Several of the Onell Design action figures are made in a nifty, chunky, tough style. This new redeco takes an existing character and turns him into Task Force Volkriun Sarvos, which is easier to enjoy than it is to spell. The figure is basically a standard build-- about 14 parts, including a second head, so you can either make Sarvos or Scar Pheyden in a swell green color.
Packaged in a clear plastic bag as seen below, the figure is, well, it's one of these. It's roughly 3-inches tall and it's great! Well, it's very good-- like many of the other figures in the line, it's based on an existing design with special care paid to the paint job. Sarvos' head is notable in that it has some additional decoration which makes a huge difference in how his face is perceived. The eyes are a bright, almost glowing green plus a couple of large white panels making up his face. Because of this, even after dozens of repaints of this mold, it proves there are a ton of other opportunities just by tweaking the forehead, or stamping a logo on it. I really like it because it feels different than other flavors of the mold, which were usually just molded in a single color with painted eyes and maybe panel lines. Could you imagine how it'd be with a big ol' glow-in-the-dark face? I think it'd be cool.
The an alternate head allows you to make Scar Pheyden, which exists at least in part because the designer is in love with scars-- the dude has good taste. The figure has a bright green wound both over his eye and on the back of his head, and it's damned striking. As greens go, the blood reminds me of the creature from Predator a bit. I have a hard time deciding which head to use, which is both cool and frustrating-- two good designs and only one body exposes some of the problems in giving too much to a figure in terms of gear. You can't use them both at once, and due to the limited nature of these figures it's too late to buy a second one by the time you get your figure in the mail-- and Onell Design doesn't always let people know they're getting a free bonus head. So you gotta decide... it's like Sophie's Choice, but with fewer dead children.
To pimp out the set even more, an extra set was produced with an alternate torso and 3 more heads-- so you can basically make your own character using these parts. So when you get right down to it, there aren't merely two, but five heads so prepare to have your head explode if this sort of thing bothers you. With Glyos, there are so many incarnations of the characters where you could get them in so many different colors, you can display them all in different hues. But if Hasbro did this with Transformers it's just drive me nuts, so I'm glad there's no cartoon or regular comic to stoke the fires of collecting compulsive disorders and I can just enjoy the figures for what they are.
These guys are sized similarly to Imaginext and the Playskool Heroes toys, so you can use them with some of their accessories if you're so inclined. Since late 2011, Onell Design and RawShark Studios have started developing vehicles-- space bikes-- for these guys, which probably means there is a real future for this line. As a toy for your desk, this is a good one-- it's small, it stands well, and it seems like it's incredibly durable. Of course, it's sold out, so you probably can't have this one but you can probably get whatever the latest version is from the Onell store in a few weeks/months.
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