Boss Fight Studio provides the update we’ve all been waiting for

Boss Fight Studio has sent along a Kickstarter update today and it’s a pretty fantastic one!

They have confirmed that the second batch of Kickstarter figures have arrived and are shipping out now.  Along with this, they also drop the news that they will be making a cool announcement shortly and also encourage folks to visit BossFightShop.com for information on upcoming series of the Vitruvian HACKS figures.  This seems to indicate that they will NOT be using Kickstarter going forward, and will be offering all product direct to customers through their webstore.

Check out the full text of the update below, and let’s all get ready for some more Vitruvian HACKS!

Final KS Shipping announcement and future plans!

Hi Boss-Fighters,

As you read this, we’ve have received the final items from our factory and begun shipping the remainders of KS All-in packages to supporters along with the prints and freebie figures! We cannot thank you enough for your continued support and patience.

If there are any issues with the figures you receive (missing/incorrect parts, etc.) please contact us at info@bossfightstudio.com within 30 days of receiving the shipment for replacements. After that, we may not be able to offer any replacements. This 30 day period will be our standard for product issues going forward.

If you have not already done so, please pay a visit to Bossfightshop.com and check out our webstore for additional items. Going forward, Bossfightshop.com will be the home for new product launches and pre-orders. One more thing – stay tuned for a surprise announcement in the near future!

Best always,

Boss Fight Studio

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Eagle Force Trading Card Kickstarter winding down and Eagle Force Officer reveal!

We are officially in the final throws of the Eagle Force Trading Card Kickstarter, but man what a run!  For a Kickstarter that set its modest goal at $700, things have quickly accelerated, and we sit here with the total pledge at over $11,000!  Huge kudos to the folks at Fresh Monkey Fiction for pulling this off in such emphatic fashion.

The RIOT Stealth Pilot figure has been unlocked so please, anyone who wants that figure make sure you not only add the funds but CHANGE YOUR PLEDGE LEVEL.  You don’t want to miss that figure!

Also, I’m not sure if I mentioned it here yet or not, but there are some spectacular additional stretch goal incentives with a great new glider from friend of GeneralsJoes D&J Toys!

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Meanwhile, over on Kastor’s Korner, we get a sneak peek at another upcoming figure from the Eagle Force Returns soon to be launched Kickstarter event!  The Eagle Force Officer!  Check out that image below.

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There’s only about 12 hours left to throw some support at the trading card Kickstarter.  Keep it coming!

FREE Marauder Task Force Action Figure Event!

The latest Marauder Newsletter brings some exciting news!

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Order $35 or more of MGR items and get your choice of 1 (ONE) Gray Tech Ops, Orange Hazard Ops, Yellow Shock-Ops OR Brown Terra-Ops Marauder Task Force figure with vest, headgear & head  for FREE!*

For even MORE value….get ANOTHER FREE geared up MTF figure (body, vest, headgear & head) of YOUR CHOICE for EVERY $35 ordered!  The number of FREE figures received is up to you!
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Example 1: order over $70 worth of items (2 x $35), get 2 (TWO) Gray Tech Ops, Orange Hazard Ops, Yellow Shock-Ops OR Brown Terra-Ops Marauder Task Force figures for FREE.  Also, each figure gets your choice of vest, headgear & head for FREE! *

Example 2: order over $105 worth of items (3 x $35), get 3 (THREE) Gray Tech Ops, Orange Hazard Ops, Yellow Shock Ops OR Brown Terra Ops Marauder Task Force figures for FREE.  Also, each figure gets your choice of vest, headgear & head for FREE!*
-No special code to enter for the free figure promo.
-MUST LIST YOUR FREEBIE CHOICES IN THE MESSAGE SECTION OF THE WEBSITE ORDER:  Figure(s), Vest(s), Headgear(s) & Head(s).
-Sale ends Sunday night 5/8 at 11:59PM EST.

*Free MTF figure choices must be Brown (Terra Ops), Gray (Tech Ops), Yellow (Shock Ops) or Orange (Hazard Ops).  FREE MTF vest, headgear & head choices must be Brown (Terra Ops), Gray (Tech Ops), Black (Shock Ops) or Orange (Hazard Ops).  Unmasked head selection can be ANY skin tone, any hair color and with or without facial hair.  Note: weapaons & modular accessories (pouches, pockets, holsters, etc) are NOT included and available separately.  Items selected can be any combination of figures, any combination of gear and any combination of colors but ONLY within the eligible colors & styles.

Thanks again for your support!
MJ & Team
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New Eagle Force Returns reveal and RIOT Pilot stretch goal adjustment!

A couple of pieces of Eagle Force related news to share this morning.

First and foremost, since I posted the information yesterday, Fresh Monkey Fiction has adjusted the requirements of the Eagle Force RIOT Pilot stretch goal so that anyone who has pledged $60 or more will receive the RIOT Pilot (as long as the campaign hits $10,000)!  That’s a great adjustment and hopefully will draw more folks to the Kickstarter to get in on the ground floor for not just the Eagle Force trading cards, but also the Eagle Force Returns toy line!  They are under $4,000 to go to hit that threshold, so if enough people want the Pilot, we should be able to get there in no time.

Along with this, The Fwoosh has an exclusive figure reveal, too, showing off the RIOT “Firebug” a flamethrower trooper to support the Fireball character.  An awesome new addition to the RIOT terrorist team, to be sure.

Eagle Force ls promising to be a very impressive showing and I will be watching for the Kickstarter closely.

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Eagle Force Trading Card Kickstarter announces blockbuster stretch goal

The Eagle Force Trading Card Kickstarter has entered the home stretch, with only nine days left to go, and Fresh Monkey Fiction has revealed an incredible new stretch goal!

If the Kickstarter hits a $10,000 threshold, everyone who pledges $75 or more will get an extremely limited Eagle Force Returns action figure!

The R.I.O.T. Pilot is an Air Assault Stealth Trooper and is limited to only 200 pieces.  Anyone who wants a complete collection of Eagle Force Returns action figures needs to step up to the plate.

Meanwhile, I’ll be upping my own pledge as well.  Let’s try and make this happen.

Check out the Eagle Force Trading Card Kickstarter here, and see the image of the RIOT Pilot below.

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Latest Eagle Force Returns figure reveal looks deadly!

Over at Action Figure Insider, a new sneak peek at an upcoming Eagle Force Returns figure has been shown, and it looks like it just might be someone new, but with some key connections to the past.

The nefarious RIOT assassin “Hornet” is the latest member of the evil terrorist organization within the Eagle Force universe, and I have to admit he’s looking pretty striking.  A great yellow and black paint scheme highlights his cool specialty, and there’s even a bio card shown.  Apparently Hornet and Kayo have a history…

Check out the images below and see the reveal at Action Figure Insider.

Eagle Force Returns General Brown revealed

As the Eagle Force Trading Cards Kickstarter continues steamrolling through stretch goals, HISSTank.com has revealed the latest look at an upcoming figure for the Eagle Force Returns action figure Kickstarter!

General Brown will be joining the Eagle Force roster!  Back in the 80s, Sgt. Brown was a key player on the Eagle Force team, and it looks like he’s risen in rank since then.  Check out HISSTank.com, and also take a look below at all of the figures who have been revealed so far.  I’m greatly looking forward to this Kickstarter this summer.  Should be fun!

GeneralsJoes Reviews the Vitruvian HACKS Ultimate Spartan and Amazon Elite!

Any day that I get new Vitruvian HACKS figures in the mail is a good day!  Last week I had a couple of those.

Reviews have been posted in my Vitruvian HACKS Series 1 Review section (available in the top menu under “Other Reviews”).  These two figures are smoking!  Check out the links below.

Don’t forget you can grab your own Amazon at Kokomo Toys (in the US) or All the Cool Stuff (internationally) and you can snag the Ultimate Spartan courtesy of the NJCC folks on eBay.  Enjoy!

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Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Amazon (Elite Warrior)

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There are a few things I immediately take away from my early experiences with the Amazon (Elite Warrior) Vitruvian HACKS figure (available exclusively from Kokomo Toys and All the Cool Stuff).

First and foremost, this is the first human female figure that has been released in the HACKS line so far, and I cannot say enough fantastic things about its construction, articulation, and overall durability.  The female buck is sculpted somewhat slimmer than the male buck, yet still maintains the excellent range of motion, and doesn’t feel significantly more fragile in any way.  She moves and plays just as effectively as the male, and as my six year old grabbed her from the review station and started doing battle with Evil Lyn, my heart skipped a beat somewhat, but the end result was 15 minutes of fun play time for my kid, and no damage done to the Amazon.

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The second thing I immediately took away was that Boss Fight Studio is using their tooling dollars very wisely and has already managed to supply themselves with a library of parts that can extend their own lives by complimenting many different kinds of figures.

Her upper torso and arms are the same as the Gorgons we’ve seen so far (though the Gorgons have a different lower torso to jive with their snake tails).  She has the same bracers and similar chest armor as the snake ladies as well, and with an amazingly vibrant sort of brushed metal silver deco that really makes the figure pop.

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Unlike the Spartans, the leather skirt is a separate piece from the torso armor, and it’s sculpted to look remarkably like real leather, with very fine texture bringing some great depth to the accessory.  I also love the loop on the back which enables the Amazon to hold her sword effortlessly back there.

The Amazon’s paint scheme is terrific, with an excellent and realistic skin tone and these incredible paint tampo tattoos that are intricate and fantastic.  They bring a ton of character to the figure and the paint masks used to produce them are spectacular.  I love the look.

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Like the Spartans, she has nearly flawless articulation, and with the Amazon they even added rocker ankles which only serves to enhance the realism of the way she can pose.  I have had very mixed reactions with rocker ankles in other toylines as they can sometimes be fragile or cause the foot pegs to not fit in all the way.  Neither of these appears to be an issue with the Amazon, as her ankles tilt perfectly, yet still maintain a nicely deep heel hole for the foot peg.  I really like the sculpted sandals on her feet as well.  I am exceedingly impressed with my first exposure to a human female figure within the Vitruvian HACKS line and fine myself antsy for their fantasy series. My aforementioned six year old daughter has a major affinity for fairies and has already asked me to give her one of the HACKS fairies for her birthday.

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As much as I love the structural qualities of the Amazon, it’s the paint deco that really makes it shine, with the combination of skin tone, warpaint (tattoos?), bright silver armor and the dark leather skirt.  She’s a very vibrant and exciting looking figure.

ACCESSORIES

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The Amazon Elite Warrior is extremely well accessorized.  She comes with two axes, two separate helmets, a shield, a sword, and a spear.  The shield has a new deco which looks really great.  Like the other female Gorgons, she can hold her shield much better than the male figures, and looks truly imposing once she’s all decked out with her gear.

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Exclusive domestically to Kokomo Toys and internationally to All the Cool Stuff, this Amazon Elite Warrior has been selling quite briskly.  If you want one for yourself (as well you should) you should pull the trigger quickly.  She’s got great construction, terrific articulation, and a really exciting paint scheme which all combines to give us a really great figure and an excellent introduction to the female human form within Vitruvian HACKS.

Buy this figure from Kokomo Toys and All the Cool Stuff!

Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Ultimate Spartan

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Buy this guy on on eBay now!

I have to think that there will come a time when receiving a new Vitruvian HACKS figure isn’t such a special occasion.  Sometime, maybe a few years down the road, after I own a few series of figures, it’ll just be kind of “oh, cool, a new HACKS shipment”.

For now, though?  Not so much.  At this point, the arrival of a new HACKS action figure is something to be celebrated and something to get very excited for, even when it’s an exclusive item that is little more than a repainted version of an existing figure.

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In truth, though, the New Jersey Collectors’ Con Ultimate Spartan figure is more than just a repainted figure, especially so early in the line’s life.  He comes with a wealth of different accessories, some of which have not been seen yet, as well as a new head sculpt, which looks to be the same head that’s coming with Leonidas, though I’m not 100% certain of that yet.

For the most part, the Ultimate Spartan is the same base figure as the standard release Spartan with the excellent sculpting and articulation we’ve already gotten used to with other figures.  He has fantastic range of motion in his elbows and knees, and I just love the number of different dynamic poses he can get into, just like the other figures.  I find that I don’t mind the fact that he closely resembles other Spartans, as it makes it a bit easier to troop build and add some variety to your Spartan legions.

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I really like the Leonidas head sculpt with the longer, bushier beard and pretty distinctive look on his face.  I would encourage Boss Fight to find a way to maybe get more spare heads out in accessory packs, because once Leonidas is released, I would think you might want to differentiate the ground troops a little bit more.  The Blanks will be a good start, but I know I’m not a big fan of eye painting.

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The Ultimate Spartan paint deco is pretty fantastic as well.  Covered from head to toe in realistic mud/blood spatter he looks like a trooper that has been through the worst that battle has to offer.  His skin tone is a bit darker than the other Spartan as well, which is a nice addition to the figure.  The spatter detail work is absolutely fantastic with different layers of color differences that really make the figure stand out look exciting.  I love that detail work, and although I only bought a single standard Spartan Warrior, I made sure to get a couple of the Ultimates, as it makes sense to me that the ground troops would be the ones that got themselves a little dirtied up.

ACCESSORIES

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Aside from the addition of the really nice spatter detail, the Ultimate Spartan comes with a ton of accessories, many of which we have not yet seen before.  Several different swords, the familiar scabbard and spear, four different helmets, two axes, two different shields, plus the armor and leather skirt that the standard Spartans come with.  All of these different accessories really encourage army building as you can deck out a bunch of Spartans with a bunch of different accessories to really build out your Spartan army and have them look different.  Each weapon fits seamlessly into the Spartan’s hand, with the exception of the shields, but that is a known issue at this point with that handle at the end.

Right now the recommendation is to remove the hand at the wrist, slip the shield handle on, then plug the hand back in.

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As an exclusive to the New Jersey Collectors Con, the Ultimate Spartan is a pretty fantastic addition to an already robust line of Vitruvian HACKS figures.  I remain ecstatic every time I get a new figure in the mail, and find a lot to love about pretty much every one of them.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the box art for the Ultimate Spartan as well.  It really is fantastic.  Very dramatic and really fun, a nice presentation for the NJCC exclusive.