-Ha-haaaaaaaaaa- well HELL. My whole time looking at this guy, I was thinking he was just a normal lobster. I mean, he's red, he's got giant claws, and he's a shellfish, right? But no- check out the head shape. He has the head of a JAPANESE TIGER PRAWN. You can tell because he's got his eyes set inside the head (lobster eyes are on stalks, up top), the top of his head has little spike ridges, and there are a bunch of little fleshy bits sticking out forward from underneath the hard part of his skull. The distinctive "tiny pincers" of prawn species are seen on the top of this guy's shoulders, too.
Well, this is a kicker. I mean, he's so lobster-y. In fact, I'd say they more likely snagged a lobster's distinctive giant claws & tail and then added stuff from the prawns the designers would be more familiar with, as his head is so distinctively "prawn"-like. You can see lobster features such as the spikes along the limbs, the flat tail, and the big claws.
Prawns are small crusctaceans (though some reach about a foot in length), typically known for being good eatin' and easier to catch en masse than lobsters. The term "prawn" is generally known to describe any large shrimp (though "giant shrimp" is also common). Like lobsters, these creatures are decapods (which you can expect to beat demigods), so named for their ten limbs. The head and thorax are fused together, with the body flat on the sides. They are easily recognized for their bunches of antennae. The first pair are fairly tiny and split into two tips, while the second pair can be 2-3 times the length of the body, sticking right back and ending in single tips. The thorax has five pairs of walking legs, the first three of which ending in small claws.
They are opportunistic omnivores, and themselves important prey species, being so small. Prawns are positively ancient, the first ones being found dating from 250 million years ago.
Lobsters, meanwhile, are among the largest living crustaceans, being a couple of feet long and sporting muscular, broad tails. Once considered "trash food", given to slaves and prisoners because they were hideous and easily caught, people eventually learned that they are the BEST FOOD EVER if prepared properly (most people were eating long-dead lobsters), and so the price skyrocketed and they became a "delicacy". Lobsters are also decapods, but their front limbs are famously ending in very large claws. Their eight walking legs feature six sets with claws.
Fun fact: Lobsters are actaully BLUE-GREEN or BROWN, not red. The red coloring is only known for lobsters that have been BOILED, thanks to a type of oil in on their exoskeletons. Any fiction showing red lobsters living under the water is erroneous. THey are typically the same color, but can occasionally turn weird ones- bright blue, cotton-candy blue, white, etc.
Toy Description: Zariganian (I can't figure out what his name is supposed to represent) is one of the coolest-looking and most-distinctive Laser Beasts. He is solidly-built, brightly-colored, and has a great silhouette, thanks to his shoulder-claws and giant pincers. The VERY bright pastel blue armor is eye-popping, and goes well with that dark red skin. His head is one of the most-detailed in the line, and his armor has more color detailing than almost anybody's, sporting EIGHT red dots!
Zariganian's head is prawn-like, being triangular and jutting out straight forwards, with a swooping "helmet" shape with four triangular ridges on its top. Beneath this are a pair of round, yellowy eyes, two wrinkles behind each one, and then two pairs of pointed antennae- the top longer than the bottom. All are pointed and segmented, with the upper pair having longer segments at the tips. Underneath is a "mouth" of sorts, which is a bundle of mandibles that don't look like anything, and a pair of large antennae coming from the bottom of the head, tracing along the shoulders and pointing straight back. These segmented antennae end just about where the head does.
His limbs have multipled raised dots on them, resembling the lobster's limbs. The arms have two bulbous dots on the sides, and two sets of smaller ones in between those. His legs have more pointed spikes on the front (three each) and back (two each), with uneven dots in between those. His hands are giant lobster claws (each the same size, unlike real lobsters), with a very large main appendange and a smaller joint on the inside- both are "framed" along their jagged edges with lines that trace the serrations. Four large ridges are along the edges of the claws, with uneven dots on the front and back of the claws- three tracing the outer edge, two tracing the inner, and one in between those.
His shoulder pads sprout long, curved prawn-like limbs, with one short segment and one long one, ending in the dual-claws. The bottom segments have four sets of two bumps, while the longer ones have eleven (three sets of three, and two on the inner edge. His back has the big, flat end of a lobster tail, with five different "plates", each trimmed with a ribbed line. Atop these five are three little triangular "plates".
There is an "85B" on the right boot of mine, and copywright information on the other boot. And a sticker from the Japanese shop where I bought him.
Colors: Three- tied for least among the Beasts. His skin is a bright red. His armor is a very light, pastel blue. His eyes are an orange/yellow pallor. Possibly, he may have four colors depending, as the dots on the blue armor are painted on, and in some pictures look rather orange.
Armor: One of the most detailed sets of armor in the line. The torso actually has a ton of colored details, with two sets of three red dots lining the neckline (right under the antennae), and two more large ones on the codpiece. On top of the Chest Marble are two sets of two tiny lines, then cut-out circles, and beneath that three sets of "ribbed" vents going down to the side panels, which are also ribbed (with tiny curved lines at the upper edge). The back-hole has a long raised line underneath it, and two corded wires leading into bits on the shoulders. Beneath those are two small, cut-out vents. The codpiece is blocky and has two long tubes lining the legs.
The shoulder-pads are very round, with four sets of double-line mini-vents on them. The front and back have long bumps, flat on the sides, that stick straight out. From the upper corners sprout the prawn-claws.
His kneepads are round and end with odd half-spheres with a block on the bottom. The boots themselves are rounded with a LOT of linework, such as four lines on the shins, four segments for the foot part, and two very long, diagonal corded wires leading from the back of the boot (sprouting out of a central, rounded bit on the back) to the sides above the foot. The heel has two rounded "vents", detailed like the torso's side panels.
Weapon: Zariganian has a very short gun with three muzzles. There is a small "lobster tail" on one end, and the muzzles are framed by two large claws, with a much bigger bottom claw.
Hands & Feet: Two large lobster claws with lots of bumps and serrated edges. Both resemble the other, and so can hold weapons.
Easily-Broken Bits: Light blue on red, with lots of raised bits, is likely prone to weather. But those TINY prawn-arms are likely lost on any number of figures. I've yet to see any broken ones, though- I think anyone lucky enough to have one of these knows of its rarity.
Do I Have One?: Yes! THIS is the one I actually found this one in a store in Japan- their famous Nakano Broadway building. A very long mall with tiny shops dotted all over the place, 90% of which are just "resin model shops" and second-hand stores. He was the only Beast I found, actually- the line is pretty under-represented even in its homeland. Funny thing was, he was much cheaper than any LB I've found in North America, costing about $10 or so. You can't imagine my excitement at actually finding one of these guys in the wild!
Overall Score: 10/10 (probably the coolest-looking Laser Beast, at least of the first twelve. VERY distinctive, tons of detail, and more)
Edited by Jabroniville, Yesterday, 10:18 PM.