With Toypocalypse just a few days away, the 4H have announced an OSM poster featuring all thirteen characters… could it be that the final three will be unveiled at the show? I’m getting a little ahead of myself though- I still need to review Wave 4 featuring Electron+ and Alpha 7!
Before I jump into the review, I do want to highlight the new Outer Space Men poster. It features artwork by one of my online buds, Nathan Baertsch (check out Nate’s DeviantArt page here!). I might have to have to a talk with Nate as it appears that all my favorites are towards the back, but how can you not love seeing them all together like this, particularly in the sculpting style done for the new figures?
Also pictured at right is the exclusive Outer Space Men Cosmic Creator’s set of Waves One & Two that will be available at Toypocalypse and later at StoreHorsemen.com. (ooh, shiny!)
Here’s the official Four Horsemen Press Release:
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The Four Horsemen’s upcoming gallery show, Toypocalypse 2: Futuretro begins this Friday, February 10th at 7pm at the TT Underground Gallery in New York City, and the Horsemen are ready to reveal the limited edition Outer Space Men print that will be sold along with the exclusive “Cosmic Creators” Outer Space Men figures set at the show.
Painted by fan favorite artist and frequent Four Horsemen collaborator, Nathan Baertsch, this 11″ X 17″ image on high quality, uncoated, heavy card-stock is Nate’s vision of the Outer Space Men originally created by renowned designer Mel Birnkrant back in the late 60′s.
This print will be available exclusively along with the purchase of the extremely limited Outer Space Men Cosmic Creators series – The Birnkrant Edition figures set. The Cosmic Creator’s set consists of alternate versions of four of Mel Birnkrant’s most famous creations. The set featuring Metalmorpho, Deep Blue Ultra-Nautilus, Goldiac, and Blazing Inferno will be signed not only by Mr. Birnkrant himself, but also by each of the Four Horsemen. Each set of figures and OSM print is $125.00 at the Futuretro gallery show.
As I noted last week in my Comet & Mystron review, the 4H were kind enough to send a set of the newest Outer Space Men my way for review. I had originally planned to do all four figures together, but best laid plans and all that. I do think this way turned out better, allowing me to spend a little more time on each figure. If you like these reviews in pairs better than a quartet, let me know!
Since I’m already expecting big things from this weekend’s Toypocalypse, I’m going to fall back on that old expression and start small. The coolest thing about Alpha 7 is that he represents that the OSM are not all the same size. We live in age of… uh, let’s be nice and call it uniformity, where nearly all of our figures in a given line share the same height. I generally accept it without much complaint (but really Hal Jordan ain’t as big as Superman), but that doesn’t mean I can’t praise it in the obverse. I’m happy to have Alpha at one end of the spectrum, and really looking forward to bigger characters to come.
Uniformity is an important aspect for Alpha because it also relates to the one thing about this figure that I didn’t initially like. His small stature doesn’t allow for standard size Glyos joints at his elbows and kness. It’s not a dealbreaker, because it doesn’t take away from Alpha 7 as a standard figure, but I did think it knocked some points off because it limits his Glyos compatibility… though like any good Glyos builder, I found a way to use it.
The smaller pegs actually do have an alternate use; they fit into the hands of the Outer Space Men, allowing for all manner of crazy weapon builds that the larger figures can now hold thanks to this particular piece. I’m not sure if those crazy guys in NJ cooked that up or it was a happy accident, but it turned what I once thought was a drawback into a cool feature. It may not help attach bits to Alpha, but his sacrifice helps the other OSM. Thanks, little guy.
Thanks to the accordion joints on the original, Alpha has the same basic design as his less height challenged brethren and he looks sharp in his blue metallic & yellow suit. I’m still not too keen on how the legs attach, but since it’s unique to Alpha, I’m not going to make hay about it.
Alpha includes the two extra bent arms, his helmet, detachable air tanks (jet pack?), and his trusty pistol. The pistol is particularly sweet because it was run in clear blue, but features a painted handle. The result is a pretty cool effect, as if the gun were charging up.
Alpha may not be my favorite Outer Space Men, but he’s a cool addition and his height will awlays guarantee him a spot in the front of the display! Continue to Page Two…