It feels familiar but it ain't! Standing about 2 3/4-inches tall, Pheyden Zardurac is yet another take on the signature Onell Design creation. The distinctive dome head with skull-like face and big, colorful eyes have graced dozens (if not hundreds) of figures by now, with the savvy Onell Design crew finding new and interesting ways to dress up the same basic figure. Sometimes this would be an alternate head, a phase arm, or a recent popular addition is a scarf. This one goes an extra step by including the debut of a new "shirt" design on his chest plus a whopping four bonus accessories from The Outer Space Men figures. There was a Cyclops figure in this wave, and the runner shares accessories for Gemini and Orbitron. This means you get a lot more stuff for your money if you bought this particular Pheyden.
Pheyden Zardurac's coloring looks familiar, but it's different. Thousands of years ago, Onell Design did a wave with a lot of blue and mauve, but they're different than this one. The colors and layouts are changed quite a bit, so side-by-side you'd see they're obviously very different. This particular Pheyden has darker paint on the fingers, belt, chest, knees, and toes plus a bonus dark tread painted on the bottom of the feet.
A new blue design on his chest - I don't know what it means, but it looks cool - and I think it might be unique to this figure so far. It sits on a small sea of a darker shade of purpley color, and additional blue can be found on the arms and legs. The colors look great together, and I assume that other toy manufacturers are taking some notes. These are sharp, and the contrast works well.
The figure did sell out quickly, perhaps in part due to the bonus weapons - I love the Gemini staff. It's just a stick with a Glyos peg at the top, but that's what makes it wonderful. If you collect Bit Figs, those have a Glyos hole in the feet - thus giving you the ability to make any one of those pixel people into a cane. It looks awesome in Pheyden's hand, especially with a ninja or a bunny. The blasters work well too, fitting fairly well in the fist. I'm less enthused about the star weapon - it just doesn't feel right with Pheyden, in part because it seems to blend in to the body and it just doesn't seem to fit the character from where I sit. I love that I can use it with other figures, though, so I'm stoked they included it here.
Rounding out the set is an optional scarf which looks just perfect on the figure's face. It's a nice option piece to have, even if it doesn't necessarily serve any great purpose beyond giving it a faux-ninja vibe. For people with a decent stash of Glyos-compatible figures, this is a wonderful package of parts and pieces. If you got this one by itself, it might be confusing - the stick is just a weird accessory without a cap, but it does provide you with options for future play and customization. I hope you got one if you wanted one, and if you didn't I'm sure eBay will have some up eventually. I assume if you're reading this, you've bought a Pheyden in some color or other. To date they're all basically the same, made of 13 base parts with whatever options the Onell crew threw in. Be sure you get or at least play with one.
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