I’ve gotten behind on indy, “Seventh Market” stuff of late. To counteract that, we’ve got a Week of Glyos-Related reviews scheduled, but I still wanted to get to one for Reviewapalooza. The Four Horsemen must’ve read my mind, as they sent over some review samples of the newest Outer Space Men!
One of the fun things about falling a little behind on the latest news for a particular line is that it can turn back the clock and make you not know what to expect when you open up a particular toy. That is totally the case here. Usually, I know what I’m going to be looking at before taking pictures, I have some things in mind. That wasn’t the case here. The SDCC exclusive Alpha Phase editions of Wave 5 and the Deluxe Cyclops basically came straight out of the shipping container and were plucked down into the “studio” for pictures. The red backdrop from the Reviewapalooza banner even makes a brief appearance in the photos here.
Normally, when it comes to the Alpha, Beta, or Galactic Holiday editions, I tend to keep things brief and hold the real review for the Infinity Editions. I still want to do that, but there is so much here to talk about. In a way, these three are executed so differently from what’s come before that they don’t even seem like the same toy line. I’ll elaborate on that in a minute.
As I’ve repeated over and over the last few years, the Outer Space Men is one of my favorite “new” things. They represent an era of “toydom” that I had been unaware of and am now fascinated by. We’re at a point in collecting where so many of us are obsessed with “wasted” slots in toy lines or buying for every other reason other than “that’s a cool toy”, that it’s refreshing to get a little toy line like this. There are surely collectors getting their nostalgic kick from these. And should the new figure, Terra Firma, have been released before the original thirteen, I’m sure someone, somewhere would’ve thrown a temper tantrum. Nothing’s perfect after all. In any case, this line appeals to me on its own merits and I’m having a good time seeing where it goes rather than worrying about what I want from it.
While I love the first eight figures, particularly the likes of Commander Comet, Metamorpho, orElectron+, these three kinda blow what’s come before out of the water. The previous figures featured excellent sculpts and these three are no different (I still can’t believe they’re sculpted 1:1!). This assortment has two completely new figures, Orbitron & Cyclops, and Gemini who, looks to share a few parts with Alpha-7, but it otherwise all-new as well. So visually the new sculpts really move the line forward. The top-notch sculpts are still there and the new pieces and heights really make the growing collection pop off the shelf. Orbitron’s lithe from looks fantastic. Cyclops is so massive that he’s the line’s first 5” figure. Other than some wonky paint on Cyclops’ eye, these three look sharp and this is just the Alpha Wave! I can’t wait to get these guys in full color.
While the sculpts are what we’ve come to expect, this trio makes clear that the Four Horsemen and Mel Birnkrant have gotten a lot more comfortable, shrewder in how to include the Glyos compatibility. We saw some humble beginnings in Waves 3 & 4, but there was still a lot of shared tooling from Waves 1 & 2 present in those figures. These three, as all-new sculpts could go all out. And they do. Continue to the Page 2 Gallery.