Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian Ghariala

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It truly feels like forever since I’ve written an action figure review, and looking over the span of the past twenty or so years, this has perhaps been the longest gap between reviews.  I could go into all of the reasons why that is, but nobody is reading this to hear about that, so we might as well get to the good stuff.

And yes, Ghariala is the good stuff.  I will admit, however, I’m not entirely sure how to spell her name, but I’m winging it.

Ever since first showing off concept art of the mysterious Dragon Harvester both myself and my nine year old daughter have been anxiously awaiting her release.  My daughter is a huge fan of dragons, and the idea that there was a woman out there who was involved with dragons (I might have left out the part about her… you know… killing them for their valuable body parts) really made her day.  She was extremely excited when I received this early sample (I was pretty fired up about it myself).

The Dragon Harvester is yet another fine example of action figure craftsmanship, the kind we’re accustomed to from Boss Fight Studio.  She uses mostly familiar female parts (pretty much the female Orc underneath) with some terrific new armor, a great helmet, awesome alt head, and a bevy of interesting new accessories to differentiate her.  It’s pretty much the Vitruvian HACKS formula and Boss Fight continues to execute it to perfection.

As always, articulation and interaction are key with these figures and they do a great job here.  I love the female action figure tooling, and have ever since opening my first Eurayle back in the day.  The joints are slender, but durable, the figures pose and balance to near perfection, and they’ve got that extra ankle joint that I really love.  

Of course, what makes this figure stand apart are the layers of new gear that make her a whole new character.  The helmet fits perfectly over the standard head, or there is an alternate head that is basically the same helmet with the faceshield down.  It works as a version of this character in a more “battle mode” but also works as a generic Dragon harvester army builder as well.

Dragon-themed armor covers her torso and fits very nicely, with a vibrant gold color scheme.  In fact, the heavy use of golds throughout the figure works exceptionally well, making her look like the wealthy “big game hunter” that she is.

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It’s somewhat challenging to talk about the greatness of a HACKS figure without going down the rabbit hole of accessories, because obviously it’s usually those accessories that make the figure so great.  As mentioned, the armor, helmet and alt head are done to perfection, but the newly tooled gauntlets and shin guards are also gorgeous, and add to that gold look perfectly.  She’s got a great dragon egg holder that hooks into various places on her belt and a removable dragon egg to boot.

One of her weapons looks to be a sword made from a dragon’s tooth which is pretty amazing, while the other seems as if it could be a piece of dragon tail.  Then of course she also has the staff and mount with the small dragon included, too.

Ghariala has a ton of great new gear that takes an existing figure, two new heads, and gives it a ton of personality.

I’ve felt a great void in my life for the past few months without a new HACKS figure, and it feels as though that void is at least partially filled. 

This is one heck of an awesome character and a great looking figure, and I’m eagerly awaiting the future Wave 4 releases!

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Marauder “Agency Ops” first samples are blowing my mind

Can I just say what an awesome time it is to be a 1:18 scale action figure junkie?  I mean seriously.

I see G.I. Joe fans gnashing their teeth about no Joes at retail, but holy cow when I see stuff like this, suddenly it’s not so painful.

Marauder is over in China at the moment, and I gotta believe he pulled these samples straight from the factory, and I am SO glad he did.  I don’t know if I could be any more in love with four inch pieces of plastic than I am right now.  Just a simple dude in a t-shirt with elbow pads and a pistol is knocking me out.  I want these.  Like nowish.

Check out the Marauder “Gun Runners” Facebook Page, and take a peek at the mirrored images below, though fair warning – they may cause blood loss to your brain.  If you feel it for four hours or more, go see a doctor.

Full Force video review of RagingSpoon Complex Buildable Diorama Sets

Perhaps some of you remember that I got my hands on some early samples of the Complex Building Sets by RagingSpoon a month or two back.  In short – I LOVED them, and they are available now at SmallJoes.com.

Chris from The Full Force recently got some in his possession as well, and posted one of his usual entertaining looks at the form and function of these fantastic pieces.

Any fan of 1:18 figures, or Transformers, or really any toyline at all that needs cool display elements needs to look long and hard at Complex.  They are incredible and have some amazing things planned for the future.  Check out the video review below and be sure to snag your own set of Complex at SmallJoes.com!

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Dark Source 1:18 scale military figures are rocking my world

One thing that has become crystal clear over the past few years is that adult 1:18 collectors need to look outside of retail channels for collectible action figures that appeal to our desires of enhanced articulation, accessories and detail.  Thankfully, there has been an influx of smaller companies producing kick ass toys in that scale that cover those bases.  It appears as if we have one more to add to that list.

Over on the Pocket In Action Club Facebook page they’ve shown off a bunch of images of a new line of 1:18 futuristic military figures that appear to be called Dark Source, appearing to be coming out of China.  I’ve been trying to get a good translation of the page, but at this point it almost looks like they’re being produced by WaBao Toys (though I could be totally misreading the phrasing on Facebook).

Long story short, these look amazing and I need to figure out how and where to buy them.

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Zombie Lab production samples looking close to done and pretty darn great

The folks from Dream Concept Studios have posted near final production sample images for the upcoming Zombie Lab figures that Kickstarter backers are awaiting, and so far so good.

Zombie Lab, designed in conjunction with Boss Fight Studio using HACKS compatible parts and articulation are pretty much what you’d expect for action figures with Boss Fight involvement.  All sorts of bad ass.  Check out the images below and make sure you’re following along with all of the updates via the Zombie Lab Facebook Page.

Eagle Force Handbook Kickstarter – Only DAYS LEFT

While we eagerly await the Eagle Force action figures’ arrival, Fresh Monkey Fiction has kicked off a Kickstarter for the Eagle Force Handbook, a fantastic look at Eagle Force and its characters from World War II, through to the present.  The handbook will feature bio’s and excellent artwork, much in the same vein as the Handbook of the Marvel Universe from the good old days.

There’s less than 60 hours left on the Kickstarter, and while funding has been hit, there are still some pretty awesome stretch goals left to unlock.

Check out the Kickstarter here, and if you dig it, support it, so we can all get a good look at the past, present, and future of Eagle Force!

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Animal Warriors of the Kingdom DELUXE action figure Kickstarter is live!

Spero Studios is cranking again! Shortly after delivering some awesome figures from their first Kickstarter, the folks at Spero are back at it, seeking funding for a new line of Deluxe Animal Warriors of the Kingdom figures. Many of the figures within this second Kickstarter are 5″ tall (though still scaled for 1:18, they’re just big boys!) and we’ve got some pretty amazing looking stuff going on here.

Personally, I’m really digging Belarus, the crazy cyborg bear, but there’s a ton of potential for other incredible stuff as well. As with the first Kickstarter, there’s a ton of great basic sized figures, too with some excellent new gear, new heads, and new creatures.

Lots to love here, especially if you dig human/animal hybrids like I do. I can see half the cast of my Operation: Harvest novels right here. Awesome stuff.

He’s sitting at around $32,000 right now, with a goal at 50K, but I think all of us would like to see some serious stretch goals made. Don’t sit on the fence, hit up the Kickstarter and put your money where your mouth is. He’s proven he can get this stuff produced, I’m itching to see more.

GeneralsJoes Reviews Bucky O’Hare Wave 2

Okay, before we get onto the reviews…  so far we’ve got three members of the Righteous Indignation crew… but no bad guys for them to fight.

That stops now!  Boss Fight Studio has just launched pre-orders for the new KOMPLEX Storm Toad figures, including single packs and two packs.  GO GET YOU SOME.

Then you can hop on back over to my Bucky O’Hare review page and check out reviews for the latest Bucky O’Hare figures:

As one might expect… they’re incredible.  Deadeye Duck especially feels like a new barometer set in toy engineering.  Wow.  More great stuff from the rock stars at Boss Fight Studio.

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Astral Projection Jenny

Order this figure now from BossFightShop.com!  And you’re gonna need some Storm Toads for her to fight!

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Once again, Boss Fight Studio reuses tooling from the first release of a figure to add some new life into an updated version of that character.  Jenny, a cat creature known as an Artificer Witch of Aldeberan has always been Bucky’s First Mate, and is also from a race of creatures with supernatural mystical abilities.  This race of creatures can fire psionic blasts, and also has the ability to project themselves into the astral plane.  According to Larry Hama (who wrote a spectacular new filecard for this figure) Jenny used her astral projection form to infiltrate KOMPLEX.  

This version of Jenny is reminiscent of version 1, only as an astral projection, is produced in semi-translucent plastic, a somewhat smokey clear color that looks impressive enough, only made more impressive by the addition of pearlescent plastic at the hair and tail, giving the character and the figure a fantastic spectral appearance. 

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The paint applications are similar to the original Jenny, but side-by-side you can really tell just how different they are.  Blue trim on the pearl hair and blue jewels instead of purple, she’s a vibrant color variation of the original release, which also serves a clear purpose in the story as well.  An amazing looking new version of an already great base figure.

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Along with the new colors, the figure maintains the flawless sculpting of the original, with an elaborately sculpted, dynamic hairdo that doesn’t impact posing thanks to the excellent counterbalance of the sculpted tail.  Like Bucky himself, she looks animated and full of character, yet is fully poseable.  She has incredibly narrow limbs, which are still nicely movable.

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Toy collectors (and certainly kids) can often miss the connection between action figures and art, but the fact is, for nearly every toy out there, there are strong influences of artistic ability and intrinsic talent woven within the design work of the figure.  Yes, sometimes budget and money gets in the way of a designer doing what they want, but Boss Fight Studio seems very able to cram as much unique artistic ability into each figure they produce.

Jenny is certainly no exception.  The combination of the fantastic translucent color pallet and the pearl shine on the trim is spectacular, and makes this figure a truly remarkable addition to an already impressive line up of cartoon animals.

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Accessories

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Like the Stealth Mission Bucky, this Jenny update comes with all of the same accessories, just in different colors.  The hands are semi-clear, the faces are all that great pearl color, and the energy projections are a vibrant clear blue instead of the pinkish/purple.  Beyond those aesthetic changes, they’re all just as fun and great as the originals and capable of enhancing the basic figure to great levels.

I still love how the energy beams and magical projections form together to look like she’s launching magic energy bolts at those nasty Storm Toads, and the facial expressions are unique and fun as always.

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As I continue to mention, the package art is really great.  Gorgeous artwork, and an always enjoyable file card update by Larry Hama himself.

What a neat update.  Striking, beautiful new paint scheme laid over an already impressive figure, gives us a great second version of Jenny.  Two waves into this new Bucky O’Hare line and already two more Jenny figures than the previous line could boast.  That’s progress! :D

“Stealth Mission” Bucky O’Hare

Order this figure now from BossFightShop.com! And you’re gonna need some Storm Toads for him to fight!

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It’s a fact of life these days that most action figures are sculpted and tooled with multiple uses in mind in order to offset the costs of creating the tooling, and Bucky O’Hare is no different.  What matters is how those parts are reused and to what effect.  With a line like Vitruvian HACKS, the parts are designed to be interchangeable, so being able to swap in and out various parts goes a long way towards giving the figures new life, even if there isn’t a whole lot of new tooling.  This is far more challenging with a line like Bucky O’Hare, which have characters very uniquely styled and sculpted, so repaints have to be done in an effective way.

So far, so good.

“Stealth Mission” Bucky O’Hare is a great looking update to the initial release of the Bucky figure.  According to the file card, Bucky’s suit contains holographic technology that allows it to be put into “stealth mode” with the various shades of green and black, including some really awesome camouflage on the green, furry flesh.

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Stealth Mission Bucky O’Hare is an exceptionally fun (and functional) repaint.  His base uniform is an awesome darker green/teal color which looks dark and looks as if it would blend with a stealth mission, but still has a fantastic shade of green that looks excellent and meshes with the lighter green of Bucky’s skin well.

Where the original Bucky is vibrant and bright, the Stealth Mission upgrade is more subdued, yet still very colorful.  I love the black trim and offset on the gloves, belt and boots, and I really dig the face camouflage as well, which helps bring the color pallet of the entire figure down into a more stealth aesthetic.  He looks really gorgeous, and I dig the idea of a tech oriented uniform that can shift in and out of stealth at a whim.

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Like the original figure, this update has immaculate sculpting, posing, balance and articulation, a perfect example of what an amazing toy design team are capable of.  He can stand on one large foot, move seamlessly, pose well, and the interchangeable hands and faces work very, very well.  You may have to use a little heat to soften the material, but beyond that, the way this figure moves and balances is close to perfection.  It’s incredible to me that a figure designed to be so animated in aesthetic manages to maintain such a supreme sense of articulation, but the capable folks behind Boss Fight Studio simply make it work, every single time.  Great stuff.

Accessories

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Stealth Mission Bucky comes with the same gear as the first release, only in darker colors (and with the appropriate face paint) and work just as well as the previous ones.  I love the different facial expressions along with the different posed hands, they are awesome conceptually and in execution.

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Like the original release, the packaging is spectacular with a really appealing layout and brand new file cards written by the man himself, Larry Hama.

What a great action figure line this is.  Each release is chock full of fun, character, personality, and style, all while being flat out greatly executed action figures.  Huge continued kudos on these, Boss Fight.