Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. 1:18 Articulated Horses

Boss Fight Studio has headed back to Kickstarter with their follow-up campaign to the highly successful Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. figures.  This time around they are launching their new Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. 1:18 Articulated Horses.  The horses look absolutely amazing and will be a great compliment to the rest of the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. figures.  Each horse comes fully assembled but has the ability to be easily customized.  As part of the Kickstarter campaign they are also offering tack kits to outfit the horses and gear kits to customize the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Blanks or carded figures.  They have some great stretch goals as part of this campaign such as an Elk, unlocked at $210,000 or Male Centaur Kits to turn your house into a Centaur, unlocked at $315,000.  Of course there are many other stretch goals that you can check out as part of the campaign.  As of this writing the campaign sits at $84,618 of its $125,000 goal.  It has 42 days left and is performing very well.  Check it out today and jump on board.  This looks like another fantastic Kickstarter by Boss Fight Studio.  Head on over to Kickstarter to see more pictures, information and get your pledge in.

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – 250 Issues

A guest post by Skinny

Milestone.

It is a word that you don’t hear used a lot any more. That is because they just don’t happen too much any more. Our lives today are fast, We don’t follow Ferris Bueller’s advice to stop and look around. We also don’t put our hair in a mohawk in the shower. What I mean is, life is even faster and we can only take things in chunks. Anything long lasting is intimidating. G.I.Joe from day one continues to be something that was built to last. An exception.

It all began in 1982 when Hasbro visited the Marvel Offices and sought out a creator to bring their re-envisioned version of G.I.Joe to life. Chosen by elimination, Larry Hama took what could have been a side project and infused it with real storytelling.

The late Herb Trimpe, a veteran at Marvel comics, brought his art to the table. Jim Shooter, Todd McFarlane, Rod Whigham, Ron Wagner, Andrew Wildman, Michael Goldman, Mike Zeck, Mike Vosburg and most recently S.L. Gallant, Brian Shearer, J. Brown and Netho Diaz among countless others all contributed to the success and look of G.I.Joe.

250 issues. It has run from 1982 to 1994 and then again in 2010 picking up exactly where they left off in 1994. There were a few half issues in there expanding the stories from the sidelines, but the official 250th issue comes out today.

We have seen new characters, beloved comic only characters, the deaths of characters, the rebirths of characters, minds reprogrammed, cat fights, towns taken over, civil war, alien robots, disguises, close calls, patriotism, imposters, flashbacks, characters seeing the light, ninjas, detailed locales based on reality, a little bit of advice, military jargon, comical moments, and even one issue used as the basis for a movie about a giant asteroid hurtling toward Earth. It is the golden boy and Mom’s apple pie vs Orson Welles in a hood. It is the many faces of diversity both physical and of character.

The characters as Larry has admitted in several interviews are based on the people he knows so he can keep track of them. This provides a wonderful consistency and is the main reason no one can ever really nail down the character’s essences like he can. It would be like you trying to write about someone else’s uncle. You could get some things right but there would be something missing. I would love to meet the practical joker Airtight is based on he/she must be a wild one.

G.I.Joe is centered around the life of a stand out main character, who cannot talk. Imagine creating this tragic tale of a man who expresses himself in other ways besides speech. It is indeed a tragic tale.  G.I. Joe, says Hama, is Junior woodchucks with guns. G.I. Joe takes us all around the world and back in time. G.I.Joe is different things to different people. Hama himself says it best however.

“They don’t understand the intrinsic fantasy. G.I.Joe isn’t a military fantasy, it’s not a war book, it’s a fantasy about loyalty and camaraderie. Which to a ten year old kid is an extremely powerful fantasy because every ten year old kid has been betrayed. Obviously. The idea of best friends that never let you down and will stand up for you; if you are in trouble they will come and get you. That’s a powerful fantasy and its also a fantasy of doing the right thing and having integrity without looking for the reward and about duty, and old fashioned things like that… that to a kid represents order and it’s very comforting.” (Larry Hama YoutubeInterview by Roy Turner 2018)

To center a comic around that theme, and not just make it a toy comic, pushed it into the pantheon of comics that last into the hundreds of issues. Iconic comics.

Milestones.

 

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Kickstarter Update – Rank & File Volumes 2 & 3

Here is a quick update on one of the active Kickstarters going on right now.  If you haven’t got in on the action check out the email below and head over to Kickstarter to back it.  As of this posting the Kickstarter is at 72% funded with 8 days to go.
Email from  James M. Kavanaugh Jr.
Hi all!  The Kickstarter is currently at 42%.  That’s great but we only have ten days left, I know we can drive it home!  A successful Kickstarter is the only way a reprint with updates will be available within the near future.  This includes having copies available at the 2018 Joe Con this year in Chattanooga. I’m not trying to be conditional or seem negative, I just want people who are on the fence to know how important this Kickstarter is to fund.
But on a brighter side, these volumes will now be updated, corrected, and fully reflect our journey through the 4″ G.I. Joe toy line.  These guides are perfect for completing collections or to seemingly hold an entire collection in your hands all at once.  Let’s continue to make the Rank & File guide series available for G.I. Joe collectors and enthusiasts!
Thanks for any and all contributions!!
Sincerely,
James M. Kavanaugh Jr.
Owner/Author of R.A.H.C. Guidebooks
Thanks for your support!!
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Fantastic Vitruvian HACKS and Bucky O’Hare pictures from NJCC

This spring’s New Jersey Collectors’ Con has come and gone, and there were a ton of great reveals from the folks at Boss Fight Studio.  While we’ve already seen some sporadic images from the show floor itself, over on ToyArk they’ve posted some insane galleries featuring all of the new figures that were shown.  I’ve mirrored a small selection of their images below, but you can hit up ToyArk directly to see over 100 images of these great looking items!

This includes figures tentatively scheduled for Series 02, Waves 04 and 05:

  • Naga Serpent 
  • Barbarian
  • Gargoyle 
  • Dragon Harvester
  • Half Orc Mage
  • Psionic Warrior

Along with this, several great images of Bucky O’Hare figures were shown as well, including the previously unknown Stealth Deadeye Duck and Aniverse Bucky O’Hare releases!

Some more details were shown about the upcoming Mighty Steed Kickstarter, scheduled to hit this month, including the apparent inclusion of Aspen’s Elk!

Finally, we got a nice look at the Hellhounds, an upcoming product release from Dream Concept Studios, the folks who brought us the Zombie Lab Kickstarter not so long ago.

Man, I’m really digging the looks of those Hellhounds!

Lots of cool stuff revealed at the show, and if this is what the independent toy scene is looking like these days, I’m cool with G.I. Joe being off retail shelves for a little while.  Check out ToyArk.com for even more images than what I’ve shared above.

New Jersey Collectors Con Boss Fight Vitruvian HACKS reveals

New Jersey Collectors Con is going this weekend, and as usual the folks from Boss Fight Studio are in attendance and have revealed some paint masters for upcoming Vitruvian HACKS product!

Thanks to Matt McGrath over at the Boss Fighters Facebook Group, we’ve got some awesome first looks at Wave 4 and potentially Wave 5 product of Series 02 Vitruvian HACKS.

Wave 4 is rumored to include the following:

  • Gargoyle
  • Barbarian
  • Naga Serpent

And according to last year’s NJCC it was also supposed to include Twylla the Faerie, but it’s unknown if that’s still the plan.

We also got a look at the Dragon Harvester (who has appeared in concept art, but her specific assortment has not been announced), Orc Mage and the Psionic Warrior.

Keep posted, I’m sure there will be some more reveals throughout the weekend, especially with the Horse Kickstarter happening this month!