Main
Features
 FOTD
 HasCon 2017
 SDCC 2017
 Toy Fair 2017
 SDCC 2016
 Toy Fair 2016
 SDCC 2015
 Toy Fair 2015
 SDCC 2014
 C2E2 2014
 Toy Fair 2014
 SDCC 2013
 C2E2 2013
 Toy Fair 2013
 SDCC 2012
 C2E2 2012
 Toy Fair 2012
 NYCC 2011
 SDCC 2011
 Toy Fair 2011
Archives
 Books
 DVD
 Music
 Statues
 Prop Replicas
 Toys
 Video Games
Credits
Contact



Favorite Links:
16bit Tumblr
16bit Twitter
ASM
Awesome Toy Blog
Battle Beasts
Battlegrip.com
Doomkick
EE Podcast
Galactic Hunter
Glyos News
OSM News
Parry Game Preserve
Shortpacked
Toyfinity

Hasbro Battle Beasts Pixilated Pointer Hasbro, 1987
Day #972: July 25, 2014
Hasbro Battle Beasts Pixilated Pointer Action FigurePixilated Pointer
Japanese name "Dog Hunter"

Battle Beasts Series 3
Item No.:
#61
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Includes: Grey spear named "Beam Hunter," seven more figures
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: est. $13.99
Availability: ca. 1987
Other: Also spelled "Pixelated Pointer" in some places, so let's put that here, for Google

  PREVIOUS RSS NEXT  

Hasbro Battle Beasts Pixilated Pointer Action FigureMost of what interests me in toys are really old things - like Battle Beasts - or brand-new figures. I went nuts and got as many of these guys as I could a few years ago, including Pixilated Pointer. I'm not a big dog person as such, but this is a fine figure - the 2-inch pooch has jointed arms and a weapon, plus a rubsign sticker. It's awesome. You should get one, or whatever figure best represents your spirit animal.

Pixilated Pointer is one of 3 dogs in the line, one of which is merely labeled as a "dog." It's pretty non-specific but I was buying these when I was 7 or 8, if memory serves, so it's not like I was up on the nuances of the poodle versus whatever breed was popular this week. The pointer is indeed based on a dog, but it's not too close to the pointers I'm seeing online. But hey, it's a nice dog and it's carrying a spear.

These figures - and 1980s toys in general - have precious few paint applications, so this figure feels like a real winner in how it was executed. The brown molded figure has blue armor with purple highlights and a yellow muzzle, plus paint on his eyes and nose. The purple eyes don't really "pop" but they don't look bad either. The color looks great in normal conditions - these figures were not developed to hold up to the scrutiny of high-resolution digital cameras. His hands can hold most 3mm weapons, so you could probably hand him a Cyberverse Transformers gun or a LEGO accessory. The rubbery plastic has some give to it, so if you had something bigger that would work too. The stout little fellow is quite sturdy, and his big feed keep him from toppling over - as does his lack of leg joints.

There was a trend in the late 1980s toward smaller toys, before the trend of the early 1990s to go "micro." This figure feels like a transitional product between the 3 3/4-inch and 5-inch toys and the smaller pack-in figures to follow. Like MUSCLE, it's a cheaper Japanese toy that's as much about being collected as it is to be played with. The funny thing is that with 2 joints and 1 accessory, it's more fun than a lot of modern figures in that this one can actually stand and not fall apart. The rubsign reveals a symbol showing his power, and... that's about it, really. The simple, small, collectible figure has come and gone in American toys and I think this was one of the better ones. Modern blind-bagged figures tend to be brick figures (not always a bad thing) or non-articulated mini-figures, so I have to say this interesting hybrid was a great, almost one-of-a-kind thing. The Battle Beasts made little impact at the time, aside from a few lunchboxes and licensed backpacks and costumes, but today's adults are still somewhat enamored with them as they remain an influence on numerous smaller toy lines. If the chance comes up, get one - if not this one, just get a few of these.

--Adam Pawlus

Additional Images

Hasbro Battle Beasts Pixilated Pointer Action Figure Hasbro Battle Beasts Pixilated Pointer Action Figure
Hasbro Battle Beasts Pixilated Pointer Action Figure Hasbro Battle Beasts Pixilated Pointer Action Figure
Hasbro Battle Beasts Pixilated Pointer Action Figure Hasbro Battle Beasts Pixilated Pointer Action Figure

Click here to see more Hasbro figures in Figure of the Day.

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
Day 1,756: Diamond Select Independent Comic Book Minimates Battle Beasts Ruminant and Spyrnus

HTML Comment Box is loading comments...

Click Here for 2013
Figure of the
Day 2014
January 2014
1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031
February 2014
1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
232425262728
March 2014
1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031
April 2014
12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930
May 2014
123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
June 2014
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930
July 2014
12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031
August 2014
12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31
September 2014
123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930
October 2014
1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031
November 2014
1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30
December 2014
123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031
Click Here for 2015

16bit.com is best not viewed in Apple's Safari browser, we don't know why. All material on this site copyright their respective copyright holders. All materials appear hear for informative and entertainment purposes. 16bit.com is not to be held responsible for anything, ever. Photos taken by the 16bit.com staff. Site design, graphics, writing, and whatnot credited on the credits page. Be cool-- don't steal.
We know where you live and we'll break your friggin' legs.