Thursday, December 31, 2015

Review: Onell Design Glyos Glyarmor Hades Trooper Action Figure

Onell Design Glyos Glyarmor Hades Trooper Action FigureA new mold! We don't get a ton of all-new molds, and it's worth noting that the Glyarmor Hades Trooper is actually just an add-on for the regular Pheyden figure. Well, it would be - but it's sold as a set. 12 new pieces were tooled up and assembled on the Pheyden body, meaning that if you use as many of the new parts as possible you'll still have 4 limbs and 2 heads left over unused. It's kind of a waste - there are lots of spare arms, legs, and heads as well as torsos out there, but nobody has a surplus of hands and feet to make other new figures from.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Titan Mushi Pre-Orders Live - Figures Due in January
Pre-orders are live now for the vinyl Titan Mushi!   They range $33-$75, and 3 styles are up for sale as I write this on The GodBeast store.

You may be just as - if not more - interested in this article at Onell Design which highlights the creative process with concept art and tons of fun anecdotes.  Toy creator commentary is scarce, so check it out:  Titanic Intentions.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Glyos Onell Design December 15 2015 Drop Menu

Enter the Glyarmor! If you wanted to end the year with a bang, this is it - a new Glyarmor not only has a cool helmeted head, but also a Chozo-like bird head. It also sold out really quick. Click here to see the December 15 2015 Onell Design drop menu.

Click here to order what's still available - at press time, it appears 11 of the 20 items remain.

Monday, December 14, 2015

New Glyos on Tuesday - Glow in the Dark Drop
Hey, a new drop!  Onell Design has glow-in-the-dark stuff hitting Tuesday at 9:30 PM EST.  But what?

So far we've see a painted Crayboth - wow! - a Sarvos, Hades, and... we're not sure.  But that's it so far.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

New Callgrim - Inspired by Classic Star Wars Action Figures

If you go to the Callgrim Shop right now, four Star Wars-inspired figures are up.  Meet Bobaran, Eyegee, and Trando - plus a new Firespray Warp Bike!   25 Bobarans are left, so you should probably snag these sooner than later. 

Click here to see the shop.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

New Drop, More Granthans: Onell Design Sunday
Hey, a new drop!  A drop of 6 figures is set for 9:30 PM Eastern on Sunday, November 15.  A new Noboto and a "Gruesome Gator"-inspired Granthan are on deck, and who knows what else?  I'm excited.  You should be too.

Click here for the tease post.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

New Onell Design Andromeda Effect Drop Right Now
The Andromeda Effect is live!

A new Onell Design drop, complete with RealXHead stuff, can be yours if you were there on time.  Glow-in-the-dark Skeleden, new Crayboth, and Stryker Lock figures are on deck.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

New Forum -
Now that the October Toys forums are sadly retired - or resting - we need a new home.  And we've got it - is the all-new all-Glyos forum for your indie toy needs.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Review: Onell Design Glyos Brown Crayboth Action Figure

Onell Design Glyos Brown Crayboth Action FigureThis figure doesn't have a name - and wasn't actually sold - so we'll just call him the (officially nameless) Brown Crayboth. Onell Design has dropped in numerous promotional parts and figures, which is one part awesome and one part obnoxious. As someone who was collecting every Crayboth, the freebies being distributed randomly resulted in my chain being broken so now I just grab odds and ends as I go. I'm always delighted by them, and generally the freebie figures are unpainted. This one actually has painted detail.

Monday, August 31, 2015

New Glyos Drop Sunday - Metallic Blue, September 6
New Glyos!   On Sunday, there will be another drop at Onell Design.

The new figures seen so far are metallic blue Argens and Robo Force bucks, but what else?  We don't know - stay tuned for more, and be here at 9:30 PM on September 6 for more.

Review: Onell Design Glyos Skeleden Nemica Icewave Action Figure

Onell Design Glyos Skeleden Nemica Icewave Action FigureOnell Design has been great about making numerous recolors of its many toys, and seeing more than one flavor during a mold debut seems to benefit everybody. I snagged Skeleden Nemica Icewave along with the Standard version during the debut, as the blue struck me not unlike the many "holographic" figures from over the years. It's a neat figure, particularly early in its lifespan. There have been a few awesome bright clear figures since, and I assume there will be many more - I just happen to love the blue here.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Skeleton Warriors Kickstarter: Kickstarter Next Week?
The toymaking lovely people at October Toys posted a swell Grimskull Update. The Kickstarter for this Glyos-compatible figure goes up the first week of September, and based on what was previewed at Comic-Con it's looking good.

It's also the 20th anniversary of the brand. If you remember reading about it in Tomart's Action Figure Digest too, that means that you are old and that this is the mummy's curse.

So be sure to save some money, don't blow it all on Force Friday.

Review: Onell Design Glyos Argen MK XVII Electric Revenant Action Figure

Onell Design Glyos Argen MK XVII Electric Revenant Action FigureThere used to be a pretty steady stream of new versions of this mold, but the Argen MK XVII Electric Revenant continues the line nicely - and slowly. A ton of Buildman figures are out there, but in the last couple of years we've seen new heads introduced and now we're seeing more deluxe versions bundles with Axis Joints right off the bat. During the launch Onell Design also made matching Dark Teal Axis Joints sets alone, plus Swing Joints and Phase Arms. You've got plenty of room to upgrade this figure, and the set has enough extra pieces to keep it interesting as a $12 packet.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: Four Horsemen Power Lords Ggrabbtargg Action Figure

Four Horsemen Power Lords Ggrabbtargg Action FigureIn the world of collectible toys, momentum and an engaged fanbase are valuable assets. Power Lords debuted to much fanfare and tremendous goodwill, and then had neither. Ggrabbtargg was a good example of how the Horsemen put together a good idea on a good license, but through the magic of time and waiting people may have just moved on. The item sold quickly thanks to its low production run, but the low going rate on eBay says it all - people don't have a lot of hope for this line which, after nearly two years, has yielded exactly two figures (with some repaints and remolded parts). Expectations were high, as the Horsemen delivered a pretty rapid clip of Outer Space Men to the tune of four per year for the first two years. Even a high-quality trickle of repaints is still a trickle of repaints, while the loyalists wait to see what (if anything) happens with this once and possibly future Glyos-compatible line some of us just kind of shrugged and went back to our consistent favorites.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Weaponeers of Monkaa: Cyber Robot Drop Friday from Spy Monkey Creations: Villhaintron and Optimum Gearo!

$20 each, 8/21, Friday at 12:00 PM Pacific time.  Each deluxe figure gets 45 parts with multiple weapons and heads, and the Megatron-like robot is pretty fantastic.   Check 'em out!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Review: Onell Design Glyos Skeleden Ullcroth Mutation Action Figure

Onell Design Glyos Skeleden Ullcroth Mutation Action FigureOne of the problems I've had with toys is, at times, especially in indie spheres, things can take an aggressive turn toward "I've got that." Quality, value, and niftiness can only take you so far after a few years of collecting a line of new colorways, even if there are some really neat ones like the Skeleden Ullcroth Mutation. The real genius in the Onell Design Glyos figure is how, at times, they can take a figure you've bought and sell you another one with a wholly new perspective, at no extra cost. Glow-in-the-dark figures absorb much of the sculpted detail, leaving you to focus on the action feature and its general form. Clear figures give you a look at the guts. But one of the more interesting features - the panel lines - were phased out due to costs. And now, we had them brought back for a special pair of Skeledens, where the savings of the rising middle class in China are also being passed along to you. This one was $18 - panel line-free versions were about $12. The added paint lines are applied with an eye toward perfection, but it also raised the cost by 50%. Seeing where you'll spend money is another great way to gain perspective.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Transformers Weaponeers of Monkaa Coming?
A sneak peek - or a custom?  The Weaponeers of Monkaa showed off a couple of Transformers-inspired pieces at Kansas City Comic Con over the weekend.  Is there more to this?  Probably!  We'll post more when we find it.  Click here to see it on Instagram.

NiStuff Betaforce 6 Drop Live Now NiStuff Store has been updated with Betaforce 6 figures!  Leydens, Outlanders, ancient astronauts, and some other stuff are up for grabs.  Click here to see what's left.

Monday, August 3, 2015

TheGodBeast - New Kabuto Mushi August 14
Five new flavors of Kabuto Mushi figures will be available at 8:00 PM Central on August 14, 2015.  You can read about them on the October Toys forums!

These are going to be available first at Kansas City Comic Con - and the price list looks like this:

Infection Cyborg (Glitter w/ more Ultra Gold paint) $16 ea.
Shadow Cyborg (Glitter w/ more Ultra Silver paint) $16 ea.
BlueStar TigerForce (currently unreleased in the Glyoverse, metallic colorway) $12 ea.
Iron TigerForce (Gun Metal matching Glyos w/ red paint) $12 ea.
Amazon TigerForce (Metallic Teal Blue w/ orange paint) $12 ea.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Glyos Onell Design July 21 2015 Drop Menu

The Black Bridge of Glyosar! Loads of D&D-inspired figures, an Argen that looks like an X-Ray Man, and oh so many panel lines await you. Click here to see the July 21 2015 Onell Design drop menu.

Click here to order what's still available - at press time, it appears to be everything.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mission Details - Onell Design Brings Back Panel Lines
Fantastic? Spectacular.  These figures bring back panel lines and look pretty stunning, which is unfortunate if you've been trying to cut back on your indie toy purchases.  Click here to see the menu, or read below the break to see it pasted below.  But seriously, go there to see the pictures.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Onell 8th Anniversary Drop Tuesday
Details are thin, but park  your fanny online on Tuesday.  At 9:30 PM Eastern, a new drop is going up at Onell Design to celebrate their 8th anniversary of making (and facilitating) great indie toys.

At this time I have no specifics, but they are promised soon in this blog post.  Note - panel lines!  "Through the Citadel" should be a fun time and I hope some new games or comics come along for the ride.

Thursday, July 16, 2015 Figure Flash Sale
Over at, there's a sale now - figures dating back several years are up for grabs, individually, for as little as $10.  Even the Cosmic Creator figures that some of us spent $125 on for the set and carried them back to our hotel in New York a couple of miles in the snow are down to a paltry $20 a pop - a fantastic price.
It looks like a few may have sold out, but $10 Cosmic Creators and $15 Cyclops Infinity are some pretty fantastic buys.  Get 'em while you can!

Monday, July 6, 2015

October Toys SDCC Glyos, OMFG, Other Stuff
If you're going to San Diego Comic-Con, you'll want to stop by the October Toys Booth.  #4951 has a weathered Titan Skeleton (pictured) as well as a metal Deadbeet, OMFG series 1-4, and some other goodies.

Click here to see the menu.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Review: October Toys Skeleton Warriors Glow-in-the-Dark Titan Skeleton Action Figure

October Toys Skeleton Warriors Glow-in-the-Dark Titan Skeleton Action FigureI'm a sucker for glow-in-the-dark toys. When I saw the Kickstarter for Skeleton Warriors included a Glow-in-the-Dark Titan Skeleton, I needed to buy this 5-inch super-articulated figure. Usually I snag the Kickstarter-exclusive versions - which in this case was clear blue - but I went for glow and bone and am glad I did!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

New Kabuto Mushi Drop - June 26, 2015 Edition case you missed it: June 26, 2014 TheGodBeast Menu. Four new figures, a couple of paint test figures, and some still-available classics.

Of note, the new Zilla Mushi and Zing Mushi figures.  Click here to order - they're still in stock!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Glyos Onell Design June 14 2015 Drop Menu

Return of the Manglors - plus so many robots! Loads of silver Gobons, Buildmen, Noboto, and so many others join a suite of purple and green. It's a nice batch. Click here to see the June 14 2015 Onell Design drop menu.

Click here to order what's still available.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Nemo's Factory Glyos A/V Robot First Release Available Now new!  For $20, you can get the Nemo's Factory Glyos  A/V Robot First Release right now - while supplies last.  It's orange, it's $20, and it has a cool head. 

Click here for the store.

Manglors-Inspired Onell Design Drop Sunday
The details are unknown beyond this: Sunday, 9:30 PM Eastern, Manglors-inspired Glyos drop at Onell Design.  We see a Skeleden, but new molds (like Manglors) are an unknown.  Click here for the announcement.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Callgrim Drop Menu: June 2, 2015

Star Warsy! There were no blog posts or news listings for this one - if you weren't watching the forums or social media, you'd have missed it. Click here to see the June 2 2015 Callgrim drop menu.

Click here to order what's still available.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review: October Toys Skeleton Warriors Baron Dark Action Figure

October Toys Skeleton Warriors Baron Dark Action FigureI was very much aware of Baron Dark and his cohorts from the 1990s Skeleton Warriors line, in part because it was during that glorious period where Playmates and other toymakers tried to make something for kids that also would be of a higher quality for older collectors. It worked for Star Trek, so it made sense to try it elsewhere. Well, it didn't work, but October Toys licensed the brand as a collector run again - 1:18 scale Glyos figures - and you know what? It worked nicely. We haven't seen a second character yet, but the first one is good.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review: October Toys Skeleton Warriors Bone Titan Skeleton Action Figure

October Toys Skeleton Warriors Bone Titan Skeleton Action FigureI'm a fan of October Toys. They host the Glyos forum, and put good stuff out - it's one of the few companies where I feel a strong need to try anything they make because, generally speaking, it's good, cheap, and the outfit is run by nice people. I was totally OK waiting a few extra months for the Bone Titan Skeleton, a 5-inch super-articulated figure created, I assume, to share tooling with Baron Dark in order to get a little more bang for the tooling buck. I did the Kickstarter to get the Baron, this Skeleton, the glow version, and a Skeleden - and that seemed like enough. I now regret skipping the clear blue one, because the Titan Skeleton mold is quite good and because these were intended to be scaled to 3 3/4-inch figures, it's the perfect nemesis to the Jakks Pacific Link figure from the Zelda games as well as other fantasy lines in this scale. Which I am now blanking on, I'm sure there must be another one - but hey, it's a good fake Stalfos.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Review: Onell Design Glyos Rykurra Sarvos Action Figure

Onell Design Glyos Rykurra Sarvos Action FigureI'm a fan of the design, and while I don't buy all the new versions I had to snag Rykurra Sarvos because the coloring reminded me a bunch of this very site. The paint masks have been changing slightly with each new release, and this time around we see a new painted space on each side of the torso - you can notice more splashes of maroon, plus a slightly different paint job on the head. The "mouth" is painted, but the face isn't.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Review: TheGodBeast Kabuto Mushi Hunter Mushi Action Figure

TheGodBeast Kabuto Mushi Hunter Mushi Action FigureMarty delivers his figures fast. I placed an order on April 25 for Kabuto Mushi Hunter Mushi - it was in my hands April 30. He is amazing. His figures are really good too - since most are new colorways of a pretty good mold, and I've been trying to cut back on armies, I only get these very rarely... this Boba Fett-inspired figure came out in a batch resembling Skeletor and other familiar faces. How could I refuse?

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Review: Onell Design Glyos Crayboth Marauder MK II Action Figure

Onell Design Glyos Crayboth Marauder MK II Action FigureThe Crayboth Marauder MK II is a redesign of one of the first five boxed two-packs from many many years ago, joining the Disruptor and the Standard on the remake train. After a slow initial roll-out, the Crayboth figures are some of the most collectible in the Glyos toy world thanks to a number of unannounced, undisclosed freebie figures of which I even no longer have a complete set - sometimes you get one, and sometimes you don't. Thankfully those are unpainted, so for some of the best designs you actually have a shot at requesting them.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Glyos Onell Design May 4 2015 Drop Menu

Return of Skeleden - plus Neo Granthan, Crayboth, and More! I missed the drop so this is an incomplete menu, I'm sorry to say. Click here to see the May 4 2015 Onell Design drop menu.

Click here to order what's still available.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Onell Design - May 4 Monday Double Phase Drop

Coming Monday - 9:30 PM EDT is a mini drop!  Click here for the scoop at Onell Design.  So far we're looking at Ultra Bronze accessories and a Green Skeleden, and then... we're not sure yet.  Stay tuned for more!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Review: RealxHead Stryker Lock Mohawk

RealxHead Stryker Lock Mohawk Vinyl FigureHaving been following Glyos lightly since shortly after its inception and paying close-ish attention since 2010, I know RealxHead products don't come up much. Mori is a guy who makes low-run, hand-painted and assembled vinyl figures in tiny batches sold mostly through actual physical stores. This means you most likely aren't going to get them. The runs he does are small, and based on the numbers I saw in the carts on launch day Stryker Lock Mohawk sold through in under two minutes. You could still add units to your cart for somewhere under 120 seconds, and that's it - when I checked inventory it was down to double digits quite quickly, which prompted an announcement for a possible fourth run. (This would be the second US shot at the figures.) These products come and go quickly, and their hand-made low-run nature inspires the awed, hushed tones that make them something of the toy equivalent of cryptozoology.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

New Kabuto Mushi Live Now you aren't at C2E2 - and you probably aren't TheGodBeast posted an update with new figures from the show, right now.  Get them while you can!

Each new figure is $16 and is already marked "low stock," so get yours if you dare.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Skeleton Warriors - First Batch In Stock Now
If you missed out on the Kickstarter, the 5-inch Glyos-compatible super-articulated Skeleton Warriors are up for grabs at October Toys now.   Baron Dark (left) is boxed and $20.  Unpainted Titan Skeleton and Glow Titan Skeleton are each $10.  They're really good, especially the $10 ones - I'm working on a review right now, so get yours and play along at home.

RealxHead Onell Design April 15 2015 Drop Menu

Return of RealxHead! I got my order in for a figure, and it was still possible to add these to a cart for about 2 minutes after they first popped up. Click here to see the May 15 2015 Onell Design drop menu.

As far as I can tell, the drop seems to be somewhere in the lower double digits.   This post outlines that a second run is likely - and that this was the biggest run ever.  And it still sold out in 2 minutes.  Wow!

Review: Onell Design Glyos Neo Granthan Pyrotellica Action Figure

Onell Design Glyos Neo Granthan Pyrotellica Action FigureClear with more paint! The Neo Granthan Pyrotellica is an orange release that looks like it probably owes a little bit - OK, a lot - to Micronauts. The previous Armorvor toys have rarely been clear, and those that have only had a tiny bit of paint. This is the first one to have painted faces on clear plastic, making it unique for a variety of reasons beyond merely being a new color with a newish head sculpt. Seemingly fans didn't jump on this one, because it didn't sell out quickly and actually stuck around along with his brothers beyond the point that the orders actually began to show up. It's still available as of my writing this, which is odd for a generally popular mold.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

C2E2 The Godbeast C2E2 2015 Offerings
If you're going to C2E2, you've got ample reason to hit up the Nerd City booth (number unknown) once again.  Marty "The Godbeast" Hansen once again has a pretty healthy Glyos offering with Kabuto Mushi figures based on a variety of inspirations, all of which can be seen here.

There are four figures in all including the Boba Fett-themed Hunter Mushi, the Skeletor-themed Overlord Mushi, and even a winged Hornet Mushi to name a few.  Figures range $16 to $25.

Spy Monkey Creations - New, Returning Monkaa on Friday new and returning items will go on sale Friday at 12:00 PM Pacific time.  This page has details of the drop, with 3 new figures at $12-$15, a new $3 weapon pack, and 2 returning figures at $20 each.   If you like He-Man, it's probably worth a look!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Onell Design Bringing RealxHead to You Wednesday
Check it out! For years I've been following Glyos and reading about RealXHead, but never was able to get one.

On Wednesday, this changes.  Click here to see what $30 can get you Wednesday at 9:30 PM Eastern.

Stryker Mohawk and Stryker Crossborg are each 11 pieces of soft Japanese vinyl, merged to a 4-inch action figure.    If you want one, this is one you may actually be able to get for a change.

Monday, April 6, 2015

New Ni - 481 Universe Drops New Parts This Weekend
Starting Saturday, you can get some new parts!  The 481 Universe expands according to this post: "New clear accessories are approaching fast!"  What accessories and which colors remain to be seen, but heads, helmets, and weapons are promised in an $8 packet. Sounds fun!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Glyos Onell Design March 31 2015 Drop Menu

Return of Skeleden - plus Noboto, Gobon, and More! The big special this time was an exclusive recolor of the Robo Force mode, and it's gorgeous - I regret that I did not get an order in for this one. There are a few items left as I type this, with 8 items remaining of the initial 21 offerings. Click here to see the March 31 2015 Onell Design drop menu.

Click here to order what's still available.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bronze Onell Design Drop Tuesday - with Robo Force Molds
Surprise!  I missed the memo and new Mission Details are up on Onell Design.  The new drop hits Tuesday night with a new Neo Granthan, Noboto, Gobon, Skeleden, and a Gendrone Force Defender - which is Maxx Zero bits reconfigured for you here, and for $16.

Click here for more on The Sendollest Drifts drop.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review: Plastic Imagination Rise of the Beasts Cerula - Green Scorpion with Grey Paint

Plastic Imagination Rise of the Beasts Cerula - Green Scorpion with Grey Paint Action FiguresHe's green! The Glyos-powered Rise of the Beasts line is pretty fantastic, although it's hard to view them purely as wholly their own thing. I keep expecting to see squat little guys, but Cerula - Green Scorpion with Grey Paint is more of what a small figure of the 1990s might look like, rather than the 1980s. The overly-muscular creature is fundamentally the same as Cahriv except for the coloration.