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Hasbro Battle Beasts Wolfgang Walrus Hasbro, 1986
Day #375: April 11, 2012
Hasbro Battle Beasts Wolfgang Walrus Action FigureWolfgang Walrus
Series 2

Battle Beasts Series 2
Item No.:
#37
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Includes: Gold spear, second randomly-selected figure
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: approx. $3.99
Availability: ca. 1987
Other: Japanese name "Sea Iron"

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Hasbro Battle Beasts Wolfgang Walrus Action FigureSeries 2 of Battle Beasts refined the figures a little bit with better paint jobs, stranger figure choices, and big changes to their feet. The copyright information was moved to the soles of the figures, and a foot peg hole was added-- previously released Series 1 figures had flat feet (like Gormiti toys) and the copyright information was usually on their backs. Wolfgang Walrus is a fine example of a good concept refined in its second series, and he also just happens to look more than a little like the Transformers toy Longtooth. As I'm a sucker for ocean life toys, this was one of the many figures I requested as a kid and by gum I've still got him.

Wolfgang measures about 2-inches tall and has 2 points of articulation, like most figures in the line. His right hand can grip weapons (his own, or most 3mm weapons like LEGO or Transformers Cyberverse) while his left hand is a flipper which can grip nothing. A variation exists too, with unpainted tusks and some added green detail on his armor. Neither seems to be more desirable, but hey-- who doesn't love a good, unnecessary variation? Like all figures in the first chunk of the line, he has feet with toes and he wears a robotic suit. In his case, it's more or less a thong. With his grey skin, Takara could have probably easily retooled him into a Manatee if they just dropped the tusks.

Today he sells for about $6-$10, if that, meaning that he's quite a deal. The armor doesn't have any goofy elements, like dead animals as knee pads or some of the other strange elements incorporated on the likes of later Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles releases. (And yes, we'll be getting to those soon enough.) Wolfgang is just a straight-up Walrus Man, bringing more Walrus to the table than the 1979 Kenner Star Wars figure. For this, I am truly happy. The figure isn't capable of amazing poses or astonishing action features, but he's fun, sturdy, and is in nearly mint condition after years of play and several moves. Truly, these were fun little toys. Their only real flaws came from their weapons, which were easily lost, and their stickers, which sometimes flaked off with age.

--Adam Pawlus

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