I can't believe this exists, either. I'm very excited as I type this.
To celebrate 2,000 Figure of the Day reviews, I asked the Onell Design chief if there might be something we can preview here early back in the spring - he did me one better and asked if I might like to collaborate on something, asking if there was anything I might like to see referenced in Glyos. I had a list of ideas going but I assumed if you're going to celebrate 2,000 reviews here and another 2,500 or so on Galactic Hunter, you probably want to go with the most-referenced holy grail/white whale - so this is what I suggested for it. Vlixden references Vlix, a figure truly deserving the title "rare" which I found out existed around 1989 and have been chasing ever since. I was very young then and I assumed by now I'd have one. I was wrong. The price can get comparable to a car.
Long-time readers of mine know that Vlix is the holiest of molies, the thing I ask for as an action figure every time the chance comes up with a Star Wars licensee - there hasn't been a new licensed Vlix toy product since that one Brazil figure. But now there is! Sort of. The colors are very close to the old figure's design. For those not in the know, Vlix was the enforcer of the Fromm Gang on the Star Wars Droids cartoon from 1985. The main boss and his upstart son were made as figures in series one, with Vlix set for the second year - which never came to pass. The figure made it out in Brazil, but is currently scarce online and nobody really knows how widespread the release was. If there are more of these in a warehouse somewhere in Rio waiting to make it out, we've not seen them.
For those in the know, the US prototype of Vlix differs slightly from the Glasslite figure - the US version has brighter, richer colors and blue toes. The special tampo on Vlixden - so far, unique to this release - has a little ascot pattern on it. How cool is that? Vlixden has the same Annoo-dat green skin, with the red dots of Vlix translated to a red neck and some red on the cheeks. Vlixden has the bushier eyebrows of the US prototype, and adds painted eyes - which I'm really happy to see, because I like eyes. I'm very fond of mine.
Articulation of this 2 3/4-inch action figure is typical Glyos fare with each joint being removable. 12 meaningful points of articulation await you, and the figure can stand or sit with the best of them thanks to clear joints and huge feet. The figure is also sized about right to play with Playmobil or Imaginext toys, while being fully compatible with parts from several other indie toy lines. Onell Design's Glyos kicked off the format, but others include Rawshark Studios' Callgrim, The Outer Space Men, ToyFinity's Roboforce and Zeroids, Rocket North's Banimon, Zullbeast, TheGodBeast's Kabuto Mushi and friends, and several other ranges. It's actually gotten to the point where it's very expensive to keep up.
Onell Design has been great at delivering figures for a certain kind of figure fan, and this one was made with a particular fan in mind. (Me.) I'm really thrilled to have been slightly involved in it existing, but Matt Doughty did all the design work... and tooling... and financing. I just said "Hey, I like that design." I think this is one of the greatest things they could possibly have done, but I'm so biased it isn't even funny. I hope you get yours when it goes up for sale at 9:30 PM EDT tonight, as some of these guys tend to sell out quickly.
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