11.21.2016

Green Dreams

Direct from the Edge of Space, Phase Pheyden has once again materialized, now available in 100% official Bit Fig form over at the Culture Pirates shop!

Clear green has been a long time favorite for both Marcus and I, so seeing the Mega Bit Pheyden mold run in this familiar hue is a really special thing for both of us. A permanent position on my desk has been granted to this little green dream.

11.18.2016

DCon Details 2016

Designer Con is upon us and we're super psyched to invade Pasadena for a third year in a row! The convention runs from Saturday, Nov. 19th 9am - 6pm to Sunday Nov. 20th 10am - 5pm and is located at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Echoing the floor plan from last year, we'll once again be surrounded by our extended family, featuring the united super powers from Tokyo, RealxHead, Studio Uamou, Skull Toys, Punk Drunkers and Goccodo!

The Glyos family will be represented by Marty "Nemesis" Hansen (Kabuto Mushi #1001), John Kent (Toyfinity #1002) Spy Monkey Creations (Battle Tribes #1003), Jesse DeStasio (Knights of the Slice #120), Mark Vasquez (Mystical Warriors of the Ring #1001), Nemo Campisi (Nemo's Factory #1002), Ben Spencer (Galaxxor #1001) and the newest addition to the mayhem, Pat Bussey (Bio-Masters #1001).

Holding down the Glyos compatible 3D printing fort will be the ABS master, Pj Bartlett (Spaced Out Design #1002). Pj has been practically living at the shop over the last few months while refining and building his new selections. Those in attendance will not be disappointed with the results of his latest experiments. He's even printed a few vehicles!

Also showcasing his own range of 3D printed figures in row 1000 will be the architect of the extraordinary Mecha Zone himself, David White (#1005)! David continues to innovate and inspire with both his 3D work and 2D illustrations. A monster talent, indeed.

Deep, deep thanks goes out to Ben Goretsky of 3DRetro for all his hard work this year and for allowing all of us to have the opportunity to come together in such an excellent location. We also want to thank the legendary October Toys for always supporting us throughout the years. We've shared a great decade of friendship together and we look forward to 10 more!

For those of you who make the show, please swing by booth #1002 and say hello!

 

11.15.2016

11.14.2016

Designer Con 2016

We are excited to see everyone this weekend at Designer Con 2016! There will be a few sneaks available at the show (booth #1002) from upcoming assortments from Bit Figs and Wave 60!

Stay tuned for more details this week.

11.07.2016

Bio-Masters Among Us

Prepare for a menacing new addition to the Glyos ranks! After 2 years in development, Pat Bussey's Bio-Masters line has crossed over into full production with the arrival of his 21 part, fully Glyos compatible Bio-Mass Monster figure!

Pat is currently offering a special pre-order for the first 3 deluxe editions of his cosmic creature (due in early January), as well as an opportunity to grab a copy of his upcoming DCon Type Zero exclusive and limited T2 Test Shots (both with available in-hand for shipping at the end of November).
All pre-orders are set to wrap up this Friday, November 11th.

When I was first shown this project by the GodBeast himself (who has been Pat's sculpting collaborator and molding/casting mentor), it immediately made a strong impression. The direct result of Pat's killer design sense and Marty's refined sculpting skills, the Bio-Mass Monster lands itself in a unique category, showcasing a form that's unlike the more bipedal "two- legged humanoid" style production figures we've been producing since 2007. Pat's admiration of Lovecraft, He-Man and the monsters of his youth have culminated into something that touches on all of those sources yet still remains fresh and exciting.

I've been lucky to have worked on the production side of the Bio-Masters project over the greater part 2016, and want to personally congratulate both Pat and Marty on never losing sight of bringing this new figure to life. New precedents were set during the process of making the Bio-Mass Monster's tooling, and many months were spent pushing the limits to give this new creation a strong "build" lifespan.

I hope you try giving this creepy critter a spin and allow it to slither into your imagination... and flap, and claw and bite as well!

Thanks for the awesome illustration, Pat! The Glyninjas have been training hard for this showdown (but maybe not training hard enough)!



11.02.2016

10.31.2016

Happy Halloween!

Kabuto Mushi MK II: Wave 17

Marty "The Standard" Hansen has just released his 17th (!) assortment of full production Kabuto Mushi MK II figures, just in time to celebrate Halloween!

Continuing with his series of classic MOTU color design homages, Marty has a wild new Modulok inspired edition available, featuring not only a double set of Axis Joints, but also a separate matching "Mod" Crayboth sidekick. Marty and I worked together on a special contained build that you can check out over on his blog, as well as few alternate forms. Modulok was a really unique entry in the original MOTU toy line, and possessed the key element that the foundation of Glyos was built upon, that being its core interchangeability. To make this "Mod" Mushi even more authentic, Marty had new eye spray masks created to better echo those creepy old reptilian peepers that Modulok sported. All in all, a pretty cool entry in the growing Kabuto Mushi MK II MOTU subset.

Another noteworthy part of Marty's new round is the inclusion of the Kabuto Mushi MK II Standard MK II! A bit of a mouthful, I know, but what a killer figure! This edition represents MJ (Marty's son) Hansen's special Kabuto Mushi Comic cover art, and stands as the definitive version of the popular character. Lots of paint and a great combination of brown, green and black land this version as one of my personal favorite KMs yet. The green actually matches up with the "Aka" TMNG green that we just produced, so building between the colors yields some good results. To add a little extra fun to the mix, another color matched "Kabuto" Crayboth was also run, standing at the ready to watch KM's back! Hats off to MJ and his pop for working together to bring this one to life.

Marty's latest selection is topped off by not one, but two Transformers tributes that flesh out the ongoing Insecticon inspired KM subset. If you've been looking for the right opportunity to check out the vinyl Titan Mushi in hand, this October offering is just about the perfect style to start with.

Hard to believe that it's been almost 3 years (come January 2017) since the Kabuto Mushi MK II landed on the scene. Marty has been pushing himself since day one, and I'm looking forward to the next phase of the GodBeast's  evolution. I've even heard some bad guys might be crawling around behind the scenes...

Congratulations to Marty and his boys on another great wave!


10.28.2016

The Macrotones - Unknown Outpost

Tomorrow evening, Saturday Oct. 29th, Destroy Babylon has the distinct honor of supporting legendary reggae band The Wailers! The line-up includes a few of the '70s-era players, including co-founder and Bob Marley's bassist, Aston "Family Man" Barrett. If you're near the New England seacoast area, come join us and the whole Onell clan for an epic night at NH's best and largest venue, the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom.

I also wanted to share some news about DB's "brother band", The Macrotones. Our new full-length album is now available from the Culture Pirates shop! I was lucky enough to hit and shake a number of instruments on this record, in addition to creating the artwork alongside resident artist Jesse Moore. It's also available on iTunes, Google, and all major streaming services.

Our descent into Macro-Babylon has been a steady evolution- from fans in '08, to gig mates, then designer, fill-in drummer, and eventually my brother and I became their full time bass & percussion players. Meanwhile, a handful of the Macrotones joined DB (and side projects), forming the tightest union of bands I've ever had the pleasure of being a part of.

From dark, brassy funk to lush Afro-pop, Unknown Outpost feels right at home with the Music ADD catalog. This is also the first album to feature vocals, including contributions from Rob Carmichael of DB and rising sensation Iyeoka (her single "Simply Falling" has over 40M views!). Our friends bcap and Does Bros of DXA add some hip-hop flavor to the mix as well.

Hope you dig the sounds!

Ninja Zone

We recently had the great David White of Mecha Zone /Mechanauts fame and his equally awesome wife Melissa out for a visit, and spent some long overdue time catching up.

One big subject that David and I really connect on is the world of old school video games from the 80's and early 90's. A prime example of that time frame is Sega's Revenge of Shinobi (though I think my obsession with the game was a little more bananas than David's). After checking out our latest wave while we were in the barn, I asked if David would mind rendering an illustration of our new Shinobi tribute figure, Glyninja Koshiro. Within a day he had sent over the drawing shown above! Not only is he talented, but he's also crazy quick.

Thank you for the amazing image David! 

For those of you who would like to explore more of the Mecha Zone/ Mechanauts universe, click over to David's main site. Also, be sure to check out his current Robot Sketches Kickstarter, which features lots of killer drawings from across the classic sci-fi spectrum that we all love.


10.26.2016

Thank You!!!

Thanks to all of you, we've just made it through one of the most intense weeks around here since the Paypocalypse of 2013.

Before I get into the specifics of what occurred last week with the store, I personally want to express how grateful I am for the repeat turnout as we muddled through our mess. The fact that you guys still have the dedication to come back and check out what we're up to is what fuels the main engine, especially during mishaps with our eternal frenemy, PayPal. It can't ever be said enough how much we love doing this with all of you.

The TMNG wave proved to be a good one, and there will definitely be another small visit to their subterranean world in 2017. It was an extra special assortment for Marcus and I in particular, as we bonded originally over our mutual admiration for the old TMNT comics, toys and video games of our youth, back when we first met while working at Beantown Toys. What an incredible and enduring world Eastman and Laird created together all those years ago. The latest round of Glyos stands as Onell's tribute to their inspiring legacy.

Following up on the previous posts about our recent store issues, we can report that the PayPal shopping cart system and inventory control failed not only on the original night of the launch, but also on the relaunch of our store last Friday afternoon. Upon contacting PayPal to check on how we should proceed with the situation, they recommended that we close the store down for at least 48 hours, then reload the entire store (with new buttons) for a third time. This was not going to cut it, so we got out the scratch pad(s) again and went to work old school style, marking each item down that was sold as your orders appeared in real time. This process completely felt like the old days, long before we ever had an online inventory system, with crazy counting going on at a rapid fire pace. The experience was once again humbling to say the least.

Now that the dust has finally settled, we are preparing to finally roll out an all new shopping cart interface through Shopify, so be on the lookout for some changes in the checkout process over the coming week. Marcus has been test running this system with the Bit Figs site, and so far the results have been solid.

Going into the last two months of 2016, we'll be attending Designer Con in November for the 3rd straight year, and we're super excited to catch up with everyone in person again. This is an excellent convention run by exceptional people, and we're honored to participate in the madness that is DCon in sunny Pasadena with our friends. We plan on having some sneak preview stock from our year end early December wave available, as well as a few other little bits.

Well, I've succeeded in making another text tidal wave, so I'll clip my rambling before you all fall asleep on your keyboards. Thanks again for all the worlds that you continue to allow us to explore. Having a place these last 9+ years to share our weirdo ideas has consistently given us hope and happiness, no matter how many virtual stores have exploded along the way.


10.21.2016

TMNG Update

All orders placed last night before the PayPal snafu have been processed and are good to go.

We have reopened the store for now, but the entire PayPal system is currently experiencing some "technical difficulties", linked to the crazy DNS service attacks going on today.

Due to the fact that the PayPal inventory is not working correctly, we are tallying everything by hand as each order comes in. This means that we will have to close the store intermittently so we can double check the numbers.We apologize for the frustrating experience, but we should be able to keep things moving by using this old school method.

Thanks to all of you for still participating in this bonkers release.


10.20.2016

TMNG


Many thanks to the Radical Ralph Niese for this totally tubular pin-up!


PayPal Note: In the past, you could load numerous items from the store all in a row, and now it seems you must wait until the cart refreshes with each item before adding more to your order.

Once an item is added to your cart, please wait a few extra moments before adding another. If you're ordering from a desktop browser using tabs, just wait for the title of the cart page to change from "PayPal" to "PayPal Checkout". Please also double check your cart contents before checking out.


Bop and Rock


Evergreen


Glyninja Koshiro

This one is for all the Sega Genesis fans in the System. Based on the sprites from one of my favorite video game characters, circa 1989!

Preparation

We are still on track to launch tonight at 10PM EDT, but please read the following information concerning an update to the PayPal checkout process.

In the past, you could load numerous items from the store all in a row, and now it seems you must wait until the cart refreshes with each item before adding more to your order.

Once an item is added to your cart, please wait a few extra moments before adding another. If you're ordering from a desktop browser using tabs, just wait for the title of the cart page to change from "PayPal" to "PayPal Checkout". Please also double check your cart contents before checking out.

This is a fairly minor issue compared to what we've seen in the past, but we want to make sure that you are well aware of this change, especially due to the rapid pace of how items are purchased during a launch night. We're kindly asking everyone to have extra patience tonight while shopping in our store.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for understanding. A new shopping cart system is in the works for our site, and we hope to roll it out before the end of the year.

10.19.2016

Postponed

We hoped that we could stay on track tonight, but after a day of troubleshooting an unforeseen new Paypal issue with the shopping cart system, we are bumping the launch to tomorrow night, Thurs. Oct 20 at 10PM EDT, so we have extra time to test out the changes we've discovered.

We'll reconfirm the new date and time with an update tomorrow. With the heavy traffic we're seeing on the site today, we're not taking any chances, even if this hiccup turns out to be a minor one.

Thank you for being patient with our continued PayPal snafus. We are working towards something new that will hopefully make bumps like this a thing of the past.

Mutant Mania


10.18.2016

Kyodai

10.16.2016

Dress Up

We have a new wave set to rise from the sewers this Wednesday, October 19th at 9:30PM EDT.

In the classic spirit of Halloween, some of your old friends from the Glyos System will be ready to celebrate in true 1980's style, dressing up for what might be our craziest assortment since we started back in 2007.

Get your bo staffs ready!


10.14.2016

Cruel Mountaineer

10.10.2016

Battle Tribes: Wave 3

The Weaponlords behind Spy Monkey Creations have added some brand new variations to the growing ranks of their excellent Battle Tribes range! Featured above is my personal favorite from the latest round, the Tribal Wolfpack Hunter! You can see the rest of the assortment over in their store right now.

A truly eclectic and exciting third call to arms, SMC! Looking forward to seeing you guys at DCon next month!


10.06.2016

Thank You!!!

The Bit Pheyden Brigade has been divided and are en route to their new homes! Thank you all once again for supporting Bit Figs and checking in at the Culture Pirates shop.

This has been a dream come true for me. Pheyden exists in so many forms, colors, and iterations, and with each release Matt and I will typically say, "this is my favorite yet." And I know we'll say it again on the next round (the Mega size in clear tint is quite a thing to behold..), but this particular shade of blue has a special place in our hearts. The color somehow changes drastically in nearly every light source, and even the 8-bit sprite version has been altered with almost every game cameo, but in a way this is a true reflection of the nature of Pheyden - existing in numerous dimensions, traveling to the farthest reaches of Glyos, and adapting to every environment. A constant that never stops changing. But at the end of the day, in my mind, when the Space Traveler settles back home, he's blue, baby.

Without sounding too much like a busted 45, thank you, thank you, thank you. Tonight I celebrate in Boston with friends and one of my all-time favorite bands, so for those interested I leave you with two great songs- Thank You and Without Love. Cheers!  -marcus

10.02.2016

Family Values

The pic shown above was only a dream for Marcus and I not that long ago. From his very first render of "Bit Pheyden", we would discuss what a fully realized PVC version of Marc's pixels would look like, and how in the world we would ever pull it off. Well, thanks to the incredible rise of the 3D printer and some truly brilliant new specialized modelling software, the "Bit"-mension Gate finally cracked open and allowed for something really special to come into our reality.

With a fresh shot of updated vibrant light blue, Mega Bit Pheyden and Bit Pheyden are ready to join the ranks of the Glyos and Bit Fig universes, landing right in place with their SSM-born brethren across both the Ninja and Animal spectrum.

Pheyden's new cousins might be a little square, but they really bring things full circle.

We're so proud of you, Marcus.


9.30.2016

The New Standard

A familiar face returns...

This Sunday, October 2nd, at 9pm Eastern, Mark I of Standard Bit Pheyden hits the official Bit Figs shop. This is the very first deluxe Mega Bit Pheyden set, featuring painted eyes and limbs on both 3" and 1" versions. Also available will be a matching "Pheyden Blue" exclusive 10-pack featuring both series 1 Ninjas and Animals.

This small release marks a pretty big moment for us here at Onell Design. Not only was Pheyden the first full-production Glyos figure, he was also the first character I attempted to create pixel art with. To see our flagship Traveler go from paper to PVC to video and back to PVC has been quite a unique journey. Those who've been with us for a while have seen Pheyden rebuilt, recolored, scarred, and now downgraded (in size and resolution). The full circle cliché in this case is more of a square, and personally I couldn't be any happier with how things have fallen into place. The pixel art elements of Onell remains my favorite contribution to Glyos, and continues to be an area where Matt and I really feed off each others energy and passion, even if it's more behind the scenes these days. The fact we now have a "Passcode Playset" of sorts is something we hope everyone reading this can enjoy as much as we will.

Check back Sunday night to grab a Bit of Glyos history.

9.29.2016

October Fair 2016

This Sunday, October 2nd, Stega Clothes and The Graphic Jam will host their very first October Fair featuring local artists, printers, and more at Jesse's shop in Beverly MA. The Onell / Bit Figs booth will be setup alongside Callgrim, good friend KTRON and her awesome Monster Blankets, plus a handful of local vendors with toys, apparel, food and beverages. Selector Jbo will also be in the house spinning classic tuneage throughout the event. Show starts at 10am and runs til 4pm, if you're in the area swing by to check it out!

9.28.2016

Synchronized Travels


9.22.2016

Hunk O' Cheese

Last Saturday, after attending the Granite State Comicon (and pawing through bins of old toys), I rolled into our driveway to find Michelle and the kids looking at the moon through a telescope they had rented from the library. It didn't take long before I was trying to take a snap of the big cheese through the telescope's eyepiece, the clearest of the bunch being shown above.

Little did we know that a penumbral eclipse had just occurred the day before. Though it wasn't visible in our part of the world, the timing was pretty interesting.


 

9.14.2016

Granite Con 2016

We are gearing up for a weekend outing in NH! Granite State Comicon starts this Saturday morning at the Raddison Center in Manchester, New Hampshire, and runs through Sunday evening. If you are in the area and planning to attend, swing by the Bit Booth in the main Expo room @ table D8. Visit the site for the full scoop of local artists, guests, and events.

And for the Boston area folks, the Saturday afterparty takes place at the Middle East for a night of funk & soul music with my band The Macrotones and good friends Westbound Train. We hit early at 8pm sharp.

Warning: spoilers ahead...

9.11.2016

Thank You!!!

Thank you for making Wave 58 a great one! My apologies that this is a little late, but we did indeed encounter an all new mysterious issue with our frenemy PayPal during the night of the release. Due to this new problem, which involved a significant amount of completely missing orders and funds that then appeared in batches nearly a day after they were made, we decided to shut the store down as we thoroughly double checked everything. Even with our battle tested mathematical countermeasures, we were sideswiped by the PayPal matrix of unpredictability yet again (although at this point weird glitches perfectly lining up with our launches seem virtually guaranteed). Suffice it to say we had a couple very long nights! We really appreciate all of your patience as we worked it out.

All orders placed before the store was closed have been processed and shipped out, including international orders, so be on the lookout for invading Quallerran forces starting Monday. The speed at which everything hit the post is 100% due to the combined efforts of Michelle, Marcus, Megan and Pj. They are truly teamwork personified.

Speaking of the Quallerran, we'll be nosing a bit into their collective background as the week progresses, exploring how they are connected to the creation of Noboto as well as the lost world of Vhorren-Vy.

I'll try not to ramble too much with this post, but once again you have kept the bus rolling, and more now than ever we are humbled by your passion and dedication to this strange little after school project. Thank you for inspiring us to push our own limits and for continuing to share your talents and creativity.

9.07.2016

Quest of the Quallerran

Be sure to refresh: onelldesign.com/store

EDIT: The store is back up, thanks for your patience!

Glyarmor Andromeda


Armorvor Spectre MK II


Distant Relations


9.06.2016

Stories Untold


9.05.2016

Alien Ancestry


9.04.2016

AASC GITD

We've got some new things on deck for release this coming Wednesday, September 7th at 9:30PM EDT, barring any complications caused by renegade hurricanes or cyclones (we're looking at you Hermine).

The Axis Armored Spectre Commandos shown above feature the "Skate Wars" inspired side of the new Glyan head, which can switch into Glyninja mode with just a swivel and the included scarf.

These guys must need that extra firepower to deal with something much stronger than your average pesky Protoclone...


9.02.2016

Thank You!!!

The support from this community never ceases to amaze me. There have been dozens of posts on this blog titled "Thank You!" (with varying amounts of exclamation points), and it's still not enough to truly show how much Matt, Michelle and I appreciate the support we've received over the past 9+ years.

This wave may have marked the launch of a new site, but the heart and soul that went into everything from concept to production was an absolute team effort from Onell HQ, Paul at the Glyos factory, and our new partners at SSM Vending. But all of this effort would mean very little if it wasn't for the love and dedication from YOU, our family and friends who've helped us carve our own corner of the universe together.

Bit Figs will continue forging new territory this year, including our first dedicated booth at Granite Con, September 17 & 18 in Manchester NH. If you happen to be in the Northeast, come by to say hi and check out some sneak peeks of what's to come. We also have new online content in the works, stay tuned.

Packages begin shipping tomorrow. Cheers!  -marcus

8.31.2016

Mega Bit Pheyden


Introducing the newest additions to the Bit Figs line:

Bit Pheyden and MEGA Bit Pheyden!

Mega Bit Pheyden is an all-new 3" articulated figure that features removable, Glyos compatible arms (3 parts total). Also included in this double set is a 1" Bit Pheyden, produced perfectly in scale with all our Ninja and Animal vending series figures. The dark metallic gold Trophy Set is the very first sample run available now in limited quantities.

The third pic above showcases Mega Bit Pheyden packing an extra punch with swing joints installed, as well as an Astro Nautilus mutation, parts courtesy of The Outer Space Men.

These new Bits, as well as Fistfuls of Ninjas, Animals, and other items are available now at the new Culture Pirates shop. This site is the official shop for Bit Figs, Music ADD Records, limited edition Glyos merchandise and more.

Mega, mega thanks to all of you for the continued support. Have fun!