Thursday, July 29, 2010

Outer Space Men Gear Does Fit On Star Wars Figures

...we're working on real reviews, but we'll share some more snapshots from play tests along the way.

This is the 2010 Bespin Fatigues Luke Skywalker action figure wearing the Comic-Con International Exclusive Alpha Phase Inferno helmet. The gun fits right into his hand, but the helmet is naturally loose as it was developed for another head. Should you ever need to give Luke this kind of helmet, well, here you go.

Here's the same Luke figure wearing the Xodiac gear. Surprisingly, the helmet seems to fit just fine, as does the gun. Is there a practical reason to do this? No. But I thought it looked funny, so there you go.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

What's out? What's coming?



Alpha Phase: San Diego Comic-Con 2010 Exclusives
Astro-Nautilus, Clear purple, 300 pcs
Inferno - Clear red, 300 pcs
Metamorpho - Glow-in-the-dark, 300 pcs
Xodiac, Clear orange, 300 pcs

Beta Phase: New York Comic-Con 2010 Exclusives
Astro-Nautilus, Clear blue, 300 pcs
Inferno - Clear yellow, 300 pcs
Metamorpho - Clear pink, 300 pcs
Xodiac, Clear green, 300 pcs

Infinity Edition
Astro-Nautilus, the Man from Neptune
Inferno, the Man from Mercury
Metamorpho, the Man from Alpha Centauri
Xodiac, the Man from Saturn

Holiday Edition: Figures have either Silver or Gold weapons
Astro-Nautilus, Clear red
Inferno - Clear blue
Metamorpho - Clear green
Xodiac, Clear colorless

Infinity Edition
Commander Comet, the Man from Venus
Mystron, the Man from Hollow Earth

The original line in the 1960s had 7 figures produced with 6 more almost produced for a second series, which achieved a legendary status among toy collectors. There are also said to be numerous unfinished concepts, so it's entirely possible previously unseen characters could make it out. Otherwise, it might cap at 13 sculpts plus repaints.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Outer Space Men Vehicles: Use What You Have

The Outer Space Men are jointed very similarly to vintage 1978-1985 Star Wars figures. There are also added knee, ankle, wrist, and elbow swivel joints, but the fundamental "arm and hip swivel" articulation remains. The good news? This means these figures should fit in essentially any Mini-Rig, starfighter, or tank you so choose... as long as bending knees aren't necessary.

This means a number of G.I. Joe and other toy lines are perfectly compatible with these, if that's something you're looking for. (Pictured: 2010 Clone Wars Fighter Tank, Star Wars Cloud Car, Star Wars Snowspeeder from Hasbro.)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Outer Space Men 2010 Packaging vs. Glyos Packaging

The 2010 Outer Space Men line takes a lot of cues from the Onell Design Glyos toys-- most notably the "open source" (read: freely usable) articulation system which allows for parts-swapping. Onell is currently using a ziplock-esque plastic bag with a stapled header card, which the Horsemen adopted for the new range.

The glow-in-the-dark Metamorpho is seen next to a Glyos figure. This packaging may only be for these exclusive figures, as one of the Horsemen shared that actual blister cards are in development as of Comic-Con this week.

Interesting notes:
• There are no UPCs or SKUs on the packaging.
• There are only 2 header cards-- it's Metamorpho on one side, and Astro-Nautilus on the other. Smart cost-cutting move!
• There is no mention of SDCC or Action Figure Xpress (the booth at which these were sold) anywhere on the packaging.