For today’s Glyos Thursday feature, I’m going back a bit and taking a look at one of the first Glyos figures I ever purchased, the Gobon! A favorite of both me and my wife, the Gobon was also one of the first Glyos figures that I happily purchased in multiple colorways.
Not too long after Onell Designs made the jump from hand-casting to overseas production, an image of an all-new figure appeared on the Onell Blog. He was a rather rotund “little” fellow that evoked memories of classic robots of yesteryear. It took a little while to get the Gobon into production, but I wouldn’t see the Gobon until a year or so after that even. Still, I was rather smitten with the design right away and he was among one of my first Onell purchases. My first Gobon was a silver one, the Mark II with blue eyes, but after I got more into Glyos and started reading the Glyos Blog Archive, I ran across that white/yellow version at the link above. It was like love renewed. I enjoy all my Gobons in the review here, but I’m still dying for a yellow one (though dyeing for it would likely decrease my wait… har har).
Interestingly, while he’s one of my favorite Glyos, maybe third after Sarvos & Argen/Buildman (though the Glyan is skyrocketing to the top – you can’t pick a favorite, I swear), he’s a hit with the ladies. The wives of IAT (some of the builds in the gallery are from the lovely SilntAngl5), my female co-workers, even my Mom. They all love the little guy. It might be important to note that the Gobon is the creation of Michelle Doughty, Matt’s wife. He spawns from the second issue of her comic, Sidrick. Michelle must know a thing or two about what women are looking for in a Sarvonic Gendrone, because the Gobon clearly has it in spades.
The Gobon is a little bigger than the other PVC figures in the Glyos line, about 3″, and helps bridge the gap a bit to the bigger vinyl items like the Armodoc. Gobon is indeed a Gendrone (I’m still not sure what Sarvonic means…) so he’s more at home with the Argen & Phaseons.
The Gobon consists of thirteen parts, all of which are compatible with your favorite Glyos figures, most Outer Space Men Joints, and the upcoming Spy Monkey weapons. Like the Buildman, the Gobon is particularly fun to build with. I’m a little biased towards the Gendrones because their robotic / mechanical parts are easier to build some neat stuff without having to have a ton of them. I’ve seen some amazing things built of Exellis & Pheyden parts on the Onell blog, but unless I win the lottery or have a foolproof bank robbing plan, I’m not going to own this many Exellis’ chests in coordinated colors.
One of the hard parts about displaying a Gobon is deciding what look you want to have him in. Even in his standard configuration, you can choose between his seemingly-happier, friendly robot eyes or switch his head around to a Cyclops-ian visor reminiscent of Maximilian. And, to add to the mix, popping open the Gobon’s chest to see what’s inside will reveal that thirteenth piece: an extra, even more menacing head.
The second head only fits on the standard build loosely (if it all, it won’t hold on some of my Gobons), but if you flip his torso over – giving him broad shoulders instead of a wide berth – the second head gives you what amounts to an entirely new figure. And remember, these are just the basic of part swaps. This guy has a ton more configurations with just the thirteen pieces, let alone adding in the rest of Glyosdom.
So far the Gobon has seen release in multiple colorways. The silver versions have seen three separate releases with red, blue, and black eyes to differentiate between them. The silver versions also feature some black paint in the etched lines that makes the figure really pop and keep the silver colorway my favorite of the ones I have. There’s also been clear, black, white, GITD, and GITD-Red (the last two are colloquially referred to as “Globons”). There’s been some special releases as well, like the clear blue Nemica or the Rusty Gobon. That Rusty Gobon absolutely slays me. I have got to snag one of those some day. Continue to Page 2 & the Gobon Gallery!