I snagged the Dark Traveler Rift Breaker because of the nifty color and the (at the time) new head sculpt - it was later revealed that grey heads for the Dark Traveler were made and are sneaking out in some new orders, but at this time I sadly do not have one - but I do have this one! I like this figure a bunch, I shot it back in September and I don't know why I didn't finish it up sooner. It's pretty beautiful, and the color is strikingly different from Onell Design's "Voss" green and their 2013 Neo Phase green.
The always somewhat impenetrable storyline of the toys hints at this fellow being a dark creation in the Glyosverse, but very little in there gets developed beyond an introduction and a few fights - so all we do know is that this figure employs a new-for-2013 Traveler torso which was also shared with the Lost Sincroid Army and Elder Exellis figures... and their descendants. The main notable new features in the body are a brand new sculpt with lots of lines in it, and a new belt piece which you can rotate around or swap out for an alternate belt - assuming you got a "bonus pack" with your order that features one. To date, the pouch version of the belt is only available as a free/promotional item, I assume this will change when they move to some other colors but what do I know?
The head which is unique to this figure looks like a twisted take on Pheyden, with several scars or lines running the length of his head. The dome is completely removable, as is a clear plastic collar piece - you can swap these out with other figures in other colors. It's a heck of a nice feature, if you're in to that sort of thing. Also, the "pouch" belt looks just like Pheyden's. And when you pop off the scarf, the head looks a lot like Pheyden. I don't think I'm saying anything surprising when I mention to you that I want this in Pheyden classic colors - I bet it'd look pretty awesome.
When you swap out the head/face with other heads, or just alter the belt, you'll see lots of unique combinations and variety in this single figure. It's really quite impressive, despite being a minor upgrade to a figure that has been available and recolored since 2007 or so. There is a lot of potential here, particularly if/when Onell Design start painting the bodies to bring out unique designs and details like we started to see on Sarvos' head and torso. If you have the means, get one - the Dark Traveler has been sold in a couple of colors, but if you lucked into certain promo part bags you might be able to cobble one together yourself, too.
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