Monday, April 8, 2013
Strictus & Bliss Reynolds
Oh, hey, Battle Beasts. Remember how excited everyone was when it was first announced that minimates got the Battle Beasts franchise and how people slowly stopped caring, especially once the designs started to be shown and a lot of the cool aspects of the original toys started disappearing. (No Wood/Water/Fire battles? No cyborg parts? What?) Yeah. So this is a two pack from the Specialty store release (which we all know means comic book stores and online toy shops) as opposed to the Toys R Us release. The difference? Well you can only get the human characters from the specialty shops, in my case the toy show we went to back in March.
Strictus is one of two rattlesnake figures in this wave (the other is just a repaint and only available from Toys R Us.) And according to the card, Bliss is a linguist who read out an ancient scroll and brought the warring sides of the Battle Beasts to Earth in some sort of mix between Transformers and Evil Dead.
So I picked up this two pack because 1) I like the design of the snake guy. He's a snake with arms. And the base of his character is pretty fricking awesome. 2) The human female character is a design that is not like any other human female minimate out there. She's kinda got an Abby from NCIS vibe going. Also her accessories basically have her holding up a wall of flame which I assume is part of the new Battle Beast mythology but I don't know because I don't care.
One warning. My set didn't come with the alternate arms for the human female so she can just be wearing her shirt. I'll have to contact Diamond to see if I can get replacements.
But most importantly, the snake base can be used to create minimate naga. (Think a centaur but with a snake lower torso instead of a horse.)