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Spy Monkey Creations Battle Tribes DX Crimson Spikesaurian 2.0 Spy Monkey Creations, 2016
Day #1,571: November 10, 2016
Spy Monkey Creations Battle Tribes DX Crimson Spikesaurian 2.0 Action FigureDX Crimson Spikesaurian 2.0
Red Raptor Redux

Battle Tribes Wave 3
Item No.:
No. n/a
Manufacturer: Spy Monkey Creations
Includes: 6 total heads, 1 shield, 3 total weapons, armor
Action Feature: Pops apart
Retail: $15.00
Availability: October 2016
Other: Crimson Lizard Man

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Spy Monkey Creations Battle Tribes DX Crimson Spikesaurian 2.0 Action FigureI missed the first release, so it was nice to see that the second run of the DX Crimson Spikesaurian 2.0 was available and had arguably better deco - the shield has an added T-rex skull on it. With five accessories and six heads, there's a lot you can get out of a single figure - and you're charged accordingly.

The 3-inch tall figure - give or take a bit - is roughly the right size to fit in with your Onell Design stuff. It's on the taller side, and depending on which of the six included heads you use it can be even taller than a Pheyden or an Armorvor. These figures are effectively scaled-down He-Man-alikes with more articulation and a bit more stability. They're sized perfectly to work with things like Kenner's Bone Age or Fisher-Price's Imaginext vehicles and playsets, and I'd say they look like they could fit the cavemen of Bone Age quite nicely. Much like Onell's crew, these little guys feel like they came out of an alternate late-1980s and could hang out with your other toys. Each basic figure is able to be popped apart at any of its 10 points of articulation. This is particularly useful if you get any of the unpainted cheaper figures - the hands and feet can easily be swapped to make it look like you have a decorated action figure. Since each painted figure has six fully-decorated heads, you can get a lot of use out of those parts. However if you aren't going to do that, these figures add up quickly and it's hard to say if they're really worth $15. For one, definitely - if you buy indie toys or 3-inch figures, you really ought to have one or more of these.

Spy Monkey Creations Battle Tribes DX Crimson Spikesaurian 2.0 Action Figure

With each head, the figure can be a Wolfpack Hunter, Savage Adventurer, Spikesaurian, Orc, or whatever else you decided to swap in. The armor is removable too, so you have a ton of options with just the base mold. You can also plop the heads on other Glyos figures - they're particularly nice on the Armorvor body - making these great sets for spare parts as much as an interesting figure in its own right. They're pretty good heads too - a Triceratops or an all-purpose Dinosaury noggin really shine on the red mold, as does the toothy Orc-type. The Cyclops with its mohawk haircut looks great, but it seems a little small for the body as is. You've also got human Barbarian and Wolfpack heads, both of which look nice but the red skin is a bit hard to take in. I'd stick with the monsters on this one.

The sculpting is good, with crisp detail and paint so thick it actually risks drowning out some of the folds or furry bits. Since you're putting yellow or orange paint over a dark red this is necessary to ensure it doesn't look like garbage - for examples of garbage, take a look at a lot of cheaper figures from the 1980s where the paint isn't enough to cover the plastic color. (Battle Beasts did this a lot.) The white horns and hair or the blue eyes are evenly painted, and I'm impressed with how nothing seems out of place. Granted, this is normal for the Glyos factory these days. Anything less than "great" is uncommon.

Spy Monkey Creations Battle Tribes DX Crimson Spikesaurian 2.0 Action Figure

The accessories are red, painted black - you probably won't ever notice the red plastic. The glossy paint looks good and is applied very nicely. A hatchet, sword, mace, and shield are in here with a cool dinosaur skull making the shield just a little bit more distinctive when compared to the original release. You can give these weapons to other Glyos toys or many figures that use 3mm weapons, but you might find them to be a little loose with other lines. Here, they're a perfect fit. I wouldn't say there's anything particularly thrilling about each one, other than they look good, fit well, and are painted nicely. They do what good weapons should do - stay where they belong.

As a tiny example of a familiar format, it's superb - it costs more, but you do get extra heads and extra weapons for your money. Given Spy Monkey Creation's history with its Armory Series and Weaponeers of Monkaa, they usually give us the figure we're going to get up front, and find new and interesting ways to redecorate it and reconfigure it as we go. The customization possibilities are many, and they'd be even greater with a different body - perhaps a skeleton, or a lady body, or something else entirely - later. I'm not holding my breath for one, so for the time being I'd say do yourself a favor and grab one or two of these as the colorways tickle your fancy. I held out for the glow-in-the-dark figures to be released, and grabbed this one at the same time. It's pretty solid - as a toy for your desk, it's wonderful and should appeal to people who enjoy Glyos or the six or seven remaining Xevoz loyalists. There's a lot of action in this figure, and if you've got a deep bench of Glyos toys you can do quite a bit with them. I assume we'll see dozens if not more recolors as the line goes forward, but that's probably going to be for the best. We're already seeing figures that look vaguely like Prince and another figure with a skull painted on its face, so these designers are already coming up with more things to do with the Battle Tribes concept other than "white human" or "The Flash coloring." I like this figure enough that I'm theoretically interested in buying more - especially if they ever do any special glow or black light effects down the road. If you liked any of the lines I name-dropped above, get yourself one of these. Shipping is pretty cheap, too, I only paid about $3 to deliver 3 figures.

--Adam Pawlus

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Spy Monkey Creations Battle Tribes DX Crimson Spikesaurian 2.0 Action Figure Spy Monkey Creations Battle Tribes DX Crimson Spikesaurian 2.0 Action Figure
Spy Monkey Creations Battle Tribes DX Crimson Spikesaurian 2.0 Action Figure Spy Monkey Creations Battle Tribes DX Crimson Spikesaurian 2.0 Action Figure
Spy Monkey Creations Battle Tribes DX Crimson Spikesaurian 2.0 Action Figure Spy Monkey Creations Battle Tribes DX Crimson Spikesaurian 2.0 Action Figure
Spy Monkey Creations Battle Tribes DX Crimson Spikesaurian 2.0 Action Figure Spy Monkey Creations Battle Tribes DX Crimson Spikesaurian 2.0 Action Figure
Spy Monkey Creations Battle Tribes DX Crimson Spikesaurian 2.0 Action Figure Spy Monkey Creations Battle Tribes DX Crimson Spikesaurian 2.0 Action Figure
Spy Monkey Creations Battle Tribes DX Crimson Spikesaurian 2.0 Action Figure Spy Monkey Creations Battle Tribes DX Crimson Spikesaurian 2.0 Action Figure
Spy Monkey Creations Battle Tribes DX Crimson Spikesaurian 2.0 Action Figure

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