On eBay, an auction surfaced for a "Beast Eaters" Swamp Smasher box mock-up. As far as I know, nobody has written about these before and no prototypes exist.
There are potentially infinite concepts in the halls of Hasbro, Kenner, and other companies which will never see the light of day as artists sketch out concepts which never make it far enough along for us to see at retail, or even Toy Fair. The above image is photoshopped from the art in the auction with some minor color correction,
If you know anything about this, or other unreleased Battle Beasts products from the 1980s, don't be shy! Reach out and touch us!
While for the comic book, new sketches of amazing, awesome, and otherwise fantastic new designs are surfacing at Previewsworld.com.
Sumo Blowfish is presumably not a final name (or even a guaranteed toy) but dang if that doesn't look like it would make a fun figure concept. A few new figures (and an interview) can be found here and is well worth your time to read, drool over, whatever it is you kids do. Maori Hammerhead is also quite striking and I gotta say these sketches really do show that this line might be slightly more open-ended beyond "animals in armor" which could make for a ton of interesting figures.
"The first Beast toys we'll have for sale will be a San
Diego Comic-Con exclusive two-pack, featuring Vorin with his cloak down
and an evil dragonfly character named Zik."
"Series 1 has both a scorpion and a tarantula, and both of them utilize a
new four-pegged hip piece, which allows them to walk around on four
"There will also be a couple of figures based on the book's human protagonists."
"They're two inches tall, they're really poseable, they cost less than
$10 for a 2-pack... it just made a lot of sense for the brand."
There you go, Beast fans! A new picture of a Vorin figure (above) is likely the Stealth Vorin, but as it was not explicitly labeled we'll leave that up to you to decide for now. (And in other news, who can sell me a Stealth Vorin?)
UPDATE: Diamond's own Zach Oat confirms it: "And there will also be a retailer incentive Minimate of Vorin in
"stealth armor," available to comic shops that buy 25 copies of the
The reliable, informed, and all-around nice dude Luke posted this little tidbit on the Minimate Multiverse boards. So it's good news since it's a new figure... and potentially bad news for those of us aiming for a "complete set." Remember that blurb about their being a retailer incentive figure? Well, apparently you gotta order a lot of comics to get it. Luke writes:
"This [retailer incentive] figure will be a 'Stealth Black Vorin' according to my Diamond rep.
It will only be available through this promotion. We will not be
carrying them, as we don't sell comics. If the number [of comics to order to get one figure] was lower than 25 I
would consider it.
As the comic book will be around $4, it wouldn't be out of line to expect the figure to sell for mid-double digits. I'll be watching eBay, as the possibility of having a hole in my collection right out the gate is troubling. Of course, the wholesale value of 25 comics is probably in the $50-$65 range, so hey, maybe you might buy a bunch to have something to hand out to the older trick-or-treaters?
Your pal and mine Nik pointed me out to this thread on TFW2005, which features some interesting recolors of Masters of the Universe Classics figures as Pirate Leo, Skull Grotess (pictured), and Transformers Pretenders Catilla!
It's totally unrealistic to expect Mattel to make such a thing, but I'd certainly buy the Hell out of it. Let's all bug ToyGuru!
Last week we looked at the clear red release, but this week I'm looking at Grey Vorin.
This figure was distributed to retailers at an event at C2E2 (or so
I've heard) so it's possible your local comic shop might have one to
sell you. It's pretty much the same as the red one in terms of
functionality, but the plastic feels a little stiffer and it does
something particularly amazing in that it proves how much better a
figure which is painted a single color can look compared to one which is molded
in that color. In my other hundreds of toy reviews, I've noticed that a
painted face often looks better than a molded face, and Vorin is no
exception. The way light bounces off paint, in this case, changes a
figure from pretty dang good to borderline spectacular. The candylike
red figure looks nice-- don't get me wrong-- but the grey figure looks
like it was painted in primer to use as a pitch sample of some sort,
which I suppose it kind of is. When I have this figure in my hands, I
can pretty much tell without a doubt that this line is going to be
beautiful. Even with just one color (the figure is partially white
plastic painted grey), the detail pops in all sorts of places. The red
one is fun to play with, sure, but the grey one helps you to see all the
sculpted fur, the knife on the back, and every teeny little bit of work
that went into this figure. [ READ THE FULL REVIEW ]
Over on the Little Rubber Guys forums is the first painted Rise of the Beasts shots of an early prototype from the factory. Oddly (and refreshingly) the rep for the line actually points out some of the flaws and proportions, with things like this:
"Note: These are the first pics of the sample sculpt. Not final at all.
Also, this is the original factory that we already paid for this order.
Not the current factory that we are working out specifics with."
When Diamond Select announced their plan to revive the Battle Beasts brand, that was my indicator to jump on the vintage guys-- people were ignoring them, and they may still be ignoring them, but I wanted to get as many as I could before that changes. (For the record, I completed a US set as of March.) Anarchy was one of the few Laser Beasts I picked up as he wasn't too pricey, and was pretty cool as another mole in this series. With a drill arm and a drill weapon, thematically, he's pretty awesome as a construction/destruction/explorer type. [ READ THE FULL REVIEW ]