12.31.2015

Never Look Back


Retribution

Alone and with no path back to the bonds of the past, the once great allies face each other within the solitude of Block Base Cerberus, determined to finally decide who shall stand and who shall fall.


12.25.2015

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us here at Onell!


12.21.2015

Titanic Intentions

Tonight marks a special milestone for our great friend and collaborator, Marty "The Godbeast" Hansen, as his very first full production rotocast vinyl figure is finally ready to invade our collections!

I've been watching the creative process of this new "Titan" Mushi unfold since back in 2011, when Marty first started working through the early stages of the Titan's development (as well the first runs of our collaborative Bio Jumpers project and the original Kabuto Mushi concepts). Initially, the sculpt was quite a bit larger than the one you see above, sporting a massive horn and a very stout body. Through a series of revisions, the dimensions started to change, resulting in a couple variations to the overall design. With each passing year, the core aspects of the Titan would alter a little bit, leading up to a heavy round of joint concept work in mid/late 2014 (some of it shown above) that resulted in a more concrete basic look.

It was around this time that Marty began sculpting his new monstrosity, spending weeks working out the details and attempting to incorporate a "folding" mechanic he came up with that would allow the Titan to transform into a quadrupedal form. Many hours were spent pushing the lines and tightening the look of the overall figure, and at DCon 2014 Marty delivered a resin cast Titan to me in person for final review.

It took nearly a year from that point for the Titan to hit the production phase, due to the wonders of timing as well as a number of technical issues that we had never faced at our factory before on a vinyl project. Marty, being a maniac, decided to disregard the specific limitations that I had given him for when he was building the Mushi, resulting in some big challenges to overcome.

There were three main no-no points that were supposed to be avoided:

-No T-Crotch.

-No hard right angles.

-No extremely small protruding design elements.

The Titan Mushi master, of course, had all three of these to the maximum degree!

It took some doing to bring everything together, but thanks to our factory engineers and an intense reworking of the Titan resin master while I was recently visiting them, we managed to make it work. I personally sculpted and sanded on that little bugger for about 30 hours inside my hotel room during the stay in Dongguan. Jesse was inhaling resin dust while he slept! Luckily, he's nearly indestructible.

To see Marty's Titan Mushi come to life after all the back and forth over the years is a really satisfying thing, and even though it was tough to pull off, I'm happy that Marty pushed the limits of what we could do in rotocast vinyl production. The resulting figure stands (or crawls) with a look all its own.

It was an honor to collaborate with Marty on his latest character, and I'm looking forward to seeing what folks do when they get their hands on this latest addition to the Glyos family.

Congratulations Marty, from the whole Onell crew!


12.17.2015

Thank You!!!

What a whirlwind! Thank you for closing out a wild year with a bang! We hope you guys had some fun.

I'll save my usual long winded pile of paragraphs for another post, and attempt to keep this entry short and sweet.

Michelle, Marc and I just want to truly say that we are more thankful than ever for getting the chance to travel through this thing we call Glyos with each one of you. Even after all these years we still have a deep passion for what we do, and we're really excited to push forward into 2016 with some new twists and turns. As always, this is only allowed to happen because of you.

Now, we're going to see Star Wars.

Packages will start hitting the post tomorrow!


12.15.2015

Enter The Glyarmor


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!

A Villser Core

As time wore on, Argen could feel the deepening effects of the Villser Virus on his being, reaching down into the very core of his programming, changing everything from within. He was becoming smarter, stronger and faster with every passing day, but a growing darkness was also taking hold. 

Following each evolution, more access to the Villser's ancient collective knowledge was granted, along with an insatiable hunger for even greater cosmic awareness. This powerful drive pushed Argen to track down and access the Sendollest Buildstation database, delving further into the secret history of the Buildman Project and the deadly abominations that were created in the name of victory against the Villser threat.

Through a series of cyber-synaptic connections, Argen learned that his original design was actually patterned after the great enemy of Glyos itself, thus revealing that the Buildman Project had been directly based on the genetic blueprint of the Villser Virus all along.

Upon discovering the truth behind his own creation, Argen finally accepted the Villser Virus that existed within.

Argen's Gendrone Empire, it seemed, was always destined to possess a Villser Core.

  

Netherworlds

Left drifting near the Edge of Space after a near fatal confrontation with Argen and the combined might of the Gendrone Ultra Corps and Spectre Force, Hades prepared to fall into the endless black of the beyond.

Just as he began to make his final journey, the beaten Traveler suddenly awoke on a strange new world, surrounded by extraordinary wildlife and a vast ocean. Hades had been teleported to the Planet Sollnoria, saved by the Varteryx for reasons that would soon become clear. 

Dawn of the Varteryx

Soon after breaking the chains of servitude to their god-like creators, the Delphi set in motion a plan to engineer a new generation of beings that might one day stand with them against the dark forces of the ever growing Glyos System.

Traveling through the records of time and space, the Delphi searched for naturally occurring lifeforms that they could help elevate to higher planes of existence, all the while being feverishly pursued by the dogged agents of their former masters.

During a mission to the distant and aqueous world of Sollnoria, the Delphi discovered an avian race of beings that inhabited one of the largest islands on the planet. These noble yet primitive animals seemed to act as guardians to the various smaller creatures dwelling within the large jungle located at the center of the island. After a careful and prolonged observation it was decided that this species, now named the Varteryx by their celestial benefactors, would serve as the foundation for one of the most ambitious evolutionary experiments in the history of the Delphi.
    

Glyarmor Engage!

With Glyaxia Command pushed to its limits and on the defensive, the combined Armorvor Armies swiftly establish outposts across the worlds of Volkria, Sonesidar, Reydurra and Rilleco, crushing any opposition through the use of their powerful Black Core technology. The Lost Children of the Delphi now stand on the edge of reclaiming what they believe is their collective birthright ... the entirety of the Glyos System.

However, not all the children of the Delphi wish for war and conquest. From a glimmering star far beyond reach, emissaries from a mysterious race called the Varteryx appear before Glyaxia Command, led to the Capital Planet Metran by the enigmatic Traveler know as Hades. Benevolent creatures not unlike their creators, the Varteryx share their advanced discoveries with Glyaxia Command in an effort to balance the scales against their aggressive brethren, the Armorvors and Neo Granthans. 

Joining forces with the most advanced thinkers on Metran, the Varteryx and Glyaxia Command unite to create the Glyarmor aboard Hades' Block Base Cerberus. Greatly augmenting a user's natural abilities through a psychic fusion to the armor itself, the Glyarmor also serves as a direct countermeasure to Black Core technology.

Employed by the Elite Enforcer Units of Glyaxia Command, select Travelers meld with the newly developed Glyarmor to evolve into a previously unseen Neo Sarvos form.

Now with a small measure of hope restored and a reforged resolve, a battle-worn Glyaxia Command slowly rises to settle the score.

Dark Spectre

In the spirit of our more enigmatic early years, there will be no list for tonight's release. That being said, we will have a steady stream of preview images popping up here on the blog throughout the day!

The lists will return in 2016, but we want tonight to be a little different.

12.14.2015

12.10.2015

Spectral States

On deck for Tuesday, December 15th at 9:30PM EST.

12.09.2015

Between Fates

Next week, an old friend returns from the Edge of Space in search of redemption.

Also, to see the new Star Wars.


11.29.2015

Mercenary Alert

Jesse has rolled out an all new wave of Bounty Hunters to wrap up Callgrim's 2015 Star Wars themed releases! He's been talking about an assortment like this since before Callgrim was even in PVC, so producing all the Kenner inspired color selections definitely scratches a long time itch for the Beardlord of Beverly.

Shoot over to the Callgrim shop to see what's cooking. Make sure to also check out Jesse's new Instagram account, which is sure to feature multitudes of creative magic as well as a variety of New England born body horrors.

Awesome wave, Jesse! Love that bike!

11.19.2015

Thank You!!!

Thank you for making our 50th wave a good one!

It was really neat to finally run some of the molds in the classic M.U.S.C.L.E. flesh, and the timing seemed right to mark the occasion of our 50th release. I have very fond memories of discovering M.U.S.C.L.E. at our local Zayre department store as a kid, and being crazy about the Robin Mask figure in particular (though I called him "Northern Knight"). I still have my original! To be able to come full circle and produce Pheyden in the iconic flesh hue has been a trip! Some other characters from the ranks may get the flesh treatment in 2016, maybe even some that have never been seen before.

Speaking of trips, we will be attending Designer Con out in Pasadena this weekend, thanks to the dynamic duo at October Toys -the great George and Ayleen Gaspar! This looks to be the most jammed packed DCon yet, with folks traveling from all over the world to showcase what they've been creating throughout the year. We will be set up at Booth 1000, with new stuff available from Jesse (Callgrim), Marcus (Onell/ Bit Figs), Pj (Spaced Out Design), Dominic (Nemo's Factory) and possibly a few surprises as well. A small assortment from Sunday's release will be available at our table, as well as a few random things from the barn.

Fellow Glyos makers Marty (The GodBeast), Mark (Mystical Warriors of the Ring) and Jeremy and Brian (Spy Monkey Creations) will be set up right across from us, featuring some great special releases debuting at the show.

Make sure you check out the amazing array of Japanese Sofubi makers that made the journey from Japan! RealxHead, Studio Uamou, Skull Toys, Punk Drunkers and Goccodo will all be attendance again this year, armed with some excellent new stuff to share.

Of special note, remember to enter the Mecha Zone at booth 813 if you make the show. Incredible left handed illustrator/designer David White will stun you with the figures he's been creating using his 3D printer.

If you're in the Pasadena area or attending the convention, please swing by the booth and say hello! We had an incredibly fun time last year, and getting the chance to catch up with some of you in person was the best.

Thanks again for being part of our 50th wave! We are forever grateful to have the opportunity to continue doing this, and we're always working away behind the scenes to push things into new dimensions -even if we're a little quiet around here sometimes. Multiple projects are right at the threshold of being rolled out that we've been working on for over a year, and we can't wait to share them with you.

Hope to see you in Pasadena!


11.15.2015

Union of Exiles

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. Thanks for your cooperation. Have Fun!

Flesh For Fantasy


Mission Details

It's a small round, but there are some unique elements in the mix for Wave 50! Our Noboto mold continues to receive the deluxe paint treatment and a further expansion into the "Exiles" theme with this release, while the Neo Granthan Armorvor takes a page directly out of the classic Battle Beasts color playbook, circa 1987. The Super Crayboth for this assortment pays homage to the more bio-type mecha of the various animated bad guys from our youth, especially those found in Macross/ Robotech. The base green vinyl on this Super Cray matches last July's Orkmogg hue -as well as our friend (and new figure producer) Mike MZ's recent addition to the Glyos universe, the Zullbeast! I think this new color combination might be my personal favorite of all the Super Crayboths we've run up to this point. 

We do have a few secret entries on the list that hopefully you'll find interesting once revealed. It shouldn't be too hard to guess the mystery color, but within the selection of available items we did try something a little different.

We are on track for Sunday night, November 15th at 9:30PM EST. 

On to the list! 


Union of Exiles


Noboto -Exile Sechynn (Light Gray/ Gray paint/ Light Blue painted head w/ Black eyes/ bonus Light Blue/ Gray painted Protoclone head/ Dark Gray Detail Lines ) $10

Armorvor Neo Granthan -Gatorrior Mercenary (Olive Green/ White paint with Redorange visors and bonus head/ backpack) $10 -Features Neo Granthan head 

XXX - $14
XXX - $10

Crayboth - Dark Arzaurian Scout (Olive Green/ Bone accents/ Black accents/ Dark Green Detail Lines) $5 
 

Axis Joint Set -XXX  $4

Phase Arm/Gobon Blaster Single Set
-XXX  $2 

Super Crayboth
-Arzaurian Pod Leader (Green Vinyl/ Bone paint/ Black accents/ Dark Green Detail Lines) $26 -Features 13 all new paint applications 


Thank you for nearly 50 releases over 8+ years! Michelle, Marcus and I can't believe this little ship has stayed operational for this long. We're so grateful that each of you continues to travel with us.


11.14.2015

11.13.2015

Communion


11.11.2015

11.10.2015

In Exile

We will be rolling out our 50th (!) full production release this Sunday night, November 15th at 9:30PM EST with a small assortment of figures (6 of them). A small portion of this wave will also be available at our booth during Designer Con, among some other oddball items.

It's been fun pushing the Noboto colors in different directions, and the edition shown above matches up closely with the recent Standard Pheyden MK V.

Sunday night will also see the return of the Neo Granthan Armorvor, in a color scheme you Battle Beasts fans out there might get a kick out of. It's going to be "gruesome".

More pics and the short list are on deck!


11.09.2015

Union Emissary

Way back in 1994, while I was deep into reading Erich von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods for about the 20th time, I started working on one of my own stories called "Union", which pulled many themes from his ancient astronaut hypothesis and combined them with just about every conspiracy theory imaginable found in the various magazines (remember those?) I was reading at the time. Having The X-Files on television also proved a massive influence on the subject matter.

The central idea of Union revolved around a secret war between 3 alien factions, and their collective ties to the development of mankind throughout history. Everything from Area 51, ancient civilizations, cryptozoology, bionic soldiers and a colony of enslaved hybrid manhunters imprisoned within a massive space station on the edge of an artificial black hole made it into the mix (I was just as bananas back then).

Throughout my college years I worked on different elements of the story, creating various illustrations (a couple are shown in this post) and bursts of text in the margins of my school notes. Eventually other stories moved into focus, but a few aesthetic ideas from Union survived and were reborn, showing up in Rechlen and Aves and beyond. Since I was fond of the leather armored "Warrior Grays" from Union, I decided to have any classic looking Gray alien type that might show up in the Glyos System resemble those old designs a bit. 

Eventually I ended up sculpting the oddball alien in the pics above, a character that was based on the old Union designs. The body is a series of twist ties, with plumber's compound built over them. Kind of a mini vintage OSM construction with some pretty rough sculpting.This little guy was given to Michelle for Christmas around 2002-2003 (I built my first sculpted-over twist tie guy in early 1999).

The recent secret mode Exile Deniken from our last release pays homage to the Warrior Grays from the original Union story, as well as the original twist tie "Deniken" that's shown above.

Be on the lookout for some other color variations of the Noboto mold that take the core design for a similar "alien" spin.

Maybe even this week.


11.05.2015

Trigger the Giga


10.31.2015

Happy Halloween!