Beast Saga Blind-Boxed Action Figures
Item No.: BS-03 Manufacturer:Takara-Tomy Includes:Sword, shield, 2 dice, trading card - foil or regular Action Feature:Dice launch out of stomach Retail:525 yen (or about $7) Availability: September 2012 Other: Also known as "Liorga" and "Lio-Ga"
I missed reviewing Raioga Burst early on, but we'll make up for it now. Several flavors of the lion hero have come to pass, including this clear one, two painted ones, and a gashapon capsule toy one. The line seems over and done with, but the figures aged pretty well. This one came out about six years ago and the largely unpainted red and orange figure looks like a real gem in bright light.
Raioga's accessories change a bit depending on the version - this clear version comes with the same gear as the single-carded version. The 3-pack has unique weapons, and the capsule version doesn't have any gear. Such is life. This clear figure easily holds the 3mm peg weapons, and they can be swapped with other figures.
The has one of three cards - each case has 2 regular and 1 foil card. What's the difference? Well, one has a gold border - there are various levels of chase dice and cards in each box, so if you're a completist you can go in for that kind of thing. You can prove there's no such thing as too much of a good thing, I suppose - but the figure itself is the real draw.
The sculpt is pretty good, and the clear solid-color bits actually help to hide some of the problems. His jaw blends right in, and the gold eyes shine nicely from the orange plastic. His red armor looks like a gummi candy, and the orange fur fits in perfectly - it's like Burning Godzilla, but not. The mane looks like hairy flames, which is what you want in your lion warrior figure.
At 2 1/2-inches tall with 4 points of articulation, this was a more-than-decent figure for its time. At about $7, it wasn't necessarily cheap - but it had a dice launcher! And weapons! For whatever reason the global toy market has been bad at delivering sub-$10 (and especially sub-$5) action figures that weren't cheapo. We're seeing some push and pull in that area, but things like this seem like a good fit for the current toy market. To American toy fans, these are a special thing - a delicacy of sorts, only for the toy specialist. I think this toy specialist will be pleased to get one.
Random blind figures or complete sets aren't too expensive, so you can probably get this one. I'd recommend it mostly to fans of toys in awesome colors - a painted figure may be more your speed if you just want an awesome lion. The burning kitty of justice does look awesome though, so if you've got a well-lit cabinet or shelf you should get on that.
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