A somewhat familiar face! The Traveler Gearius Granthan Drifter figure is at least the fourth iteration of Gearius, but he's also a bit like Gears Edge Pheyden [FOTD #8] from the very first wave of Onell Design figures. It's a good, realistic look with a brown body and an orange head. And a blue head. Also two brown heads. And a couple of capes, a scarf, and an alternate torso. It's a pity Onell Design never put together arm and feet expansion sets, because you almost get two whole figures in a little baggie.
It's the first time this configuration was sold, and adding the Toy Pizza plastic poncho to the Onell Design cloth cape/poncho piece was certainly inspired. It adds some muscle and bulk to a thin character, drastically changing the silhouette with just two new parts. That's brilliant..
The same basic 2 3/4-inch figure is here, made from a nice plastic that has the same swiveling joints you love and the pop-apart-and-swap limbs functionality that is the line's hallmark. I assume if you're reading this you have at least a Pheyden or two, so you know what to expect. The cloth poncho/cape does nothing to hinder the movement, but what really surprised me is that the plastic poncho armor piece barely hindered the shoulder movement. He can still swing his arms forward a bit, and he has no problems sitting.
Onell Design can make a great figure, but where their success really comes from is understanding colors better than I do. There's something hard to grasp about seeing a brown guy with a bloody head wound and going "I want to play with that." For all intents and purposes, I have this figure - or one very much like it - so I didn't need to buy it again. The dark brown fingers and soles, the nifty cape, and the distinctive shoulders really work nicely in these rocky, muddy colors and give you something that look like a guy who could've menaced the Legions of Power heroes when the Tech Dynasty were on a retreat for whatever space mutant nonsense they do in the summer. The glossy dome and pale blue eye of Gearius really pop nicely, giving me a figure I'm both delighted to own and one that makes me crane my head over to my massive collection of Pheyden-type figures and say "Did I really need to buy another one of these?" Apparently, yes. It is my lot to put Matt Doughty's kids through college.
You can get simpler figures with fewer parts for a lower price, but I'd say this is a good starter kit set and I hope the Onell Design crew put this configuration out again in different colors. With it, you can swap out heads and torso to customize stuff in a single package. And if you get it, you get it - and if you don't, you'll probably still like having a figure that puts any of the big guys' "limited edition" runs to shame. Granted, it's also unlikely you're going to meet other collectors of this line who have any idea what you're talking about. If the price is right, go get yourself this one unless they made a newer, better Gearius in the next couple of years.
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