3.01.2015

Battlecurse Skeleden

By combining the parts from two Skeleden Armor Sets, you can start to build the "Battlecurse" form of this oddball hybrid.

The fits on the leg armor parts are also compatible with the hands of a regular Traveler. Flipping the chest armor upside down and seating it sideways around the head also pushes the heavy bio armored look.

Back in the 90's I was nuts about a figure called Battleclad Spawn from McFarlane Toys. The Skeleden Armor design owes that old character a debt of gratitude, as it was a definite influence on the stacked armor style you see in the pic shown above.

It turns out sculpting ace Eric Treadaway of the 4H was the man behind Battleclad Spawn, which is pretty neat, as Eric and I would eventually go on to become good friends as we worked on the 4H's OSM and Power Lords projects together.


2.28.2015

Return of the Banimon Red Army Men!

Overcoming a multitude of obstacles thrown at him by both nature and by man, our good friend Boris Savic will finally roll out the return of his Banimon Red Army Men tonight, February 28th, at 9:30PM EST over in his store!

Making its second appearance in the spotlight as a full production vinyl piece is the Banimon Bunkerbuster tank, this time decked out in a green that might be familiar to those of you who like your plastic in Volkriun hues. This new Bunkerbuster is fully compatible with all of the vinyl we produce around here, and its colors match right up to last year's VSF wave.

I had some fun taking a modified Bunkerbuster (shown above with a few of our parts mixed in) for a spin across the piles of snow out back as the sun was setting, and the little armored machine proved once again that it's truly a blast to play with.

Well done, Boris! I'm loving this tank!


2.27.2015

Swirling Influences

The above pics are of Test Shot Number Five, which sealed the deal after repeatedly striking out on four earlier versions of the Skeleden armor.

The major changes that occurred to the sculpt for Number Five focused mainly on the following:

-Revised size and shape of the torso armor, with newly added sculpting around the front and back edges to achieve a tighter grip on the base body. I tried to hide a bunch of strange visual elements across the back area, with some Lovecraftian inspired creepiness in the form of a little Cthulhu half face hanging onto Skeleden's upper left side. The "back" area is patterned after old school gladiator armor design concepts, fused with a little Bio-Boosted punch.

-Revised size and shape of both leg armors. Skeleden's right leg armor was extended downwards and the skeletal creature on the knee area was tweaked, as well as some redefining of the "ribbing" that curves around to the back. The left leg armor was also extended downwards and given some extra detail and a tighter fit.

-Revised interface of the two part head connection. After George completed his killer master sculpt of Skeleden's noggin, I sent a copy to our team in China to create the first tooling pattern. They then sent back the tooling pattern with our requested 2 part separation, which not only allowed for more interchangeability, but eliminated the need for glue that would have compromised production runs with clear PVC. Since the head was originally sculpted as one part, I went in and added details to the areas that previously would have remained unseen. If you flip Skeleden's head upside down and reverse it, then replug the skullcap on, you can create a "Skeledrone" head configuration, to do Skeleden's dirty work.

When the fifth test shot finally hit the mark (and completely passed my "shake" test) I had to scream for a little bit.

The good kind of scream.

Some pics of the "Battle Skeleden" configuration are on deck for tomorrow!


2.25.2015

Tests of Patience

Skeleden currently holds the record over here for the most revisions and rounds of test shots (five total) of any project in our almost 8 years of production. The major challenges surfaced in the form of the actual armor fittings. Originally, the torso armor was smaller and more compact (shown above), but the fit kept coming in on the loose side, which was unacceptable. The two leg armor parts also had too much play, and eventually had to have some pretty major changes made to achieve the optimal fit.

Due to the hidden functions of the leg armor parts in particular, nailing their precise dimensions was critical to more than just holding them correctly in place on Pheyden's lower legs. These parts also had to work with the hands, shoulders and thighs, representing a multipurpose angle design that could operate across most of our other molds as well.

Skeleden's armor is compatible with all the Travelers, Buildman, Noboto, the Glyan and Jesse's Callgrim. The torso armor is reversible, with a "bio-gladiator" type cuirass vibe on one side and the Phanosty looking skull sculpt on the other. Consideration was also put into making the torso piece effectively seat upside down on the head, to create a heavy armored look (pretty strange in concept but sort of neat when in place).

The extra time and slightly maddening process of tweaking the armor were both definitely worth pushing through!

More details about the development of Skeleden coming up soon.

Also, shipping starts tomorrow morning!


2.24.2015

Thank You!!!

Thank you for the great turnout on Sunday night! With all the intense winter activity around these parts, it was really uplifting to see the latest wave find a rhythm amidst the surrounding landscape of chaos here in the Northeast.

Skeleden has been a work in progress for exactly one year, with the original design sketches being drafted in early February 2014. What started out as a small option for a basic Traveler turned into something much more involved, becoming a significant part of our 2015 plan along the way.

The core design of Skeleden was intended to be a mix of Villser, Pheyaos, Mori's classic Chaos, Inhumanoids, Manglors and of course Skeleton Warriors -with a dash of 90's era Spawn stirred in. Pushing the more biological narrative to the sculpted parts was the central aesthetic focus, and proved to be a trip to explore with the always great George Gaspar of October Toys. The dual duties on the sculpting brought something unique to the final look, and I'm very thankful for George's willingness to deal with my eccentricities during the process.

The actual slide on armor concept used on Skeleden actually came from another project that I had been working on in late 2013, which was a more "Glyos Space" looking set of armor parts that were to be used as an upgrade for the Traveler, Glyan, Buildman, Noboto and Callgrim molds. The basic dimensions of most of our stuff is lined up by design, and I spent an unholy amount of time trying to devise a simple optional armor set that could augment our already exiting figures at a low cost to purchase. Kind of like the idea behind the Armored Valkyries from Macross, or the beefed up armor parts from Spiral Zone. The majority of the sculpting for that "Glyarmor" project was actually completed, and then the Skeleden factor came into play. Things just rolled into a giant bone armored beast from that point, spawning something even more bizarre than our usual oddities from space! Maybe we'll still see that original Glyarmor Set surface before long.

There are many hidden aspects to the Skeleden Armor, and successfully adjusting the measurements and tolerances to get everything to work just right was a true challenge. Over the next few days we'll pop up a few pics showing the little "tricks" that you can pull off with multiple sets, as well as some behind the scenes looks at the development of Skeleden.

Thank you again for checking out the new wave, and for reading this Labyrinth of Letters!



2.22.2015

The Secret Beneath the Ice

The store is LIVE!

Edit: All limits have been lifted. Thank you!
You may place ONE ORDER WITHIN THE FIRST HOUR tonight. We are seeing a high volume of traffic and need everyone's cooperation to make this as smooth as possible. After the initial dust settles, we will lift all limits. Thanks for your understanding and support. Have fun!



2.20.2015

Mission Details

As I write this, we are coming out of 4 weeks of record setting snowfall here in New England. The ridiculous amount of shoveling that all our friends and family have been doing has been totally off the charts! Even though the weather has been bananas, the landscape has been beautiful, supplying some great settings to play around in. I can't recall ever seeing this much snow on the ground in my lifetime, and I don't think it's even close to letting up just yet.

The timing of this winter blast falls in perfect harmony with our new wave of figures, which centers around Search Corps Ankram, a small team of specialists sent to Planet Nemica to analyze the lasting effects of the Bio Paralyzer that was used by Planet Metran to end the Old War. What one of the Searchers stumbles upon beneath the frozen wasteland reveals the ruins of a lost civilization that perhaps even the Elder Delphi were unaware of ...

We are still on track for this Sunday, February 22nd at 9:30PM EST, once again pending the ferocity of yet another winter storm that's on its way for Sunday. We'll keep things updated as we go.
 

The Secret Beneath the Ice


Glyan -SCA Standard (Maxx Gray*/ Maroon with Black visors and Yellow tampo) $8
Glyan -SCA Reverse (Maroon/ Maxx Gray with Black visors and Yellow tampo) $8

Commander Rykurra Sarvos (Maxx Gray with painted eyes/ Maroon accents and Yellow tampo w/ Maxx Gray Phanost head/ Maxx Gray Scar Pheyden head/ Maxx Gray scarf -Features new pelvis paint application) $10

SCA Extra Set (Maxx Gray with painted eyes Pheyden head/ Maroon accented Maxx Gray Traveler chest/ Maxx Gray Traveler pelvis/ Maroon scarf) $4

Crayboth XXX  $4
Crayboth Stealth MK IV $4

Armorvor  -Neo Granthan Nemica Enforcer (White/ Gray Paint with Black visors and bonus head/ backpack) $10 -Features all new Neo Granthan head
Armorvor  -Neo Granthan Trade Runner (Tan/ Reddish Brown Paint with Black visors and bonus head/ backpack) $10 -Features all new Neo Granthan head

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Axis Joint Set -Maxx Gray $4
Axis Joint Set -SCA Maroon $4 

Phase Arm/Gobon Blaster Single Set -Maxx Gray with Black accent $2
Phase Arm/Gobon Blaster Single Set -SCA Maroon with Black accent $2

*Maxx Gray closely matches Toyfinity's recent Robo Force "Maxx Zero" Commodore 64 Type Light Gray

Searchers

The short list is almost finished and will pop up in a little bit!


2.15.2015

Bringers of the Cold

We are on track for a smaller release landing next Sunday, February 22nd at 9:30 PM EST.  The Neo Granthans will be making an appearance in the assortment, as long as the endless snow doesn't swallow our town completely before the launch.

More from the Frozen North as the week rolls on!

2.13.2015

Toy Pizza

Our old friend Jesse DeStasio and his two partners in crime, Nicky Fung and Cade Hiser, have been steadily cranking out episodes of their popular web program Toy Pizza since February 2014. I personally met Jesse D well over a decade ago, and have watched him maneuver through the world of professional like a fox.

After all these years, Jesse D and Onell are finally working on an actual project together, that being Toy Pizza's brand new Knights of the Slice Glyos compatible figures, with their campaign currently running over on Kickstarter.

The Toy Pizza crew recently popped up a new episode that covers a little bit about Glyos in general, including some alternate reality factoids about the early days of our existence (ha!).

It's been a lot of fun assisting Toy Pizza with their Knights of the Slice project, and we're really excited to welcome an all new addition to the Glyos family!


2.08.2015

2.06.2015

Kabuto Mushi MK II: Wave Seven

Marty "Loctite" Hansen rolls into 2015 with three brand new colors showcasing his popular Kabuto Mushi MK II production figure!

Continuing his recent theme of famous Japanese character homages, Marty has put together some very clever combinations utilizing an assortment of all new spray applications. My personal favorite is the Cyborg Mushi, which is shown above surveying the Frozen Zone that has taken over most of New England.

Cyborg Mushi also makes a good rival for Redlaw Argen, as they both pay tribute to the excellent classic Henshin Cyborg series by Takara (thank you Paul L. for maintaining the best link).

Head over to Mushi Central to check out the rest of TGB's latest offerings.

Congratulations on another unique and exciting wave, Marty! 


2.02.2015

Granthaxis Vrylless

Another take on this old build, now using the new Granthan head.


1.30.2015

Shipping Update

All of the shipping from the release last Sunday has been completed (except a few orders that came in late today).

Thank you once again for a strong start to 2015, and I personally hope that those of you checking out the new Granthan head find something interesting in its execution.  I know that it's a weird one, but sometimes the stranger things take a little time to find the right rhythm.

We do have a smaller wave planned for the end of February,  and everything is on track to reveal another project that has finally come to fruition.


1.27.2015

Thank You!!!

Thank you for a great start to 2015! It was awesome seeing some old names come up in the mix during the launch.

I will attempt to keep this brief (right), as we are currently in the middle of a historic blizzard up here in New England and my shoveling/plowing duties are in overdrive.

The debut of the new production Neo Granthan head is something that has been in the works for about a year (like many of the projects here as of late). Finally being able to handle a full production piece, as well as spend some time looking at it through the camera lens has been a strange experience, mainly because this small addition to the ranks has a pretty deep significance within the development of Glyos. I have been drawing and working on the stories for the Granthans since way back in the early days of Rechlen and Aves, and the location of the planet Granthan has been a pivotal story point for many of the events that have transpired in our long running loose narrative (check out the Passcode section to your right).

The LSA battled Govurom there.

Govurom was defeated by Infiltrator Argen there.

Argen was freed by Pheyden there.

The Armodocs were created by Viyer there.

The Massacre on Granthan occurred there.

Agent Nemica became Hades there.

As the stories came together over the years, Marc, Jesse and I talked about eventually spotlighting the inhabitants of planet Granthan, and their role in the larger scheme of things. This was further explored when Marty and I collaborated on the first version of the Granthan head, which Marty sculpted, cast and still offers through his site.

These twists and turns have all arrived at the Neo Granthan version of the Armorvor. I'll expound on the reasoning for the updated look, partial head armor (fires a "Primal Ray") and color choices later, but each aspect has specific thought put behind the final appearance.

I hope that when these new figures land in your hands they spark the imagination and make you smile.

Now, I'm off to shovel.

Again.

Shipping updates will pop up as we dig out of this Snowzone throughout the week!


1.24.2015

Mission Details

We have been experiencing some fun internet issues for the last few days, which have finally been half conquered here in the early hours of Saturday morning. Sorry for the extra delay in popping up the list.

All the new stuff has arrived, been processed and is ready to go! There will be a few surprises, and the new addition to the Armorvor family will finally be revealed. It seems surreal to see the new head in full production after wrestling with it for such a solid stack of months. I hope you guys dig the new spin on things when you see it.

A Metran Blue assortment has been cooking in the background since late last year, and carries on the Real Type color continuity from our recent waves. The PVC in hand is slightly subdued (like a faded cobalt blue), yet still displays a rich hue under the light. Paired with the Cool Gray 7C, there is definitely another Gundam vibe coming through the mix.  

We are still on track for this Sunday, January 25th at 9:30PM EST, pending the ferocity of the impending winter storm that's rolling in later today. Hopefully we should be good.

On to the list!


Metran Security Command


Glyan -MSC Standard (Metran Blue with Black visors and White tampo) $8

Commander Rasenyker Sarvos (Metran Blue with painted eyes/ Gray accents and White tampo w/ Blue Phanost head) $9

MSC Extra Set (Metran Blue with painted eyes Pheyden head and Scar Pheyden head/ Gray accented Traveler chest/ Traveler pelvis/ scarf) $4

Axis Buildman Argen MK XIV (Clear Purple/ Metallic Silver accents/ select Black detail lines and White tampos) $12
NOTE- INCLUDES 1 COMPLETE BUILDMAN, 1 COMPLETE AXIS JOINT SET, 1 NEW TWO PART HEAD AND 1 SCARF

Crayboth Marauder MK II $4
Crayboth Cosmic Wave $4

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Swing Joint Set -Metran Blue $4
Swing Joint Set -Clear Purple $4

Hub Set -Metran Blue with Black accent and White tampo $4
NOTE- Each Hub Set is sold in a specific Drone configuration.

Axis Joint Set -Metran Blue $4
Axis Joint Set -Clear Purple $4 
Axis Joint Set -Black (Restock) $4 

Phase Arm/Gobon Blaster Single Set -Metran Blue with Black accent $2
Phase Arm/Gobon Blaster Single Set -Clear Purple with Silver accent and select detail lines $2

Super Crayboth -Marauder Pod Leader (Reddish Brown Vinyl/ Purple paint/ Dark Purple accents) $25


Thank you for looking over the first list of 2015!


1.18.2015

Redlaw Effect

We are on track for a new release next Sunday, January 25th, at 9:30PM EST.  Among the items popping in the store will be the Redlaw Argen shown above, as well as a decent assortment of building accessories, some Crayboth and just maybe the return of that stubborn Armorvor.

More details and pics coming this week!

1.14.2015

Villaxorian Form

I imagine these mutations are born from the trace elements of the Villser Virus that dwell deep within all Axis Technology. Under certain conditions, strange changes begin to occur, overriding the control mechanisms that keep Axis based upgrades in check. The resulting configurations echo the ancient form of the original Villser, albeit in an extremely diminished (though still dangerous) state.

The Villaxorian shown above is a contained build consisting of 6 complete Axis Joint Sets. By moving the limbs around, you can modify the look in a number of ways, one being a compressed "Crawler" that has a pretty creepy appearance (reminiscent of an Alien Facehugger).

1.10.2015

1.02.2015

Action Figures Not included

Our great friend and multitasking genius, Phil Reed, is in the final hours of his latest Kickstarter book project Action Figures Not Included, which serves as the companion piece to his recent Each Sold Separately.

Phil's latest endeavors are extremely relevant to the current position of the toy industry, and delve into the core concepts that resulted in our present state of plastic affairs.

Perhaps in a rare moment of insanity, Phil has asked me to write the foreword to his new book, so maybe just squint your eyes when you read that part.

Thank you Phil!

Happy New Year!

One day late!

Some fun things are in store for 2015 that we hope you all enjoy!

12.25.2014

Official Glyos Database

This is something that has been in the works for the last several years, and we're thrilled to finally open it's digital doors. The Official Glyos Database is a new immersive site showcasing the various items we've produced since 2007. For the first time ever, the entire archive can be filtered by tags like Pheyden, Sarvos, Crayboth, and descriptive labels such as metallics, GITD, and vinyl. Dynamic gallery views also add to the fun of exploring the online Glyos System.

Many of the photos are direct from the original archive and store pages, but larger and alternate shots will be worked in through time. We also plan to add more accessories, bonus items and oddball images that have for the most part remained unseen or buried in the depths of blogger.

There are a few very special additions to the OGDB as well, including the official Production Wave list. Hard to imagine that in 7 years we've done 40+ releases containing over 600 unique figures, not counting accessories and customs! The first few years were a bit tricky to properly organize in this manner... back when we just added things to the store at a more random pace!

Another new addition is the Custom Corps 1.4 gallery - The Renegades are ready for close-up action!

This may very well be a work in progress for all of Glyternity, but we feel it's at a point where we can enjoy it for what it is- a fun way to explore and reminisce. For me, this site serves as a nice reference tool and a fun way to reflect when nostalgia strikes. We'd love to hear what you guys think and hope you enjoy the OGDB!  -Marc


Merry Christmas 2014!

Merry Christmas from the whole family over here at Onell!

No matter what you celebrate, we hope you had a great day!

Check in a little later for a special treat!

12.24.2014

Glyoforms: Glyaxia

Another Glyoforms set joins the ranks in the form of Glyaxia! Cosmic hi-fives to all, and to all a Merry Christmas!


12.19.2014

Goldlander

Ni brings a strong year for his Outlander to a close tonight, December 19th, at 8PM EST over in his store, with some brand new colors and very cool one of a kind customs.

Congratulations on a great year, Ni! It's an excellent time to be a fan of the 481 Universe!