Beast Saga Action Figures
Item No.: BS-17 Manufacturer:Takara-Tomy Includes:Sword, shield, 2 dice, trading card Action Feature:Dice launch out of stomach Retail:525 yen (or about $7) Availability: October 2012 Other: Also translated as Arudairu
The second wave of Beast Saga hit in October with not too many new figures, Aldyle joined Garrison G and a Kingdom of the Sky 3-Pack to add 5 more to the growing army of battling beasts. I daresay this is a good batch, with this figure being one of the big highlights of the entire line so far. This one presoldout quickly online and doesn't seem too easy to get. It might be $15 or so on eBay, which is a lot, but it's pretty much worth it.
Diamond Select Toys did four gators as preview figures, so it's inevitable that the other lines will try one as well. While Diamond's were really great updates of the original Battle Beast style, this Arudiaru figure seems to be something different, but still very cool. A realistic gator head, with realistic eyes, is plopped on a hulking body of blue armor and a weird cross on the head which, I assume, is some sort of helmet. If the accessories look familiar, they were previously included with the BS-07 Swordbill figure from the first wave. A clear version is undoubtedly en route, but just get this one because it's better. The blue furnace-themed armor has spikey fire coming out of the shoulders and it just feels like a monster of an outfit.
With just 4 points of articulation and the dice launcher, there's not a lot of wiggle room for surprise here. He has a tiny little stump standing in for his tail, but a big toothy grin looks mighty dangerous. I would have preferred to have seen the mouth open like in the manga, but hey, you can't have everything. The gator's fists are scaley and imposing, although his feet have sprawled-out toes which, I gotta say, look really weird on this figure.
Put this one on your shopping list if you plan to collect this line, or if it gets released in the USA in the future just grab it then. (There are no known plans for a US release but I'm hopeful you guys can get it on the cheap in the future.) Worthwhile! Fun! Well-sculpted! He's got it all, except a decent price tag.
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