The paint detailing on the specific parts of these figures is a major part where the care shows through. You can really see this on the skin patterns of the giraffe and on the elephant tusks and the cannons on his armor however I would have liked to see a more weathered look them. One thing many reviewers and fans alike pointed out beyond the lack of rub signs was the lack of the monochromatic eyes as these figures have pupiled eyes. This doesn't seem like all that big a deal for me although I noticed the Diamond Select Battle Beasts stayed true on the eyes. Nothing makes an anthropomorphic animal warrior look ten times more badass than white slit eyes...I mean compare the Eastman Ninja Turtles to the animates...no question, right? Another difference is the size because compared to the originals, they are bigger and bulkier with the added armor and newly articulated (and interchangeable) legs. This makes little difference in pose-ability because they pretty much can just stand up straight. Overall: They are sweet new editions to an awesome 80's franchise and I cannot wait to grab the Alligator, Turtle, Kangaroo and Rabbit (to name a few) when theyroll out.
Speaking of the Diamond Select figures due out in what I'm hearing now is January of 2013. I just saw some pretty impressive shots from the Battle Beasts facebook page and boy do they look a lot nicer than the SDCC peeks. A shot of a new bat figure made it out and it is told he will be a TRU exclusive paired with a moose figure as yet unseen. I know I made some less than flattering early impressions on this line but I gotta say, I'm throwing my hat behind them again. The walrus, scorpion, snake, and hawk look pretty cool too especially not next to the human figures. Also for anyone heading to NYCC for
|Could this be Diamon Select's answer to "Blitzkrieg Bat"?|