Glyos System Series
Item No.: No. n/a Manufacturer:Onell Design Includes:Helmet head, backpack Action Feature:Pops apart, customize it if you dare Retail:$15.00 Availability: November 7, 2019 Other: Cougar head and dragon wings & head sold in a separate packet
Glyos figures usually turn out as shiny, cool, distinctive little things. The Armorvor Athrodak Parasitic Clone comes in a hitherto-unseen clear flesh color, which looked really cool in the pictures and is even more impressive in person. I'm sorry, I meant to say "unsettling." Capturing the toothy, ghoulish, dead-eyed creatures of the deep in plastic has been tough - the Chap Mei Animal Planet ones looked cute, and every figure or model I see tends to be perfectly nice looking.
But in clear flesh, with pale white eyes and teeth? That's going to help dole out a nightmare or two. It's impressive. (And it'd look awesome on Astro-Nautilus.) As I've mentioned before, while Onell Design's core business is coming up with an excellent figure design system with top-notch products, I have no doubt their R&D in new and weird colorways will result in a legacy that influences toys from years to come.
The 2 3/4-inch Armorvor mold has enjoyed multiple heads in many colorways, and this is one of the first fishy ones. The light passes through it and gives it a strange flavor, somewhat ghoulish but also very believable. There's a translucence to a lot of deep sea creatures and a bit of that comes through here. On my desk, I can see the woodgrain barely pass through the figure's feet. If the figure is front-lit or back-lit, the personality changes significantly - indoors or outdoors, in a photo studio or on a dashboard, the properties of the plastic shift up how your eyeballs will interpret this figure. I should also note it has a bunch of dark red highlights, but the plastic hue is the real star here.
As with always, you can pop apart the figure at each of its 14 meaningful points of articulation, plus the core in the chest pops out too. The jaw, as far as I can tell, should not pop out - but it does open and close. This is super cool.
If you want weird plastic shades that you just don't see very much, this is king. It looks sort of like the retired and much-missed glow-in-the-dark "Solaris" red, except it doesn't glow. I'd love to see this color applied to other toys I've bought over the years, particularly ghostly ones or things like Lanard's recent Alien offerings. I don't assume we'll see this shade of plastic again any time soon, but if we do, go do yourself a favor and grab a sample figure.
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