Thursday, November 14, 2019

Review: Onell Design Glyos Armorvor Kugarrec Onell Design

Onell Design Glyos Armorvor Kugarrec Action FigureAnother nod to a classic and rare action figure, Armorvor Kugarrec hit as part of a trio of new creatures near the end of September. And it's good. Our new pal evokes a classic figure from the Laser Beasts range known in English as "Scope Cougar," named after the game early 20-something toy collectors do at Target at toy runs. And now that I have alienated all of you, I can just gush about this one.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Review: Plastic Imagination Rise of the Beasts Rhino and Scorpion - Blue and Green Glow

Plastic Imagination Rise of the Beasts Rhino and Scorpion - Blue and Green Glow Action Figures SetA surprise! In June 2019 I got a message from Jon "Little Rubber Guys" Karis with glow in the dark blue and green versions of his Rhinoceros and Scorpion figures. No names, no dates, just a surprise - and of course, I immediately had to photograph them for a review in the future. I shot Rhino and Scorpion - Blue and Green Glow individually, and it turns out they'd be a four-pack. Ah well.
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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Review: Onell Design Glyos Armorvor Neo Wyverillian

Onell Design Glyos Armorvor Neo Wyverillian Action FigureAlong with the Kugarrec and Arthrodak flavors, the Armorvor Neo Wyverillian dropped three new heads on us all at once - which is kind of stunning, given the Armorvor has only been a Wolf and Neo-Granthan for the last 8 years. Due to Matt Doughty's hesitance to waste anything, this figure is particularly curious - the dragon head is painted grey plastic, and the wings are molded in red plastic. What other parts are hiding out there for future release?
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Saturday, September 21, 2019

New Armorvor Heads - Inspired by Classic Battle Beasts?

https://onelldesign.blogspot.com/2019/09/savage-cybernetics.html

Why even phrase it as a question? Dropping in about 28 hours, Onell Design posted a preview of its Savage Cybernetics.  Three new Armorvor heads are visible, one of which is a clear nod to the holiest of molies, Laser Beasts Skull Grotess.  Previous Armorvor figures have been great, and we've had Wolf, Armored Wolf, and dinosaur-like Neo Granthan heads so far.

Presumably at least three figures are coming Sunday at 9:30 PM Eastern, so mark your calendars.  Or don't, so I can get mine first.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Adjacent Review: Fisher-Price Imaginext Pirates Shark Minisub Figure with Vehicle


Fisher-Price Imaginext Pirates Shark Minisub Figure with VehicleIt's not a  Battle Beasts figure, but what is these days?

The Imaginext line has been a pretty good mix of toys aimed at younger boys. You've got big licenses like Spongebob Squarepants and Batman alongside home-grown lines of pirates, planes, monsters, castles, and interestingly no sign of He-Man. Part of a recent Pirates range, the Shark Minisub is really neither. You get an orca figure and some sort of barrel-based jetski with a periscope. It sold for about $7 and I recently realized I had missed it, and due to the Battle Beasts nature of the figure I had to run out and find one. Thankfully Kohl's rarely marks things down in a timely fashion, so it was reasonably easy to find one. The bulk of the rest of the line are humanoid sharks, with a mix of sea life and strange mechanical things. There's a Shark Mech Suit, which I don't need per se but I'm not going to skip it if I see one in a store again. The line also has numerous human pirates, including a Captain Hook-esque scallywag and Davey Jones (sadly not Davy Jones), and several others. I gravitate toward the weird humanoid animals.
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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Battle Beasts Minimates Desmodius - NYCC Exclusive

https://awesometoyblog.com/2018/09/16/diamond-select-toys-return-to-new-york-comic-con-with-new-battle-beast-minimate/
I don't know how I'm going to get mine yet since I can't make it to NYCC, but Diamond Select Toys announced Battle Beasts Desmodius - a black bat, based on the former Toys R Us exclusive mold.  It's a mere $6 if you get yours at New York Comic Con in October, and you probably should get one for me too.  (Or somebody.)  
It's nice to see something new for this line!  The last new release was a 2-pack in 2016.
Read more about Desmodius here.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Imaginext Adds Battle Beasts to Series 11 Mystery Figures

Mattel through Fisher-Price has released a new Battle Beasts figure!  Sort of.  The toy isn't called that, but it's clearly a 3-inch tribute to Hasbro and Takara's Triple Threat Snake.  I posted this to Twitter earlier.