Astral Projection Jenny

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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

Deadeye Duck

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When Boss Fight Studio first announced the Bucky O’Hare license, there was an almost immediate enthusiasm from the fandom and collector base, many of them inquiring as to when Boss Fight might tackle Deadeye Duck, the iconic four-armed, cigarette smoking Chief Gunner’s Mate of the Righteous Indignation.  Many folks were wondering just how well the figure could be translated at this scale.

The answer should be obvious – they absolutely killed it.  The first thing that strikes home about Deadeye Duck is the engineering, and somehow, someway, the folks at Boss Fight managed to engineer the torso to not be a whole lot larger or longer, yet still flawlessly maintain a four-armed  buck that is aesthetically pleasing and 100% functional.

Mind = blown.

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Each arm is individually pegged and positioned with their ball joint shoulders so they all move independently of each other, allowing for some amazingly flexible poses with the various pistols that Deadeye is packaged with.  Each arm moves freely with full articulation, or they can be positioned together in various action-packed poses, either concentrating all of his fire on a central location or systematically blasting away at four separate targets.

It’s pretty amazing.

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Colored in his trademark shades of orange and yellow, he looks like he stepped right out of the pages of the comic book or toy package, with an exceptionally emotive facial sculpt (with swappable beaks!) and like the Bucky figures, universal pegs that can hold the pistols in various ways.  I love the sculpting his head with the trademark eye patch and cap, as well as the tooth-filled smirking bill.

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Like Bucky and Jenny, the joints move freely, but are tight and rigid, allowing for posing and holding those poses very well.  The oversized feet give a great sense of balance and aesthetics, making the figure easy to stand in any number of poses.  Add to that, the character-driven alternate hands and bills, and you’ve got a ton of play value crammed into a very small, cost-effective package.  One heck of a great figure and the best Bucky figure to date, based purely on engineering.

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Accessories

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As mentioned in the review itself, Deadeye comes with several alternate hands (including one holding his trademark piece of chalk cigarette... (apparently I need to bone up on my Bucky -ed) and different expressive bills.  Also, he comes with four pistols, with three different sculpts.  It would have been easy to just put four of the same pistol in there, but they looked at the various weapon designs and actually gave him different, more accurate pistols.  Excellent work on the accessories, and they’re all easily swappable with existing parts.

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Do I have to keep talking about the packaging?  Well, when it’s as awesome as it continues to be here, yeah.  Larry continues to do great work on the filecards, and Brian Hickey nails the layouts.

Wave 2 brought us two repaints (both of which were still pretty amazing) and then absolutely blasted this figure out of the park.  Not just the best Bucky figure to date, but one of the greatest examples of engineering, accessories, and execution I’ve seen on a figure in this scale or any other.  What a terrific pleasure this one was!

Fantastic Vitruvian HACKS and Bucky O’Hare pictures from NJCC

This spring’s New Jersey Collectors’ Con has come and gone, and there were a ton of great reveals from the folks at Boss Fight Studio.  While we’ve already seen some sporadic images from the show floor itself, over on ToyArk they’ve posted some insane galleries featuring all of the new figures that were shown.  I’ve mirrored a small selection of their images below, but you can hit up ToyArk directly to see over 100 images of these great looking items!

This includes figures tentatively scheduled for Series 02, Waves 04 and 05:

  • Naga Serpent 
  • Barbarian
  • Gargoyle 
  • Dragon Harvester
  • Half Orc Mage
  • Psionic Warrior

Along with this, several great images of Bucky O’Hare figures were shown as well, including the previously unknown Stealth Deadeye Duck and Aniverse Bucky O’Hare releases!

Some more details were shown about the upcoming Mighty Steed Kickstarter, scheduled to hit this month, including the apparent inclusion of Aspen’s Elk!

Finally, we got a nice look at the Hellhounds, an upcoming product release from Dream Concept Studios, the folks who brought us the Zombie Lab Kickstarter not so long ago.

Man, I’m really digging the looks of those Hellhounds!

Lots of cool stuff revealed at the show, and if this is what the independent toy scene is looking like these days, I’m cool with G.I. Joe being off retail shelves for a little while.  Check out ToyArk.com for even more images than what I’ve shared above.

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!

First Mate Jenny

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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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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.

Accessories

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.

Amazing and unexpected Boss Fight Studio Reveals at ToyArk.com

We’d heard this week that Boss Fight Studio was planning to reveal some intriguing new Vitruvian HACKS items at the upcoming New Jersey ComicCon (today in Cherry Hill, NJ) but today ToyArk.com revealed a lot more than I think many folks expected!

The big surprise was the announcement of Blind Bag Mini Kits, which are accessory sets designed to compliment and enhance the existing Blanks line up!  The mini kits will be sold in Blind Bag format and will be available in red, white, and black colors and provide parts for Rodents, an Anubis, Crustaceans, a Robot, Boxers and “The Old One” which is similar to Cthulhu.  It’s safe to say all those little hints Boss Fight have been sending out in recent months through their various social media platforms were clues to this new line.

Of course we also get some fantastic new images of the upcoming Wave 1 of the Series 2 Fantasy line from Vitruvian HACKS and wow, these look even more incredible with every new batch of images we see.  Images shown were of the Female Elven Archer, Cave Faerie, and Male Knight.  These figures are quite simply some of the most gorgeous action figures I’ve ever seen in any scale.  Truly astounding.

Last but certainly not least, we also get a look at boards for the upcoming Bucky O’Hare line featuring Bucky himself and Jenny!

Looking at these reveals, it’s impressive to think about the sheer volume of product that Vitruvian HACKS has given us in essentially one short year, and they certainly don’t look to be slowing down.  We should be seeing more of these fun sets at NJCC today and hopefully more information about release dates and such will be coming soon.

Make sure you check out ToyArk.com which has a TON more images than I’ve mirrored here.

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 breaks the Internet with Bucky O’Hare announcement

We interrupt this minor GeneralsJoes hiatus with an important announcement!

Boss Fight Studio has been hinting at this for a little while now, and finally, late last week they announced it officially – new Bucky O’Hare action figures are coming from our favorite action figure company!

That’s right, the fine folks at Boss Fight Studio have inked a deal with Continuity to produce action figures based on the classic 80s toyline and animated series Bucky O’Hare!  Co-created by Larry Hama, Neal Adams, and Michael Golden, Bucky O’Hare was a prominent fixture for a short period of time back in those golden days where unfortunately a barrage of other media and action figure lines somewhat overshadowed the greatness of the property.

We will now all get an opportunity to see just how great the line could be with brand new Bucky O’Hare action figures from Boss Fight Studio!  This is fantastic news, not just for those of us who consider Boss Fight friends, but for fans of 80s toylines in general.  I can’t wait to see what develops!  Keep watching BossfightStudio.com and BossFightShop.com for some of the latest information and updates.

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WatchMojo.com talks to Larry Hama

At a recent Comic Convention, the folks at WatchMojo caught up with Larry Hama and talked to him a bout his experiences with G.I. Joe and creating the character of Bucky O’Hare, among many other things.  Larry is always an insightful interview, so check out the video segment below, and a huge thanks to WatchMojo for passing this along!