So I've been adventuring with Mega's Breakout Beasts/Crystal Creatures line for the hell of it. First, I was perusing a Meijer that had some Breakout Beasts. The only one that had creatures I wanted was Series 2, and there was only one of that series left. I didn't seriously dislike any of the series 2 options, so I gave up looking for codes and grabbed it.
It turned out to be the one I wanted most, a white gryphon. Popping open the egg, there was a thick bag containing the pieces mixed in with slime. There wasn't really any problem getting the pieces out of the slime, it released from the plastic easily, and if it got left behind in places I simply held it against the mass of slime long enough for it to stick to the glob and pulled it away quickly. It didn't stick that badly to my fingers, and it didn't leave much of a residue on the figure. If you've had much experience with Mega's animals, you can expect the articulation you get. one joint each limb where it meets the body, two joints in the neck. It also has an opening beak. The wings are kind of floppy because they have to bend to fit in the egg, but it's not too bad. It has huge permanently lunging forearms and crouching legs, but otherwise it's what you'd expect a gryphon to look like.
Then at another Meijer they had Crystal Creatures Series 1 on clearance, so I looked up the codes and the only one they had left that I wanted was a deer with blue antlers. Getting this one out of the slime was a very different story. It had a glittery powder in it that changed the consistency just enough to go from a fairly hassle-free experience to a HELL OF SNOT. it was stringier, stickier, and harder to get the pieces out of. I ended up putting the pieces in a bowl of warm water with some dish soap to soak, the slime at least cleans off well enough that way. The antlers are bent at different angles, I could probably fix that with a bit of heat but I kind of like it, it makes the thing look wilder. The sculpt is of the same quality as the Breakout Beasts gryphon, though its pose isn't monstrously aggressive. It just has one forehoof tilted a bit. Both come with stands that you can build on top of the egg halves for flying or leaping action.
Update, I grabbed one from Series 5, after the packaging change. A red bipedal-ish demon with purple horns. I like how the translucent plastic lets you kind of see what you're getting. I don't like how you no longer get the egg halves as studded display bases. The bottom cap is flat, you could use it for display (and I will), but there's no support stand at all. There is no inner bag for the parts, just a smaller bag for the instructions and a weapon? back decoration? tube thing you can use to blow bubbles in the slime. The glittery slime again, not a fan, but I knew how to deal with it this time. I'd say overall the changes are a net improvement.
Edited by PlutoniumBoss, 19 January 2021 - 07:34 PM.