You might not have given it any thought, but Electron+ hasn’t been having the best time of it these last couple years. He spent all those years hanging with the original crew, y’know those guys that hail from planets, only to find it he was really more of a Series 2 guy all along; poor guy. Lucky for him, Pluto is still a planet in the hearts of many, myself included.
I’ve been trying not to use the word ‘favorite’ when talking about the OSM because I’ll be tempted to use it on just about every character, but Electron+ here is once again vying for the honors. The sleek silver and powder blue look fantastic together – I know I’m a sucker for silver, go check out what color nearly all the original Glyos reviews were in, but I don’t think it’s just me that enjoys the color. Electron+ also features a great head sculpt, and more importantly Glyos plugs for ears! I think that’s been my favorite thing about watching the OSM come together as a new line, the 4H keep upping their game by finding new places to add Glyos-compatibility, for Electron+, it’s his head.
Electron+ includes the standard two arms and helmet, his classic pistol, and a new staff designed by Mel Birnkrant. Both accessories where done similar to Alpha’s, the pistol molded in orange and the staff in purple and then painted to silver to match the figure. I love the new staff in particular, the design allows for so many interpretations. Is Electron simply displaying his power. If so, is it benevolent? Malevolent? Or does he actually intend to use the thing like a six-foot long cattle prod? It could just look pretty, it could be deadly. (I know I’m way too fascinated, who talks that long about a single accessory…)
Both figures feature the same resealable packaging as Comet & Mystron, and the previous Infinity waves. I don’t display stuff in its package, but these retro cards make it really tempting. The figures look sharp on their own, but there’s a really great retro feel when they’re left on card.
The paint on both figures is superb, which is particularly cool given their size. The articulation for Electron+ is the same basic twelve points that all of the OSM have featured up to this point. Alpha clocks in with a little less, just nine, but the hip articulation called for to keep the aesthetic leaves a little to be desired. Hopefully, no more OSM need to use the “splayed v-crotch” (man that sounds dirty) employed by Alpha.
I know that this is yet another gushy OSM article, which is always suspect when toys are provided for review, but I do really enjoy these toys. To go from not knowing who the OSM were a few short years to ago to how much I appreciate and enjoy them is no small feat and that credit goes to all the folks involved –from Matt Doughty from Onell for the simple, but ingeniously employed Glyos system, to Mel Birnkrant for his timeless designs (and Mel’s still got it, check out his online sketchbook), and especially to the 4H for sculpting, engineering, and getting these great figures to market. These guys all have a lot of love for this project and I can see it right there on my shelf.