G.I. Joe Convention Exclusive Avalanche Revealed!

The next exclusive for the upcoming G.I. Joe Convention boxed set has been revealed and it’s looking pretty awesome!

Maverick and Knockdown were okay, but Avalanche is pretty spectacular.  Great build, great paint, and a new head sculpt.  Nice!  Keep checking GIJoeCon.com for the latest info, and you can see the image mirrored below.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews Vitruvian HACKS Wave 5.5

Seems like perfect timing!  With the blockbuster reveal yesterday of the upcoming Vitruvian HACKS Knight of Accord, it seems only appropriate to follow that up with a review of their latest wave of product, the Wave 5.5 series.

Wave 5.5 was conceived of as a way to continue offering a few core characters who had been selling through on the site, so that new fans could continue buying these characters, but also so existing fans and collectors could further supplement their armies.  I’m happy to say this series does both exceedingly well.

Check out my Vitruvian HACKS Review Page or click the links below to see these great new figures!

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Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Amazon Warrior v2

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Available for sale now at BossFightShop.com!

I think the Amazon Warrior took everyone (myself included) by surprise.  In spite of the body style being slimmer, Boss Fight Studio has managed to put a female figure buck together that is exceptionally well constructed, well articulated, and just flat out fun to pose, display and play with.  I would argue vigorously that the Amazon Warrior is actually a better and more fun foot soldier than the Spartan Warrior himself.

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When I heard Boss Fight Studio was running out of stock on the Amazon Warriors, I made sure to grab a second before they were gone, and I was really wishing I’d grabbed a third (and fourth and fifth), but thankfully they announced the Wave 5.5 update and holy cow.  Their Amazon Warrior redeco knocks it out of the park!

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Taking some potential cues from both the standard Amazon Warrior and the Elite Amazon, this updated Amazon Warrior has the same skin tone and tattoo design as the original, only with purple tattoos instead of red.  As usual with their color choices it isn’t just that the purple trim is purple, it’s that it’s a really terrific shade of purple, an awesome balance to the darkness of the armor that the figure comes with.

Yes, the darkness of the armor…  This version of the Amazon Warrior comes with jet black armor on the chest, legs, and arms, and the skirt is mostly black as well with a lightly worn silver badge.  The skirt is similar in deco to the exclusive Amazon Elite Warrior but with some slight color tweaks that work really nicely.

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I find myself amazed that the black armor works as well as it does, but it truly does, making for a fantastic combination between the light skin and the purple tattoos.  I really loved the gold armor and brown skirt deco of the original Amazon Warrior, but heck I love Penthesilea’s deco as well.  I think I just need to accept the fact that if Boss Fight Studio designs it, I’m probably going to enjoy it.

Accessories

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Like the armor, the Amazon Warrior’s weapons are colored in darker trim on the handles, and a really vibrant purple trim on the Spartan helmet separates this figure really nicely and give it’s some terrific “pop”.  She comes with the same accessories as the first release Amazon Warrior, but the different color applications go a long way towards separating this figure from the original, and providing another outlet for human foot soldiers.

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Yeah, this figure is terrific.  Structurally she’s built just like the other Amazons, which is to say, to near perfection.  Awesome range of motion, articulation and quality sculpting has become the norm with Vitruvian HACKS and this version of the Amazon certainly doesn’t let me down.  The ankle joints continue to be fantastic and I do hope that maybe for Series 02 we might see a movement towards that for the Fantasy figures.  Time will tell.

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Excellent.  Fantastic.  How many different descriptive adjectives can I come up with to commend these latest figures from Boss Fight?  Yes, they are mostly minor color variations to existing product, but considering that product is now out of stock, these will make for terrific substitutes for those hard to find items.  I’m thrilled that Boss Fight is continuing to move forward with new product, it makes the wait for Series 02 a bit more bearable, and heck with Waves 6 and 7 on the way, we’ll have some really excellent stuff to supplement our HACKS addiction while Series 02 continues trucking forward.

More great stuff from Boss Fight Studio!

Available for sale now at BossFightShop.com!

Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Spartan Warrior v2

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Available for sale now at BossFightShop.com!

Unsurprisingly, as the months have gone on, the base Spartan Warrior figure from BossFightShop has dwindled in available stock until it eventually vanished entirely.  Considering the backbone of the entire Virtuvian HACKS human forces are made up of the Spartans, this seems like a problem for the human race as the Gorgons press their attack!

Have no fear… Boss Fight Studio went back to the factory and had a fantastic Spartan Warrior update created, with just some minor tweaks.

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Keep in mind that there are collectors out there with countless Spartans already, and many of them probably love the consistency in deco with the armor, swords, and shields.  For that reason, Boss Fight didn’t tweak the accessory or armor colors at all.  What you see with each Spartan Warrior version 2 is essentially the same as what you saw with the first release Spartan, just now, these are actually available for sale!  Go figure.

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However, in order to add some variety, what the Boss Fight folks did was give the second version Spartan a slightly darker skin tone and a black hair and beard.  The result is a figure which blends perfectly with his 299 fellow soldiers on your display shelf, but also adds some uniqueness and difference to the soldiers underneath the armor.  It really is the perfect combination.

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Because this figure is so similar to the one already released, it’s tough to find new avenues to explore with an additional review.  Trust me when I say the sculpting and articulation are just as impeccable now as they were a year ago, and actually I kind of like the darker color of the skin and hair better on this second version than I did the first time around.  This Spartan blends really nicely with both the Spartan Warrior and the Ultimate Spartan and I have no doubt that even folks who do not aggressively army build will soon have displays full of Spartan Warriors (as well they should).

Accessories

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There isn’t much to talk about here, the accessories are all (mostly) the same.  The only real difference is that this Spartan Warrior shield is one of the new shields with a larger hand grip, which allows male hands to hold it more effectively than the previous version.  Beyond that, the accessory compliment and paint deco are the same deal.

This figure is pretty much the base figure for the Vitruvian HACKS Series 01 assortment, and it is spectacular.  Anyone who needs more Spartan Warriors should not fear in scooping this one up, and anyone who does not need more Spartan Warriors definitely needs new Spartan Warriors, they just haven’t realized it yet.  SPAAAARTTAAA!

Available for sale now at BossFightShop.com!

Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Medusa v2

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Available for sale now at BossFightShop.com!

What is about the Vitruvian HACKS figures that just brings a smile to my face every time I get a new one in my hands, even if they are ostensibly, just repaints?  There is an ingrained sense of quality and craftsmanship that just doesn’t exist with many other lines out there, where each application of paint deco, each accessory choice, and each design based decision is something actually thought about and executed as a part of an overall design aesthetic, not just stuff thrown at the wall, hoping that some stick.

This repaint of Medusa takes the familiar design cues from the first, but goes in some different directions.

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The skin tone here is a pale mixture of green and brown (at least it appears that way my eyes, I’m notoriously color blind) which separates it distinctly from the previous version.  Offsetting the skin tone is a dark snake hair application which adds some great deco variety.

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Along the surface of the tail, the scales and pattern continue to stand out very nicely, adding awesome detail to the rough texture of the sculpt there, and no matter how many of these Gorgons I get in hand, I continue to be utterly blown away by the engineering involved to make one of these figures.  They are truly and utterly spectacular.  The articulation is smooth and flawless, the joints stay together for play and display, yet are also fairly easily removable for customization.

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This version of Medusa has some starkly different armor than the previous version.  It’s still a very metallic shade of silver, but where the previous armor was worn down by some spectacular paint applications providing an awesome sense of battle worn metal, this armor is clean and unmarred.  The effect is the opposite of the previous armor, but no less impressive.  One of the many things that Boss Fight Studio does right is the various shades of these colors.  This armor isn’t just “silver” it’s a fantastic, resonant SHADE of silver, and picking that exact right color is an art and a science.  Anyone who looks at the various accessory packs or figures can tell that the people designing these things are doing so with meticulous care and attention to detail.

Accessories

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Along with the armor paint changes, Medusa version 2 also comes with the same snake knife and snake whip as the original, but also with some minor tweaks.  On the cosmetic side, the wraps are black here instead of the green/brown of the original version.  On the structural side, the weapons are firmer material, which is especially cool for the snake knife, which was a little soft and floppy the first time around.

At first blush the weapons look nearly identical, but there are some critical changes that help.

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This figure is fantastic.  I own three of the original Medusa (cannibalized to make one longer tail) and countless Gorgons at this point, yet I am still immersed and captivated by the quality of this update.  I think ultimately, just from an aesthetic perspective, I do enjoy the vibrant green of the original Medusa a little more, but there are certainly qualities to this one that are great, too.

And for those of you folks who don’t feel like you need another Medusa, I assume you’ve grabbed some Grab Bags along the way… grab one of those spare Gorgon heads and make this one another soldier.  It’s worth considering!

Available for sale now at BossFightShop.com!

Boss Fight Studio drops the hammer with their Knight of Accord

Hooooly wow.

For the past ten months (give or take), collectors and fanboys have been enjoying their Vitruvian HACKS figures, recreating ancient Sparta’s battle against the nefarious Gorgon Horde.  Well, Boss Fight Studio is poised to take this timeless battle to the next level with their debut of the Knight of Accord, one of their first official reveals for their upcoming fantasy action figure line!

Yes, we did see some test shot reveals at GraniteCon last year, but this figure looks to be much more polished and in a finished state and WOW.  Spectacular.

Expected to launch in the fall of 2017, this Series 02 of the already super popular Vitruvian HACKS line is going to another level.  The detail in the sculpting, the expertly crafted paint applications…this is one fantastic looking early sample, and if we’ve learned anything from previous reveals, unlike the mass market toylines, in many cases the final version is a pretty close match to what we see up front.

It looks incredible.  Definitely keep watching Boss Fight Studio on Facebook and support their work on the fantasy series by hitting up BossFightShop.com and snagging some Series 01 gear!  Heck, pre-orders are rolling for Wave 6 as well.  Lots of good stuff happening, and that means GREAT stuff for collectors.

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More G.I. Joe Convention Exclusives revealed

I could have sworn I posted this a couple of days ago, but I’ll be damned if I can find it.  My bad.

This week the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has revealed two more 2017 G.I. Joe Convention Exclusive figures.  A couple of days ago we got our first look at the B.A.T. Squad Leader, apparently inspired by the ’91 version of the Battle Android Trooper.  He’s got a newly tooled head, but is pretty much just B.A.T. v1 from the neck down.  The choice is a bit curious, as one would assume that folks might want to army build this version, and as a squad leader, I figure he’s the only one of this type in the boxed set.

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Which of course begs the question… what will the standard troopers look like?  The 2003 repaint?  Hopefully we’ll find out soon.

Along with the B.A.T. Squad Leader, today we also got a look at Knockdown, who appears to come with General Mayhem’s helmet and a newly retooled version of his crazy anti-aircraft pistol.  Not sure I’d consider that a worthy investment in tooling dollars, but there you go.

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More to come, keep checking GIJoeCon.com for the latest intel!

G.I. Joe Convention Theme Announced and first figure previews

Happy Friday!  Earlier this week the G.I. Joe Collectors Club promised the first reveals from the 2017 G.I. Joe Convention, and today they delivered!

Ladies and gentlemen, the 2017 G.I. Joe Convention theme includes BattleForce: 2000 and B.A.T.S.!

Interesting choices.  I’m all in for BF:2000, but do we really need more B.A.T.S.?  Ehhh… yeah.  Not sure about that, especially at convention set prices.  But we’ll wait for some figure previews to make final judgments.

Until then, the Collectors Club has revealed Battleforce: 2000 Maverick!

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Keep watching GIJoeCon.com for the latest updates!

FORCE OF BATTLE 2000!

We’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of the G.I. JOE BF 2000 team with this untold
tale of the original team members from a recently declassified special mission.

The G.I. JOE BF 2000 team is the walking, breathing proving grounds for tomorrow’s battlefield technology today!
These highly trained specialists are entrusted with one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art prototype weapons. Their mission
is to field-test experimental equipment under battlefield conditions.

COBRA has developed a new laser weapon system so dangerous that it threatens the safety of the entire planet!
The G.I. JOE: BF 2000 team is called into action and must travel through the Pacific Northwest into British Columbia to dismantle the operation.
What they don’t know is that COBRA is ready for them with a battalion of their upgraded B.A.T. (Battle Android Troopers) guarding their base.
This G.I. JOE team will be fighting against insurmountable odds, and must pull their individual specialties together to battle these deadly threats.
Will the cold and calculated programming of the COBRA B.A.T. SQUAD LEADER be the end of this G.I. JOE team?

Meanwhile, on the 12″ side we have what looks like a combination Adventure Team/G.I. Joe Jungle Fighter collection!  Check out the first image below.

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Back in in the war G.I. Joe was a specialist serving as a Marine Jungle Fighter. During an undocumented mission in and undocumented area,
something went terribly wrong and they were being over run. As he was evacuating due to an impending air strike, he fell into some sort of ancient
buried temple that appeared to have something to do with the worship of snakes. Using his flamethrower for illumination, he realized that…
the snakes were still there! As he was fighting his way out through the snakes something caught his eye, a golden cobra shaped staff.
There was no time to get to it out. The airstrike was inbound and he had to evac!

For years this memory haunted Joe and led him to his current career in the Adventure Team as their Jungle Explorer.
Where was the old temple? Was that golden staff still there? Did it really happen, or was it just a hallucination?
He spent years researching and searching for this lost temple. Now he thinks he has finally found the answers!

This year’s 12” Convention Set is based on the vintage Marine Jungle Fighter and the Adventure Team, Jungle Survival accessory set.
It comes with: Painted Head Figure; Marine Jungle Uniform; Belt; Canteen and Cover; .45 and Holster; Boonie Hat; Vinyl Shoulder Radio;
Flame Thrower; Tall Brown Boots; M-16 Rifle; Machete and Scabbard and Dog tag; Flocked Head Figure; Jungle Survival Uniform;
Tall Black Boots; Belt with Canteen; two Snake Anti-Venom Pouches; Pith Helmet; Yellow Short Radio; First Aid Kit; Compass;
Machete and Scabbard; Tranquillizer Rifle; Equipment Storage Crate; Dog Tag and Golden Cobra Staff.

It also comes with a Mini-Comic with a surprise ending!

The next evolution of military action figures – Marauder Valkyries Reviewed

Ever since getting my first few figures as part of the Kickstarter shipment a couple of weeks back, I’ve been feeding for more and starving to get a review posted.  Well, this past week I got both accomplished!

As soon as I got my grubby mitts on the first few Valkyries figures, I immediately needed more and made a purchase from MarauderInc.com within a few days.  Once I received that shipment, any love I had for this new generation of Task Force figures and accessories only sky-rocketed.

I feel like I’ve only just scratched the surface with how cool these figures are, and I’ve spent hours swapping parts, gluing gear down and just mixing and matching.  It’s pretty astounding just how incredible these toys are.  Designed to near perfection by Boss Fight Studio, with the folks at Marauder developing a spectacular concept, these truly are the best of all worlds.

Check out my review at the Marauder Task Force Review page, or the direct link below.  Spoiler Warning – I’m pretty much in love.

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