Secret Base's Ultimate Battle blind packs
Contrary to the company's name, everyone knows that Secret Base makes the kind of toys collectors love. The quality control department works overtime to make sure that the paint is tight and the vinyl is always top notch. The latest batch of Kaiju from the company is a blind boxed mini-figure set called Ultimate Battle which pits two of the company's staple characters against each other in a battle royale. Freebento.com sent us some to put to the test so let the match commence!
If you know anything of Secret Base, you've seen their two main characters Skull Bee and Skull Brain who make up this set. 5 Skull Bees take on 5 Skull Brains which are blind packed for collectors to seek out with 4 commons and 1 surprise chase per sculpt. I like how there is a Bee that matches each Skull's colorway (or vise versa). That way they make a nice matching set that looks great for display. The quality on these minis is super, especially considering that they are only 2 inches high. The paint applications are very rich and clean on the details. And there are some serious details on some. The white/yellow Skull Bee has a lot of text on his back. I really love the spray on the Skull Brains' heads. That's true Kaiju style and it's nice to see they put that into these minis. Also, you can tell from the pictures that these guys are shiny! The toys appear to have 2 points of articulation at the arms. However, mine are very tight and that combined with the fact that these are made from a softer vinyl (more on that in a minute) make it a little scary to move. In fact, I was determined to try the joint and it felt like I was about to twist off a arm so let's just keep them down, okay? Like I said, these are a softer vinyl than collectors of Western vinyl may be used to but that is not to say it's not a quality material. Eastern vinyl toys are usually made from this type of vinyl. I think it's an homage of sorts to the very first Kaiju toys which were made using this softer vinyl. Also, it's worth noting that these are solid vinyl casts not hollow rotocasts which also adds to the toy's sturdiness. The sculpts are pretty detailed, again taking into account the toys' size. Details like the ribs on the Skull Brains are molded as is the belt around the Skull Bee's waist. Overall, the quality on these toys is top notch.
Of the two, I'm more drawn to the Skull Brain design. It's more organic and I love the eyes. Plus, if you pay close enough attention, you'll spot SB hidden in his brain folds! Pretty slick. Whether you're already into Japanese/Kaiju toys or not, these are some really great minis that you should check out. If you're already got a Secret Base shelf, these would be a great addition to it to play off the larger pieces and if you're new to the game you won't be disappointed. I'm mainly a Western designer collector, but the more I look at these toys the more I like them. The price is right at around 5 dollars a piece and the quality is way better than the price indicates. But be careful, once you buy one Japanese vinyl toy it's hard to stop!
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