Depending on who you ask, Battle Beasts were either an unforgettable toy line of the 1980s, or cheap rubber trash. I loved the little guys, and I went absolutely nuts when a promotional Minimates Battle Beasts Alligator was given away at Toy Fair 2010-- and another at Comic-Con, and another at C2E2 and yet another with a carry case. So far only this one creature is being released, and according to Diamond Select they sadly have no plans to do any more. It's really a pity, as this little guy is awesome.
Like the silver figure, it's basically the same size as the vintage Battle Beasts and is built off a Minimates body-- pop off the head, and you find out that a standard Minimates head is underneath. The gator head is really just a hat, and the hands and feet plug into the normal construction of the body. Clever! The things that set this particular release apart are the greener skin, the gold armor, and the new weapon. The first one had a sword, this one has a golden axe. Nice. Since it's a Minimates figure, it's compatible with most of their gear from other releases and has about 8 points of articulation depending on how you want to count them. The feet effectively block any rotation at the ankle.
Since it was a promotional item it's more of a collectible than a toy-- but I think these are great and if it's the only Battle Beasts Minimates character we get (albeit in 4 different colors) you ought to get whatever one you can get cheapest. It's just so gosh darn cool, it's easily one of my favorite toys of 2010. There's no fire/wood/water dynamic and there aren't enough to grow into an army, but hey, I'll take what I can get. I like these guys and I hope that someday, Diamond Select Toys cranks out a few more.
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