5.21.2015

Bit Figs: Frameworks




5.18.2015

Waterwood 3


5.17.2015

Waterwood 2


5.15.2015

Waterwood


Snake Point

A little slithering going on at the Point.


5.11.2015

Turtle Log

While Matt was out exploring his hometown scenery, I was... out exploring my hometown scenery. Benson's Park in Hudson, NH was once "the strangest farm on earth"- a mini zoo and amusement park rolled into one, before it was shutdown and abandoned in 1987. Over 20 years later, the park was reopened and beautifully restored. And for serendipity's sake, check out the 2nd photo above... I too found some turtle friends. 21 to be exact!

5.10.2015

Turtle Point

Every so often I get a chance to hike around my old childhood stomping grounds on the other side of town. The pics shown above were taken in an area I called Turtle Point when I was young, as you were almost guaranteed to see a turtle if you looked into its murky marshes for a spell.

5.06.2015

Thank You!!!

Thank you for the great response to Monday night's mini wave! This being a smaller round, we tried to adjust the numbers a bit so that folks would be able to pick up what they wanted without too much trouble. As always, we'll keep pushing to improve the experience of checking out the new stuff when it pops up. 

As we approach our 8th anniversary this July, I keep thinking about how incredibly lucky we are to continue operating, and the genuine life force that all of you have given to this small thing we call Glyos. I could put up a thank you post a dozen times a day for the rest of my life and it wouldn't come close to conveying how deeply our entire family appreciates what your collective support keeps alive.

Over the years the landscape of independent manufacturing has changed dramatically, with design trends and delivery methods shifting at a rapid rate. These days it seems bananas to think about funding a new project without a stacked Kickstarter, a social media blitz, and some serious financial commitment from supporters and makers alike. I've seen the pros and cons debated on both sides, but when you take a look at the current state of collecting, the KS  "preorder" structure may well prove to be the only viable way for a new project to ever see the light of day for many companies and individuals.

I bring this stuff up because I want to share a little bit about why we roll things out the way we do. For the most part, I believe our system of "releases" or "drops" keeps things moving at an exciting clip, and still holds a bit of mystery in regards to what will appear, especially in a presale universe that basically eliminates the experience of discovering even the simplest of surprises. Our way is far from an exact science, and absolutely has its downsides, so we are constantly tweaking things behind the scenes to help improve our performance. But what is the right balance? When is something too abundant and something else too scarce? Do folks like to receive their goods within a week of ordering from a stocked launch? Or is waiting months to possibly even a year after a crowdfunding campaign ends acceptable to guarantee a certain item? The answers literally shift with each collector's personal philosophy. 

We'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter.

Thank you once again for keeping the doors on this bus, and for navigating another oddball mind maze of words!


5.04.2015

Code of the Slayers

The new store is LIVE!

Please place only ONE ORDER WITHIN THE FIRST HOUR tonight. We usually see an increased volume of traffic during a new release and need everyone's cooperation to ensure things operate smoothly. After the initial dust settles, we will lift all limits. Thanks for your understanding and support. Have fun!

5.03.2015

Mini Mission Details

Everything is in the barn and ready to go for our early May Mini Wave!

A special point of interest for this round is the debut of a new "Gunmetal" silver PVC that features a deep metallic finish and looks pretty unique in hand. The Skeleden, Neo Granthan Armorvor and Crayboth molds each get to test the waters of this new metallic mix, with a secondary color of PMS 185C red and metallic gold accents across the three figures.

Neo Phase clear green makes its return in a special two tone color combination, sporting a clear dark teal Traveler body under the clear neon green Skeleden Armor.

Mordireus neon pink also comes back from the void in the form of an eye searing Skeleden Mutation!

There will be a couple surprises tomorrow night as well!


Code of the Slayers


Dungeon Traveler Skeleden -Slayer Mutation (Red/Gunmetal Silver w/ painted eyes, Red Skeleden head/ armor/ upper arms/ thighs/ axe and Gunmetal Silver Traveler base body/ upper arms/ thighs/ Pheyden head) $12
Dungeon Traveler Skeleden -Neo Phase Mutation (Clear Neon Green/Clear Dark Teal w/ painted eyes, Clear Neon Green Skeleden head/ armor/ upper arms/ thighs/ axe and Clear Dark Teal Traveler base body/ upper arms/ thighs/ Pheyden head) $12
Dungeon Traveler Skeleden -Mordireus Mutation (Clear Neon Pink w/ painted eyes, Clear Neon Pink Skeleden head/ armor/ upper arms/ thighs/ axe and Clear Neon Pink Traveler base body/ upper arms/ thighs/ Pheyden head) $12

Armorvor  -Neo Granthan Slayer (Gunmetal Silver/Red Paint with Metallic Gold visors and bonus head/ backpack) $10 -Features Neo Granthan head

Crayboth -Slayer $4  


As previously mentioned, the store will also see a restock of the Ultra Bronze accessories. In addition to the above selection, we'll also be restocking Clear Colorless Axis Joint Sets, Clear Colorless Phase Arm Sets and Clear Colorless Skeleden Armor Sets for the launch.

Thanks for checking out the list!

5.01.2015

Double Phase

We are still on track to roll out a small selection of figures this coming Monday, May 4th, at 9:30PM EDT. Full details on the mini wave will pop up over the weekend.

Along with the new hues the store will also be restocked with the Ultra Bronze accessories (Axis Joint, Swing Joint, Hub and Phase Arm Sets), to reinforce the Sendollest Guard!

On a side note, it's good to see some grass around here again!

4.29.2015

The Chicago Whirlwind

The trip out to C2E2 was a lot of fun, and it was great to spend some time meeting up with friends, both old and new. The combination of going to C2E2 and then attending the Chicago Toy Show in Kane County made for a wicked double header of plastic insanity! In all my years of collecting and checking out shows, I've never seen anything quite like the Chicago Toy Show. If you ever get the chance to go, do not hesitate.

Above are a few of the spoils from the breakneck table exploration. Make sure to check out Phil Reed's great Battlegrip post about the classic LJN Official AD&D toy line for multiple resources on one of the best series from the early 1980's!

Enormous thanks once again to all of the Chicago crew for their true hospitality, it really made the short time in the Windy City something to remember.

4.24.2015

C2E2 2015

This Saturday I will be checking out C2E2 in Chicago, spending some time at the Nerd City booth (#760) and hopefully getting to meet some of you guys in person. I've been out to Chicago a few times over the years, but never to C2E2.

Huge thanks go out to Ben Spencer and the Nerd City crew for letting us use their table as a home base at the show, and to Marty "Stuffed Crust" Hansen for pushing me to leave my cave and visit the Deep Dish capitol of the world again.

I'll have a small assortment of figures available at the Nerd City booth from our upcoming small May release, which is tentatively scheduled for May 4th at 9:30PM EDT.

See you soon, Chicago!


4.20.2015

Deconstructed

Thank you to everyone who sent in their emails over the weekend. We now have a solid idea of what to add to the reorder of the recent Stryker Lock release, as well as a general sense of who's truly interested in Stryker Lock for future runs. The information has since been relayed to Mori and he is excited to roll out another round for all those that missed out. We're probably looking at a mid June return of the white version to the store.

Thanks again for taking part in this little experiment! We'll keep you updated as things roll along.

4.17.2015

Thank You!!!

Tremendous thanks from both Mori and all of us here at Onell for the strong response to the first domestic Stryker Lock release.  It definitely turned out to be another intense run on our system, with an unfortunate shortage of supply versus the actual demand. Since the manufacturing process for Japanese soft vinyl is a much more laborious affair than Chinese rotocasting, the initial production run was based on how our previous RealxHead crossover releases had sold in the past. This number was then increased in anticipation of potential new interest in the RealxHead brand by folks who may have just discovered the magic of RealxHead. Clearly, the production numbers should have been even higher than what Mori and I had planned for, but walking the line between too much and too little is an increasingly difficult tightrope to navigate.

So, we are going to attempt something a little different with Stryker Lock. If you are interested in another chance at the white with black rub edition that we just offered on Wednesday night, please send an email to us at: info@onelldesign.com

Just let us know which style you prefer (or both) and if you would like multiples. Please include your name in the message and write Stryker Lock in the subject title. We will then see if we can adjust the rerun edition to cover everything that's requested and determine what the true demand actually is.

Mori and I consider the white version sort of the "Standard" color type, and Mori has already run two larger rounds over the last few months in Japan (our domestic run is actually the third production run of the white type). The new (4th) run will be virtually identical to the previous 3 editions, with some possible minor variations to the paint rub (Mori and the legendary Goto San apply everything by hand).

I'm not 100% positive that this will work seamlessly, but we are willing to try a different approach to get this new series out to all of you who dig it. Mori and I sincerely want anyone who'd like to check out Stryker Lock to have the chance to do so. The core concept behind this project is to supply a hybrid series that combines our two worlds into one that's easily accessible at a solid price, wherever you reside.

Thanks again for sticking with us as we adjust the dials over here! Together, I think we can tighten the system and most importantly, keep things positive and fun.


4.15.2015

Lock On!

The new store is live!

The response on Stryker Lock has been absolutely intense, and we will be placing another order with Mori for a second edition of these two figures this week. We understand that the stock was burned through extremely fast, but please be patient as we adjust to meet demand. This is the very first domestic run of this series, and the numbers were already four times higher than anything we have previously run with RealxHead. Please leave your feedback here on the blog and we will collect all the information to relay to Mori.

Thank you for the positive response to this new project.

Craylision


4.13.2015

Stryker Lock

A crossover project that Mori and I have been discussing behind the scenes since back in 2011, Stryker Lock has finally come to fruition, with the first edition rolling out in Japan last month.

Stryker Lock was designed to continue merging the aesthetics of RealxHead and Onell Design, with a compact structure comprising of 11 separate parts and 10 points of articulation, packed into 4 inches of Japanese produced soft vinyl. These figures are meant to travel across our combined story arcs without limits, whether as mutant hunters, titanic watchers from beyond or simply armored warriors surviving within The Zone.

We are excited to announce that the first domestic edition will be popping up in the store this Wednesday, April 15th, at 9:30PM EDT.

There will be two types available:

Stryker Mohawk -White Soft Vinyl w/ Black paint rub and Metallic Blue Visor $30 USD
Made in Japan by RealxHead

Stryker Crossborg -White Soft Vinyl w/ Black paint rub and Metallic Blue Visor $30 USD
Made in Japan by RealxHead 

As far as compatibility goes, due to its smaller stature Stryker Lock possesses a uniquely sized fit function system, with the head, lower arms and lower legs designed to be easily swappable with future Stryker Lock releases. We did add a few cross compatible features, the biggest one (even though it's very small) being a right hand that can firmly hold a Glyos peg (Glyos Grip!). This means that you can build a variety of blasters and assorted phase hardware from your existing Glyos parts to give your figure some additional firepower.

Mori's mastery of soft vinyl production was in full effect throughout this project, as he solved a number of challenging puzzles to get everything to work just right. The smaller scale and multiple part construction feels tight yet robust in hand, and the sculpting truly captures our original concept and design principles. The master of RealxHead, as always, put on a clinic.

Thank you Sensei! 

More pics and information on the development of Stryker Lock will go up later today.

RHND.


4.03.2015

Thank You!!!

What a whirlwind! The turnout for the Tuesday night release was intense, with some heavy traffic flowing through the store. Thank you for the solid response to the new round of stuff!

Along with the hustle on the site, there was also some old school activity on the blog over the last few days, with both positive and negative feedback being shared. Though a few comments were pretty charged up, the open lines of communication between all of us are always 100% encouraged and respected, even if sometimes things get a little bit bananas. We are dedicated to making you happy, but for some of you that might not happen until after you give our system a chance. For everyone new to our end of the pond, we're truly interested to hear what you think.

Over the next month, we'll be focusing on a couple projects that are in various stages of progress, a major one being a crossover with the incomparable Mori Katsura, the creative genius behind Real X Head Japan. Mori and I have been working away on a new "series blending" concept we call Stryker Lock. Starting next week we'll be posting about the details behind Stryker Lock including when we'll be releasing the first domestic wave of these new figures. They travel great in the pocket and make for some fun scale warping characters, depending on what world you decide to have them visit.

Wrapping up, our team has been steadily working away since Tuesday night, concentrating on processing and packing all the orders. After we hit the post office tomorrow morning,  just about everything should be shipped out. Major props to Michelle for her Rain Man-like invoicing abilities and the Megan/ Pj/ Marcus shipping juggernaut! I would be in a van down by the river without them.

Marcus has also once again brought his mutant pixel mixing abilities to the table, producing the new animation you see above! From the looks of it, Elder Exellis may have acted too late, as a Rebellion slowly rises to become an Empire.

Thank you from the whole family for making this such an exciting release! As always, Glyos owes its continued existence to each and every one of you.


3.31.2015

The Sendollest Drifts

The Store is LIVE!


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!


Sendollest Mutation

We are still on track for tonight at 9:30 PM EDT!


3.29.2015

Mission Details

After a few delays with some overseas shipping, everything is finally in place for the new assortment to roll out! 

This wave has a few special points of interest, a major one being our first crossover production run of Toyfinity's Maxx Zero, from their Robo Force line. Due to the combined creative development of Maxx Zero, the core figure was loaded with many hidden configurations while being prototyped by Ron and I at the shop. One particular build, the Gendrone Force Defender, was designed to eventually surface in our ongoing story arc. The idea behind this specific form centers around a lost piece of Old War technology discovered by Argen while mining the database of a prototype Buildstation located in the Sendollest Drifts for information. Argen soon puts the Gendrone Force Defender into full production, pulling it from obscurity to join the ranks of the Gendrone Rebellion. Special thanks go out to John Kent and the Toyfinity team for sharing the mechanical madness that is Robo Force with us!

The other focus for this wave is of course the metallic Ultra Bronze, which is meant to evoke an AD&D/Golden Axe/Ray Harryhausen vibe. Forged in the metallic Ultra Bronze PVC, both Skeleden and the Neo Granthan in particular are inspired by the days of playing Sega's Golden Axe while on my lunch break during the dreaded days of summer school. Hopefully this new hue adds some fun to the mix!

We are still on track for this Tuesday, March 31st at 9:30PM EDT. 
 

The Sendollest Drifts


Dungeon Traveler Skeleden -Sendollest Mutation (Ultra Bronze w/ painted eyes, Ultra Bronze Skeleden head/ armor/ upper arms/ thighs/ axe, Traveler base body/ upper arms/ thighs/ Pheyden head) $12
Dungeon Traveler Skeleden -Sentinel Mutation (Light Aqua/Dark Aqua w/ painted eyes, Light Aqua Skeleden head/ armor/ upper arms/ thighs/ axe and Dark Aqua Traveler base body/ upper arms/ thighs/ Pheyden head) $12
Dungeon Traveler Skeleden -Reverse (Maroon/ Maxx Gray w/ painted eyes, Maroon Skeleden head/ armor/ upper arms/ thighs/ axe and Maxx Gray Traveler base body/ upper arms/ thighs/ Pheyden head) $12

Elder Exellis -Sendollest Guard (Ultra Bronze w/ painted eyes, removable belt, LSA head, Dark Traveler head/ scarf/ inner scarf) $8

Axis Buildman Argen MK XV -Sendollest Guard (Ultra Bronze 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 MK IV -Sendollest Guard (Ultra Bronze w/ Aqua visors and White tampos) $10
NOTE- Each Advanced Phaseon is made up of one Phaseon and one painted Hub Set

Gendrone Force Defender -Sendollest Guard (Ultra Bronze w/ Aqua/ Dark Aqua accents and White tampo) $16
(Special Reconfigured Edition of Toyfinity's Robo Force Maxx Zero)

Neo Sincroid -Sendollest Guard (Ultra Bronze w/ Aqua visors/ White tampos and bonus Glyan head) $8

Noboto -Sendollest Guard (Ultra Bronze w/ painted eyes, White tampos and bonus Protoclone head ) $8 

Gobon -Sendollest Guard (Ultra Bronze w/ Aqua eyes and White tampo) $8

Armorvor  -Neo Granthan Sendollest Hunter (Ultra Bronze/ Dark Aqua Paint with Aqua visors and bonus head/ backpack) $10 -Features all new Neo Granthan head
Armorvor  -Neo Granthan Pyrotellica (Clear Orange/ Metallic Silver Paint with Black visors and bonus head/ backpack) $10 -Features all new Neo Granthan head
Armorvor  -Neo Granthan Dreadvalken Sentry   (Maroon/ Maxx Gray Paint with Black visors and bonus head/ backpack) $10 -Features all new Neo Granthan head

Crayboth -Sentinel MK II $4
Crayboth -XXX $4

Swing Joint Set -Ultra Bronze $4

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

Axis Joint Set -Ultra Bronze $4

Phase Arm/Gobon Blaster Single Set -Ultra Bronze w/ Aqua accent $2 

Super Crayboth -Sentinel Pod Leader (Light Aqua Vinyl/ Dark Aqua paint/ Black accents) $25

Thank you for checking out the latest round! More pics as we close in on Tuesday!