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Cross through the Edge of Space
Sunday, March 25th at 9:30 PM EDT!

Split Personality


Thank You!!!

Extra big thanks for a super release! Task Force Volkriun is one of our old school selections, so we really wanted to offer something fun for its return to action. The combination of  crossovers (thank you John and Jesse D!) allowed for some truly open ended build potential, and once again granted access to further explorations of the Variable Reflex Driver story arc. I've been wanting to build some super charged TFV green machines for years!

The Xenodeth Villser is another one that's been waiting in the wings since the original sculpt was completed, particularly in the "Morphic Creeper" configuration shown above. By swapping the "brains' and "bio-croissants" on these two new colors, you get even closer to the Giger inspired look that's a deep part of the Villser's design DNA. Those familiar with the early iterations of the Xenomorph from the classic Alien film will understand the clear cream tint choice and its significance.

Looking down the road a bit, we'll be rolling out our next wave in early April, which will wrap up the mini Real Type trilogy of releases that started in January. Expect some colors that line up well alongside both the Glyaxia Rangers and Task Force Volkriun assortments.

All orders placed up until a few hours ago have been packed, processed and shipped. Michelle and Pj were both totally in the zone as usual, keeping things from overwhelming the barn as the boxes and tape were flying around. They are absolutely the reason that the orders move out the door so quickly.  Some NewRetroWave mixes and a generous helping of Hall & Oates made up the soundtrack in the packatorium this time.

Special thanks to Ralph for delivering not one, but three beautiful illustrations. I think he could make just about anything look a thousand times cooler than it really is with that superhuman talent of his.

Thanks again for the great response to Task Force Volkriun's return. These colors are very special to us because they were first explored by the great Dave "Pappysoup" Pappas , a gifted writer, dedicated veteran and true friend. Long live Pappysoup! This one is dedicated to you!


TFV is GO!

Wave 71 is live!

Huge thanks to Ralph for the killer new art! Incredible as always!

Note: Please place only ONE ORDER WITHIN THE FIRST HOUR TONIGHT. We will lift all limits after the first hour. Thanks for your cooperation. Have Fun!

Task Force Volkriun: The Xenodeth Outbreak 3

Task Force Volkriun: The Xenodeth Outbreak 2

Task Force Volkriun: The Xenodeth Outbreak

VRD Captain Kynorrun

VRD Specialist Glyan

Vector Jump TFV Operative

Task Force Volkriun Gendrone Zereon

Task Force Volkriun Gendrone Force Defender

Task Force Volkriun Buildman Cinar

Task Force Volkriun Heavy Armored Soldier

Task Force Volkriun Commander Vulldren

Task Force Volkriun

Responding to an urgent distress signal sent from the Point Cerrek Space Station located high above Planet Esedeth, Task Force Volkriun mobilizes under the new leadership of the formidable Commander Vulldren. 

Outfitted with the latest Variable Reflex Driver technology and tactics, the battle hardened unit stands prepared for the worst. 

Reforged and sworn to never let their legion fall to ruin again, they forever honor the many brothers they lost at the Siege of Volkria. But will their collective might alone be enough to challenge the true enemy of the Glyos System?


Active Duty

Enlistment begins this Sunday, Feb. 25th at 9:30 PM EST.


Mega Merge

Over the last week, a new Glyos based crossover project we've been working on has finally surfaced online, that being Mega Merge. This collaborative effort came about thanks to our old friend, Jesse DeStasio (Knights of the Slice monarch), and his long standing relationship with toy manufacturer, Just Toys International. After many discussions and brainstorming sessions over the last year and a half, our three groups ultimately united to bring the Mega Merge brand to life.

The Onell Design end of the Glyoverse has quietly operated along the edges of an industry that focuses almost entirely on popular licensed properties. Though we are completely dedicated to creating original material, we also have a passion for the classics, and have mixed many tributes into the DNA of our releases over the years. Through teamwork with some of our great partner companies, we've even been lucky enough to work directly on a few legitimate classic property relaunches as well.

Though it's fun to visit the worlds of officially licensed characters, the general direction of Glyos around these parts remains grounded in the weirdo stories that we've been exploring for the last decade. Our new cousin, Mega Merge, on the other hand, will be focused exclusively on licensed stuff, particularly characters from video games, both old and new.

Long time Glyos builders may not immediately be into every technical design decision made with Mega Merge, as the primary directive with this new line is to capture the authentic look and feel of the licensed character first, not just to turn out a super parts-optional figure. That being said, there are actually many cool combinations that can be achieved with what's available just within the first Fallout selections, you just need to approach the building process from a different angle.

The pricing is super competitive with Mega Merge, with the initial offerings landing at only $10 USD per character. This is a major boon for the project, and a lot of work went into nailing that price point for the debut rollout.

If you dig what you've seen so far, maybe give it a shot. Some solid expansions are in the works, and if things shake out the right way, we could see some really fun vintage waves surface along with the current modern properties -and they'll all be fully Glyos compatible.

You can find the first wave for pre-order here.

Thanks for checking things out!


Bit Figs: Printables

Now available for download: Bit Figs coloring pages!

We've opened a Culture Pirates Etsy Shop, where new printable items like this will be offered.

Etsy is a community of independent creators and supporters that embrace the do-it-yourself work ethic. Back in my middle school punk rock days, DIY was our motto, and that attitude still filters through my daily life.

In addition to the coloring pages, there's also a set of Valentine's Day cards that can be downloaded and printed. Packs of Bit Figs vending series are listed as well to expand their online presence and introduce Etsy-goers to our little world.

We have more printable pages and activities in the works as we explore new markets for kids, parents, and teachers. If this is something you're interested to see more of please let us know!



Thank You!!!

Thank you for bringing in 2018 with a solid Wave 70! We had a good little mini-hiatus since the last round in late November, so it felt good to get cracking on things again.

All the new colors seemed to come in on target and delivered an array of building fodder, particularly with the Villser "Standard" hues being represented across a couple different molds. It's neat to finally be able to explore the Villser character in actual production after thinking about it for so many years. These specific color assignments had been held back for the most part until now, with the goal of one day actually running a proper Villser Standard assortment.

The Real Type Glyaxia Rangers was another concept that had been percolating for a bit, influenced in no small part by a potentially unhealthy fixation with the classic Galaxy Rangers cartoon of old. Story-wise, the Glyaxia Rangers also loop into our old Gear's Edge arc, as Gear's parents were affiliated with an early incarnation of their unit (Glyan Rangers) before things went south for Gear's family. We'll be exploring some more Real Type action in our late February/early March release as well. 

Speaking of homages, Skeleden Redborg draws direct inspiration from our friends Yasuhiro Nightow and Noriyuki Zinguzi, two of the powerhouses behind one of the coolest modern toy lines going, Assemble Borg. Their Jarkroid Volga/Walze release that came out in 2016 is one of my personal favorites from an already incredible selection of figures. So naturally, a little blending of the PVC DNA seemed in order. From Glyos to Assemble Borg, we salute you!

Another big shout out goes to the 2D deity, Ralph Niese! The dynamic illustration shown above continues to showcase his extraordinary natural abilities and signature style. We love it, Ralpho!

All packages as of this writing have hit the post. Michelle and Pj were the consummate masters of shipping as always, making sure that everything flowed smoothly. My apologies to both of them for the wicked Vangelis loop, but the barn was asking for it.

Stock is holding up well and should probably hang in there until early next week on most items, judging by the current rate of action. The Standard Villser should be available for an extended amount of time, as it was ordered with a Buildstation approach in mind.

We're looking forward to what's ahead and feel refreshed and ready to bring new projects your way. Thank you once again for getting 2018 off to a great start!


Redborg Rises

Wave 70 is live!

Note: Please place only ONE ORDER WITHIN THE FIRST HOUR TONIGHT. We will lift all limits after the first hour. Thanks for your cooperation. Have Fun!

Traveler Villden

"I join them of my own free will, for we cannot defeat them ..."
-Traveler Villden


Metamorphic Organisms

Villboto Evolver

Exile Villboto

Beam Sentry Trio

Villser Standard MK II

Sector 7

Trained within Sector 7 on the Point Cerrek Space Station located above Planet Esedeth, Glyaxia Rangers are each granted access to a highly classified dossier known as the Hades File upon graduation from the Ranger Program. It's rumored that this file contains an "Alternative History" of the Glyos System, revealing to its reader what truly lies behind the shadow of Glyaxia Command.

Commander Colturren

Glyaxia Rangers

Specially commissioned by Glyaxia Command to neutralize the criminal Redborg Syndicate and its dangerous use of outlawed alien technology near the Edge of Space, the Glyaxia Rangers make their home far beyond the civilized worlds that they are sworn to protect, bravely enforcing Metran Law in places with no trace of it.



Open Range: UPDATE

The release date has been bumped to FRIDAY (tomorrow), January 26th at 9:30 PM EST. 

Just need one more day to finalize some details, but things are looking good.



Toyfinity Attacks!

Toyfinity starts 2018 off right, with another powerful wave of reimagined classic characters from the old Ideal catalog, poised to raid your collections tonight, January 17th at 9PM EST! Details are posted over at the Toyfinity blog!

The recent Gendrone Union metallic copper also makes its return with matching Zeroid Zobor and Robo Force Maxx Zero (in Maxx Zobor form) editions (shown in their combined Super Zobor form above), opening up more build potential across the different Glyos lines.

Another big character debut for this new Toyfinity release is the official rollout of the Knight of Darkness, the original Ideal version having been a big time personal favorite of mine since its dubious entrance into the toy world back in 1977. This is a significant round on many levels!

These are a blast, John! So excited to finally see these guys happen!