December of 2013 was a flat-out bonkers month for new toys - Onell Design, ToyFinity, the Four Horsemen, Ni Stuff, and dang near every indie toymaker seemed to have something new on deck and it's really quite spectacular just how many of them are existing items in new colors. This includes the Gendrone Rebellion Gobon, a figure whose name suggests a pretty nifty storyline which exists pretty much solely in toy auteur Matt Doughty's head. We're treated to peeks at this story, but odds are we'll never really know the full story behind many of these figures and their various factions.
What I can tell you about our rotund friend here is that he's just over 3-inches tall, can be split apart in up to 13 pieces, and has an alternate head inside his body that helps you to create an alternate, more fearsome build. You've probably seen Gobons in this very column a few times, and that's because it's just so gosh darned charming. The metallic ones always look good, and in this case the metallic, swirly, pearly red looks a smidgen like The Black Hole's Maximillion. Just brighter, and less evil.
The big, boxing glove-like hands are likely to make this figure a gem for anyone who enjoys swapping around parts. Mixing and matching with other Gobon figures is always fun, particularly when Mr. Doughty cranks out a festive, candylike color such as this. (A year ago, we got a swell blue Gendrone Legion Gobon.) I prefer the default configuration of this one, mostly because I find the black dot eyes to be less compelling on the alternate head. The blue Gobon's red eye had a black outline, plus the added panel lines on the arms and mouth gave him some "oomph." It's not that this figure lacks oomph - but it could stand for a little something more to make it stand out. Well, perhaps that's silly or short-sighted of me to say - the pearlescent red is sure to pop on any toy shelf, and the design remains charming several years after its first release.
While Onell Design subsists largely on new versions of existing characters and molds, it's downright difficult to resist figures like this one due to the strong personality and more or less crazy low edition sizes in the hundreds. If you don't get it now, you don't get it. There's a part of me that really regrets not having bought each and every Gobon I've had the chance to buy over the years, but unfortunately a) I was late to the game, b) there's only so much money per drop, and c) they're fat little guys on the shelf. Seriously, they're wider than they are tall. Kudos to the Doughty clan on a figure that I'm happy to have around, and if I may make a suggestion: I'd love to get a companion metallic green one next Christmas. Perhaps with a tiny santa hat. (Maybe that'd just be silly. Santa Corps. Think about it.)
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