Ever since its introduction, variations on the Ecroyex Guardian Syclodoc have had one or two heads - this one has two to choose from, which is nice. It also sports that swell Glyaxia symbol on the shoulder, which is one of the reasons I bought it. Sure, it looked cool, but I like that logo so much I want it on a t-shirt.
Standing at about 4 1/2-inches tall, this vinyl monster is made of 11 pieces of vinyl and the parts can be swapped with some other toys, like the Rig, the Block, or the giant Mordle. This time around, the figure has been given a giant red eye with a white dot in the center and grey panel lines - as few Glyos figures have panel lines lately, it's neat to see again. The bright red really pops in the Syclodoc's head, while the alternate Armodoc noggin looks like a drawing that came to life. The colors contrast nicely and the grey looks like it fell out of some weird ancient space painting. It's worth noting that the paint color matching is exquisite - the light blue arm and leg pieces are molded in light blue, while the head highlights are painted light blue. This is tough to pull off well, but it seems Onell Design always gets it right somehow.
As always you can reconfigure this one to your liking, and the joints are nice and tight. It's not exactly three times as fun as a Pheyden figure, but it's certainly large and makes a statement on the shelf. This is the big guy, the big hollow guy, the guy who you can pop off his head and fill him with Mordles. Or it could absorb Phanost or something, it's your call. I bet it could store your spare change too.
As Onell Design seems to come up with interesting ways to refresh the figures with vibrant colors, the only real knock against figures like this is that if you're a fan, you likely already own it in a different color. If you don't own it, you should snag one - vinyl has a totally different feel from the vast majority of toys I review here, or see at Toy Fair, or generally have a shot at buying at retail. I'd love to see more figures constructed out of this kind of material, and by that I mean new molds from other companies too. The jumbo Mordle is a fine example, I hope that perhaps we can see something similar from October Toys or Spy Monkey or someone else entirely soon.
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