Now this is nicely obscure. The Pheyalien is a tribute to 1983's Alpha Star Alien [FOTD #643] - a toy I treasured as a kid, had to sell as a slightly older kid, and then re-bought as test shots and a MISB sample I opened in college. Over the years I've seen a lot of this with different spray and deco changes, and this Glyos tribute to it seems to be of the most common one - a yellow figure with lots of exposed underbelly and green eyes.
The 2 3/4-inch figure is another Pheyden in new colors, as many of the "mystery figure" releases from Onell Design have been as of late. It's a decent thing to do - Pheyden is their first release and main character, so why not give him the Batman treatment?
The paint technique here is new to Onell Design, painting the top of each limb, the body, and the head in red that fades to orange and then bare yellow plastic. It's a very close match to earlier releases of the alien creature, with green eyes to match. Mostly. The eyes still follow the Pheyden template, so you get some white and black in there rather than just green.
The figure's construction is largely unchanged from the previous 11 years and hundreds of releases. How many Pheydens are there now, anyway? He has 12 points of articulation and can be popped apart at each and every single one of them.
Figures like this are kind of amazing - they show that Onell Design can color match anything, and that they have a long memory too. It also gives Pheyden a bit more intergalactic weight - perhaps he's everywhere, all the time. Intergalactic chromatophores let him blend in with creatures, art, plants, and rocks from all over the galaxy, or at least, that's sort of how he looks among the other creatures. This figure didn't sell out immediately - Onell Design has seemingly been better calibrating run sizes to sell out after "immediately" - so I'd recommend it if you're a fan of the classic Adventure People toys or cool, colorful figures. If you're good for Pheydens though, I can't blame you for skipping it - but as soon as I realized what this Mystery Figure was going to be, I had to have one. Or two. I can't help but wondering if Onell Design's love of Adventure People had any influence on the Imaginext Mystery Bags incorporating some characters, but I hope so - they play together quite nicely.
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