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Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Carry Case Red Alligator Diamond Select, 2011
Day #373: April 9, 2012
Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Carry Case Red Alligator Action FigureCarry Case Red Alligator
Packaged With Unbranded Minimates Carry Case

Battle Beasts Minimates Carry Case Pack-In
Item No.:
n/a
Manufacturer: Diamond Select
Includes: Fire sword, removable armor (with tail), Collector's Case
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $24.99
Availability: 2011?
Other: Redeco 4 of 4 (so far)

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Welcome to Beast Week 2012! Last year we focused on Beast Wars Fuzors, and this year it's Battle Beasts! We're counting down to the C2E2 show in Chicago, where Diamond Select promises news on the long-gestating revival of this classic figure brand. So let's get started with the latest figure to be sold in stores with the brand name, with the Battle Beasts Red Alligator Warrior.

Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Carry Case Red Alligator Action FigureI am consistently delighted every time I get another one of the Battle Beasts Minimates put out by Diamond Select Toys, although not being at every convention in 2010 means I'm playing catch-up as of when I wrote this. This red alligator came out after three convention exclusive figures and, as far as I know, really didn't get a heck of a lot of attention. It was sold in an unmarked carry case, so if you saw this thing in a comic shop or toy store you'd have no idea that it included a figure. Let alone a friggin' Battle Beasts figure.

So far they've managed to squeeze four flavors out of the original silver figure which was a 2010 Toy Fair exclusive, and this red one is the only release to be properly "sold." The silver figure was free to visitors to the Toy Fair 2010 in New York, the gold one was a gift-with-purchase (or if you whine enough to your Diamond rep, a freebie) at Comic-Con in San Diego, and a black figure (which I don't yet have) was a C2E2 exclusive in Chicago. The red brings out a lot of details, and I'm stoked that he retained the very 1980s Takara-esque yellow eyes. The black armor has some gold highlights, plus his red skin has a killer black wash which brings out some of the detail on his hands, feet, and head. The jaw is not articulated, although you'll note in the comparison shots that each version seems to be open a little more (or less). This one reminds me more of a dragon or dinosaur than the others, which probably shows just how much potential there is in repainting these guys to death if/when Diamond decides to finally gift the world a series of Battle Beasts Minimates toys.

So while the figure is (aside from color) not much new, his accessories are actually somewhat worthy of note. His sword is a very light clear red, and to me it looks like something of a flame sword. It reminds me of Xevoz, and that alone means it gets my seal of approval. The other accessory-- well, to me it's an accessory-- is a carry case, or "Collector's Case" featuring logos for Diamond Select Toys, Art Asylum, and of course Minimates. Two clear plastic trays sit inside it, each of which can hold about 18 figures for a grand total of 36. One of the two trays has varying depths of slot, meaning you can't fit big, meaty figures like the beasts in them. The other has entirely uniform depths, and the plastic feels somewhat cheap. This is the same material they use to make packaging inserts, and the case itself was sort of scuffed up on purchase with a few weird slashes and bruises on the thing. So the case itself is incredibly cheap especially compared to other toy storage solutions we've seen over the years. If you have a preferred storage method, say Plano or Flambeau Tackle Boxes, stick with those as they're cheaper and generally better designed for abuse.

I would strongly suggest picking this up if you want the beast, and I do. As of when I write this we have no idea what the new line is going to include, so I either have the first four Minimates or all four Minimates. Granted if they reissue them all cheap I'll feel like an idiot... but eh, I want it, I got it, and that's what this hobby is all about!

--Adam Pawlus

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Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Carry Case Red Alligator Action Figure Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Carry Case Red Alligator Action Figure
Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Carry Case Red Alligator Action Figure Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Carry Case Red Alligator Action Figure
Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Carry Case Red Alligator Action Figure Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Carry Case Red Alligator Action Figure
Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Carry Case Red Alligator Action Figure Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Carry Case Red Alligator Action Figure
Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Carry Case Red Alligator Action Figure Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Carry Case Red Alligator Action Figure
Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Carry Case Red Alligator Action Figure Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Carry Case Red Alligator Action Figure
Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Carry Case Red Alligator Action Figure Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Carry Case Red Alligator Action Figure
Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Carry Case Red Alligator Action Figure Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Carry Case Red Alligator Action Figure
Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Carry Case Red Alligator Action Figure

See more Diamond Select Toys figures in Figure of the Day:
Day 76: Diamond Select Toys Black and White Wolfman
Day 82: Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates SDCC Gold Alligator Action Figure
Day 373: Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Case Red Alligator Action Figure
Day 390: Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates C2E2 2012 Red Vorin
Day 395: Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates C2E2 2012 Grey Vorin
Day 450: Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates SDCC 2012 Vorin & Zik
Day 460: Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates SDCC 2012 Gold Vorin
Day 463: Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates C2E2 Exclusive Black Alligator
Day 610: Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Gruntos the Walrus & Tate Reynolds
Day 720: Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Shadow Merk
Day 1,324: Diamond Select Toys Aliens vs. Colonial Marines Figure Set

See more Battle Beasts figures in Figure of the Day:
Day 82: Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates SDCC Gold Alligator Action Figure
Day 373: Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Case Red Alligator Action Figure
Day 374: Hasbro Battle Beasts Sawtooth Shark Action Figure
Day 375: Hasbro Battle Beasts Wolfgang Walrus Action Figure
Day 376: Hasbro Battle Beasts Diving Duckbill Action Figure
Day 377: Hasbro Battle Beasts Spark Shark Action Figure
Day 390: Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates C2E2 2012 Red Vorin
Day 391: Hasbro Battle Beasts Anarchy
Day 395: Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates C2E2 2012 Grey Vorin
Day 417: Hasbro Battle Beasts Run Amuck Duck
Day 436: Hasbro Battle Beasts Horny Toad
Day 450: Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates SDCC 2012 Vorin & Zik
Day 451: Hasbro Battle Beasts Sledgehammer Elephant
Day 460: Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates SDCC 2012 Gold Vorin
Day 463: Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates C2E2 Exclusive Black Alligator
Day 451: Hasbro Battle Beasts Pillaging Polar Bear
Day 577: Hasbro Battle Beasts Slasher Seahorse
Day 610: Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Gruntos the Walrus & Tate Reynolds
Day 639: Hasbro Battle Beasts Triple Threat Snake
Day 674: Hasbro Battle Beasts Hare Razing Rabbit
Day 720: Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates Shadow Merk
Day 723: Hasbro Battle Beasts Pillager Pig
Day 914: Hasbro Battle Beasts Rainbow Sam
Day 972: Hasbro Battle Beasts Pixilated Pointer
Day 1,084: Hasbro Battle Beasts Sir Sire Horse
Day 1,278: Hasbro Battle Beasts Hardtop Tortoise
Day 1,291: Hasbro Battle Beasts Tanglin Pangolin
Day 1,306: Hasbro Battle Beasts Eager Beaver
Day 1,313: Hasbro Battle Beasts Bodacious Bovine

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