Glyos System Series
Item No.: No. n/a Manufacturer:Onell Design Includes:Bag of extra parts, just like the real thing Action Feature:Pops apart, customize it if you dare Retail:$16.00 Availability: November 7, 2019 Other: Fire Bad
When the epitaph is written for the toy business, Pheyden will undoubtedly be one of the characters with the biggest wardrobes. Pheydenstein is an example of the playful, flexible nature of the Onell Design toy line. The basic 2 3/4-inch figure has been upgraded with parts from other figures and slathered in paint to bring you a 3-inch monster.
The standard 2 3/4-inch Pheyden is upgraded with familiar parts from other figures - armor upgrades, axis joints, and a few bits from the Villser - which I still need to get, at some point. The added height from the bigger "boots" certainly alters the mold's appearance, and you can swap the parts out for standard Pheyden bits too since they were included in the baggie. The main build lacks neck bolts, but the awkward, wide build of the Monster is replicated here - as is his outfit, thanks to a splash of black on the chest. There's a scar, a mouth, and even painted-on hair.
Thanks to the construction system that is a Glyos build, you can pop apart the figures easily and upgrade them as you see fit. Articulation clocks in around 14 points with the default build, which is a bit better than a standard Pheyden.
Dismissing a recolor of Pheyden as a repaint seems to be in poor taste, in part because of the amount of work (and paint) that goes in these figures. Unlike the thin layer of pigment we got in the 1980s or 1990s, it can sometimes be hard to tell which parts are bare plastic and which parts are fully-painted. They spend the extra money to make sure these guys look good, which is one of the reasons Pheydenstein (and Vlixden, and Dracuden) have lived on my desk for a couple of years. It might be time to cycle them out - but man, they're great. Pheydenstein (or I guess Pheydenstein's Monster?) hasn't been on eBay for a while, so grab one of the opportunity comes up. If it doesn't, hopefully the Onell Design team considers doing glow-in-the-dark colorways of these guys down the road. It worked for Remco... and Super7... and probably everybody else.
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