Toy Pizza Noir Knight and Apotheosis Capsule Set Toy Pizza, 2019
Day #2,571: May 26, 2023
Noir Knight and Apotheosis Capsule I am the Knight?
Toy Pizza Vehicle
Item No.: n/a Manufacturer:Toy Pizza with development by Mechazone Includes:Figure, case, removable armor, alternate helmet Finhead, Pizza carbine Action Feature:Opens, closes Retail:$40.00 (supposedly $22 for the figure, but they sold the set for $40) Availability: September 2019 Other: New York Comic Con Exclusive... or debut?
I waited probably too long to get the Noir Knight and Apotheosis Capsule Set review actually completed. I got it at New York Comic Con in 2019 while shuffling around before the opening of the last fan event I've been to since the whole thing went down in 2020 - and I'm not sure why I waited but I think I may have misplaced a few parts for a while. That's why you review thing quickly, kids. The mold of the figure was new to me, and I couldn't resist getting a Batman-flavored armored guy along with a shiny gold case that reminded me of the old C-3PO Carry Case. What a deal!
There are many, many cool armored dudes in the Knights of the Slice range. This one is a pretty solid redesign of the Pizza Knight-esque figure, or the Jump Armor upgrade. This time around he's got more sensible pants, a battle-damaged helmet, and a gun. I admit, he looks weird in spots but he's still pretty excellent in Batman colors, while his "carry case" companion is more or less perfect in gold.
The action figure has a ball joint at the neck and Glyos pegs at the shoulders, waist, wrists, knees, and hips. There's another peg inside the chest armor, so you can pop it off and see the insides if you like. I found it a little tough to pry off at first, but if you do you'll be rewarded with yellow circuits painted in there. There are also little circuits and gizmos under the armor side, but those weren't painted. His utility belt and ornamental pepperoni are just some of hte other things painted yellow, giving you a figure that may say "I am the night!" but also "I don't want to get hit by a car." Safety first, wear bright colors!
The smashed-in left eye on the default head has a painted eye underneath, plus a fairly strange visible mouth. In flesh colors, it's just odd - but it looks consistent with the first pizza guys. It's still compelling, and if you don't like the idea of a burned pizza slice on his head you can swap it out with the big fin head with massive eyes. With a high crest on top, it looks like some awesome lost Super Sentai design. Maybe it was off-camera on an episode of Kamen Rider nobody ever made. Being Glyos, you can flip it around and it still looks pretty awesome, this time a point on the back flips forward and looks a little like a beak. It could be a coincidence, but I have to assume it's intentional.
Numerous colorways of this figure exist, including a blue Batman-flavored one, Micronauts-ish editions, one that looks like LEGO Ice Planet, plus a bunch of others. They're all pretty good but they mix up which heads or accessories you get with some of them, so do your research before picking one up. As of my writing this, a pretty spiffy clear Hyper Guts edition is in stock at their store.
The 5-inch Apotheosis Capsule is pretty dang slick. Inspired by a variety of toys like a Bill & Ted cereal tape case and classic carry cases, and undoubtedly Micronauts capsules, you can get this nifty pizza statue thing. You can pop it open and fit two figures inside, and there are some strategically placed Glyos holes to mount limbs or accessories if you have any around. Because chrome toys make me nervous, I would not advise doing it with this one. I did shoot some pics of the silver one with limbs, though.
The pizza motifis all over this one, with a slice on the forehead and another on the body. There's one on the back too, with plenty of vents and technological bits to enjoy. It looks like it's something a kid had in the 1980s, which mean it's a success. But it's more of a display piece than a toy for most, I assume, so know that it looks good on a shelf next to other figures.
You can get other colors of this figure, and probably should - they're easier to get. The Capsule is also pretty cool, and other colors are much easier to get. It's a weird pairing, but they're both good as individual pieces. It also wasn't bad for an indie toy at the time for the price, but the increasing prices of all toys since 2020 certainly may make it harder to pull the credit card out for some toy purchases. I like both of these a bunch. Toys like this still feel like weird little miracles, with smaller production houses making low-run figures for a very specific kind of older toy fan. I hope we see more like them in the future.
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