Flying Vipers play show #2 this Friday in Boston. We're supporting Big D and the Kids Table as they play through their album Strictly Rude, 10 years after it's debut. Going back another 10 years, I was a high schooler rocking out to the very first Big D album, Shot by Lammi. Nowadays we're friends and even share band members... Boston is tight like that.
We're a little late, but Spy Monkey Creations has some brand new savagery currently available over in their store, just in time to do battle with the latest East Coast snowstorms that have been wreaking havoc around these parts!
The Steel Warrior Cyclops Battle Tribes figure shown above looks particularly fearsome when trudging through the snow and ice covering our backyard. SMC's Jeremy has always been a massive Cyclops fan, and this specific head has some pretty deep connections for him. I remember way back when we first met, Jeremy had some great Cyclops themed custom figures floating around in his backpack, so seeing the legacy of those early days manifest in the BT Cyclops is especially awesome.
Sometimes I think it's easy for folks to forget just how personal these toy lines really are.
While mapping the various otherworldly planes that the last remaining Dimension Gates still had access to, Gatekeeper Viyer discovered a world unlike anything ever recorded before, even within the esoteric Gatekeeper Codex. Upon crossing into this odd place, Viyer and his companion, Gatekeeper Varriun, found their appearances drastically altered. Within an instant, every curve became angled and hyper defined, their very beings totally compressed and reformatted into geometric patterns. They had become captured "bits" of information, completely stored within cube-like forms. After a prolonged exploration into this incredible "Bit World", it was decided that Gatekeeper Varriun would remain to collect more information, while Viyer would return back home to document what, and whom, they had uncovered on their expedition. Varriun remains to this day, a Bitkeeper beyond the Gate. New release coming to the Culture Pirates shop this Saturday, February 4th at 9pm ET!
With bold yet tempered authority, Commander Nillin sternly oversees the rigorous operation of Outpost Odesskar.
Assigned to monitor and secure all activity within the dimension bending Vector Triangle, the majority of Outpost Odesskar's personnel are selected specifically for their rare ability to function normally within the Vector Triangle itself.
Those not possessing this special immunity inevitably begin experiencing strange hallucinations when they enter the Vector, haunted by the overwhelming feeling that they are slowly being pulled into an alternate reality beyond all comprehension.
This so-called "Vector Effect" seems to have no noticeable influence over either Travelers or Sincroids.
2017 really hit the ground running thanks to all of you! Between the positive turnout and smooth operation of the new Shopify store, the night of the release had a balanced rhythm that was very welcome, especially after all the twists that surfaced over the last year. Packages started hitting the post yesterday and all the orders should be completely out the door by tomorrow afternoon.
We are very thankful for an energizing start to the year. Our gratitude to each one of you is real, and it echoes throughout every choice we make with this project called Glyos. A project that is inextricably linked to our everyday lives over here. We're clear eyed and absolutely present in the understanding that your shared interest keeps this weathered (but not detail lined) mothership going.
Personally speaking, I know that the unorthodox methods we sometimes put into effect don't always resonate across the collective, but without subtle shifts in the order of things, we would never have survived an extremely challenging -and ever changing- collector's market for nearly a decade.
Each year of production represents a chapter in the evolution of what we've all worked on together, and the current year will be no exception. My hope is that over time, when we look back at the entirety of the line, we'll see something that continues to ignite that creative spark within each of us.
Heartfelt and genuine thanks goes out from the whole Onell family. We're super excited to share in this 10th anniversary year with you!
Specially trained in the the esoteric discipline of Dimensional Relativity and biologically augmented to operate at a Traveler's pace, the Glyans selected for duty within the Tracker Unit are some of the rarest soldiers in all of Glyaxia Command.
Though they represent the very best of the Glyan Forces, Tracker is secretly wary of his new partners, harboring suspicion about their true mission objectives.
Tasked by Glyaxia Command with the investigation of a mysterious disturbance near Outpost Odesskar, Tracker journeys with two specialized Glyan Commandos to the remote destination, located just inside the classified "Vector Triangle"...
Marty "Krunk" Hansen completes his 2016 KM program with a compact Wave 18! This round features not only Kabuto Mushi, but also a crossover pair of Pat Bussey's brand new Bio-Mass Monsters, all produced in matching neon "builder" color selections that must be seen in hand to fully appreciate (they were a bear to photograph due to the almost otherworldly brightness of the PVC). Each figure also comes with a matching set of Axis Joints to further mutate these monsters into whatever form your diabolical mind desires. You can find Marty's latest color spectrum defying assortment over in his shop!
Awesome work, Marty and Pat! These have been a real blast to reconfigure and mess around with.
Thank you for an excellent final release of 2016! We'd been working away on the new store interface for months and seeing everything finally come together without any major implosions felt like an alternate reality. No inventory crashes, no wonked out loading times, no mysterious double charges and no store closures in the middle of the release! Marcus and Shopify, we salute you! All of us over here deeply appreciate the solid feedback that was sent throughout the launch, your reports really helped us stay on top of things. We've been invoicing and packing all weekend and the first packages will be hitting the post throughout today and tomorrow.
2016 was a year full of change, on many different levels, but manufacturing these little guys continues to be done with true passion and the same attention to detail as when we started, after almost a decade in the toy trenches. A lot of concentration was focused on pushing the paint and individual figure design this year, as opposed to larger builder waves from 2015 and before. It's been exciting to explore not only our "Standard' style color combinations, but also some dedicated homage waves -particularly over the last few months (TMNG, Capture Run). 2017 will see even more full production experiments and crossovers, as well as some further expansion to our nebulous narrative (I'm looking at you Quallerran).
Marcus, Michelle and I have been discussing and reminiscing about the lifespan of Glyos more than usual these days, due to the 10 year mark steadily approaching. We've seen a lot of twists and turns, but there is still a fire burning in the furnace and some interesting new things in store for 2017.
Thank you for sticking with us and continuing to inspire our creativity, through all 60 waves!
Lining right up with our first snow of the winter, Wave 60 is on track for this Thursday, December 8th, at 9:30PM EST.
As 2016 comes to a close, we will be traveling through a new doorway together, with the unveiling of our fully redesigned mobile friendly store (now live), courtesy of Bit Master Marcus and Shopify. It's been a long time in the making (like most things around these parts), but we are finally ready to explore some new territory and hopefully welcome an easier and less unpredictable release night experience for all of us. Marcus has outlined some important details below that should really assist in making the transition easier. -Matt
Finally! Before heading in, a few words on the new digs:
One of the big improvements with this platform is the responsiveness, and the ability to auto-format for all devices and screen sizes. When we started diving deep into Google Analytics about 5 years ago, we were surprised to see nearly 20% of people ordering from mobile devices. Fast-forward to the most recent launch and the number of mobile users has doubled. The last Bit Figs wave received 49% of orders from phones!
Another new feature is user accounts. We highly recommend everyone take a few seconds to create an Onell.Store account. This will make checkout super fast, and is a neat way to keep track of your activity. You can still checkout using PayPal, too. While we've had our troubles with them, the fact is they've helped us process every single order since day one, and as a Payment Gateway, they are quite reliable. Now that we have shopping cart specialists on our side, we're feeling confident to continue working together with PayPal.
We hope you'll have a chance to familiarize yourselves with the new system prior to the launch. Click an item to see important info such as order limit, parts count and full product details. Once added to your cart, a "Continue Shopping" button will appear to zip you back to the previous page. When finished, click the top cart icon to checkout. It's a bit of a different process than before, but we feel it's a major upgrade to loading one giant page of heavy scripts and separate windows.
Matt, Michelle and I will remain on high alert during the launch, but we're hoping this will be a smooth transition for all, and in the end a fun experience. As always, leave feedback below, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and thank you for the support. -Marc
Direct from the Edge of Space, Phase Pheyden has once again materialized, now available in 100% official Bit Fig form over at the Culture Pirates shop!
Clear green has been a long time favorite for both Marcus and I, so seeing the Mega Bit Pheyden mold run in this familiar hue is a really special thing for both of us. A permanent position on my desk has been granted to this little green dream.
Designer Con is upon us and we're super psyched to invade Pasadena for a third year in a row! The convention runs from Saturday, Nov. 19th 9am - 6pm to Sunday Nov. 20th 10am - 5pm and is located at the Pasadena Convention Center.
Holding down the Glyos compatible 3D printing fort will be the ABS master, Pj Bartlett (Spaced Out Design #1002). Pj
has been practically living at the shop over the last few months while
refining and building his new selections. Those in attendance will not
be disappointed with the results of his latest experiments. He's even
printed a few vehicles!
Also showcasing his own range of 3D printed figures in row 1000 will be the architect of the extraordinary Mecha Zone
himself, David White (#1005)! David continues to innovate and inspire
with both his 3D work and 2D illustrations. A monster talent, indeed.
Deep, deep thanks goes out to Ben Goretsky of 3DRetrofor
all his hard work this year and for allowing all of us to have the
opportunity to come together in such an excellent location. We also want
to thank the legendary October Toys
for always supporting us throughout the years. We've shared a great
decade of friendship together and we look forward to 10 more!
For those of you who make the show, please swing by booth #1002 and say hello!
Prepare for a menacing new addition to the Glyos ranks! After 2 years in development, Pat Bussey's Bio-Masters line has crossed over into full production with the arrival of his 21 part, fully Glyos compatible Bio-Mass Monster figure!
Pat is currently offering a special pre-order for the first 3 deluxe editions of his cosmic creature (due in early January), as well as an opportunity to grab a copy of his upcoming DCon Type Zero exclusive and limited T2 Test Shots (both with available in-hand for shipping at the end of November).
All pre-orders are set to wrap up this Friday, November 11th.
When I was first shown this project by the GodBeast himself (who has been Pat's sculpting collaborator and molding/casting mentor), it immediately made a strong impression. The direct result of Pat's killer design sense and Marty's refined sculpting skills, the Bio-Mass Monster lands itself in a unique category, showcasing a form that's unlike the more bipedal "two- legged humanoid" style production figures we've been producing since 2007. Pat's admiration of Lovecraft, He-Man and the monsters of his youth have culminated into something that touches on all of those sources yet still remains fresh and exciting.
I've been lucky to have worked on the production side of the Bio-Masters project over the greater part 2016, and want to personally congratulate both Pat and Marty on never losing sight of bringing this new figure to life. New precedents were set during the process of making the Bio-Mass Monster's tooling, and many months were spent pushing the limits to give this new creation a strong "build" lifespan.
I hope you try giving this creepy critter a spin and allow it to slither into your imagination... and flap, and claw and bite as well!
Thanks for the awesome illustration, Pat! The Glyninjas have been training hard for this showdown (but maybe not training hard enough)!
Continuing with his series of classic MOTU color design homages, Marty has a wild new Modulok inspired edition available, featuring not only a double set of Axis Joints, but also a separate matching "Mod" Crayboth sidekick. Marty and I worked together on a special contained build that you can check out over on his blog, as well as few alternate forms. Modulok was a really unique entry in the original MOTU toy line, and possessed the key element that the foundation of Glyos was built upon, that being its core interchangeability. To make this "Mod" Mushi even more authentic, Marty had new eye spray masks created to better echo those creepy old reptilian peepers that Modulok sported. All in all, a pretty cool entry in the growing Kabuto Mushi MK II MOTU subset.
Another noteworthy part of Marty's new round is the inclusion of the Kabuto Mushi MK II Standard MK II! A bit of a mouthful, I know, but what a killer figure! This edition represents MJ (Marty's son) Hansen's special Kabuto Mushi Comic cover art, and stands as the definitive version of the popular character. Lots of paint and a great combination of brown, green and black land this version as one of my personal favorite KMs yet. The green actually matches up with the "Aka" TMNG green that we just produced, so building between the colors yields some good results. To add a little extra fun to the mix, another color matched "Kabuto" Crayboth was also run, standing at the ready to watch KM's back! Hats off to MJ and his pop for working together to bring this one to life.
Marty's latest selection is topped off by not one, but two Transformers tributes that flesh out the ongoing Insecticon inspired KM subset. If you've been looking for the right opportunity to check out the vinyl Titan Mushi in hand, this October offering is just about the perfect style to start with.
Hard to believe that it's been almost 3 years (come January 2017) since the Kabuto Mushi MK II landed on the scene. Marty has been pushing himself since day one, and I'm looking forward to the next phase of the GodBeast's evolution. I've even heard some bad guys might be crawling around behind the scenes...
Congratulations to Marty and his boys on another great wave!
Tomorrow evening, Saturday Oct. 29th, Destroy Babylon has the distinct honor of supporting legendary reggae band The Wailers! The line-up includes a few of the '70s-era players, including co-founder and Bob Marley's bassist, Aston "Family Man" Barrett. If you're near the New England seacoast area, come join us and the whole Onell clan for an epic night at NH's best and largest venue, the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom.
I also wanted to share some news about DB's "brother band", The Macrotones. Our new full-length album is now available from the Culture Pirates shop! I was lucky enough to hit and shake a number of instruments on this record, in addition to creating the artwork alongside resident artist Jesse Moore. It's also available on iTunes, Google, and all major streaming services.
Our descent into Macro-Babylon has been a steady evolution- from fans in '08, to gig mates, then designer, fill-in drummer, and eventually my brother and I became their full time bass & percussion players. Meanwhile, a handful of the Macrotones joined DB (and side projects), forming the tightest union of bands I've ever had the pleasure of being a part of.
From dark, brassy funk to lush Afro-pop, Unknown Outpost feels right at home with the Music ADD catalog. This is also the first album to feature vocals, including contributions from Rob Carmichael of DB and rising sensation Iyeoka (her single "Simply Falling" has over 40M views!). Our friends bcap and Does Bros of DXA add some hip-hop flavor to the mix as well.
One big subject that David and I really connect on is the world of old school video games from the 80's and early 90's. A prime example of that time frame is Sega's Revenge of Shinobi (though I think my obsession with the game was a little more bananas than David's). After checking out our latest wave while we were in the barn, I asked if David would mind rendering an illustration of our new Shinobi tribute figure, Glyninja Koshiro. Within a day he had sent over the drawing shown above! Not only is he talented, but he's also crazy quick.
Thank you for the amazing image David!
For those of you who would like to explore more of the Mecha Zone/ Mechanauts universe, click over to David's main site. Also, be sure to check out his current Robot Sketches Kickstarter, which features lots of killer drawings from across the classic sci-fi spectrum that we all love.
Thanks to all of you, we've just made it through one of the most intense weeks around here since the Paypocalypse of 2013.
Before I get into the specifics of what occurred last week with the store, I personally want to express how grateful I am for the repeat turnout as we muddled through our mess. The fact that you guys still have the dedication to come back and check out what we're up to is what fuels the main engine, especially during mishaps with our eternal frenemy, PayPal. It can't ever be said enough how much we love doing this with all of you.
The TMNG wave proved to be a good one, and there will definitely be another small visit to their subterranean world in 2017. It was an extra special assortment for Marcus and I in particular, as we bonded originally over our mutual admiration for the old TMNT comics, toys and video games of our youth, back when we first met while working at Beantown Toys. What an incredible and enduring world Eastman and Laird created together all those years ago. The latest round of Glyos stands as Onell's tribute to their inspiring legacy.
Following up on the previous posts about our recent store issues, we can report that the PayPal shopping cart system and inventory control failed not only on the original night of the launch, but also on the relaunch of our store last Friday afternoon. Upon contacting PayPal to check on how we should proceed with the situation, they recommended that we close the store down for at least 48 hours, then reload the entire store (with new buttons) for a third time. This was not going to cut it, so we got out the scratch pad(s) again and went to work old school style, marking each item down that was sold as your orders appeared in real time. This process completely felt like the old days, long before we ever had an online inventory system, with crazy counting going on at a rapid fire pace. The experience was once again humbling to say the least.
Now that the dust has finally settled, we are preparing to finally roll out an all new shopping cart interface through Shopify, so be on the lookout for some changes in the checkout process over the coming week. Marcus has been test running this system with the Bit Figs site, and so far the results have been solid.
Going into the last two months of 2016, we'll be attending Designer Con in November for the 3rd straight year, and we're super excited to catch up with everyone in person again. This is an excellent convention run by exceptional people, and we're honored to participate in the madness that is DCon in sunny Pasadena with our friends. We plan on having some sneak preview stock from our year end early December wave available, as well as a few other little bits.
Well, I've succeeded in making another text tidal wave, so I'll clip my rambling before you all fall asleep on your keyboards. Thanks again for all the worlds that you continue to allow us to explore. Having a place these last 9+ years to share our weirdo ideas has consistently given us hope and happiness, no matter how many virtual stores have exploded along the way.
All orders placed last night before the PayPal snafu have been processed and are good to go.
We have reopened the store for now, but the entire PayPal system is currently experiencing some "technical difficulties", linked to the crazy DNS service attacks going on today.
Due to the fact that the PayPal inventory is not working correctly, we are tallying everything by hand as each order comes in. This means that we will have to close the store intermittently so we can double check the numbers.We apologize for the frustrating experience, but we should be able to keep things moving by using this old school method.
Thanks to all of you for still participating in this bonkers release.