One of the things about Glyos that eventually gets to me is the names - I can't keep all of them straight. When I look at the Gendrone Force Defender Villser Core it impresses and delights me, while also terrifying me that I will never, ever remember what it is called. I think that has contributed to my lack-of-hardcoreness with the Glyos world as it goes on, mostly because there's so much great stuff, which I have bought and admire, but I can't actually talk about it without a crib sheet. It's a green take on the ToyFinity Robo Force mold, with some wonderful paint applicatins and a color that reacts in fun ways depending on how it's lit. It's also hefty, providing you with 41 pieces for $16.00 - and they're big pieces.
By default, the bagged figure comes with the Gendrone Force Defender figure in all his glory, with an arm cannon prebuilt (and part of the intended build, see the image to the right) in addition to two small knives, a traded robot head and chest, plus a build using the remaining small parts to give you a little turret. If you ordered this figure, you'll be immediately taken by the heft of the sack with all the plastic inside for what you paid for it. Normal Onell figures are creeping up to $10 or above thanks to changes in the global toy marketplace, so this beefy fellow - who has parts to make additional heads, one of which serves as a blaster in his hand by default - it's just a good deal for builders or customizers.
Given the quantity of swiveling parts used to build the robot, counting articulation points is somewhat difficult and questionable. The head, arms, biceps, wrists, ankles, knees, hips, and other bits all move thanks to the Glyos system. You can pop him apart at any piece, and every piece is jointed. If you've been watching ToyFinity's sales and archives, there are dozens of builds you can make from this set - and I'm too lazy to replicate them all here right now. I will say I really like the default robot, he's a hair under 4-inches tall and the face design is the one used for Force Defenders so far. They're pretty spectacular and I wish I snagged a few more of them, but given the unending nature of this hobby and space considerations, Ill be happy with this one.
You can swap his leg/hip assembly out for tank treads if you want, and they're painted black to give you that real wheel look you crave. Other black decorations on the eyes, wrists, chest, and a few other spots do wonders to bring him to life. The chests also sport a cool Gendrone pattern, one of many Onell design symbols that - this day - it kills me I can't buy on a t-shirt from these guys. The chest also has a few green painted elements, as does one of the alternate heads. They didn't skimp on the paint here, but the color of the plastic gives it so much life that the paint doesn't do a heck of a lot to help make it better. It's already good - another, darker color might pop more but at least what we get looks good.
As I've mentioned before, sometimes you're buying Onell Design figures and sometimes you're buying their impressive selection of plastic colors. This is one of those times where you could arguably make this purchase just for the swirly green plastic. The light can make it look like the figure is perfectly mint, fresh off the assembly line, or dented in spots. It's not actually dented, but metallic swirls do a lot to breathe life in to a figure in fascinating ways.
If you want to see the many builds this set can make - and boy howdy, there are some amazing ones between Wall-E, Iron Kong, Maxx Steele (Max Zero), and so on - please consult my gallery/review of Robo Force Genesis Edition [FOTD #790] for the skinny. While Onell Design boasts construction as a feature, no figure really delivered on the promise quite as well as this one.
Depending on your storage, display, and building needs, I'd say this is a worthwhile purchase for the issue price. Heck, maybe even a few bucks more - it's able to offer quite a lot in a nice package, and the figure has quite a bit of articulation for the money. The extra parts and pieces don't hurt, either. There's a lot to enjoy here and if you're one of those people heavily invested in the Glyos ecosystem, you'll get your money's worth. I'm less of a customizer than I am a guy who buys and appreciates the toys as intended, so I'll just say I like it because of the sculpted detail and versatility. Not every toy robot includes a swappable gun arm by default - nor does it include multiple swappable heads - but this one does. At this point, the Robo Force buck should be a required purchase for any newcomer to Glyos just to show off how much it can do if you use it as a building platform. It's a little expensive to do that nowadays. This year the prices have slowly creeped up a couple of dollars per drop, so get while the getting is good. Things aren't getting any cheaper to manufacture these days.
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