May 5, 2010

TDJ026 - Exclusive c2e2 Battle Beast figure

Right off the bat, I'm not even going to get more than this far into the review before I say that leaving the rub symbols off of a toy that was notorious for them is a gigantic misstep on the part of Diamond Select and Mini-Mates. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO KNOW WHICH SIDE THIS GUY IS ON?! Is he going to float in water, or burn, or put out fire, or if paper beats rock or if there's no fair seat-backs?? I'm not. I'm simply not.

Growl and such!

Now all I know is that this guy really likes chompin' on stuff. And that he likes to wear black. Which either means he is a very smart individual and chose his clothes for stealthiness, or that he's simply trying to save on paint apps. But if that's the case, I have to at least give it up to him for getting his nails did.

But truth be told, this guy is probably a complete ass and I'm guessing drives a tricked out Mazda or Nissan. Pulls up next to me at intersections in the right hand turn lane and then when I start to go, he peels out and goes straight, cutting me off while looking at me the whole time. When he's in front of me he's probably going to look at me through his rear view mirror just to make sure that he sees me getting mad, but not too mad because then he'll try to start trouble with me.

Now that I'm done complaining about this figure's faults and immaginary faults, I have to commend the manufacturers for having the foresight to use a Mini-Mate body and just cover it with other parts which essentially are just a helmet, gloves, boots and a vest to make up the Gator head, hands, feet and armor with tail. The fact that you can barely make out that the figure's base is a standard Mini-Mate is A-Okay with me as I cannot stand those toys. It saddens me every time I see a new license that they acquire, because that means there's another figure I won't be picking up.

As most of you already know, I was already promised to Kubricks and Be@rbricks, I don't have room in my heart for any other style of miniature figures. I'm sorry. I really am. It's me, not you. Well it MIGHT have been you since I saw you cutting people off at intersections in your Mazda. But let's just leave it with the fact that I love another similar toy line than I could ever love you. (Don't even try it, i-Men...)

So this figure was exclusive to the first c2e2 event here in Chicago and was given out for frees at the Diamond Select booth. There was a previous version done in green and silver I believe given away last year at SDCC which I missed out on. But when we went the first day to pick this guy up, we were told that they were done passing out all the figures for that day and to come back the following day at noon exactly in order to have a chance at picking them up. Unfortunately Liz and I spent a lot of time and money the night before at the PopCultour after party making damn sure that we wouldn't be able to be at that booth at exactly twelve-noon. Take that, Diamond Select. However, (and fortunately for me) I have an adorable lil Hawaiiasian that called me right before noon and once he heard that I wasn't going to be able to make it in time stood in that ding dang line for a figure and ended up giving it to me. I owe him a trip to Medieval Times.

After all my unreasonable complaining is done, I really do like this figure and the fact that it's head is on a ball joint - making it easy to swap it out for most of my other recently released figures. My only real gripe is my first; I wish he had a rub symbol. If these guys are planned for wide release and not just convention give-aways, then I hope the guys at Mini-Mates and Diamond Select see the light and add FIRE! WOOD! WATER! to them somewhere.

Bid on the c2e2 Exclusive Battle Beast here.

Liz: Until I read this, I thought this thing was some sort of Transformer. I never really got a good look at it. Any time I got close to it Sam would start rumbling about "rum signals" or something. And then that would remind me I wasn't drunk right now. I'd eventually pass out and the cycle would start again.

So it's a Mini-Mate, huh? Neat.

(Sam just made me capitalize Transformer. You know, like you do with Jesus or Kool-Aid. Right now he's reading this and grumbling in my ear that I capitalized Mini-Mate. Oh. nerd.)

(He just called me an asshole.)


Plastic/Material – 4/5
Poseability – 3/5
Packaging – 1/5
Design – 4/5
Playability – 4/5
Price (value) – 5/5 (based off of give-away, not ebay sales)
Overall – 3.5/5

1 comment:

AAAGGGHHH!!! said...

Wait a second, we can take his clothing off, but we cant rub him?

Well, i've had girlfriends that gave me less.