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.
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.
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.
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.
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.