Bossfight Studios’ Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. enter a world of fantasy with Aspen the Spring Elf Archer
With the success of the first series of Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S figures from Bossfight Studios, the craters decided to switch up the setting for series 2. Since they already had skeletons, snake-women and gorgons in their line, it makes sense to shift into a fantasy setting. The line has human nights along with orcs, elves, fairies and the undead. One of the first figures in this series is Aspen, the Elven archer.
The package is in the usual style of this line. The package is collector friendly and the card art is excellent. As with the first wave, the figure is given a back story told on the card back. Told from the view of the same time travelers from the series one bios, they are exploring this alternate timeline that resulted from the Gorgon invasion. Aspen is a member of the Spring Guard, who patrols the Elven homelands against invaders. She is cautious, but friendly, freely talking to outsiders who do not pose a threat.
The figure is of a blonde elf woman, with pale skin and dressed in a leafy green outfit, as are all Spring Elf patrollers (the Autumn elves, those who hunt down threats external to their lands, are in a brown outfit.) The articulation is the same as the other figures in this line, with a good range of motion possible. Aspen’s hair is a separate piece and her ears are pointy, as one would expect from an elf figure. Her pupils are painted blue and there is some colour added to her lips. She’s got a large forehead, but overall, it is a pretty sculpt.
Removing her outfit, again we see the body is made in the skin tone plastic, with no paint save her underwear, which is more brief-like than the Amazons’ thongs. The two piece outfit is in two tones of green, with leafy details around the collar and the belt. The top is looped around the neck and the chest; you have to take off the head and torso to remove it. The skit works similar to the Amazons, where you take off the torso and slip it over the abdomen onto the hips. She has the loop on the back of the skirt to store a weapon.
As for weapons, being an archer, she comes with a bow and arrows. The bow is light brown with a dark brown grip. There is no bow string, but there are notches for those incline to add one. She comes with 5 arrows; each has a brown shaft, with metal grey tips on one end and feathers on the other. The feathers can fit in between the index and middle finger on each hand so Aspen can be posed drawing her bow. She also comes with a quiver that pegs into her back and can hold her arrows. It also holds two small daggers for close-up fighting. They hold in her hands well, despite being small. Her last accessory is another head. This head is blond with bigger ears than Aspen. You could use this head to army build your own group of Spring elves, if you so wish.
There is nothing more I could say about this figure that I have not already covered in the last two reviews. I like the fantasy setting for this line. There are not too many fantasy lines out there that are not Lord of the Rings related and none that are as posable. I hope to see a male elf figure in this line; there are male and female orc figures that have been released. I seen pictures of the male elf ranger (sporting colours of the old Paraley figure from the old LJN Advanced Dungeons and Dragons toys of the early 1980’s) but have not heard about a release date. Still the line has orcs, cave fairies and demons (with articulated wings), undead knights and dragon hunters. They are definitely worth checking out more.
All the Virtuvian H.A.C.K.S. figures are available through select online retailers, EBay or through Bossfight Studios themselves. They are priced from $25 USD (about $34 CAD) but prices can vary by site.
Thanks for reading this review. More reviews are on the way, including a review of the video game Senran Kagura: Burst Renewal for PS4. Until the next post!
This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have not received anything from Bossfight Studios, Kokomo Toys, eBay or anyone else for this review. The item was purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me and are for review purposes only.
With our second Vitruvian HACKS review, we look at the Amazon Commander and I don’t mean Jeff Bezos.
With the setting of Ancient Greece and the rich mythological and historical material of the that time period, Bossfight Studios had their choice of characters to bring into their Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. line. Indeed, they made figures of those with some historical basis (King Leonidas of Sparta) to figues from the myths and legends of the time (Achilles). Since they included Amazons as a faction in this story, it made sense to include a named Amazon that figured into the story of Achilles. So, we get Penthesilea, commander of the Amazons.
In Bossfights story behind the line, Penthilsea, daughter of Ares, is one Amazon’s Twelve Champions. She led the Amazon army in the war against the Gorgons, who were championed by a brainwashed Achilles, her lover. In the actual myths and stories about Penthesilea, she was an Amazon queen and fought for Troy in the Trojan War. She confronted Achilles in battle only to be slain by him. Depending on the version you read, Achilles either fall in love with her before he kills her or afterwards. Either way, that’s messed up.
The package is what we’ve come to expect with this line. The figure and accessories are clearly displayed, the card are is unique to that character and the figure can be removed without damaging the package too much. the back showed Penthesilea’s bio and cross-sell pictures for waves 4 through 7.
The figure itself is build just like the Amazon Warrior from my last review. The head is different, though, with her back hair in a pony tail and white bags that give her a more mature look. Her eyes are also blue, which helps to give the figure personality.. The rest of the body is the standard female body with minimum paint save the black underwear painted on. The armour is where the colour is. Her bracelets and shin guards are all gold as is the breast plate, save some black clasps. The skirt is blue with gold highlights in the belt and on the buttons along the fringe of the dress. There is also a loop for her sword on the back. As with the last figure, the armour is removable (with some disassembly of the figure) and is easy to get back on.
For accessories. Penthesilea come with three swords. Tow of them are like the tow with the Amazon warrior, but with gold handles and silver blades. The third sword looks like a larger straight sword, again with golden handle and silver blade. The shield and black and gold, with a design on it recreating art from that time. She also comes with an extra set of hands and the black Bossfight Studios stand.
The articulation is the same as all the H.A.C.K.S. female figures. She is very poseable, with a wide range of motion. The concerns I have with the Amazon Warrior are the same here, with small pegs at the wrist and ankles you can’t help to worry about breakage. again, has not happened but definitely something to consider.
These are great figures, though. We haven’t had a proper Greek mythology lien since Clash of the Titans since the early 1980’s, and, to a lesser extend, the Hercules and Xena lines in the 1990’s. One day, I would like to get a gorgon figure, because that is where this line excels, at the snake bodies and the unique take on the Gorgon warriors. Being late to this line does pose an issue, but there is a chance you could find on eBay or even from Bossfight Studios themselves for a decent price. This figure was about $35 CAD though an eBay reseller (Kokomo Toys.)
Thnaks for reading my review. Next I will review a figure from Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. series Two. This series is a fantasy wave with knights, wizards, elves and orcs, We will be looking at the Elven archer Aspen. See you then!
This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have not received anything from Bossfight Studios, Kokomo Toys, eBay or anyone else for this review. The item was purchased by myself witt my own money. All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me and are for review purposes only.
With the internet and e-commerce, it is much easier for companies to find an audience for their products. Sometimes smaller companies use sites like Kickstarter to gauge interest in their product an raise the capital to start production. Sometimes this fails, but other times the goal is reached, even surpassed and the desired product get made and released and a whole line is born. That is what happened with Bossfight Studios and their toyline Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S.
Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S started out as an idea for a line of easily customizable figures. H.A.C.K.S stands for Highly Articulated Character Kit System. The figures feature removable equipment, heads, limbs and torsos that you can swap with other figures in the line (or those using the H.A.C.K.S system.) They also needed a theme to get people interested in the figures themselves. So Bossfight Studios went with a Greeks versus Gorgon theme, drawing on the history and the myth of Greek culture. Spartans, amazons, skeletons and Gorgons all fill this line. One of them is the Amazon Warrior that I will be reviewing.
The Amazon Warrior (Ares Army) is one of three standard Amazon warrior figures in the line. They are all the same figure, with the same accessories, but vary in the colour of their skin and their equipment. The Ares Army version has pale skin, with blue war pain on the face and blue paint/tattoos on her torso, arms and legs.. The package is nice, with the figure clearly displayed and colourful art on the card back. The package is collector friendly, allowing to remove the figure and repalce them with no damage to the package. The back has cross-sell pictures of other figures in the line and places this one as wave 5.5. There is also a bio on the back (the same for all versions of the Amazon Warrior) written from the perspective of time travellers witnessing these events.
The paint on the figure’s head is clean. The aforementioned blue war paint is done nicely without any slop. Her eyes are just white with a black pupil/iris, with is fine for a figure on this scale. Her hair is short and sculpted on an painted brown. Her body is molded in the flesh coloured plastic, with the only paint being the war paint designs and a thong painted on the crotch. The war paint designs are done well and the underwear is there for modesty.
The armour is removable and is made of a soft, rubbery plastic. You do have to disassemble the figure to remove it, but it is easy to take off and get on. The armour is two pieces, the breast plate and the skirt. The breast plate is all black, but with detailing showing clasps and rivet. The skirt is black too, but an almost bluish black around the waist and a darker black for the skirt. There is also some silver detailing on the sculpted studs.. The bracers and the shin guards are black as well and are removable (but are tough to get off. Lastly is the helmet, which is black with a dark blue plume. It is a little harder than the armour, but is pliable enough to fit onto her head and be removed easily without scratching the paint..
For accessories, we’ll start at the shield. It is silver with a blsvk edge and inside. There is a picture of an amazon warrior, inspired by actual historical art, on her shield. The back has a slot to slide her lower arm in and a handle to grasp the shield. It stay on pretty well. The Amazon also comes with two swords, a long and a short one. Both have a black hilt and silver blade. The smaller one even fits in the loop on her skirt. Finally, there is the spear. It is also black with the blades being a dull silver. Other accessories include a Bossfight stand and two extra hands.
The articulation is great on the figure. Her head moves side to side well, can tilt and moves up and down a fair ways. The shoulders are on ball joints with the movement not hindered by her armour. The elbow is a singe joint but bends greater than 90 degrees. The wrist move in and out and rotates all the way around. The legs can spread apart wide enough, but not to a split and they can kick forward a bit but not back too much. The knees are double jointed and work well and the ankles can move forwards and back and pivot. The head hand and feet are removable; in fact the entire body can be take apart.
The figure is pretty sturdy overall, I can’t help worrying a bit when I pop off the head or arms to swap out armour or limbs. The torso barbell is large enough, but the pegs for the hands, feet and even the head are smaller and, while it hasn’t happened with these figures, I have had breakage happen to some of my imported figures. I have seem reviewers on You Tube that had no issues with the human/gorgon figures breaking (and one with the skeleton) but, as with everything, be careful when you pop out a joint or head.
With this being from a small company, the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. are not in stores. They can be bought on Ebay and some toy/collectable websites. They can also be bought directly from Bossfight Studios. They can also be a bit expensive, retailing for about $25 USD (approx $35 CAD) plus shipping.
Thanks for reading my review. Next time, we will look at another figure from this line, Penthesilea, the Amazon Commander. Until then…
This Review is for entertainment purposes only. Ihave not reviewed anything from Bossfight Studios, eBay, Sparta, or any person/organization for this review This item was purchased by me with my own funds. All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me for review purposes.
Samurai? In MY Star Wars? It’s more likely than you think.
Star Wars is popular. That goes without question; even after the prequal trilogy, Jar Jar Binks and even the divisiveness of The Last Jedi, the fandom is stll very strong. A key point to the popularity of Star Wars has been, from the very beginning, the toys. Beside a brief lapse from the late 1980’s to about 1994, Star Wars has always had toys on the shelves. We rarely, however, see the toys produced for other regions of the globe, particularly Japan. The popularity of Star Wars is so worldwide, Japanese companies also licensed out the brand to produced their own figures. Usually they are action figures, just more detailed and intricate. Sometimes they are Bishoujo statues of female characters from the Expanded Universe. But sometimes, something uniquely Japanese is produced that still works so well.
Anyone with an interest in the history behind Star Wars knows that Lucas was partly influenced by Japanese culture and Cinema. The Force had elements of Eastern mysticism, the Jedi had a samurai vibe, Darth Vader’s outfit evoked the stylized armour of Samurai lords and the movie itself was influenced by Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress. So that is why combining the look for some of the character’s armours and reimagining them as samurai works so well. That is the basis behind Bandai’s Tamashii Nations Movie Realization Star Wars figures. This review will be looking at the Onmitsu Shadowtrooper.
“Onmitsu” is a Japanese term meaning spy. The Shadowtrooper, in Star Wars canon, were specialized Stormtroopers assigned to the Imperial Intelligence for security and espionage. This figure combine the two, giving us an all black samurai stormtrooper that would scout out ahead to identify threats. The figure stand about 7 inches tall, made from a sturdy plastic. The figure is black, with some white wash to accent the design in the helmet and armour. The figure is well articulated, with a wide range of motion at the head, shoulders and legs due to ball joints. The elbows bend at more than 90 degrees and the knees are double jointed as well. The ankles are movable up and down and left to right, but there is not much of an ankle pivot. Lastly, he is articulated at the wrist and can rotate and bend in and out at the joint. The hands are removable (more on that later). Overall, he has a good deal of posablity , though ankle pivot and a bicep swivel would improve it.
For accessories, he comes with spare hands, a sword with a sheath, throwing knives and a blaster. Besides the hands that come on him in box (closed fists) he has several hands with each stile comes for the left and right. He has hands for holding the pistol, with the finger on the trigger; a set of holding hands for the sword; a set of more open hands for holding the blaster at the barrel or even the sheath; and, a set of holding hands for the small throwing knives. The sword, which I believe is a wakizashi, has a silver blade and guard, with a black hilt with a silver pommel. The sheath is flat black with no distinguishing marks. The blaster combines the look of the standard Imperial blaster with the look of a flintlock pistol, with a movable handle. It is done in a gun metal grey and black paint scheme. Finally, the throwing knives (kunai, if I am not mistaken) are done in a slightly shiny black, with a purpleish handle. Out of the accessories, the blaster is the best part.
The figure is well designed and is sturdy. Too often, import toys see so fragile, with them feeling that they would break even if you just change the accessories that you want to display them with. Other times, the exchangeable hands tend to fall off easily and get lost. With the Onmitsu Shadowtrooper, you don’t get that feeling. The hands stay on the peg and you can turn them and put in accessories without it falling off. You can pose this figure without fear of breaking it, unless you try to move a joint in a direction it was not meant to go and force it real hard.
Scale wise, if you have any of the Star Wars Black 6 inch scale figures, the Onmitsu Stormtrooper would tower over them. Sure, Leia says that they are tall, but not that tall! They are definitely bigger that some, if not all S.H. Figurarts figures, which are also made by Bandai. IT would go good with other 7 inch figures, such as some of NECA’s s stuff like Aliens or even Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics. For theme-wise, I’d place them with the Aliens.
This is a great albeit pricy figure. This is the cheapest one, running at about $99 Canadian, with some online sites having it on sale for around $94. Other figures in this line run about $110.00, with aftermarket prices higher for older figures. They can be found at some comic game and hobby shops around the world. In Canada, they are available at EB Games/EBX, with assortment and availability varying by store.
I hope you enjoyed my review. I hope to do more reviews on toys, games, movies and anime in the near future.
This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have not received anything from Bandai, Lucasfilm, Disney, EB Games, or any person, group or the Empire for this review This item was purchased by me with my own funds. All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me for review purposes.
After a bumpy start, Super7’s Masters of the Universe Classics lines saw their first waves released earlier this year. This time, they promised the second wave by late August/early September. They kept that promise, mostly as wave 2 of both Club Grayskull and Collector’s Choice started shipping the second week in September. I had ordered Collector’s Choice wave 2 solely on the figure based on Karg from the live action He-Man movie from 1987. Lets take a look at all of the figures in the set.
Wave 2 consists of four figures from various parts of the Masters of the Universe line’s history. From the aforementioned live action movie (Karg) to characters from the various cartoons (Dylamug and Granita) to unproduced characters finally seeing the light of day (Wrap-Trap), the Collector’s Choice line pulls from various sources Let’s look at each figure.
The first figure is a member of the Horde, Dylamug. He checks off two categories that this line pulls from: unproduced figures from the original line and secondary characters from the Filmation cartoons. Dyalmug was a planned character who never go out of the development stage. He was used, however, as a character in the She-Ra cartoon. Dylamug appeared working with the Horde for three episodes of the original series.
The Dylamug figure is an entirely new sculpt as there have not been any characters like this produced before. He main feature is his large face that is in his chest. The eyes and mouth are on dials so you can rotate them to get his face in various expressions (dial a mug!) He has ball joints at the shoulders, allowing for a range of movement hindered a bit by the wire that runs from his shoulder to his arm. His elbows can bend over 90 degrees and his legs can move forward and backwards at the hip. There are no knee joints but they do rotate at the thigh cut and his ankles can move up and down and pivot.
For accessories, he comes with three Horde crests which go on his forehead. The first two are cartoon accurate with one being his normal crest and the other representing shooting a laser blast from the crest. The third is a toy line accurate crest, so he can fit in with the rest of the Classic line Horde figures.
Next we got Karg. Karg is a character from the 1987 live action Masters of the Universe movie. He was a gruesome, yet well-spoken lackey of Skeletor that was introduced in the movie in lieu of more recognizable characters. He never has a figure in any of the previous line and there has been some interest in seeing characters from the movie get a figure. So Karg here joins Blade, Sauroid and Gwildor as the only MOTU movie characters to get a figure.
In hand, Karg is a nice, solid figure. His suit in the movie was black though and there wasn’t any red on his cape, but overall they go his look down nicely. There could be many reasons for the colour change, but I think it allows the Four Horsemen (the team that sculpts/designs these figures) to show more detail. His skin is a sickly green here instead of pale as in the movie (maybe for him, it’s a healthy green as the pale look didn’t look healthy either) and his hair is a darker shade of blonde. According to Wiki Grayskull (here), this is based on his look in the comic book adaptation of the movie by Star/Marvel Comics.) He looks nice and even has the hook hand as in the movie. But, honestly the movie was so long ago and I’m just glad we have a figure of this guy.
Articulation-wise, he is like most other male Classics figure. The head, while on a ball joint, moves left and right al the way around, but on a bit up and down due to the hair. The ball-jointed shoulders ge ut a good range of motion even with the rubber pauldron on his shoulders. His elbows bend 90 degrees, his wrist rotate and has the newer joint to move left or right. Legs can go forward and back, out and in, knees bed to a right angle, there is a boot cut to allow some rotation, and the ankle can move up and down but no ankle pivot!
For accessories, he has two (the hook, which is non removable, does not count.) He comes with a blaster and a knife, which is assume is a laser knife as the blade is blue.
Next is Granita, the sole female in this wave. Granita is a female from the Rock Person race, the same as Stonedar and Rokkon. While Stonedar and Rokkon were in the original toy line, Granita was not, only appearing in a couple of episodes of the She-Ra cartoon along with the other two.
Granita looks like she did in the episodes of She-Ra that the Rock People were in. Her red and pink suit, gold belt, blue skin and green hair are straight from the Filmation designs. Her articulation is similar to the Hawke figures from the last wave but much more tighter. Her head is on a ball joint, but her hair doesn’t allow for much movement . Her arms are the same as Hawke, down to the newer wrist joints. She has a joint below the breasts in lieu of a waist swivel ,again like Hawke. Her hip, knee and ankle joints are the same too, complete with ankle pivot. The right arm swivel on mine a bit looser than I’d like, but definitely a tighter figure than Hawke.
Accessory-wise, she comes with rock armour to complete her look. The pieces snap or peg onto her back, arms and legs to make her looks like the other rock people figures. The pieces stay on pretty good and can actually help to stand your figure better. She also comes with a laser gun similar to Stonedar and Rokkon. Like the Classics versions of those figures, you can have her hold it in her hand or plug it into her belt.
The original Stonedar and Rokkon figures were designed to be able to change into rocks (because in the mid 1980’s the most popular things were toys that change and rocks) and the Classic version included pieces to mimic this. Granita is no exception. With all her rock armour on, you take this extra piece and bend the figure over to get… a rock.
The 1980’s were a simpler time, that’s for sure.
Lastly, we have Wrap-Trap. Also known online as Fear-Ro or the much simpler Horde Mummy, Wrap-Trap was an unproduced figure from the original toy line. Over the years, He-Man fandom have comes across the original concept art for this character and at last, he see an official release.
Seemingly a mostly new sculpt, Wrap-Trap has off-white mummy wrapping over a light green skin and red eyes. His Horde harness is sculpted on, which might disappoint some. His articulation is nice and tight and are not hindered much by the sculpted He does have the newer wrist articulation and, unlike Karg, he has ankle pivot joints. He is a fierce-looking mummy.
He has two accessories. First is a scimitar, done to look old and worn. The blade is a dull, metallic grey and tha handle is gold. Next we have Wrap-Trap’s crossbow. Crossbows are a thing in the Horde and every humanoid Horde member has got one. Wrap-Trap’s has an Egyptian feel to it with the gold and metallic blue, winged beetle motif. Say what you will about the Horde, but, at least with the crossbows, they allow you to be you.
For the best of the wave, i will have to go with Dylamug. I was all set to really like Karg, and I do, but Dyalmug, a character that I wasn’t so thrilled about when he was announced, impressed me with how well it was made. His action feature works well and it can stand on his own. There is not really a dud amongst these figures, either. Granita make be the weakest, but the design and look of the figure is good and the accessories included just to make her be able to turn into a rock shows how Super7 and the Four Horsemen are dedicated to give us figures we’ll like
So, that was wave 2 of the Masters of the Universe Classics Collector’s Choice. These figures have been anticipated since last fall, and, with all of the wait we had for wave 1, I am glad we only had to wait six months from actually ordering them. (unless you one of those you ordered even before the first wave oc Collector’s Choice or Club Eternia., then, over a year…) While the wave three of Club Grayskull was revealed back in July, we have yet to see the next iteration of this subscription. I hope that changes next week as Super 7 will be at New York Comic Con. Depending on who they are offering, I might go with the Filmation line as it would be the only way to get a Fisto without paying $200 for a loose figure.
Masters of the Universe Classics Collector’s Choice Wave 2 was purchased from http://www.Super7.com as a preorder. They are no longer available on that site, but could be found on at websites like Big Bad Toy Store or on eBay. Check back with Super7 website in the near future for more information on the next round of preorders.
This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have no affiliation with Mattel, Super 7 or any other website mentioned. These items were purchased by me with my own money. I have not received any payment for this review. All opinions are mine and any pictures taken are for review purposes only.
“And I thought She Ra was a pain in the disk drive!”
Mezco has continued with its One:12 Collectables line, licensing characters from various mediums and producing high quality figures. With the Suicide Squad Harley Quinn figure from earlier this year, they has shown that they can do female figures well. Before the Harley figure was even released, they announced that they would be doing a Wonder Woman figure based on Gal Gadot version from 2017’s Wonder Woman movie. Much like the Harley figure, it was delayed for almost a year. They finally released the figure in August 2018, and hopes are high that it is as impressive as the Harley Quinn figure, if not more. Let’s find out
The front of the box features the movie “WW” logo on a blue background. In case that wasn’t enough to let you know who you are buying, they have Wonder Woman in gold lettering, along with the One:12 logo and DC logo (in dark blue.)
The back showcases the contents of the box and gives us some action shots using the figure.
Removing the outer slip cover, you see a window box with the figure ang accessories displayed. The arm for the stand is in a tray behind the one with the figure. You can see my sword came loose and fell down, since I had opened the figure earlier.
In hand, the figure looks nice. The likeness is close enough to actress Gal Gadot (some may say otherwise) that it is easily identifiable as her incarnation of the character. Her bustier is molded plastic, not cloth like Harley’s outfit, which makes sense for the figure. Her skirt is cloth, though I wish it was make from a more leather like material. Her straps are plastic as is the rest of her outfit. Her articulation is less than the Harley Quinn figure, with Wonder Woman missing a torso joint and waist joint. Maybe I they used some sort of material for the bustier, but that could introduce slippage and result in a “wardrobe malfunction” with the figure. I’m sure they could have did something, but it is fine as it is. The rest; head arms wrists and legs are the same as Harley. You can get a decent range of motion with the figure, though mine can’t stand up without the base. Double jointed elbows and knees would be better for posing, but for a premium figure meant for display, this fine.
For accessories, she comes with six pairs of hands (including the ones on her, two heads (ditto), a sword, shield, a coil lasso and a bendy, plastic string that supposed to be used as the lasso un action. As I stated earlier, the heads are a good likeness. The sword and shield are well done and detailed, imitating the ones in the movie. her hands come in two fisted, two gripping and two open hands. The are firm but rubbery and pop on and off easily, but fit tight. The gripping hands can firmly hold her sword with out it felling you might break the sword or the hand. The coiled rope fits on her belt easily, as does her sword. The “uncoiled” lasso, (though more like “magic rope,” as it is not tied in a lasso) is a lighter colour than the other one, perhaps indicating it is glowing like in the movies. Sure you can have her hold it and bend it around, but it should look like a lasso.
All that is fine, but scale wise, this figure loses me. The One:12 Wonder Woman is about the same size as the One:12 Harley Quinn. Now, in the comic, Wonder Woman is supposed to be tall and is taller than Harley Quinn. “But these are the movie version,” you say. True, and Margot Robbie is 5’5″ and Gal Gadot is 5’10”. Even factoring in Harley’s 4″ heels, Wonder Woman is in heels (at least 3″.) As I type this, I realize Wondy is a bit taller, but I think she should be a bit more bigger.
In the end, this is a high quality figure and you get what you pay for. The design, sculpt, accessories and likeness all out due the cheaper mass marketed figures. There are other high end Wonder Woman figures in this scale for this version and there are varying opinions on which one is the best; I think as a collector of high end DC specific/superhero figures in general, you can’t really go wrong with this one.
The One:12 Collective Wonder Woman figure was released earlier this summer and may be found at comic book/collectable shops, toy/comic conventions or online. I picked mine up at the Kingston ToyCon from Silver Screen Toys and Collectables for about $104 Cdn before taxes. Thanks for reading!
This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have not received anything from Mezco Toys, Silver Screen Toys and Collectables, Kingston ToyCon, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros or anybody else for doing this review. The item was purchased with my own funds. All opinions are mine and any pictures taken are for review purposes only.
It’s been a while, but I couldn’t be bothered to write a review. I’m ready, now and it’s time once again to look at an anime that I am currently watching. I will give a brief synopsis of the series, my thoughts on the plot, animation and voice acting/dubbing, as well as any content of the anime that might get a WTF! moment. Boy, this one has some. Let s take a look at KEIJO!!!!!!!!
KEIJO!!!!!!!! (yes, that is a lot of exclamation points), which means “competitive girl”, is an anime based on a Japanese sports manga of the same name. Also called “Hip Whip Girl”, it was made by XEBEC and licensed in North America by Crunchyroll, with Funimation producing a dubbed version. This review is of the Funimation dub.
In the fictional all-women sport of Keijo, competitors must force their opponents off of floating platforms into the water. The catch is, this must be done using only their breasts and butts. Former gymnast Nozumi Kaminashi joins the sport in hopes of becoming rich, helping her family escape the poverty she’s known all her life. Despite this, she easily gets along with her friend, Sayaka Miyata and their two roommates, Kazane Aoba and Non Toyoguchi. Despite a less that spectacular start, she attracts the attention of the instructors and Elite students alike with her skill, determination and quick mastery of the dreaded “Vacuum Butt Cannon.” Just… just let that sink in. Nozumi and her friends soon find themselves among the elite and training to take part of the East-West Challenge against a rival Keijo school
The character of Nozumi is a likable main character. Sure, her motivation is money, but it is help her family. She is very friendly and open to the other girls on her team. She can be a bit ditzy and a little too forward, but she means well and is very determined. Her friend Sayaka is more serious, having left a promising career in judo to take up Keijo. This created a rift between her and her family, but she is determined to make it and be successful. She is also self-conscious of her bust size as compared to Nozumi and the others. Their two roommates, Non and Kazane are an unlikely pair. Non is very clumsy but nice and tries to hide her country accent. Kazane is quiet and shy, but she is very knowledgeable about Keijo and even has an ability to read her opponent’s weaknesses.
The girls find themselves at odds with members of the elite class at first. Girls such as Hanabe and Mio take a liking to Nozumi, with Mio making some unwanted sexual advances (because what’s an anime without a predatory lesbian, right?). They eventually warm up to the Nozumi’s friends, accepting them when they move up to the Elite Squad.
Now, what’s a fighting anime without special attacks, right? The world of Keijo has that, as hinted at with Nozumi’s Vacuum Butt Cannon. Yes, somehow her ass is able to create a vacuum to propel her butt attack, with the added bonus of shedding their bathing suits. Other moves have names such as Heat Seeking Butt Missile, Butt Gatling, and Titty Hypnosis. All these have flashy effects and shows this anime does not take itself seriously.
The Funimation dub I’ve watched is good. The voices seem to fit the characters and synchs up well with what is on-screen. The only nitpick would be how they portray Non’s country accent. They give her a Southern twang in the dub. I guess it would be hard to convey what the Japanese would consider a “country bumpkin” accent in a another language. I guess a southern drawl would be better than, say, a North Dakota dialect (you betcha!)
THE WTF FACTOR- Medium. Which the premise of being a sport in which you attack with boobs and butts, you know KEIJO!!!!!!!! would raise a few eyebrows. Close-ups of the girls’ breasts and butts are common, especially when they are competing. Some of the girls (Mio) get handsy with the other girls, as is common in anime fanservice. Surprisingly, though, there is only partial nudity. The girls go from one piece bathing suits to bikinis as the series progresses and of course, there are changing room scenes, shower and bath scenes and of course wardrobe malfunctions due to special attacks, but all the naughty bits are covered up. I was surprised there wasn’t an occasional topless scene of fan service-y peek in the shower, as there was in a similar girl sports anime, Wanna Be the Strongest in the World (women’s wrestling, BTW). It wouldn’t have been unwelcome, to be honest. All the girls are adults in the anime (have to be 18 to be in Keijo) and none of them skewed young. I wouldn’t watch this in mixed company as it is and a little T&A wouldn’t have mattered.
KEIJO!!!!!!!! is a solid, if different, anime series. It is one that you come for the fan service, but stay for the characters and story. I am sad to hear that there will not be a season 2 and that the manga has stopped in Japan, but hopefully international interest may revive the series. The series is streaming on both Crunchyroll (subtitled) and Funimation (dubbed) with all the episodes available.