Spectre Armorvor Glow in the Dark figure with painted highlights
Glyos Action Figures
Item No.: n/a Manufacturer:Onell Design Includes: Bonus head, backpack Action Feature:Glows in the dark Retail:$8.00 Availability: October 20, 2012 Other: Part of a three figure Armorvor release
While it seems the mainstream toy business looks down their nose at glow in the dark toys, thankfully the Indie crowd loves them. Onell Design's Spectre Armorvor was the first and so far only glowing Armorvor, and with a limit of 1 per customer it sold out quickly. The figure has only minimal paint applications, very similar in appearance to the Hades Mimic Armorvor - the second decorated release.
As with other Armorvors, each figure has a central core - in this case, a green one - and two heads. You can swap heads with other Glyos noggins from Onell Design or TheGodBeast or another manufacturer, but you knew that. What you probably didn't know is that glowing plastic does a bang-up job of absorbing the light, meaning that a lot of the detail work just vanishes right into it. You can still see the work that was put into its creation, but like the other figures we look at this week this plastic doesn't give you much to look at when it's under normal light.
When glowing, all 18 pieces shine quite brightly - more so than other figures. Some glow-in-the-dark plastics offer much more in the way of detail in normal light or daylight, but they may not glow as well - this one is particularly brilliant in a dark room. The articulation is smooth, and posing him is easy - and as always you can swap parts with other Glyos figures, if you want, but I wouldn't want to.
For the original asking price, this toy was spectacular - and the return of the glowing Armorvor has been teased a few times. eBay sellers will charge you $20-$25 for one these days, and maybe it's worth it, but given how many Glyos figures are getting rereleased or upgraded it might be worth waiting for a new production run. Still, if the price is right or you can make a good trade, this is a quality product - particularly if you love glowing toys.
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