6.26.2016

Spaced Out Design: Rule of the Raptinok

The great Pj Bartlett of Spaced Out Design has conjured up some all new 3D printed creations that are set to invade his rapidly growing figure line tonight, June 26th, at 9PM EDT.

It's hard not to love the bio-mechanical, bipedal "Raptinok" shown above, especially when it's been printed in GITD material! Pj continues to push his own boundaries with the execution of this original character, which sports over 18 interchangeable parts in its 100% 3D printed construction. There's more in store than just the Raptinok tonight, with a selection of surprise figures also waiting in the shadows of the Velgeris, yet to be revealed.

I've been lucky to have watched the development of Pj's latest characters while at the shop, and have seen some serious time and effort go into refining all of his new designs. The variety of his personal influences and interests continue to inspire extremely unpredictable and exciting work.

Adding a double dose of excitement to this new limited release is a special set of Spaced Out Design themed comic pages rendered by none other than the creator of Banimon, Boris Savic! By illustrating the beginning of Pj's ongoing story, Boris shares yet another of his many talents by drafting the art completely old school style, with straight ink and markers. I hope we see more from this collaboration very soon. 

Yet another inspiring exhibition of skills by Pj and Boris!

What a month!


6.24.2016

Beyond the Black Nebula Part 3


As I produced various sketches of the Knight of Darkness and his proposed "troopers" for Project X in late 2012 and into 2013, I started to realize that the core design principles of the original vintage figure had a lot in common with our very own Space Traveler Pheyden. That sneaky domed would-be conqueror from the 70's had actually left an indelible subconscious impression on my tiny brain! It seemed that I had inadvertently discovered Pheyden's long lost cosmic grandpa through the act of drawing oddball pictures.

Strange skull-like swept angled helmet? Check.  Simplified segmented chest? Check. Skinny arms and legs? Check. Asymmetrical weirdo belt? Check. That last one really jumped out at me. All that time playing with the original Knight of Darkness had definitely affected my creative choices when I was developing old Pheyden, I had just never really put it all together until I seriously analyzed the basic aesthetics of both designs next to each other. 

In many ways, the concept of Toyfinity is truly best proven by the very projects that it undertakes. The Knight of Darkness/Pheyden connection may never have been made if we hadn't collectively decided to bring the original S.T.A.R. Team back from deep space. Being able to collaborate, design and develop with John and the Toyfinity team has allowed us to open up all new dimensions, even without Traveler powers.

Or weirdo asymmetrical belts.


Beyond the Black Nebula Part 2

When I first received the Knight of Darkness "doll" from my folks back in the late 70's, I was really taken by the strange and blunted "Vader-like" look of the helmet, as well as the silver and black color combination. Because I was also obsessed with Stormtroopers at the time, I thought the Knight also looked like some kind of elite version of the Empire's prime military force. Naturally, I expected to see other S.T.A.R. Team antagonists like the Knight show up at the toy store, filling out the "bad guy" ranks like Star Wars was starting to do. Each time my family traveled to The Maine Mall I was on the lookout for new S.T.A.R. Team recruits, but nothing ever materialized beyond the Knight and a few Zem 21 figures. This actually bugged me more than it ever should have, especially since legitimate Star Wars figures were starting to invade the shelves. The Knight of Darkness needed his own troopers to command!

I kept my original Knight of Darkness for many years, losing various pieces of its body as time rolled on. Eventually all that remained was the poor guy's head, battered and scraped from years of service. The Knight's noggin one day ended up on my work desk, while I had some cruddy enamel model paint opened up (80's kids know the kind). I thought back to my desire of seeing a trooper versions of the Knight and I applied some of that nasty enamel paint (a red color) to its worn out dome. Needless to say, the paint refused to dry, but for a small window I was able to sneak a glimpse of what might have been.

Fast forward to nearly 4 years ago, around the time I started to develop new S.T.A.R. Team (Project X) concepts with Toyfinity's John Kent (who now held the licenses for some of my most beloved Ideal toy lines including S.T.A.R. Team) and our long time collaborator Ralph Niese. During those extensive work sessions, we discussed how we could bring back the Knight of Darkness and give him an army of armored soldiers. The old "trooper" concept then resurfaced from my youth, and things began to fall into focus for the Knight's resurrection.

More to explore in Part 3!


6.22.2016

Beyond the Black Nebula

Our creative crossover partners at Toyfinity have something special cooking for release in their store this Friday, June 24th at 9PM EDT.

Accompanying Toyfinity's new crimson "Hunter" Neo Zeroid release will be the first edition of the collaboratively produced Darkness Soldier! Based on the original S.T.A.R. Team Knight of Darkness design that was brought to market back in 1977 by Ideal to capitalize on the Star Wars craze, the Darkness Soldier concept has been percolating behind the scenes for quite some time.

We'll pop up a couple posts here on the blog about the development of the Darkness Soldier as we lead up to Toyfinity's launch this Friday night!

6.17.2016

Kabuto Mushi MK II: Wave 15

Marty "Prince'" Hansen has prepared a very special wave of Kabuto Mushi MK II figures for sale tonight, JUNE 17th, at 8PM CST.

If you have known Marty for any significant amount of time, you would know how much he likes the late musical genius, Prince. I remember that one of our first conversations many years ago involved how much inspiration Marty found in the music and style of Prince. It makes perfect sense that a wildly creative, provocative and sometimes controversial artist would resonate with the Godbeast.

For tonight's release, Marty has paid homage to "The Purple One" with a pair of figures that celebrate the incredible career of another extraordinary musician that was taken too soon.

Along with the two Prince tributes, Marty will also have a very cool super deluxe "Buzzer" Mushi available, which draws from the great Masters of the Universe classic figure line. Rounding out the selection comes the "Hopper" Mushi, featuring a color combo lined right up with our fairly recent Keytrius figures.

All in all, a very personal and extremely cool new assortment.

Wave 15, Marty! That's a hell of an achievement in these hyper competitive and unpredictable days of collecting!


6.16.2016

Jade Titan Skeleton

Our great and long time friends over at October Toys have an excellent all new clear hue of their fiendish Titan Skeleton available right now in their store! The color in hand is pretty close to our old Voss PVC, and really gives the Titan a "lost civilizations" vibe. I can imagine an ancient throne room filled with the crystal bones of faded masters, buried deep within the caverns of some long forgotten continent.

Or something like that.

Great color choice, George! Love these guys in clear hues!

6.11.2016

Thank You!!!

Thank you for making Wave 56 a fun one! The store held up without any major glitches, and the supply numbers seemed to match up pretty well with what folks were after. The Special Edition OSM Orbitron moved at a steady clip, and it was great to see that you guys were excited about the OSM returning after their extended break.

The significance of seeing an OSM mold run again is something that's hard to adequately describe knowing all the assorted details behind the modern line, but I'm extremely grateful to Mel, Gary and the 4H for working together with us to make it happen. I absolutely love the OSM, and owe much of my original inspiration to produce action figures to the extraordinary Mel Birnkrant, whose artistic vision has been affecting my creativity in only the most positive ways since I received a mysterious Colorforms set called "Space Warriors" back in the late 70's. I still look at the image on that box and feel excited to create and play, even after all this time. Expect to see some more Special Edition OSM as 2016 rolls along.

It's hard to believe that we're just over a month away from our 9th anniversary of running this ship. I know that we don't always present things exactly the way that the more mainstream companies do, and that our style is a bit eccentric at times, but it's the curves in the long road that make the drive a little more interesting. We don't ever take anything for granted around here, and we're fully aware that nothing is a guarantee, especially as the hardcore collecting community continues to shrink and the cybernetic society that connects the world takes an even greater hold on all our lives and interests.

No matter what the future holds, our clan is eternally thankful to be allowed to continue this adventure with each of you. 

 

6.06.2016

Chariot's Keep Part 1

Arriving just in time to provide a little extra treat for the night, we have an all new comic to share with you from our long time creative brother, the one and only Ralph Niese!

Serving as the first part of an unfolding story, Chariot's Keep drops us into the latest series of strange experiments being carried out by the elusive Gatekeeper Viyer and his powerful creations aboard the Edgeliner Marezioc. Will Viyer unlock the mysteries of the Atarikoth Comet? Not if his old friend Exile Deniken has anything to say about it!

Massive thanks to Ralph for visiting the Glyos System once again with us to spin a few more yarns.


Chariot's Keep

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Armorvor Cosmic Wave


Exile Deniken


Viyer's Command


Marezioc Duo


6.01.2016

Introspection 5

UPDATE (Release bumped to Monday): Exile Deniken leads a new assortment that will be arriving this Monday, June 6th at 9:30PM EDT over in our store. We're hustling to wrap up a couple surprises for this wave that might make a few of you old-timers happy.

Lots of moving parts had to fall into place for this round to finally come to fruition, so we're extra psyched to share the results with you.

More pics are on deck!


5.27.2016

5.25.2016

Galaxxor Emerges!

Something special is set to emerge from the far reaches of deep space tonight, May 25th at 8PM CDT, as Ben Spencer's mighty Galaxxor finally materializes in production rotocast vinyl form!

Fully compatible with all previous Glyos vinyl releases, Galaxxor is an awesome addition to the Glyos family, and a long time in the making.

Huge congratulations to our friend Ben, who has guided his character through many phases on its way to tonight's historic release. Big props as well to Marty "The Godbeast" Hansen for his role in bringing Galaxxor to life over the years, as Ben and Marty worked very closely on the now classic series of excellent Galaxxor resin editions that really set the stage for this new frontier.

Good luck tonight, Ben!


5.18.2016

5.07.2016

Bio-Masters Rising

The fantastic illustration shown above was created by Pat Bussey, the man behind the awesome Bio-Masters range of resin figures.

Over the past few years Pat has been working under the guidance of the one and only Marty "The Godbeast" Hansen to bring his concepts and drawings to life, releasing small runs of completely hand cast resin Glyos compatible Bio-Masters figures. By combining their abilities, Pat's original designs were brought into reality through Marty's excellent sculpting, resulting in an awesome and refreshing new property pulled directly from a 1980's bio-mechanical fever dream.

We've been working with Pat and Marty behind the scenes to bring the Bio-Masters line into full production for 2016, so keep your eyes open and your brain cells primed to explore another strange universe filled with tentacled monsters and creepy mutants galore!

Thank you for the killer drawing, Pat!

5.06.2016

Zullbeast Demonicore

The Zullbeast has returned once again to terrorize your shelves and is available right now over in Mike MZ's store. Produced in a striking red rotocast vinyl,  Zullbeast Demonicore makes an especially good nemesis for Spy Monkey Creations all new Battle Tribes line!

Another great one, Mike!

5.03.2016

Thank You!!!

Thank you for a wild Friday night! The store took a beating, but we all managed to survive the rough journey back to Planet Esedeth. PayPal definitely had better lines of communication for this round, but their interface still dragged as we prepared to open the new store, causing a delay in the release, so there is absolutely more tweaking to do.

Things moved at a brisk pace, and we saw some new faces pop up throughout the launch. Outside of the bumpy start, it was a good one! Just about every order has been packed and dropped at the post as of this writing.

Looking at our upcoming assortments, we are on track for the very end of May, possibly even the first week of June depending on the progress of a few complex production pieces that are in the new mix. Expect to see the last production editions of the Protoclone head sculpt in the next wave, as the Noboto mold will be undergoing some small but significant "transformations" in the coming months.

We hope you are enjoying the assortments of 2016 so far, and we'll keep pushing to keep things exciting!

Thank you once again from the whole family!


4.29.2016

Mobilized!!!

The new store is live!

UPDATE: Hey guys- we are seeing incredibly high traffic tonight and apologize for the heavy load times. Everything seems to be working ok now- refresh again if necessary and please have extra patience with the site/blog/PayPal and hopefully there will be no major hiccups. Thank you!

Please place only ONE ORDER WITHIN THE FIRST HOUR TONIGHT, and be sure your Paypal cart is empty before you begin. Please note all Glyarmor sets are limited to TWO PER ORDER. We will lift all limits after the first hour. Thanks for your cooperation. Have Fun!

Dark Watcher

The ever impressive Ralph Niese brings the Varteryx to fearsome life with an awesome new illustration, just in time for tonight's release! This is definitely one angry bird!

Thank you Ralph! We love it!


Armorvor Zarmydian Scavenger


4.28.2016

Double Trouble

We are moving the new release to tomorrow night (Friday), April 29th at 9:30PM EDT.

PayPal just informed us that they are running some site maintenance and activating new updates/fixes tonight. Our apologies for the last minute shift of plans, but we aren't taking any chances with those guys while they mess around with their system. At least they let us know this time, which most likely saved all of us from a large helping of straight pain.

On the bright side, we can share more new builds with the extra day at our disposal.

Thank you for your patience!

Also, the third PVC color for this round is Crayhunter redorange (which is also one of the main paint accent colors on both the first Esedeth wave and this new one). This hue has really become an all time favorite around here and looks pretty good with almost any color combo, particularly black and warm gray.

More on that later.


Variable Reflex Driver: Treadbuster


4.25.2016

Return to Esedeth

UPDATE: Mobilizing this Friday, April 29th, at 9:30PM EDT.  New reverse recruits will be ready to deploy, supported by returning EMP Soldiers from our first visit to Esedeth back in January.

More pics, builds and information will pop up here as we march towards the release!


4.20.2016

4.15.2016

Kabuto Mushi MK II: Wave 14

Marty "Fortin'" Hansen has a new wave of Kabuto Mushi MK II figures poised and ready to invade your collections tonight, April 15th, at 8PM CST.

The color selections for this assortment feature some PVC colors that date way back to our early days. By combining the different hues found on each Mushi, you'll be able to form Rothan, Halos, Gatekeeper, Gatekeeper Reverse and half the Crayhunter (redorange) versions of the classic Mushi design. Marty swapped the parts around for the final selections and the results are looking good! The pricing is also set up with the builder in mind, landing at only $11 USD. This is a great time to check out the formidable customizing potential hidden inside the Kabuto Mushi MK II design.

Another very cool addition to tonight's sale is the latest Titan Mushi, with a full on Micronauts inspired color combination that should have old school toy fans smiling. The tight paint applications layered over the juicy rotocast orange vinyl turned out awesome. As a huge Micronauts fan, I find these crazy colors hard to resist.

Good luck tonight, Marty! Thank you for keeping us old timer toy fans in mind on this launch!

4.08.2016

Battle Tribes!!!

Jeremy, Brian and Matt over at Spy Monkey Creations are set to release their incredible new fully Glyos compatible fantasy line, Battle Tribes, tonight, April 8th at 9PM EDT in their store.

Watching this line come together behind the scenes has been a true blast, and being able to explore the more savage worlds of sword and sorcery while customizing is mega exciting. I think we've all been waiting for a barbaric expansion like this! SMC has something really special brewing with Battle Tribes, and their plans for the line are already looking bananas.

We think you guys are going to have a ton of fun collecting Battle Tribes as 2016 opens up and more figures start to get out there. These little savages are extremely solid pocket survivors and take to customizing across the range of Glyos compatible lines incredibly well.  

Huge congratulations to our good friends at Spy Monkey Creations on the debut of Battle Tribes! We love this new realm!!!


4.04.2016

Thank You!!!

Huge thanks to everyone who checked out last Thursday night's launch! We've been working hard behind the scenes over here on a few adjustments to our system (tech and stock), and the results seem to have worked out positively. Orders have been shipping out since Friday and continue to hit the post.

After the PayPal issues in February, we were all a little jumpy going into the recent wave, even with PayPal's word that everything would operate without any issues. We were particularly anxious because we had increased the production numbers on the Rift Pioneers wave, so another burnout would have really banged us up. Thankfully, all the back end fail-safes held in place, and coupled with an increased stock to meet the higher traffic, we saw smooth sailing throughout the night. Just about everybody was able to grab what they were after, with just a few exceptions.

In general, we try to set the majority of the years releases up to follow a subtle general theme. For example, 2014 brought a lot of older factions and characters back into the mix , while 2015 mainly followed Argen and the Gendrones and their trials and tribulations, featuring lots of metallic PVC along the way. With this thematic approach in mind, 2016 has been designed to explore more unorthodox choices, drawing from our early years of unique and odd colors mixed in with a healthy shot of Real Type action. Some of the launches will have a lot of story content, while others will be more of a visual presentation with less elaboration on character specifics. Though some of the choices may seem bizarre as the year moves on, the connections should become clearer as we get closer to 2017. We really want you to feel like you're getting something extra special with these new waves.

The colors for this round were selected as a direct follow up to the February assortment, pushing further into the strange sci-fi vibes that the special effects PVC and paint can bring out. The metallic pearlescent green used on the new Varteryx Keytrius figure is a personal favorite (I love green), and the Neo Nonillia sparkle hasn't left the desk since the samples first rolled in (it was also the leader of the pack during the sale). Of course, the muted Type Zero is the one that's been in my pocket the most, configured in a half armored Pheyden form. The Exiles added to their ranks with a color combination that pays tribute to a brick-born alien assault. Can you guess the homage?

Our goal, more than ever, is to keep things interesting and fun, and some of these oddball moves and production runs are our path to staying excited and alive after all these years in production. New projects of various sizes are on the horizon, and a couple of them are definitely not what you might expect. Our partner Glyos makers have also been very busy, and have incredible new worlds to show you.

Special thanks go out to Megan and Pj for their powerhouse packing powers. The orders get out the door faster only because of their teamwork. Michelle, Marcus and I are beyond lucky to have those two backing us up.
 
Also, big thanks to my mentor Ron Daley, who shared his never ending creativity in assisting with building the background that the pics were all taken on. More details on that project coming up this week.

We're ready to share even more with you this year, and our family is forever grateful for the chance to do so. Thank you for continuing to explore with us.

3.31.2016

Rift Pioneers


The new store is live!


Please place only ONE ORDER WITHIN THE FIRST HOUR TONIGHT, and be sure your Paypal cart is empty before you begin. Please note all Glyarmor sets are limited to ONE PER ORDER. We will lift all limits after the first hour. Thanks for your cooperation. Have Fun!


Armorvor Neo Nonillia Mimic