Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review: Plastic Imagination Rise of the Beasts Rhino and Scorpion

Plastic Imagination Rise of the Beasts Rhino and Scorpion Gold Action FiguresAs of when I write this, I don't know much about the long-gestating Rhino and Scorpion. Prototypes for these and other 2 1/2-inch scale mini figures have been around since Rise of the Beasts was a Kickstarter project back in early 2012. Creator Jon Karis assured me that the line would come to fruition and I have to admit I had my doubts - but the figures are here! And they're pretty good - painted samples exist, as do flesh figures and a sort of a bone-colored sample. No on-sale date is known, but backers were given their choice of figures as a promo piece - the original plan was for a golden lion, which is not in the immediate future plans.
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

See Three New Combat Creatures - Stab-Happy Stegosaur!

Trent Troop's Octavirate Forge has added three new Combat Creatures - and they're pretty spectacular.
http://www.shapeways.com/model/2754036/stalwart-styracosaur-colored-sandstone.html?materialId=26

Stalwart Styracosaur was shown previously, but now you can get one.  The full color sandstone version is $12.37.

http://www.shapeways.com/model/2754037/atomic-allosaur-colored-sandstone.html?materialId=26

 Atomic Allosaur is also up for grabs at $17 for full-color sandstone.

http://www.shapeways.com/model/2751821/stab-happy-stegosaur-color-sandstone.html?materialId=26

Stab-Happy Stegosaur is my favorite.  He's $11.82 and clearly the best of them - so get one, if you dare!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Combat Creatures - Fetid Fly

http://www.shapeways.com/model/2733475/fetid-fly-colored-sandstone.html?materialId=26
New from Trent Troop, it's Combat Creatures Fetid Fly!  It feels like a merger of the original Beasts with a little bit of that trashy slimey gross feeling courtesy of a garbage can backpack and some junk on his person.

Click here to get one off Shapeways now.

Also if you're in the market for this stuff, check out this post explaining which materials are best for which functions. Apparently full-color sandstone is not great for articulation!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Muty McFly - New Combat Creature on Shapeways

http://www.shapeways.com/model/2706902/combat-creature-muty-mcfly-parody-figure-beta.html?materialId=26
New on Shapeways from Trent Troop, it's Combat Creatures Muty McFly! This parody figure takes the basic format of the Battle Beasts and twists it into another 1980s icon, mixed with another film creature.

The full-color sandstone figure is on Shapeways now for $10.73 (cheap) in Beta.  The little square icon on the vest is particularly clever, so do check it out.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Bootleg Beast Saga - English Packaging, Poor Paint Jobs

http://www.littlerubberguys.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=199791
Continuing a proud tradition, Beast Saga got bootlegged.  Grimy, sloppy paint jobs that look quite different from the original toys are appearing on eBay and even on the Little Rubber Guys forums (register for pictures, it's free)

The price is high, but the packaging is interesting - all English, it seems, but supposedly paper-thin.

This image was taken from the aforementioned LRG forums, and the one on eBay is a buy-it-now for $21.  If anyone has a cheap lead on a set of these, do let me know.

New Combat Creature - Terrifying Tyrannosaur, Sandstone Rampaging Rex Delivered

http://www.shapeways.com/model/2674775/combat-creature-terrifying-tyrannosaur.html?materialId=26
Trent Troop is at it again - Combat Creatures Terrifying Tyrannosaurus is on Shapeways now for $16-$24, depending on which version you snag.  It's a mirror-flipped redeco of Rampaging Rex, so it's not the exact same sculpt... except that it totally is.  Manufacturing on demand offers some unique capabilities with a minimal amount of work, and "flipping" a figure is certainly a nice perk! Order yours here.

Also, Nick Tyranno on The Allspark forums got Rampaging Rex in Sandstone, and posted some shots - it's worth a look!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Review: Onell Design Glyos Armorvor Neo Phase Action Figure

Onell Design Glyos Armorvor Neo Phase Action FigureThe Armorvor Neo Phase is the end of an era. Along with the Rig Crew Mimic Armorvor, these two guys round out the final run of wolf-headed Armorvors - the furry head goes into retirement and will be replaced by something new in late October. Until then, these two figures - and a fifth run of the super-popular clear colorless version - seem to be available in the Onell Design store. They're quite nice, and if you never picked up an Armorvor I'd strongly advise you do so now as it really is the last chance to get this head outside eBay. Over two years we've had dozens of the little guy, but this is the first and only clear plastic one to feature painted details. The Infection Red and Stealth clear colorless releases are undecorated.
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