Glyos Phase Arm and Gobon Blaster
Review by Sanjeev
We're fans of Onell Design around here. We first learned about these local (Massachusetts, USA) toymakers a couple years ago when we met creators, Matt and Jesse, and learned about their retro styled injection-molded PVC "Glyos" figures.
The toys are unique, but those with a trained eye can see that they incorporate design elements harkening back to classic toy lines like Takara's Microman/Henshin Cyborg and Mego's Micronauts. Sure, these figures are meant to be played with, but they're still designer toys that appeal to adult collectors due to their nostalgic styling.
These figures are tough. "Injection-molded" PVC means that they can take a pounding...as evidenced by our lunacy here, here, and here (please note that we at CollectionDX do not recommend smashing your toys to prove a stupid point)! To learn more about the two flagship characters of the Glyos series, check out JoshB's review of Wave 1 Pheyden and Exellis.
Well, in the grand tradition of boys' toys, it's about time these guys got an upgrade!
First, let's talk about the Warp Zone. Term sound familiar? Those cool "Easter eggs" in 80's video games like Super Mario Bros, where you got to "warp" to a bonus level? Well, if you check out Glyos.com regularly enough, you'll see the "warp zone" image near the top, right-hand side. At the moment, it's locked...but about a week or so ago, it was "active". This link (and other Easter egg links that occasionally pop up on the site) lead to special store pages where folks can score extra-special goodies not found on the regular Onell shopping page.
Anyway, entering the warp zone a couple weeks ago would take you to a page where you could order special editions of Standard Pheyden Mk II and the Standard colorway of the new head sculpt, Sarvos, complete with bonus Exellis head!
Well, what made these editions "special" was the inclusion of two new beta-version accessories: Pheyden's Phase Arm and the Gobon Blaster! Now, what makes these accessories "beta" is that they were shot in PVC that was way too hard and, as such, needed their connectors modified by Matt before shipping. The final versions of these will be softer, like the regular figures, and easy to disassemble in order to create any weird combinations your mind can come up with!
Along with Standard Pheyden Mk II and Standard Sarvos, I also scored Reverse Pheyden and Metran Pheyden below:
Please note that I got a little home-cooking with these guys! If you'll notice, my Sarvos and Metran Pheyden above came with two Phase Arms and Gobon Blasters! Those who've ordered from Onell before should find this as no surprise--Matt's infamous for throwing in extras...especially to friends and repeat customers.
So what's the big deal about a couple extra pieces?
Well, it's all about what you can do with those extra bits! The Phase Arm actually comprises three separate parts; the Gobon Blaster, two. Each part has different male-female connectors (pegs/holes). Typically, you can just replace a Glyos dude's hand with the tool of choice just to spice up your battles or shelf display.
But once you get a couple Phase Arms & Gobon Blasters together, start pulling the bits apart, and begin swapping, things start to get very interesting very quickly!
Those well-versed in the art of Glyos construction will find these combo's amateurish, at best. Please forgive me: I'm an abject beginner at kit-bashing Glyos stuff! But still, after cracking open the bagged figures last night, I immediately threw together some great-looking combos:
Granted, these combinations were featured on Glyos.com before, but I just couldn't help myself! The added bulk from the extra bits replace the almost-cute proportions of the figures with the noble stature of powerful heroes!
But the possibilities are endless with these parts! Once they get a wide release in softer material and matching colors/translucent/glow colorways, these things are going to be amazing...especially when combined with the also-upcoming Buildman.
After shooting the combinations above, I started messing around with the bits and quickly came up with these guys below:
Not bad for a rookie!
Lastly, I wouldn't feel right leaving y'all without a little glow:
Comments18 comments posted
I saw these new parts on Onell's website, they totally rock. I wasn't sure when/if they'd be getting a wide release, either...good to know that they will eventually. Though in the meantime, I'm still envious! About some of those glow parts, too; they don't even sell Adromeda Pheyden anymore!
Glyos figures are something I would have a ton of, if only...(*sigh*) my mom would let me use her credit card more often, ha! It's been several months since I tried contacting them about other methods of payment, so maybe I'll try again soon. But for now I still have plenty of fun with Wraith Pheyden and a few extras that Josh was nice enough to include :)
They look like they are made of Chocolate and Gummi candy!
CollectionDX Staff Writer-West Coast Bureau
They look like bosses from Mega Man.
Nice intro/review Sanjeev! Are the figures now coming standard in bags with header cards, instead of boxes, or are those just the special ones?
BTW, how's that old arch nemesis doing? heh.
Gareth, they're definitely getting wider releases soon. And, from the scuttlebutt I hear, the Buildman's pretty close, too. They should be a potent combo!
Yeah, Leonardo, we definitely joked about the possibility of injection-molding gummi Pheydens! Of course, we'd end up eating up all the product before it even hit the streets! :P
RobotBastard, yeah, they do have that Mega Man aesthetic, huh? I think it works really well...and with the modularity of the figures' parts, the combinations you can come up with could replicate a whole army of unique bosses. Honestly, I'd probably be more interested in something like that than all the crazy Glyos constructions I've seen on the web.
Don't get me wrong--I love Reflex Suits and whatnot, but I'm more interested in upgrading the existing characters like above.
Then again...it could just be that I don't feel confident enough to come up with something like this yet!
Oh, Jon, from what I gather, the new wave figures will come with bags and header cards. I love the older boxes, but I sorta prefer the bags--*much* easier to store! As for that arch nemesis...she's been pretty quiet as of late, now that ya mention it. Saw her a couple weeks ago at Onell HQ, but I think she was too tired to start anything! ;)
I ordered the Special Phase Arm Pheydon and Sarvos too, and they're great! And yes, Matt even threw in a few unexpected extras... Really cool guy, really cool stuff. These Glyos figures are in a class of their own. My army is slowly, but surely growing. :-D
Sanjeev, I found the Warp Zone for the limited Pheydon and Sarvos, but I never saw anything for the Metran Pheydon! I love that color scheme. Where was the link for it? @.@
I coulda sworn that "Metran" Pheyden (in Dougram colors, by the way!) was part of the "real-type" wave...but now that I'm checking the site, I'm not seeing anything on him. Matt just tossed one in with my order.
I'd shoot them an e-mail to see what's up!
And in other news, I hear that Buildman may actually be here sooner than the Phase Arm and Gobon Blaster! :P
Man, I sure hope we see Buildman (and Gobon, himself!) by Toyfair/NYCC.
Man, I didn't even catch the Dougram homage. Nice!
Well as Gareth has pointed out, it's now available in the Warp Zone section. So I just placed my order. Looks like there are a few other new features on the site as well. Cool new Pheydon shirts, a "Junk pile" section to buy random assortments of parts, and who knows what else. (I don't always find all the secret links, apparently :-P)
I remember seeing pics of that Buildman figure. Looked like it's going to be a cool character.
The Warp Zone is open. Metran Pheyden and extra parts! GO
Alright! Thanks for the heads up man! Ordered and done. :-D
Awesome, REX. I was so excited when I saw YouTube user "PassionOfDeo" mention that the Warp Zone was open. And I was able to get my brother to let me use his PayPal for a nice swift transaction.
Wow...didn't see this one coming: $10 gets you 3 figures worth of bits??? That's a fantastic deal! Check this out!
Yeah, I thought this was a neat idea. I could see myself spending a pretty good amount of money stocking up on "junk". I'd love to get lucky and score some old glow parts that aren't being sold anymore (non-red, non-Crayboth glow parts; like a Pheyden head).
Metran Pheyden is part of wave 5, which has only been released in previews at this time, and as the special edition with red Phase Arms a couple weeks back.
Glyos has one of the best values for the dollar, if you go for the design aesthetic. Buildman is going to make building things soo much easier.
Been wondering when you were gonna chime in, Kent! ;)
Thanks for the background on Metran. There's a LOT of new stuff in the works now that I think about it. Folks, stay tuned because there's a lot of surprises in store for Glyos fans...and not just the highly-anticipated Buildman!
That dimension and reverse pheyden are giving me the 'buy me' look...also the $10 for random bits is definitely appealing these are nice and affordable and look great. I already have some ideas of some things to build.
Here's wishing for a good bit of Christmas cash.
Well I recently got some of these in the mail! Being a longtime fan of weird toys, little action figures (Transformers, Battle beasts etc.. you know, the typicall stuff) I found these on the internet! Browsing around a bit for cool toys (believe it was a link on skullbrain.org) I fell in love with them!
And nice service over the mail! Cause shipping costs were pretty high, so I got a couple of extra figures and parts :)
Indeed, Onell's service is top-notch!
Congrats on the new discovery! I was never THAT into Micronauts as a kid, but I'm told that old-school fans of the Micronauts are WAY into these.
If you haven't checked it out already, peep the October Toys Glyos forum!