#6: TRIPLE THREAT SNAKE
Japanese Name: Snake Bomb
-Triple-Thread Snake is very much a "generic" snake, though is probably some sort of viper, judging by his simple head and fangs.
-Snakes... One of the most feared animals the world over, simply be an odd subset of the "Uncanny Valley"- while things that are SORT of familiar but "off" by a ways are horrifically creepy (giant puppets, lifelike dolls, etc.), things that are the absolute OPPOSITE of familiar in every single way are just as bad. It's for this reason that things like Spiders, Snakes and Bugs are so scary to most people. Think about a snake, and you picture a creature with NO LIMBS, yet can move. It has no eyelids or external ears, moves by a creepy 'slithering' motion, has a mouth with giant teeth, which are needle-like and extremely sharp. It can dislocated it's entire jaw, and actually swallow things whole that are LARGER THAN THE SNAKE. Oh, and some have POISON. And others STRANGLE things to death. It's not hard to see why nearly every culture has "Evil Snake" myths.
-Snakes come in two types- the Constrictors and the Venomous. Both are extremely fast, driving forward with lightning speed during an attack, while being docile the rest of the time, and making slow approaches. Constrictors bite their prey and strangle them slowly, crushing bone and choking prey to death by tightening with each breath. The venomous snakes (themselves coming in many types) lash out with a bite, and then wait for the prey to die (or just hang on), seeping deadly poisons into the prey's body. Poison is often quite different, with varying effects: Some are strength-sapping nerve damage, others are suffocating, others attack the blood, etc.
-The Families are as follows:
Henophids: Boas, Pythons, Anacondas & other constrictors. The majority of constricting snakes are here. This is a "primitive" order, with vestigial limbs existing as hind-claws. Chief difference between the types is that Boas give birth to live young, while Pythons lay eggs, of which they are among the few snakes to show parental care- guarding the clutch.
Colubrids: "Generic" snakes like Tree & Garter Snakes. Very thin, often rather small (though the Corn Snake is over 7 feet long). Also contains some constrictors.
Elapids: Extremely venomous and dangerous, including the Cobras, Death Adders (holy crap is that a threatening name), Mambas & Sea Snakes. The Black Mamba is considered the most-dangerous, being highly-aggressive.
Vipers: Highly-evolved pit-sensing creatures that poison the fat in a living body via Hemotoxic Venoms. Rattlesnakes, Vipers & Adders are included. The Puff Adder is the most-frequent killer of humans in Africa, but the Russel's Viper kills frequently in Asia, injecting huge doses of venom every time it bites.
Scolecophids: Very small and mostly-unknown, they're underground predators with few teeth.
Toy Description: Possibly the single most-iconic and recognizable Battle Beast is this fellow- the very unique Snake. Despite being one of the first ones produced (and thus one of the most easily-found), he is notable for basically taking the entire "Standard Beast Scheme" and completely turning it on its head. Instead of just having a "Weird Hand", the Snake has SNAKE HEADS for hands- both arms are long, curving snake necks & heads, with no wrist-guards or anything like it. Prominently-displayed on a lot of merchandise, he's absolutely iconic to the Battle Beasts.
He's well-designed, as well. A lot of "unique" Beasts still kind of suck, but this guy has a ton of detail, thanks to an entire "checkerboard" pattern for his diamond-shaped scales. Also, the undersides of his limbs, neck and legs all feature the "ribbed" reptilian belly, giving him further detail. Combine that with his sinister, grinning face, fangs (uncolored), and long, curving neck, and you've got one of the best in the line, especially for an early figure. I think the only part that diminishes him in my eyes is the fact that he is SUPER, SUPER easy to find. He's available in so many "Lots" on eBay that it's impossible to shop around for various figures without picking up a Snake or two- I only ever had one as a kid, but as an adult I've picked up FIVE MORE, six in total. And only one of those five was a deliberate buy just for him- the others are all "extras" (in one case, I bought his weapon from a seller, and he accidentally threw the wielder into the box as well- kindly, he let me keep it).
He has a tiny "6" on his right boot, and some have a "C" in the recess of the boot. Like the early generation, the copywrite info is printed directly on his back.
Colors: Three- his body is a very light, almost neon green. His armor is dark blue, and his eyes and Secondary Colors are red.
Armor: Fairly simple and plain (the body is the main focus of this guy), with a plunging neckline to show off his belly-stripes- this means his Symbol is on his stomach, not his chest. The armor is a one-piece, with two large, red shoulder-guns. There are also two rent vents beside his Symbol. His boots are rather plain, but well-shaped, making them noticeably cool- almost like a Japanese "Mecha" design. He has very light shoulder-pads that circle around his upper arm, and is the only Beast lacking any kind of wrist-guard.
Weapon: A very long, silver halberd. The pommel has a slight "hook" on it, and the tip ends in a spearhead that springs off with an axe-head (with three indentations on it).
Hands & Feet: As noted, his hands are truly uniqe- snake-heads, seen in profile, complete with eyes and teeth. Unlike his own head, the mouths are open, allowing him to grip weapons. Odd too are his feet- as snakes are limbless, they had to make some up. They chose to give him prominent, two-toed reptilian feet.
Easily-Broken Bits: None, really- any part that sticks out is the same color as his body. Though many have weathering on the chest-guns.
Had it as a Kid: Yes- I couldn't remember what he looked like, but turns out I had an armless one.
Variants: None known.
Overall Score: 8/10 (hard to be subjective when I have nine million of the things, but he's a real stand-out of the early guys- the only Beast with faces for hands.