You never know how time will change your favorites! This was the last of the four "Galactic Holiday" figures I opened from the 2022 series. Galactic Holiday Darkoneth of the Voidrillion Command Cthulhu Nautilus is a redeco of the somehow still incredibly striking Outer Space Men Cthulhu Nautilus Action Figure [FOTD #2,015] from 2018. The metallic skin, gorgeous clear blue eyes, striking metallic blue costume, and shiny gold trim made it a perfect figure right out of the gate. We weren't subject to Alpha Phase prepaints, it was just blammo - here is a stunningly weird statement of space toy awesomeness, and it was a then-whopping $35, and I still love it. But we later got a green version from Onell Design, a plain white version, green and blue glow versions... and none of them were as impressive as the original, although that green one is a personal favorite. This purple alien one looks like some amazingly weird late-1980s toy (or bronze-age comic nightmare) and the colors drastically change the look and feel of the figure. It's kind of amazing how the Glyos figures, thanks to their ongoing repaints, can highlight different aspects of a toy and make you see a figure you have in a new light.
The skin is now a nifty pink with painted purple suction cups and inner wings. The body suit is a brownish purple with black toes. There's nothing clear on the figure itself, but you do get a pink clear trident.
I don't know if it's an assembly issue or what, but the head is a little more wobbly this time. The plug doesn't fit as well - it's not a huge deal, although it can be a little obnoxious to have wobbly movement with the head, but not with other Glyos parts when you plug them in the socket. Maybe I just got lucky.
While most figures have some sort of swappable limb - usually elbows in bent or straight configurations - they included "long" and "short" shins with Darkoneth. By default, he has the short ones. I was told that there were some differences of opinion over which ones were the better choice, which is why some releases include both.
For long-time fans, you'll recognize this figure as a repaint of numerous old (and new) parts. The wings are from Mystron in 2011, the body, tentacles, and most of the legs are from Astro-Nautilus in 2010 (as is the staff), while the feet belong to Orbitron from 2012. The Cthulhu Nautilus head was a new addition in 2018, with a bulbous orb in the bank that originally was a light-up eye port of sorts for the rest of the head. (I hope they do more clear ones some day.) The lumpy head has segmented tentacles and just looks spectacular up-close, and matches the pre-existing parts quite nicely.
When you get this figure, you're going to need to plug the wings and tail pieces in yourself. It's kind of a tight fit, but they look good once you attach them. The trident has two circles in it so you can put them around one of his arms to ensure it won't flop around. It's a really clever design for an accessory for cephalopod-inspired space nightmare.
If I could get all of you the original 2018 release, I would - it's stunning. The Cthulhu-Nautilus Rlyehzoth [FOTD #2,055] is right up t here and is excellent. Darkoneth is good - but the red eyes blend in with the head a little more, despite being functionally just as good as all the others. I think if the eyes were darker or in a color with a little more contrast, I'd be much more on-board with this release. And if it were in color-change plastic, I'd be over the moon - but this is still striking and a great new splash of color for your The Outer Space Men collections. And given the run size of some of these guys, that's probably an incredibly small amount of you. I assume I write reviews of some of these figures for guys my age who are me, mostly because pre-Moon landing-inspired space alien action figures are unlikely to be a giant draw. But I like what I like, and I like this guy - he's just better as shelf candy than a fun action figure thanks to the sprawl from his many appendages. Having said that, at $25 he's also vastly more interesting than most of what I see in toy aisles so I'd still recommend him to you, in this color if available but the other colors are also excellent.
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