11.19.2019

Thank You!!!

A belated but big thank you for one of the strongest turnouts of the year! We've been in overdrive mode since the launch and feel deeply grateful to you guys for making the new wave something extra special. Lots of new folks were mixed in with our steady base, thanks once again to the mighty Crafsman! As mentioned in the previous post, we've adjusted the next order to try and accommodate the shift of having a significant amount of fresh faces joining the party. The current target for the last wave of 2019 is early December.

Working on this last round was mega satisfying because of the different artists involved in the process.

I've known Glen "Circuits and Brains" Schricker, better known as Schrick, since I was a kid, so any chance to collaborate together always has an added depth that comes from our old hometown connection. He's been a phenomenal talent since day one and completely nailed the sound of Halkenn's descent into darkness perfectly.

Supplying a frenetically paced parallel to Schrick's foreboding flourish was the super prolific John Beaudette, the twin brother and life-bandmate of our very own Marcus! As one half of the dual-powered Arcade Rats, John created a driving chiptune that captured the genesis of the Parasitic Halkennite in all its twisted glory.

Last but not least, the German Genius of Drawing (and painting, and coloring, and designing), Ralph Niese, delivered a critical sequence of awe-inspiring art that brought everything into wicked focus. We love seeing what Ralph creates for each wave, and paired with the audio escapades of Schrick and John the visual experience transformed into a beast even more powerful than the Halkennite itself!

Massive thanks to these three powerhouses!

Michelle and I took on the shipping alone this time, and the steady flow really kept us on our toes. This was the highest amount of orders processed and packed this year, even rivaling the craziness of 2013. As a result, it took us a little bit longer to carefully move everything out the door. We had The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers on a Fire Stick loop for the overnights and then rolled into SZA to hold things together as we closed in on the finish line. Also caught the Mandalorian and loved it. Jawa disintegrations! The Egg!

Wrapping up, we'll be heading back out to DCon later this week (Booth 3028) and we're super psyched to connect with everybody and talk shop! If all goes according to plan (blood sacrifices to US Customs withholding), we might even have a few advanced offerings from our early December wave available to check out. We love DCon and are honored to be able to attend for another year!

On a very special bonus note, keep your eyes on the store near the end of the week/weekend as we'll be popping up the third offering from our collaboration with 1000toys, the Nu:Synth Glyninja Dark! We've been waiting for this one since last year, and will have a limited supply available and ready to rumble. This one comes with a awesome cape and Glyos compatible Robo Force inspired gunblades and walks the line between Glyninja and Glyknight in design, but at the 1:12 scale. It's a good one!

Extra big thanks to everybody, both new recruits and old soldiers, for inspiring us to continue pushing the limits of this well worn Sandcrawler! Utinni!


11.07.2019

Wave 84 is GO!

Wave 84 is live!

Speaking of brothers, our favorite German son has managed to once again outdo himself, supplying 3 incredible illustrations that tell the story of Halkenn as only Ralph Niese could do. Thanks a million, Ralphus! Now we need to find someone else for you to kill...

Important notice: We are seeing an extremely high level of traffic tonight. Please respect the limits in place on each page (2 on most figures, 1 per Armorvor) for the first hour tonight. This production assortment was placed long before the new surge of customers came in last month from the popular Crafsman video, so there will be some frustration with things going quicker than usual. We've adjusted the numbers for the next round in December, but please bear with us as we build a bigger house for everybody. Thank you for understanding.

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!

The Wrath of Halkennite

Finally evolved beyond the confines of Halkenn’s fatally damaged and battered body, the fully formed "Parasitic Halkennite" defiantly breaks free of its host, intent on becoming the one true version of Halkenn, reborn as the very thing that the weary hunter had sworn his life to destroy.

As the broken husk of the once great hunter falls to ruin, the trapped ghosts of his many slain enemies twist and claw from the prison of his lifeless and empty armor, now content
in their doom to serve an eternal watch... over Halkenn's Grave.


Special thanks to our brother (figurative and literal) John Beaudette, one half of our in-house band Arcade Rats, for creating the monstrous boss fight theme for Halkenn's final stage!

Count Dracuden


Pheydenstein


Mutant Evolver Pheyaos: Hallowden Fusion


Demorran


The Circle of Chaos

Thanks to a hidden series of coordinates revealed within the Sincroborg Archive, the quest to locate the parasitic bio-force cure leads Halkenn to the distant and spectral walls of Castle Dracuden and the legendary Circle of Chaos.

Existing inside the black shadow of an unhinged reality, Castle Dracuden calls out to the darkest of beings, beckoning them to spend eternity within its infernal paradise, passage only granted by the willing damnation of one's own soul.


Outnumbered and facing the combined legion of Count Dracuden and his accursed Demorran Army, the abomination known as Pheydenstein, and the menacing Hallowden Pheyaos, Halkenn unleashes the true parasitic bio-force dwelling beneath his armor in one last ditch effort to destroy the Circle of Chaos and all its nightmarish followers,  forever.



Special thanks to our long time friend and all around amazing musician, Glen Schricker, aka Circuits and Brains, for setting the sinister mood with his new original composition! Click the play button above!

Phaseon Renegade Curator


Armorvor Neo Wyverillian: Dreadvalken Fugitive


The Sincroborg Archive

High above the floating fortress known as the Sincroborg Archive, a winged Halkenn seeks counsel from the fugitive Wyverillian of Dreadvalken Keep.
 
Against the clock and in search of the secret to controlling the parasitic bio-force now rising within Halkenn, the duo cautiously travel into the impossibly endless depths of the gravity defying structure, silently guided by the Archive's mysterious mechanical golem, the Curator.

Mutation Hunter Halkenn: Fossilzor

Desperate to rival his increasingly deadly supernatural foes, Halkenn rebuilds his Aetheric Eye using recovered pieces of the Fossilzor that originally destroyed his old team, granting him the new ability to fuse the dark lifeforce and power of any captured prey directly with the Black Core Compound that courses through his veins. 

Though recharged and evolved by this primal process, it triggers a subtle yet dangerous transformation. 

Over time, something malevolent inside the hunter begins to grow, slowly splintering Halkenn’s mind and scratching at the already fragile door to his sanity, wickedly whispering to be freed.


10.31.2019

Halkenn's Grave



Brave the darkness within,
next Thursday, November 7th at 9:30PM EST!

Happy Halloween!

10.22.2019

Steady Craftin' with The Crafsman!


Over the last few days we've seen a steady stream of new faces/orders popping up, with a much higher frequency than usual, this long after a launch. Thanks to a tip from Pj, we discovered the above video that was recently created by the mysterious and hypnotic Crafsman. After watching the Crafsman in action (he really "gets" it), I of course ended up exploring the universe that the Crafsman has been building, revealing an innovative and clever mind at work that delivers his knowledge in super satisfying dulcet tones. Check out his Patreon here and YouTube channel here.  Huge thanks go out to The Crafsman for sharing his discovery of Glyos!

For all the new folks that may be seeing this post, thank you for visiting the site. We've raided our personal product archives since the Crafsman video debuted to try and bring some additional selections to our store for you, but as of this writing almost everything has been wiped out. That being said, we'll be announcing our next release date very soon, which will feature a fresh assortment of figures and accessories to choose from.

In the meantime, please explore the full spectrum of our extended Glyos producing family by following the links below, as well as searching the tags here on the blog for more backstory on each of these partner lines and their respective creators.

Glyos Makers:

Bio-Masters

Bit Figs

Cappy Space

Double G Toys

Galaxxor -new release last week

Godbeast/Kabuto Mushi -new release last weekend

HEALEYMADE

Mystical Warriors of the Ring

Nemo's Factory  

Rawshark/Callgrim

Rise of the Beasts

Rocket North/Banimon

Space Out Design/Geodraxus

Spy Monkey Creations/Battle Tribes

The Outer Space Men

Toyfinity/Robo Force

Toy Pizza -just completed funding for AFOTM 2020! Conratulations Jesse D, Nicky and Jack!

Warlords of Wor -new release last week

Zullbeast (a Crafsman favorite)

*Mechazone -not in full production yet but soon to be


Thanks again to the Crafsman and all his viewers for looking into this small part of the independent toy world! Also, a big shout out to custom figure making king, Adam Crohn for setting this all in motion. Thanks for looking out, Adam!


10.03.2019

Axis of Armorvors



A very small restock of Armorvors have been added to the store!

Please limit one of each per order. Thank you!

10.02.2019

Thank You!!!

Thank you for the excellent response to the new release and for warmly welcoming the Armorvors back into the mix! The store operated without any major glitches thanks to Marcus keeping a tight watch on the code and closely monitoring the launch. To continue keeping pace we've been pushing the overtime even harder than usual so everything moves out the door as quickly as possible (hence the lateness of this post), and as of this writing we're all caught up, save the orders from last night and today which will go out shortly.

This new Armorvor head project really started coming into proper focus back in August 2018.

Jason Frailey and I had always wanted to explore more characters in PVC, with heavy inspiration being drawn from all the excellent resin heads that he produced with the great Marty "The Godbeast" Hansen over the years. After personally contributing some designs to those original handcast runs, I often thought about what the right combination of characters should be for a more varied PVC expansion beyond the original "Venjorun" wolf and Neo Granthan dino-ish heads. For the next phase of the Armorvor it felt important to hedge closer to the roots of what inspired the whole project to begin with. So with this in mind I hit the folded Buxton pads to generate a batch of new takes on a few familiar faces.

As before, Jason took my very basic drawings and turned them into incredible mini works of art. The choice to make moving jaw on the Arthrodak? All Jason. Adding to and expanding the mechanical aspects of the Kugarrec head? Again, Jason doing what he does best. The sculpt he did on the Neo Wyverillian (in conjunction with the demon wings provided by our friends at Spy Monkey Creations) perfectly captured not only the obvious (to those in the know) tribute to the rare Skull Grotess, but also paid specific attention to the influence of the classic dragon transformation from Altered Beast as well as the mostly forgotten main dragon character from another old Sega Genesis game called Beast Wrestler (RIP Yasushi Nirasawa). Jason is a beast in his own right, for certain, and I can't thank him enough for all the time and expertise he poured into this project.

Later this month, we'll revisit the new Armorvor heads once again, along with some special Halloween themed action across the rest of the Wave 84 assortment. Expect some unexpected strangeness.

Big shout out to our long time art partner, Ralph Niese, for two more exciting and original illustrations! The rendering of Phanost chewing the DNA from that bubblegum Pheyaos bio-pile is perhaps one of my all time favorites (though this seems to be happening with every new set Ralph creates). The intriguing image shown above is another Ralphus special that blends multiple influences all into one bizarre and fantastic swirl of visual history, providing some extra treats for those that have been collecting from the start. Thank you Ralph!

I bow down once again to Michelle for her inhuman processing and packing skills! Followed by another deep knee bent before the Pj Paper Palace! I'd be dead and nobody would have their stuff without these two work warlords. Spent the majority of the barn boxing listening to MCU movies this time. However, the prior photo editing mania was accompanied by the incomparable SZA.

In wrapping up this ramble, I wanted to hit on a few points in regard to some of our fellow Glyos makers:

-Jesse D and the Toy Pizza Boys have their new AFOTM 2020 campaign running right now. This is the direct follow up to the successful AFOTM 2019 service that has been consistently delivering exciting and unpredictable figures every month since January. If you're new to the world of KOTS/Toy Pizza, it's absolutely worth checking out. You never know exactly what direction things are going to go with Jesse D, and that's a big positive in comparison to most of the telegraphed thinking that perpetuates the current retail apocalypse. You can peruse the campaign details here. Also make sure to check out his Patreon.

-Toyfinity VS Bio-Masters Double Header release this Friday, October 4th, at each of their respective sites. Both John and Pat have striking and compact assortments on deck, featuring a selection that includes some classic characters, a little special FX PVC and a touch of crossover action. Working with both of these guys is always an honor and I think folks will really dig what they each have to offer.

We're buckling down over here in preparation for the end of the month's festivities, and if all goes well, it should be a solid follow up to our last Halloween rollout.

Huge thanks once again from the whole family for sticking with us!  



9.22.2019

Wave 83 is GO!

Wave 83 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!

Armorvor Kugarrec


Armorvor Arthrodak


Armorvor Neo Wyverillian


Fusion Foretold


Sarvos Dark Nebula


Phanost Dark Nebula


Dark Nebula Trio


Glyan Dark Nebula

Buildman Dark Nebula


Traveler Baleun Dark Nebula


Mutant Evolver Pheyaos: Dark Nebula


Mutant Evolver Pheyaos: Rift Phantom


Rift Schism


9.17.2019

Savage Cybernetics

 The Zorennor Rift reopens for Wave 83 , this Sunday, September 22nd at 9:30PM EDT!


9.04.2019

Bit Figs: Wave 15

A small selection of new and rare items have been added to the Culture Pirates shop, including GITD Space Series 1, and for the first time online, the original Animal Series 1 Display!

We're officially 3 years into the Bit Figs vending venture, and it's still a trip to find these little Quarter Munchers in the wild, especially now with the Glyos Space Series in full rotation.

There is also a new subset of Ninjas hitting vending machines in select areas, and we're working on some exciting bonus content to level up the gameplay... more info to come in the fall!

8.09.2019

Rene-Cades!

Cady is at again, this time tackling the new Renegades!

Hey Bubba, this is now one of my all time favorites!

Also, your Uncle Ralph will no doubt appreciate the use of those white gel pens.

Wicked, wicked good, kiddo!


8.04.2019

Thank You!!!

Huge thanks to you guys for a super charged 12th anniversary release! You were even able to scramble Shopify's circuits, which up until last Sunday we'd never seen happen before! Luckily, Shopify was right on top of things, and resolved the issues quickly, allowing us to stay on track without closing down the store (Paypal PTSD!). We really appreciate the level of patience that you each showed as we worked through the surprise technostorm!

Like everything around here, we'd been planning the details of this wave for quite some time, so finally being able to share felt really good, despite the temporary store weirdness. Connecting all the dots to allow for production Renegades was challenging, but the pathway eventually opened up with some gentle bludgeoning. For those that have been into this stuff for years, I hope that finally seeing the Renegades in production was worth the extremely long wait.

An extra tip of the hat goes to Jesse D and the Toy Pizza Empire for supplying the Renegades with some KOTS powered mechanical menace in the form of the Rift Renegade Construct! Make sure to hit their store tomorrow afternoon for a new wave of UV reactive figures!

Once again, we want to send out a gigantic thank you to Ralph Niese for such a perfect set of new illustrations, commemorating the anniversary as only he could do. We've been collaborating and building the Glyos narrative with Ralph since back in 2010! Ralph, Marcus and I not only have a deep creative connection, but more importantly have a brotherly bond. This includes driving each other crazy at times, but I'm sincerely grateful that we've been able to make so much stuff together for so long. Continuing that trend, be on the lookout for the above illustration to appear as a 1980s fueled sticker sheet in the near future!

Looking towards our next release, the timing should land Wave 83 sometime in mid-September. Expect some more surprises to welcome in the Fall!

As of this post, all orders since last Sunday (barring what came in today) have shipped out, including all internationals. We had a full house for packing this time, and as always, Michelle and Pj were in top form. We all worked triple time to try and get the packages out to everybody as quickly as possible. Barn tunes were a blend of Yumi Zouma (first half packing) and simply replaying Avengers: Endgame (second half packing) on loop!

Special shout out to the our brothers Nate Baertsch and Iz for visiting for a few days during the release. They held down the fort while Marcus and I scrambled to get the store cured and made the night a lot less hectic! I'm getting super psyched for your new project, Nate!

Wrapping up, even if we were to close up shop in a tariff ridden toy implosion tomorrow, I would still feel like we lasted longer than we could have ever asked for. We'll keep pushing it as long as we're able, and I promise we'll stay true to what makes Glyos something special, which is of course, each one of you.

Thanks again from the whole crew for 12 years!



7.28.2019

Wave 82 is GO!

Wave 82 is live!


Thanks to Ralph Niese for the incredible art to cap off a wild night!


All limits have been lifted!

We apologize for the store glitch! We are not sure exactly what happened but Shopify were super helpful and everything on the storefront should be good to go. It's been so long since we've had a meltdown in the store, we are all scrambled eggs right now!

THANK YOU for hanging in there while we mended the fences!!!

Just Like Old Times

GLITCH FIXED!


Gobon Renegade Hunter


Phaseon Renegade Hybrid Caliber


Renegade Retribution


Rift Renegade Construct


Buildman Arsenal


Mutant Evolver Pheyaos: Alloyer Clone


Mutant Evolver Pheyaos: Mechacelium Fusion


Mechacelium Metalmorphosis


Pheyden Black Skull


Glyan Combat Team Black Skull MK II


Crayboth Ranic Hedger


Buildman Ranic MK II


Pheyden Regeneration


Abnormal Assimilations


Mutant Evolver Pheyaos: Standard


7.23.2019

Ruthless Restorations

 Join us for our 12th anniversary as Wave 82 emerges from the shadows, this Sunday, July 28th at 9:30PM EDT!