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NiStuff 481 Universe Zeta Force Dig Crew Action Figure NiStuff, 2013
Day #804: December 3, 2013
NiStuff 481 Universe Zeta Force Dig Crew Action Figure Zeta Force Dig Crew
Silver Outlander Figure with Green and Blue highlights

481 Universe Glyos-Compatible Figures
Item No.:
n/a
Manufacturer: NiStuff
Includes: Helmet
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $10.00
Availability: October 2013
Other: New York Comic Con debut

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NiStuff 481 Universe Zeta Force Dig Crew Action FigureIt's amazing how a little paint and reconfiguring can make a good figure into a dud, or into something really swell. The Zeta Force Dig Crew is swell. Initially sold at New York Comic Con (and sold online the same day, kudos Mr. Merz) this figure is cast in a silvery plastic with some metallic blue pieces. Green highlights on the ankles, shoulders, and ribs can be easily seen with red eyes and a green skullcap if you pop off the helmet.

I liked the debut of Silas, but the second batch of figures didn't quite do it for me - unpainted figures were more than a little bland. This figure (and his companion, Maigus) leap out as more colorful and vibrant personalities. The swirly silver plastic disrupts the figure's face from its usual quasi-Greek statue form. It feels less than a one-off of an Onell Glyos product and instead leaps out as its own thing. The coloring isn't too much unlike a few of Ni's existing customs, so seeing it on a painted production figure gives more people a shot at something a smidgen more unique.

NiStuff 481 Universe Zeta Force Dig Crew Action Figure

NiStuff 481 Universe Zeta Force Dig Crew Action FigureMost non-Four Horsemen-manufactured Glyos figures tend to have a rather limited sense of color. The use of green here really pops nicely, although the red eyes just sort of fade in to his head. The helmet fits nicely, and the figure generally gels nicely with fairly strong joints and pieces that don't pop off too easily. I have a hard time deciding on if I like this figure or his companion, Maigus, more but I will say I'm please I purchased them both.

For those of you with a sizable Glyos toybox, this figure makes a wonderful vessel for Pheyden's arms and head - if you pop the torso over so it looks like he's wearing a green collared uniform, it really sings. It looks like some sort of military commander, which is a pretty distinctive change of pace for the line.

NiStuff 481 Universe Zeta Force Dig Crew Action Figure

2013 - and indeed the last few years - have seen Glyos-compatible offerings explode in the marketplace, but the audience receptive to these things is still pretty tiny. As such, figures (like these) are made in the hundreds - making them far rarer than just about anything else you might want to buy, but due to the relative and continued obscurity of the offerings the prices are still kind of cheap. As finger food for your desk, this figure is a can't-miss diversion while taking phone calls. His arms easily flip around so you can rotate his torso to change him into a very different looking figure. The Glyos lines of toys are largely about customization and making the toy to your liking, and the Ni Stuff figure seems more focused on giving you more options within the figure - so you don't have to buy another one to make something new out of this guy. Just flipping around that upper torso gives you a unique change in personality, so I can't think of any reason you wouldn't want this guy. Ten bucks well spent.

--Adam Pawlus

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NiStuff 481 Universe Zeta Force Dig Crew Action Figure

See more NiStuff and 481 Universe figures in Figure of the Day:
Day 524: NiStuff Terrestrial and Outer Anomalies Metallic PVC Figures
Day 704: NiStuff 481 Universe Outlander Silas Action Figure
Day 769: NiStuff 481 Universe NV Subject Action Figure
Day 769: NiStuff 481 Universe NV Subject Action Figure
Day 804: NiStuff 481 Universe Zeta Force Dig Crew Action Figure
Day 892: NiStuff 481 Universe Maigus Action Figure
Day 908: NiStuff 481 Universe Spectre Leyden Action Figure

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