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Initially developed as a New Jersey Collectors’ Con exclusive the concept of the “Blasted Land Orc” quickly found it’s foothold within the mythology of the Vitruvian HACKS universe, becoming a critical piece of its history. It made sense once we saw that a female Orc Conqueror was being released that a Blasted Land version wouldn’t be too far behind.
Boss Fight utilized the same formula for this rendition of their female Orc as the standard Orc Conqueror, using great newly tooled female waist and legs, and incorporating a nice amount of Medusa armor from their Greek Mythology series. The Blasted Land Orc also comes with two separate heads, an uncovered head, and a head shielded with a bone helmet (awesome!).
As with every single one of their female figures, the articulation and stability of the female Orcs is astounding. I’m consistently surprised that they can sculpt and produce a figure as slim as this, with removable parts that all work, and retains an amazing amount of articulation. These are some of their greatest figures. I do have to mention that this figure does carry forward the issue of the smaller feet fitting on the foot pegs as well as the males, though. I’m not sure if there are any fixes for that in the works going forward, but most of my female figures have issues staying on the stands, which can be a bit frustrating as the display grows and I find myself picking them up off the shelf more often than their male counterparts.
As with the Orc Conqueror, the sculpting of this figure is terrific, and I really love the bone covering on the face, it adds an amazing level of detail. The paint applications all around are spectacular. This female version of the Blasted Land Orc is a slightly different shade of brown/red as the standard Orc is a different shade of green, and that change does make sense.
If I had any questions or complaints about the color pallets, I wish they had stayed a bit more consistent with their male counterparts. The male Orc Conqueror has a silver brushed metal look to his armor, while the Blasted Land Orc has a gold or bronze brushed metal look. The female versions, first of all, are not brushed metal, but are a very shiny, regal looking metal (which I figure is a representation of their higher stature in the Orc hierarchy) but the armor colors are swapped. The standard Orc Conqueror has a gold/bronze color pallet and the Blasted Land Orc has the silver/metal look. I’m not sure if there was a particular reason why those color schemes were shifted compared to the Males, but I think I’d like it better if they remained consistent. Of course the beautiful thing about the HACKS figures, is you can easily swap them around yourself!
Along these same lines, I still find the belt to be a little over ceremonial compared to the male Orc, though again, I suspect this is due to the rank and place of the female in the caste system.
Overall, the figure is fantastic. I had a bit of a tough time getting too excited considering its a relatively straight repaint of a figure we got in Wave 2, but even a repaint from Boss Fight brings me more joy than many other brand new figures from other brands.
The Blasted Land Orc comes with most of the same accessories as the Orc Conqueror, only she also comes with the obsidian colored sword, which I love. I’m so glad they included that along with making the knife the darker black color as well. I find that color scheme really, really appealing and I’m psyched they retained that from the male.
She’s got a full compliment of the Medusa armor from the shoulder to the chest to both sides of arm bracers, with the belt and thigh armor from the previous female Orc. She’s got the trusty wooden shield, club, knife, and the aforementioned sword. All in all, a very robust and aggressive arsenal of weaponry!
The female Blasted Land Orc is truly a great figure, though one I’m not over the moon about simply because of the recent release of the green version. However, as usual, Paddy strings together an intriguing story, and considering how major a player the Blasted Lands are turning out to be, any time we get a figure that dovetails with that story line is a good time.
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