Beast Saga Blind-Boxed Action Figures
Item No.: BS-40 Manufacturer:Takara-Tomy Includes:Sword, shield, 2 dice, trading card Action Feature:Dice launch out of stomach Retail:525 yen (or about $7) Availability: March 2013 Other: Also translated as "Aljaro" early on
They're here, they're clear, and people didn't get used to it. Aljaylo Burst is part of the third and final series of blind-boxed figures from this line, and he came at three per shipping case of 24 figures. He's a lot like regular Aljaylo, minus paint and opacity. The weapons and plastic form are virtually identical.
As with all of these guys, Aljaylo Burst has 4 joints. The hips have limited movement thanks to the form factor of the design, while the arms can swing 360 degrees with no obstructions from his armored body. The sword fits nicely in his hands, while the shield doesn't quite fit thanks to the massive shoulder armor - instead, there are 3mm holes on his arms for storage.
The banded armor looks fantastic - there are rivets and all sorts of little things that make it a little more impressive than his peers. Each arm is dressed in nifty banded sleeves, with big armored mitts over his hands cast in grey plastic. The "skin" of the creature is orange, and the only paint on him are golden eyes. It basically works just fine, with the only aspect of this figure that doesn't work for me being the die in his chest - and I'm sure it's just a quality control issue. There's a little glue and excess plastic that looks like mine may have just been assembled poorly - but aside from that, it's a nice figure.
For five bucks, the blind boxed figure it a pretty good deal. I don't know if I'd direct you to pay much more than that, but I like armadillo toys and it's not like there are a ton of them. The hunched-over, over-armored look is a huge improvement over the original Battle Beasts Armored Armadillo figure complete with clawed feet and nifty big ears. Takara-Tomy did a nice job, and in some respects it's a shame they didn't bring this line outside the Japanese market. I was a little stunned that Hasbro didn't solicit it over here, but if I actually look at Hasbro's output since 2007, no I don't. New independent franchises are rare, with Hasbro bringing Micronauts as part of Transformers now. There's really no home for these in the USA, even though Hasbro seems interested in trying "game" figures every year or two. I have no idea how the Beast Saga game works, so I'll just say based on the figure itself it's fun. If you can figure out the game, let me know, because I'm too lazy to try.
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