Designed by Matt Doughty of Onell Design, sculpted by Jason Frailey and prototyped by Marty Hansen, the Armorvor quickly became one of the most popular figures from the mind-blowing Glyos system figure line.
The Armorvor was first prototyped in 2011, before becoming a full production figure in mid 2012. Since then, there has been an Armorvor found in the Glyos release on nearly each occasion. -- The Armorvor Archive
Character History"The idea behind the Armorvor (or Neo Beast as we used to call it), began many years ago, but it only started to become a reality after combining forces with Marty "The GodBeast" Hansen and Jason Frailey.
Marty and I had discussed a Battle Beast inspired figure all the way back in our first communications together, as we had both wished that the classic line would make some kind of return, whether as repros or as a completely new series (which arrives this September from Takara Tomy!). I had added some small joints to a few of the vintage figures, imagining that a new line might resemble something of that nature and shared the images with Marty, who seemed to get a kick out of them. Even though it was just a passing conversation, the seeds were sown for what would eventually become the Armorvor.Fast forward to the spring of last year, when the subject of making a beast inspired figure popped up again. I was preparing for our next figure, which was looking like the Delphi or Noboto, when a change of plans occurred. Marty had mentioned that he knew an extremely talented sculptor named Jason Frailey, and that he thought Jason would be the perfect artist to build the "Neo Beast" that we had been discussing for so many years. I was a little hesitant at first, because we had never produced another sculptor's work under our own banner in PVC before. Would Jason understand the multiple properties each part would need to have? Would the figure look too out of place when completed? Even with some reservations, we moved forward.
Once I had my first conversation with Jason, I knew we would be more than alright. Jason Frailey, as it turns out, is not only a world class sculptor, but he is also an gifted designer. I think this is a little known fact even amongst his peers at his job with NECA. After supplying Jason with the initial conceptual drawings, he started in on roughing out the core proportions. I was thinking about making the overall figure a little leaner, so that it would fit in with our standard range of figures, but Jason wanted to give the little guy a bit more heft, evoking a deeper BB connection. Initially I was concerned that we were getting too close to the core BB property, but with a few tweaks and many late night talks, the right balance came into focus.Jason stayed very true to the first drawing with the early sculpt, but then started to add some of his own twists and details into the design, which made the figure really come to life. The entire shoulder structure was improved, as was just about every single piece of the Armorvor thanks to the intuitive process that Jason employed. He even came up with and designed the backpack/phaser/drone head without missing a beat. I realized fairly early on to trust in his abilities as a designer, as well as a sculptor. The Armorvor became something more than it would have if it were only developed in our shop. It became a true collaboration between all of us. Marty would weigh in on the creative direction, using his BB expertise to assist in the visual cues that we all eventually settled on. Once the final sculpt was a lock, Marty began the casting process to bring the early prototypes out to all of you guys, with him and Jason continuing to design new heads all the while (I squeaked a few out with Marty as well). Nate from the Dork Dimension then brought his illustrative arsenal to the party and made some incredible works of packaging art, rounding out the urethane release in proper form.
The first phase of the Armrovor's life had begun.
The basic storyline for the Armorvor has been in place for some time, so having Jason sculpt it also played right into the "alternate tech" idea, representing a slightly different aesthetic for this particular race of characters. I really can't say enough about Jason's contributions to the final piece, it's as much his design as it is mine, maybe even more so.Our goal was to get this little bugger into full production, and thanks to our man Paul over at our factory, we have been able to finally do it, after an entire year of development!
Thank you Jason, Marty, Nate and Paul for working so hard with us to bring this new creation to life. Hopefully, we can do it again real soon."
Long Ago"It was really fun teaming up with Ralph again for this odd little tale. We wanted to explore a little more of Volkria, back before things got... "complicated". Ralph brought everything together with his rhythmic pacing, and was very patient in dealing with my nitpicking ways." Volkria, the Delphi were fascinated by the planet's native species. Deep in the woods, they encountered a trio of wolf-like beings displaying signs of evolved thinking. Each was a member of a different species: the smart, quick-witted Halosars; the Verexxa, capable of hypnotizing other animals by singing; and the powerful warrior Armorvors, who defended the other two. When the three were unexpectedly ambushed by a predator, the Delphi made the decision to intervene and save the wolf creatures by killing their attacker. The Delphi adopted the three wolf species as their own children - referring to them as "Volkria," the Delphi word for children - and shared Black Core technology with them to speed their evolution. But once a civilization had been built on the planet, the Armorvors used the Black Core tech to rebel against the Delphi, killing one of their number. While the Delphi were willing to forgive the Armorvors for this, the Delphis' masters were not and ordered the Delphi to wage war against their adopted children. The Armorvors were outmatched and their numbers eventually reduced to a small group led by the Halosar-Armorvor crossbreed Venjorun; instead of killing these last members of the species, however, the Delphi secretly defied their masters and banished the Armorvors into the Zorennor Rift. The record ends with one final warning: "Beware the Armorvor. For when Zorennor bleeds again, so too shall all of Glyos..."
Black Core Survival Suits"The Armorvor utilize Delphi designed Black Core Survival Suits, which function like a second skin and keep the user protected from virtually any environment, as well as the effects of Phase Dimensional travel.
The firepower of one Survival Suit, used by a skilled operator, can rival that of a Heavy Armored Rig. Though the Rigs also use Black Core in their construction, the Armorvor were able to master the use of this mysterious substance over many cycles during their exile in Zorennor, achieving another level of technological symbiosis with their hardware as they evolved over time.
Combined, these facts effectively make a single Armorvor the equivalent of a one man army."
Armored Klace and the Stealth Armorvors
"Managed to get a shot of the Stealth Armorvor right at sunset, which created an interesting effect."
Meanwhile, back in the tunnel... a lone Glyan stands guard over the Neo Phase pool. However, the shadows are hiding something... something invisible... something... Stealth. "Commander?" the Glyan cautiously asked as he peered around the room. The invisible hand of fate clutched his helmet and squeezed with ease. "No..." said the voice. "Fragile creature.." the invisible voice noted as the camouflage drained away to reveal a beastly Armorvor Sonesidar mimic. The infiltration into Frontier Base Alpha had begun....
The Reydurran DivideVery little is known of the event on Reydurra when the Council's mission teams arrived. Following Operation: Sonesidar -- which managed to locate the Neo Phase Pheyden on Sonesidar -- Traveler Ollereyn along with Operator Cane were dispatched to the ruins of Reydurra with the Reydurran Operations Unit to act as a security force. Given the recent Syclodoc and Armorvor incidents, Phase Defenders were also included with the security team. Commander Sannuric was in charge logistics support with the Reydurran Engineer Corps to retrieve something from deep within the ruins for the mission.
Small Crawlers were sent out "to collect information and explore the Deep Ruins on Planet Reydurra itself." They were to also function as personal guardians for when things got dangerous. The Reydurran Science Division discovered an Infection deep within the ruins which managed to spread to the Neo Aves Exellis. All three Council teams issued Combo Suits to the Glyans to contain the deadly virus from spreading beyond the planet.
Meanwhile, Glyaxia Command sent out a Syclodoc Infiltrator to once again attack during a Council mission. Not to be outdone, the Armorvors sent in their own Mimic into the area who may have caught the Infection itself while in the ruins. It was later revealed that the Armorvor Armies swiftly establish an outpost on Reydurra and several other worlds, crushing any opposition through the use of their powerful Black Core technology.
The Granthans"After their victory on Planet Volkria, the Armorvors begin to move across the Glyos System, not just on a path of vengeance and destruction, but also on a mission to forge alliances with those that would join them. The first to stand with the powerful Armorvors are the battered and forgotten creatures known as the Granthans.
Long ago, The Granthans escaped from a dark empire somewhere beyond the Edge of Space, creating a new home in the Glyos System and eventually settling on a lonely planet they named Granthan, in honor of their new found independence.In time, however, their freedom was challenged by the First Travelers, a race known as the Delphi. Acting on orders from their Masters, the Delphi forced the Granthans into the deep caverns of the planet, crippling their technology and throwing them into a primitive existence below the surface. This action doomed the Granthans to live only within the planet's shimmering underworld, away from the promise of a brighter tomorrow.
With the aid of the Armorvors, the Granthans finally rise up to reclaim their world after so many oppressed generations."Glyaxia Command pushed to its limits and on the defensive, the combined Armorvor Armies swiftly establish outposts across the worlds of Volkria, Sonesidar, Reydurra and Rilleco, crushing any opposition through the use of their powerful Black Core technology. The Lost Children of the Delphi now stand on the edge of reclaiming what they believe is their collective birthright ... the entirety of the Glyos System.
However, not all the children of the Delphi wish for war and conquest. From a glimmering star far beyond reach, emissaries from a mysterious race called the Varteryx appear before Glyaxia Command, led to the Capital Planet Metran by the enigmatic Traveler know as Hades. Benevolent creatures not unlike their creators, the Varteryx share their advanced discoveries with Glyaxia Command in an effort to balance the scales against their aggressive brethren, the Armorvors and Neo Granthans.Joining forces with the most advanced thinkers on Metran, the Varteryx and Glyaxia Command unite to create the Glyarmor aboard Hades' Block Base Cerberus. Greatly augmenting a user's natural abilities through a psychic fusion to the armor itself, the Glyarmor also serves as a direct countermeasure to Black Core technology.
Employed by the Elite Enforcer Units of Glyaxia Command, select Travelers meld with the newly developed Glyarmor to evolve into a previously unseen Neo Sarvos form.
Now with a small measure of hope restored and a reforged resolve, a battle-worn Glyaxia Command slowly rises to settle the score."
Record of the Delphi
The first of the production Armorvors appeared as a surprise during the July drop. Despite this, the entire stock sold out within 40 minutes or so. Due to there being no order limit back then, many collectors ordered several Venjoruns, resulting in after market re-sale values rising quickly. It was and still is one of the most desirable Armorvors to many collectors. It became apparent that a 'red eye' variant had been slipped into the production line! Only a handful of lucky collectors own one of these and the (deliberate) variation was confirmed by a post over at Onell.
Red/Grey/Black/Light blue/White wolf head, blue eyes
Hades Mimic Armorvor
September 2012 saw a double Armorvor drop - Hades Mimic and Stealth, each selling out rapidly. Like the Venjorun before it, Hades was and still is one of the most desired Armorvors for a collector. It has to be something to do with the intimidating look of the all black armor, especially when the helmet is in place.
Black/Mint green/Mint green wolf head, white eyes
As mentioned above, the Stealth Armorvor was released with the Hades Mimic, each selling out quickly. The Stealth figure, which was and still is the no.1 choice for customizers, would later see further 'Mk.' releases, all of which being ice clear. Only the most hardcore of completists strive to have each Stealth MK in their collection.
Neo Nebula Armorvor
Released alongside Verexxan and Spectre. Note that the eyes are white, with lime green center, rather than solid lime green.
Light purple/Dark purple/Black/Lime green/Grey wolf head, lime green eyes
The October 2012 drop saw 3 Armorvors drop at once - Verexxan, Neo Nebula and Spectre. Things had changed by this time and there was a 1 per customer order limit on each Armorvor, in order to ensure most collectors got a figure. Needless to say, they still all sold out quickly
Light grey/Dark grey/Black/Red/Yellow wolf head, red eyes
Released alongside Verexxan and Neo Nebula. Everybody loves a GitD figure and this one certainly has a strong glow to it! The wolf head from the Hades Mimic also looks perfect on this Spectre body.
GitD/Mint green/GitD wolf head, GitD eyes
The Council Of Travelers
Stealth Armorvor Mk. II
Clear Colorless/no paint. $8
Aurustell Elite Armorvor
The Aurustell Elite Armorvor was the first of the production Armorvors to have a pearlescent/metallic finish to the armor. You have to see the gold in hand to realize just how awesome it really is! It also had a wolf head that seemed far more 'glossy' than any other wolf head that came before it. What a way to end the year!
Gold (pearlescent/metallic)/Black/Red/Black wolf head, red eyes
Sonesidar Mimic Armorvor
Matt over at Onell design describes the color of this Armorvor as 'yellorange', a perfect mix of yellow and orange that again, is best seen in hand to appreciate. By chance I noticed that the wolf head on the Sonesidar has a neck paint app color (grey) that is unrelated to the other colors on the figure. No other Armorvor has this, so I decided to go straight to the source and ask Matt if he could shed some light on the matter. His responses was,
"The Sonesidar Armorvor wolf head does indeed have something slightly odd happening with the neck paint. Originally, our factory mistakenly painted all the necks brown, matching the technical details to the furry head! I asked that the paint be corrected, and matched to the yellorange PVC. Well, the match was not quite right, arriving as a full shipment before I got a proper look, due to a hiccup in communication. When I saw the final product, it seemed like something that would be a neat oddity in the long run, so they were released into the wild!" -Matt Doughty
'Yellorange'/White/Green/*Grey/Brown wolf head, green eyes
The Reydurran Divide
Reydurran Mimic Armorvor
The Reydurran Armorvor was almost identical to the Hades Mimic from the previous year's release, with the exception of the red details replacing the mint green ones and, of course, a different wolf head color. For those unable to get a Hades Mimic, either from the original drop or on the aftermarket, this meant that collectors could still own an awesome full black armored figure for $8.
Black/Red/Light grey wolf head, white eyes
C2E2 2013 Exclusive Release
The Infection Armorvor was announced as an exclusive, small release ready for the C2E2 convention of 2013. The translucent 'infection' red is a signature color of Marty 'TheGodBeast' Hansen and once again this exclusive figure did not disappoint! It even came bagged with a fantastic header art card - expect nothing less from TGB. Hold this figure up to the sun and it looks like it's on fire in your hand!
Translucent Infection red
Engineer Mimic Armorvor
The Engineer Mimic could also have been referred to, by some, as a Reverse Venjorun due to its colors. In fact, it turned out that the red on this Engineer Mimic Armorvor was the "wrong color" as the intention was to make it match the Venjorun red. If you own these two Armorvors then you can do your own comparison.
Light grey/Red/Black/Red wolf head, white eyes
Stealth Armorvor Mk. III
Neo Gatekeeper Reverse Mimic Armorvor
Apart from having the longest Armorvor name to date, this figure almost looks like it's glowing due to how vivid the magenta armor is.
Magenta/Purple/Black/Purple wolf head, white eyes
Revenge of the Armorvors
The Sidervor, alongside the Ivorinium and Ecroyex Mimic formed the second '3 set drop' of Armorvors since the production figures were released. The first '3 set drop' being Spectre, Neo Nebula and Verexxan back in October 2012 - a year to the month.
Pearlescent peach/Grey/Black/Grey wolf head, blue eyes
Ecroyex Mimic Armorvor
The Ecroyex, alongside the Ivorinium and Sidervor formed the second '3 set drop' of Armorvors since the production figures were released. The first '3 set drop' being Spectre, Neo Nebula and Verexxan back in October 2012 - a year to the month.
Dark blue/Light blue/Red/Metallic silver wolf head, red eyes
Ivorinium Mimic Armorvor
The Ivorinium, alongside the Ecroyex Mimic and Sidervor formed the second '3 set drop' of Armorvors since the production figures were released. The first '3 set drop' being Spectre, Neo Nebula and Verexxan back in October 2012 - a year to the month. Many collectors likened this color scheme (minus the light blue) to the good old Stormtrooper. Whatever floats your boat - there's no denying it's an awesome Armorvor!
Pearlescent white/Black/Light blue/Light blue wolf head, white eyes
The Ecroyex Initiative
Gendrone Rebellion Mimic Armorvor
The Gendrone Rebellion Mimic could be classed as a modernized Venjorun. It isn't, but it could be. For only the second time, the wolf head was finished with the extra glossy black, like that of the Aurustell Elite.
Pearlescent red/Metallic silver/Black/Black wolf head, white eyes
OMFG! Mimic Armorvor
Released alongside the Ultra Corps Mimic, the OMFG! Mimic featured the coveted Onell Design blue, as used in the popular OMFG! mini figure series. It still is the only solid, single color Armorvor to be released, not counting prototypes or Stealth/Infection translucent Armorvors.
Onell Design blue (solid)
Stealth Armorvor Mk. IV
The Gamma Conflict
Gendrone Ultra Corps Mimic Armorvor
The year 2014 was welcomed in with a double Armorvor set - Ultra Corps Mimic and OMFG Mimic. The pearlescent silver shimmers when the light catches it, making the Armorvor look like it's about to teleport.
Pearlescent silver/Black/Pearlescent silver wolf head, green eyes
Glyaxia Command Mimic Armorvor
Following a short pause in new Armorvor releases, the Glyaxia Armorvor turned up in the May Glyaxia drop. The blue and yellow figure really stands out in the crowd of Armorvors, and despite yellow being a notoriously difficult color to apply over darker plastics, the quality of the figure still remained high. Due to rising production costs etc, this was the first production Armorvor to cost $9 at release, rather than the standard $8 charged for all previous Armorvors. Still, that's one hell of a low price for such an awesome figure when compared to what else was on the market at the time.
Blue/Yellow/Black/Yellow wolf head, red eyes
Rig Crew II
Rig Crew Mimic Armorvor
The Rig Crew Mimic Armorvor was released alongside the Neo Phase and Stealth re-issue (MK V). It was the last time the Armorvor would be released with the original wolf head sculpt, as all subsequent drops, including October, would feature a brand new head design.
Toffee brown, black, neon green, with dark yellow wolf head.
Neo Phase Armorvor
The Neo Phase Armorvor was released alongside the Rig Crew Mimic and Stealth re-issue (Mk. V). It was the last time the Armorvor would be released with the original wolf head sculpt, as all subsequent drops, including October, would feature a brand new head design.
Translucent neon green, black, with translucent green wolf head and white eyes.
Stealth Armorvor Mk. V
No Paint and bonus head. $8
Neo Nonillia Armorvor
Includes Neo Granthan head and mini backpack. $10
Includes Neo Granthan head and mini backpack. $10
Return to Esedeth
Zarmydian Scavenger Armorvor
Includes Neo Granthan head and mini backpack. $10
Cosmic Wave Armorvor
Includes Neo Granthan head and mini backpack. $10
Quest of the Quallerran
Spectre Armorvor Mk. II
Includes Neo Granthan head and mini packpack. 18 total parts. $11 each.
Includes Neo Granthan head and mini backpack plus special Callgrim Warp Pack in heavy blaster configuration. 29 total parts. $15 each.
- ↑ https://www.facebook.com/TheArmorvorArchive
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- ↑ http://www.onelldesign.com/comics/volkria
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- ↑ https://onelldesign.blogspot.com/2012/09/away-game.html
- ↑ http://www.onelldesign.com/comics/sonesidar
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