Sunday, December 2, 2007

Tepato Maxoi (Greek Battle Beasts)

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Name of Toy Line: Tepato Maxoi
Production Company: El Greco
Years of Production: Early 1990s
Countries/Regions Available: Greece
Size/Scale: Approximately 2.5" tall
Figure Trade Markings: (C) TAKARA '86 (C) HASBRO '86
Approximate # of Figures: Hundreds

Details: Originally thought by many Battle Beasts collectors to be prototypes of the original Battle Beasts/Beast Formers (JP) line, Tepato Maxoi are more commonly known as 'Greek Battle Beasts'. Unlike their counterparts available in Japan, America and the rest of the world all the Greek Battle Beasts came unpainted and instead were available in the rather fetching colors; Black, Tan, Silver, Metallic Blue, Blue, Green and Pink.

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All 28 figures from Series 1 of the original Battle Beasts line were available and each one has the original Takara copyright markings.

Tepato Maxoi were sold in window boxes containing two figures or individual figures blind packaged in bags. Packaged figures came with the arms disconnected from the body and often Greek Battle Beasts are now found with mis-matched arms.

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Note the original Battle Beasts artwork from the US release but this time with the Greek Exogini logo:

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Interestingly, Tepato Maxoi boxes have been found with M.U.S.C.L.E. style Exogini inside. To make things even stranger the pamphlet they came with was in Dutch and bore no relation to Battle Beasts/Tepato Maxoi.

Greek Beasts came in two types of rubber, the more common being softer than standard Battle Beasts the less common being slightly harder. The softer figures ocaissionaly have slightly bent legs, here's an example of each with there American counterparts. Soft plastic Fox:

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Hard plastic Sheep:

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Again, similar to the original Battle Beasts line Tepato Maxoi were packaged with weapons but the chest badges were not heat sensitive like Battle Beasts but normal stickers. A selection of all three came with each pack.

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The weapons also differed in Greece:

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They are a light gold and appear 'glittery', here's a comparison with a standard silver weapon (left):

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And a nice shot of a pink Roamin'Buffalo, with with a standard gold weapon:

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Related Web sites

Greek Beast Archive

Battle Beast Forum @ LittleRubberGuys

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