Friday, November 3, 2017

Review: Hasbro Battle Beasts Sabre Sword Tiger


Hasbro Battle Beasts Sabre Sword Tiger Action FigureOf all the toys I expected to see remade in 2017, Sabre Sword Tiger was not one of them. Hasbro put one out in Transformers as "Fengul," a Titan Master companion to Grotusque. It's the second Battle Beasts head companion figure we've seen so far, and this was as good of a time as any to look at its inspiration from thousands of years ago, back in the 1980s.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Stealth Vorin


Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Stealth Vorin Action FigureSpeaking of beasts, I overpaid for the Stealth Vorin on eBay a few years ago - shortly thereafter, I was at an industry party filled with dishes of them for free, like after-dinner mints. Oops. The line was a few years in the making with a decent amount of fanfare - there was even a comic series which you had to order a bunch of to get this figure as a premium. (Selling a lot of #1 matters.) It was cheaper to buy the toy on eBay than to pony up for the comics, so it wasn't a total loss. This figure is a redeco of the normal Vorin (there are two sculpts of the ram) complete with shield and sword.
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Review: Diamond Select Independent Comic Book Minimates Battle Beasts Ruminant and Spyrnus


Diamond Select Independent Comic Book Minimates Battle Beasts Ruminant and Spyrnus Action FigureHow the heck did I miss these? Battle Beasts Ruminant and Spyrnus snuck out a few years after the last/first Battle Beasts Minimates, a short-lived line that I assume only got another release to keep the trademark in Diamond's hands and out of Hasbro's. I was genuinely shocked to see these at Toys R Us, so I bought them on sight - as luck would have it, they were also on clearance. Upon further investigation we've sold them at where I work for quite some time but I had no idea. I assume that's not a good sign when someone who desperately wants to buy anything with "Battle Beasts" on the box has no idea that they exist, and since they were never on the front of the pegs at Toys R Us until May of 2017 I had no idea they were a thing I could buy. They're good - a whole second series was shown At Comic-Con in 2013 but didn't make it out. That's part of what made this even more surprising, but good on Diamond Select Toys for having the thought of getting something out of its design investment and releasing them anyway. Even if it was ultimately to what was clearly a dud of a reception from fans and would-have-liked-to-have-supported-it fans.
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Review: Onell Design Glyos Armorvor Neo Nonilla Action Figure

Onell Design Glyos Armorvor Neo Nonilla Action FigureThink pink with the clear glittery Armorvor Neo Nonilla. Colored like a rabid Lisa Frank binder, this nifty figure brings you the Neo Granthan head with the classic wolf helmet and a backpack. And glitter. So much glitter.
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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Review: Takara-Tomy Beast Saga Eledram Burst Action Figure


Takara-Tomy Beast Saga Eledram Burst Action FigureIf you loved Eledram, you'll like Eledram Burst. The elephant Beast Saga toy was redecorated and blind-packed for a pretty fair price, and odds are you didn't buy one.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Review: Takara-Tomy Beast Saga Aljaylo Burst Action Figure


Takara-Tomy Beast Saga Aljaylo Burst Action FigureThey're here, they're clear, and people didn't get used to it. Aljaylo Burst is part of the third and final series of blind-boxed figures from this line, and he came at three per shipping case of 24 figures. He's a lot like regular Aljaylo, minus paint and opacity. The weapons and plastic form are virtually identical.
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Friday, December 11, 2015

Review: Takara-Tomy Beast Saga Bunikis Action Figure


Takara-Tomy Beast Saga Bunikis Action FigureThe 1980s and 1990s were packed with toys remembered fondly by today's adults thanks to a large amount of marketing and a ton of print. Things like Bunikis and Beast Saga are probably going to be remembered by a few Japanese kids and American toy bloggers - nobody else seems to have much memory of this line already. I was hoping for a huge line that eclipsed the original Battle Beasts. While we got a few awesome figures, it fizzled out quickly - but hey, we got a rabbit!
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