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#126 Exactobeast

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 04:51 AM

Japanese name of Ultragas is fairly stupendous.  Let's all agree on that.

 

This was also the leader of my good guys as a child.  How that happened, I have no idea.


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#127 Robeast

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 01:27 PM

I just joined this site a few days ago and I love reading these too. Not only do I learn more about the Battle Beasts line, individually and in great detail, but I'm also learning more about the animal kingdom every time I read one of these posts. 

 

At this point in time, I have eight Battle Beasts. I collect them 'on the cheap' as much as possible; no rubs, and I only have one with a weapon. The only one I had as a kid was Rubberneck Giraffe and possibly one other one, as they were sold two figures per package.

 

Thanks for these write-ups, Jabroniville! I especially enjoy reading them leisurely, checking out the ones I own or have interest in for now. 

 

The only thing I would even consider doing differently with the write-ups (if I may say so) is including their relevance in the Transformers Headmasters episode 5. For example: Colonel Bird initiates the attack on the Decepticons stronghold by swooping in and bombing it; Rubberneck Giraffe fires his weapon but is ambushed from the moat by Triple-Threat Snake.

Then again, this idea might have 'diluted' the posts a little, so I understand why you didn't include them.

 

Keep up the great work!


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#128 Bratwurst

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 02:51 PM

Just curious if anyone's still reading these. The BB section of this forum is rather quiet these days, lol :). I still have a few more to post, and a handful more to write up. I'll probably eventually finish the main 76.

 

I come to this forum pretty much to catch up on this single thread.


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#129 Jabroniville

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Posted 15 July 2018 - 01:55 AM

I just joined this site a few days ago and I love reading these too. Not only do I learn more about the Battle Beasts line, individually and in great detail, but I'm also learning more about the animal kingdom every time I read one of these posts. 

 

At this point in time, I have eight Battle Beasts. I collect them 'on the cheap' as much as possible; no rubs, and I only have one with a weapon. The only one I had as a kid was Rubberneck Giraffe and possibly one other one, as they were sold two figures per package.

 

Thanks for these write-ups, Jabroniville! I especially enjoy reading them leisurely, checking out the ones I own or have interest in for now. 

 

The only thing I would even consider doing differently with the write-ups (if I may say so) is including their relevance in the Transformers Headmasters episode 5. For example: Colonel Bird initiates the attack on the Decepticons stronghold by swooping in and bombing it; Rubberneck Giraffe fires his weapon but is ambushed from the moat by Triple-Threat Snake.

Then again, this idea might have 'diluted' the posts a little, so I understand why you didn't include them.

 

Keep up the great work!

Thanks for the kind words!

Unfortunately, I've never seen that Headmasters episode, so couldn't comment on it much. I would have lost my mind seeing it as a kid, though.


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Posted 16 July 2018 - 03:00 AM

I come to this forum pretty much to catch up on this single thread.

Yay! Thanks :)


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Posted 23 July 2018 - 10:37 PM

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#1: PIRATE LION
Japanese Name: White Leo
Animal Basis:
 
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Lions mastering cavalry. Now I've seen everything.

 
There are only two varieties of lion known today, and they're pretty much the same- the Asiatic variety only lives in the Gir forest of India, while the African Lion is by far the most common. Lions are known as the "Kings of the Jungle"... rven though they live on grasslands and savannah. And generally just lay around all day. Seriously, these guys are BORING to watch when you see them in zoos. Their hunts are spectacular though, as the females stalk the weakest members of HUGE herds, split off into groups, then run one down (often with a series of other, hidden Lionesses taking up the chase). And they stand as the premier carnivore of Africa, with only the Nile Crocodile coming close. They eat the young of any other predators they see (they don't even EAT dead Hyenas), and nobody else messes with them, unless it's in mass numbers. They're also prone to bogarting the kills of anyone else, so they're kind of the dicks of the Animal Kingdom.
 
-Females are much smaller and weaker than males, despite their role as the hunters of the Pride. The key is their smaller size and lack of manes aid them in stealth, allowing them to capture prey more easily, and they're faster as well. 
 
-The males of Lion society don't do much work (a common hack animal trainer will joke, "The men do nothing, and the women do all the work- just like real life, huh?"), yet have a very important job- they're expected to see off any intruding males, which will save the females' cubs from a gruesome death (an invader will kill all the rival's cubs to ensure the females reach estrus sooner, much like other harem-based mammals), as well as fight off dangerous Hyenas and other creatures that threaten the Pride. The women are hunters; the men are defenders. Despite their laziness, a male Lion is over 200 lbs. heavier than the female, and size matters in the animal kingdom a whole hell of a lot.
 
-Males without a harem of females are loners, or gather together with their brothers, all exiled from their father's pride once they hit a certain age. Their size, slowness and manes make them far less efficient hunters, but with only one mouth to feed, and the power to take almost anything they can catch, they tend to do alright. Still, it's a hard life being a male lion- two or three years tops of being a King, getting all the ladies you can take, and the entirety of your life before and after are spent alone, before or past your prime.
 
-There's a great story in We Bought a Zoo (the book; never seen the movie) where the guy is talking about the male lion they had. The dude's working on a tree just outside the enclosure (a few feet from the fence), then turns around and the big male is practically RIGHT BEHIND HIM, edged up against the fence. He's amazed that this 500-lb. animal literally managed to sneak up within a few feet of him without alerting the guy to his presence. Then he sees from the lion's body movement that he's about to "charge". Now, he's seen the lion charge workers before- and no matter what's between them (usually a big, impenetrable fence), the workers ALWAYS lurch backwards and fall on their ass. EVERY TIME. So the guy is like "nah, I know what's coming- I won't fall backwards". So sure enough, the lion charges, and he's like "OH SH**!" and immediately lands on his ass! Stuff just completely overtook him and it was fight or flight time! And he KNEW... KNEW FOR A FACT... that there was no way this lion was actually going to get him. These things are INTIMIDATING. The size, mane and roar cut an impressive figure.
 
Toy Description: Pirate Lion is of course the defining character of the Battle Beasts line- the guy with the "#1" on him, and the leader of the good guys in the fiction. He appears prominently on most of the packaging, and got the ultra-rare "Sunburst" rubsign in limited release. Thankfully, many things separate this character from the herd, preventing him from looking a bit too boring & typical for an "early release" figure, or the "Generic Guy" of the line. A big thing is the eyepatch- a very little feature, but just definitive enough to make him stand out. His mane breaks up the "three-color" trend in many early Beasts, and adds some more interesting variance in his appearance, since it's a much lighter orange than his Secondary Color. The great contrast between his white skin and blue armor is eye-catching as well. The figure is also relatively broad and typically-built, avoiding being too imbalanced or skinny. Even his silhouette stands out a bit, thanks to his spiked shoulder pads and armor that's a combination of blocky and rounded.
 
His big, semi-traditional looking sword is the most well-known weapon in the line- they sold it as a scaled-up children's toy by itself! I even saw the exact same toy in a Zellers toy store about 12-15 years ago! The trademark info is on the backs of his boots, but I can't see any letters anywhere.
 
Colors: Four- his skin is bright white, and his mane is a light orange. His armor is blue, and his Secondary Color is a very dark orange.
Armor: A detailed, but simple, classic two-piece. His Chest Symbol is central, with two large orange "vents" beside it- some light detail work (lines; some triangles in relief) surround that, in addition to two raised bits on his shoulders. The back of his armor is quite rounded (instead of the boxy look of most guys), with only a few rectangular shapes drawn in. His codpiece is only a little more detailed, with a lot of little rectangles and lines drawn in- a very large trapezoidal shape in dark orange is right on the crotch.
-Pirate Lion's shoulder pads are very distinct, and give him a strong silhouette- they're very rounded (and separated from the chest armor- you can see white skin betwen them!), ending in pylon-shaped spikes with circles on top of them. His wristguards have some more linear details, in addition to a blunted "claw" that overhangs the hand by a bit. His boots are quite blocky, but with very large, plain kneepads.
Weapon: A very simple, large sword. A bit traditional in appearance (unusual for this line, really), but with many angular features, such as a spiked guard & pommel- the hilt points upwards, with two smaller spikes facing diagonally downwards. The edge of the sword actually angles out a bit weird, as it looks normal on one side, while the other "juts out" a bit. The whole thing ends with a tiny ballpoint shape at the tip of the blade.
Hands & Feet: Three-fingered hands, and four-toed feet with nails.
Easily-Broken Bits: None. The light mane and the thin eyepatch usually get a lot of weathering.
Had it as a Kid: Yep- THREE of them, in fact! My original two got a ton of weathering and lost their arms, but my third ended up pristine as hell, and is one of my best-looking figures even to this day! I named this guy the leader of the "Bad Guys", and classified the other two Lions as his subordinates/advisors- the headcanon went that they were both former leaders, but he'd defeated them in combat, and now they were loyal to him.
Variants: None. Unless you count the "Sunburst Lion" with the different rubsign. This is extremely rare, but dishonest people started popping up with "Sunbursts" on eBay, since the Lion itself is one of the most common figures there is.
 
Overall Score: 9.5/10 (one of the best overall figures, and a true classic in the line)
 

 


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#132 Jabroniville

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 03:38 AM

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#53: PANZER PANDA
Japanese Name: Strong Panda
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-The Giant Panda is one of the most enigmatic animals on Earth, and is famous as a symbol of conservation and rarity. Initially discovered by white people only a little over a century ago (it's one of the last major fauna ever found- along with the Okapi, the Megamouth Shark and the Gorilla), it's incredibly rare, and seems to WANT to die: They consume almost entirely bamboo, which is a rare, low-protein diet that is very unfulfilling for such a large animal. They're extremely hard to breed in captivity (and likely so in the wild as well), to the point where entire science teams must work on them round the clock to ensure they hump each other properly, and make tiny pink mini-Pandas. Yet despite all this, they're one of the planet's most beloved creatures, and such a major selling-point for a zoo that despite costing literally hundreds of millions of dollars to keep, ANY ZOO would give its eye-teeth for a pair of them, because the sheer amount of ticket sales more than make up for it. 
 
-And they finally figured out it's authentically a BEAR, after debating about this for decades. Pandas are the weakest of the Bears, but aren't to be underestimated. Despite their cuddly exteriors, they are MUCH stronger than people, and heavy enough to really throw their weight around. Many people have been badly-hurt in zoos after straying too close to an animal that can do a lot of damage with their claws and teeth- remember, they're designed to cut down BAMBOO shoots.
 
Toy Description: Panzer Panda is one of the biggest stand-outs in the line, and so unique that you might not even suspect him to be a Battle Beast at first. Really, almost nothing on this guy makes "sense" with the rest of the line- he's got a similar armor set-up to most, but his color scheme is all over the place. The main color of his armor matches that of his head, midsection, hands and feet! You never see that in any other guy in the line!
 
He's a well-detailed figure, too- you can count on one hand the number of guys that have this much detail put on their faces, as not only are his ears colored separately, but he has actual black patches over his eyes. Compare him to the Bovine, who has barely-visible patches. This guy's nose, arms and legs are also pure black on a white figure, standing out quite dramatically thanks to his white arm & leg-bands, plus the white hands and feet. He's basically a big piece of white plastic with some black painted on.
 
His copywrite info, peg-hole and a "53B" are located on his feet. Because of his late position in the line, and general details, he's one of the rarest, hardest-to-find figures you're likely to find among the "regulars".
 
Colors: Three- his skin is pure white, while his arms and legs are black. So are his ears, eyepatches and nose. He has a single red "panel" on the front section of his armor, as well as red eyes.
Armor: A pretty generic set, with a two-piece armor. The main thing is the color scheme. His boots are pretty rectangular, with "+" symbols on the knees. His codpiece is small, but has two squares sticking out at the crotch, as well as a raised "rim" along the entire structure. His wristguards are banded, but rather square in shape. His shoulder pads are very rounded, also sporting raised bands, as well as large circles by the joint. The torso is covered by a simple, blocky, under-detailed bit of armor, save for the fact that the front panel is red. The Chest Symbol is on the left breast, while a smaller, near-square rectangle matches it on the other side. A raised, rounded bit is in the middle.
Weapon: Very nice, much like the other "light grey weapon" guys- it's a large, mechanical-looking scimitar. It's largely flat on the blade portion, but has a raised "circuit" bit sticking out of the hilt, which is very blocky, complete with another circuit-like structure in the finger guard. There's a small "mould circle" near the tip of the inner edge.
Hands & Feet: Mitten-like hands, and four-toed feet with large fifth toes in the rear (quite unlike any actual bear).
Easily-Broken Bits: None. I haven't even seen too much yellowing of his entirely-white body, though it's probably happened elsewhere. You'd think there'd be more paint wear on the black parts, too, but mine looks practically brand-new.
Had it as a Kid: Nope- of all the Beasts, this one, the Penguin and the Zebra look the strangest and most "is that really a Battle Beast?" in the entire line.
Variants: None.
 
Overall Score: 9/10 (a major stand-out figure with a crazy look, using unique colors in place of a distinctive mould design)

Edited by Jabroniville, 09 August 2018 - 03:40 AM.

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 06:48 AM

Panda armor pops really really nicely with a touch of paint on the accents. 


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Posted 29 August 2018 - 10:48 PM

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#34: DELTA CHAMELEON
Japanese Name: Green Chameles
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-Delta Chameleon is a chameleon with a very small crest, meaning he's not one of the more famous kinds. He's likely a Common or Panther Chameleon, as they typically have small crests.
 
-Chameleons are rather common, and famous for their color-changing properties- an exceptionally-rare quality in a vertebrate. Their natural colors are better camouflage than their altered colors, however- their best stealth is done via their distinct "waving" walks, as they wobble back and forth while stalking their prey, in order to be seen as a simple, swaying leaf. Their color-changing is usually a function of display or emotion, as angry chameleons may turn brighter colors, while submissive ones turn darker. Other species use it for thermal regulation. Many chameleons use color as a social function to express emotion.
 
Toy Description: One of the "Gold Weapon" guys, Delta Chameleon is a bit less detailed than the other reptiles, who are prone to ostentacious horns, scales or other external things. He's rather "smooth" and plain by contrast, standing out more due to his day-glo yellow color scheme. He IS rather detailed, however, packing the smallest scales in the entire Battle Beasts line. They're simple diagonal troughs all over his body, but they really "pop", making him one of the cooler Beasts, in my opinion. Those giant red eyes, the biggest in the line, also "pop". Little half-spheres sit at the centres of his eyes, looking sideways.
 
A tiny bump on the back of his head seems to indicate his crest, though I was ready to say he was a "crestless chameleon" until I actually looked closely at his head, and realized he fit more of the Common or Panther Chameleon's silhouette. It's basically a small hump on the very back of the top of his head. He is expressionless, as reptiles tend to be, with a long "Kermit" mouth going all the way back to his eyeline, and tiny little nostrils above it. I can see a "C" on the back of his left boot, and a "34" on the right.
 
Colors: Three- his skin is a bright, almost neon yellow. His armor is a standard dark blue. His eyes and the vents on his armor are a bright red. This makes him one of the only Beasts to use all three Primary Colors.
Armor: A pretty generic set, with a two-piece armor. It utilizes a lot of large blocks, and clean lines. His back features a very large mechanical "backpack". His shoulders are raised, with long shapes aiming towards his chest, which has two huge, red vents beside his Chest Symbol. His shoulder pads are very round, with small raised lines around where his arms come out. One curved, two-faceted "horn" sticks out from each shoulder. His wrist-guards are very round, with large mechanical "blocks" placed randomly. The codpiece is rather short on details, but has some swooping lines on the front, leadings towards some more blocks.
 
The boots are large and simple, with four small "patches" on the back of each boot, with large trapezoidal kneepads.
Weapon: A pretty cool-looking golden "U" with a short handle. The "U" is bisected, with each end having swooping lines and ending in downwards-facing spikes.
Hands & Feet: Three-fingered hands, which actually have the distinctive TWO THUMBS of a real chameleon! Huh- I'd never noticed that before. The feet are the same- three toes in front; two in back.
Easily-Broken Bits: None, though the horns on the shoulder-pads probably suffer a bit of paint-wear.
Had it as a Kid: Yep- though he's lacking arms.
Variants: None.
 
Overall Score: 8/10 (a very cool, distinctive Beast, with great detailing on his skin and an eye-popping color scheme)
 

 


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Posted 31 August 2018 - 08:22 AM

Keep it up!  I love looking forward to these. The Panda was always a favorite of mine.


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#136 Jabroniville

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Posted 01 September 2018 - 03:30 AM

Keep it up!  I love looking forward to these. The Panda was always a favorite of mine.

Thanks! I'm bad at remembering to post these :). I have a couple more finish so far, and I think 8-9 left to invent. Then I suppose I might have to do Laser Beasts or something, LOL.


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Posted 07 September 2018 - 04:24 AM

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#34: KILLER CARP
Japanese Name: Killer Fish
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-Killer Carp, which I always called "the piranha", appears to be a simple carp (though the Japanese just called him a "fish"). Carp are highly-valued "sport fishes" in Europe, as they are difficult to hook, put up a big fight, and can grow to great size. Unfortunately, they are an invasive species, notorious for wiping out local fish species. Carp are quite numerous in variety- both the famous Koi of Japan, and the classic easily-killed Goldfish that every kid owned, are types of carp.
 
Toy Description: One of the very earliest Beasts, I think Killer Carp is still one of the best. His distinctive silhouette, wide frame, striking color scheme (white and PINK?) and fearsome expression make him look as cool and bad-ass as any other one, and his weapon is among the most-recognizable in the series. And look at that face! This guy has one of the most complicated faces in the entire line- and so early! He has numerous "U-shaped" scales on the back of his head, which are replicated on his arms and legs, plus three triangular scales jutting down on his forehead. His eyes are deep and have a "menacing" slant to them, while he has a mouth with actual lips, plus numerous lines to represent his teeth (oddly, they are straight like baleen plates- not sharp like I always thought they were). Most distinctive is the prominent "head crest" that acts like a mohawk, with four spires and fins between them.
 
Honestly, I just like the color scheme- most of the pink Beasts actually look really cool, and most of the WHITE Beasts really draw the eye, so this bright pink & white guy is very eye-catching.
 
Colors: Three- his skin is pure white, while his armor and eyes are a very bright, "hot pink". His Secondary Color is yellow.
Armor: A very unique set that gives him a wide frame. It's a one-piece, sporting the Symbol in the belly region, with a front that resembles the hood of a sports car (complete with rectangular "headlights" with vertical lines down them). His head is bordered by two large missile-launchers with yellow missile heads within. His back is rather flat, with the Hasbro copywrite info on it, along with some lines. Most stand-outish is his crotch, which has a three-pronged crest, like the one on his head! It sticks straight forward on an arc, rounded out from a recession beneath his Symbol.
 
His shoulder pads are more like lined, rounded bits. His wrist-guards are large and cylindrical, sproting three-pronged "crests" like his head, but pink. His boots are very rounded, bulging out in the back (with very little detail), while the front have little recessions in the bottoms, along with some divots. 
 
Weapon: A very recognizable one- a large silver anchor with sharp "spearhead" points and hollowed-out bits in the middle. The handle is elongated, also ending in a spear.
Hands & Feet: Very plain mitten hands, but four-toed "finned" feet, splayed out with webs between the toes.
Easily-Broken Bits: None, even though white plastic is notorious for yellowing. He looks as if he's made out of different stuff than, say, the Zebra.
Had it as a Kid: Yep- but lacking arms, making him seem quite less impressive.
Variants: There is a "Plum Carp" with a slightly different armor color. Allegedly fairly rare, but I can barely tell the difference by looking at him- I once turned down a trade because even in pics, it looked just like mine. I've never seen one in person.
 
Overall Score: 9/10 (a very cool, distinctive Beast, with great details and a fascinating color scheme)

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 03:55 AM

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#44: EAGER BEAVER
Japanese Name: Beavop
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-Canada's national symbol, the Beaver. Gotta love a country that would pick THIS silly little industrious fellow as their icon, while their neighbor to the south picked the majestic (but lazy and fish-eating) Bald Eagle. Though ours actually has a recorded fatality of a human being: an adult beaver once bit through an artery on a man's ankle, resulting in fatal blood loss!

 

-Beavers are famously destructive to their environment, but help it in many other ways, damming dangerous rivers and preventing floods. Their teeth are capable of cutting down entire trees with shocking ease, they're highly-aquatic, and they're the best dam & lodge-builders in the entire animal kingdom (not that there's a large pool of nominees), building them carefully enough that there's only underwater entrances (so no land-based predator has a hope of getting in- and there's no aquatic predators that could fit AND challenge the Beaver). There's also a Eurasian variety that is usually bigger, but it's far less common and successful.
 
Toy Description: Eager Beaver is probably the plainest of the "late series" guys, having a pretty basic, simple color scheme in dull colors- light tan and brown with only tiny highlights. The fact that he has FIVE colors- tied for the most in the line- really doesn't make him stand out, either, as they're in small amounts. Except for the webbed toes, he really doesn't betray his species that well- his tail is particularly unconvincing, looking light and fuzzy, rather than the thick, hairless tail of a real beaver. His head is clearly rodent-like, though, and with a large amount of detail- his head is smooth to the point of resembling an otter's, but it has little "nub" ears, significant cheeks (complete with three whiskers on each side!), and even lines going down the side of the face to show the "underbelly", which extends down to his legs. The pronounced teeth, which contain the only white on the figure, really say "rodent".
 
He's not a bad figure by any means- his weapon is actually really good, and he's got plenty of detail. He just looks overly simple- like they weren't trying as hard when they made up this one. Compare him to the Mouse, for example- even though this guy has some really cool armor designs, they're kind of obscured by being so dark brown, and being on a plain figure.. His tail in particular just looks lazy.
 
His copywrite information is on his feet, and there's a peghole in his left foot.
 
Colors: Five- the highest number you can get in this line. His skin is a very light tan. His armor is a very glossy and rich dark brow, and has small pastel blue/green headlights. His eyes are blood red, and he sports a tiny little splash of white for his teeth.
Armor: Eager Beaver has a pretty standardized armor design, being full of smooth shapes and lines, in a two-piece set-up. His Chest Symbol is centralized, and surrounded by four diagonal strips of lights in a strange pastel blue/green color. The bottom two lines appear to be made up of square headlights (with some REALLY tiny paint details- consider that in this line, even stripes and spots go un-painted, and you'll see how unusual details like this are), while the top two are almost like fluorescent tubes. His upper armor is pretty simple and boxy, with a "backpack" of details obscured by his fuzzy tail. His codpiece is just a handful of lines, too. His shoulder pads are much more interesting, however, being very small by the line's standards, and ending in points that stick down his arms. There's an interesting "ball" design on top, complete with rims of square "lights" encircling each shoulder pad, mimicking the colored ones on the chest armor.
 
He has wrist-guards resembling bands of curtains- they're full of very smooth shapes. His boots are by far his most detailed feature- they have giant swooping shapes, large bands of square-lights going diagonally across the sides, vents sticking out the sides, and nice organic-looking rims at the edges.
 
Weapon: A very large bronze sword shaped like a saw-blade, with six "teeth" and a hilt shaped a bit like a tree branch. It's actually the most outstanding part of the figure.
Hands & Feet: Very plain three-fingered hands with fingernails. Five-toed feet, complete with significant webbing between the four front toes. All five toes have pointed nails, as well.
Easily-Broken Bits: None, though the light coloring is prone to smudging.
Had it as a Kid: I doubt it, though I might have had the weapon, so... maybe?
Variants: None known. 
 
Overall Score: 5.5/10 (I would have gone with a 4-5, but he actually has a lot more detail than you'd think just looking at him, and has a good weapon. He's just... unspectacular to the eye. It really holds him back)

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 07:54 PM

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#31: JADED JAG
Japanese Name: Power Jaguar
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-Here's a Jaguar, the more squat, thick cat than the Leopard, with larger and emptier rosettes. Boosting strength damage and toughness, Jaguars are mightier animals with incredible bite-force. Melanism is relatively common amongst Jaguars & Leopards, giving them an added advantage in areas of darkness (like, say, forests & jungles, where they live). Most other Big Cats only have rumored instances of it, and no photographic evidence of REAL black coats, so these guys are stand-outs. Unlike Leopards, Lions, Tigers & Cougars, there are very few accounts of Jaguar predation on humans- they are a much shier, more-hidden animal.

Toy Description: Jaded Jag is probably most famous in the line for his extremely distinctive "blue armor" variation- easily the most stand-out of the alternate color schemes. He's a big, solid Beast- the largest of the cat figures, with thick limbs and a large head. Very pale (a lighter tawny color), he sports rosettes all over his body, marking his species quite well- there are dozens of spots on him, some of which are little more than "lumps", while others have those distinct "ring" shapes. Only his belly and hands are bare. His head is covered in spots, and is quite detailed, giving him stout ears, a cat's nose, and a mouthful of teeth (most of which are just lines, though he has two tiny lower fangs).

The copywrite information is on both feet, and the left has a peg.

Colors: Four. His armor is a dark cherry-red, and his eyes blood red. His skin is a pale, tawny color (almost flesh-like, but more yellow). Two spots on his armor by his Chest Symbol are painted black.
Armor: A standard two-piece armor set-up. Jaded Jag's armor is very detailed, but typical for the line. His Chest Symbol is set rather low, falling diagonally downward, with two black mechanical components beside it. The shoulders are fairly simple and mostly bare (small triangles are seen on the front portion). His shoulder pads are large and curved, and sport smaller pads sticking down the arm, coming out of the larger pad. Each pad is "ringed" by a mechanical bit. His codpiece is pretty simple, and his back has a plain rectangle with some lines across it, though his shoulders sprout up and out a little bit, revealing some very detailed linework and "tiers". The wrist-guards are simple and a bit rounded, with some detailed "boxes" on the fronts. Each one is bisected with a large line. The boots are very large and organic- large kneepads have two tiers on them, ending in dots, while the boots have round "rims" going around the bottoms, and large, round, organic structures on each side.

His head has some small armor-bits- three squares combined into a line on each cheek, and a large "strip" on the top of his head- sonme lines on it, and an additional strip on top. His right boot has a "3" on my red one, and a "2" on my blue one.

Weapon: A long golden polearm, sporting a diamond-shaped spearhead on top. It has three distinctive "swooping" shapes coming off one side, mimicking tassles from some similar weapons (like the Japanese naginata). There's a large cylinder/circle beneath the spearhead, sporting his "31" Beast Number, and three rings circling the shaft immediately below. The pommel of the polearm features a long triangle with a triangle "indent" cut out the middle on each side, with a small bit sticking out at the base, and the bottom-most point having a line around it.
Hands & Feet: Four-fingered hands (with fingernails!), and three-toed feet, also with nails.
Easily-Broken Bits: None.
Had it as a Kid: One armless figure, in the red color scheme.
Variants: Popularly, it has the most distinctive "Alternate" color scheme in the line. While some are notable from a side-by-side standpoint, most you could miss if you weren't looking at the more common one. THIS guy? The alternate scheme has BLUE ARMOR instead of red. This gives him an entirely different look. The small bits on his armor, instead of black, are now a darker red- not matching his eyes. The blue version isn't quite SUPER-rare, but tends to go for higher. When I was dealing with that Mikesomething guy on eBay, he even offered me the blue version for the price of the red, but I was like "nah, I authentically like the red one even more". Annoyingly, I decided only months later to start collecting the "alternates", so I ended up having to buy a full-priced one anyway :).

Overall Score: 8/10 (actually very solid, though I like the red, original version more. Having two makes for a popular Collector's Item of sorts. He's one of the better "typical" Beasts, having a solid look and a LOT of detail printed onto him.)

Edited by Jabroniville, 25 September 2018 - 07:56 PM.

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#140 Exactobeast

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 03:25 PM

Agree that carp is fantastic. Beaver meh. His chest plate and the tail are the best parts. What’s funny about jaguar is how huge his arms are compared to the other 76. Only saber comes close
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#141 Jabroniville

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 10:34 PM

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#31: PILLAGING POLAR BEAR
Japanese Name: Polar Battlebear (METAL!)
Animal Basis:
 

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-Not one of the more subtle ones, the dude is pretty clearly the one type of Polar Bear in the world. I mean, he even has the distinctive elongated head shape and white color, as well as the light blue armor indicating ice/arctic conditions.
 
Polar Bears are rivals with the Brown Bear for title of the largest bear- On average, they are MUCH bigger, and they hold the record for sheer size/length (11 feet versus 9'9"), but their heaviest specimens are lighter than the Kodiak, maxing out at seven-hundred pounds less. The lightest Polar Bears are heavier than the lightest Brown Bears, however. Polar Bears are a famous symbol of conservation and the Arctic as a whole; as an Apex Predator, they are spectacularly useful as a "pH test" for the health of the ecosystem. Images of scrawny, sickly Bears with dying cubs are as good a symbol of the whole environmental disaster going on up north as you're going to get (though, notably, the famous picture used to indicate "global warming" is actually a bear starving for other reasons). Despite the danger, they are still considered "Lower Risk".
 
Polar Bears are one of the cases of recent evolution- they are not far removed from Brown Bears at all, and can, in fact, breed with their ancestors just fine. It's likely that the brown bears moved northwards, with white mutations gaining prominence over time. The "white" fur is actually fairly transparent fiber that reflects light REALLY well- polar bear skin is also largely black.
 
Toy Description: Pillaging Polar Bear is one of the largest Beasts in terms of overall mass- along with the Horse and Bison he stands out as ENORMOUS compared to almost the entire rest of the line. He's actually quite broad for a Beast, but is notably MUCH taller, giving him a more slender look- the Octopus's shoulders fall below this guy's shoulder pads, and the top of the Rhino's head barely reaches the bottom of his helmet. He avoids looking skinny by having huge feet and boots, so his silhouette is still quite "beefy".
 
The toy is really, really nice-looking and very detailed- ice-blue armor on a white base says "arctic creature" better than any other color scheme in the line, and frankly it's a lovely contrast that has proven "Toyetic" over and over again (Disney would hit the financial windfall of the century by accidentally realizing this with a certain Ice Queen, as well). He's very "Standard Beast" in terms of armor and details- not more or less than much of the line. 
 
He has some pretty solid muscle definition in the thighs, and his face has some small details on it- lines above and below his eyes, a small nose, and a long & thin mouth, along with short pointy ears. His head, ears and body are quite sleek, as a real polar bear's would be. The copywrite information is on both feet, and the left has a peg.
 
Colors: Three-ish- white skin, light blue armor, and dark red eyes and secondary details. However, the different basecoats for the armor and face gives the impression of two kinds of red- a darker one for the armor (since it's not over bright white skin).
Armor: A standard two-piece armor set-up- it's very detailed, but standard-issue for the line. Another dead-center Chest Symbol, with two vents beside it, and two sets of twin "lights" beside those. These lights are inset to projected bits on the chest, which lead up to the shoulders, which feature "missile launchers" (also red-tipped). His back has two large organically-designed metal structures, and a central triangular prism thing with a little half-sphere sticking out at the bottom.
 
His codpiece is typical for the line, but very detailed, with lots of little lines, vents, and projections. His shoulder pads are trapezoidal, with the shapes replicated on front & back. His wrist-guards are very boxy, but have a TON of lines going around them. The boots are REALLY big, with large trapezoids on the sides, and a complex little structure on each front.
 
Unusually, he features a very long "helmet" that covers the entire top of his head, matching its sleek shape. The helmet is almost fighter-jet shaped (ending in a "nose-cone"-like thing), with a very flat helmet topped by a long projection. It also features "sideburn"-style sides that project downwards, then stick out towards his mouth. His left boot has a "3" on the back of it.
 
Weapon: A large, dark bronze arctic-looking axe. It's very smooth-shaped, with large, swooping edges, and a long polearm with a crooked "bend" near the bottom. Three organic-shaped little triangles point towards the point where the pole gives way to the axe (on both sides), and a line runs parallel to the long edge of the weapon.
 
Hands & Feet: Unsually, he has three-fingered hands (with large fingernails), and big, five-toed feet... with three toes in front, and two toes in back (??). That's... not an urside trait.
Easily-Broken Bits: None, though as a white-cast toy, expect some discoloration from the plastic occasionally.
Had it as a Kid: Yep- in good shape, too! 
Variants: None known.
 
Overall Score: 9/10 (one of my favorites as a kid, and as an adult. He just cuts a REALLY impressive figure!)

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#142 Jabroniville

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Posted 13 October 2018 - 10:20 PM

Agree that carp is fantastic. Beaver meh. His chest plate and the tail are the best parts. What’s funny about jaguar is how huge his arms are compared to the other 76. Only saber comes close

Oh yeah- the Jag's arms are REALLY huge, and give him such a broad physique.


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