Onell Design Glyos Crayboth Action Figures Set 2Onell Design, 2008
Day #253: October 3, 2011
Crayboth Set 2 Reddish and Clear Blue
Glyos Crayboth Boxed Figures
Item No.: 2 Manufacturer:Onell Design Includes:2 Crayboth figures, paper flyer Action Feature:Take apart, swap limbs Retail:$6.00 Availability: February 2008 Other: 5 different 2-packs have been made so far
I'm a huge sucker for 1980s-inspired toys, and the Crayboth are about as retro as you can get. These little guys feel a lot like the original Battle Beasts, minus the obvious animal influence, but with added leg articulation. Each 1 1/2-inch tall figure has four joints and, like the rest of the line, can be popped apart and you can swap the limbs any way you see fit. There are a grand total of 10 styles, 2 per set, and four of them are still available at press time. (The Glow-In-The-Dark sets are, sadly, no longer up for sale.)
This set comes in a box, which is increasingly rare in this line. Each set includes one "clear" and one "painted" figure, and there's also a fifth set of glow-in-the-dark figures which I missed and is no longer available. It's depressing. But at least I got this set so far-- one dark, clear blue figure has no paint while his companion is pink and purple with black markings filling in his various grooves and what I can only assume are eyes. Each figure has one claw arm and one "gun" arm, and the characters are described as little psychic balls of energy-disrupting fun on the packaging.
As the smallest figures in the Glyos universe (so far), each Crayboth has significantly fewer parts than his full-size cousins. They're only jointed at the shoulders and hips, and since the head is part of the body you can't exactly pop on Govurom's head on their bodies. The closest Glyos-compatible figure to their size is the Alpha 7Outer Space Men action figure, and the arms are actually just about the right size for customizing.
The Crayboth sculpt is pretty simple, but there are lots of nice details like segmented fingers on the claw hand and some individual toes on their feet. They're sized just about right to fit in with your Battle Beasts toys, or any of many "little rubber guys" toys from the 1980s or 1990s-- except these ones are jointed.
With no known plans for more "mini" Glyos characters, these guys are likely to be it for a while-- which is a shame, as I'd love to see more little guys around this size. For six bucks, this two-pack comes highly recommended if you were born between 1975 and 1982. After that... they're still good figures, but these feel tailor-made to people who loved Battle Beasts or Monster in my Pocket but wanted something a little more robust.
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