A new Kickstarter project has been launch by LittleRubberGuys.com owner Jon Karis, who’s looking to create Battle Beast-esque collectible figures in his ambitious crowd funded project “Rise of the Battle Beast.

This is not to be confused with the officially licensed Battle Beasts that are currently being produced by Diamond Select Toys. From his Kickstarter page:

Rise of the Beasts! Series 1.

Rise of the Beasts is a new collectible offering in the spirit of classic 80’s toylines like M.U.S.C.L.E., Battle Beasts, He-Man and Thundercats! Savage Beasts that radiate power combine with ancient technology long lost to modern man. Whether you are a fan of mini-monos or small painted, articulated figures, you will LOVE these figures!

Series 1 consists of 4 figures – A Lion, a Gorilla, a Horned Toad and a Komodo Dragon. The first 3 beast’s heroic body styles were partially inspired by classic toy lines like Thundercats, Sectaurs and Masters of the Universe. The 4th is suggestive of the fantastic Battle Beasts line with its squat, muscular proportions. Series 1 will be made of PVC (like M.U.S.C.L.E.s, Battle Beasts, etc.), approximately 60mm tall, available in both painted and non-painted formats, with a weapon and joints at the shoulders. Here are a few images showing the figures

If you’re a fan of Battle Beasts or ’80s toys, be sure to check out Karis’s “Rise of the Battle Beast” Kickstarter page.