Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Action Figure Review: Thunder Tread from Batttle Babies (Confirmed: Epic)
here for more cool pieces, however. The fact that they're unique and assembled from multiple pieces means that the traditional categories don't always apply. Anyways, ready for a bear riding a tank with a baby in his head? Then let's get truckin'!
Thunder Tread is just a little under 3 7/8 inches tall and just about 4 3/8 inches long. The style of this toy line is that Rader finds random action figure parts and accessories and combines them together, always adding plastic babies into the mix. While I can't identify all of the pieces, I do know that the tank body is from a Toy Biz Bonebreaker figure from their X-Men line, and the translucent blue energy bolts come from various Star Wars figures. The logo on the bear's chest is from a wrestling belt and, the hammer he wields is some version of Thor's hammer, Mjolnir. I really like looking at the various Battle Babies pieces because each one is a miniature scavenger hunt, kind of like those I Spy books, but with action figure pieces.
While Thunder Tread utilizes many different accessories, because he is an assembled piece he has no removable accessories. Sorry, that's just not who he is!
Many of us probably cringed last week when we read the story of the artist who destroyed a copy of Avengers #1 in order to make a paper mache statue. Sometimes the material cost just doesn't justify the effort. Thunder Tread here, however, certainly does. I think Brad Rader has found an excellent way to both repurpose and preserve elements from action figures that many collectors pass over in order to create something new and unique. Not only is this a great piece of pop culture art that unabashedly celebrates the love for toys that so many of us have, but it also manages to be a fun and fairly durable toy in and of itself. I'm not recommending that you give this to a toddler or anything, but there's no reason that Thunder Tread (or any other Battle Babies) can't be utilized in display scenes or as a neat desk top toy. Easily an Epic piece, and perhaps my favorite thing I bought at Heroes Con this year!
I've reviewed a few different independent toys that walk the line between toy and art piece. I've looked at Baby Deadbeet from OTMF! by October Toys and three pieces from Rupert Valero's Valerobots: The Assemblage Juggernaut, the Assemblage Zombie, and the Tiara Assassin. If you're interested in securing a Battle Baby of your own, head on over to Storenvy and pick one up today.
Barbecue17 literally knows a guy called "The Bear" but he doesn't ride around in a tank. He rides a scooter. Barbecue17 hasn't updated his Flickr account in quite sometime, but he'll get around to it one of these days.