The whale and the dolphin are cool, but my favorite is the turtle and the cat.
I know what you are thinking “Gee, I wish there was a Beast Saga cartoon…” Well, your prayers are answered! Yes, more things for me to consume like a mindless drone! Take that, savings fund!
Not only this, but there is the American Battle Beasts line from Diamon Select toys coming out soon (they missed getting into Toys R Us by Christmas!) and also a Russian Battle Beast inspired line. And that’s not counting a few other toys that look suspiciously like Battle Beasts that are also launching this year or next. It’s an exciting time to blow all your money on plastic junk!
And now we got another different figure, promises of many more, and a comic book announcement
Ancient words are spoken. A deadly weapon is activated. And from across the galaxy comes a race of beings who are at once familiar and unlike anything the Earth has seen. Why have they come to Earth? What do they seek? Why do they fight? The answers lie in the hands of one of the only people on Earth who understands them, a low-level government linguist named Bliss, and if she doesn’t survive this onslaught, all hope may be lost.
Raised in the way of all Battle Beasts, Vorin was taught combat from a young age. But after a lifetime of violence, he seeks out a different way for his people, and will battle to make his vision of the future a reality. On his journey, he has found allies who share his vision, and they, too, are no strangers to the ways of the sword, knife and axe.
Although sometimes jovial and frequently hungry, Gruntos is a fiercely loyal warrior, and will defend his comrades as vigorously as he defends his plate.
A natural predator, Merk clashed with Vorin many times before they became allies. But Merk studies his friends as closely as he does his enemies.
The characters look more like warrior animals than the classic Battle Beasts.
A clear red version of Vorin will be released at C2E2 2012. Sadly, the fact it is clear red makes it hard to see the figure, though the Facebook page did release a picture of the figure out of the bag, unlike the official site.
There are new animals, and a return of a few of the old ones. The main character is a lion named Lionga (ライオーガ), King of Gloria. He’s depicted with green hair and red armor in color pictures. Goldar (ゴールダー) and Big Serow (the tiger and the deer) have the same names as their originals. There are bad guys who are pirates in search of a totem that will give them new powers.
A splash page features a horse, birds, and some type of fish.
Two guys attack Lionga:
Crab’s name – Tarabaani (Tarabagani is Red King Crab)
Fish’s name – Kassago (Kasago is a type of Japanese rock fish)
There are Pigs, Dogs, and Cats among Lionga’s town (one type of dog with whiskers looks like he might be modeled after the Dog Slave from the Transformers episode!)
Swordfish name – ビルソード – Birusoodo (translates “bill sword” aka swordbill if I did it right)
Manta name – Mantarei
Gator name – Arugairu
The bad guys also have a bunch of piranha goons whose job seems to be just to die. There is a Shark in later issues (キラーシャーク – Kiraashaaku – probably Killer Shark)
A shot of a bunch of dead beasts includes what may be a raccoon, a fox, and an iguana or other lizard
One of Lionga’s advisers looks like some sort of brown-faced cat/lion/something feline (only really have a clear shot of his back)
The Tiger’s group includes a Panda (Janjan – ジャンジャン) and something that might be a mouse.
In addition, this picture of what might be prototypes for new figures showed up on Twitter! So hopefully we’ll get some new Japanese Battle Beasts toys! I like the new look and hopefully they hit production soon!
Strangely enough, this isn’t the only Battle Beasts news this week, the American line is coming to life, and we’ll have an update on them as well soon!
Thanks to the guys at LittleRubberGuys, especially TheNinja and WhiteLeo for translation help and confirmation
Rise of the Beasts is a new toyline produced by fans of toylines like Battle Beasts and M.U.S.C.L.E.s, in the same vein as the Muscle-like fan set from October Toys, O.M.F.G. (so ticked off I missed this project!) Similarly, Rise of the Beasts features four figures that look vaguely-Battle Beastian in their design. In any event, they’re cool enough that I pledged to the Kickstarter raising funds for the project (at the $45 level) The company behind this is Plastic !magination and the initial project promoter is JKaris from the LittleRubberGuys forum, though I am not certain who Plastic Imagination is.
Here are photos and a fan video of the proposed figures:
The Kickstarter site is here if you want to pledge or get more information
The alternate color Gator came complete with a crappy gun. His color scheme is the best one so far, so props for the color scheme!
My Beast came with a special bonus: a hair from a paintbrush!
The gator can barely hold the crappy gun, and when he does it is crooked. Boo to that! The previous premium gator had a sword.
Size-wise, you can see how the new Beasts are slightly taller than the old ones (please forgive the fact the Battle Beast shown is a bootleg, that was the only other one I had bought recently)
And more size comparisons with some Gormiti figures.
Overall, I am less than impressed by the hair and the crappy gun, but the color scheme of this one was the best so far. I am still not excited about the new line, and will continue to look at it with trepidation. There is one more alternate color of the gator going to get released, but besides that, there are currently no announced plans for the line.