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REVIEW: 481 Universe – Anomalies

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Background

There are a number of artists, customizers and sculptors who take Onell Design's Glyos universe and expand upon it. Whether they create new Glyos-compatible parts/figures or complementary characters, it's one of the more collaborative communities in the designer toy realm.

One of those artists is Ni, from NiStuff.com and 481 Universe. He has released a six figure series of Glyos style figures that go by the name of the Anomalies. While they aren't compatible with the interlocking joint system of Onell's figures, we'll show you just how they complement them.

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The Facts



Anomalies
Series: Anomalies Minifigure Series
Manufacturer: 481 Universe
Artist/Sculpted by: Ni (NiStuff.com)
Material: PVC
Dimensions: Between 2” and 3.25” tall
Points of Articulation: Zero
Designs: Adaman; Ancient Astronaut; Laion; SEG; Slir; Strugg
Pricing: $15.00 set of 6

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Packaging

The six Anomalies comes bagged with a header card. The header card has one of six different illustrations by artist Cpresti. The card is actually a sticker, so it's easy to peel it back, take out the toys, and then re-stick it.

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Our Opinion

The Anomalies figures are actually produced at the same factory that manufactures Onell Design's Glyos figures. So they are made of the same PVC material, making them fit in perfectly (they smell just like them too).

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The sculpting on the Anomalies is interesting. Even though there are similarities between the six characters, they're all unique. The Ancient Astronaut is a chunky sculpt that reminds me a little of Samus of Metroid fame. Adaman, the smallest figure, has a steampunk feel to it. The Strugg might be the closest to resembling a Glyos figure – just check out the leg and foot. Laion is the tallest figure and looks like he'd fit in perfectly with the old Mars-1 Invisible Plan mini-figures. SEG Construct looks like it's made up on a thousand little bricks. And, finally, Slir looks to be constructed of long strands of clay.

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Each Anomaly is sculpted really well, especially for being so small. This version doesn't have any paintwork or washes on the PVC figures, although I'm sure you could give it a shot yourself.

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Overall, I really like the series. It's a good thing when fans and collectors feel such a connection to a line that they sculpt and create an expanded universe of new toys and characters. Ni (through his NiStuff and 481 Universe) has really thrown down the gauntlet for other Glyos fans and customizers.

Six figures for the total price of $15.00 is a great deal ($2.50 each). Plus, Ni throws in a free Glyos compatible Subject head that you can swap onto any of your Onell mini figures.

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You can pick these up at the following:

481 Universe: $15.00 set

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