Saturday, September 21, 2019

New Armorvor Heads - Inspired by Classic Battle Beasts?

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.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Battle Beasts Minimates Desmodius - NYCC Exclusive
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.

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.

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.

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.