While shelf space and being realistic about dollars spent made me have to cut back from being all-in on the Granthans, I couldn't resist this Neo Granthan Gatorrior Mercenary. I loved getting the various wolves, and now that the gator-like alien is being done in Gruesome Gator colors? How can I possibly say no?
This one a treat - a good adaptation and update of the original Armorvor with a nod to us old-timers. Since the original Armorvor was another fine nod to the toys of old, you really can't do much better than a blatant love letter to the classic 1987 toys.
Since the figure was molded in a dark green plastic - the original Gator is closer to a brownish green - there are some challenges in painting it. As any toy collector with too much plastic knows, dark plastic covered in lighter colors of paint can result in some pretty uneven-looking toys. The white paint of the Granthan's face fills the lines and pores nicely, highlighting the many wrinkles help to draw the eye to the piercing blue eyes.
Just like his inspiration, the figure has red highlights on his armor to draw attention to the back of his hands, the knees, and of course the red center of his chest. Much like the white paint, the pigment was applied evenly and it looks great - you won't see the green shine through thin spots on this one. The factory in China did a nice job ensuring this was worth $10.
It didn't sell out immediately, but it did sell through - this is the kind of thing that makes keeping an eye on Glyos fun, even though all-new character molds are far and few between. This particular deco is such a perfect love letter to Battle Beasts that I'm going to say you should snag one if you can - but when you get right down to it, all the Armorvors are pretty much the same except colors and maybe the heads. It's a good time.
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