Universe of Violence – Boss Figure #2: Elephunt
By Ironhaus Productions and Eric Nilla
The Universe of Violence figures were created by Ironhaus Productions and Eric Nilla. There are numerous figures from the line, but this review focuses on the second Boss Figure: Elephunt. The figure was packaged with a random Gorewad figure (in this case, the Blemmy figure) and a random accessory (in this case, a RIP headstone).
This set was purchased for $16, which is an incredible deal for essentially three rubber mini-figures – with Elephunt featuring a large, removable headpiece. As the largest and focal figure of the set it makes sense to begin with Elephunt.The Elephunt figure is simply stunning. It is just a bit taller than your average mini-figure. It also has a substantial feel to it because of the size. This version was cast in a red rubber, although various versions were available. This version also had a purple headpiece.
It is nearly impossible to argue with the quality and originality of the Universe of Violence figures. The fact that what started as a very small project became nominated for a Designer Toy Award speaks to that fact. However, many reviews and pictures of the Elephunt figure only featured the front of the figure – which is too bad. Being able to appreciate the figure from every angle really shows the love and craftsmanship that went into the figure.
There will not be any additional Universe of Violence figures added because Universe of Violence has been discontinued.
This review is coming far too late. The figures were purchased in January of 2013 and the review is taking place in July of 2013. It’s also taking place after Universe of Violence was nominated for Best Mini-Figure Line of the Year. Heaping praise on at this point seems almost too easy, but that is because this line of figures deserves all of the praise and accolades it receives.
But being different isn’t enough, there has to be quality and attractiveness and Universe of Violence has it in spades. The Elephunt set is a spectacular example of that. I am almost speechless when I look at Elephunt and the UofV figures. Attempting to shower the figures with the praise that they deserve begins to feel like hyperbole – even though it is the furthest thing from it.Sadly Ironhaus Productions and Eric Nilla have discontinued their spectacular collaboration. In a funny way, it’s a good thing. Universe of Violence can be the rock star that died too early and left fans wondering, “What if?”
While new figures will not be released both Ironhaus Productions and Eric Nilla will be selling some of their remaining figures. Collectors should absolutely make sure they add these figures to their collections. Not only are the figures phenomenal, but their brief and relatively undocumented nature makes Universe of Violence a truly collectible line of figures.For more information about Universe of Violence, Ironhaus Productions, and Eric Nilla, check out these links:
– Ironhaus Productions’ Blog
– Ironhaus Productions’ Store
– Eric Nilla’s Store
– Eric Nilla on Facebook
– Eric Nilla’s Blog