4.20.2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! Michelle, Cady, CC and I hope you and your families have a great day (the mayhem started here at 5AM)!

Things have been pretty quiet here on the blog for the past few weeks, due to some major hours being logged in up at the shop, coupled with preparing for the next wave of stuff centering around the return of Glyaxia. Hopefully when everything comes into clearer focus, you will enjoy what you see.

Speaking of the next round, the tentative release date has been scheduled for Sunday, May 4th at 9:30PM EST. Production of the new Glyaxia order has taken a bit, as extra time was required to nail the fit and finish on all the stuff. It's been a while since we've run so much vinyl, so a few things had to be pulled off the shelf and reactivated to produce everything that we wanted to fit into this assortment.

The timing bump to May also effectively ends the monthly release schedule for 2014, which in light of the heavy frequency of offerings from across the boards, may not be such a bad thing. Some months may run in succession again, but the space between the big and little waves will spread out some more. It was fun to push the envelope, but the accompanying risk of overload has been clearly illustrated and we're tweaking the plan to keep the ship on track.

Thank you for all the feedback so far this year, your individual opinions really do make a difference and we take everything into consideration as each decision is made around here.

Pics of the new selections will start to filter in this week, along with a few sneaks from the latest projects being worked on at the shop!

4.14.2014

4.06.2014

Newlanders

Ni has something extra special happening with his latest release, which is scheduled for tonight, April 6th at 8PM EST.

With the debut of all new full production helmets, heads and add-ons, the Outlander can now be reconfigured into a wider array of characters, including the menacing looking Leyden hybrid in the pic shown above! All the new Outlander colors match right up with the recent waves of GITD, Black Metallic and Ultra Silver.

You can review Ni's full list for this release over at his blog, and pick up the fresh batch of figures in his refreshed store.

Good luck tonight Ni!


4.04.2014

Shipping Update

As of this afternoon, almost every order since the release last Sunday has been packed and shipped out, with only the international orders left to complete by the end of today.

Thanks again for your patience and we hope you guys have fun when the boxes start to arrive!

Special thanks to Marcus and Pj for serving time in the barn as we weathered the cardboard and plastic tornado. I owe you two a double trip to Nick's!


4.02.2014

Thank You!!!

Thanks to all of you who stopped by on Sunday night!

These Alternate Month releases seem to be finding a decent rhythm, with the production numbers covering most of the demand for the new figures. Charging more for the extra paint on the Travelers makes me uneasy, but it was necessary if we wanted to give them all the bells and whistles and still stay in business. Though the higher price is not something I'm psyched about, being able to run these deluxe versions within much smaller assortments allows for not only a change of pace, but also an opportunity for more experimentation. Figures with more elaborate decos and detail lines, like the new Sullkren and Dark Traveler, are also easier to produce with a more dedicated and contained wave.

The continuing theme with these Alternate Month releases will be specially painted figures, ranging from all new characters to those that you may already know. Come the end of May, the LSA will make their first production appearance in their Standard colors, pulling their hues directly from the old Rechlen and Aves photo book (pages 25 and 26) albeit with a factory applied touch. The production numbers for this May LSA release are higher than normal, and there will be no limits.

Switching gears to this month, the new Glyaxia Wave is coming along on schedule, and after looking over the production samples, I think we should have some fun with this batch! Vinyl will be in effect, as well as some new paint applications on a few figures. Pics will start filtering in very soon.

To wrap up, I want to extend an extra special thank you for the continued support, especially with so many neat things out there from other makers to choose from.

When we started this project, the dream was to create a universe with no limits, a place that would grow with your imagination. It's only because each of you continue to give this concept a chance that we survive, almost 7 years after the first little production Pheyden crossed over from his world into ours.

Thank you!

Shipping starts Thursday morning!


3.30.2014

Sullkren's Path



The limit of ONE ORDER WITHIN THE FIRST HOUR will remain in place. 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 allow customers to place another order. Thanks for your understanding and support. Have fun!

Edit: You may place additional orders and all limits have been lifted. Thanks!

Also note that past releases are still available over at the Buildstation.


A Bit of Darkness


Dark Argen


Configuration Optional


3.28.2014

Mini Mission Details

The Sunday release is still on track to rollout on schedule!

Below is a more detailed list of the figure specifics:


We are confirmed for this Sunday, March 30th at 9:30PM EST!

There will be purchasing limits on select items: 

-Argen MK XI (2 limit per customer)

-Commander Sullkren MK II (1 limit per customer) 

-Dark Traveler Sorvellius  (2 limit per customer) 


   
Commander Sullkren MK II (Detail Lined Light Gray/Gray w/ painted eyes, head, chest, pelvis, shoulders, hands and feet and/packed with Light Gray Phanost head, Light Gray Scar Pheyden head, Gray Traveler belt, Light Gray Pheyden head, Light Gray Pheyden chest and Light Gray Pheyden pelvis) $12

Dark Traveler Sorvellius (Detail Lined Gray/Light Gray w/ painted eyes, head, shoulders, hands and feet and/packed with removable belt and inner/outer scarves, Gray Elder Exellis head, Gray LSA head, Gray Pheyden head, Gray Pheyden chest and Gray Pheyden pelvis) $12

Axis Buildman Argen MK XI -Dark Argen (Black Metallic w/ Red visors and White tampos -Includes new two part head and scarf) $12
INCLUDES 1 COMPLETE BUILDMAN, 1 COMPLETE AXIS JOINT SET AND 1 SCARF 

Noboto -Urballim Goldboto (Metallic Gold w/ painted eyes, bonus head and White tampos) $8 


Swing Joint Set -Black Metallic $4 

Axis Joint Set -Ultra Silver $4    RESTOCK
Axis Joint Set
-GITD Green $4   RESTOCK
Axis Joint Set
-Metallic Black $4  RESTOCK

Crayboth Martranica -Metalllic Pearlescent Purple $3  Matches recent Kabuto Mushi Color
Crayboth Hanosyric
-Metalllic Pearlescent Cyan $3  Matches recent Kabuto Mushi Color


More pics will be popping up as we close in on Sunday night!

 

3.27.2014

Super Robots Giant Monsters Show

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In the midst of the activities happening this weekend, our friends over at Collection DX will be putting on a brand new event called Super Robots Giant Monsters in Lowell, Massachusetts! Falling on Saturday, March 29th, from 11AM -7PM, this special showcase will feature an eclectic group of artists and vendors from all around the Northeast, an Art Exhibit and also a Toy Exhibit -curated by 3D Printing and CAD ace, Sanjeev Selvaraj!

I've personally known Josh over at CDX for a long time, watching him build his website into something very impressive over the years. The amount of effort put into this one of a kind show is another example of Josh's desire to create something unique and exciting, for all of us to participate in and enjoy. It has been an honor for us to be able to help sponsor the event, and we're really looking forward to meeting up with some of you guys in person on Saturday.

We'll have a special area set up for Glyos related stuff featuring our partners in crime:

-Jesse Moore of Callgrim

-Boris Savic of Banimon

-John Kent of Toyfinity

-Pj Bartlett of Spaced Out Design

Should be a fun day, and Josh even has a crazy food truck showing up that we can antagonize throughout the show!

Hope to see you on Saturday!


3.26.2014

New Mini Release

This weekend, on Sunday, March 30th at 9:30PM EST, we will have a Mini Release of a few new figures, along with the restock of Ultra Silver, GITD green and Black Metallic Axis Joint Sets.

This Mini Release will see the return of a couple detail lined figures, in the form of Commander Sullkren MK II, as well as the very first detail lined Dark Traveler. These two figures also have brand new painted areas, some of which make their debut with this round. For the very first time (after nearly 7 years) , Travelers will have full production painted shoulders, shoulder tampos, bottoms of the feet, and fronts of the feet. Coupled with the painted areas on the tops of the hands, these two figures feature the most factory applied paint on a Traveler release to date.

On a related note, the gray colors of the new Sullkren and Dark Traveler are not exact color matches to the 2012 ZED wave, but do fall within the same family.

Also on deck for this Sunday is Argen MK XI, in his Black Metallic "Dark Argen" color selection. This look matches the recent Black Metallic Kabuto Mushi that TGB just released last week.

Last but not least is the Gold Noboto, or "Goldboto". Some of these escaped in the big February shipping process last month, and now the rest of the Goldbotos want to hit the road as well!

A complete detailed list will be up soon (the detail lined figures come with lots of extra parts- much like Hades did last month), but the quick list is:

Commander Sullkren MK II   $12 USD
Dark Traveler  $12 USD
Argen MK XI   $12 USD
Goldboto   $8 USD

I know that this wave comes right on the heels of recent Glyos related releases from TGB and Toyfinity, but sometimes the production schedule lands everything right in a row. We'll see how the response goes, as this Mini Release project is still a work in progress. The next big wave is planned for the end of April (Glyaxia), which we are still on track for. After that we're shooting for very small late May wave, then a restock of the Buildstation in late June.

Having these deluxe versions out and about has been a lot of fun, especially on walks outside. The detail lines add a certain depth of realism to the photo shoots, and remind me a lot of the old days. I've really enjoyed taking location shots as the seasons start to change again.


3.23.2014

Connections 2


Connections

New Robo Force Rollout

The Toyfinity Team has a great new round of stuff scheduled for release tonight, March 23rd, at 9PM EST over in their store!

You can find all the details here!

Both PVC colors for this assortment match right up to the Ultra Silver and GITD green of our recent February wave, as well as the Kabuto Mushi swarm attack from last week.

The original Sentinel has always been one of my favorite Robo Force characters, sporting a compact yet sleek look to its core body design. The new Sentinel (shown above), was designed to hopefully evoke that classic 80's structure, but also allow for maximum customization potential.

On a related note, as we were working on the Robo Force parts it became pretty clear that with a little pushing and pulling, the head geometry of Sentinel and Enemy could be connected, resulting in a reversible design that could also serve as chest armor for Hun-Dred. The whole figure is kind of a Mecha Puzzle.

Having an already established cast of characters adds a different dimension to the process of making a toy, especially a property like Robo Force. The Toyfinity/Onell teams absolutely wanted to make sure that we honored the classic toy series, yet incorporate brand new elements that would give the modern figures options that did not exist before. Had the classic Robo Force toys perhaps featured some more modular parts, the experience of playing with them might have been a more creative and long lasting one. I do still love those old mech-frigerators, though.

It can be a bit of a tightrope redesigning something that fans of the original hold dear, and I know that all of us involved in bringing Robo Force back put everything we had into the project, because we are those very fans.


3.18.2014

New Kabuto Mushi MK II Release

Our good friend Marty "The Godbeast" Hansen has prepared an all new assortment of Kabuto Mushi MK II colors for release tonight, March 18th, at 8 PM CST over in his store.

Marty spent lot of time selecting the special metallic blue and purple that are included in this wave of figures, comparing tons of colors in search of just the right combination.

Pushing the limits of what the PVC can achieve with select additives has been a running theme around here for a while now, but with Marty's specific eye for vibrancy things have been pushed even further than ever before. He absolutely has a natural gift for choosing cool color combos.

Additionally, Marty will be offering three Kabuto Mushis that match our recent February round of plastics, featuring Ultra Silver, GITD green (shown above) and Metallic Black! The Metallic Black looks particularly menacing on the KM MKII mold.

Tonight marks the second official wave of Kabuto Mushi MK II full production figures, and our whole family wishes Marty the best of luck tonight as he unleashes another swarm of his fantastic figure.

Congratulations Marty! Here's to many more!


3.15.2014

Cosmic Gladiators

I've been literally waiting decades for a Colossus Rex like this.

Redesigned by the legendary Mel Birnkrant and sculpted by the inimitable Four Horsemen, the fully painted Rex shown above is really an out of this world figure.

I couldn't resist taking Rex outside today for a little battle with the completely outmatched Traveler Lymerran Pheyden (even with some Ultra Silver armor on). Who knows, maybe it was just a training exercise. Either way, it was quite surreal to take pictures of one of my personal super grails -an Infinity Edition of the remastered Rex!

The 4H have the whole new assortment of Infinity Editions OSM in stock now, including my childhood favorite, the mighty Man from Jupiter, Colossus Rex.

Huge, HUGE congratulations to Mel and the 4H for completing a cycle that was started all the way back in 1968! This line is without a doubt an integral piece of toy history, and I believe as the years roll on, it will become much clearer just how unique of an accomplishment bringing the OSM back to life has truly been.


3.14.2014

Another Side


3.12.2014

2.28.2014

Hades MK III Redux

Thank you for the comments and emails regarding the idea of running Hades MK III again!

In response to the positive feedback, we will indeed be putting Hades back into production, with an estimated release date of mid to late April. We may also add a subtle extra paint mask for the new edition, to add just a little bit of spice.

Along with Hades, we are also preparing a run of the Lost Sincroid Army in the old Rechlen and Aves inspired colors for late Spring. The plan is to make this version of the LSA an unlimited figure, so if you want more than one, the option will remain well beyond the release night -with no ordering restrictions. This line of thinking continues the long term plan of adding "Standard" colors to the store that are designed to last. It's a little risky, but so far the Standard Pheyden and Reverse Pheyden have each earned their keep and continue to modestly chug along.

Speaking of Standard Editions, what would you like to see produced?

Also, almost every order since last Sunday's release has been processed, packed and shipped, with our last run to the post coming bright and early tomorrow morning.

Thanks as always for such dedicated support. It's your honesty and enthusiasm that continue to inspire our little team, no matter what gets thrown in our way.


2.25.2014

Thank You!!!

Thank you for a great Sunday night release!

The traffic was up on the site, and the new PVC selections seemed to resonate pretty well with you guys in general. A few items went faster than anticipated, particularly the new Hades and the vinyl Conversion Kit. For me it was an extra special night, as seeing Hades and Argen together again brought back many memories of the old Glyaxia launch. That bananas launch marked a turning point for our runt of a company. Man, I will never forget how insane that whole experience was. I thought Marcus was going to need therapy after everything went live. Tears were actually shed. Ha!

Another few surprisingly fast sellouts were the accessory sets. We've received a number of requests for Axis Joints in particular to be restocked. As of this writing, an additional order has been placed for the silver, glow and black metallic Axis Joint Sets, with an expected delivery date of mid to late March. Hopefully this restock will come in handy for those that missed the initial round. We have also been thinking about possibly running Hades MK III again, also in response to some of you missing out on Sunday night. Please let us know what you think about this possibility if you get a chance, down in the comments section.

Our next wave is planned to pop up at the end of March, and will feature a small assortment of figures, some of which will have detail lines and extra paint applications. If things line up right, the "Alt" months will be the place to find experimental figures that offer something unique, serving as a compliment to our larger releases.

Speaking of larger releases, late April is the target date for our next big round. There will be Blocks and maybe some Wedges and Switch Pins as well. After all, Glyaxia Command wouldn't want it any other way.

Thank you once again for keeping the engine running! We owe you guys absolutely everything and we'll keep pushing to improve and evolve.

Shipping begins on Thursday!


2.23.2014

The Gamma Conflict

illustration by Nate Baertsch
Refresh the store:
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The limit of ONE ORDER WITHIN THE FIRST HOUR will remain in place. 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 allow customers to place another order. Thanks for your understanding and support!

EDIT: You may place additional orders and limits have been lifted. Thank you!

Also note that past releases are still available over at the Buildstation.

Huge thanks to the amazing Nate Baertsch for another exceptional illustration. You are on fire! The technique used to represent the GITD effect came out great!


On Track

We are on track for 9:30 PM tonight!

While we have been working on the store, Argen has been preparing his forces...


Ultra Corps


Arch Phaseon Enyriun

Contained build using:

-1 Phaseon
-1 Hub Set
-2 Phase Arms
-2 Gobon Blasters


Phaseon Enyriun serves as one of Argen's main officers in the growing Gendrone Rebellion. Utilizing Phase Technology, Enyriun regularly reconfigures its structure, augmenting specific abilities to better insure total mission success. The Arch Phaseon formation is the preferred mode for most long range solo operations.

Silvervor


2.22.2014

2.21.2014

2.20.2014

Mission Details


After 4 consecutive snow storms filled with some sweet plowing and shoveling, I have finally been able to complete the list for this wave!

There's a little commentary about this round after the details: 

We are confirmed for this Sunday, February 23rd at 9:30PM EST!

There will be purchasing limits on select items: 

-Argen/Buildman (2 limit per customer)

-Armorvor (4 limit per customer) 

-Travelers (3 of each style per customer)  



The Gamma Conflict

 
Hades Pheyden MK III (Black Metallic/GITD Green head w/ painted eyes, chest, hands and knees/packed with scarf, Phase Arm/Gobon Blaster w/ painted accent/extra pelvis, Sarvos head and GITD Belt) $12
Spectre Force Sarvos (GITD Green w/ painted eyes, head, chest, pelvis, hands and knees/packed with extra head) $8    
Dark Traveler Rallakris (GITD Green w/ painted eyes, removable belt and inner/outer scarves) $8
Elder Exellis -Gendrone Ultra Corps (Ultra Silver w/ painted eyes, removable belt and bonus LSA head) $8

Axis Buildman Argen MK X -Gendrone Ultra Corps (Ultra Silver w/ Black visors and White tampos -Includes new two part head and scarf) $12
Axis Buildman -Gendrone Spectre Force Warrior (GITD Green w/ Aqua visors and White tampos -Includes new two part head and scarf) $12
NOTE- Each Axis Buildman is made up of one Buildman and one Axis Joint Set.

Advanced Phaseon Enyriun -Gendrone Ultra Corps (Ultra Silver w/ Black visors and White tampos) $10
Advanced Phaseon -Gendrone Spectre Force (GITD Green w/ Aqua visors and White tampos) $10
NOTE- Each Advanced Phaseon is made up of one Phaseon and one painted Hub Set.



Neo Sincroid -Gendrone Ultra Corps (Ultra Silver w/ Black visors and White tampos) $8
Neo Sincroid -Gendrone Spectre Force (GITD Green w/ Aqua visors and White tampos) $8
 
Noboto -Gendrone Ultra Corps (Ultra Silver w/ painted eyes, bonus head and White tampos) $8 
Noboto -Gendrone Spectre Force (GITD Green w/ painted eyes, bonus head and White tampos) $8

Gobon -Gendrone Ultra Corps (Ultra Silver w/ Black visors and White tampo) $8
Gobon -Gendrone Spectre Force (GITD Green w/ Aqua visors and White tampo) $8

Armorvor -Gendrone Ultra Corps Mimic (Ultra silver w/ Black visors) $8

Crayboth -Ultra Silver $3
Crayboth -GITD Green $3



Swing Joint Set -Ultra Silver $4
Swing Joint Set -GITD Green $4

Hub Set -Ultra Silver w/ Black accent and White tampo $4
Hub Set -GITD Green w/ Aqua accent and White tampo $4
NOTE- Each Hub Set is sold in a specific Drone configuration.

Axis Joint Set -Ultra Silver $4
Axis Joint Set -GITD Green $4
Axis Joint Set -Metallic Black $4 
 
Phase Arm/Gobon Blaster Single Set -Ultra Silver w/ Black accent $2
Phase Arm/Gobon Blaster Single Set -GITD Green w/ Aqua accent $2



Core Block -Hades Traitor (Dark Gray/Black w/ Aqua accents and White tampo print) $12 

Conversion Set (consists of 2 short Rig Arms for customizing vinyl figures) -Hades Traitor (Dark Gray/Black w/ Aqua accents and White tampo print) $12 



There is one small item in this release that has been in the works for literally years (like many of our weirdo projects), and it's an all new full production two piece Argen head, shown in the top pics! The original drawing for Argen's new noggin was drafted back in 2011, and evolved over the years as Ralph, Marcus and I worked on Argen's story arc. The final design pays homage to my favorite Marvel villian, Ultron.

Speaking of Ultron, the silver PVC you see in the Argen pics was matched up with the last Ultron figure that Hasbro released a while back. Using that Ultron figure as a color guide, the particular mix that our factory proceeded to pull off came out pretty good. The resulting marbled texture looks like it's made of a trapped iridescent golden light, blended with some extremely intense swirls of vibrant silver pigment. In honor of the source material, we are calling this PVC hue Ultra Silver.

Since old Argen is sporting something new, it only made sense that Hades should receive a kick in the cosmic pants as well. Packed with a variety of extra parts, including a Phase Arm/Gobon Blaster, Hades has been run in Black Metallic, which is a first around here. He has also received some brand new paint applications, making him the most decorated production Hades to date!

We've also brought back the Block (even if it is a traitorous version)! There's been a very satisfying feeling to messing around with some fresh Blocks again. I've missed running those big vinyl assortments. Maybe we'll have to remedy that this year. Perhaps with a Glyaxia Command colored selection?

To wrap up, I wanted to dedicate this new assortment of GITD and silver PVC to the Grand Master, Mel Birnkrant. His classic OSM character, Gamma X, was the inspiration for running these specific types of plastic together, as they are the design foundation of Mel's incredible and timeless Man from the 4th Dimension! You are still the King, Mel!

Thanks for reading this belated weather beaten word scramble! More pics will pop up as we get closer to Sunday!


EDIT: The PVC has also been returned to a softer durometer, for easier building.