there is a variation called a Metal Stay which can also double as a magazine.
This is called “2 Way” as it comes with two pairs of rails for the barrel. Apparently one pair is smoother than the other.
The ends of the barrel have the usual connection points, and one end contains the adapter to attach it to the front of a PI B-Daman.
The B-Daman holds it with its hands and feet.
P-54 Barrel Grip
As its name suggests, it’s a grip.
It has a really simple structure with the blue parts forming the barrel adapter. It also has a rubber sticker that goes on the bottom of the barrel adapter.
The green square port has a clip inside to snap onto the square peg on the sides of the barrel adapter.
The grip itself can also mount directly on the mounting peg on Burning Atlas. However as the grip sticks out without any other support if you are slightly forceful the grip would pop off.
Here’s the Barrel Grip mounted on the Two Way Long Barrel. In this configuration you are much less likely to pop the grip off.
P-48 Counter Weight 70
Nothing special really, just a counterweight that goes on the end of a barrel/stay.
Assembly is straightforward with only three plastic parts, the metal weight and a rubber sticker that goes on the bottom.
It has the universal connecting joint on one end so you could mount it on all sorts of funny locations if you wanted.
It’s probably more suitable to mount it on the end of a barrel for balance though.
P-10 Super Ball Shooter
While the above parts were meant for the PI System toys, I managed to find something for the much older Convert System Bomberman toys.
This is simply an extra pair of hold parts with rollers on them. The roller supposedly make it possible to fire the included super balls which are those really bouncy rubber balls. The rollers also have the side effect of making shots with normal marbles more powerful.
Later on a version with aluminium rollers was released seemingly to take advantage of the increased power but a Japanese blogger used a speed checker and noticed that the aluminium rollers didn’t increase power as much as the older plastic rollers did.
When combined with an OS Gear and Power Wing 2, this guy is capable of formidable shots and is probably one of the most powerful B-Daman toys in terms of raw shot velocity.
An as an extra, I got a bunch of overpriced marbles.
Judging from the year on the package this was probably sold when the Battle B-Daman toys were out. I didn’t notice any size differences between these marbles and the ones that came with the Super B-Daman toys.