Behold, the MVR Standard Noboto! Like his series mate Gobon, it's the first "standard" Noboto and due to the three colors of plastic used, he was joined by two brothers made from the leftover pieces. The standard Noboto has a yellow head with white eyes (the only Noboto with more or less normal whites of his eyes), brown hands and feet, and a brown belt over a green body. It's certainly an unexpected color combination, but it works.
This figure includes 19 parts, and due to its unique design has a little more mobility than his Glyos ancestors. A clever swivel joint in the shoulder allows the arms to rotate in and out, adding to the amount of personality you can squeeze out of this mold. The figure's construction is similar to a shorter, tricked-out Pheyden with more options. For example, the ring at the base of Noboto's head is a removable part. The brown belt is also completely removable, and can be swiveled around. On the figure's back is a brown backpack that, while certainly a nice bonus, doesn't do much to add to the figure. It's there, and it probably added to the development a bit. I don't think I'd miss it if the part was dropped, as it's not quite as integral or versatile as the Armorvor backpack which doubles as a blaster. It doesn't hurt anything, though.
Since the Onell crew went all-out and included multiple colors of plastic on this guy (instead of the usual 1 or 2) all of the paint went on to the figure's heads. The yellow head has whites just like Pheyden or most humans, with a light red center and a dark red outline. It's quite beautiful and I wasn't entirely sure if it was a design choice or a trick of the light, because it just looked so darned good. The eye is a small detail, but it really makes the figure look more lively to the point where it meets or exceeds any paint application on any other regularly produced figure in this line, or at least the ones in my collection.
Also included is a brown "clone" head from a different sculpt - while the yellow head is smooth and looks more like a light bulb, the brown head has more ridges and the "whites" of the eyes are now black. The center of each eye is white, and there's an incredibly subtle green line in between the two colors. It's subtle to the point where I'm going to assume a lot of people won't notice it, unless you're in a brightly-lit room or taking pictures of it under a microscope. Or maybe I'm just old. Either way, the detail is appreciated and the optional head is a great bonus, but the regular yellow head is so good I'll just use that.
With few exceptions, new Glyos molds like Noboto sell through quickly - especially for the first release or two. For some reason, none of the three Nobotos blew out of stock on this release and that certainly makes the line more inviting to people who can't schedule their lives around being at a computer around 9 PM Eastern to order a figure before it sells out at 9:15. If it's still available cheaply, I'd suggest snagging one of these. The price is certainly right.
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