O nameless beast, from you we can know the great secret of the universe! Maybe not - but I will say that the Rhinoceros - Silver Mail-Away Redemption is a low-run mail-in freebie cast in metallic black PVC and painted exceptionally well. He has no name of his own, and the figure itself is basically the grey painted one with silver swapped out - and man, is it pretty. I work mostly in a basement so it's darker down here and the silver positively glows. The reflective paint looks sharp.
The same base plastic has been used to make 3 different rhinos so far, meaning on one hand I have to give credit to the creators for making the most out of the run and on the other, I don't think I need more black plastic rhino figures. I'm ready for something weird, or even traditional like glow-in-the-dark.
Even though it's the same basic design as the regular painted Gaamik, with the same nose horns, teeth, and red eyes, it just beams to life in ways you won't realize until it's in your hands. If you remember the cybernetic Bebop and Rocksteady from the original TMNT line, this may feel a tiny bit familiar despite not having angled metal skin. I guess this is the Colossus of Battle Beasts, a vicious looking guy with wrist cannons glossy grey shoes. The silver chest box pops a lot more nicely, too, and the use of paint here shows there should be a lot more life left in this mold if the creators are clever about their future deployment. The gold plastic figure with its black skin is similarly impressive, but for different reasons.
Given the hoops which you must jump through - buying 10 figures, mailing them in, and having a 1 in 4 chance of getting this one - odds are eBay or a lucky trade are your best bet for securing one of these. Personally I hope he sells it (or a similar one) down the road because even if the base black plastic changes, the silver skin is really superb and I bet it'd look good on any of a number of other plastic bases. I do not suspect that you will easily find this one, but if you do you owe it to yourself to throw down a few bucks to add it to your toy stash.
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