As any line goes on, you can be forgiven for saying "Hey, have I seen this before?" The Neo Granthan Reptoriun is brown with green, similar to the copper with green Neo Granthan Sendollest Hunter a while ago. That one had richer colors and different paint masks, too - this new one looks sort of like an orc or an ogre from a fantasy series. I quite like it - especially the new deco on the Armorvor head.
Changing up colors does wonders in altering a figure's personality, and when you have an alien dinosaur lizard creature the green paint brings that out. It's more of a lizard, a snake man, a glossy green cold-blooded creature of terror. I assume. Maybe he wants to be pals with Pheyden, but with the loss of the Passcode stories on the Onell Design web site the characters are increasingly mysterious. While many of us old-school toy dorks love toys above all else, usually some sort of story drove us to pay attention to them in the first place.
You've seen this mold before, but the paint apps are different than many of the other versions - specifically, there's less paint. The bright gold dots on the head, chest, wrists, knees, tail, and waist are bright and striking - masking the lack of extra color on the wrists, or underarms, or feet. It could be a cost cutting thing, but it also provides a decidedly different look to the design. What's more, a heavy amount of green paint has been added to the Armorvor head that covers almost the whole dang thing. It really changes up the look, and that's essential as a figure enters its - by my count - at least 50th redeco. At this point, there have been more Neo Granthan heads than unmasked wolf Armorvor heads, or equal amounts if you include each stealth release as new. Interestingly there has not been a clear colorless stealth Neo Granthan yet.
Articulation of this 2 3/4-inch action figure is typical Glyos fare with each joint being removable. 14 meaningful points of articulation await you, with a removable black core on the chest and a place to plug in a backpack on the figure's reverse side. It's sturdy and chunky, and the tooling is in good shape after dozens of releases.
I really like this figure design, and long-time readers may know I was always hoping we'd see more new animal-like heads on a regular basis. Given how many Neo Granthans we've had, I'd say we're about due for the next version. There's nothing wrong with the design, but 25 or so seems like a good place to move to the next flavor. I love the deco, and I always wished we'd have more insight into the color choice and character design as far as what they are, what function they would serve in the narrative inside the creators' heads. I guess that's part of the fun now - it's all up to us. Few Glyos figures pop up on eBay so I'd say get it if the price delights you, and I currently would expect another release on the horizon in new colors. It'll be good, so you'll probably be better served getting it at a lower price than scrounging the secondary market for an expensive one.
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