Micro Vinyls before but this was the first of the larger vinyls I picked up. Well, larger than the micros. These guys are only around 4 1/2 inches tall, so they're not huge. They're kind of pricey, though. I've skipped all of the previous releases of these (though they do tend to sell out really, really fast) but I couldn't pass up this green Beast Man. You know why? Because green Beast Man is.... Moss Man! Yup, this guy totally seems like a Moss Man homage and that's enough to get me to drop some scratch any day, you know? I love Moss Man. Heck, I asked my dad to make me a Moss Man birthday cake for my last birthday (true story, and he did it. My wife refused!) so you can say that I absolutely love Moss Man. Let's check this guy out after the break...
Height: 4 3/8ths inches
Articulation: Swivel waist and swivel shoulders.
Non-Scalper Price: $65 dollars
* Some of the Super7 Japanese Vinyl figures appear to come in really cool boxes, but this Beast Man only comes in a plastic bag with a cardboard header. I kind of dig the "bootleg" aesthetic of it, but at the same time I wouldn't have minded something a bit more impressive and unique.
* This is a really cool looking figure. If you're not familiar with the sofubi style, check out this cool article from the Japan Times and my review of Medicom's sofubi Batgirl. The sculpt is definitely Beast Man, although he clearly has the Moss Man colors. Well, he's green at least. Moss Man didn't have any body armor. Is this really Moss Man then? In spirit, maybe. I like the look and feel of the sculpt and the bright colors. The paintwork is very neat and clean here, too. He really looks fantastic.
* The headsculpt is great and it really captures a lot of key elements of Beast Man much more intricately than most other Beast Man figures. I love the pointy ears, the sharp teeth, and the segmented ridge running across his head. He also kind of has that trademark "dumb" Beast Man look, as well. Moss Man is a gentleman and a scholar; Beast Man is Eternia's resident dunce, thus making this clearly Beast Man.
* There isn't a lot of articulation here but there's enough to get a fun pose on the shelf and to fool around with the toy a bit. The feel of this guy is really cool. the soft vinyl and unique molding technique definitely gives the figure a unique feel. While I think the price is really high on these, I can definitely "feel" the appeal of this style of toy. I'm assuming these are made in fairly small numbers or something, especially due to the unique creation process.
* Beast man comes with his whip. The handle is green, just like him, while the whip itself is made from a cord. The cord is actually pretty cool as it allows for a little bit of posing. Not much, but you can definitely straighten it out or curl it up.
If you dig Beast Man, I've reviewed the Super 7 M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E. series 1 version and the Series 2 green version, as well as the MOTUC Beast Man (Blood- Red Henchman) figure, Mattel's Club Grayskull Beast Man, the 200x minifigure Beast Man from the Heroes Vs. Villains Gift pack, the Mega Construx Beast Man from the Battle for Eternia set and the red Beast Man from Castle Grayskull, the Super7 Beast Man, the ReAction Beast Man with Weapons Pack and Beast Man (Leo), and the VYNL Beast Man.
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