Friday, December 31, 2010

Outer Space Men Class of 2010

The first year of the new line is wrapping up (calendar year, that is) and here's a quick pick of the first 16 action figures in the line-- minus a weapon variation or four.

2011 is still up in the air, but the Horsemen have confirmed Mystron and Commander Comet as the next two in production. We hope you've enjoyed our ramblings, and be sure to come back next year for more news as it comes up!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mel Birnkrant's Outer Space Men 2010 Figure Fixes

Outer Space Men creator Mel Birnkrant got his figures recently, and shared some design notes from the 1960s and some ways to ruin the figure customization tips in making the toys slightly more like his original concept.

First up is Metamorpho. His original concept had the figure as having a translucent plastic helmet so more light would get in, but the 2010 release has an opaque grey costume. Solution? Swap in the glow-in-the-dark Alpha Phase Metamorpho helmet.

Next is Inferno. The original unproduced figure was to have light-up elements, specifically the head. Due to the enclosed helmet, this proves difficult. To give the figure a glow (after you swap in a translucent head, of course) he suggests you butcher customize the helmet with a small hole in the back, and he also explains how to do it.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Outer Space Men Holiday Edition Packaged & Loose

The Outer Space Men Holiday figures are arriving, and naturally, we ordered a set. Check 'em out.

As you know, there are gold and silver accessory variants of these figures. Rather than giving you gold or silver, the Four Horsemen mixed these so we got gold versions of Xodiac and Metamorpho with silver versions of Inferno and Astro-Nautilus.

As always for the clear figures, they come in the same bags with stapled header card. So if you picked up the Alpha or Beta Phases, you know what to expect.

If by any chance you have a silver Xodiac to sell, do let us know. And here's a loose shot of the group.

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Outer Space Men: The World of the Future

While not a huge surprise, the original 1960s series creator (and patron saint of toy fans) Mel Birnkrant has confirmed he is currently designing more new aliens for future series of the action figure line. Via the Fantastic Exclusive forums:

"Believe it or not, today, I’m working on sketches for OSM line extensions. Just getting started really, but I think I have some exciting ones in mind."

While not specific, it does confirm that the line will probably go beyond the initial 7 released figures and 6 proposed and unreleased ones. For his original 1960s sketches (of which that illustration is one), visit Mr. Mirnkrant's galleries on his web site.

Holiday Edition Outer Space Men Shipping

We just got our shipping notice for our Holiday Edition Outer Space Men. Watch your email boxes, kids! According to the Four Horsemen, delivery is expected for later this week, just before Christmas.

Review: The Outer Space Men Infinity Edition Inferno


Standing about 3 4/5-inches tall (at the top of his removable helmet), this figure is fantastic. Just look at it! Molded in a grey plastic, the figure has been painted silver although it's tough to tell just by looking at it. As such, be careful when handling it because it's entirely possible that the paint may rub off over time with heavy play. The head and flame backpack are also molded in silver, but painted over in reddish orange. Due to the plastic the manufacturers used, it seems that the figure is painted all over when in fact it is not. Other highlights on the figure are painted to make it look like the original design, including some gold flourishes on his gauntlets, an articulated ornament on his chest, painted black "bendy joints," and of course, a specially decorated codpiece. The ladies love the codpieces. [ READ THE FULL ARTICLE ]

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Quick Pic: Outer Space Men Infinity Series 1 and 2 Group Shots

While we're working on some reviews, why not see some more progress? Here's a group shot of Wave 1 (or "Series 1" and "Series 2") of the Outer Space Men.

As an added bonus, here's Inferno next to the vintage 2010 mail-in rocket-firing Boba Fett for scale.

Quick Pics Incoming - Outer Space Men's First Twelve Figures

While we're working on reviews next week (and beyond), we wanted to give you a link to some quick images we uploaded to our Flickr page showing off the new Infinity Edition figures alongside their Alpha Phase and Beta Phase counterparts.

Above, get a gander of Xodiac swapped with his various siblings.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Outer Space Men Infinity Edition Figures Delivered

In all the excitement on Friday, we totally forgot to mention that our set of the Outer Space Men series 1 (Astro-Nautilus and Metamorpho) plus series 2 (Inferno and Xodiac) arrived in fantastic shape. We're snapping pictures for reviews in the coming days, and we can say that it's totally worth getting a set to play around with.

Particularly exciting is mixing the Alpha Phase Inferno with the Infinity version. This picture we just snapped in a hurry while we were futzing around, The picture is the Alpha Phase Inferno with the alternate arms and gun from the Infinity figure. What a difference some color makes! The Infinity Inferno is molded in grey plastic and painted red, in case you were curious.

A quick note: if you use the Alpha head and flames with the Infinity figure, it looks a heck of a lot more like the original prototype toy-- more on that later this weekend or early next week.

Outer Space Men Trading Cards in 2011

Apparently comics and figures aren't enough, the Outer Space Men are getting a line of trading cards!

There's not a ton of info just yet, but promo cards are making the rounds and it looks like it will feature the original photography from the 1960s, and typos. (One says "Xodiak.") We found the story at Non-Sport Update forums, because the manufacturer's site at was seemingly down for the evening.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Official Pictures of Outer Space Men Holiday Figures

Previously we were treated to unfinished test shots-- today, the Four Horsemen shared the real deal with the rest of the class with silver and gold accessories. It's like the Burl Ives song, with less rum.

Those are the silver ones. New changes from the prototypes include painted details on Inferno's gun, a little Saturn on Xodiac's chest, and added deco on Metamorpho's weapons. We're crossing our fingers that the samples we bought are silver and not gold because silver is so much more Micronauts-y.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Holiday Edition Outer Space Men Orders Tonight!

From the Four Horsemen press release:

(Or just click here to order them as/if they are available.)

UPDATE: On sale now! The final price is $48.50 shipped in the USA, and yes, they do accept Paypal.


The elves at Four Horsemen Toy Design Studios ( have been working hard to make sure you all have a festive holiday season. The fruits of their labor have shipped and will be arriving at Four Horsemen Studios soon!

The Outer Space Men: Galactic Holiday Edition Will be arriving at Four Horsemen Studio’s warehouse on Wednesday, December 15th and will go up for order at Store Horsemen ( tonight, Tuesday night, December 14th at 9:00pm EST.

If you place your order before this Thursday, December 16th at 11:59pm EST, and you’re within the continental US (and the figures haven’t sold out yet), your package will ship out by Monday, December 20th via FedEx Ground (orders shipping to P.O. boxes excluded from FedEx delivery). That means that you’ve got a pretty good chance of your package being delivered in time for Christmas!

Each Galactic Holiday Edition Outer Space Men figure (Astro-Nautilus, Metamorpho, Inferno & Xodiac) comes with their own character specific, randomly packed silver or gold accessories, many of which are vac-metal plated!

As with all preceding special edition Outer Space Men releases, the GHOSM will come poly-bagged with a character specific header card and a backer card featuring all four of the currently released Outer Space Men in their own environments.

Go to the Four Horsemen’s website: Four ( to get a look at early, in-progress shots of the Galactic Holiday Outer Space Men figures and their awesome vac-plated accessories!

Also, all Outer Space Men figures feature a modular, interchangeable pop & play system that is compatible with Onell Design’s Glyos action figures!

The Outer Space Men: Galactic Holiday Edition figures are a special edition set, so – as with all special edition OSM sets - quantities are extremely limited. Be sure to get to Store Horsemen and order your set as early as possible to make sure that you continue to have a happy holiday season!

For all up-to-the-minute Four Horsemen updates, please friend us on Facebook (FourHorsemen ToyStudio), follow us on Twitter (@4horsemendesign), or just drop by the main Four Horsemen website daily (

Monday, December 13, 2010

Outer Space Men Infinity Edition Shipping

We just got our FedEx confirmation number proving that our regular carded Outer Space Men action figures are on the way! We'll have pictures as soon as they show up.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Holiday Edition Outer Space Men Coming

In the mind-boggling-but-why-stop-now third series of clear repaints, we're going to get some Holiday Themed Figures. The set of four will have new colors, vac-metal (or silver and/or gold) accessories, plus be for sale early next week-- December 13 at 9:00 PM EST.

Click here to see the figures in their new colors, and this Four Horsemen update has info on accessories. Of note, Xodiac's helmet is now completely opaque.