GeneralsJoes Reviews Vitruvian HACKS Series 02 Wave 03

Imagine my surprise last week when I opened a box from BossFightShop.com (I swear I’m getting one of these a week) and contained within were early samples from the upcoming Series 02 Wave 03 Fantasy figures!

After doing a few rounds of cartwheels around the house, I added them to the VitruvianFACTS Database, and then set to taking pictures for review, which I have to say was a pure and utter joy.  As usual, these figures are fantastic and reviewing them is some of the best quality time I spent with my toy collection these days.  The fact that folks I consider close friends are capable of this level of craftsmanship and design is something I still struggle to get my head around, and I’m someone with a creative streak myself.

These figures are still on pre-order, and initial orders should be arriving shortly, so if you want to make sure you get yours, hop over to BossFightShop.com and throw down a pre-order.  Then while you wait, read my reviews at my Vitruvian HACKS review page, or click the direct links below.

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Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Blasted Land Orc (Female)

Figure Available at BossFightShop.com!

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Initially developed as a New Jersey Collectors’ Con exclusive the concept of the “Blasted Land Orc” quickly found it’s foothold within the mythology of the Vitruvian HACKS universe, becoming a critical piece of its history.  It made sense once we saw that a female Orc Conqueror was being released that a Blasted Land version wouldn’t be too far behind.

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Boss Fight utilized the same formula for this rendition of their female Orc as the standard Orc Conqueror, using great newly tooled female waist and legs, and incorporating a nice amount of Medusa armor from their Greek Mythology series.  The Blasted Land Orc also comes with two separate heads, an uncovered head, and a head shielded with a bone helmet (awesome!).

As with every single one of their female figures, the articulation and stability of the female Orcs is astounding.  I’m consistently surprised that they can sculpt and produce a figure as slim as this, with removable parts that all work, and retains an amazing amount of articulation.  These are some of their greatest figures.  I do have to mention that this figure does carry forward the issue of the smaller feet fitting on the foot pegs as well as the males, though.  I’m not sure if there are any fixes for that in the works going forward, but most of my female figures have issues staying on the stands, which can be a bit frustrating as the display grows and I find myself picking them up off the shelf more often than their male counterparts.

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As with the Orc Conqueror, the sculpting of this figure is terrific, and I really love the bone covering on the face, it adds an amazing level of detail.  The paint applications all around are spectacular.  This female version of the Blasted Land Orc is a slightly different shade of brown/red as the standard Orc is a different shade of green, and that change does make sense.

If I had any questions or complaints about the color pallets, I wish they had stayed a bit more consistent with their male counterparts.  The male Orc Conqueror has a silver brushed metal look to his armor, while the Blasted Land Orc has a gold or bronze brushed metal look.  The female versions, first of all, are not brushed metal, but are a very shiny, regal looking metal (which I figure is a representation of their higher stature in the Orc hierarchy) but the armor colors are swapped.  The standard Orc Conqueror has a gold/bronze color pallet and the Blasted Land Orc has the silver/metal look.  I’m not sure if there was a particular reason why those color schemes were shifted compared to the Males, but I think I’d like it better if they remained consistent.  Of course the beautiful thing about the HACKS figures, is you can easily swap them around yourself!

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Along these same lines, I still find the belt to be a little over ceremonial compared to the male Orc, though again, I suspect this is due to the rank and place of the female in the caste system.

Overall, the figure is fantastic.  I had a bit of a tough time getting too excited considering its a relatively straight repaint of a figure we got in Wave 2, but even a repaint from Boss Fight brings me more joy than many other brand new figures from other brands.

Accessories

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The Blasted Land Orc comes with most of the same accessories as the Orc Conqueror, only she also comes with the obsidian colored sword, which I love.  I’m so glad they included that along with making the knife the darker black color as well.  I find that color scheme really, really appealing and I’m psyched they retained that from the male.

She’s got a full compliment of the Medusa armor from the shoulder to the chest to both sides of arm bracers, with the belt and thigh armor from the previous female Orc.  She’s got the trusty wooden shield, club, knife, and the aforementioned sword.  All in all, a very robust and aggressive arsenal of weaponry!

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The female Blasted Land Orc is truly a great figure, though one I’m not over the moon about simply because of the recent release of the green version.  However, as usual, Paddy strings together an intriguing story, and considering how major a player the Blasted Lands are turning out to be, any time we get a figure that dovetails with that story line is a good time.

Figure available at BossFightShop.com!

Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Aspen

Figure Available at BossFightShop.com!

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As the fantasy universe continues to evolve we’re getting more and more great figures adding to a roster of existing races and whenever we get elves, it’s something to celebrate.  I’ve never been a real huge fantasy guy, but obviously through exposure in popular culture, I’m familiar with Elves, and the race of these woodland creatures has always fascinated me.  The way Boss Fight has handled them so far has been very intriguing with the Autumn Elves, Spring Elves and the Withered Branch, and even without a whole lot of new tooling I find it really exciting when new versions of these figures make it out in an assortment.

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Aspen is the third “repaint” of this standard elf figure, following up from Aiyana and Cerisier, and she’s another terrific addition to the growing group of these creatures.  She’s got a great, very characteristic head sculpt with an awesome “high elf” alternate head sculpt that looks to be Cerisier only with a new hairpiece.  This methodology of using separate heads and hairpieces to create new identities for these characters is a really great one and allows for some nice army building without too much repetition.

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Where Aiyana (the Autumn elf) was very much fall based, using variations of brown for the leaf and grass on the outfit, Aspen is from the Spring branch, using a lot of green throughout.  The differing shades of green on the various sets of leaves is applied to excellence and the colors look very rich and authentic.  It actually looks like she’s wearing layered grass, which is no easy thing to achieve, especially at this scale.

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With every female figure, you get nearly flawless articulation and Aspen is no different, achieving some great poses, even with the grass skirt on.  Like Aiyana, she manages a wide array of really great archery poses using the bow and any number of arrows included with the figure.

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Yes, for the most part, Aspen is a repaint of two previous figures, but with the drastic new color pallet and the great head sculpt, you have an exciting addition to the Elf cadre.

Accessories

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Aspen comes with the same exact accessories as Aiyana, only in some different color schemes.  The bow and arrows are fantastic, with knocking arrows that are small enough for the fingers to grasp, yet feel durable enough to mess with.  The quiver holds most of the arrows, and the bow can slip into the loop on the back of the grass skirt.  She also comes with the two Elven knives that look as if they were sculpted out of stone, and I like the two-tone color pallet used here.

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Aspen is another fun Elf figure helping to add to the already impressive roster.  Her green colors and alternate head sculpts provide some nice variety and she’s a great new figure for the Vitruvian HACKS universe.

Figure available at BossFightShop.com!

Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS King Lance Steelblade

Figure Available at BossFightShop.com!

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For someone who isn’t really attached to the fantasy mythology or to medieval history I never expected to completely fall in love with the Knights of Accord, but the minute I got my hands on one of them, I knew I was in trouble.  They are some of the finest action figures in the 4″ scale (or any scale for that matter) that I’ve ever seen, with construction, articulation, and paint applications that are second to none.  The avenues for customization are nearly endless, even for guys like me who don’t really customize, and it’s way too easy to spiral into a full blown army building addiction, using subtle tweaks here and there to greatly expand your arsenal of fighters and warriors.

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As if having that capacity with the standard Knights wasn’t enough, now we’ve got King Lance Steelblade, who is the leader of the Knights of Accord, and he comes with enough alternate heads, weapons, and armor configuration to tumble down this rabbit hole all over again.

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While I love the knights, due to other recent releases, I hadn’t actually sat down and fiddled with one of my Knights of Accord very much recently, which is why it was such an immense and surprising pleasure to get my hands on one of those figures again.  Obviously there were the amazing Knights of Asperity from Wave 2, but for some reason, the Accord knights have a different feel to them.  King Lance Steelblade utilizes all of the great functionality of the normal knights, but is in a vibrant and gorgeous white, gold and purple color scheme that immediately stands him apart from the other soldiers.  If you’d asked me ahead of time, I never would have pictured pure white armor working for one of these figures, however in execution it looks marvelous.  He’s a nice bright color that looks regal in nature and stands apart from the normal Knights of Accord, even if he isn’t wearing his cape.  That’s where some of the exceptional customizability with this figure comes in.

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Not only can you use this to be King Lance Steelblade, but if you want to set up an honor guard or standard bearers, you can do it easily by swapping the cape out for a second included shoulder armor, and the two alternate head sculpts (not to mention helmets) that also come along for the ride.

The King only has a single face plate, but honestly that’s a tiny thing, especially when you consider the included cape and standard that more than make up for it.  I also really love the color pallet on the alternate heads, giving us a standard knight head with blonde hair and the second alternate head with different facial hair color.  So many different awesome combinations for a base figure that was amazing enough as it was.

Accessories

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King Lance Steelblade comes with everything.  Like, literally everything.  Shoulder pads, cape, two alternate heads, thigh armor, the knight belt and cloth, sheath with sword, the standard knight axe, two alternate helmets and once face plate, shin and forearm armor, shield and the standard complete with the Knights of Accord crest.  SO MUCH STUFF.  Enough to equip an awesome king and to build out a few honor guard while you’re at it.  

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Using the framework of the original Knight of Accord but with a fantastic new paint scheme, Boss Fight Studio gives us a great leader for the group and a way to enhance an already impressive array of fantasy operatives.  A fantastic figure.

Figure available at BossFightShop.com!

Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS Lord Vehemous

Figure Available at BossFightShop.com!

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I may not know what all of the different classes of characters in Dungeons and Dragons mean, but when I hear about a new guy coming out who is a “Dragon Priest”?  Yeah, I think I’m interested!  And Lord Vehemous did NOT let me down.  This is one of (if not the) best figure I’ve seen in the Vitruvian HACKS line to date, which when you look at all of the others, is really saying something.

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Now, as others have mentioned, he does re-use the Spartan Warrior head sculpt, but honestly, with the gray hair and the scar on the left eye, it’s hardly noticeable.  It’s a head sculpt with a ton of character and suits this guy perfectly.  His upper torso is brand new, a similar style of armor to what the Knights of Accord have, but with a raised collar, and some different patterning in the armored plate.  The coolest thing, though, is you can tell this guy has been through the ringer.  The armor is dented and dinged and has been abused over the years, either in battles against other humans, or perhaps against battles with the dragons themselves.

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He uses the Knight’s arms and lower body, though the lower body is covered with a great new skirt sort of thing that is exceptionally well designed.  It’s sculpted and swept in just a way to not hinder much articulation and really adds some great flair and style to the overall figure.  Even the parts that are existing are given a fantastic worn paint scheme that make them look completely different from the more solid, brushed metal look of the standard Knights of Accord.

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The way the parts are used and the paint applications are, this looks like an old, beat up warrior, which is a fantastic representation of Lord Vehemous, and matches the excellent character bio perfectly.

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Rather than the typical shoulder pads we’ve seen on other figures, Vehemous comes with a fur shoulder of sorts (the same one that looks to come with the upcoming Naga) but he comes with two of them, and they fit on his shoulders to give him an arctic appearance, especially when combined with the Orc fur cape.  It’s almost like they were all designed together (and perhaps they were).  The combination of fur collar and cape are one small element in this perfectly designed figure, and I hope we have more opportunities to get them down the line.  Somehow, I foresee myself ending up with a few more Vehemous figures (his biography mentions that he has followers, after all), and the extra skull head that comes with the figure supports the idea that perhaps his followers are more paranormal in nature.  Either that, or perhaps, just like the Knights of Asperity, some of Vehemous’ legion end up too close to the Blasted Land and come back… changed?

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Regardless, I can see myself getting more of this figure and swapping out some shoulder pads and heads to add some nice variety to a whole group of Dragon Priests or Dragon Knights.  Good stuff.

Accessories

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Vehemous is loaded with new accessories.  Along with the fur collars and skirting, he’s got the familiar Orc hammer handle, but with a chain link and mace, putting together a spectacular ball and chain.  He has the Felonious’s Mage staff in white which can also fit the barbarian mace head to make a brutal cudgel of sorts.  He has the sword from the Knight of Asperity and the knife from Felonious with a new knife sheath that fits at his hip (or can be swapped out with the closed magic book he comes with as well).  His excellent Dragon Knight Helmet has seen release previously with the Evil Skeleton, the Mystery Box and Locker Toys’ Hidden Character, but that makes it no less cool here, and it adds a real sense of menace and evil.

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This is a terrific figure, an awesome antagonist, and pretty close to my favorite Vitruvian HACKS figure of all time.  There are a LOT of fantastic figures in the HACKS line, to be sure, and one that rises above the rest is one that you should pay close attention to.  This guy is it. 

Figure available at BossFightShop.com!

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!