Boss Fight Studio Mobile App

Some exciting news from Boss Fight Studio.  They have launched their own mobile app that is available for download now in your app store.  The mobile app allows you to shop for figures, accessories, gift cards and much more.  It also allows you the benefit of instant communication and messages from Boss Fight, as well as flash sales and exclusives offerings.  Take advantage now and order Felonious on the mobile app and you will receive an additional set of flame and bottle accessories in a new color combo.  Boss Fight Studio continues to find new ways to innovate and this is just one more example of their effort to get us new figures and engage their customers.  Check it out today and take advantage of their exclusive offer before it’s gone.  See their Facebook post below or follow them online.

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New Boss Fight Studio Bucky O’Hare Pre-Orders!

One of Larry Hama’s other brainchildren, Bucky O’Hare has recently undergone an action figure resurgence with thanks to Boss Fight Studio. Their unique combination of animated styles and crazy sculpting & articulation has completely reinvented the property and catapulted it into the 21st Century.

Now, there are two more pre-orders up and ready for launch, including a super limited edition “Holiday Bucky” repaint limited to only a few hundred pieces.  Don’t miss out!

GeneralsJoes Reviews Vitruvian HACKS Series 2 Wave 2

I’ve had these in the queue for way too long, and it’s long past time to let folks know how the second wave of the second series of Vitruvian HACKS figures measures up.  Hint – They measure up pretty freaking well.

I’ve updated the Vitruvian HACKS Review Page with the second wave of the Fantasy figures, or you can just check out the reviews by clicking the links below directly.

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Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Orc Conqueror (Female)

Figure Available at BossFightShop.com!

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I’m far from an expert on Dungeons and Dragons, it’s one of the few geeky properties that I just never latched onto, but I’m certainly familiar with the nature of Orcs and mages and knights, etc..  Plus I just like awesome action figures and obviously these fit that mold as well.

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The female Orc Conqueror had at one point been called the Warband Leader (if I remember correctly) but upon release she is simply the Orc Conqueror (like the first figure) but in the female gender.  Ever since the release of the first series, with figures like Precurse Medusa and Eurayle I’ve really enjoyed the functionality of the female buck in the HACKS figure line.  The narrower limbs retaining the same solidity and fluidity of movement is very impressive, and the rocker ankles work remarkably well.  Unfortunately the peg holes on the feet continue to be an issue even with these new feet and it was a challenge getting my Orc Conquerors to stand on their stands.

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As with any of the HACKS figures out there, these Orc Conquerors are sculpted and designed immaculately well.  Great construction, near flawless articulation, and some excellent color choices combine to create yet another new addition to your Series 02 Vitruvian HACKS family and one that’s very much worth checking out.

Interestingly, they did make this version of the Orc a slightly different green skin color than her male counterpart, but she still blends with the rest of the clan really well.  Like many of the figures being released these days, this female Orc comes with two terrific heads, one with a sculpted-on skull helmet/facemask and another without one.  Both are fantastic sculpts full of character.

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If I have any real complaints about the look of the figure, it’s that compared to the male version, the female version almost looks a little too polished.  The male Orc has a much more “rugged” wilderness look, like it’s got battered, worn armor and the hide of fur covered animals as its clothes.  Meanwhile, the female Orc has glossy, polished armor and a very decorative belt that makes it stand out somewhat with its broken down counterparts.

That being said, the figure still looks really great.

Accessories

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The female Orc Conqueror comes with two heads, an Orc shield, an Orc knife & club, a belt with two armored hip covers as well as the Medusa armor with a set of gauntlets for the other arm.  I love the accessories here, though as I mentioned in the review, she does end up looking a little more advanced and regal compared to her male counterparts, but she’s written that way as well in the figure bio.  The accessories are really good overall and add some nice spirit to the figure.

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Another great figure from Boss Fight Studio.  She uses mostly existing armor but manages to add so many new, interesting twists to them that the figure ends up looking and feeling very new.  It helps that the new legs and heads are fantastic as well.

Really great end result.

Figure available at BossFightShop.com!

Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Narissa

Figure Available at BossFightShop.com!

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Here’s where I start to reveal just how clueless I am about Dungeons and Dragons.

I believe Narissa, who is being billed as the leader of the “Withered Branch” is what is known as a “dark Elf” or maybe even a “Drow”.  I had a brief fling with D & D in college and I seem to remember digging the Drow’s as a somewhat evil race of Elves.  They’re described as elves with dark skin and white hair, and that certainly seems to apply here.

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What also applies is Narissa’s flirtation with evil, which is evident in her bio.  The figure itself is a pretty nice one, though I’ll be the first to admit that the Stheno torso armor isn’t my favorite accessory that Boss Fight has managed to put together for their HACKS line.  The colors used and the method its used for with Narissa works pretty well, giving them a more armored look than their leaf-covered counterparts, yet the armor still looks somewhat natural and organic thanks to the shapes used for Stheno back in Series One.

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Like the female Orc Conqueror, Narissa has the decorative armored belt (though without the thigh armor covers) which adds a bit more flair to the figure as well.  The base figure itself is essentially the same as the female Orc, with the new legs and is just as well articulated (yet also suffers from the unfortunate peg hole issues).

Like the Orc, Narissa comes with two heads, which is great because you can buy a few and swap heads around to give her a small army of dark elves to boss around.  The head sculpts are both very well done, I love the sculpting of the hair and the different colors used.  The white hair is cool, but I really love the shade of blue used for the other.

Accessories

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Narissa comes with the two separate heads, the crossbow, bolts, quiver, two elven knives the Stheno armor, Gorgon gauntlets, and the ceremonial belt.  I suspect her accessories would have packed a bit more of a punch if they hadn’t come with Cerisier first, but I still really dig the crossbow and bolts.  I’ll never get tired of those cool knives either.

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The leader of the Withered Branch comes lightly equipped with some smaller and easier to carry accessories so she can leap from tree to tree and do her bad ass drow stuff.  I like the accessories for the most part, though as I said, I’m not a huge fan of the Stheno armor.  That being said, the figure is nice.  Probably not my top favorite figure or anything, but a decent one with a potential for adding a nice army of dark elves to the HACKS roster.

Pre-Orders available at BossFightShop.com!

Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Felonious

Figure Available at BossFightShop.com!

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I still remember when I first got my hands on one of the early samples for the Felonious figure, and how completely blown away I was at the level of detail and articulation crammed into a four inch action figure, including functional soft goods.  Here we are, several months later and guess what – still blown away.

The entire package here is spectacular.  The head sculpt is fantastic, imbued with a great sense of character (and impressive mane).  From the waist up, the base figure is just the normal male blank, with the same legs as the Knight and Orc.  However, they add an additional secondary on the lower legs to make the figure stand out even more, and it works exceptionally well.

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Now, generally I split out talking about the figure and the accessories, but that’s nearly impossible in this case, as the figure and accessories are so intertwined they really reflect flawlessly on each other.  The greatest distinction with this figure is the use of soft goods as a magic robe, somehow using thin enough fabric to look in scale, yet durable enough to move with the motion of the figure itself.  In all honesty, the soft good cloak makes the entire figure, creating a fantastic aesthetic while still being functional.

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Along with the cloak there’s a nicely designed belt to hold it in place and had some places to hold various accessories that he comes with as well.  He’s intricately poseable, comes with some terrific “magic casting” hands (which also hold many of his accessories in some pretty interesting ways) and looks just spectacular as is.  He also offers an amazing level of customization (as so many of these figures do).

His color scheme is great, too, going with various shades of green for the cloak and tan pants, looking muted, yet still very colorful, especially against the backdrop of some other more darkly colored figures.

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Felonious is probably one of the most fun, most detailed, and most thoughtfully accessorized 1:18 action figures that I’ve had the pleasure to own.

Accessories

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How can I even talk about all of these awesome accessories?  It’s almost impossible.  I’ve already mentioned the fantastic cloak/robe and belt, but Felonious also comes with a great hood and collar which add a layer of detail to an already crammed full figure.  He comes with two magic potions (which fit in a hook on the belt, and in either kind of hand), a magic book (opened and closed, which can plug into a hole on his belt), and a knife.  He also comes with a gorgeous dragon-themed magic staff, a fireball, and a little pet mouse.  Felonious is packed with great gear and I absolutely love it.

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That’s not even getting into intricate detail about his two sets of hands, which allow for great magic casting poses as well as holding the book, holding fire, or holding a potion.  Plus, if you’ve got extra Jenny magic spell accessories from the Bucky line, he can use those, too.  Felonious has got it all.

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I can’t think of a single way to improve this figure, really.  Great articulation, flawless color pallet, and the best compliment of accessories I have ever seen.  Pure beauty in plastic action figure form.

Figure available at BossFightShop.com!

Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Knights of Asperity

Figure Available at BossFightShop.com!

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I’ve already gone on and on about how fantastic the Vitruvian HACKS Knight of Accord is, and honestly the base figure is the same here so this figure has all of the same awesome qualities.  It’s like a perfect blend of the Orc Conqueror and the Knight of Accord with just the right twist of Skeleton.  How can you ask for more?

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As I mentioned, the base figure is the same as the Knight of Accord, with the layered armor torso and arms, and the cloth legs, only this figure is more muted in straight black and darker wash, making for a more “evil” appearance.  The colors overall are nicely different from the Knight, making him a darker, more malevolent version of the first release, which makes sense given their back story as Knights who were somehow corrupted by the Blasted Lands.

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He comes with two heads, one of the same heads from the Knight of Accord, and a newly sculpted and tooled skeleton head.  This is not the same skeleton head that comes on the standard skeleton figures, but a whole new head that looks really fantastic.  It’s crammed with so much detail and such awesome paint work and adds a wealth of character to an already amazing looking figure.

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As mentioned above, while the base is the same as the hero Knight figure, this version comes with the Orc’s spiked shoulder pads and dragon themed helmet, again giving him a more evil aesthetic.  His colors are overall more muted, but still look really nice, and he’s got an arsenal of particularly nasty looking weapons.

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Many of the accessories the Knight of Asperity comes with are the same as the Knight of Accord.  He’s got the belt, the cloth, the thigh armor, shin armor and gauntlets.  The shield is the same, and even one helmet and faceplate are the same as well.  The Knight of Asperity has a different axe with a much more dragon theme (that looks incredible, like an awesome, evil dragon spreading its wings) and the sword and sheath are slightly different as well.  The Knight of Asperity also has the Orc Conqueror helmet and shoulder pads as mentioned, just to give him an even nastier twist. All of the combined new accessories add some great flavor to the same base figure, and ramp up the nastiness required.

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The Knight of Asperity really is another terrific figure from the Vitruvian HACKS line.  The greatness of the Knight of Accord blended with the sinister rage of the Orc Conqueror gives you this perfect combination.  Great for building your army of darkness.

Pre-Orders available at BossFightShop.com!

GeneralsJoes Reviews Total HACKS by Brian Hickey and Paddy Lennon

I’ve had this wonderful book in my grubby hands for a very long time, and shame on me for not reviewing it before now, because anyone who is a fan of Vitruvian HACKS needs to check this book out.

Total HACKS is a fantastic creation by the brainchildren of Brian Hickey and Paddy Lennon who worked on a similar book for G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  Paddy is also the one writing the bios for the Vitruvian HACKS characters on the packaging, so he is certainly fully immersed in the universe.

Brian also does the design work on the Bucky O’Hare packaging, so you can believe his eye for design and production is second to none.

Check out my review of the Total HACKS book right here, and from now until December 31st, this book is only $19.99 at BossFightShop.com.  You DON’T want to miss out.  It’s great.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews Boss Fight Studio Bucky O’Hare!

A year ago, if you told me I’d be reviewing Bucky O’Hare figures on this site, I would have said you were full of it.  But here we are!

You can thank the fine folks at Boss Fight Studio for not only acquiring the awesome Hama/Adams/Golden license, but for also absolutely killing it with the toy design and production.  These are some fantastic, fun toys made as a labor of love and you can really tell.

Check out my brand spanking new Bucky O’Hare Review Page or click the links below to see what I thought!

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First Mate Jenny

Order this figure now from BossFightShop.com!

NOTE: Boss Fight Studio has informed folks that the connecting joints for the replaceable faces and hands are a bit tighter than anticipated.  You will want to apply some heat to ensure safe removal.  Either a quick burst with a hair dryer or some warm water will do the trick.

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Okay – I admit it.  Before Boss Fight Studio got the license, I knew next to nothing about Bucky O’Hare.  I mean, I worked retail in a toy store in the 90s and I was a huge fan of Larry Hama, so I was aware of the brand’s existence, but I hadn’t watched any of the animated series or read any of the comics, even though Neal Adams and Michael Golden, two legendary comic creators to go along with Mr. Hama, were involved.

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That being said, if I know anything about action figures it’s that Boss Fight Studio are some of the best in the business, so I was pretty sure that regardless of my lack of knowledge about Bucky O’Hare, I’d likely be jumping into that series.

Now, as I have the two introductory figures in hand, I’m really glad I did.

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First Mate Jenny has the same dubious distinction that many female characters did over the years – a popular media character that never got her due in action figure form.  She was planned for a second series of Bucky action figures, but even though that series made it fairly far along in production, she was never actually released. For that reason, this figure is an important one in Bucky mythology, being the first time Jenny is available as a toy.

They certainly start off on the right foot.

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As with most of the figures that Boss Fight Studio touches, the sculpt work and articulation is fantastic.  They manage to maintain a great animated style, while also having impressive range of motion and articulation throughout.  Ball jointed hips and shoulders, knees, elbows, ankles and swivel wrists give us a wide range of different poses  that Jenny can achieve, and I continue to be amazed at the variety of Boss Fight’s talents.  The fact that they can make a hyper-realistic action figure like the HACKS stuff, then turn around and do something like this, in the same super-articulated style just blows my mind.  Jenny does have some very narrow limbs and joints, which should obviously be treated with care, but she also feels pretty resilient in spite of that fact.

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Then we get to the paint applications.  The color choices are near perfection here, with a great brushed metal silver and black, a vibrant color pallet that balances with excellence.  The purple jewels stand out nicely as well and blend perfectly with her various magic effect accessories.

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Before Boss Fight’s announcement, I couldn’t have told you much about Bucky O’Hare and certainly had only tangentially heard off Jenny as a character, but I find this figure to be a lot of fun, and even with her exorbitant animation-accurate hair style, she’s able to maintain a bunch of really cool poses.

Boss Fight really went smart with Jenny’s design, purposefully representing her tail and hair so she could look animation accurate, yet still have a counter-balance for offering impressive poseability and stability.

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NOTE: Boss Fight Studio has informed folks that the connecting joints for the replaceable faces and hands are a bit tighter than anticipated.  You will want to apply some heat to ensure safe removal.  Either a quick burst with a hair dryer or some warm water will do the trick.

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I kind of struggled where to fit some of this stuff in, because while they are technically accessories, they become a very key part of the action figure itself.  As a female cat from the planet Aldebaran, Jenny has mysterious magical abilities, so Boss Fight Studio included magic blasts, additional hands firing magic blasts, plus several other replacement hands and face expressions in order to mimic whatever mood Jenny might be in.  The replacement face expressions are especially awesome, allowing the collector to give Jenny any manner of faces to mirror what she may have looked like in the animation or comic panel of your choice.  They fit and stay really firmly and look excellent.  The hands are swappable, yet also stay firm, and the magic effects lock nicely around the wrist.  I especially love the way the magic shooting hands and wrist-mounted magic effects combine to give us a really spectacular version of the first mate of the Righteous Indignation.

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I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the fantastic package art as well.  Brian Hickey assisted in the design of the packaging and did an exceptional job leveraging color, artwork, and a great vintage aesthetic.  The package is also collector friendly with a removable bubble just like the HACKS package.  Gorgeous stuff.

Coming from someone who really had little attachment to Bucky O’Hare, I find myself being really excited and into this new iteration.  The figure design is excellent and the execution is close to perfect.  A really awesome new generation of a classic property with all the hallmarks of your favorite toys from Boss Fight Studio.