Battle Beasts- Full Descriptions & Notes
Posted 29 November 2016 - 03:08 AM
Posted 08 December 2016 - 03:14 AM
Posted 22 December 2016 - 02:49 AM
#39: DRAGOON RACCOON
Japanese Name: Dark Raccoon
-For eons, scientists have debated the taxonomic classifications of the Giant Panda, the Red Panda, and whether or not each is a bear or a Raccoon. The final truth seems to have been decided: Raccoons are simply VERY-closely related to bears, and morseo to the Red Panda. This Family has 20 Species in it, but only two are famous- the Coati & Kinkajous are not household names.
-Famous for their bandit-like "masks", Raccoons are notoriously-adaptable, and readily-acclimate themselves to human habitations. With handlike paws, small size, and great agility, they can get basically anywhere they need to, and can easily become gigantic pests. In some places, they've gotten bold enough to attack and kill family pets (one Anti-Pest show featured a Raccoon that reached into a Parrot's cage and RIPPED ITS HEAD OFF).
Toy Description: This guy's one of those unfortunate cases where a completely-unique Beast with a lot of detail still ends up being kind of dull and forgettable. Maybe it's the weird "bare hand" thing he's got for his Special Limb. And the fact that he's a bit skinny. Or that his coloring's bland. Really, the only part I actually like about this guy is his weapon. It's too bad, because you can tell there was some work put into this one- he's got the rare FIVE COLORS scheme going on; a big, detailed "mask" over his face; and even a pronounced grimace with numerous visible teeth; which is much more coloring detail than is usually put into these guys. The "39" is on the back of his neck, and there's an "A" on his left boot.
Colors: Five- his base color is a somewhat-creamy light brown. His armor's main color is dark green, and there's a secondary color of a vaguely-greenish yellow. He has a dark grey "mask" over his eyes, which are red- much more coloration than is normal in this line.
Armor: Quite plain two-piece set, which really doesn't stand out in any particular way. A yellow "circuit board" looking thing is on the left breast, and a single yellow line is on the codpiece. The Chest Symbol is oddly-placed on the right breast.
Weapon: A large golden thing that looks a bit like a spiky leaf. It's got a short haft, and three curved points on each side, leading to a single point on top. It's got four holes in the center, as if it's a giant tennis racket of doom.
Hands & Feet: Four-fingered right hand, and an elongated, bare "human hand" for the left one. It's a very odd thing, as the line goes "Fantasy/Sci-Fi" so hard, but this looks almost exactly like a man's arm. The lack of wrist guard makes it look downright nude. He also has four-toed feet.
Easily-Broken Bits: None, though the skinny arm may prove vulnerable.
Had it as a Kid: A single armless one. I never thought much of him, to the point where I often forget he exists.
Variants: The Japanese version seems to have lighter armor, with bright yellow instead of yellow/green for his secondary color. Apparently that weapon of his is sometimes seen in a different shade of gold.
Overall Score: 6/10 (well-detailed and he has one of the most eye-catching weapons, but he still comes off as plain. Plus, that hand is just WEIRD)
Edited by Jabroniville, 22 December 2016 - 02:53 AM.
Posted 22 December 2016 - 02:54 AM
Huh, I didn't realize I'd let this sit for two weeks. My bad- I only wanted to post every few days and not spam them out (also it's a bit of work; I've done the descriptions of the armor before, but I have to link up animal info to them as well), but I sometimes forget about it entirely.
Posted 30 December 2016 - 12:49 AM
As a child, I had no clue this guy was a racoon.
What did you think he was?
I spent most of my life thinking the Carp was a Piranha . And the Cuttlefish was a Squid (to be fair, that's probably a common one. And I didn't know what a Cuttlefish was).
Posted 30 December 2016 - 12:56 AM
#63: ROWDY ROOSTER
Japanese Name: Razorkukku
Domesticated Rooster (unknown breed)- possibly a Leghorn, Sussex or a Wyandotte breed just by looking at the colors, though the creators probably just decided on "Generic Chicken Appearance" and made him white for the sake of coloring. Domesticated chickens are derived from gamebirds- A mostly-ground-dwelling Order (Galliformes) generally treated as big prey items for early settlers of the Americas. Most are quite small (the Quail, Ptarmigan & Partridge weigh much less than a pound, on average), but the Turkey is famously big and fat, and will readily-charge humans. The spectacular Peacock is from India, but is known throughout the world. And they're REALLY friggin' loud. The most-famous and important to humans is naturally the Chicken, domesticated from the East Asian "Red Jungle-Fowl" about 5,000 years ago.
Toy Description: This is one of the few I glossed over as a kid as unimpressive (I mean, it's an EVIL CHICKEN), but I've come to enjoy a lot more nowadays. It's actually quite detailed- especially in the face, which most Beasts simply leave as a "well-molded face" and that's that. Here, he's actually got a full "mask" of pink- covering a comb, waddle and face-mask. The armor's cool, and his wings look downright flight-capable. For a simple farm animal, they did a heck of a job. As he's pretty late in the game, you get the impression they really knew what they were doing.
Colors: Four. His body is white, and his armor light blue. A secondary color of pink is on both the armor, and his entire face, from comb to waddle. His eyes and beak are yellow.
Armor: A very detailed one-piece, with an unusually-small codpiece area- the thing is largely dominated by the elongated (to suit the hanging waddle) upper portion, leaving the Symbol right in the middle of his frame. Two boards of buttons are at each side of the Symbol. His shoulder pads are exceptionally-small- just a pair of bands with knobs on each side.
Weapon: One of the more classical-looking weapons- it's a grey double-bladed spear. The ends are grooved in the middle of each bladed portion, and it's one of the longer weapons overall. All of the "Grey Series" guys have phenomenal weapons, looking at it.
Hands & Feet: Mitten-hands (with lines sculpted across the backs), and four-taloned feet (three in front, one in back).
Easily-Broken Bits: Very large wings seem an easy bet to be damaged, though they're attached by a much broader base than most Beast wings. Of more importance is the white body, which is very prone to yellowing, like most '80s white toys. The pointy beak is also prone to weathering.
Had it as a Kid: Yep- one armless chicken. I never thought much of him, and came to appreciate him more much later.
Variants: None known.
Overall Score: 7.5/10 (actually really solid)
Edited by Jabroniville, 30 December 2016 - 12:58 AM.
Posted 06 January 2017 - 10:43 PM
#63: BODACIOUS BOVINE
Japanese Name: White Cow
-Bodacious Bovine is a domesticated cattle, and likely a Holstein, given the white coloring and the "spots" (though the creators likely just took a generic cow and decided to make it white).
-Bovidae is a rather large, epic family, containing both the Antelopes and the Cattle, as well as all the Sheep. This diversity leads to vastly-different stats, sizes and ecological niches around the world. As such, I'll build each group separately. Note that some are so similar that they builds can duplicate for different species. The Ibex, a 330-lb. Antelope with GIANT curved horns, is pretty much the same thing as a Bighorn Sheep as far as the game is concerned, occupying the exact same ecological niche on the other side of the world from the North American species. Similarly, the Common or Giant Eland, a 2,210-lb. giant Antelope, is pretty much exactly the same as a standard Cow/Bull- it's just an Antelope instead.
-Cattle are among the most important animals in human history- their ease of domestication (you need a fence and a field, really), sheer size, calmness, etc. has made them the ultimate farm animal. The book Guns, Germs & Steel actually posits that proximity to the diseases these things created were what allowed Europeans to take control of the entire globe, alongside a few other factors (see, cattle produce smallpox, which Europeans developed immunities to... many other peoples were not so lucky). Of course, the males of the species are notoriously ornery and quick to react with violence, to the point where they can be used in matadorial contests. For this reason, most farmers only keep a few un-castrated males around to further the herd, and leave the rest to lesser fates. Being really huge (ie. full of enough meat to feed entire families for weeks) and really easily cowed (where do you think the expression comes from?) into going and doing what you want, they're the perfect farm animal.
-Most cattle species are huge- except for the Eland, no other Bovine species comes close to most of these. The Yak is a relatively little cow, and its well over 1,000 lbs. in weight. Species include the Yak (woolly Asian cow), Banteng (also Asian), African & Water Buffaloes (similar-looking heavy creatures, the former Africa's only cow), the Bison of America & Europe, the Gaur (massive Indian species) and Muskox (really fluffy Arctic species).
Danger to Humans: Immense. Cattle kill farmers ALL THE TIME (sometimes by accident- given their huge size). The size of many of these things is not to be underestimated, despite people probably being used to seeing these guys as the Jobbers of Animal Planet. Wild Bison, Buffalo, Gaur and Oxen are INCREDIBLY-dangerous, prone to charging out of territorial aggression- Yellowstone Park has numerous recorded incidents of foolish people rushing up to the "Fuzzy Herbivores" trying to get pictures, then getting hammered down by a one-ton animal with extremely sharp horns.
Toy Description: Yes, it's really BODACIOUS Bovine, swear to God. This is one of the Beasts I think I've always quite liked, which is unusual, given that its based off of a much-more mundane animal than most of them. A domestic COW isn't exactly what you'd consider a solid basis for an epic warrior, but there you go. I think it really just comes down to the color scheme- like the Antelope, it's a very simple Beast given a very sharp design- stark white and dark purple REALLY play off against each other well.
Despite being quite simple, there are some complexities in the design- I literally never realized this until just now, but this guy is actually SPOTTED. If you look closely, there are small indentations that give off circles- this means the white fellow is likely actually a HOLSTEIN- a dairy cow! So they somehow made a dairy cow one of the best-looking, most eye-catching Beasts in the entire line.
Colors: Only three- a white body, dark purple armor, and dark pink bits on the armor, and for his eyes.
Armor: Fairly-detailed, but not that stand-outish in design. It's a two-piece set, with a lot of straight lines breaking it up, along with two large round objects next to the Chest Symbol. There are vents and organic-looking "buldges" all over the thing. It also features an odd mechanical connector between the horns- looking like the "boss" that some bovine species have.
Weapon: A large purple scimitar- one of the more-natural-looking weapons in the series.
Hands & Feet: Mitten hands and cloven hooves- oddly, both toes are separated by some of the purple boot, making them much more spread-out than normal.
Easily-Broken Bits: None. However, like most white-bodied Beasts, a major issue is "yellowing"- both of the Bovines I have feature some unfortunate marking on the hands, muzzle and ears.
Had it as a Kid: Yep- one I greatly underappreciated at the time. It helped that he was armless. eBay has brought me two- one I got just for the weapon.
Variants: None known.
Overall Score: 9/10 (I dunno- I love these dudes)
Edited by Jabroniville, 06 January 2017 - 10:44 PM.
Posted 07 January 2017 - 07:34 AM
I always thought the raccoon was a wolf.
Posted 07 January 2017 - 09:04 AM
When we were kids, my brother and I thought the tortoise was a gila monster, because it is black and orange.
I always thought the raccoon was a wolf.
Posted 08 January 2017 - 05:42 AM
Wow! Big time bovine love.
I always thought the raccoon was a wolf.
I always called the Cuttlefish "the Squid". Oddly, I always knew what the Weasel was, even though he's very vague.
Posted 14 January 2017 - 09:40 PM
Posted 20 January 2017 - 06:17 AM
#71: DIVING DUCKBILL
Japanese Name: Duck Diver
-Obviously the Duckbilled Platypus- there's nothing else he could really BE. Pretty much an ancient mammal set, the Monotremes are egg-laying creatures that excrete milk from their skin instead of actual nipples, meaning they're BARELY mammals, but enough to count. Only two animals come from this group- Echidnas and Platypi. They don't look remotely alike (one has spiny quills, the other a duck's bill and beaver's tail), but apparently they're related. Go figure.
-The Platypus is so screwed up. Think about it: It's a mammal that LAYS EGGS. But also produces some milk. And has a duck's bill. A beaver's tail. POISON SPURS on its flippers. It has electrical sensors. There's a damn good reason why scientists called B.S. on the first people who said they found some, and required actual proof. These super-primitive mammals are easily the weirdest creatures on Earth- you think the friggin' Displacer Beast or Owlbear are weird, crack-induced creatures? This guy is at LEAST as weird as anything in your average Monster Manual.
Toy Description: One of the most unique-looking, stand-outish, just plain ODD Beasts in the entire line, Diving Duckbill is from nature's very own freakshow- the Platypus! Like a lot of the "Purple Weapon Guys", he breaks a TON of the rules about the line- he's got a non-standard armor design (armor that connects only in the back), multiple colors all over the place, a weird thing on his head (is that... a bow-tie?), etc. That said... he's not that great a design. More unique-looking than GOOD, really. I think it's because the colors are a random mish-mash (brown, red & yellow), all over the place, and his body and armor are both shades of brown, making him kind of blend in and fade into the crowd.
Colors: Four, but in a strange array. His body is a very light grey/brown. Most of his armor is dark brown, but the torso bit is red, along with his headgear. His bill and eyes are dark-ish yellow.
Armor: A peculiar one-piece set. The torso bit is more of a "vest" with a Chest Symbol in the middle, and a larger back covering. This is the only part that's connected to the codpiece, which itself is connected to the boots by large, blank panels on the outsides of his legs. His shoulder pads and wrist guards are separate from everything else. He has a red slab on the top of his head shaped like a bow-tie, and a cylindar sticking off of one side of his head, resembling the spout of a SCUBA mask. His bill also has a pair of tubes going off the sides, and into the back of his red armor- these are the same color as his bill.
Weapon: A large purple spear that ends in a jagged-edged "claw". The pommel is a three-tiered blade as well.
Hands & Feet: "Mitten" hands and the rare FIVE-toed feet. The backs of his feet are odd- three square-shaped objects sit on the back of each foot. His left hand is extremely-enlarged, resembling a fat human hand in a "paddling" position.
Easily-Broken Bits: The red cylindar on the top of his head is LUDICROUSLY-easy to break- it's essentially a thin sliver of plastic. As his bill projects straight out, it's prone to weathering.
Had it as a Kid: Nope- leaving this one one of the oddest-looking to me.
Variants: None known.
Overall Score: 6/10 (meh- just a bit above average. Inventive, but a bit silly-looking)
Edited by Jabroniville, 20 January 2017 - 06:19 AM.
Posted 28 January 2017 - 10:41 PM
Posted 31 January 2017 - 02:08 AM
#72: CROOKED CROW
Japanese Name: Crow Max
Obviously he's a Crow in both Japanese & English, but the particular species is indeterminate. Most likely, of course, he's an American Crow- the most widespread species. Crows are Passerines- a huge proportion of the world's Bird species are the same- perching birds of small size and complex songs. There are about 80 Families, and between 5,200 and 5,500 Species! Their famous members include the Larks, Swallows, Bluebirds, Shrikes (known for taking small animals and IMPALING them on spikes for easy-feeding and storage), Wrens, Mockingbirds, the Trushes (including Robins, Blackbirds & Nightingales), Warblers, orbs (some are quite beautiful), Chickadees, Sparrows, Finches, Cardinals, Orioles, Birds of Paradise (Souther American birds with INSANE plumage), and more.
-The Crows are Corvids- joining Jays, Magpies & Ravens. The latter of which can actually learn to speak, though the low-pitched voice sounds like it comes from the gates of hell. Crows are known to be the most intelligent of all birds- capable of incredible memory, insight and problem-solving skills. They have been observed both using tools, and observing the use of tools in order to fashion new tools of their own!
Toy Description: One of my favorite overall Beasts, thanks to an eye-popping color combo and good use of the "Basic Design" with few modifications. There are VERY few black Battle Beasts- only four in the line. And that blue/green color scheme on his armor is fantastic, and the very bright yellow Secondary Color makes the whole thing "pop". This is one of those guys I'd never seen as a kid, and so looks INSANELY-exotic to me today. And that big purple scythe is hella-cool, too- I was super-happy to find a couple of these on eBay. His left foot has a peg hole in it.
A few other interesting bits- he's the only Beast with semi-neon colors (the yellow). His legs are heavily digitigrade, like the Flamingo & Bird. His wings are some of the largest of the birds, shaped much like the Rooster's- they point up, then swoop down- each almost as large as his torso. And I should note that unlike what you'll often see in cartoons and comics, corvids (Ravens & Crows) do NOT have yellow beaks- they're black, like their feathers.
Colors: Three. His body is a glossy black, and his armor is a dark blue-green. His beak, eyes, Secondary Armor color and boots are a very bright, almost neon yellow.
Armor: A one-piece suit, connected in the back. Not overly-detailed, but there are lines breaking it up in a few spots, with a few raised bits to keep it from looking plain. His shoulder-pads appear to be one pair set on top of another, with two sets of spikes on each one. There are two "headlights" next to his Chest Symbol.
Weapon: An extremely-long (taller than the figure!) scythe-like purple weapon. The "blade" ends in a giant hook.
Hands & Feet: "Mitten" hands and standard-issue bird talons for feet- three toes in front, one in back.
Easily-Broken Bits: Large wings connected by some very thin bits.
Had it as a Kid: Nope.
Variants: None known.
Overall Score: 10/10 (easily my favorite of the birds, with an eye-catching color scheme)
Edited by Jabroniville, 31 January 2017 - 02:09 AM.
Posted 01 February 2017 - 12:15 AM
Never a fan of the wings themselves
His wings specifically? Yeah, I can see that- they're kind of just long, swooping feathers. The Bird, Rooster, Hawk & Flamingo all have much more detail, especially in the front.
I'm easily swayed by colors and silhouettes, it seems . Sometimes great colors can make an average design "pop" (like GreenMountainDavid's Walruses). Sometimes you see a great design with more drab color (Tortoise).
Posted 03 February 2017 - 03:01 AM
Posted 03 February 2017 - 05:24 AM
FYI, the "C" marking on his leg is not universal and (I believe) refers to the multiple variants of the same beast (ie A,B, or C)
Edited by Exactobeast, 03 February 2017 - 05:25 AM.
Posted 03 February 2017 - 11:38 PM
Yeah, I've noticed when I have multiples that they often have a different letter somewhere on them. I just keep it cataloged which ones I have. Maybe I should change it to... whatever you call that. "Variant Letter"?
Edited by Jabroniville, 03 February 2017 - 11:39 PM.
Posted 04 February 2017 - 05:24 AM
Posted 05 February 2017 - 04:35 AM
For instance, there are multiple shades of armor for the colonel bird. Each corresponds to a letter. Same with bison and tiger.
That one I did not know. I figured they were different "batches", but I didn't know you could code those letters to the color type. The only Battle Beast site I'd ever seen before this one was the "Toy Archive" one- where do you get the rest of the info?
Posted 05 February 2017 - 02:49 PM
Ah, I looked through that site, but didn't find anything about the letter-codes or types. It's a big site! (looks up army-building) So it's THESE guys' fault that I had to shell out like $30 for my completed Penguin. Jerks .
Edited by Jabroniville, 05 February 2017 - 06:22 PM.
Posted 05 February 2017 - 05:30 PM