Glyarmor Hades Trooper New Pieces - Black plastic, green and white highlights
Glyos Action Figures
Item No.: n/a Manufacturer:Onell Design Includes: Pheyden classic body with 2 new heads, new slip-on armor, new arms, and new legs (25 total parts) Action Feature:n/a Retail:$14.00 Availability: December 15, 2015 Other: Get The Bird
A new mold! We don't get a ton of all-new molds, and it's worth noting that the Glyarmor Hades Trooper is actually just an add-on for the regular Pheyden figure. Well, it would be - but it's sold as a set. 12 new pieces were tooled up and assembled on the Pheyden body, meaning that if you use as many of the new parts as possible you'll still have 4 limbs and 2 heads left over unused. It's kind of a waste - there are lots of spare arms, legs, and heads as well as torsos out there, but nobody has a surplus of hands and feet to make other new figures from.
Easily my favorite Glyos figure from Onell Design was the Armorvor - this new head fills the hope I've had for years, specifically adding a second noggin to that body. I love Battle Beasts, so this set offers me a lot of options for my existing Glyos toys. If I want, I can use the Neo Sarvos head (the helmet) to make the default trooper. I can use the Varteryx head (the bird) on this body, or on my matching Hades Mimic Armorvor from a few years ago. I can also use the included classic Pheyden head - I've got options. I daresay too many options - with so many heads, I'll never have enough bodies to display them all.
Taking a big cue from Skeleden - which also augmented the classic Pheyden with a new head, armor, and limbs - the Glyarmor is just one mode you can crank out with this kit. It reminds me a lot - and I mean a lot - of Samus Aran of Metroid fame, with the bird head being a sly wink to the Chozo statues found in the series. Articulation is basically the exact same as the rest of the line, although the new armor pieces may alter how you move your figure a tiny bit. The new arms and legs have greaves and vambraces you can slip on, giving the figure a surprisingly different look. The clip-on body armor does as well, and in this case it sports a Hades logo just in case the color wasn't enough to make this a striking figure.
One of the really fascinating things about Onell Design products is that the pieces match well. Just like LEGO, it's not unusual for you to have purchased a figure years ago and the aesthetic and colors match precisely so you can swap them around. The basic Pheyden body is nearing a decade of use, and the brand-new pieces use Doughty's signature design elements to make sure they all fit together nicely. The color matching is quite good, too, and that's something you don't see enough of these days. The new pieces fit perfectly with the old, and you can use the bird head for your Glyarmor figure or your Armorvors.
Five flavors of the armor came out - four as full figures, one as a clear colorless kit - and they sold out fast. Even with limits in place, the appetite for debut mold Glyos colorways is always high. While the figure itself is basically a more padded Pheyden with a beaked cyborg Varteryx head, the potential for customization and tweaking the figure is pretty high. Right now I'm mostly excited to see what's next - a metallic orange Crayboth stowaway in the box has me crossing my fingers that an orange Glyarmor figure is in the works, mostly because I'm a sucker for this kind of thing. The new Sarvos helmet design allows for the design to be tweaked to have a faux beak on it, the visor's great, and the hands are, well, classics at this point. The only thing missing here is some sort of hand-based weapon for the figure, which largely seems absent from Onell Design toys save for Skeleden. And I guess the Crayboth.
If and when you have the chance, get yourself one of these. It's more fun if you have other toys to futz with, but if you dig the Armorvor figures as I do it's a solid pick just to get a new Beast head out there. There haven't been many, and I hope we'll see another new one in the near future.
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