A little over a year ago, a small group of toy collectors, artists, and fans got together to make a line of mini-figures, got a kickstarter going, and came up with OMFG (That’s a simplified version of how it happened, it’s not like it was quite that easy). I won’t even delay in telling you; they’re awesome. So, here’s a closer look at the Outlandish Mini Figure Guys Series 1.
This seems like a good time for this review; we’ve got an OMFG contest going on, OMFG won a Designer Toy Award for Best Mini Series, has recently finished voting on Series Three designs, and had some Con exclusive colorways recently. So why not look back at the start of the OMFG line?
Each of the figures in Series 1 (and the later series as well, coming soon) was designed by a different artist, and voted on from over a hundred submitted designs to be included in Series 1. One of the goals was for OMFG to be a community effort, with all the designs and votes coming from members of the October Toys Forum. This resulted in a great eclectic line of figures made by, and for, fans and collectors. There have been eleven different colorways released so far, each from different outlets, all of whom supported the kickstarter with significant contributions. (I don’t have all of them, so I’ll be focusing on the ‘standard’, flesh-colored, MUSCLE-reminiscent color.) There were all kinds of cool bonuses with the figures, such as posters and stickers, and a bunch of custom figures done by the artists involved, but I’ll just be talking about the ‘standard’ figures themselves.
Each of the figures has great detail, more than you would expect from figures roughly two inches tall, with a little more mass than a classic MUSCLE figure. The set comes in a cool package, somewhat recalling the look and feel of those old MUSCLE figures that these owe homage to. These are real quality figures, made that much cooler by the fact that there’s no massive toy company behind them, but rather a community of fans and collectors who had the drive to make a series of toys by, and for, other collectors.
First up, we have Crawdad Kid, by Daniel ‘Dory’ Yu. I’m starting with this figure because I know the least about it. He’s a sort of humanoid crustacean, wearing clothes. I’m not doing a good job of talking up how cool he is, am I? There’s great detail in the sculpt, from the creases in his outfit to the look on his face. In a series of figures made up of some odd characters, he’s the oddest. Don’t think that means I don’t like him, though, he’s cool and very well done, and being rather odd myself, I like weird characters. Kosher? No. Cool? Yes!
Next we have King Castor, by Dominic ‘Evil Earwig’ Campisi. A mobile castle stronghold, complete with what looks to be a steam boiler for power and cannons on the arm and top. There’s great detail in the sculpt, with individual bricks, wood paneled front door, and a small trapdoor on the top of the main tower. A mobile oppression palace, a steam age monsrosity, or a castle come to life, this is a well sculpted figure with great detail crammed into such a small package.
Multiskull by Charles “Monsterforge’ Marsh. Made of the skulls and souls of all his defeated enemies from a life of uneneding battle. If forced to pick a favorite from the series, this would be mine. Each of the skulls on him is equally well-detailed, from the large one that is his body to the tiny, tiny ones that make up his legs. I started counting them, but got cross-eyed and confused by the time I got a third of the way through. There’s more fit in than you’d think possible on such a small figure, really showing the skill and care that went into the sculpt. And on the glow-in-the-dark version of the figure, they’re pretty creepy glowing at you from the shelf, or wherever you put him.
The Phantom Outhouse by Kyle Thye and Ralph Niese. This figure is both horrifying and hilarious at the same time. The thought of all that…human waste…coming to life and attacking you is horrifying, but hilarious if it happened to someone else. Like the whole series, each detail is carefully crafted, from the woodgrain of the outhouse itself to the flow and lumps of the waste making it’s arms and feet. The crescent on the door is the symbol of a woman’s restroom, so you could say this is the female figure in the group. The idea of it is so gross it makes me glad these weren’t done in color, but the detail of it so good you don’t need color to know what’s happening here.
Last, but not at all least, we have Stroll, by John ‘Spanky’ Stokes and George Gaspar. Stroll is the only character to come to OMFG from somewhere else, and fits right in with the eclectic character selection. Like the other figures, Stroll is crammed with so much detail you’d think a Smurf could have molded it as a statue. From the lines on his horns to the detail in his fur right down to his toenails, he’s a well done detailed sculpt. I dare say, he’s the only one of them that I would consider close to being ‘cute’, in as far as a furry one-eyed, horned monster can be cute. He’s even got a bellybutton. I’ll try not to speculate on the appearance of his parents, I don’t want to offend any monsters, I’ve been told I’m rather tasty.
This is a great group of mini figures, made by a great group of artists and a great group of collectors. It shows what can be done in the toy world, or anywhere, by a group of people with a vision and the drive to get it done. OMFG is up to Series Three now, with voting going on right now over at the October Toys Forum. If you missed out on Series One or Two, you still have time to get in on the fun of Series Three. If you like mini figures, or the old MUSCLE guys, or want to support the work of lesser-known artists, you should try to get yourself some of these, you’ll like them.