My Glyos madness continues! Rusty Gobon was part of the Ayosire Armodoc wave released a few weeks back. Like Armodoc, he's a bit of a departure from the usual Glyos morphology. But does he obtain the same level of robo-bodaciousness as Armodoc?
Company: Onell Design
Price: $15 (from Onell's online store)
Packaging: Carded baggie
I love Gobon's design, which is reminiscent of classic robots from yesteryear. Gobon's parts are interchangeable and he comes with two different heads, so there are two main body configurations. I'll call them "Spud" (directly above) and "Brute" (at the top of the review). Both look great and give the figure totally different characterizations. Spud looks like a lovable sidekick, like something out of a Gigantor cartoon. But Brute looks like he just lumbered off a flying saucer in some 50's sci-fi movie, itching to pwn human-kind. Spud is R2-D2, Brute is Gort.
The paint apps are fantastic, replicating the look of a decrepit rust-covered robot perfectly. I feel like I need a tetanus shot after handling the thing. And the red eyes look coldly at you, sizing you up like the fragile bag of flesh that you are.
In both the Spud and Brute configurations, Gobon has the following POAs (all swivel): neck, shoulders, wrists, waist (if you include the swivel "wheel", the piece that looks like the "belt" on Spud, there are two waist joints), hips, and ankles. Ball-socket joints would have really assisted in Gobon's robo-destructive capabilities.
Gobon comes with a spare head that you can find when you pop off the wheel from the body base. The two heads are awesome because you can drastically change the look and feel of the character. But other than that, his accessorizing options are pretty much non-existent. A Gobon blaster, similarly rust-decorated, would have been perfect.
$15 is pretty pricey for a figure of this size. But it's easier to choke down that price when you compare it to the cost of other designer toys. And Gobon is surprisingly heavy... his torso feels like it's just one solid piece of plastic. It really gives the figure gravitas.
The usual Glyos play value is here, as Gobon's interchangeable parts and compatibility with others in the Glyos System lead to countless configurations. I'm sure you're just waiting for me to start whining about the reuse of parts like I always do in MOTUC and Ghostbusters reviews, but it's not going to happen this time. My main problem with reuse is less the reused parts themselves, and more the fact that the toy manufacturer often doesn't go the extra mile to make you feel like you have something distinctive. But not so with Rusty Gobon... the rust detailing not only looks unique, it also definitively distinguishes this dude from his silvery counterpart.
Glyos never ceases to surprise me with its innovative take on designer toys, and Gobon is one of the best examples of this methodology. His design is a great tribute to vintage robots, and his rusty paint job gives him character and distinction. And let's not forget the usual Glyos playability that makes this dude a fun toy with which to play around. My only complaint is that I don't have more Gobons... with the next colorway I'll have to get 2 or 3 Gobons and see what sorts of metal horrors I can construct.
Need a second opinion? Check out Battlegrip.com for its take on the Rusty Gobon!