Sunday, December 30, 2012

LEGO Legends of Chima In Stores Now

Attention everyone: LEGO Legends of Chima toys, the new animal/beast figures set to replace Ninjago, are at some (if not more than some) Toys R Us stores now.  

Each set has one or more bird, lion, gator, or other creature figure and a number of bricks.  The carded mini sets are around $16.99 locally, higher than anticipated.  (Target is expected to charge $14.99.)   But the good news for you is that they might be out, so get looking!  Good hunting, and Happy 2013 Toy Reset to you!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Battle Beasts Minimates - Packaged Photos, Anyone?

Over on Diamond's Facebook page, find a bunch of packaged shots of the Battle Beasts Minimates.  These are the comic shop versions, which have different deco (and 2 unique characters) compared to the Toys R Us release.

Also, the Facebook feed made mention of a January release - so you haven't missed them, they're coming real soon now!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Beast Saga Capsule Toys Released in Japan

A Japanese toy blog has pictures of the Beast Saga Capsule (Gachagacha) toys.  I'm looking where I can get a set of these (if you have a cheap lead, do share) but I would like to point out that this blog post shows how they're different.  They're roughly the same size as the standard figures (maybe a hair smaller), but the arms seem to be unjointed. No weapons are included, but Liorga's head has a closed mouth and the bird seems to be unique (and exclusive) to this grouping.

More as I have it!  And heck, hopefully we'll all have them soon.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Review: Beast Saga Eredoramu Action Figure

Takara-Tomy Beast Saga Eredoramu Action FigureSince I can't read Japanese and there aren't many fan sites yet, the Beast Saga name I see for the elephant is Eredoramu. So let's go with that. A distant cousin of Sledgehammer Elephant of Battle Beasts fame, this new guy has tons of sculpted personality but loses the nifty, dedicated arm weapon. Oddly, it has an upgrade lance/spear weapon similar to the old 1980s toy, which I don't think is a coincidence.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Glyos Drop: 2 New Armorvors, 1 Already Gone

The good news! You can still get the Stealth Armorvor MK II right now for just $8!

The new gold one is already gone, but hey, get while the getting is good for the clear here.  It's pretty great.  I have the MK I and it's fantastic.

Check the Onell Design Store for the latest availability.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Review: Takara-Tomy Beast Saga Dorfan Action Figure

Takara-Tomy Beast Saga Dorfan Action FigureThe first wave of Beast Saga can probably put Dorfan (if that is his real name) as the single-carded winner. This is the one that seemed to show up on Japanese blogs and photo sites the most in those early days, with lots of customs, tributes, and galleries focusing on what we all call the dolphin. Heck, they probably do too, as "Dorfan" is just one name I saw around and I have no idea if this is really the character name. It's pretty dopey if it is.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Review: Beast Saga Arudairu Action Figure

Takara-Tomy Beast Saga Arudairu Action FigureThe second wave of Beast Saga hit in October with not too many new figures, Arudairu joined Garrison G and a Kingdom of the Sky 3-Pack to add 5 more to the growing army of battling beasts. I daresay this is a good batch, with this figure being one of the big highlights of the entire line so far. This one presoldout quickly online and doesn't seem too easy to get. It might be $15 or so on eBay, which is a lot, but it's pretty much worth it.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Beast Saga Card Translation Notes, Seahorse En Route?

Not filler, I swear.  (OK, maybe a bit.) 

There's a thread on the October Toys Forums in which they translate one of the Beast Saga TCG cards, which is pretty handy and telling.  Killer Shark's translated bio and turn-ons/turn-offs are present, and here's the fun thing: it turns out the little gold coins on the bottom of the cards are a sort of a peer review, it's another character commenting on the figure in question.  Thanks to our pal Seth for the heads-up!

So when shooting the Turtle figure for a future review, I couldn't help but notice one had a fairly nasty looking seahorse on the back which, at this time, we haven't heard of from Takara-Tomy.  Most of the little coins show existing characters, but a few, like this one, we haven't seen yet.


We should have some more news for ya soon.  December is expected to be a good month for battling beast figures.