Ahead of Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Diamond Select Toys (DST) and comic publisher IDW announced that they've returned from an exploration of the more obscure corners of '80s toy nostalgia to bring back Battle Beasts, based on Hasbro's localization of Takara's Japanese Beastformers line.
IDW will be reintroucing Battle Beasts with a mini-series written by Bobby Curnow (Godzilla Legends, Night of 1000 Wolves) and penciled by Valerio Schiti (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Donatello, Dungeons & Dragons: Eberron). It focuses on a group of renegade Beasts who return to Earth to protect the ultimate weapon (and the human who activated it) from an armada of their violent brethren. The ashcan will reprint the first eight pages of issue #1 in full color, and fans will be able to get a free translucent Minimate of the ram Vorin while supplies last. Both will be given away during C2E2 by DST at booth #311.
At San Diego Comic-Con (July 11-15), IDW will launch the Battle Beasts mini-series with issue #1, and DST will unveil the first full wave of Battle Beasts Minimates, which will be in stores in late fall 2012. The first wave of two-packs will focus heavily on characters who appear in the comic, and will have a gameplay element, as well. DST will also have an exclusive two-pack of Battle Beasts for sale at the show.
Correction: The new Battle Beasts is an original concept from Diamond Select Toys and unrelated to Habsro's lapsed Battle Beast trademark.