The Outer Space Men, LLC Outer Space Men Cosmic Radiation Edition Colossus Rex Action Figure The Outer Space Men, LLC, 2016
Day #1,546: October 6, 2016
Colossus Rex The Man from Jupiter, also known as "Colossus X"
Outer Space Men New York Comic Con Exclusive
Item No.: n/a Manufacturer:The Outer Space Men Includes:Armor, shield, axe, mace, alternate hands Action Feature:Glow in the Dark Figure Retail:$25.00 Availability: October 2016 (Today!) Other: Glowing Convention Exclusive
I would be a hack to say this figure deserves glowing reviews. I'll do it anyway. While the mock-ups for this Outer Space Men figure were painted white plastic, this glowing Cosmic Radiation Edition Colossus Rex is 5-inches-and-change of solid glow-in-the-dark plastic. If you collect these guys, you're probably wondering how the glow plastic of this convention exclusive (available this weekend in New York at NYCC) stacks up against other Glyos figures. I can say that the 2010 glow Metamorpho and the 2011 glow Electron+ are a little paler, a little more boney in color than this guy. Glow Rex is a near-perfect match to the many other Onell Design (and adjacent) glow Glyos figures like glow Gobon, Leyden, and many many others. They all vary a tiny bit, but it's superbly close.
Matt Doughty of Onell Design shared with me their internal development nickname Colossus X, which came as a result of being Colossus Rex in the new Gamma-X colors. Sensible! Mel Birnkrant painted the original master, and it's a perfect sibling to the recent glowing Gamma-X figure. The entire figure and his armor is cast in glow plastic, while the shield, mace, and axe are cast in clear colorless plastic painted silver. Do not scrape them - it's clear underneath. The shield's wrist clamp is cast in glow plastic, but has been completely dunked in silver to match the weapon.
I'd also like to say I appreciate that they painted the armor. If you look at Alpha Phase Colossus Rex [FOTD #709], you'll note his armor fades right in to the figure thanks to the translucent nature of the plastic. It simply doesn't pop - the paint actually brings out the detail what with its spikes, and plating, and more spikes. Despite being PVC, they're sharp and pointy so don't try to stab someone with them. You probably could break some skin.
If you've been buying these for a while, it's worth noting that the paint masks are not the same as your other Rex figures. For reasons I don't know, the team painted Colossus' toes, spikes, accordion joints, belt, eyes, and teeth in a shiny silver paint. It's the same paint on the weapons - it's silver, but it's not vac-metal silver like the Chrome Accessories Set [FOTD #1,546]. It gives the figure a nice consistent look, but it doesn't stop there - the back of the figure has a couple of painted spikes on his back as well as the heel claws of his feet.
The figure seems to have the same sculpted detail as his siblings, with an astonishing quantity of sculpted scales that undoubtedly took days if not weeks of work to accomplish. On the recent Colossus Rex 2.0, the light metallic paint makes each scale pop to life even in a dark basement office. Glow in the dark paint is much crueler - it absorbs light in so many ways, meaning it's a bit tougher to see all the work that the The Outer Space Men, LLC put in to these sculpts from a few years ago. It's a lovely figure with amazing glowing power, and pigment changes everything. The most recent painted figure looked like a fish man jungle gladiator thanks to the shine, while this one looks like a ghostly monster. Fishman Junglegladiator, of course, was also Nick's aborted attempt to make an edgy cable show in the wake of Spongebob's fame. (This is a lie.)
It ain't cheap, but it's good. How does it stack up? This one's $25.00, the 2014 Infinity painted one was $26.00, the 2016 2.0 painted one was $30, the plain Beta Phase/White Star one was a jaw-droppingly cheap $16.00, and the clear green Alpha Phase one was part of a $60.00 3-pack - which would put it at a then-rage-quittingly high $30-$32. I'd be lying to you if I said this figure was cheap, but for a hefty mass of glow plastic that glows better than most if not all of my recent glowing toy purchases? I'm not complaining. Call me a sucker, call me a chump, but anyone who has a small shrine of glowing toys (and I know that's a lot of you) would be well-served to befriend a toy mule to get you this one.
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