Folks, Zullbeast. Zullbeast, folks. Try not to devour everybody.
That little green fellow up there is the result of a collaboration between mikemz, Ryan Garcia, and Matt Doughty of Onell Design. He was only available on the October Toys forum, or if you were lucky enough to go, this past year's Designer's Con. He's been sold out for a while now, but I was lucky enough to get my hands on one, as sort of a birthday gift to myself. At almost $40, he was a bit spendy, but once I got him in my hands, I realized he's worth every penny.
This is the first vinyl figure I've ever owned, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I guess I always thought that they would be a bit fragile, but that's definitely not the case with this guy. Sure, he's completely hollow, but I don't see him breaking unless he's seriously abused. And why would you want to abuse something as cute as this? Zullbeast stands about 6 inches tall, and his arms, legs, and head are removable. He's compatible with the larger vinyl figures from Onell Designs as well as the newly released Titan Mushi from Godbeast Customs. If you have enough figures, and enough imagination, you could build a creature that would give Stephen King nightmares. Or, you could just plant a Zullbeast somewhere in his house. I'd love to see the look on his face as Zullbeast comes falling off the top shelf of his closet the next time he goes to grab a bath towel.
Looking closer at Zully, I see the influence of some of my favorite monsters. There's a resemblance to the classic Creature from the Black Lagoon, as well as the Deep Ones from the stories of H.P. Lovecraft. Looking at his head, there's even a chance there's a little Cthuhlu mixed in there as well. I also see a bit of Gremlins in the scaled body, and that mouthful of teeth is right out of Critters. I love that mouthful of teeth. It's just the idea of a creature with so many large and sharp teeth packed into it's jaws, that it can't fully cover them. Imagine how hilarious he'd look trying to use a straw!
Gods, I so want to hear what he would sound like when he talks.
Moving around back, we see Zullbeast's most embarassing secret; he has an awful case of back-ne! He's covered in what appear to be barnacles and pustules, giving me the impression that he doesn't spend a lot of time out of the water. He looks like he could be Tendril's much shorter and stockier cousin. Looking at his ankles, he appears to have a bit of extra skin left over. Either our boy just lost a bunch of foot fat, or he still has some growing to do. I wonder if he has to keep pulling his skin up as he walks. That has to be annoying.
Even though he's a denizen of the Glyos universe, Zullbeast works well with all kinds of other figures. He could be the target of an intergalactic bounty hunter, or a random creature he runs afoul of in some remote swamp. Maybe he's the result of exposure to retromutagen, another cog in Shredder's plan to kill the Turtles and take over the world. Or, he could be the target of another intergalactic bounty hunter, that also happens to be a large anthromoporphized newt. It's all up to you where he fits in with your world.
By the way, Zullbeast's favorite crackers are Triscuits.