SDCC Exclusive Alpha Phase
Outer Space Men Waves 3 & 4

Admittedly, I’m a little behind on reviews. I’ve got a few I’ve wanted to get to for awhile, but my schedule’s been rather hectic since SDCC. Yeah… I’ve still got SDCC Exclusive reviews… scary, huh? Let’s knock one off the list today: Alpha Phase Outer Space Men Waves Three and Four.

Well, I guess I shouldn’t say review. Last year, I decided to not give full reviews to the exclusive waves that preceded the regular (Infinity) Editions of The Outer Space Men Waves 1 & 2. Basically, I feel like the full review should wait for the fully painted versions. I feel the same way about Waves 3 & 4. So, this won’t be a review per se, more of a run through with some first thoughts and an idea of what to expect from Waves 3 & 4 whether you’re looking for this sold out Alpha Wave, the upcoming Beta Wave, or the inevitable Infinity Editions.

I started tearing these puppies open as soon as they arrived, and almost got all the way through before the little reviewer voice in my head took charge and reminded me that I should have an in-package shot. Like last year, the Alpha Wave (and presumably the upcoming Beta Wave) figures were packaged in resealable baggies, with a stapled-on header card. (The card is the same for all four, but reversible so that it can be used for the entire wave). While I love the blister card packaging for the Infinity Editions, these baggies do a great job for the exclusive waves.

Like the figures before them, these guys are in true 3 3/4 scale. I say “true” since a lot of new figures released in this scale seem to be creeping ever close to 4″ in recent years (Click Here for a pic of the Alpha 1 & 2 OSM with some popular 1/18 lines). The OSM are old school though, so they stick to 3 3/4″ proper. For this wave, Electron+, Mystron, and Commander Comet are the standard size while Alpha 7 clocks in… oh, just a tad bit smaller (but properly scaled) to the others. He’s so cute!

Since the figures are in solid colors, it gives the sculpted details added importance (while simultaneously making those details hard to photograph). Electron+ was able to reuse a lot of pieces from Xodiac along with a new torso and head. I really like the sculpt on Electron+’s head, but it’s hard to get a good pic with the GITD plastic. I’m looking forward to his Infinity Release (and he’d be a pretty sweet one to get in the Glyos deco used for Xodiac too, I imagine).

Meanwhile, Alpha 7’s all-new and he’s a funny little dude. His sculpt is nice, but what’s more impressive is that the Four Horsemen managed to fit standard Glyos joints in where they could – neck, backpack, shoulders, and hips. The elbows, ankles, and pegholes in his feet are all smaller scale due to size constraints. He’s prolly my least favorite from these four, but that’s not saying much since I still like him too. My favorite thing is easily the backpack/jetpack/airtanks added to his back.

For me, the real masterpieces of this set are Comet & Mystron. They’re two of the most detailed in the line so far and the Four Horsemen were really pushing the limits of those little baggies to fit the figures and their gear inside. Mystron reuses some of the generic spacesuit pieces, but not many. He has new feet, upper thighs, upper & lower torsos, wings, tail, and his head. I love the head sculpt and the tail in particular. The wings are also cool, but the plastic of mine has some flakes in it that give it an odd appearance. Oh, and I’m happy to report they were able to make his center chest peg removable! Just be careful with it, I’ve already lost and had to find it twice! Continue to Page 2…

14 thoughts on “SDCC Exclusive Alpha Phase
Outer Space Men Waves 3 & 4

  1. Why do you have 5 Xodiacs in the final picture? the grey one with clear blue head is a custom??

        1. there was abunch of other stuff with tampos and whatnot but that was the only OSM available you can prob still find him someplace 😀

  2. all are the original ones from the original line except mystron he wasnt even gonna be in the unreleased wave 2 …………. AND WHEN THE HELL ARE U GONNA REVIEW DC UNIVERSE CLASSICS WAVE 19 lolz 🙂

    1. let him breath, Noisy has been promoted in his job and doesn’t have much time now… NOW TAKE THOSE TOYS AND MAKE THE REVIEW!!! hahaha just joking 😉 take your time

  3. these are so friggin cool. there’s just no two ways about it, they’re friggin cool. mel has a fantastic imagination and love of play, and w/ the horsemen making some of the updates to the designs and functionality, and matt contributing the cool factor of the glyos system for a parts database of a kind, this line is just the joy of childhood bundled into a tiny package. great toys!!

    on another note, a 6 ft person is 72 inches tall right? so in 1/18 scale, wouldn’t he be 4 inches tall? wouldn’t 3 3/4 inch be closer to like 1/19? that said, the OSM do have a consistent scale, and it astound me what the horsemen can do sculpting these things in scale. that’s just mind-blowing.

  4. oh, one last note… my wife and i have taken a vote, and we’d like to see future OSM reviews include at least one photo of configurations sil has put together when she has time to play w/ these things and get creative. that’s two YAY votes and nary a single NAY…

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