When I had initially pre-ordered Beast Saga figures in 2012, Seylas the walrus was pictured as a "blind box" figure. He didn't come in the blind boxes... clear guys did. I wasn't too thrilled about that. The original Wolfgang Walrus is one of my favorite toys and the new Gruntos toy (review to come) is a delight. As creatures go they're big, tubby, cold-loving, and mean. What's not to love?
Seylas' armor is lacking in much deco, being molded in a pale bluegreen with a painted gold cap atop his too-real Walrus head. It's adorable. The head has painted eyes, tusks, and a nose with some sort of cheek implant which is both cool and a little disturbing. He has sculpted whiskers which are not brought out well by the brown plastic, although the painted part is a little better in terms of visibility. What I really like is that he's basically wearing a submarine. Fins and turbines on his arms come into view when you rotate down his arms, plus he has webbed feet (like the real deal's tail) and fins on his heels. Almost completely encased in armor, there's very little visible walrus on his person save for the head, hands, and feet.
If Seylas had cousins in different colors, I'd probably buy them. He's a big boy and a lot of fun to futz around with, even though I freely admit he's technically no better or worse than anything else in the line. It's because he's a 2 1-2-inch high plastic walrus, and a walrus is better than dang near anything else you can buy. The arms and legs move fairly well, and this is easily one of my favorite figures in the whole entire line. It's great. The walrus die is awesome too, I'd totally wear that logo on a t-shirt.
Seylas' only shortcoming comes in his weapons, which are recycled from Bamet, Rynas, Tarlock Burst, and probably will be used on other figures. They look OK, they aren't bad, but the reuse of weapons is sort of a bummer. You can keep the shield, too, I don't think I need it. Confidential to Takara-Tomy: I think you've proven your point. Please make dinosaurs, a manatee, and a hedgehog.
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