I first heard about Spy Monkey Creations when I found out about the Master Blade of the Empyrean not long after I started collecting MOTUC. They were being created by a forum member named Spymagician who was basically creating the Master Blades by hand on a custom basis.
Not long later, Spy Monkey Creations, compromised of like minded individuals, really took off and they basically haven't looked back. Their products became highly sought after, with some of them selling out on multiple times. They recently closed their store for a short period of time as they reformed their business plan. The outcome? Spy Monkey Armory Series 1
I didn't really know how I was going to attack this review because at it's core this is basically just a bunch of parts for us to use our imagination to run wild with. However, there are some constructs that are marketed by Spy Monkey Creations and already come assembled in the packet so I think that will be the best way for me to start this.
For this initial release of the series 1 armory, the parts come in 5 different colours, referred to as colourways. They are:
The pictures do not really do justice on how good these look. My favourite colourways are easily the Empyrean and Bloodlust but I have to also give a special mention to the Venom colourway. In all the photos I saw, the Venom set didn't look as good as it did until I had it in hand. That ghoulish green is awesome and you can only really get the full potential of the colour once it is in your hand. The Doppelganger and Cold Steel are my least favourite colourways but that is not to say they are no good and I can still see myself purchasing more of them as time goes by.
All colours feature the same constructs;
There is also a bunch or various extra pieces, including connector pieces, in each packet to help with builds. These constructs are pretty much just suggestions from Spy Monkey Creations to either keep as is or to just help get you started on more builds. All up there are 40 individual pieces in each packet to help in creating your builds.
Speaking of builds, I didn't know where to start with them at first. It is a little bit daunting to begin with, more so if you look online and see some of the very awesome builds that others have come up with, but if you just make some minor changes to the original constructs then you will soon find yourself coming up with all sorts of crazy ideas, not to mention having a truck load of fun in the process. Just be mindful, these things can chew up so much of your time if you are not careful. They also are pretty hard on the fingers but Brian Stevenson, known as Brian-Man on the forums, from Spy Monkey Creations has stated that he is looking in to creating a tool that could help out.
Spy Monkey Creations will always be fondly remembered for their earlier weapons but they now seemed to have found their niche with even better weapons for MOTUC while also making them compatible with the Glyos System.
The Glyos System is used by O'nell Design, Callgrim and The Four Horsemen's Outer Space Men.
I have dabbled in a small amount of the Glyos System products, with my favourite being the Callgrim series, but I have found myself being more impressed with these weapons. The fact that they can be combined with anything that features the Glyos System adds so much more value to the set than just being MOTUC weapons.
The guys from Spy Monkey Creations are great and are very interactive within the various online communities and their product speaks volumes for them. I really can't recommend these products enough. Either you are a fan of MOTUC and want cool weapons, or you want to create your own weapons, or you are a fan of the Glyos System. You will not be disappointed with these products. I have made multiple purchases myself and my only wish is that if these sell out then I hope they are made available again so we can make more purchases for our builds when inspiration hits.
All five colourways are still available at the Spy Monkey Creations store for $20 each set so get them while you can. Trust me, you will be happy you did.