Sunday, September 21, 2014

Bootleg Beast Saga - English Packaging, Poor Paint Jobs
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
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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Atomic Allosaurus and Stalwart Styracosaurus from Trent Troop

Trent Troop is a busy guy - in addition to BMOG he's apparently sitting on some designs for new Battle Beasts-adjacent figures that he's trying out on Shapeways.
Atomic Allosaurus is only on his Tumblr right now, but it's pretty cool.  If you liked Dinosaucers you're probably going "Oh, yes, I like this."  He has an axe hand and is all sorts of awesome.  No release date is known.

Joining him is Stalwart Styracosaurus, also only on Tumblr for now.  He has a mace hand and is similarly really nifty.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Meet Rampager Rex - Shapeways Battle Beast-Compatible Figure

You may know the name "Trent Troop" from various toy projects, including BMOG.  I found out he's been busy on Shapeways, and well, look at a beta project he has up there.

Rampager Rex is, apparently, the result of someone reaching in to my dreams and making something great.  5mm compatible arms means you may be able to plug in various Transformers and BMOG weapons, and the look... just look at it.  It's gorgeous.  It's in "beta" and it's $10.88 right now.  And I don't know if I can go on living without one for much longer.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Onell Design Glyos Armorvor Glyaxia Command Mimic Action Figure

Onell Design Glyos Armorvor Glyaxia Command Mimic Action FigureThe Armorvor Glyaxia Command Mimic is a little less colorful than his ancestors, but it brings us a second blue Armorvor - and this is a good thing. Previously we've had an unpainted "OMFG Mimic" and a dark blue "Ecroyex Mimic," the latter of which was a striking figure with dark blue, light blue, red, and silver. This guy? He's got yellow and black. It's not bad, but it doesn't "pop." With the price increase, my guess is we're seeing a pushback against increasing wages in China and other inflationary things.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Review: Takara-Tomy Beast Saga Super Win Deck Impact Set Action Figure Set

I waited forever to order the Super Win Deck Impact Set in hopes of getting it cheaper, which did not work out too well for me - prices on Amazon got real cheap after I sprang for it off eBay, so ultimately if you can get it under $20 delivered you basically should. The idea here is that these are "Burst" versions - just like the blind-box clears - but the trading card says, in English, "Black Ver." on each one. So you've got Killer Shark Burst, Aldyle Burst, and Olrich Burst cast in clear, smokey plastic armor with blue, green, and purple plastic respectively.