I look back at the history of both of my hobbies, however, collecting
and gaming, there is one common point: Battle Beasts.
could be had in two-packs, and had semi random heat press stickers. I
have been told those stickers were completely random, but I never did
see a squid or octopus with a fire sticker, so I never quite beleived
it.Beasts were really only marketed as toys, but the kids in my
neighborhood (of which I and my brothers were pretty dominant members)
quickly put together a Pokemon-esque 'League' for competing with them.
It went like this:
- Pick a Roster of a set number of figures.
- Write down the 'Batting Order.'
- Go up against opponent's line-up, revealing each fig as you went.
event and made sure the opponents didn't switch their order for
favorable matchups. After a while, we got to know what sticker
everyone had on what figures, so the secrecy of the order was very
important. It was basically street Stratego with toys, but I remember
thinking it was very organized, and it WAS a very big deal.
Currently, Diamond Select, the maker of Mini Mates, holds the Battle
Beasts license. They are not doing much with it currently, though
there is expected to be a change on that front soon.