Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Blasted Land Orc

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Right alongside the release of Wave 1 of the Fantasy series we already have our first convention exclusive, this one for the New Jersey Collectors Convention which occurred the weekend of August 11th – 12th in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  Branded as a Boss Fight weekend celebration of sorts (also celebrating the release of Series 2), this year’s fall NJCC was a great time and offered a fantastic addition to the Fantasy series.

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The Orc Conqueror is already a great figure, and this NJCC exclusive adds some intriguing twists.  With a very deep red skin, darker brown secondaries and a bronze/gold trim instead of silver/gray.  The result is a figure that is considerably different in appearance, yet maintaining all the cool features of the standard Orc Conqueror.

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Inhabiting the “blasted land” this variation of Orcs are even meaner and less hospitable than their more standard green-skinned cousins.  Just in their darker paint scheme, these figures look more sinister, and I really love the deep color of their skin complimented by the gold trim of the armor and other additions.

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The Blasted Land Orc has the two different heads, two different helmets, and two different face plates just like the conqueror, plus all of the fantastic accessories that the standard release comes equipped with as well.

Accessories

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But wait there’s more!  In addition to the standard hammer head that comes with the Orc Conqueror, we get a look into the customizing possibilities of these weapons with a spiked mace end that can replace the hammer and create a whole different weapon.  I’d have to think there is more where this came from down the line, but it’s great to get an early introduction to it here.

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Along with the spiked made, the Blasted Land Orc has a gorgeous sword, a dark blade carved from volcanic rock that is shined to a nice polish more resembling pure obsidian.  The look of the dark gleam of the blade is really unique and really awesome.

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All of the same great gear as the Orc Conqueror, but in a deeper color scheme with some really awesome complimenting of the dark red skin of the Orc.  This is one heck of a great addition to your already growing Orc army and with an intriguing backstory makes for a fantastic NJCC exclusive.  Here’s hoping there are more surprise exclusives in store down the road.


Zombie Lab Kickstarter – the final hours approach

Okay, zombie fans, and fans of cool toys in general… we’re down to the last FIFTEEN HOURS for the thrilling Kickstarter for Zombie Lab, the HACKS compatible line of spectacular zombie and civilian action figures in a 1:18 scale.  These figures look gorgeous and with the combined forces of Dream Concept and Boss Fight, they are certain to be sculpted and articulated to the utmost.

If you’ve been putting off supporting it, stop what you’re doing and head over there right now.  Time is running short, and if you jump in with an “All In” pledge, the price per figure is pretty damn great.

Check it out on Kickstarter now and brace yourself to be blown away!

Vitruvian HACKS Exclusive Blasted Land Orc from NJCC available on eBay

That didn’t take long!  The organizers of the New Jersey Collectors Convention have officially put their remaining stock of the exclusive Vitruvian HACKS Blasted Land Orc on eBay!

Folks who were not able to make the show can now buy their own directly from the show runner on eBay right now.  Same price.

Hit it up!

New Jersey Collectors’ Con Recap – Boss Fight Studio

When it was announced that the New Jersey Collectors Con would be billed as a “Boss Fight Launch Party” I pretty much knew I had to be there.  Seven hours of driving, through some of the nastiest traffic on the Eastern seaboard on Friday…  and it didn’t let me down.  Not a single bit.  The entire weekend was everything it was billed as and more with fantastic toys, excellent friends, and two action-packed days of action figure overload.  Who could ask for more?

Boss Fight Studio was in attendance and brought a bunch of cool surprises, and many of the items shown are up for pre-order on BossFightShop.com!

First and foremost, they debuted some new figures:

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  1. Lord Vehemous (Dark Mage)
  2. Aspen (Spring Elf)
  3. Blasted Land Female Orc
  4. Lance Steelblade (King and commander of the Knights of Accord)

These four figures will be a part of the third wave of Series 02 figures from the fantasy line, using a mixture of existing and new tooling and all of them come with secondary head sculpts!

Bucky O’Hare Wave 2

  1. Stealth Bucky
  2. Astral Projection Jenny
  3. Deadeye Duck

Along with the three figures slated for Wave 2, we got a shadowed peek at a potential release of the Storm Toad Trooper, currently penciled in for Spring, 2018!  Larry Hama will also be writing brand new bio cards for these figures, the first time Bucky fiction will be developed and written in many, many years.

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  1. Cerisier
  2. Horse

Cerisier was also called the “Cherry Blossom Elf” and “Sakura Branch Elf” and is slated for an upcoming release, though the means and the method for that release were not made immediately clear.  A female Gargoyle figure was also shown during the Boss Fight presentation, though her specific assortment was not shared either.  At this point, the Horse pictured with the deluxe accessory kits is a proof of concept, but they’re not sure exactly how that particular item will make it to collectors’ hands.

Series 02 Wave 04 (Concept Art Only)

  1. Gargoyle
  2. Twylla (Faerie)
  3. Naga
  4. Barbarian

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During their presentation on upcoming product, Boss Fight revealed their line up for the fourth wave of Series 02 figures, including those four figures above.  I apologize about the quality of the image above, we are working to get access to something with a bit better quality.

Series 03 Space Figures (Concept Art Only)

  1. Stonefist
  2. Kinsey London
  3. Empress Medusa
  4. Cyber Medic
  5. Sniper Droid
  6. Will McCloud
  7. Antrox Trooper
  8. A’Vast Ye
  9. Cyber Police

Slated for release after the Series 02 fantasy figures, the third series of Vitruvian HACKS will feature space themed figures and those figures look great!  Stonefist will make an appearance in the third series as well as Medusa (well her head anyway) and a wealth of other cool looking robots and pulpy space troopers.  Good stuff.

Deluxe Accessory Kits

  1. Gladiator Male
  2. Gladiator Female

These two accessory kits include fully painted and decoed accessories as well as a full arm that can be swapped out to give a great armored look.  There are more of these deluxe accessory kits in the planning stages, so more to come here!

Boss Fight also had physical samples of Series 02 Wave 2 and their upcoming Mini-Kits, both of which continue to look absolutely incredible!

But that wasn’t all…

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And of course the immeasurable Dave Proctor built a full blown castle diorama for display and this thing was a.m.a.z.i.n.g.  It had to truly be seen to be believed, a mammoth building with awesome figures, both straight releases and customs really showing the immense versatility of the line.

It was such an amazing weekend with visual overload and so much great stuff to see.  If you love what you see as much as I did, make sure you are showing that love over at BossFightShop.com by pre-ordering their product!

New Jersey Collectors’ Con Recap – Zombie Lab

Run, don’t walk to Kickstarter to throw some support at the awesome guys from Dream Concept Studio who were there in person at NJCC to talk all about their fantastic Zombie Lab project!

They brought the whole diorama and a bunch of figure samples with them to show off to all the crazed fans at NJCC and seeing them in person was IN SANE.

Check out the images below, then sprint to Kickstarter.com to support the project!  There are only FOUR SHORT DAYS left to support it.  Don’t miss out.

New Jersey Collectors’ Con Recap – Marauder “Gun Runners” reveals

What.  A.  Weekend.

The New Jersey Collectors Con celebrated their first two-day event this past weekend with a Boss Fight Launch Party, promoting the launch of their Series 2 Fantasy lines and they took this opportunity to bring in the wonderful folks from Marauder, Inc. including some show exclusive “Engineering Ops” Marauder Task Force figures and more information about a wealth of projects in the works for Marauder.

Some of those exciting announcements were that due for Kickstarter, potentially in the next 1 – 2 weeks, are their K-9, the Contract Ops Task Force figure, and their spectacular looking Exo-Suit.  Marauder had some detailed images of concept art for these items at their booth and it’s pretty awesome looking stuff.

Along with the upcoming Kickstarter, there are also plans for a brand new series of Marauder weapons and new 1:12 scale weapons as well for your favorite 6″ sized action figures!

Last, but definitely not least, I have some personal investment in this next bit of news… revealed on the Friday before NJCC is that there is an upcoming RPG slated to run using the Marauder Task Force figures as a backdrop!

I will be working on this project in a writing/development capacity, and I am so thrilled to be a part of this, and I’m extremely excited for everyone to join me on this ride towards a more immersive Marauder universe. This is going to be a blast!

I can’t thank the folks at Marauder enough. They were more than gracious, great to talk to, and their customer service was exceptional throughout the entire weekend. Such a pleasure to talk and work with them. Do yourselves a favor and, if you haven’t, hit up MarauderInc.com and check out their Task Force product. You will be real glad you did.

Boss Fight Launch Party at NJCC this weekend!

Will I see you there?

This weekend in Cherry Hill, New Jersey is the New Jersey Collectors Convention featuring a full weekend of Boss Fight Studios goodness!

Featuring the creators of Vitruvian HACKS, the guys behind the thrilling Zombie Lab Kickstarter, MJ from Marauder “Gun Runners”, the guys from NECA, and a wealth of awesome vendors, NJCC will be the place to be this weekend.

There is ONLY ONE TICKET available for what’s sure to be a great custom class on Saturday at 11:00am and there should be some great reveals going on all weekend.  

This is going to be a fantastic weekend and I’ll be down there the whole time, so I hope to see you all in Cherry Hill!  Check NewJerseyCollectorsCon.com or their Facebook page for the latest info.

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It’s a Full Force extravaganza – Series 4 episode 3 …with Zombie Lab!

More great G.I. Joe news than you can shake a stick at!  The Full Force is online with their latest episode (Series 4, Episode 3 to be precise) and they are unraveling the latest news from San Diego ComicCon as well as an exclusive interview with the folks behind the latest awesome action figure Kickstarter – Zombie Lab!  Myself and Boss Fight’s Dave Proctor join Chris to talk to Andy and Alex and get the skinny behind the action figure Kickstarter going on right now!

Lots of great content to digest with this one from lots of awesome contributors including G.I. Joe artist Adam Riches, collector supreme Troy McKie and those awesome dudes from across the pond Dave Tree and Eddie Inman.  Of course Chris does a great job running the show as always.

Check out The Full Force on Facebook for show notes and other great stuff, and the podcast episode can be accessed from Podbean, or embedded below.

FUUULLL FOOOOOOORRRCE!!

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Real American Hero Guide Volume 1 is BACK

If you’ve been following G.I. Joe collecting over the past few years you’re no doubt aware of the fantastic series of modern figure guides entitled “Rank and File” that James Kavanaugh, Jr. has been producing.  He’s currently selling Volume 3 on RAHCGuide.com but unfortunately, over the years, his first  volume has completely sold out.

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There has been a high demand to get this first volume (which covers G.I. Joe’s 25th Anniversary and G.I. Joe: Resolute series of figures) so James has turned to Kickstarter to get the funding necessary to produce it.

That’s right, Rank & File Volume 1 is now available on Kickstarter!

Official Press Release
 
I am pleased to announce that, after a long wait, Rank & File volume 1 now has a chance for reprint via Kickstarter!  This resource guide originally debuted in April of 2015 and sold out by June of 2016.  The Rank & File series archives the history of 4″ G.I. Joe and currently has three volumes produced.  This reprint was also updated to account for some carry forward figures produced after the guide’s first printing, as well as some additional information and error correction.  Below is the description for Rank & File volume 1:
 
After a brief hiatus in 2006, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero went in a new stylistic direction that is still predominately used today! Fans revisited some of their most cherished icons within the G.I. Joe mythos and were introduced to new characters that are now known and loved.
 
The Rank & File Guide volume 1 fully displays every G.I. Joe action figure produced between the 25th Anniversary and Resolute, complete with every accessory and variation produced. Volume 1 begins with a introduction to G.I. Joe and discusses its 1964 origins all the way up to the A Real American Hero line in its first two generations, before fully exploring the 25th Anniversary and Resolute series. Not only are the accessories shown, they have been carefully cataloged in an upcoming volume to guarantee the proper shade of accessory goes to the appropriate action figure. To top it off, every vehicle and play set released in the 4″ era has been documented and every easily removable piece has been individually photographed, ensuring collector completion. This full color, 52 page resource manual beautifully illustrates the two series’ 275 action figures, 29 vehicles and every accessory, including all known variations. Not only is every accessory present and accounted for, they have each been assigned a unique number and identified throughout the resource guide. Each action figure has been carefully examined between its initial run and further re-releases to ensure that an accurate sample is clearly and concisely presented, perfect for the collector who is identifying individual action figures or sorting through unorganized lots.
 
Whether you’re a seasoned or rejuvenated collector, enthusiast, or toy vendor; the Rank & File Guide is the definitive compilation for G.I. Joe action figures, vehicles and play sets produced between 2007 to today. Let the Rank & File Guide serve as a reference for completion or a scrap book to the next big turning point of G.I. Joe:  A Real American Hero.
 
This Kickstarter not only allows you to be the first to have a reprint of Rank & File volume 1 in hand, it also provides a chance to obtain some rare and fun items, primarily some of the very action figures cataloged in the 25th Anniversary series.  The demand has been listened to and the time is nigh, let’s bring back Rank & File volume 1 for another round.

GeneralsJoes Reviews Vitruvian HACKS Series 02 Wave 01

A great late summer present as Boss Fight Studio launches their second series of Vitruvian HACKS introducing us to their world of Fantasy!

Check out my Vitruvian HACKS Review Page or just link to the reviews directly below.  Believe me, these figures are just as amazing as you expected them to be.

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