Sunday, August 28, 2016

Glow In the Dark Outer Space Men Cosmic Radiation Bonus Gear

Via the official Outer Space Men Instagram:

A note: at this time we don't know how/when/if these will be distributed online or outside the conventions.   One may make assumptions but nothing was confirmed just yet that we have seen.   Also, the only two Cosmic Radiation figures with dates are Gamma-X and Colossus Rex, both of which will be in the hands of New York-based convention-goers during the first two weeks of October.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Outer Space Men Friday Night - Colossus Rex Returns
They're back, again, Friday night!  In about 20 hours, you can get Colossus Rex 2.0 - the bluish variant.  Check it out on the Instagrams.

The official Outer Space Men account also teases a couple of other figures and word on them in 12 hours.  I'm all ears.   The guy to the right goes on sale Friday night at 9:00 PM Eastern over at   Word has it he's $30 and if you saw the 1.0 version's going rate on eBay, $30 is quite a bargain.  (If you've followed inflation on toy manufacturing in China over the last few years, it ain't bad either.)

Anyway.  More are coming, this one's first, keep an eye on this space for more, don't ask why just buy buy buy, etc.   I'll have a review up as soon as time and space permits.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Outer Space Men Continue - 3 More Figures by October

The Outer Space Men are returning!  (Again!)   The last new wave of painted figures was a huge hit, with the 2 classic characters - Colossus Rex and Gamma X - selling so well that they will now cost you a lot of money.   (And that's assuming you can find them for sale.  Good luck.)

The fine folks behind the line are reissuing them with some improvements, along with a glow-in-the-dark Colossus Rex for the very first time. Gary Schaffer was kind enough to reach out with some details... and unrequested commentary added by yours truly.

Colossus Rex 2.0 - this will debut on the official Outer Space Men web site, and will also be sold at Star Trek Mission New York (September 2-4) and also New York Comic Con (October 6-9).  The figure is slightly closer in the rich color of the original Colorforms release nearly 50 years ago, but includes gold - rather than purple - accessories.  

If you missed the original figure, this is a much cheaper alternative to the secondary market.  If you didn't, it's different enough that you may wish to get one anyway.   $30, carded - this figure will feature new graphic design and new logos on the packaging as the Four Horsemen are no longer selling these.

Gamma X Cosmic Radiation - This will debut at Star Trek Mission New York (September 2-4).  The original Infinity Gamma X was covered in a light layer of glowing paint, which didn't glow fairly well.   It was colored similarly to the original prototype figure, but didn't glow well.  The new Cosmic Radiation edition is cast in glow plastic and looks like it will brighten the night.   It's a worthwhile upgrade.  $25, bagged.

Colossus Rex Cosmic Radiation - The New York Comic Con exclusive for The Outer Space Men will bow October 6-9.   This mock-up shows silver detailing added to the figure with silver accessories.  (Silver accessories were previously made available with the Ni Stuff handmade Galactic Holiday 2013 figures, and also as a set from the Four Horsemen Store.)   $25, bagged.

At press time the only figure we know will be sold online is Colossus Rex 2.0 - I'll post more as updates become available.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Review: Four Horsemen Outer Space Men White Star Mystron Action Figure

Four Horsemen Outer Space Men White Star Mystron Action FigureDid you know that The Outer Space Men toy line turns 50 this year? It's true! The space race got people really excited about space and space toys, until we landed on the moon and everybody got bored. Because of that, the original prototype figure that led to White Star Mystron was never produced - but we got little versions of him now for a fairly nice price. If you've been following these reviews - and I've only got a couple left to write - you no doubt know that a lot of the early figures share a ton of parts, which coincided with lower pricing. Everybody won! ...initially. This Mystron was in a Comic-Con exclusive from 2013, after each figure had a minimum of 4 or 5 releases in various colors. The higher prices and reduced paint was sort of a slap in the face. I still bought it - and I basically like it, even though it'd make a better custom base than a play or display toy. Also I get to say that I own a White Devil action figure. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Astrodite: Yup, Still Coming
It has been a few years since the figure was revealed to a mostly ambivalent public in New York, but hey - she's coming!  Astrodite is the Woman from Venus, and was the only figure shown to the public which hadn't been produced.  It looks like that may change - the official Outer Space Men Instagram showed a couple of shots with the caption "She is coming!"

Really, what else is there to say?

Monday, July 4, 2016

Cosmic Radiation Edition Outer Space Men Coming This Month
Announced via Instagram on July 2, Cosmic Radiation Edition Outer Space Men are coming - somewhere, on some day roughly 3 weeks from now, at an undisclosed price.

For the paranoid among us, three weeks from the post date would put it squarely during San Diego Comic-Con, thus being something of an issue for those otherwise occupied with travel and feat of fast sell-outs.  Hopefully it won't be until after the show, but one can never predict these things.

This selection of 8 figures is the same as the first White Star box - Commander Comet, Xodiac, Metamorpho, Alpha 7, Electron+, Astro-Nautilus, Inferno, and Mystron.

For those keeping track, there have been three figures which boast glow-in-the-dark features previously.  Metamorpho in 2010 was cast in a pale glow plastic with yellow clear accessories.   Electron+ was made in the same glow colors but with purple accessories in 2011.  In 2014, we got a Gamma-X with painted glow over its frame, but the quality of the glow was pretty rotten.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Review: Onell Design Outer Space Men Orbitron Diversus

Onell Design Outer Space Men Orbitron Diversus Action FigureLong pauses are as much a part of The Outer Space Men as space itself. The original line took a nap after its 1966 debut until 2010, and every year we'd see a surge of freshness around July with the line usually being over and done with by January until the next July. Selling out faster than you can say "give Uncle Scrotor a hug," Orbitron Diversus was the last new releases were the final "Infinity Edition" figures from February 2014. In that time, the rights to The Outer Space Men reverted back to the brand's owners, which means you're probably not going to see a heck of a lot of new sculpting but you might see more new releases now that the ball is rolling again. I hope. I mean, it's been 50 years - toy nostalgia usually peters out for most adults before they turn 40. Onell Design's new crossover Orbitron takes cues from its original inspiration - notably the Metaluna Mutant from This Island Earth.