1.29.2023

Manglors from Toyfinity!!!

Head over to Toyfinity.com tonight, January 29th at 9:30PM EST for the debut of the reimagined classic Manglors figure line! 

First released 40 years ago by the Ideal Toy Company, the original Manglors were "made of the strangest stuff on earth" and promised kids across the country an action figure that you could "tear apart and stick back together again". Suffice to say, the stuff that they were made of turned out to be less than cooperative once you attempted to "mangle your action alien figure" into new forms. Even the incredible artwork by the legendary Ken Kelly on the boxes couldn't hide the fact that the figures simply didn't work. 

After being notoriously maligned by parent groups of the 80s for failing to deliver on the basic tagline of their property, Ideal put the Manglors back in their eggs after just a couple years at retail, marching forward instead with their all new Robo Force rollout.

Thanks to Toyfinity, Manglors finally gets another chance to shine! Now fully Glyos compatible and redeveloped behind the scenes for over 10 years, Manglors emerges from the Toyfinity family of regenerated Ideal properties, finally ready to deliver on that 40-year-old promise to "create your own creatures"! 

We'll dive more into the Manglors in the months to come, including some behind the scenes action.

Massive congratulations to John Kent and Toyfinity! Long live the new Manglors!


1.16.2023

Yukihiro Takahashi (1952 - 2023)

Quick post to honor the late, great Yukihiro Takahashi. Yellow Magic Orchestra has been the go-to soundtrack for countless late night sessions at Onell HQ dating back to Wave 1. For a few years Matt and I had our own band, Indoor Recess, where we would play YMO-esque improv jams every week (shame we never recorded anything, but maybe for the best). The combined synth wizardry and iconic melodies of YMO have provided endless inspiration.

Takahashi brought a warm pulse and steady heartbeat to the best electronic trio in music, and his solo work stands just as tall. His recently reissued debut LP is "the missing link between the City Pop scene of the late 70s and the synth sound of YMO which was about to revolutionize the world" (via We Want Sounds). Highly recommend checking out / revisiting the self-titled debut, Yellow Magic Orchestra, and Solid State Survivor, plus Takahashi's Murdered by the Music, Neuromantic, and What, Me Worry? or just work your way through their collective catalogs. RIP to a true master.

1.14.2023

The Jagged Age

The exciting and ever-expanding Toy Pizza universe once again returns to the Jagged Age, with just the right amount of madness and a brand new Card Slicer expansion deck! 

Prolific as always, our brother and creative architect of all things Knights of the Slice and Toy Pizza, Jesse DeStasio, began his foray into the world of Card Slicers last year and has steadily constructed yet another fresh new way to enjoy the unpredictably magnetic worlds of his now classic characters. With his new Kickstarter project, The Jagged Age: Fantasy Card Combat, Jesse shifts gears to travel back to the land of Nosvera and the latest adventures of relic hunter, Crae Drake. 

Though I've never personally been much of card "player" outside of UNO (thanks to many visits with my maternal grandmother growing up), I still always liked the imagery that was the foundation of any major card system. Starting with old Star Wars and Pac Man card sets back in the late 70s and early 80s, the genre reached its true crescendo for me with Digimon in the early aughts. Even though I never played the Digimon card "game", I was crazy about hunting down the different characters simply to see the artwork. It was a quick, cheap and easy way to explore a pretty vast range of exotic designs with the hope of discovering a hidden treasure buried within any given pull. The original "blind bag" DNA, dating all the way back to the baseball card packs that our fathers would stick in their bike tires while riding down dirt roads to go pick off metal army men with their BB guns. In many ways, the collectible card is a true American classic that went on to influence creators from around the world. 

Fast forward to Jesse D's Card Slicers. Partially due to the pandemic born difficulties that the last few years of action figure manufacturing overseas has brought on, Jesse decided to pivot and not let fate alone decide the future of his ventures. To this end, he constructed, through an ongoing process of trial and error, his own tabletop card game system called Card Slicers. Quite the endeavor to see through, but one that Jesse has proven more than capable of pulling off.   

In support of his Jagged Age expansion, Marcus (who is a legit tabletop gamer and enthusiast) and I have created a few special cards to add to Jesse's campaign, featuring our resident Dungeon Traveler, Skeleden. Of note, Skeleden was actually born through the old Skeleton Warriors Kickstarter campaign, so this marks his second appearance on the platform (with another one coming later this year). We thought it appropriate to send Skeleden into the Jagged Age to assist Crae Drake and maybe finally give Hob a hand. 

Even if you're not into playing the game itself, you can still catch some really amazing artwork that Jesse has assembled for the card set. It's like an entire figure assortment that you can fit right into your pocket, packed with great art, imagination and originality. 

The Jagged Age Kickstarter
(ends tonight!)


12.24.2022

Thank You!!!


Extra special holiday thanks from Michelle, Marcus and I for making our last wave of the year a really exciting one! Even though we've been at this for a bit, we never completely know how a new release is going to land, so we're all the more grateful when we're granted the chance to do it again. 

Bringing the different elements together for wave 95 was a lot of fun, even though it was a challenging process. The slowdowns that have plagued the supply chain throughout the pandemic seemed to really reach new levels over the last year, with long delays and every kind of rising cost almost comedically stacking up. Despite the resistance of lady luck to shoulder the show, our intrepid circle of makers found a way to continuously produce and present new things. I wonder how, or even if, generations to come will look back at this specific passage of time. 

Speaking of new things, the main attraction of this new assortment was our latest crossover with RealxHead Japan, coming in the form of the Alien Aberration Kaisyriax. Of course, it's our usual mouthful of a name. Mori and I started work on this project during a visit to Japan back in 2015. Leading up to that trip, we'd discussed creating a successor to Pheyaos that could serve as a shared villain to taunt the protagonists in each of our separate, yet interconnected, worlds- in PVC and sofubi alike.

Starting with the name "Bio Kaiser" as the theme, we went back and forth with paper and pen, as we would customarily do while eating a meal together. Lots of great discussion about what a "big bad" represented to each of us was shared and then worked into the core design. Strangely, we both had a funny fixation on the character having a distinct "eye" visor in whatever form it would take, no doubt due to the continued influence of Yoshiki Takaya and Yasushi Nirasawa on the both of us. Though the final version that we presented to you last week has evolved quite a bit from the original sketches we did, the main elements found their way through (especially the visor and "face"). If you spend some time exploring this new plastic parasite, you'll most likely start to uncover a number of fun in-jokes that pay tribute to all the weird bad guys we played with growing up, both here and in Japan. 

Turning towards the process of shipping all these new creatures out, as of this writing all but a few packages have been delivered to the post office. Michelle and I tried to work around the clock to get things out the door as fast as possible, which was a decent challenge considering the magnitude of the orders for this round. It was good, solid, New England work and we were both filled with happiness as we hammered through those cardboard castles! At the critical packing point, Pj rolled into the barn and made all the difference in crossing the finish line. Despite his own heavy work schedule, he made the trip and proved once again how dedicated to family he is. Thank you Peej!

Additional massive thanks go to Cady, Sen and Glen for their incredible contributions to the wave. Being able to work with each of these supercharged creatives is a perpetual dream come true, on every level. Things feel truly complete when we have all new art and music opening up our imaginations, bringing all these abstract concepts to life. 

Looking to next year, we're approaching the releases in a slightly different way, with the initial focus being on some smaller assortments that will hopefully surface a little more frequently, as opposed to longer intervals. We're always trying to tweak how we operate, just in little bits at a time. For new projects, there are some very special crossovers that are now just on the horizon, one of which connects directly into our most recent reveal. 

I feel more and more excited with each passing year that we still get to create all this stuff. As always, Onell owes its continued existence and viability directly to each one of you and your astonishing dedication to a very small company with a very full heart. 

Happy Holidays and thank you for an excellent year!


PS -Don't forget to warm the figures up before you start assembling and building!


12.16.2022

Wave 95 is GO!

Wave 95 is live!

Massive, massive thanks are in order to Cady, Sen, Glen and Mori for their inspirational and exceptional work on this long gestating wave. We could not be more excited to be working with each one of them, whether it being for over a decade, or only just a year. Kaisyriax is finally unleashed in style thanks to each one of you!                    


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!

Also, due to the state of things with Covid-19, we will only be shipping domestically (and to Canada) for this wave. We sincerely apologize to our international customers for the situation.

Core Counterparts


Alien Aberration Kaisyriax Bio Phantom


Alien Aberration Kaisyriax


Phanost Aberration DX


Pheyaos Bio Phantom


Glyan Bio Phantom Halkenn


Crayboth Bio Phantom


Pheyden Bio Phantom


Star Marshall Sincroid Superior Core Aetheric


Sincroborg Core Aetheric


Armorvor Core Aetheric Gaurrec


Varteryx Core Aetheric Vlenynn


Sincrodrone Core Aetheric


Glyan Core Aetheric Clone


12.09.2022

Insidious Iterations

UPDATE: We need to bump to tomorrow,
December 16th at 9:30 EST. Apologies for the delay,
but we want to be sure everything is 100%.

Ready your Biovessels for a synaptic sojourn into Wave 95,
emerging next Thursday, December 15th at 9:30PM EST!


11.03.2022

Cryptophaser - IIXX


Resurfacing for another Bandcamp Friday, here's the second offering from Cryptophaser, the instrumental fuzz duo with my twin brother, John. The new EP, IIXX, is a sequel of sorts (the flip-side to our debut XXII), with more reoccurring themes and a range of influences from doom and thrash metal to video game boss battles.

IIXX is available on cassette and digital, and hits streaming platforms on 11.11.22.

Also - Matt and I will be in NJ this weekend at LegionsCon + GlyCon! We look forward to seeing some of you there, along with many of our fellow Glyos makers. Big thanks to the 4H crew, Jeremy and Joe for putting on what is sure to be a great event.




8.04.2022

Thank You!!!


Thank you straight from the heart for supplying the super fuel that's landed our Edgeliner at the 15 year mark! 

Thinking about the many twists and turns on a long journey usually results in what might seem like generic observations, most likely due to the relatable truths that are revealed when human beings really dig their heels into something difficult yet rewarding. We haven't always hit the bullseye with every choice, and we've had our rougher passages while maintaining the balance between artistic inspiration and basic survival, but the whole deal has truly been filled with the very best times of our lives. There aren't enough text mountains to convey how grateful we are to each of you for granting us the ability to keep moving forward, so please just know that you helped us build our family with an authentic freedom to chart our own course. 

This wave was born from a lifetime spent visiting and staying on the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts. I'll spare you most of the corny details, but the gravity of this particular wave is tied to the time shared with members of my family that have since crossed over, leaving those of us who remain to carry on the traditions and connections to a very special place, resting on the shoreline of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Wave 94 is dedicated to each of them, especially my father, who loved Gloucester maybe most of all.

Michelle, CC, Marcus and Pj "Bartwood" Bartlett all worked like crazy to push everything out the door as quickly as possible for this round. From fine tuning the store to processing, packing and shipping, they did it all like powerhouse maniacs. Make sure to keep an eye on Pj's site this Friday for some all new Geodraxus action!

Looking ahead, the current plan is to have one more wave ready for sometime in mid-late October, though that might bump into November depending on what's happening globally around that time. If everything lines up right, we should have something new to share, along with a couple extra surprises. 

We're also on track to set up at LegionsCon on November 5th and 6th, which celebrates all things related to the absolutely legendary Four Horsemen. Additionally, they have been beyond generous in inviting us to hold a mini "GlyCon" within their own convention, allowing us to gather a healthy roster of active Glyos makers that is sure to be entertaining. Our sincere thanks go out to the 4H, and especially Jeremy Girard and Joe Veteri, who founded and host the event. We'd love to see all of you in person, especially after the last few crazy years.

Deep thanks once again for supporting Glyos on the whole. We promise to continue exploring this strange system,  discovering more phasing aliens, living robots and definitely a few mutated monsters -all with each of you!


7.24.2022

Wave 94 is Go!

Wave 94 is live!

Thanks again to Sen for another powerhouse illustration! Combined with the all new original music composed by our long time collaborator Glen "Circuits and Brains" Schricker, we feel luckier than ever to be able to work with artists and musicians operating on the same frequency. 

Sen and Glen, you are the best!                                        


Edit: All limits have been lifted, thanks!

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!

Also, due to the state of things with Covid-19, we will only be shipping domestically (and to Canada) for this wave. We sincerely apologize to our international customers for the situation.

Sincronized States

Huge thanks to Sen for this incredible illustration!

In honor of our 15th... we're going to be 15 minutes late.
Store will open at 9:45pm. Thanks for your patience!

Sincroborg Hi-Pyros


Hi-Pyros


Gorivoll Theta Snatcher


Lost Sincrodrone Theta


Lost Sincrodrone Iota


Heavy Armor Sincroborg Gloucenn Guard


Pheyden Gloucenn


Crayboth Gloucenn Guard


Glyan Gloucenn Guard


Traveler Rynevo DX


7.21.2022

Adversarial Abstractions

Join us for our 15th anniversary
and Wave 94, this Sunday night,
July 24th at 9:30PM EDT!


5.28.2022

Thank You!!!


You guys are a total force! Thank you once again for another great experience and a powerful turnout for Wave 93. In a world that's really spinning in some stranger ways than usual, your support of something as rinky-dink as our operation still continues to amaze us here, even after nearly 15 years. Truly, we are grateful for all the things that each of you grant us, but especially the genuine ability to stay independent.

This new assortment had been in the works (like seemingly everything I mention in these sparse posts) for about a year. It faced multiple delays during the end of 2021 and almost half of 2022. We don't have to wait until the the far flung future to reflect on how wild maintaining any kind of consistent production throughout the pandemic has been. Despite the obstacles, we feel lucky to still be standing, even if only on half a leg. 

Seeing the Sincro Armor finally roll out with all its parts has been good, as there are a number of secret functions packed into its weirdo design. The Sincroborg as a whole represents a large part of my personal odd aesthetic, with pronounced asymmetry and stacked shapes piled into that familiar humanoid form. Its new armor components also serve as a massive tribute to the powerhouse artists who guided so many of us with their astounding works. Shotaro Ishinomori, Makoto Kobayashi, Moebius and the very missed Ralph Niese are just four of the masters whose inspiration flowed through my blades and clay as the Sincroborg and its various parts materialized from someplace beyond. I hope you feel something creatively satisfying if you decide to check that mold out.

The current battle plan is to have our next release in late July, timed to coincide with our 15th anniversary. Depending on the twists and turns overseas, we might be able to stick the landing. Either way, expect some more action from us around that time. 

Michelle and I were on solo duty for the processing and shipping, and with the extra large turnout and beefy assortment, we were put to the test old school style. Thankfully, Michelle still runs on a super charged engine, and was able to hammer through and keep the orders and box stacks on track. Cady and CC stepped in for some greatly appreciated label stickering assistance in shifts as well. I think my hardened hands turned to hamburger on about day 8 of papering and taping, and I was smiling the whole time. 

Wrapping up, our whole family thanks you more than ever for your interest in all things Glyos. Your continued support of not only what we do here, but our partner companies as well, has allowed all of us to defy the odds and stay authentic and intact. We look forward to crossing into even more creative dimensions together, with you.  



5.15.2022

Wave 93 is Go!

Wave 93 is live!

                                         

EDIT: All limits have been lifted. Thanks!

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!

Also, due to the state of things with Covid-19, we will only be shipping domestically (and to Canada) for this wave. We sincerely apologize to our international customers for the situation.

Neo Traveler Solldane


Mecha Parasite Gorivoll Eidrallim Alloy


Mechavorian Duo Caliber Eidrallim Alloy