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#51 Jabroniville

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Posted 05 February 2017 - 06:23 PM

Seriously man. I never stumble across random penguins. Of course when I do, I chop their heads off, so maybe it's for the best.

Hahah, yeah, the "cut up ancient toys" thing horrifies me. I feel guilty even painting some of mine, and THOSE ones were in extremely awful condition! That little part of me is always like "These have a finite supply! They are a non-renewable resource! Who cares how cool a Snowy Owl might look! STOP IT!"


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Posted 07 February 2017 - 12:20 AM

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#38: POWERHOUSE MOUSE
Japanese Name: Scout Mouse 
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-This guy is probably the commonly-known House Mouse. Rodents are the most populous Order of Mammalia by far- taking up 40% of all mammalian species- and also one of the most adapatable. They can live anywhere, do many things, and breed like crazy, making up for their short life spans and weak bodies. Rodent means "to gnaw", and that's what they do. Their gross, sharp teeth peel slices off of various things, causing humans all sorts of grief, since we don't like almost anything in this Order. Mice are the most numerous rodents, being the most far-reaching animal on Earth after us. Typically in many different Species, but the most common one is the House Mouse (Mus musculus). The "Mouse-Like Rodents" are the Suborder Myomorpha, and features *1,137* unique Species!! 
 
Toy Description: This is one I never really though much of when I was a kid, but seeing a two-armed version at the Old Strathcona Antique Mall, I was actually struck by how neatly-designed this one is. The "mousy" bits themselves aren't that impressive, but the color choice (grey/blue/red) and very, VERY detailed armor help what's a pretty plain animal (not prone to awesome designs) really stand out. A "38" is on his lower back, and there's a tiny "B" on the back of his armor. In addition, this guy has an ever-rare TAIL- it curves down his right leg, pointing backwards (while merging with his foot)- not a huge amount of detail, but it's more than most Beasts get. His left foot has a peg-hole in it.
 
Colors: Four. His body is a light grey color, and his armor is an odd, dark pastel red. His Secondary Bits, Helmet and Special Hand are all light blue. His eyes and (oddly) teeth are a sickly-looking yellow.
Armor: One of the more-detailed sets of armor in the line, actually. There are lines and details EVERYWHERE- his boots, torso, gauntlets & shoulder pads are covered in elaborate lines and raised mechanical bits, and his shoulder pads end in tiny spikes projecting outwards. A large backpack/engine thing sits on his back, with a lot of rounded pieces. Two blue "vents" (of four vents each) sit next to his Chest Symbol, and two blue circles are on the front of his codpiece. A larger blue circle is on the rear of it. He has a rather large, thin head-guard that goes from the back of his head to a point ending beneath his eye-line. And even THAT is heavily-detailed, with a raised middle bit, two vents on the front, and ending in a spiked tip.
Weapon: A long golden sword, notable for having a rounded crossguard, and a long blade that bulges in the middle.
Hands & Feet: A three-fingered hand, and three-toed feet. His left hand is a large, mechanical-looking "shovel" of sorts.
Easily-Broken Bits: None, though his round ears stick out a bit.
 
Had it as a Kid: Yep- this guy looks very unimpressive without his arms.
Variants: There is a fairly-rare "unpainted teeth" version, which again, is oddly MORE expensive, despite being less-detailed than the baseline toy! There are also sightings of a much darker-gold version of his weapon.
 
Overall Score: 8/10 (actually a really good figure overall)
 

 


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Posted 08 February 2017 - 11:51 PM

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#8: SLEDGEHAMMER ELEPHANT
Japanese Name: Elephan 
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This one's rather obvious- Sledgehammer Elephant is clearly an African Elephant, which is easily differentiated from the Asian variety due to its much more massive ears. Even the lack of other identifying features (size; hump on the back) doesn't prevent this from being clear.
 
-Elephants are part of the Order Proboscidea- home to the largest land animals on Earth. This obviously makes them pretty famous, as you'll see Elephants everywhere- Disney movies, background scenes in Africa, etc. They used to be a lot more widespread, especially with the Mammoths & Mastodons, but the centuries haven't been so kind- both modern-day species are endangered. Their fabled ivory tusks are a target for poachers, and the Asian species' land is up for grabs in the South Asian area. The earliest-known member of the Order was about the size of a fox, but generally they're all known for being exceptionally huge. Oddly enough, their closest relatives amongst animals are the tiny Hyraxes, and the aquatic Sirenians (Manatees & Dugongs).
 
-Elephants have great intelligence (considered Ape or Dolphin-like at times), and are known to have a great deal of self-awareness and empathy, finding the skeletons of other elephants fascinating to handle and observe.
 
-African Elephants are so powerful than virtually the only thing screwing with them are entire PACKS of lions, or humans from afar with their giant guns. Otherwise, this is the king of the mountain of the animal kingdom on land- nothing can stop them. They're so overwhelmingly powerful that they've caused permanent injuries to humans BY ACCIDENT, and even smaller ones have taken literally SEVENTY bullets from standard-issue police handguns before dropping. Their sheer bulk is unmatched- they grow continuously throughout their lives, so that a 50-year old male is noticeably larger than a 20-year old, despite both being adults. I can't even imagine the mindset of a Roman Legionnaire fighting the hordes of Carthage and seeing some of THESE things running around with guys on top of them (Elephant Cavalry easily disrupts Horse Cavalry, as Horses generally won't come close to Elephants). Humans simply... don't survive encounters with Elephants that turn violent. Unless they're extremely lucky and manage to grab hold of a leg or something.
 
-Elephants have numerous odd things due to their size. Their famous giant ears are full of blood-vessels, meant to easily expose their blood to the air to cool it down- animals at this size (particularly mammals- Dinosaurs were less affected presumably) overheat VERY quickly, and thus need little cheats like that and wallowing in mud or water to stay cool. Their feet have absorbent pads, allowing them to detect things at range- particularly other Elephants' low-pitched grumblings, or the presence of water underground (their fabled "Never Forget" ability is actually them detecting the water- not remembering where old veins of it were). And their trunk has more muscles than your whole body.
 
Danger to Humans: You have to ask? An angry Elephant is easily the most dangerous land creature in the Animal Kingdom. Given their intelligence, manual dexterity and mass, the only animal with a greater variety in ways to kill Man is Man himself. Given that they can weigh more than 12,000 pounds, Elephants are easily capable of killing people by ACCIDENT, much less on purpose. Elephants have calmly crushed people to death by pressing their heads onto them, cracked skulls open with their feet, thrown people with fatal force, and simply dismembered them. There have been numerous reports of hormone-crazed male elephants goring RHINOS to death, and tearing them to pieces.
 
-In India, where Elephants are often used for labor, they result in about 150 human fatalities a year, which is more than TIGERS manage. In Africa AND Asia, they are known to demolish entire villages because someone pissed them off. Exceptionally-intelligent and with the concept of revenge, combined with their power, adult Elephants have only one real enemy: us.
 
Toy Description: Another very iconic, distinctive Beast, I kind of glossed him over for years because mine had no arms, and I'd had him for so long he kind of became "plain" to me. But really- a PURPLE Elephant?!? He's one of the biggest stand-outs in terms of "Non-Natural Colors" for the Beasts- most just alter the base color slightly (a yellow Tiger, grey Platypus or fully-white Lion), but this one is straight-up way outside the bounds of reality. It's an odd pastel purple, too- likely to avoid clashing with whatever armor they gave him (in this case, dark grey). He's appropriately one of the most massive Beasts, as well. He's altogether very well put-together. However, one flaw I notice is that the plastic is prone to "yellowing"- much like the white-colored Beasts, this particular shade of purple will fade at the edges, turning him semi-transparent with a creamy color.
 
He has one of the largest heads of the Beasts, as his trunk and short tusks (which are not colored separately from the rest of him- kind of a flaw, given how large they are physically) extend a long ways down. His ears project out by quite a ways as well (marking him as an African, rather than an Asian, elephant). Like most early-number beasts, his number is on the back of his head, and the copywrite info is on his back. A small "A" is on his right boot.
 
Colors: Three. His body is a very light, pastel purple. His armor is dark grey (almost black), and his Secondary Color and eyes are dark yellow.
Armor: A fairly-large two-piece with more mass than extreme detail- his kneepads are very rounded, and his shoulder pads lie separate from the rest of the armor. Because of his trunk & tusks, his Symbol is placed far lower than normal- it's straight-up on his crotch! A fairly-long piece of armor is on top of his head- it curves around the top of his skull, ending in a large, raised bit with a yellow trapezoid at the peak. The bottom of his kneepads also have "headlights" of sorts.
Weapon: A long silver "sword" of sorts- it's kind of shaped like an inverted baseball bat (so that it's pointy on the end). A pair of spikes act as a small "crossguard", and there are four spikes circling near the tip. A nosecone caps off the thing.
Hands & Feet: One large "mitten" hand, and three-toed feet. His left hand is a large grey double-ended hammer.
Easily-Broken Bits: The tip of the trunk is prone to damage. And as I mentioned, the purple tends to miscolor with age- the toes, tip of the nose, and the edges of his huge ears are VERY prone to turning a "creamy" glue-like color with time and weathering. Both of mine are like this.
 
Had it as a Kid: Yep- armless and weathered.
Variants: None.
 
Overall Score: 7.5/10 (high-quality figure, though I'm not sold on the color scheme)
 

 


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Posted 12 February 2017 - 02:33 AM

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#8: SLY FOX
Japanese Name: Bea Fox 
Animal Basis: 
 

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Sly Fox seems pretty clearly to be a Red Fox, given that those are popular in Japan as well (giving rise to the "kitsune" myths of shapeshifting creatures). Foxes are tiny, rather insignificant predators in the grand scheme of things, but their outstanding appearance and sneaky, stealthy ways has led to great fame as a mystical, wise trickster, much like the Coyote- however, the Fox has more importance in Western society, owing to the fact that white people didn't see Coyotes until a few centuries ago. So you get a lot of stuff like the fox symbolizing cunning with folkloric characters like Reynard the Fox. The Red Fox statted here is the largest variety. In terms of distance covered, they are easily the most widely-distributed member of Carnivora on Earth, living all across the Arctic Circle to North Africa and Asia. Introduced populations in Australia are effective enough hunters that they're considered a high-end "Bad Invasive Species".
 
-Foxes are currently being used for a study in Domestication of animals, with several generations being selectively-bred for tameness around people. Astonishingly, the breeders discovered the new generations of Foxes developing curled tails and strange coat patterns (such as piebald)- traits of domesticated DOGS! This seems to give credence to a theory that the very traits that make Dogs DOGS are the ones that make other tame animals so distinct. You'll note how Wild Horses and other animals are typically fairly-uniform in appearance- rarely sporting bizarre patterns unless that's their standard form (like Zebras).
 
Toy Description: This guy was always one of my top picks back in the day, despite being fairly "standard issue" and not really dynamically-colored. He just looks very "classic" and somewhat-noble (the friendly smile marked him as a "good guy"). I actually made him my "Second-In-Command" for the heroic Beasts (I was OBSESSED with giving every group a Team Leader, then a #2 guy). He's somewhat recognizable as a fox given his orange-ish complexion and his canine head & pointed ears. The pure white armor stands out, too- it's not white plastic, so it's not as prone to fading as the white Beasts are. Unusually, he has a tail- but despite Foxes having one of the most-iconic tails in the animal kingdom, his is fairly tiny and not foxlike in the slightest- it's basically a tiny little pointy "nub". Like most early Beasts, he has a number on his head, a letter on his left boot (a "B" in my case), and copywrite info on his back. Oddly, however, only my childhood Fox has the "B"- the "mintier" one I got from eBay does not.
 
Colors: Three. His body is a slightly-orange brown color, and his armor is painted white. His eyes, head-thingie and the collar of his armor are all blue.
Armor: A very simple one-piece, though well-designed- it's fairly large, boxy size is the "iconic" Battle Beast formula to me. The boots are big and have vents and blocky kneepads, along with three lines on each side. Beneath his Chest Symbol is a small box with what looks like a "W" on top of an "O"- it seems more like a generic shape. His armor has a blue collar made up of squares and raised "dots", while his head brandishes one of those metal slabs- it's blue, but with a small white dot on top.
Weapon: A giant, dark bronze letter "D" on a hilt. No seriously, that's totally what it is. The points on the ends make it look kinda like the Mighty Ducks "D".
Hands & Feet: Rare four-fingered hands, along with three-toed feet.
Easily-Broken Bits: None, though his tail is very prone to weathering, being pointy and small.
 
Had it as a Kid: Yep- armless and weathered as hell.
Variants: None.
 
Overall Score: 7/10 (nothing spectacular, but I have a lot of cherished childhood memories of my "Good Guy 2nd-In-Command")
 

 


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Posted 21 February 2017 - 01:14 AM

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#18: RUBBERNECK GIRAFFE
Japanese Name: Yellow Giraffe
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-The Giraffe is fairly obvious, though the exact type of Giraffe is unknown. He's probably a Reticulated Giraffe, the most commonly-seen one, with the most "clean" pattern. Well, this order pretty much just has the Giraffes. And the Okapi, an animal only discovered in the past 100 years, being thought so unbelievable that they couldn't possibly exist. They specialize in ultra-long tongues and little stumpy ossicones on top of their heads. Giraffes sprung off of a group that went on to form Bovidae & Cervidae- their ancestors were usually smaller and more heavily-built, resembling Deer. Sivatherium was an astonishing 7 feet at the shoulder, built like a larger Okapi, with impressive antler-like ossicones. It may have only gone extinct as recently as 8,000 years ago, judging by some cave paintings discovered in Africa.

-Giraffes are pretty cool, and notable for being of course the tallest land animal in the world. Nobody believed they were real until they saw them with their own two eyes, and even then they were in awe (the Latin name dervies from it's perceived "parents"- the camel & the leopard). Containing many subspecies (some of which are quite rare) that more or less look exactly the same with some minor variations in markings, Giraffes are extremely powerful fighters, but are still victimized by Lions, about the only African predator that can harm them (and even then, a well-placed kick can shatter a skull or break a spine).

-It's hard to describe just how BIG these things are without being close to them- the Calgary Zoo had a BABY that was able to peer sadly out of a really high window because it wanted to go outside. And there's nothing quite like watching an animal give birth to a SIX-FOOT INFANT that falls clear to the floor from a standing mother. The record is 20 feet tall, but most are between 16 and 18 feet. And apparently the males tend to get it on with each other more than the females.

-Giraffes fighting each other for dominance is a very weird thing- the two males stand astride each other and calmly and silently SWEEP their heads towards each other, creating massive "CRACK!" noises that echo across the savannah- they hit so hard, and their necks flail so wildly, that every strike looks like it causes neck-breaking damage.

Toy Description: Chalk this guy up as yet another one of the Beasts who I disregarded as a kid, but recognize as a pretty good one these days. My childhood toy of course had massive damage and missing arms, making his elongated body look EXTRA skinny, which is probably why I didn't think much of him. He is, however, one of the few I remember seeing in the package as a kid- I think my dad came home from work with one of the two-packs.

The Giraffe is, unsurprisingly, the tallest Battle Beast of them all. Designing a bipedal version of such a strange-looking animal could not be easy- they're digitigrade and are known primarily for their titanic necks. But they actually pull this one off- his body is taller and thinner than that of most Beasts, and his neck is just a BIT long- it's only a little longer than his head is tall- much shorter than a real giraffe's. But, given that most Beasts are basically neckless, boxy-shaped types, this still gives him a noticeably different silhouette. His armor is well-detailed as well (there's a tiny "B" on the left boot of two of my Giraffes, though another two I have has a "C"), the color-scheme is well-chosen, and he even has extra details- his skin features numerous bumps to imitate the rosette markings of a giraffe. He even has ossicones! And his weapon is one of the best in the line, too- a really good Beast, all things considered.

Colors: Three. His body is bright canary yellow (not quite a giraffe's "tan", but what the hell- close enough), and his armor is a very dark, greenish shade of blue. His eyes and pieces of his armor are red.
Armor: A two-piece set, with a good number of details and pronounced points. His shoulder pads are spiked, and his Chest Symbol has two red headlights beside it, as well as a large red "rack" beneath. His blue headgear actually imitates the giraffe's "mohawk", going all the way down the back of his neck, while ending up top with a pair of tiny ossicones.
Weapon: One of the line's five best weapons- it resembles a large bronze elk's antler, with spikes all over. The branching spikes make it look really distinctive and nasty.
Hands & Feet: Rare four-fingered hand, combined with a left hand that looks like a cloven hoof (sort of like a giraffe's foot). His feet actually end in paired hooves like a real giraffe's as well.
Easily-Broken Bits: His scrawny physique makes him a tad vulnerable I'd imagine, but the bits you're most likely to lose are the teensy little ossicones.

Had it as a Kid: Yep- armless and weathered as hell.
Variants: None.

Overall Score: 7/10 (pretty good, but not spectacular)


Edited by Jabroniville, 21 February 2017 - 01:16 AM.

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 04:49 PM

I see maybe one Penguin show up on ebay every 2 or 3 months. I wish there were more of them
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Posted 07 April 2017 - 02:46 AM

I usually see him on some of the big Battle Beast Seller pages, but always at high prices. I see someone here collected an entire ARMY of them- that's probably why he's so hard to find :).

Just letting everyone know that my computer was down for like three weeks, which is why I let this topic sit for so long. But I'm back now!


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Posted 07 April 2017 - 02:53 AM

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#67: ARDENT AARDVARK
Japanese Name: Earthhog 
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-The Aardvark is the only living species in its Order, and not extremely popular (despite the Arthur series, which features an unrecognizable member of the species as its titular character). Personally, I was shocked by the thing's sheer SIZE when I saw one at the Bronx Zoo- expecting a 30-pound creature at most, I kept waiting for the keeper to walk out of its extremely dark "nocturnal enclosure"... until my eyes adjusted and I realized that it wasn't a keeper on all fours... THAT WAS THE ANIMAL!
-Aardvarks are 100-plus-pound bug-eaters that sniff around with their distinctive giant snouts. Living in Africa, these creatures are among the few semi-large animals to be in the "Least Concern" range.
 
Toy Description: One of my most-forgotten Beasts, he looks a bit plain. Despite that, he's very distinctive- the only white and orange one in the line. Of course... that's rare mainly because it LOOKS WEIRD- he kind of looks deathly-pale and sickly. He's very much a Standard-Issue Beast, being of normal height and width. He's got a Weird Hand and boxy armor, as well as a big weapon. He's the plainest of the "Purple Weapon" guys- the only other stand-out besides his color scheme is his giant set of ears- he only really resembles an actual aardvark because it's got these giant, elongated, easily-damaged ears. Of interesting note is how similar he is to the Tapir- it takes a mammal, makes it completely white (a non-standard color), gives it a white Weird Hand, and throws it in bright armor. When I saw a Tapir at the Old Strathcona Antique Mall here in town, I'd actually disregarded it because I assumed I'd already had it! I actually had to re-check just to make sure this was a rarity! His left foot has a peg-hole in it, and you can see a "67 A" next to it.
 
Colors: Three. His body is plain white, and his armor is a bright orange. His eyes and Secondary Color is bright yellow.
Armor: A two-piece set, very boxy in shape. There are various elongated rectangles all over the suit, giving it a somewhat Gundam-like exterior. A set of triangular headlights are beside his Chest Symbol, and you'll see smaller square headlights on his crotch and butt.
Weapon: A very large, purple trident. The pommel is quite large, and the weapon is so thick as to look more like a toy than an actual weapon.
Hands & Feet: One three-fingered hand- the other is a white "pincer" attached to a cylindar. Quite weird. He has three-toed feet.
Easily-Broken Bits: Those very long, thick ears are attached at the tiniest points imaginable- they're basically begging to be torn off.
 
Had it as a Kid: Yep- armless and earless.
Variants: None.

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 04:12 AM

100 pounds!


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Posted 08 April 2017 - 11:53 AM

100 pounds!

Yup- they're at least 3-4 times larger than I expected. Wikipedia says "An aardvark's weight is typically between 60 and 80 kilograms (130–180 lb)."


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Posted 16 April 2017 - 03:34 AM

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#4: COLONEL BIRD
Japanese Name: Fly Kick 
Animal Basis:
 
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-Colonel Bird could be just about any kind of bird, but looks kind of like an eagle that's all white. His beak is a bit of the generic Robin-like type, however. Maybe he's a bald eagle? His Japanese name, "Fly Kick", isn't terribly evocative either. Eagles are frickin' sweet. Golden Eagles? They take stuff the size of human children (and probably COULD take them if they wanted to), and are even used in WOLF HUNTS, running down even apex predators in other animal Orders! And really- how majestic can you get? Giant, super-noble predators with the most dignified expression in history. Suck it, Bald Eagle, the Golden Eagle has it all over you. 
 
-Speaking of elite hunting tactics- check THIS crap out!: Yes, it's literally grabbing the goats, and then THROWING THEM OFF A CLIFF, to eat the flattened creature at the bottom. That is NASTY. Though I can't find any record of fatalities on behalf of Golden Eagles, that is not for lack of trying.
 
Toy Description: Easily one of the most-iconic Beasts, Colonel Bird comes from the first set of toys, and is one of the most-commonly-seen. He's the first bird character in the series, and sort of "informs" the rest- he has long, thin, birdlike legs (as opposed to the human-like legs of the other figures), a pronounced beak, and large wings coming out of his back. He was actually one of my "Top Beasts" as a kid, but subsequent bird-based characters have surpassed him, and his commonality has kind of made him seem less cool. He still has a fairly-unique set-up for his gear, though- his one-piece armor has the Symbol in the stomack area, a plunging neckline, and he has NO BOOTS- his bare legs come right out of a pair of "armor shorts". His spindly little bare legs also make him the most unbalanced Beast in the line. Oddly, it has "4 A" on his butt.
 
Colors: Three. His body is white, his armor is a light sea-blue, and his eyes, beak and Secondary Color are a green-ish yellow.
Armor: One of the more-unique sets, especially for an early Beast. His armor is a one-piece with a Symbol in the stomach area, and a plunging neckline. His codpiece actually has armored SHORTS coming out of it, leaving his legs bare. His shoulder pads are elongated, with the tips pointing downwards. His wristguards are quite distinct as well- single white "claws" point down all Wolverine-style. He has a blue helmet of sorts, going in a big hoop over the middle of his head, and the back of his armor is almost entirely blank. He has a set of large yellow headlights above his Symbol.
Weapon: A large, complex silver Spear-like weapon. It almost looks like a weaponized Ultimate Warrior mask, as it's a shape with three prongs on top, and two in the bottom, with central "holes" of triangular shape on each side. The spear's pommel is a spade-like shape, also very pointed. It's one of the cooler, more distinctive early weapons.
Hands & Feet: Three-fingered hands. His feet are very thin and bird-like- three talons in front of each, one in the back.
Easily-Broken Bits: Oh Jesus. He has very large wings, which are easily-broken (especially by young me). His legs are the skinniest in the entire line, leaving even THOSE vulnerable (I have the leg-less Bird to prove it). And his body is WHITE, meaning that it's prone to yellowing and darkening with age.
 
Had it as a Kid: Yep- with a ton of "battle damage", including missing wings and LEGS. Thanks to various eBay lots, and the commonality of this figure, I now have at least three armed versions (only one weapon, however- and I actually had to BUY IT- I lost the old one!).
Variants: Four different shades of "blue" are seen- some more green, some very dark. It's common enough to see that it's probably a simple factory error.

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#12: BLITZKRIEG BAT
Japanese Name: Devil Bat 
Animal Basis:

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-Bats are the only mammals to possess true flight, not just gliding like the Sugar Gliders, Flying Squirrels and other membrane-limbed small mammals. Their wings are just extremely large hands, with elongated fingers featuring a big membrane stretched across them, allowing them natural flight. The Order varies in size from the 5'7" wingspan of the Flying Fox, to the Hog-Nosed Bat's tiny 6-inch span. Surprisingly (to me anyways), Chiroptera is a HUGE Order that contains nearly a quarter of all mammal species (977 in total!), surpassed only by Rodentia.
 
-They live in many habitats, and are generally feared for their creepiness (they're very Uncanny Valley-ish, with "hands" that are incredibly warped and different from our own, yet they're recognizably mammalian), but are great hunters of insects, or just plain-old fruit-eaters. Of course, one particular breed (not native to North America, don't worry) drinks BLOOD, making small wounds on large animals and lapping up the plasma. Like Dolphins, Bats use Echolocation to fly about at night- far from "blind", they just use their hearing more.
 
-Bats are spectacularly-weird creatures, and people are often quite afraid of them, owing to their strange appearance. The Proboscis here is being statted up because he's very typical of insectivorous bats- an Echolocation-packing, flying animal. They show up in smaller groups than many bats, which are known to gather together in SPECACULARLY-large numbers- one cave in Texas is home to a group of MILLIONS of the little buggers!
 
Vampire Bats: These infamous creatures are also South American (and thus a bit unlikely to be the minions of a Transylvanian Vampire). They fly around, find livestock (or, you know, humans), make a tiny incision, and lap up blood for about half an hour, preventing clotting with their saliva. For some reason, their dietary habits have made them unpopular with people.
 
Blitzkrieg Bat, with his sharp teeth and general facial structure, is likely a Vampire Bat.
 
Toy Description: Another of the most-iconic Battle Beasts, Blitzkrieg Bat is notably the only winged creature in the line that isn't a bird. I had at least a couple of this early Beast as a kid, but as he's got some of the most fragile extra bits in the line, he was badly-damaged and armless, and so I kind of fell out of love with the guy. However, he's one of the more well-designed, unique characters in a lot of ways- a good color scheme (one of the least-boring brown guys), a distinctive set of wings, and his Symbol is on his WING- not his armor! The dark green Secondary Color, his freaky cyborg eye, and his hook-hand all combine together for a very neat creature. Like most early Beasts, he has some stuff on his back- the Copywrite info and the #12 are all on his WINGS, and an "A" is on his left boot (one of my others has a "B").
 
He has one of the better heads in the series- big batlike ears, a muzzle, and a pronounced set of fangs (albeit not colored in- they're brown like the rest of his body). One of the most evil-looking Beasts for certain.
 
Colors: Three. His body is a light, rich brown, and his armor is black (borderline dark grey). A very dark, blue-ish green is the Secondary Color, also on his hook-hand and his eyes.
Armor: A standard one-piece set, but with no Symbol. Sweeping green headlights are on the chest, along with a pair on the crotch. The armor is quite ordinarily-shaped, but is very sleek, with diagonal lines making it look like a race car's designs. He has a single eye patch (that produces a big green cybernetic eye) that flows into a "head strip".
Weapon: An oddly-shaped bronze weapon, it forms what looks like a ram's head from the side. It's basically a polearm that ends in a flat hammer shape (with the rear end flowing into a ram's horn). But the front of the "hammer" actually ends in a weird triangle, with one spike coming out on top, another, larger one on the bottom, and the flattest spike in the front.
Hands & Feet: One big "mitten" hand, while the other is a large green hook. He has weird, two-toed feet that don't resemble a bat's- they look more like ungulate hooves.
Easily-Broken Bits: Oh man- THOSE WINGS. Most of the birds at least have feathers giving the wings "depth"- these are just thin sheets of plastic. Some of the most easily-damaged stuff in the line. 
 
Had it as a Kid: I actually had two- each was missing the Weird Hand arm, and one wing each.
Variants: None known.

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