Wednesday, 5 May 2010

TGB X Glyos

I first came across Marty Website Twitter Blog AKA The God Beast's work a few years ago on a Vintage small plastic/rubber toy forum where he was making reproduction MUSCLE figures and Battlebeasts in all sorts of Awesome colors and effects. I got talking to Marty about sculpting/casting/molding and all things toy related and gradually built up quite an army of his (and his sons) Awesome toy/Art Pieces.

About a year ago Marty released his first collaberation With Onell designs: TGB Glyos Aliens and Brain-Wave Aliens! Including;
Phoenoid from the Fire Planet:

Centoid From the Earth Planet:

Aquoid from the Water Planet:

These are a great set of Aliens/Characters and were the first "Baddies" I had to go against my legion of Pheydens and Exellises! As you can see these came in all sorts of different colors and Effects, Translucents, Universe Glitter, Mock-Metal, Glow in the Dark, Suspended Brain and Even Solid White Metal!<---(Final Aquoid with the silver head) After these Awesome Aliens, Marty started Dyeing Glyos figures...

...and even created a set of Glyos Hybrids! Glyos figures hand dyed with Laser-Beast style Orbs and transfers!

These guys are fantastic! and each figure was carefully chosen and dyed to match the Orb and sign. There is Fire Exellis, Water Phanost, Radioactive Order (GitD), Skeleton Callgrim (Crystal Clear), Sunburst Phanost, Earth Pheyden and the un-believably Phenominal...
Hazardous Buildman!

Next to come was a set of Super Deformed Glyos figures sculpted by Tat2Artst and molded and cast by Marty (See Previous Blog Posts)

This pic shows a special Scar Exellis that Marty made and then 2 of the SD-Heads on custom bodies that I've painted. A Metallic Blue Scar Pheyden and Super-Apokalypse Phanost!

After this Marty released a string of awesome work in Progress Photos on his Flickr all leading up to the Huge Release of Infection figures!

This is a set of 8 different figures with hand cast heads and arm attachments produced by Marty on exclusive bodies by Rob AKA Voodookid2 and Onell Design. These figures are really awesome and deserve a blog post all of their own! So expect a more in depth look at them once the weather has improved and I can get outside to take some snaps of these bad boys in their home environment!

At the same release time (C2E2) Marty un-leashed his Larvoids:

At the moment this isn't strictly a TGBXGlyos figure as it doesn't combine with Glyos at all, but I have it on good authority that this is just the first form of Larvoid and that we should expect to see it go through a metamorphosis or two! Fingers crossed one of those will make it combinable with Glyos parts, until then I still very much count this creature as part of my Glyos World and the Brood-Mother of the Infected Pheydens!

Alongside Larvoid and Infection, Marty also made a super-limited run of 8 Creature in Space figures. I was really lucky and managed to score one:

I really love this figure! To me it really has the feel of a retro toy but with the Playability of Glyos. It's a standard Buildman body but with hand-cast/dyed accessories from Marty's earlier Glyos Aliens With a brand new Classic style Space monster head with an astronauts bubble helm over the top. Out-of Marty's huge arsenal of Custom figures, I think this may very well be my all time favorite. It's definitely the most Nostalgia/memory inducing one for me! Just holding it makes me revert to behaving like an 8 year old!

If you havn't picked up any of Marty's stuff I highly recommend it, it usually sells out pretty fast, but keep an eye on Marty's blog and you'll be in with a good chance! Infact the last few Infection figures are available there at the moment!

P.S. Marty isn't the only Sculptor in his family, both his sons Kobe and MJ have sculpted and produced their very own characters and toylines seen here which also seem to be pretty Glyos compatible!
I Give you "Little Godbeast Ghost of a Flame!"

and the All Consuming GloopII!

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Glyos X Non-Affiliated-Bear-Like-Creatures

I've been a busy bee the last couple of weeks, After recieving a "Glyuts" figure from Jesse Destasio, Website Twitter
...An awesome figure and I really recomend picking one up if Jesse makes anymore!

I decided that I wanted to try my hand at some Starwars versions! Well after a week of scouring the Attic, Cutting, Making, Gluing, Breaking, Re-Gluing and Painting.... I came up with these:

Glyos X Non-Affiliated-Bear-Like-Creatures (Currently Available in the N13 Store)

This is a set of 10 Custom glued and painted figures based loosly round the idea of Glyos infecting Vintage Toylines and Amalgamating them Borg-Style!

The "Inacuratley named 6 Guns!" (Including Gor-Wok The Thrice bitten...)

"Packing heat" Ft. Repro Battlebeast weapons courtesy of The God Beast:

"Magnanimous Unison"


Finally "The two that slipped through the rigorous Ewok Identifying procedure"...

I'm really pleased with how these have turned out! But they still need a little something extra... Guess I'll be rooting through the attic again!

Also in the last month, me and a close friend/fellow Glyos head have been working hard on hand casting Sterling silver Glyos heads, sadly not only is it a very difficult process making sand molds, but the cost of producing them is pretty crazy too! Glyos heads cost over £20 ($35) just in the actual sterling silver involved. Even though, the final product is pretty darn cool:

These are on the back burner at the moment, but once we've found a way to produce them efficiently, you may see a few more... :D

Finally, in an update to my Kill! Review, I recieved 2 more figures from Kill!

These are in direct contrast with the poor paint jobs the last figures suffered with. As you can see, the Blue and Pink Order figure is Translucent, and Visibly sparkles with color! Then Skullface, well he looks killer! Yellow/Orange/Pink Who would have thought those colors would work so well on Callgrim, just to top it off, Callgrim still Glows in the dark aswell! Congrats on an Awesome Pair of figures Kill!

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Kill! X Glyos

Kill! X Glyos

Kill! (Website) (Twitter) is an artist that I came across when he first released a set of Glyos Customs, all available from his blog and in limited numbers. I stayed up late and managed to score quite a few:

These are pretty kick as figures!

We have a pair of Cythos:

One Metallic Silver hand cast head and hand with a Metallic silver rubbed Glyos body. The second has an awesome Marble affect hand cast head and hand with a second hand painted to match it all on a carefully chosen translucent Glyos body. I love these guys!

Pheyder of the Wasteland:

This guy is phenominal! He has a modified pheyden head on a standard glyos body that has been painted/splattered with purple to give it a really cool look!

Wasteland Crayboth:

This is a standard crayboth that has head additional sculpting done on it and then a paint job that gives it a really bizarre metallic stone look!


This is the only guy I didn't love as soon as I received him. His head is fantastic, As with kill's previous stuff, the sculpting and paint app's on the hand cast pieces are amazing! It's the body that let's it down. The Body is a standard Glyos Gendrome with a high-gloss coating. The Gloss coat helps a little as it seems more of a complete figure, but I would prefer to have seen some of the killer paint apps like the previous figures.

All in all a pretty awesome first wave of collaboration figures and they sold out very quickly so congrats kill!

Second Release:

This release consisted of 3 diferent figures, Doctor O, Slarmon and Zagolian Bezerker. Same price as last time, but sadly they are no where near as good (at least not in my opinion).

All of these figures suffered from the same Great paint job on the Head, poor paint job on the body combination that the Zagolian from the previous run suffered from. Each one has a basic Buildmen Gendrome body that has had a small amount of color sprayed on the chest....

....So not to be phased I gave them a bit of a spruce up! All the pictures below show my paintjob on the left and the Original on the right. (I don't have an original Zagolian Bezerker anymore so I used Kill's stock photo)

Doctor O:


Zagolian Bezerker:

In all of these, I have kept the heads in the original colors that Kill sent them to me, I've just re-painted (and slightly modified) the bodies to hopefully provide a more uniform/complete look.

Finally, V-Day Glyos....

Kill released a blind bag assortment of figures for Valentines day, I'm always a little dubious of Blind bag runs, as there's nothing to guarantee that you'll like the figure you get but I figured that worst case scenario I end up with another kick-ass head and a poor body. Or Best case Scenario, another F-ing Awesome figure like the Original Pheyder of the wasteland!

I got this...

The Center figure, the other two are there for comparison purposes.

I'm sorry kill, but this figure just didn't cut the mustard for me, Again, a standard gendrome body, but this time the torso has been dyed pink... Fine, Pink is a V-day color, but why only dye the chest and leave the Limbs in the poor original grey color... As you can see, in both previous Doctor O figures, the heads came with a great paint job showing all the detail in the sculpt. This one doesn't. It has Eyes and Teeth, but it just doesn't carry the same level of detail and work as the others.

It may seem like I'm giving these a bit of a hard time, and I guess I am. I was just so impressed with the original figures that I was disappointed by the more recent ones. Don't get me wrong though, these are still pretty good value for the price and I had a lot of fun painting them myself. There are still 2 more figures currently on their way to me from Kill, and these look like they're back to Kill's Original style with a Kick-Ass paint job. I really hope this is the case, and will post photos either way when they arrive!


P.S. If anyone is in doubt, I still heartily recommend grabbing a couple of his customs as the heads are really well sculpted and cast. Oh and his other Resin/Vinyl figures are pretty darn good too!

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Dead Presidents Armodocs Arrived!

So, after a pretty hectic weekend with Iksentrik, then a week filled with work, I've finally been able to get round to sorting out the weekends post. Amidst the usual packing materials was a treasure I had been waiting for...
Custom Painted Dead Presidents Armodocs!

Dead Presidents Twitter Website Have been working with Glyos for quite a while now, and have come up with some Killer Collaberations! I've been lucky and managed to collect quite a few so far...

Warmongers Custom Corps:

Firstly, a pair of Crayboth, Candycorn and Optimus styles!

Both of these Crayboth Glow in the Dark, one glows Green and the other Glows Red/Pink! They are awesome and the Color blending on them is insane!

Followed closely by a pair of Buildmen:

Both of these Buildmen used the Spectre Buildmen as their bases. So they both have the great GitD Green color!

Up next is the First Standard release Dead Presidents' Glyos figure, Nemica Gobon!

This guy is one of my favourite DP pieces, the Blue is crystal clear almost like water, yet it still has the un-beatable DP shine/sparkle!
Nemica Gobon was followed by the Awesome Cerberus Gobon and Hades Pheyden Combo!

These two have what appears to be a really simple color Scheme of Yellow and Black, but in person these are Out of this World! The Black is super Glossy and the Yellow Transparent, This means that the Gobon remains Crystal clear and the Pheyden keeps it's wicked Glow in the Dark Head! On top of that these figures look almost Glass coated and are liturally saturated in Universe Glitter! With any lighting, they have an un-paralelled shine and sparkle!

That wraps up the "Official" DP X Glyos figures, now onto some awesome one off paint jobs...

Blood Flood Armodoc (Mk II):

CPDP Armodoc:

Humungus Armodoc:

I'm still exploring these bad boys, but so far.... They all have the Signature DP Shine, Even Blood Flood, which allthough Shiney still keeps that awesome Blood/Gore look!
CPDP is made of solid sparkle and lituraly shines 24/7. By day it's Glitter sparkles in all light, and by night the Glow in the Dark base that was used, really shines through!
Finaly, Humungus, this guy steals the show, he has everything DP Paintwork does! He has the Super Ultra-Glossy Shine, Is Saturated with Universal Sparkles and believe it or not his arms are actually see-through! All of that while keeping the absolutely killer Green colors, with as always perfect color merging! <---If anyone is still in doubt, Humungus is my Favourite DP figure takes center stage in my collection!

If you Don't own anything with a Dead President Paintjob yet, go and order one! Photos really don't do these figures justice, they are phenominal!

Can't wait to see what you do next DP!

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Iksentrik opening party and Matt 'Lunartik' JOnes

Iksentrik had their Grand opening in Bath today, Which promised to be an awesome day, including Knucklebear custom show 'Knuckle-Sandwich' and the Custom tea Tour With Matt 'Lunartik' JOnes!

I was really lucky and managed to attend...

For the Opening, Ryan from Iksentrik organised an awesome Custom show of the Massive 18 inch Touma Knuckle Bear. Including work by ChuckBoy, Cris Rose, JP Kaiser, Iksentrik, Indescribble, Lunabee, Lunartik, Sichi, SourBones and TriClops.

All of these pieces are seriously impressive, You can't (...Or rather I can't...) capture it in photo, but because of the humongous size of these bad boys they are covered in tiny details which the camera (...My camera...) just can't catch!

Custom Tea Tour
To go along side the Awesome Knuckle-Sandwich, Iksentrik served up a delicious warming Cup'O'Tea. Not only was there an awesome custom show of over 30 different custom cups, but Matt 'Lunartik' JOnes was there himself to sign/customize/chat with visitors.
I've tried to take as many photo's of the custom Cups as possible, but there were soooo many it was unbelievable, each one Awesome in it's own way!

On top of all those insane customs, was the man himself Mr Matt 'Lunartik' JOnes!

Matt was awesome enough to customize my very own Cup'O'Tea!

Matt was really down to earth and a seriously nice guy! While he customized my cup (See above) we had a really good chat and Matt explained how he had the Lunartik in a cup of Tea created and was telling me how one of the bits he had trouble with was the cup itself. He said that in the end, he actually sculpted the cup rather than use a pre-existing one! I would imagine that it was a lot more work doing it that way, but well worth it in the end, as there is a certain consistency of style between the Lunartik, the cup, the saucer and the spoon. A ready made cup just wouldn't have worked as well. If you don't have one of these figures yet, go and find one, they are seriously awesome!

All in all a seriously awesome day out, Thankyou Iksentrik, Congratulations on the new shop and I can't wait to see what you do next!


Help from Clarence the traveling Pheyden (See Photos) and N13 Super Mum, Grand photo taker!