Glyos System Series
Item No.: No. n/a Manufacturer:Onell Design Includes:Cape Action Feature:Pops apart, customize it if you dare Retail:$12.00 Availability: November 7, 2019 Other: You must be double-jointed. And you must be Hungarian.
Monsters are a fun detour in the Glyos galaxy, and Count Dracuden is a pretty amazing example - yet again - of what you can do with minimal changes. The same old Pheyden mold has been cast in black and given very few paint applications - a face, chest, and hands - with an added fabric cape. It loses the ornate paint details and panel lines of the original releases, but somehow looks just as good if not more exciting thanks to the weird little nod to one of the classic monsters.
The 2 3/4-inch Pheyden is the kind of thing you'll never want to pop apart and customize. The plastic figure can pop apart at each of its 12 points of articulation, but you can't improve on this one. The pale grey with a slight hint of blue skin works for the hands and face quite nicely, with a mouth and fangs on the head. Also notable, the chest deco is very close to Vlixden - different, but very very close. I like seeing it reused, or modified, or whatever it is.
Above all else, the cloth red cape sells the figure - the dark texture looks spectacular with the figure. It also will likely continue to nudge more interesting tributes as time goes on - General Lando? Superman? The Caped Lawyer?
Every year I say "I've got enough Pheydens" and every year Matt Doughty and his team come up with a dozen reasons why I was wrong. I love monster toys, and this is such a weird alien spin on one of the classics that I couldn't possibly turn it away - hopefully you got yours when it was cheap. If not, just be aware there tend to be decent Halloween offerings almost every year and at least you can get some other monster in the future.
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