Life In Plastic: TOY REVIEW: Cythulhu (Universe of Violence)


Ia! Ia! Cthulhu ftagn!


I think Cthulhu is the big H. P. Lovecraft poster boy because he is the simplest and easiest to anthropromorphize – he isn’t a gigantic mound of tentacles and teeth, or a three-legged cone-shell with eye stalks. He’s a big octopus-headed dude. But hey, he makes a great mascot.


Sadly, Cythulhu will be the final Universe of Violence figure… or at least until Metalmonkey starts making Series 2. But he’s the Swan Song for Ironilla Productions’ joint design, and was specifically sculpted by Eric Nilla. You can find him (and all the past UoV stuff) for sale at As far as his influence, I remember joking about a Frankenstein Cthulhu with Eric Nilla, though I’m not sure if that had a hand in this concept.



Indy toys don’t usually come with much – and my Cythulhus arrived in little ziploc baggies. I understand that there is a header card for them, and probably a good one, but I didn’t see it. With the header, imagine that I added another star or two…t a header, just packed separately so it wouldn’t get staples in it.  D’oh!  So i added that star 😀

(EDIT)  Turns out I did ge



Considering that this entire creature, from beginning to end, is a one-man show, it’s really good. Cythulhu is just over two inches tall, which makes him a little taller than other Universe of Violence figures. He absolutely towers over MUSCLEs, but doesn’t seem out of place – just big. The first thing that pops out at you is the pose. See, we’re used to mass-produced toys that are glued together in factories. Things like this have to be engineered by one man, and some poses are really difficult. Cythulhu is made from a bunch of parts at once – body, head, arm, and wings – which are either glued together or loose/pegged when you order them. Mine are mostly glued, though the wings are removable.


I will admit that some of the detailing on Cythulhu is a little sloppy, but it’s no worse than other UoV pieces. The original was also sculpted at the exact same size as the production piece, which makes a huge difference – most toys are made 2:1, so Cythulhu’s detail work is actually twice as good as you might think.


And more importantly, you can tell exactly what’s what on him – as you can tell from his name, Cythulhu is a cyborg Cthulhu. Aside from the obviously mechanical arm, leg, and wings, he’s also got a Kano/Terminator thing going on with one eye, which you can see pretty clearly from the right angle.  Cythulhu’s biological parts look great, whether it’s his musculature or the scars/pock marks on his body. Likewise, the mechanical bits look great – that wing backpack especially could be its own toy! So, despite a couple of iffy spots, I really have to give Cythulhu’s sculpt a vote of honor – though how clear the details are depends a lot on color, this isn’t much diferent from any other mono-color figure.


PAINT: ****

As you can see, I have Cythulhu in Grape Purple and Metallic Swirly Green. But really, he’s available in more colors than you can shake a stick at – everything from MUSCLE flesh to gold to glow-in-the-dark orange. And if a color isn’t listed on the site, try checking up with the creator, and he might work something out. Cythulhu’s color options are above and beyond pretty much any indy miniature out there – and most of the time, even if they do give you lots of options, the majority of them are exclusives.



Well… maybe if you get one with the parts unglued. But you don’t expect articulation with a mini figure like this.



You also don’t expect accessories with mini figures, but just like Elephunt, Essen, and Beetle Punk, Cythulhu’s got them!


Cythulhu’s wing jet pack attaches to his back, and does function as its own accessory – he looks fine with it off (though he has peg holes in his back), and great with it on. It could also function as its own little creature if you wanted.


Cythulhu also comes with “The Cthulunomicon,” his own little Necronomicon! For such a tiny little book (and it is SMALL), it has a lot of detailing – one side displays a little Cthulhu head, while the other has some gibberish that looks suspiciously like “SUV OKC.” The detailing for the pages is great, and the book even has its own little clasp! It’s sized and shaped perfectly to fit in his outstretched hand, too, either resting against his tentacles or somewhat in his mouth.


VALUE: ***

Indy toys are almost always expensive. At $23, Cythulhu is one of the more expensive UoV figures, but he’s also cheaper than most custom indy toys, even in this scale. And keep in mind, he us bigger than the others, and with more complex tooling.



There is nothing wrong with this figure that I can think of. The rubber is sturdy and durable, and no part of him seems breakable.



There’s only one place to get your Cythulhu – and that’s at Eric Nilla’s store!



I know I have a few nitpicks, but the overall awesomeness of Cythulhu easily overshadows them all. It’s Cthulhu. As a Frankensteined cyborg. Please, try to think about this for a moment.


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