Glyos Action Figures
Item No.: n/a Manufacturer:Onell Design Includes:n/a Action Feature:Swappable PVC parts can reconfigure bike Retail:$8.00 Availability: May 25, 2012 Other: The... I lost track, how many Pheydens is this?
I'm trying to cut back on my purchases but usually regret it. I did buy Nonilla Pheyden but skipped the ultra-cool "Remnant" version, which makes me sad to this day. It's not that I regret my purchase so much as I was completely unaware Onell Design would be sending everybody a free Nonilla Crayboth on the house with their orders. But I digress. The cool thing about the Nonilla Pheyden is that Onell Poobah Matt Doughty indicated that this unique coloring was inspired by October Toys' own Z.O.M.B.I.E. line of mini-figures.
I should note, this figure photographs way better outdoors than in my studio. Because my studio is a sheet of tagboard in a basement.
While the figure's basic design is the same as it was in 1997, it's no pink. Like, super-pink. With sparklies. So this male-driven, hardcore customizer, space alien toy line now has something else in common with the venn diagram with your traditional girl toy lines. (I realize this will sound like some sort of backward caveman speak, but but I grew up in an era where pink wasn't so uncommon but clear pink toys with sparkle glitter was certainly unusual on 7C.) It's a gorgeous look, too, and I can't help but think that a black plastic figure with sparkles would have some intense starfield-like space look to it. In pink, well, I don't know what to tell you. It looks really cool outdoors, if you ever get one I suggest taking him out on a sunny day, in direct sunlight, to see why you might want a figure like this in the first place. As a basement-dweller whose Glyos collection is stored on shelves in a nice walk-in closet, mine isn't fulfilling his generally awesome energy-bursting potential.
For eight bucks I can't necessarily say that a Pheyden 13-piece figure holds a candle to a similarly priced 25-piece Glyan or the 18-part Armorvor. It's really good, the design is simple and a wonderful throwback to the era when action figure made toys and not highly-detailed poseable collectibles for adult man-children and I will tell pretty much anyone who reads this goofy column that they ought to own about $20 worth of Glyos just because it's worth it. Actually, let me revise that: you should get a Glyan figure, a Pheyden figure, a Crayboth, and an Armorvor to start with if you can swing it. Should be about $28 before shipping. A Gobon and a Phaseon would be good for you to get too... maybe a Buildman too. I guess what I'm getting at is this is a line where a Whitman's Sampler is better than a figure or two. The swappable parts make them extra-fun, I've been playing around with the Nonilla Pheyden as I write this review, putting his head on a custom build I keep around and generally seeing what looks good. It turns out a pink head looks really cool on a black-and-grey body, if you were wondering.
So I guess what I'm getting at is this: if you're the kind of person who spends a lot of time building and messing around to come up with awesome color combos, or plays with toys outdoors, this is a figure you should buy. But don't pay that guy on eBay who keeps trying to sell them for $90 or whatever unless that's actually the legit going rate all of a sudden.
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