Beast Saga Carded Action Figures
Item No.: BS-32 Manufacturer:Takara-Tomy Includes:Sword, shield, 2 dice, trading card Action Feature:Dice launch out of stomach Retail:525 yen (or about $7) Availability: January 2013 Other: Also translated as "Oruga" early on
Sometimes a toy line can't surprise you - Beast Saga is one of those lines. If you bought one figure, you know what to expect - it's limiting and liberating all at once, because I knew I'd probably like Ogre before I opened her package. I also knew she wouldn't have new weapons and there would be little to get excited about after opening it - if you don't like how she looks, well, there ain't much here.
Her joints are tight, plus they rotate freely. The range of movement is better than most from this line, and I can never complain about that. She has 4 points of articulation, which, while low for 2013, is twice what the original classic Battle Beasts had.
Ogre's sculpting is quite good - the fur detail is solid, the paint on the face is quite nice, and the red armor has a few gold and blue flourishes to bring it to life. Her feet have claws, and if you compare her to Liorga/Lioga/whatever, the designs are quite similar. The armor is largely the same but with shorter shoulder claws and other minor tweaks - it's clear they were meant to be part of the same family. Her tiara is smaller than her male counterpart's crown, but by and large this is a superior figure. There's no funny mouth seams, a little black paint around the eye really brings it to life, and the small white teeth are expertly decorated. This is one of the better-looking figures in this line, but as it's a line already packed with members of the cat family she loses something for originality.
Ogre is ultimately a very good but somewhat bland figure. There's not a lot to get anyone excited about, other than the fact she seems like she's a factor better than many of the other figures in the line. It's just that even that doesn't make her more interesting than a dolphin or a duck or some form of dog doctor. Sadly this line didn't hang out long enough to get truly bizarre - sure we had the admiral Turtle and the aforementioned pooch physician - so a high-quality figure lacks the novelty of some of the real oddballs in this series.
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