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Here’s where I start to reveal just how clueless I am about Dungeons and Dragons.
I believe Narissa, who is being billed as the leader of the “Withered Branch” is what is known as a “dark Elf” or maybe even a “Drow”. I had a brief fling with D & D in college and I seem to remember digging the Drow’s as a somewhat evil race of Elves. They’re described as elves with dark skin and white hair, and that certainly seems to apply here.
What also applies is Narissa’s flirtation with evil, which is evident in her bio. The figure itself is a pretty nice one, though I’ll be the first to admit that the Stheno torso armor isn’t my favorite accessory that Boss Fight has managed to put together for their HACKS line. The colors used and the method its used for with Narissa works pretty well, giving them a more armored look than their leaf-covered counterparts, yet the armor still looks somewhat natural and organic thanks to the shapes used for Stheno back in Series One.
Like the female Orc Conqueror, Narissa has the decorative armored belt (though without the thigh armor covers) which adds a bit more flair to the figure as well. The base figure itself is essentially the same as the female Orc, with the new legs and is just as well articulated (yet also suffers from the unfortunate peg hole issues).
Like the Orc, Narissa comes with two heads, which is great because you can buy a few and swap heads around to give her a small army of dark elves to boss around. The head sculpts are both very well done, I love the sculpting of the hair and the different colors used. The white hair is cool, but I really love the shade of blue used for the other.
Narissa comes with the two separate heads, the crossbow, bolts, quiver, two elven knives the Stheno armor, Gorgon gauntlets, and the ceremonial belt. I suspect her accessories would have packed a bit more of a punch if they hadn’t come with Cerisier first, but I still really dig the crossbow and bolts. I’ll never get tired of those cool knives either.
The leader of the Withered Branch comes lightly equipped with some smaller and easier to carry accessories so she can leap from tree to tree and do her bad ass drow stuff. I like the accessories for the most part, though as I said, I’m not a huge fan of the Stheno armor. That being said, the figure is nice. Probably not my top favorite figure or anything, but a decent one with a potential for adding a nice army of dark elves to the HACKS roster.
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Though I love the idea of the dark elves, Narissa isn't my favorite figure to hit the HACKS display so far. She's got the same great articulation and paint applications that we've become used to, though I'm not a huge fan of the Stheno armor, and she doesn't bring a whole lot of new stuff to the table. I love the idea of the Withered Branch, and I look forward to possibly seeing more additions to it, but for whatever reason, Narissa doesn't knock my socks off.
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