After having missed out on the pink/purple release of the NYCC exclusive Ggrapptikk Grunts when they were first offered, I had to wait a bit to get my hands on the second sculpt for the Four Horsemen’s new Power Lords line. This new batch isn’t as colorful as those bubblegum guys, but there is thankfully a nice deep green for some parts (a vibrant green is woefully underrepresented in Glyosdom).
When the sculpt did come back around it was offered in three colorways: two versions of the Ggrapptikk Grunts with alternating green parts and different heads as well a special edition of Ggripptogg based on one of his original color schemes when he was first created by the legendary Wayne Barlowe back in the 80s.
Before I dive too deep into the review, I’m just going to cross my fingers and hope I get all the Ggrapptikks and Ggripptoggs straight. I’m flashing back to Ssejjhhorr & Ggruxx here and I still don’t know if I spell them right! The variations on the name for the Grunts is fun and plays into a naming convention for Ggripptogg’s race, but I’m going to have to rename these guys Steve, Bill, & Terry to keep it together!
The first thing you notice about the Ggripptogg buck is the size. He clocks in at 5” and looks massive compared to the Elite Soldiers that have populated the line so far. I love size variations in a line, so that’s great. The overall sculpt is impressive too. I didn’t have any of the original Power Lords figures, so I’m not sure how detailed they were in regards to Barlowe’s lineart, but the new Ggripptogg buck recreates it pretty faithfully and looks sharp doing so.
The three figures in this review all have unique heads & lower tunics – the black/grey Ggriptogg (Steve) sports the classic head while the two Ggrapptikk Grunts (Bill & Terry) feature two variants: one with slightly different headgear and another with a fully armored head. Terry (green suit) also features a shorter lower tunic piece to keep things a little different. All three head sculpts are well done and look sufficiently different from one another which really helps distinguish between them.*
* – My Glyos-Fu isn’t always strong, but it seems like we should be seeing some alternate heads for these dudes. Maybe the heads just aren’t part of the mold, but it seems like it should be? Interesting. Continue to Page 2…