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#101 Jabroniville

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 01:38 AM

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#22: HARE RAZING RABBIT
Japanese Name: Rabbit Kid 
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-Hare-Raising Rabbit could be nearly any variety of lagomorph. Likely a domestic rabbit, however.

 

-Lagomorphs are highly-similar to Rodents in numerous ways, especially the small size and their teeth (the two share common ancestors). Famous for their ability to breed with great rapidity, their speed, and their ears, this Order is common throughout most of the world. Rabbits & Hares are still hunted heavily for their meat, but their ability to procreate is so staggering that many of the species are still at the level of "Urban Pests"- here in Edmonton, you'll see a rabbit just about every day. The Order isn't very diverse, and most of the animals look the same.
 
-The differences between Rabbits & Hares are pretty minor- Rabbit bunnies are born blind and hairless, whereas Hares give birth to sighted, furred children. Hares are generally larger, thinner and more athletic. Hares have not been domesticated, nor do they gather in groups and burrow underground. There's also the Pika family, with their much shorter ears, and tinier size (none weigh more than a pound).
 
-Rabbits are popular animals, owing to cuteness and the ears and junk- easily-recognizable, they make an ideal animal for cartoons- Walt Disney's first creation, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, was a huge hit (when he was fired from the animation company that produced the cartoons, he simply swapped the rabbit ears with mouse ones to make Mickey Mouse), and Bugs Bunny took inspiration from him. We would also see Roger Rabbit, The March Hare, and of course Watership Down, a very dark, bloody picture that features the kind of stuff that you'd only show to children if you wanted to SCARE THEM OUT OF THEIR FREAKING MINDS, FOREVER.
 
Toy Description: The earliest of the Battle Beasts that I myself did not own, and was thus fascinated by. Hare-Raising Rabbit (dig that punny name) has a lot of "typical" traits of the line, but also shares some unique bits here and there. He's got the same kind of armor most characters do, but a MUCH larger helmet, projecting ears, he's got four colors (instead of the typical- especially at that point- three), and his armor is just a slightly darker color than his skin. And he's even got a TAIL! All in all, he's a quality toy, though as he's an early one, looks somewhat "plain" at points. The aforementioned thing with his skin & armor being so similar doesn't help.
 
There's a "22" on the back of his helmet, and the copywrite info is printed on a large rectangle on his back, like most "early" Beasts. 
 
The Rabbit is quite tall and thin for a Battle Beast, and has very rounded armor- almost nothing has a sharp angle on his design. His rabbit-like face is recognizable, and the ears are a dead giveaway- there's no mistaking his species. He even has a little tail- one of the only ones in the line! It's actually rather mechanical-looking, however- short and blunt, like a little sparkplug. Even his feet are mechanical, being very flat and having sharp angles.
 
Colors: Four- his skin is a light turqouise, and his armor is a darker shade of the same color. His eyes are bright yellow, and his Secondary Color is very bright pink.
Armor: A standard one-piece, built quite typically, albeit much more-rounded than normal. The smooth lines result in wrist-guards and boots that "bulge" in the middle and thin out at the joints- his shoulder-pads are basically cup-shaped, and hang so low as to almost meet the wrist-guards. His Chest Symbol is rather low (not quite on the belly), with two pink, crooked lines beside it. Another pink object- a box that projects out a bit, sits above the Symbol, astride some organic-looking line details in the armor. He's also packing a lot of circles, rectangles & triangles etched into his armor. He's one of the only Beasts to wear a complete helmet- with chin straps going all the way to his muzzle, and covering the entire back of his head- it actually looks a lot like Mega Man's helmet, right down to the projected forehead bit. It simply has holes for his giant ears to poke through.
Weapon: A very long, dark-grey polearm- a double-ended staff with large "wedge" shapes of trapezoidal make. There's a relief on one end, with three little lines etched in on each side, while the other end is slightly smaller.
Hands & Feet: Mitten-like hands, with toeless, mechanical-looking feet.
Easily-Broken Bits: His giant ears are just asking to be damaged, though they're thick enough that you're unlikely to see one with the whole thing torn completely off. Just a lot of surface damage, especially at the edges.
 
Had it as a Kid: Nope, though I was quite familiar with him, as my friend Paul had one, and I'm sure I saw others. Oddly, I was never jealous of him like I was of the Flamingo- even back then, I think I could tell that he was pretty "generic".
Variants: I was gonna say none, but there is actually a very rare (to me, anyways) "short-eared rabbit" that is apparently a whole different kind of mold, as he's shrimpier than the regular Rabbit. This is usually only noticeable when the two are next to each other- I certainly can't tell just from looking at a figure.
Overall Rating: 7/10 (decent-looking, but a bit plain)

Edited by Jabroniville, 17 January 2018 - 12:27 AM.

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 10:33 AM

Oh Boy! I can think of at least one person who might disagree with that rabbit rating!

 

Also, I, as the remover and replacer of hundreds of battle beast heads, hereby declare that the Pangolin's is the most adaptable as it fits comfortable on nearly all beasts.


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#103 Jabroniville

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 12:27 AM

LOL- I was a bit worried, but I find him a bit on the "plain" side- to the point where I passed him by at the local Antique Mall, thinking I already had him! Though in retrospect, a "6" is too low- I'll upgrade him to a "7". I can imagine someone liking him the best if they had him as a kid and he was special in some way.


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Posted 21 January 2018 - 08:34 PM

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#50: SABRE-SWORD TIGER
Japanese Name: Platinum Tiger 
Animal Basis:
 

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-This guy is obviously a "Sabre-Toothed Tiger", more properly known as a Smilodon. They are among the largest cats of all time, and have freakish oversized canine teeth (giving them their old name, "Sabre-Toothed Tiger", though they are quite distantly related to actual Tigers), mainly used to sever the throat of their prey after a long struggle has left them exhausted. See, teeth of THAT size are incredibly fragile compared to standard bone, so they could potentially cripple themselves if they bit too hard. Smilodon populator, the largest subspecies, could weigh up to 1,000 lbs. by many estimates, though its front legs are longer than the back, making them poorly-built for speed.
 
Toy Description: Sabre-Sword Tiger is completely unique in that he is the only one of the original 76 Battle Beasts who is based off of an extinct creature- the Smilodon of course was extinct for millennia by 1987. He's a very solid figure as well, carrying a lot of unique details that make him stand out. Though his color scheme is a bit forgettable, he's one of the few Beasts with distinctive teeth, as well as spikes on his armor. His face projects outwards much more than most cat-figures (who are typically round-faced), and there's a lot of detail.
 
His weapon is one of the best, too- an actual rapier, not some weird science fiction-y oddly-shaped thing. Unusually, his armor doesn't have a Secondary Color, per se- it's just got a pair of shoulder spikes that mimic his own white fangs. His armor has a ton of intricate details, and he's also sporting skin-colored teeth behind his main two. He's just a neat figure. Like most later figures, he has a peg-hole on his left foot. Unusual for his line, he's got a "50" on the back of his neck, and a "2" on the back of his right boot.
 
Colors: Four- his skin is a light, tawny yellow (much like an actual Smilodon's was imagined to be at the time), and his armor is a light, pastel green. His two large fangs and the spikes on his shoulders are bright white, and his eyes are a blazing red.
Armor: A standard two-piece, typical in many senses except that there aren't any multi-colored lights or any of that stuff- it's just plain green except for the shoulder spikes- a pair of hooked white spires coming off of his rounded shoulder-pads. The armor has a TON of intricate details, however- shapes etched all over, with lines surrounding them to make them stand out. The two shapes beside his Chest Symbol are surrounded by lines that point towards them- there are even lined portions beside the centre of his boots. Despite all of the lines, his armor still looks rather organic. The shoulder-pads are round and stick out slightly, with light details- little rectangles with circles etched into them. These were placed near the shoulder, and out at the edges.
Weapon: A very long, real-looking dark bronze rapier, ending in a ball-tip. It even has a classic hilt that covers the back of the hand!
Hands & Feet: Three-fingered hands and four-toed feet, all with nails designed on.
Easily-Broken Bits: Though you're as likely to lose the whole arm, the shoulder-spikes are probably easy to break off. And easily-weathered, too.
 
Had it as a Kid: Yep- though sadly, he was armless, which probably resulted in me being less of a fan than I should have- I only really cared for my Lion out of my three Cat figures (the Jaguar was the other one).
Variants: None.
Overall Score: 8/10 (very unique and cool. Great weapon!)

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#105 Jabroniville

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Posted 30 January 2018 - 05:28 AM

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#19: PRICKLY PORCUPINE
Japanese Name: Hedgehog 
Animal Basis:
 
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-This guy is probably based off of the North American Porcupine, famous for being a roden covered with quills (something rather unusual to the type). The Quills are quite notorious, though not really that damage-y- their main advantage is that they hurt like a bastard, and can eventually become infected. Humans can simply remove the quills, but as most animals do not have opposable thumbs, they can be in VERY serious trouble if struck by too many quills in important places. Similarly, animals have no choice BUT to use unarmed attacks instead of using weapons, meaning quills are quite effective against them- many animals will simply avoid Porcupines for this reason. They can live from ten to twenty years.
 
-He is differentiated from the Cape Porcupine of Africa, which is quite a bit larger and has a very long set of "tail quills" (I figure him for the smaller North American variety because his quills are all the same length, and that one is much more famous). In Japan he is called "Hedgehog", but that might be a generic term for quilled animals. He has a bit of an elongated face, and no "rodent teeth", so theoretically he MIGHT be an actual hedgehog, but I'd think he would have a much pointier nose if that was the case.
 
Toy Description: One of the earliest and most-distinctive Battle Beasts, the Porcupine has a ton of recognizable details, largely in the spikes of his armor. He takes the three-color set-up and makes the most of it, giving us a ton. His armor would be pretty plain if not for the spikes over almost every part (there are an astonishing sixty-nine in total! His head adds twelve points), and even his Secondary Color isn't relegated to tiny lights- it's placed right around his Symbol. His face is rather indistinct- it could be almost any animal (he has little sharp teeth, making him look more like a mustelid than a rodent...), but then the back makes it a bit more clear- those giant spikes could only be the quills of a porcupine. His elongated head actually has twelve spikes (three rows of four) as "hair", which probably gives him the most-detailed head in the entire line!
 
The copywrite info is on his back, with the "19" written right below it (making him one of the few to have the number not be placed on their skin)- there's also a little "B" written on the back of his right thigh. I most-remember the Porcupine for his variations- as a kid, I had a light yellow one, and a glossy, dark-yellow Variant.
 
Colors: Three- his skin is a very, very dark grey. His armor is a very dark yellow (note, though, that numerous Variants exist), and his eyes and Secondary Color are a dark red.
Armor: His armor is pretty genetic- bulgy and a two-piece set-up... but of course then there's all the spikes. Numerous yellow spikes pop up all over the suit. There's one on each end of his square wrist-guards. One is on each end of his shoulder-pads, with three coming on the ridges. His kneepads have three in a row, with a fourth below them on the boot. Each side of his boots also has four in a long line, and there are two in a row on the backs of them. His codpiece has two on each side of the front, one on each of his sides, and two on each end of the back side. His copywrite info on the back is surrounded- four below, and one at each upper corner. There are two beside each end of his Symbol's upper corners, as well. And finally, we come to his helmet- a small one that only covers the top and sides of his head (to reveal his quills), but with three spikes on the very top. The helmet is very angular, with points jutting towards his mouth. His Secondary Color is a red square around his Symbol (which is located on his belly), with lines projecting to the sides, and a smaller trapezoid below it. 
Weapon: One of the most well-detailed weapons- a long, dark-grey polearm, with a central cog with two spikes on each side. The upper end ends in a three-pronged "pitchfork".
Hands & Feet: Mitten-like hands, and three-toed feet.
Easily-Broken Bits: None, but you're going to almost always see a LOT of weathering on all those points- the toy itself is made of dark grey plastic, so that yellow armor is NOT going to cover it up all the time, and those SIXTY-NINE points are not going to improve that.
 
Had it as a Kid: Yep- I had three. Notably, two were the plain yellow, but one was the much darker, very glossy yellow, which I thought was REALLY cool and fascinating when I was younger. I wish I had a fully-armed version, but alas- all of mine suffered battle amputations.
Variants: A notable one- the "typical" version is a dull yellow. The Variant is a much darker, glossy yellow, as mentioned before. There seem to be some variations of the shade of yellow in any case, with the main Battle Beasts resource listing a more "lime"-colored one that looks a tiny bit different from the "standard". I think this is just a factory variation.
Overall Score: 8/10 (very distinctive and cool- takes the "standard set-up" and stands out because of all the spikes)

Edited by Jabroniville, 30 January 2018 - 05:36 AM.

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 03:09 AM

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#76: OSSIFIED ORANGUTAN
Japanese Name: Udan 
Animal Basis: Sumatran Orangutan
 

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-Osified Orangutan is clearly a Sumatran Orangutan, as evidenced by his muzzled face and shaggier hair. The larger Bornean Orangutans featured giant puffed-out cheeks at the sides of their head, and much rounder faces. This guy in particular looks like Dr. Zaius from The Planet of the Apes.
 
-The Orangutan is a step above Chimps in size, and is more distantly related to us. And like Chimps, they're freakishly-strong, and ultra-endangered, thanks to some VERY tiny territories (some small Pacific Islands and that's it). The Sumatran variety is smaller, but both generally look alike. There's a shocking amount of sexual dimorphism involved compared to almost any other mammal (only the Elephant Seal and Cervids & Bovids come to mind as also sharing differences on this scale- and mostly it's just a matter of horns/antlers), as the males are HUGE compared to the females, and have giant exaggerated cheek pouches. Males still dominate their territories, and are known for "forcible copulation" with females generally any time they feel threatened- essentially, they use rape as a dominance excercise.
 
Toy Description: And so we come to the final-numbered Battle Beast in the line- #76 Ossified (??- he's made up of hardened cartilage?) Orangutan suffers from "Unique Beast Syndrome"- he's totally unique and stands out like crazy, breaking a ton of the rules... but kind of sucks. See, those rules are often there for a REASON, and so breaking them leaves him looking like a mish-mash of odd parts. His forgettable coloration doesn't help matters. I think it's that skinny left arm of his- while standing out, it looks very unimpressive. His bare right arm causes the same issue as well.
 
The Orangutan is also very hunchbacked and short- noticeably tiny compared to say, the Gorilla. So despite a lot of detail on his body (long fur is etched onto his entire frame), he's unimpressive-looking. He looks humorously like Dr. Zaius from The Planet of the Apes, being a red orangutan with a pronounced head. His armor is more like a big "vest", bare all the way to the codpiece, and unusually, features an entirely-covered limb, ending in a Weird Hand- a claw. Another very unusual feature is the fact that his face is actually a different color than the rest of his body- but only SLIGHTLY. It's actually a slightly darker purplish-red color.
 
All in all, he would probably look better if he was more "typical"- give him shoulder and wrist guards on the right arm, and break up the armor on the left a little bit, and you'd have a more-quality Beast. The way he is now, he looks all off-kilter and weird. Like most later ones, you can see information and peg-holes on the soles of his feet- a "76C" is next to the peg-hole on the left foot.
 
Colors: Four- his body is a red/brown color, and his armor a pastel green. His eyes and Secondary Color are yellow. And, very difficult to see, is a fourth color- his muzzle and face is a slightly darker red than his body!
Armor: One of the most unusual (but monochromatic) sets in the line. It's a two-piece, standard below the ribcage, but the upper portion is actually split, leaving his chest bare. It's very square, but you can only see a little bit of armor on the right breast, featuring a little yellow circle with a raised "dial" on it. The left breast features his Chest Symbol. There's a bit of line detail around various parts, and the codpiece is raised by quite a ways. Most-unusual is the fact that his right arm is completely bare, while his left is completely covered- it looks like a completely-cybernetic limb.
Weapon: A very long purple spear. The bottom features a spearhead, while the top looks like a giant, pointy oar. It's basically two spearheads attached at their bases, with four lines etched into the top one.
Hands & Feet: A two-fingered hand, and splayed-out five-toed feet. His entire left arm is a cybernetic appendage, made up of a blocky shoulder pad, bulbous bicep, then a mechanical contraption that ends in a straight, three-fingered claw of sorts.
Easily-Broken Bits: None.
 
Had it as a Kid: Nope- as a result, he looks very odd to me.
Variants: None.
 
Overall Score: 4/10 (meh- very disappointing for a Late Series Beast)

Edited by Jabroniville, 07 February 2018 - 03:10 AM.

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 08:48 AM

Nope. Gotta disagree. Love him.  He's just one weird and wonderful cartilage stuffed beast


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Posted Yesterday, 12:50 AM

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#26: BIGHORN SHEEP
Japanese Name: Bomb Sheep 
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-Well, this one's pretty obvious. I mean, it's not only in his English name, but he's also got the distinctive curving horns. Sheep are pretty funny, and another really common domesticated animal, being handy both for food and for their wool, a great product in clothing. Mostly, they're unimpressive physical specimens, until you get to the mountain-dwelling Bighorn Sheep. These guys are rather large, and common in certain mountainous regions of North America. They're primarily known for their famous headbutting contests- hitting each other full-blast while fighting over females.
 
Toy Description: Bighorn Sheep is one of the cooler "early" Beasts, packing a distinctive appearance. He's also one of the first Beasts to REALLY alter the imagined color of his animal basis- he's a BRIGHT BLUE Ram! He's pretty simple in many ways, but mixes a good deal of uniqueness in others- his coloration, horns on his shoulder-pads, and a cool mask. His horns aren't overly-detailed, but still look okay- they're rounded, but don't project out that much. They also have simple lines etched into them, so the horns don't "bulge" properly. He has a tiny little bump of a tail. A "26" is on the back of his head- oddly, his copywrite information is found on the back of his left leg on a large block. This makes him one of few Beasts with assymetrical boots. But his color scheme is the most eye-popping thing here- dark (almost black) grey armor combined with light blue skin. His evil mask and shoulder pads combine to make him look like one of the more EVIL Beasts, as well.
 
Colors: Three- his body is light blue, and his armor a very dark grey. His eyes and Secondary Colors are a dull yellow.
Armor: A typical one-piece, with pretty simple line details, and few projecting parts. His shoulder pads are rounded and very long, ending close to his wrist-guards. His boots and knee-pads are very rounded as well, with light details. His shoulder pads have small blue horns, mimicking those of his head. His symbol is closer to his belly, with large yellow "headlights" slightly above them, while another is on his crotch. Most-notable, however, is his mask- looking a bit like a gas-mask, it covers his entire muzzle and goes up to his forehead. There are some quality details on it, especially a vicious-looking sharp-toothed grimace.
Weapon: Like most of the "Dark Grey Weapon" guys, his is a bit abstract. It looks like a large, pointed-angled "claw", with a short handle. Slightly above the handle are two crooked-angled bars that reconnect at the base of the claw.
Hands & Feet: Four-fingered hands with fingernails etched in, and two-toed cloven hooves.
Easily-Broken Bits: None, though there's a lot of weathering to be found on his headlights (yellow over dark grey) and his mask, which projects out a fair bit.
 
Had it as a Kid: Yep- armless, as per usual.
Variants: A version is found with a slightly lighter blue. I think I actually own two of this version, so I'm not sure how rare it is. It's a bit tough to tell from photographs, though.
Overall Score: 8/10 (really a great one. The only thing "holding him back" is the fact that he's fairly common)
 

 


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Posted Yesterday, 05:57 AM

Also, he just looks so...... EVIL


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