Figure Photo Of The Day: The Great Beast

Great Beast

The Great Beast, by Ridureyu

Wrong, wrong, WRONG!!!!!!!!!!

As is probably obvious, the Monster in my Pocket Great Beast is meant to resemble “The Beast,” the seven-headed monster that symbolizes the Antichrist in the Book of Revelation.

From the official Great Beast trading card:

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Species: Giant Reptilian Serpent

Born: Arose from the sea over 2000 years ago

Size: 200 Feet Tall

Habitat: A remote jungle on the coast of Northern Africa

The Great Beast literally stands heads and shoulders above all other monsters. At over 200 feet tall and weighing an estimated 20 tons (that’s 40,000 pounds!), he represents the most awesome and powerful of all creatures. This cold-blooded killer is easily distinguished by his seven horny heads – each controlling one of the seven seas. From his headquarters in a remote jungle, he has the ability to create floods and raise tides throughout the world. If you should ever find yourself face to face with this slithering, slimy creature, offer yourself to the most “handsome” head. For the Great Beast also has seven great egos and this will cause the monster to fight itself, and you can quietly (and quickly) escape!

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…wrong, wrong, WRONG!!!!!!!

Seriously, they got EVERYTHING wrong! I… I don’t get it. I just don’t get it. This can’t be attributed to a research error, it’s not like BIBLES ARE HARD TO FIND. Seriously! They’re everywhere! And FREE! Come on, guys! You researched the NUCKELAVEE accurately in the pre-internet years! YOU COULD HAVE DONE THIS. AAARGH. Anyway, physical description from Revelation 13:1-8:

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And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

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As far as I can tell, the only things this figure has in common with the one described there are the number of heads, and that little dent just underneath its rightmost throat (the deadly wound?). I dunno. Anyway, the thign with Jewish Apocalyptic literature is, wild monster descriptions were given to people or kingdoms – look at the stuff in Daniel (Alexander the Great is represented as a goat with crazy horns, the Roman Empire is this gigantic metal-toothed beast with a hornt hat could talk, etc. etc.), so this was probably referring ot either an individual ruler, or a committee. I personally lean toward the idea of a group of rulers with one particular one as the head.

Fun toy detail: The Great Beast’s tail is WEIRD. It looks like a separate thing stuck to his back, and you can actually see part of it behind one of his heads. It’s like a Lee Press-on Tail, or something.

And finally: Note that I said Book of Revelation, not Revelations. Seriously, that’s the title. No S. The original name for it in the Greek is “Apocalypse,” anyway, with “apocalypse” meaning “to unveil,” or “to reveal,” so hence “revelation.” And now you know!

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