I know what you're thinking - didn't they already make one of these? The answer is "sort of." The glow in the dark plastic changes a tiny bit with each release, and the Gendrone Spectre Force Gobon shines quite brightly in the dark. A month later this figure was still available - why, I don't know, it's quite good. Gobon figures seem to be slower sellers as of late which means you people are missing out on something cool - the rotund robots have two pretty distinctive body types, two heads, and this one glows for crying out loud.
I don't have the original Spectre Gobon from roughly 2010, but I can say that it doesn't have the unique chest tampo of the 2014 release and the images appear to be a little bit paler. The new one is a tiny bit yellowish/green by comparison, which I think works better than the ghostly bone color of some other releases.
If you bought a Gobon before, you know what to expect - 13 total parts that can be dismantled and reconfigured in a far more meaningful manner than other Glyos figures. Swapping heads is commonplace, but the idea of popping off the arms, flipping the body, and pulling another head which is stored in the body so you don't lose it is damned clever. I know we've looked at these Gobon figures before but it still impresses me to this day. There's not much I've enjoyed doing with this 3 1/4-inch figure in terms of building, but I like the default builds usually - it's just such a pleasing shape, I can't imagine why more people don't have a large stash of these. (Standard Gobon has been on my desk since its release.)
With green painted eyes and that white tampo, it's a nifty-looking figure even if it didn't glow. Actually, that's being a bit generous - the figure's only real shortcoming comes from the alternate head's "mouth," which sort of goes invisible because of the lack of deco. Glow in the dark plastic can be a black hole which sucks up the figure's detail and absorbs a bunch of light, so painting in various elements makes a big difference in giving it some personality. I'd have loved a mouth line or even a painted jaw, but I still basically got my eight bucks worth. Should you get the opportunity to own a "Glowbon" I highly suggest snagging one.
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