Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Aspen

Figure Available at BossFightShop.com!

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As the fantasy universe continues to evolve we’re getting more and more great figures adding to a roster of existing races and whenever we get elves, it’s something to celebrate.  I’ve never been a real huge fantasy guy, but obviously through exposure in popular culture, I’m familiar with Elves, and the race of these woodland creatures has always fascinated me.  The way Boss Fight has handled them so far has been very intriguing with the Autumn Elves, Spring Elves and the Withered Branch, and even without a whole lot of new tooling I find it really exciting when new versions of these figures make it out in an assortment.

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Aspen is the third “repaint” of this standard elf figure, following up from Aiyana and Cerisier, and she’s another terrific addition to the growing group of these creatures.  She’s got a great, very characteristic head sculpt with an awesome “high elf” alternate head sculpt that looks to be Cerisier only with a new hairpiece.  This methodology of using separate heads and hairpieces to create new identities for these characters is a really great one and allows for some nice army building without too much repetition.

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Where Aiyana (the Autumn elf) was very much fall based, using variations of brown for the leaf and grass on the outfit, Aspen is from the Spring branch, using a lot of green throughout.  The differing shades of green on the various sets of leaves is applied to excellence and the colors look very rich and authentic.  It actually looks like she’s wearing layered grass, which is no easy thing to achieve, especially at this scale.

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With every female figure, you get nearly flawless articulation and Aspen is no different, achieving some great poses, even with the grass skirt on.  Like Aiyana, she manages a wide array of really great archery poses using the bow and any number of arrows included with the figure.

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Yes, for the most part, Aspen is a repaint of two previous figures, but with the drastic new color pallet and the great head sculpt, you have an exciting addition to the Elf cadre.

Accessories

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Aspen comes with the same exact accessories as Aiyana, only in some different color schemes.  The bow and arrows are fantastic, with knocking arrows that are small enough for the fingers to grasp, yet feel durable enough to mess with.  The quiver holds most of the arrows, and the bow can slip into the loop on the back of the grass skirt.  She also comes with the two Elven knives that look as if they were sculpted out of stone, and I like the two-tone color pallet used here.

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Aspen is another fun Elf figure helping to add to the already impressive roster.  Her green colors and alternate head sculpts provide some nice variety and she’s a great new figure for the Vitruvian HACKS universe.

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Summary

While the only new aspect of this figure is the color of her accessories and a pair of head sculpts, those changes do remarkable things for the figure. This new "Spring Elf" adds a nice new layer of backstory to the HACKS universe, and the main new head sculpt is character rich and realistic. The alternate sculpt with the long ears looks to be the Cerisier head, but with a different hairpiece, it looks like a whole new character. Love the archery accessories here as I have with each figure released, and it's great to add more Elves to the HACKS roster. At its core, not a whole lot of new stuff here, but fantastic quality all the same.

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Figure available at BossFightShop.com!