Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Onell Design- Glyos

I've had mixed feelings about Battle Beasts over the years. When I was growing up, they were one of those toy lines that I was aware of, but really didn't grab my attention. I had a couple dozen at least, but I only remember buying a couple of those two-packs. I'm thinking most of them must have been Christmas gifts. It's not that I didn't like them, it's just that I didn't really know what to do with them. I've never been privy to a Battle Beast cartoon or comic book, so I couldn't tell the good guys from the bad. Little did I know there really weren't any good or bad guys, just a bunch of animals fighting each other based on their power sign. It was a super powered game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.  I played with them occasionally, most often with my Masters of the Universe figures, but most of their time was spent in a plastic lunchbox. I'm actually not sure what happened to my Battle Beasts figures. I'm pretty sure they didn't end up getting broken, they were just too durable for that. It's more than likely they were gifted to someone else, or donated by my mom. Such was the fate of any toys that weren't cleared out by the time I went to college.

Fast forward to 2013, and I have the sudden urge to get a few Battle Beasts, specifically War Weasel. It's hard not to love a bionic weasel with a machine gun for an arm. Or was it a flamethrower? Either way, he was my favorite of the Battle Beasts. So I head to eBay, and I discover I was a fool for ever letting my small collection go. It would be cheaper for me to recollect all my old GIJoes. Defeated, I continued stumbling around the Internet, which is how I ended up at Onell Design. I had seen Glyos mentioned here and there on various toy blogs, but I never understood what it was. Truthfully, I still don't understand the whole story behind the toys, but it doesn't really matter. What they lack in backstory, they more than make up for in design and character. After browsing around on their site, I decided to pull the trigger. My first purchase from Onell consisted of a bunch of these little guys, called Crayboths.

They definitely have the same size and build of the Battle Beasts, and I think that's what attracted me to them in the first place. These figures all have arms and legs that can be mixed and matched, that's the beauty of the Glyos system. Everything uses the same type of connection, so if you have a bunch of their figures, there's almost no limit to what you can create.  They're made from PVC, so they're pretty durable. I don't see these guys getting worn out anytime soon.

As neat as the Crayboths are, there was one character that caught my attention and wouldn't let it go.


The Crayboths may have the size of the Battle Beasts, but this guy brings the attitude. He's a bit more complicated, and is made up of a bajillion pieces. He still manages to feel just as durable as the smaller figures though. The great thing about Armorvor is that he has three different looks with two different heads. You have the furry face in the above photo,

Robot Fox face in this one,

And Robot Hound dog in this one. I'm assuming that thing in his right hand is some sort of weapon, though I actually tried it on as a head at one point. It's quite a bit smaller than the other two heads, and it gave him sort of a drone look. Of course, I forgot to take a photo of that one..drat. Like the Crayboths, you can customize Armorvor with parts from any figures that use the Glyos system. I like mine just the way they are, so I don't know if I'll do much mixing and matching.

If you've considered picking up some Glyos figures, I urge you to at least give them a shot. They're inexpensive, durable, and well designed. Also, Matt and Michelle will sometimes toss in an extra figure with your order as a nice little surprise. Go check'em out, but don't blame me if you end up with hundreds of Glyans all over your hourse.

1 comment:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...