Sunday, June 15, 2014

Beast Saga: Massive Multipack Price Drops

I recently picked up the last 2-inch figure set for my Beast Saga collection, and just a few days later noticed it for sale even cheaper - prices seem to be dropping like rocks on this line, with some items like the amazing 6-pack for under $20.  If you've been wanting to experience this Battle Beasts revival for yourself, there's never been a better time.  Prices might get cheaper, but this certainly isn't bad.

Singles are still hovering around $9-$12, so if you missed your Kangaroo because your favorite importer just never happened to get it, it's a good time to finish that set up too.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Review: Takara-Tomy Beast Saga Rynas Burst Action Figure

Takara-Tomy Beast Saga Rynas Burst Action FigureFamiliarity breeds contempt - if you want a line to get some long-term love, martyr it. Rynas Burst was a clear, almost completely unpainted redeco from Beast Saga, a toy line which I foolishly assumed would be brought over to the USA by Hasbro as they did with Beyblade. I still imported pretty much the whole line, mostly because I was so high on vintage Battle Beasts and filled with optimism for the Minimates that I simply had to have everything - and now I don't feel that way. Because this line burned out quickly I actually kind of miss it, even the clear repaints which I was actually starting to get sick of after the third series. Two more unpainted series were planned, and were mercifully axed before it was too late.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Review: Hasbro Battle Beasts Rainbow Sam

Hasbro Battle Beasts Rainbow Sam Action FigureCourtesy of most toy lines dying out in the late 1980s, the toys made their statement and left a more or less perfect plaything that most kids missed out on. Rainbow Sam was released in the USA in limited numbers, so he can be had for a somewhat hefty but not insane price. $30 is the usual going rate for a loose and complete specimen.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Toys R Us Battle Beasts Discount - $3 Per 2-Pack

New figures are on the way, but existing Toys R Us Exclusive Battle Beasts 2-Packs are $3.00 at select (if not all) stores. At my local store the shelf tags were still full price with the regular price tags - the discount was only visible when you scanned them.

The exclusive set with the moose and bat were gone, but the others - with the bugs, ram, snake, and walrus - were all present. Considering you may never see $3 Battle Beasts again, I suggest picking some up now and/or finishing up your sets while they're cheap.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Review: Onell Design Glyos Ecroyex Mimic Armorvor Action Figure

Onell Design Glyos Ecroyex Mimic Armorvor Action FigureIt's impossible to look at the Ecroyex Mimic Armorvor and not love it. Depending on how old you are, you'll see any of a number of inspirations. Perhaps the blue with red will remind you of some of the "stealth" Iron Man action figures. Perhaps the silver head and blue body will remind you of Micronauts, with the name coming off as a garbled up variation on "Acroyear."

Monday, March 10, 2014

Review: Takara-Tomy Beast Saga Wonderriver Action Figure

Takara-Tomy Beast Saga Wonderriver Action FigureUpon first glance Wonderriver could just as easily be a jokey custom figure as it is the real deal. After the Admiral Turtle, also known as Tarlock, it seemed that Takara-Tomy was going to allow these figures to go beyond the template of "animal in armor" set by the original Battle Beasts toys. Personally, I wish they did a lot more of this - the animal faces were fairly realistic, so giving them hats or other real-world equipment helps to add a little personality. The 1980s figures had those robotic eyes and bizarre coloring, while this wonder retriever seems content to wear a sensible set of armored scrubs. With what I assume are the T-Virus and antidote on the shoulders.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Toy Fair 2014: New Battle Beasts Minimates

Some previously-unseen Beasts (last seen at SDCC 2013) have been revealed in the Battle Beasts Toy Fair coverage!  Diamond Select Toys revealed the latest batch:  Giraffe and Hammerhead Shark, Cow and Bear, Cobra and Bat, plus Anubis and Thrush.
Click here for the full gallery and my coverage at