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#76 Jabroniville

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 01:47 AM

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#64: MUSKY OX
Japanese Name: Muskhorn 
Animal Basis: 
 

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-Well this one isn't exactly hard to figure out. Not only is it in his name, but the horns are pretty distinctive.
 
-Muskox are a cool-looking bovine species, but are usually much smaller than their family members, being a mere 990 lbs. at maximum. Their babies look like four-legged Cousin Itts. They're actually more closely-related to Goats & Sheep than actual Oxen. A notable battle tactic is for the entire herd to form a circle- asses in, horns out; with the calves in the middle. This disallows any predators (generally Wolves) from getting at the vulnerable babies, and allows the adults to maximize their frontage. Many other bovine species do this, but Muskox are the most-famous for it.
 
Toy Description: A pretty basic, but still very cool-looking, Beast, Musky Ox (one of the few to basically use his own species name in its entirety) has a very distinctive color scheme that manages to really make him stand out. Also, the impressive set of horns that aren't nearly as flimsy as most of the ungulates's in the series comes off well. I mean, his appearance is very typical of most Beasts- boxy armor, simple color scheme, basic animal, etc.- but the total package is very good, like a lot of "Grey Weapon" Beasts.
 
His face is well-detailed, with a "muzzle" being revealed by indents, as well as some "wrinkles" around his eyes. His horns meet in the middle, and swoop down just like a real Musk Ox's. The bright yellow armor plays off really well against his dark brown skin, and he's got a very cool weapon- as much of a "classic sword" as you're going to get in this line. His left boot has a "64 C" and a peghole on the underside of the left foot.
 
Colors: Four- basically a generic set-up, except his horns are a different color than the rest of him. His body is a very dark brown, and his armor a bright, eye-popping canary yellow. His eyes and Secondary Colors are bright red, and his horns are a milky beige color.
Armor: A simple, boxy two-piece. Two red rectangles border his Chest Symbol, and there's another, longer one on his crotch. Everything is very well-detailed with straight lines, shoulder guards next to the neck, and more. Oddly, he does not have shoulder pads at all, and on his back there's something that almost looks like a jetpack.
Weapon: One of the better weapons in the series- a big light-grey sword. it has a slight "bulge" at the tip of the blade, and a very well-detailed crossguard, made up of two "X" symbols- one on each side.
Hands & Feet: Mitten-like hands, and cloven hooves for feet. The toes are actually separated by a bit of distance, which is unusual.
Easily-Broken Bits: The pointy edges of his horns seem like they'd be prone to weathering, but generally, you're just going to see paint weathering all over, since it's white over a dark color.
 
Had it as a Kid: Yes- he's missing his right arm, and is suffering from an extraordinary amount of weathering- a lot of yellow is chipped off, and his horns are now more brown than white.
Variants: None known.
 
Overall Rating: 8/10 (most of the bovines in this line are good, actually)

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 12:13 AM

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#6: TRIPLE THREAT SNAKE
Japanese Name: Snake Bomb 
Animal Basis:


-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.
 

 


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 03:58 PM

8/10! Harsh critic!
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:46 PM

heh-heh- it's a high score! I swear! I just love so many guys MORE!

Honestly, I almost never go below "6" for the Beasts. Only the most plain & forgettable guys get that score.


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Posted 27 September 2017 - 10:10 PM

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#59: KING COBRA
Japanese Name: Cobrander 
Animal Basis:
 

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Well this one's rather obvious.
 
-King Cobras are easily the longest and largest of all venomous snakes, and are so scary they're actual SNAKE HUNTERS. Immune to the venom of other Snakes, they sneak up and bite their own Family, swallowing them whole. They're so long that when they "rear" up into the air, they can actually stare some humans straight in the face (can you imagine actually seeing that?), making them utterly terrifying, but don't worry- they usually don't bite people. Instead, they shy away from contact, slithering about elsewhere, and quietly go about their business.
 
Toy Description: One I never knew existed as a kid, the King Cobra is one of the cooler-looking and more-distinctive Beasts, like much of the "Grey Weapon" guys. His color scheme is a stand-out, and his profile is impressive- like the Snake, he has a long neck, but adding the HOOD makes him one of the more-recognizable animals in the line. His skin is covered in round scales on the legs, and hexagonal ones on the arms and head. His hood is prominent, and his face sticks way out forward- his teeth are unpainted, but his tongue is red. His throat and the inside of his hood are ribbed like the Snake's is, but his arms and legs go un-ribbed. "59 B" sits on his right foot, and there's a peg-hole in the other.
 
Colors: Three- his body is a light brown. His armor is a very light purple, and his eyes, tongue and Secondary Colors are dark red.
Armor: A very well-detailed two-piece- seriously, there are a LOT of little bits and pieces attached to this. It has projected boxes and round bits all over the place, complicated shapes, projected shoulder pieces, and more. His wrist-guards stick out a great deal forwards, projecting past the hands themselves with a solid purple piece. There is a single headlight and a red vent next to each side of his Chest Symbol. The back is also very-detailed, with a large hole in the underside of one projection. Probably the most-detailed armor in the entire line.
Weapon: A strange-looking light grey abstract axe-like weapon, resembling some of the "Dark Grey Weapons" of the earlier series. The pommel sticks backwards at an angle, and the head itself sort of looks like a giant, hollow triangle, with an extra "hook" coming off of the back, and a short point sticking forwards from the front.
Hands & Feet: Both his hands are quite odd- there are no fingers, but rather than "Mittens", it looks more like a single finger that projects out at a right-angle from the wrist. His right arm is technically a "Weird Hand", but is an exact duplicate of the left, minus the thumb. So his "Weird Hand" is more just a deformity. His feet are single-toed projections.
Easily-Broken Bits: His fingers are a bit skinnier and thus flimsier than everyone else's. I would imagine that somebody may have lost his head at some point, since it's much wider at the top than the bottom.
 
Had it as a Kid: Nope- I saw this guy for the first time at a random Edmonton Comic Expo.
Variants: None known.
 
Overall Score: 8.5/10 (Another cool one!)

Edited by Jabroniville, 27 September 2017 - 10:12 PM.

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 09:57 AM

One of my favorites
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Posted 14 October 2017 - 01:44 AM

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#25: BLOODTHIRSTY BISON
Japanese Name: Violet Horn 
Animal Basis:
 

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-This guys's pretty clearly a Bison (sometimes called the Buffalo). Bison are a very large form of cow, famous as a symbol of North America (where they are the largest fauna period, having outlasted all the other megafauna like Woolly Rhinos and Mammoths and stuff), though small herds exist in Europe (where it's sometimes called the "Wisent"). They were a sacred prey species of the Natives, and both of course suffered greatly upon European expansion. Problem was, the VAST herds of bison all over the continent were very vulnerable to a little thing called a "Gun", and White & Native alike pretty much exterminated the lot of them (in some cases, deliberately, to cause the starvation of people- some Europeans were less nice than others). Today, they exist in some VERY rare, but sustainable herds, but most are now domesticated animals, producing a similar-tasting meat to regular cows. A far cry from the old days, however.
 
-Fun Fact: Environmentalists blame cattle farming for a lot of greenhouse gas emissions, as they produce a hell of a lot of methane from their eating habits and sheer size... the problem? There were MORE Bison during Pre-European North America than there are cattle today- and they were eating GRASS, not hay- producing more methane than cattle farming would today. In this sense, the mass extermination of Bison was a BENEFIT to the environment. Not that the methan produced by cattle is anywhere CLOSE to the majority produced by mankind, though.
 
Toy Description: One of my top favorites as a kid, due to both the color scheme (brown/purple) and his HUGE size. Bloodthisty Bison is not only taller than most Beasts, but WIDER- it gives him a physical presence beyond almost any other. He also has a great set of armor (boxy but detailed), a Weird Hand, and plenty of color differentiation on his form. His face is also quite detailed, with lines etched around his forehead and muzzle. He's easily-recognizable as a bison, despite lacking the shoulder hump. Like most of the earlier numbers, you can see his # on the back of his neck, and the Copywrite info written on a rectangle on his back.
 
Colors: Three- his body is a dark reddish-brown, and his armor is a nice purple color. His eyes and Secondary Color is yellow.
Armor: A very big, blocky, highly-detailed set. Everything about this one-piece set just screams "SIZE"- his boots are enormous compared to most other characters, and his chest area is extremely-wide, with little vents on the shoulders, and a Chest Symbol on his left breast. There are small half-spheres detailed over a lot of his armor, and many other raised bits. His shoulder pads are a bit on the small side, which only draws attention to his body's thickness. His Secondary Color is a giant yellow block taking up his entire crotch, all the way up to the chestplate. His horns are the color of his armor, and there's a device on his forehead- a purple rectangle with two yellow headlights in it.
Weapon: Like a lot of the "Dark Grey Series", it's an abstract shape. Here, it's basically a right triangle with a pair of triangular holes in it, and the outer edge curved outwards- both tips end in hooks that point towards each other.
Hands & Feet: His right hand is a Mitten-like one without fingers, while his left is a U-shaped claw, with the tips pointing towards each other like a nearly-completed circle. His feet are a pair of cloven hooves.
Easily-Broken Bits: His horns are very tiny, and can easily break off, as they're pointy.
 
Had it as a Kid: Yep- one of my very favorites, though unlike the others, he suffered missing arms, and a broken horn. He even looked large like THAT.
Variants: A minor variation- like a small handful of Beasts, he has a "dull" and a "glossy" version- my childhood Bison was quite dull purple, while my newer one is darker and very shiny.
 
Overall Score: 10/10 (totally love this guy. Just massive, impressive-looking and with cool colors).
 

 


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 01:28 PM

Sweet methane gas knowledge drop. 


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Posted Yesterday, 02:58 AM

Sweet methane gas knowledge drop. 

Heh- thanks. I see the "cows cause greenhouse gases" thing tossed out there a lot, so I found the counter-argument interesting.


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