Onell Design Glyos Spectre Armorvor MK II Onell Design, 2019
Day #2,112: July 25, 2019
Spectre Armorvor MK II Yes, This Is Old
Glyos System Series
Item No.: No. n/a Manufacturer:Onell Design (with Jason Frailey and The GodBeast Marty Hansen) Includes:Alternate Head Action Feature:Pops apart Retail:$11.00 Availability: September 7, 2016 Other: Revenge of Glow
I was going through my archives and it seems the last time this mold was released was 2017! I've still got a few of these to review - this Spectre Armorvor MK II has been sitting bagged on my desk for quite some time. I was planning on doing another "Glow in the Dark Week" but that's unlikely - so it seemed now was the right time to open this one. Time was good to it! Inflation hit Armorvors/Neo Granthans to the tune of $12-$14 in 2017, and who knows what the next ones will cost?
Sometimes the upgrades are a minor fix, but the nifty thing about this one is that there are multiple changes from Spectre Armorvor [FOTD #912] from 2012. The glow plastic seems to be a good match - it's possible MK II is a smidgen greener - but they're close enough to swap that you won't likely notice a significant plastic difference.
It's no secret that I love the Armorvor mold - it's a big, beefy beast sized similarly to an Imaginext figure and can pop apart at every point of articulation. You can break it apart and get 18 pieces of glowing, dismembered creature. Onell Design's glow-in-the-dark plastic is the very best glowing PVC I've been able to find - and I tend to buy a lot of glowing toys. It's bright, and you'll dig it.
There are two big changes from the original glowing Armorvor. One, the unmasked wolf head has been replaced by the dinosaur-like Neo Granthan head, a lizard-like helmeted alien with a painted green face with black markings and white eyes. Two, the paint - as in, there's a lot more paint. The original figure was almost bare plastic with a few green markings, while the new one is loaded with black highlights and tons of pale green elements to match the face. The thighs, toes, forearms, biceps, and numerous other spots have a little decoration on them. I'd say it's a significant improvement. There's nothing wrong with bare glowing figures, but the added definition does make for a more interesting action figure, particularly when glow plastic has a natural habit of absorbing all light and detail in a room.
Glyos figures are in somewhat short supply due to their being some of the lowest-run action figures on the planet. They're also bought almost exclusively by collectors and customizers, so they don't come up for sale often... or get cannibalized for custom parts. The good news is if you find one, they tend to sometimes be fairly priced for a rare, discontinued figure of age. Of course, glow-in-the-dark-specific collectors are a very real thing and some glowing Glyos figures command a premium. I haven't seen either Spectre Armorvor for sale in a while, so if one crosses your path I suggest you negotiate as needed to make it yours. While I do prefer the original wolf head overall, the deco on the Spectre Neo Granthan head is really wonderful. If you can only get one? Get this one if you can.
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