The July Glyos drop had a surprise if you were there when it began. A new mold had been added to the roster, an Armorvor. It sold out quickly, but two new colorways will be available in this week’s drop, so I thought it’d be a good time to review the last release, Venjorun!
If you follow along with the independent toy market, the Armorvor might be familiar to you. It originally debuted at the Onell booth during last year’s New York Comic Con. The as-yet-unnamed Armorvor had sprung from the creative mind of Matt Doughty years before, but it was a colossal toy team-up that would bring this little wolf warrior to life.
Matt teamed up with sculptor Jason Frailey through their mutual connection Marty (THEGODBEAST) Hansen to bring this figure into three dimensions. When the as-yet-unnamed Armorvor debuted, the response among Glyos fans was quick and best decribed as “want”. Initially, master caster GodBeast stepped up the plate to reproduce Frailey’s awesome sculpt in resin and get him into collector’s hands. I really wanted to snag an Armorvor back then, but being a 16-part handcast figure put him out of my price range. I spent many a night contemplating it, but it just didn’t make sense for me. I was sad to miss out and I figured that was that.
So you can imagine my delight late last July when the Armorvor popped up in the store. I had been there to snag my latest Onell obsession, the Glyan, but there was no way I could turn down the Armorvor. He was just too badass to resist. And being mass produced overseas, he was now $8. If you spend a week wondering if you should spend $160 on something, spending $8 on something tends to be involuntary.
Being from a different sculptor, the base Armorvor body has a different feel than the Glyos System figures that we’re used to, but their built-in back story (read more at the Onell Blog) largely explains that away, including their use of “black core” technology (that’d be that nugget sitting in the center of their chest). The other thing about the sculpt is that it’s remarkably well done. I love the bulk, the crisp technical aspect of it. It just really pops off the shelf and I’m excited to have it in red and still hoping to pick it up in black on Wednesday.
Having him in hand, I’ve found that I’m more apt to view him as a robot than an animal warrior. And that’s okay. It’s one of the beauties of Glyos, you can swap things around at whim. For the Armorvor, there are actually four easy options when it comes to the head. The white wolf head could be considered the standard configuration, but the armored up/masked head could easily be considered that as well. The second armored head definitely has a more robotic feel to both sides (it’s reversible!), but I’ve found that I like to cheat a bit and use the backpack as the head. I love the full-on automaton look. In fact, I’ll warn you a lot of the pictures in the Page 2 Gallery ended up with the “backpack” head. It just kinda happened. I’ve also gotten fond of using the backpack as a pistol though, so one of those is gonna have to give. And hey, ain’t Glyos grand? What other line makes you have to decide if you want to use a certain piece as a head or a pistol?! Continue to the Page 2 Gallery…