Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Berzerker Disciple Gorgon

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Ever since the majesty of Medusa was first revealed, G.I. Joe fans everywhere have been dreaming of a male figure build with the snake tail for…well, for reasons.  With their seventh wave of Vitruvian HACKS figures, Boss Fight Studio has delivered, and what’s especially nice is that they’ve delivered a pretty damn cool action figure in its own right to boot.

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Ever since first reading the biographies for Eurayle and her Disciples I became extremely interested in that element of the Gorgon universe.  Devoted human soldiers under the hypnotic trance of one of the Gorgon sisters seemed like a really intriguing twist on the infamous Medusa mythology.  With very cool pale green skin tones and some great weapons, I ended up buying a few of the Disciples and love where that story is going (especially with Achilles’ release in Wave 6).  The fact that Boss Fight Studio bumped up production of their male lower-torso (initially slated for release with the Naga Serpent in their Fantasy series) to work it into a Series 1 release is really awesome from a fan point of view.

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The Berzerker Disciple Gorgon is a figure that works exceedingly well in many different ways.  The various shades of green throughout the figure compliment each other flawlessly and put together a strikingly beautiful look.  Familiar light “Disciple” green along the belly, embraced by a much darker, vibrant green at the edges makes for one heck of a nice looking Gorgon.  He’s got the bald Blank head with a two-toned green deco that further emphasizes his “berzerker” nature.

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I’m happy to see that the articulated snake tail works to perfection with this new male lower torso and the entire figure feels like it was designed this way from the beginning, from head to toe…err… tail.  Construction, deco, and character concept are all terrific.

Accessories

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The Berzerker Disciple Gorgon doesn’t come with a ton of weapons, but what he does come with makes for a fascinating combination.  He has two separate sheaths, which ends up in a great cross-strap look across his bare chest (he doesn’t come with armor) and the darkened Gorgon skull helmet sets it all off nicely.  He comes with two short swords dipped in venom and looks like an excellent fast attack, lethal trooper.  I really like what he’s got.

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To say I was excited when Boss Fight announced the early release of the Berzerker would be a wild understatement.  One might say I went “berzerk”.  He’s a fun, intriguing figure with some unusual accessories and for the first time since Wave 4, a newly tooled part included (with the lower torso).  Great, GREAT figure and a nice compliment to my already growing horde of Gorgon villains.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews Vitruvian HACKS Wave 6

The latest wave of Boss Fight Studio’s fantastic Vitruvian HACKS line has arrived in my sweaty palms and I’ve posted a review for all four figures on my Vitruvian HACKS Review Page.

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Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Helios Warrior

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Throughout the Vitruvian HACKS toy line to date there’s been a healthy helping of influence from the Greek Gods, and the Helios Warrior is no exception.  Helios is a titan, (which I believe is actually an elder to a God) and is the physical manifestation of the sun in Greek Mythology.  Like several of Hades operatives that have already been released, the Helios Warrior serves the will of the titan against the Gorgon Horde.

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Purely from a design perspective, the Helios Warrior is simply beautiful.  Absolutely gorgeous.  One of the few unsung aspects of the HACKS line has been their use of translucent plastics throughout different figures, and it is used to perfection here.  The base color of the figure isn’t  like the existing Transparent Orange, it’s much brighter, and is offset beautifully by the metallic red shine of the Spartan armor.  These two colors combined together really produce a fantastic “flame warrior” effect that works in concert together and provides a terrific supernatural vibe.

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I know there has been some hypothesis that the base figure for the Helios Warrior is little more than a Translucent Orange Blank, but I will tell you that this is definitely not the case.  The Helios Warrior is a very vibrant, almost clear gold figure that looks starkly and amazingly different than the standard clear orange blank, something that is clearly evident when looking at them side by side.  The Helios Warrior is on your left below:

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Along with the excellent combination of light translucent and metallic red, the phoenix deco on the armor is fantastic as well, adding some real spirit to the figure.  Intricately painted flame wings and the upturned beak look really, really nice, with a great concept and even better execution.

Accessories

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For the most part we’re not seeing a whole lot of new excitement when it comes to Wave 6 accessories, since they’ve all been released several times already.  However, looking at the Helios Warrior accessories I see a ton of vibrant color combinations that truly bring this gear to life.  Red handles and orange blades, not to mention the Phoenix tampo on the shield all add some real awesome spark to these existing accessories.  The yellow trim on the red leg armor is fantastic as well and only goes to further accentuate the “fire” elements of this figure.  The red isn’t merely “red”, it’s got a spectacularly rich finish with a great shine to it, the very definition of “candy apple” red you’d be more likely to see on a fancy sports car than an action figure, but it works to perfection.

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Ever since we got our first glimpse of the Helios Warrior I was looking forward to getting this one in hand.  The Undead Warrior is already one of my all time favorite figures, mostly due to his transparent deco, and the Helios Warrior now joins him in this fantastic supernatural cadre coming in to do battle amidst the Spartans and Gorgons.  I’m really looking forward to seeing the Eos Warrior as well in Wave 7, and I think they’ll both make fantastic compliments to each other.  Great stuff!

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Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Myrmex Warrior

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The Myrmidon Warrior was a figure whose backstory I knew nothing about when it was first released in the initial Vitruvian HACKS Kickstarter.  I’d heard of the Athenians, the Spartans, etc… but for whatever reason the Myrmidons was a group I was unfamiliar with.  I did some quick research leading up to reviewing the figure and was quite pleasantly surprised to see them affiliated with one of my favorite Greek Mythology heroes, Achilles.

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When it was revealed that Wave 6 would include not only Achilles himself, but also the Myrmex Warriors, another evolution of his mercenary team, I was extremely excited.  According to mythology, many of the Myrmidon Warriors were created from armies of ants, and they seem to be taking this concept close to home with the Myrmex Warrior who is quite obviously patterned with those ants in mind.

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The base figure itself comes with one of the short haired Blank heads which is great, and of course the Myrmidon Warrior armor (chest and legs) for obvious reasons.  What I love most about the figure is the deco, with a healthy amount of red, complimented by brown and gold trim, which ties him in nicely with Achilles himself and with the rest of the Myrmidon crew.

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Articulation and paint is fantastic as we’ve come to expect with the Vitruvian HACKS figures, and while I’m not sure the Myrmex Warrior is a hole I felt needed to be filled, I do find this figure it be a fun addition to the steadily growing human legions.

Accessories

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The Myrmex Warrior comes with a basic accessory compliment, including the Myrmidon themed armor pieces I mentioned above, a short sword with sheath, a spear, and the shield with a really nice ant tampo.  It’s fine, though nothing exceptional and not a whole lot that you can’t necessarily find elsewhere with other figures.  Like all of the shields from Wave 5.5 on, the handle has been extended slightly to allow for an easier grasp with male hands.

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This figure is nice.  He does somewhat get lost in the shuffle with three other far superior aesthetic figures in this wave, but he’s a welcome addition to the ever growing Achilles division, and I’m glad to have him.

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Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Achilles

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Ever since we first read the Odyssey as a class in fifth grade I had some fascination with the characters from Greek Mythology, especially as it pertained to characters with greater than human abilities.  After all, I was a comic book fanatic back then as well, so the idea that a character like Achilles who was more or less described as a super hero really appealed to me.  When Boss Fight Studio released the Myrmidon Warrior in their first series, it was clear that they at least had Achilles in their viewfinder.  Once Penthesilea was released, Achilles’ character grew even more fleshed out, and here, in Wave 6 we finally get our hands on him as his own figure.

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He does not disappoint.

The basic figure buck is obviously the same one we’ve seen numerous times at this point with great construction, sculpting and articulation.  His head sculpt is the same short haired head we get with the Blanks, but in full deco you can barely tell the reuse.

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One awesome aspect of the figure, too, is that he also comes with the bald head from the blanks as well as a swappable right foot so Achilles can also serve as another sort of Myrmidon Warrior to help further his personal army and also help get some great mileage out of this figure.  I know I have plans to buy more of these figures to now use as troopers.

Speaking of the right foot, the silver foot was included to show Achilles’ wearing some kind of protective armor, since that’s the most vulnerable part of his body, and it’s a neat look, certainly separates him from the crowd in some good ways.

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The overall look of this figure is excellent.  Using the Myrmidon torso and leg armor ties him in with his troops, and the deco here is spectacular with some very nice golden trim, it really helps blend Achilles with his army, but also sets him apart.  The brown color of the armor is very leather-looking, but a slightly different shade than some others, showcasing the awesome ability of the Boss Fight folks to choose just the right color tone for these figures.

Accessories

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I really enjoy Achilles’ accessory assortment.  As I mentioned previously, the armor looks great with the dark brown and gold trim, and the deco on his shield is astoundingly great at such a small scale.  His helmet, spear, sword and scabbard have great paint applications that blend with the rest of the armor nicely, and I’m always a fan of the throwing axes. Black and gold handles with silver axe blades are great combinations of colors and finish of this compliment of accessories to perfection.  What really strikes me about all of these parts is the vibrant colors.  The silvers are just stark and bright and amazingly well chosen.

The shield certainly deserves some attention.  It’s an amazing array of symbols very closely based on Achilles’ legendary shield.  Obviously on a smaller scale not quite all of the different layers can be applied, but I think Boss Fight did a spectacular job approximating the overall look and feel of this piece of epic equipment for one of Greek Mythology’s most iconic warriors.

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A terrific character which builds on the existing Vitruvian HACKS mythology while also bringing some new elements to the table is something I will always embrace enthusiastically, especially a key character like Achilles.  Add to that the inclusion of spare parts to turn the character into a trooper, excellent adjusted paint deco and a great accessory compliment, and you have one heck of a great figure for Wave 6.

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Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Warrior Skeleton

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The evolution of the skeleton figure in the Vitruvian HACKS toyline has been pretty impressive, and this Warrior Skeleton is only more proof of the amazing sculpting and production values of those figures.

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Initially part of their wildly successful Kickstarter, the Skeletons were seen as add on items that could compliment the already impressive hordes of humans and Gorgons, but as time went on, they got wrapped into the story a bit more fully, especially starting with the Wave 5 Cursed Skeleton figure, which was the first to include the Skeleton as an actual base figure to build a packaged figure around.

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Here we get the Warrior Skeleton which dials back the hyper-enchanted look a little bit and dives deeper into realism, but the end result is the same.  The figure looks spectacular.

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First and foremost, unlike any of the other skeletons to date, Boss Fight Studio went super realistic here, adding very nicely layered paint wipes to a white Skeleton base giving us a figure that looks a lot like a living, breathing Skeleton with worn bones as if it pulled itself right out of a freshly dug grave.  The texture achieved with the added paint is fantastic and brings this figure to a whole new life (no pun intended).

Along with the excellent new deco on the Skeleton, we see Medusa’s arm armor in a very nice golden bronze paint finish alongside the Amazon skirt and the Myrmidon helmet, which sets the whole figure off nicely.  The accessory color is so bright and clean that it just looks striking, an amazingly cool combination against the worn and hewn bones of the living skeleton wearing it.

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The combination of armor and the intricately painted skeleton underneath is truly awesome and really portrays a sense of dead soldier come to life.  As with all of the other Skeleton figures, I’m astounded by the level of articulation and sculpted detail within a figure that is so skinny, but Boss Fight managed to make a Skeleton that looks like a true 1:18 scale Skeleton and is still a very functional toy.  It’s pretty amazing, and this one is no exception.  I’ve been really impressed with the durability of this figure, the movement, and the fit of the armor, it’s been exceedingly impressive.

Accessories

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I really love the somewhat outside the box armor choices and the octopus tampo on the shield is really terrific as well.  An excellent and interesting logo, though I’m not sure what the specific inspiration was. A combination of brown and gold/bronze gives a great sense of realism, and I enjoy the helmet choice as well.  This is a great figure and comes with some excellent, if understated, accessories.

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Another excellent entry into Boss Fight Studio’s increasing skeleton army.  He looks great alongside all of his skin and bone comrades (and in fact, his excellent worn paint scheme makes some of the others feel a little under-detailed) and I’m excited to scoop up some more of these bad boys to stock up my skeleton legions.

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Boss Fight Studio Bucky O’Hare gets off on the right rabbit’s foot

Toy Fair is this weekend, and we’re starting off with some exciting news from our good friends at Boss Fight Studio and Continuity Comics!  The official press release for the upcoming Bucky O’Hare action figure line (co-created by G.I. Joe legend Larry Hama) has been sent out, with some spectacular new images of the work in progress sculpts and designs for Bucky himself.  Things are looking pretty great!  Check out the press release and the images below and join me in your anticipation of this fun upcoming toy line from Continuity Comics and Boss Fight Studio!

Boss Fight Studio has teamed up with Neal Adams’ Continuity Studios to celebrate the hero who goes where no ordinary rabbit would dare!  

The upstart toy company will be producing highly-articulated collectible toys of Bucky O’Hare, his S.P.A.C.E. allies, and Toad enemies!  Created by Larry Hama and Michael Golden, Bucky O’Hare tells the story of a brave band of mammal freedom fighters trying to save The Aniverse from the all-conquering Toad Empire.  As part of a special gallery show at Continuity Studios’ New York headquarters, showcasing collectibles and the classic comic art that inspired them, Boss Fight is giving the public a first look at the new product line with a prototype of Bucky O’Hare. This all new figure features spectacular detail, super articulation, interchangeable hands and faces and his trusty automatic, self-cleaning laser pistols. Bucky is on display alongside Golden’s original graphic novel cover art!
The Bucky O’Hare product line is planned to be offered for preorder in late Spring of 2017.  As they did with Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S., Boss Fight Studio will be sharing regular in-progress updates with fans via social media outlets.
Drawing from the original comics, animation and more, this is sure to be a dynamic and KOMPLEX collection!
Available NOW at bossfightshop.com is a limited quantity of the hard to find Bucky O’Hare comic!

Boss Fight Studio releases Berzerker Gorgon Early!

A pleasant surprise this Valentine’s Day as Boss Fight Studio has released their hotly anticipated Berzerker Gorgon earlier than anticipated!

The Berzerker Gorgon is their first male Gorgon figure leveraging a brand new lower-midsection piece that is sure to appeal to collectors everywhere.  The figure itself is a terrific shade of green and will compliment anyone’s Gorgon Horde nicely.

This is NOT A PRE-ORDER.  The item is in stock and ready to ship.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews Vitruvian HACKS Wave 5.5

Seems like perfect timing!  With the blockbuster reveal yesterday of the upcoming Vitruvian HACKS Knight of Accord, it seems only appropriate to follow that up with a review of their latest wave of product, the Wave 5.5 series.

Wave 5.5 was conceived of as a way to continue offering a few core characters who had been selling through on the site, so that new fans could continue buying these characters, but also so existing fans and collectors could further supplement their armies.  I’m happy to say this series does both exceedingly well.

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Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Amazon Warrior v2

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I think the Amazon Warrior took everyone (myself included) by surprise.  In spite of the body style being slimmer, Boss Fight Studio has managed to put a female figure buck together that is exceptionally well constructed, well articulated, and just flat out fun to pose, display and play with.  I would argue vigorously that the Amazon Warrior is actually a better and more fun foot soldier than the Spartan Warrior himself.

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When I heard Boss Fight Studio was running out of stock on the Amazon Warriors, I made sure to grab a second before they were gone, and I was really wishing I’d grabbed a third (and fourth and fifth), but thankfully they announced the Wave 5.5 update and holy cow.  Their Amazon Warrior redeco knocks it out of the park!

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Taking some potential cues from both the standard Amazon Warrior and the Elite Amazon, this updated Amazon Warrior has the same skin tone and tattoo design as the original, only with purple tattoos instead of red.  As usual with their color choices it isn’t just that the purple trim is purple, it’s that it’s a really terrific shade of purple, an awesome balance to the darkness of the armor that the figure comes with.

Yes, the darkness of the armor…  This version of the Amazon Warrior comes with jet black armor on the chest, legs, and arms, and the skirt is mostly black as well with a lightly worn silver badge.  The skirt is similar in deco to the exclusive Amazon Elite Warrior but with some slight color tweaks that work really nicely.

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I find myself amazed that the black armor works as well as it does, but it truly does, making for a fantastic combination between the light skin and the purple tattoos.  I really loved the gold armor and brown skirt deco of the original Amazon Warrior, but heck I love Penthesilea’s deco as well.  I think I just need to accept the fact that if Boss Fight Studio designs it, I’m probably going to enjoy it.

Accessories

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Like the armor, the Amazon Warrior’s weapons are colored in darker trim on the handles, and a really vibrant purple trim on the Spartan helmet separates this figure really nicely and give it’s some terrific “pop”.  She comes with the same accessories as the first release Amazon Warrior, but the different color applications go a long way towards separating this figure from the original, and providing another outlet for human foot soldiers.

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Yeah, this figure is terrific.  Structurally she’s built just like the other Amazons, which is to say, to near perfection.  Awesome range of motion, articulation and quality sculpting has become the norm with Vitruvian HACKS and this version of the Amazon certainly doesn’t let me down.  The ankle joints continue to be fantastic and I do hope that maybe for Series 02 we might see a movement towards that for the Fantasy figures.  Time will tell.

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Excellent.  Fantastic.  How many different descriptive adjectives can I come up with to commend these latest figures from Boss Fight?  Yes, they are mostly minor color variations to existing product, but considering that product is now out of stock, these will make for terrific substitutes for those hard to find items.  I’m thrilled that Boss Fight is continuing to move forward with new product, it makes the wait for Series 02 a bit more bearable, and heck with Waves 6 and 7 on the way, we’ll have some really excellent stuff to supplement our HACKS addiction while Series 02 continues trucking forward.

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