A promise kept! Earlier this year MK III shipped and sold out fast - so Onell Design promised more. They delivered with Hades Pheyden MK IV a very similar release with the Hades tampo on the right shoulder - a first, I believe! The original had a hand-cast scarf, the second was a black unpainted Sarvos body with one of the first wide-release scarves, the third added the green paint applications as well as included the Gobon Blaster, and this one adds the tampo. Obviously you don't need them all, but you can see it's evolving for the better over time.
Since I missed MK III, I was pretty happy to get MK IV - the last one I got was MK II [FOTD #527] a few years ago, as seen below. I believe MK III was more metallic, while II and IV are pretty much just normal black.
The jump from II to III was pretty dramatic, with the inclusion of a Gobon Blaster with painted green details as well as hand and knee markings on the limbs. You'll also notice sole painting on the shoes - it's completely unnecessary and the kind of thing that most toy companies would cut out, but Onell likes nice little extras. The head is very similar to previous glowing Scar Pheyden releases, keeping the green gash and black painted collar around his neck.
If you're familiar with the default construction, you know what to expect. As always, the figure is about 2 3/4-inches tall and sports several points of articulation, each of which serves as a place to pop the figure apart for customization. A three-piece weapon is mounted to his right arm instead of a fist - included - and a disc is set up as a backpack. The head pops off and the scarf is optional, with a bonus Sarvos head here in case you wish to use it, so even if you buy each version of Hades they can serve as different figures on your shelf. It's a nice bonus.
If you just want a perfect Hades Pheyden, this is it - so far. It might get better, but for now this is the top of the line and the one to snag. While we really don't know much about the character outside a few comic and game appearances, that was enough to make some demand for a figure that is basically the same as hundreds of other figures. It's nice, it's fun, and it's an improvement - but if it's really close to a version you already bought, you might not want to track this one down, too. I like it, and it's my top choice for this configuration - I assume MK V is coming in the next two or three years, though, so if you can hold off perhaps you'll find that one to your liking, too.
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