Armorvor Rig Crew Mimic Brown plastic, painted black and green highlights
Glyos Action Figures
Item No.: n/a Manufacturer:Onell Design Includes: 2 heads, backpack Action Feature:Take apart, swap parts and pieces Retail:$9.00 Availability: September 7, 2014 Other: Down with the Brown
The Armorvor Rig Crew Mimic was the final painted wolf headed Armorvor, complete with orangey colored fur. He's not the first one to be close to that color, but he is in fact the last! I appreciate the finality, as the mold is starting to feel old if you're a long-time card-carrying member of the Glyos cult and I'm not sure if the line has fans who aren't more or less on board with buying new figures every few weeks.
Based on the Rig Crew designs of a few years ago, this mimic is brown with black and some green highlights.
Onell Design has been tweaking and re-running some of its older color schemes and with good cause - the market is different, some people missed them, and they tend to sell fairly well. Seeing this toy in this color for the first time makes the run even more fun, because I dig the bright green on the muted brown a bunch. However, the orangey fur head is sort of a drag.
The black core in green matches his eyes nicely, but the orangey fur also is pretty close to two previously released wolf heads. We've colored a lot of bases here already as fur colors go, because after 20 of these what's left, really? This is an area where adding Monster Kolor/Kaiju/Hikari-esque metallics and fading would bring a ton of excitement to the look of the toy, and likely added $2 or more to the cost of the figure. I think I'd have been OK with that. The fur detail is sculpted well as always and the mold never lost its edge, but the welcome did start to wear out. Still, every piece fits together nicely, the coloring is good, and the worst thing you can say about it is "I have a figure like this."
If you don't have a figure like this, you should get one. Of the 2010s Battle Beasts revivals, so far, it seems like this one should probably be declared the winner in terms of sheer longevity. It has nearly eclipsed Battle Beasts Minimates in terms of quantity, but not lifespan (yet - it depends if we get more of those.) Beast Saga died after a year and change, but had a large run of dozens of figures - I assume the Armovor is years off from beating that. Being available in new colors for 3 years - even at runs in the low hundreds - is still quite impressive, with most of the runs selling out quickly. Well done, Onell Design, and while I won't miss the wolf heads I sure wouldn't want to part with any of mine. They're fun, they're neat, and thankfully they're ready to be replaced by the next big thing.
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