3.19.2017

Bit Figs Wave 5

Wave 5 of Bit Figs are available now at the Culture Pirates shop! This round takes inspiration from the classic 80s Japanese collectibles, Kinkeshi, known as M.U.S.C.L.E. here in the US. Also in store is the first series of Bit Pins, high quality soft enamel pins! Big thanks to George Gaspar for helping make them happen.

This marks the last colorway for the original production samples of Series 1 vending Bit Figs. As we move further into 2017, Bit Pheyden will continue to appear in various colors and forms, exploring and discovering new creatures within his pixelated universe...

Thank you for your continued support. Have fun!

3.18.2017

Flexing Inspiration

The next round of Bit Figs enters the ring tomorrow at 9pm EDT!

Cold Climb


Galaxxor: 005

Our friend Ben Spencer currently has a great new yellow edition of Galaxxor to check out in his Galaxxor Online Store. Be sure to also read Ben's latest installment of the continuing adventures aboard the Space Fortress Cerberus while you explore his site!


3.17.2017

3.16.2017

3.15.2017

3.10.2017

The Quallerran: Part 2

Long ago, a Quallerran starship found its way through the Zorennor Rift, unexpectedly plunging directly into the midst of an intense battle between the Delphi and a massive Voss Biovessel. Before evasive maneuvers could be taken, the Quallerran craft's control field was damaged in the crossfire, forcing a deadly crash on a small planet that would eventually come to be known as Syncros.

Of the three crew members, only one Quallerran survived the impact. Undaunted, the interstellar explorer continued on its mission, transmitting each and every new discovery through its Syncrobine Link out into space, in an effort to reach Quallerra. 

After many cycles marooned on Syncros, the lone Quallerran finally laid itself to rest deep within an unmarked cavern, reunited at last with its fallen brethren and destined to fade from existence... or so it would seem.

Time passed, and the Glyos System experienced many changes. Alien invaders continuously emerged from the unpredictable Zorennor Rift, causing great turmoil among the indigenous creatures of Glyos, forever altering the landscape of a once harsh but ordered system. Even under the protection of the benevolent Delphi, all life in Glyos seemed trapped within a state of endless conflict.

Eventually, a fragile balance was restored, which led to the growth of many powerful and advanced civilizations.

Throughout it all, the forgotten Quallerran lay buried under rock and time, until a secret expedition uncovered their still intact tomb...     

3.05.2017

Thank You!!!

Thank you for a busy week! When we run these types of mostly translucent waves, they historically have a polarizing effect within our ranks, but the addition of the special paint applications and the Pathfinder/Argenesis build seemed to balance the playing field out pretty well. The general response to the heavily painted Cytechion DX figure in particular was very positive, so we'll definitely travel down that avenue again. Crazy what not painting certain areas can do.

This round connects right into some of my biggest personal influences, thrown in the handy cosmic blender and designed to deliver a hybrid experience for those that may have grown up in the 70's/early 80's. Takara's Henshin Cyborg is the major tribute here, but Fisher Price's Adventure People (Space Series) laid the groundwork for the recent chest tampo inspiration, as well as the mystery figure from this wave that will be revealed when the packages start landing tomorrow.

The new set that all the pics were taken on was constructed out of 3 sheets of plexiglass, DAP compound mix, silicone and tons of paint. By placing the lights close behind the clear painted plexi, a spacey look came into focus. It's still really fun to work on these otherworldly environments that are made from totally terrestrial materials.

Our next wave is set for release at the very end of this month, and focuses on a project that started when I was in 7th grade. Some of you long time folks might especially like what's on deck. There will be some crossovers, and maybe a special build as well. Should be a decent mix of things to discover.

Almost all the orders placed since the launch have hit the post, with only a handful left to meet the mailman tomorrow morning. Special shout out to the always awesome Pj Bartlett for doing double packing duty last week. Pj's Paper Palace is unstoppable.

Speaking of wrapping things up, sincere thanks from the whole Onell family once again to all of you for continuing to check things out!


2.28.2017

Hyper Henshin Go!


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!

Hyper Henshin Pathfinder


Silverborg and Hyper Henshin Pathfinder


Cytechion DX


Metrastorm


Silverborg Pheyden


Hyper Henshin


The Quallerran

Across vast and forgotten galaxies, the multidimensional beings known as Quallerran have explored the mysteries of the cosmos for untold generations. Located on the ancient world "between space" called Quallerra, their origins can be traced back to a time even before the birth of the Glyos System. 

In an effort to optimally evolve their species by combining powerful alien lifeforms with their own metamorphic biology, the Quallerran sent numerous special research expeditions into the great unknown to discover such specimens. Those selected for these inherently dangerous missions accepted that they would most likely never return home.

However, the sacrifices of the brave were not in vain, as psychically charged beacons capable of telepathically transmitting critical data through time and space were developed and encoded within every Quallerran Explorer. When activated, these "Syncrobine Links" allowed for unlimited information to be relayed directly back to Quallerra, as well as a detailed record of the sender's experiences, thoughts and emotions.

It was one of these lost expeditions to a volatile young galaxy that eventually brought the Quallerran directly to the Glyos System ...


2.27.2017

2.22.2017

Clear Integration

UPDATE: A translucent trajectory is (re)set for this coming
Tuesday, February 28th at 9:30PM EST.

2.21.2017

Vipers in Boston

Quick update from MADD HQ:

Flying Vipers play show #2 this Friday in Boston. We're supporting Big D and the Kids Table as they play through their album Strictly Rude, 10 years after it's debut. Going back another 10 years, I was a high schooler rocking out to the very first Big D album, Shot by Lammi. Nowadays we're friends and even share band members... Boston is tight like that.

Portsmouth zine The Sound also just posted an article and interview on our latest, The Copper Tape. That's it below, featuring a tiny scribble I made that Matt turned into a glorious scribble.

Lots more happening in the coming months, including a couple new vinyl releases... stay tuned.

2.17.2017

Battle Tribes: Wave 5

We're a little late, but Spy Monkey Creations has some brand new savagery currently available over in their store, just in time to do battle with the latest East Coast snowstorms that have been wreaking havoc around these parts!

The Steel Warrior Cyclops Battle Tribes figure shown above looks particularly fearsome when trudging through the snow and ice covering our backyard. SMC's Jeremy has always been a massive Cyclops fan, and this specific head has some pretty deep connections for him. I remember way back when we first met, Jeremy had some great Cyclops themed custom figures floating around in his backpack, so seeing the legacy of those early days manifest in the BT Cyclops is especially awesome.

Sometimes I think it's easy for folks to forget just how personal these toy lines really are. 


2.04.2017

Bit Figs Wave 4

The new round of Bit Figs is live at the Culture Pirates shop!

For those that want to go "all in", check out the Gatekeeper Combo, a specially priced bundle featuring the entire new wave.

Have fun!

2.03.2017

The Bitkeeper

While mapping the various otherworldly planes that the last remaining Dimension Gates still had access to, Gatekeeper Viyer discovered a world unlike anything ever recorded before, even within the esoteric Gatekeeper Codex.

Upon crossing into this odd place, Viyer and his companion, Gatekeeper Varriun,  found their appearances drastically altered. Within an instant, every curve became angled and hyper defined, their very beings totally compressed and reformatted into geometric patterns. They had become captured "bits" of information, completely stored within cube-like forms.

After a prolonged exploration into this incredible "Bit World", it was decided that Gatekeeper Varriun would remain to collect more information, while Viyer would return back home to document what, and whom, they had uncovered on their expedition.

Varriun remains to this day, a Bitkeeper beyond the Gate.

New release coming to the Culture Pirates shop this Saturday, February 4th at 9pm ET!

2.01.2017

Outpost Odesskar

With bold yet tempered authority, Commander Nillin sternly oversees the rigorous operation of Outpost Odesskar. 

Assigned to monitor and secure all activity within the dimension bending Vector Triangle, the majority of Outpost Odesskar's personnel are selected specifically for their rare ability to function normally within the Vector Triangle itself. 

Those not possessing this special immunity inevitably begin experiencing strange hallucinations when they enter the Vector, haunted by the overwhelming feeling that they are slowly being pulled into an alternate reality beyond all comprehension.

This so-called "Vector Effect" seems to have no noticeable influence over either Travelers or Sincroids.


1.26.2017

Galaxxor: 002

The notorious Vinyl Pirate of the Windy City, Ben Spencer, reopens the cosmic spaceways to the Lazarus Sector with a brand new edition of Galaxxor, available right now over in the Galaxxor Online Store.

The color combination on this figure came out looking extra sharp, and truly delivers a great realization of Ben's unique eye for color. My personal favorite to date (and CC's as well)!

1.22.2017

Thank You!!!

2017 really hit the ground running thanks to all of you! Between the positive turnout and smooth operation of the new Shopify store, the night of the release had a balanced rhythm that was very welcome, especially after all the twists that surfaced over the last year. Packages started hitting the post yesterday and all the orders should be completely out the door by tomorrow afternoon.

We are very thankful for an energizing start to the year. Our gratitude to each one of you is real, and it echoes throughout every choice we make with this project called Glyos. A project that is inextricably linked to our everyday lives over here. We're clear eyed and absolutely present in the understanding that your shared interest keeps this weathered (but not detail lined) mothership going.

Personally speaking, I know that the unorthodox methods we sometimes put into effect don't always resonate across the collective, but without subtle shifts in the order of things, we would never have survived an extremely challenging -and ever changing- collector's market for nearly a decade.

Each year of production represents a chapter in the evolution of what we've all worked on together, and the current year will be no exception. My hope is that over time, when we look back at the entirety of the line, we'll see something that continues to ignite that creative spark within each of us.

Heartfelt and genuine thanks goes out from the whole Onell family. We're super excited to share in this 10th anniversary year with you!


1.17.2017

Into the Vector

The new store 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!

A Little Bump

We are nudging the launch to 10PM EST, so we can finalize a few things with the new store. 

Thank you for your patience!

 

Glyan Tracker Commando

Specially trained in the the esoteric discipline of Dimensional Relativity and biologically augmented to operate at a Traveler's pace, the Glyans selected for duty within the Tracker Unit are some of the rarest soldiers in all of Glyaxia Command. 

Though they represent the very best of the Glyan Forces, Tracker is secretly wary of his new partners, harboring suspicion about their true mission objectives.


Neo Tracker Unit

Tasked by Glyaxia Command with the investigation of a mysterious disturbance near Outpost Odesskar, Tracker journeys with two specialized Glyan Commandos to the remote destination, located just inside the classified "Vector Triangle"...


1.12.2017

Vanishing Point

Tracking for Tuesday, 1/17/17, 9:30 PM EST.

12.30.2016

Flying Vipers - The Copper Tape



New sounds from the Flying Vipers! Instrumental dub in the classic Jamaican style, produced using the latest in cassette recording technology.

The artwork was once again delivered by Dark Santa, aka the Beard Lord or simply, Matt. Thanks Brojack!

This follows up last year's tape, with a heavier focus on drum & bass. And lots more trippy, drippy effects.

And more cowbell.

Bonus: One of these tunes is ripped from an old Sega game circa '92. The box art featured a painting by Clyde Caldwell... first to name that cartridge wins a free download!

Enjoy!