Mini Reviews: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 2 Cerisier, King Lance Steelblade, and Lacuna

A quick review of three figures from Vitvian H.A.C.K.S. from @BossFightStudio

I got three more figures from Bossfight Studio’s web store (had a buy 2 get a 3rd for half off deal) and I want to just do some quick reviews since they are similar to one I’ve reviewed before, with one having a unique feature. SO, here we go with some Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. mini reviews!

Cerisier, Sakura Elven Assasin

Cerisier is a Bossfight Studio web store exclusive. Sakura Elves are trained assassins for the Elf Queen who dye their skin in ink and have their voices magically removed. Cerisier has a unique head sculpt but the rest of her are reissued parts from the other elves. Her outfit, in pink, white and brownish red, is the same as Aspen and Aiyana as is the two daggers she comes with. Her crossbow, quarrels and quiver are from Narissa of the Withered Branch. The only new piece (though it came it the Elven accessory pack) is a piece to attach to the quiver so it can hook into the loop on her skirt.

Cerisier is armed with a crossbow and daggers.

Still the whole figure works well and looks great. The quarrels get lost way too easily, but are a nice touch. She is a good addition to my collection of elves

Her quiver hooks onto the back of her skirt.

King Lance Steelblade, King of Accord

The leader of the Knights of Accord, Lance was a orphan inducted into their ranks. He proved his skill as a knight and a commander and ended up becoming King when most of the high-borne knights and the King were killed. The figure is the same as the regular Knight of Accord, but with white armour and gold trim. His pants and undershirt are black and his loin cloth is purple. he has a purple caplet that you can swap out with another pauldron. Like the knight, he comes with an axe, sword with scabbard and a shield. with a purple design, instead of blue. He also comes with a Royal standard for the Knight of Accord.

Lance is sporting a royal white and gold ensemble with at purple cape so you know he’s king. THe crown helps, too.

The main head has removable hair so you can put on a helmet on the figure. The hair stays on better than Q’Al Varis’ and the helmet fits well. He has two helmets, one open and one with a visor. Rounding out, he has two spare heads so you can army build more knights. Once again, the figure is great and the accessories add so much to the figure.

With helmet on.
The Royal standard.

Lacuna – Cavern Faerie

Launa matata!

Deviating from the tiny, dragon fly-winged creatures we know from fables, Cavern faeries are human-sized magical creatures with bat wings who live in caverns. According to the Bio, Lacuna was driven out of her home by invading monsters, probably the Knights of Asperity. Distrustful of humans, Lacuna still seeks their help to aid them against the undead horde that invaded her land.

Here, Lacuna is armed with a…stick.

Lacuna features a different body type for the line: winged bodies. She has removable wings that you can swap for more open ones. He skin is light purple and she has white hair. Her two piece outfit is purple, silver and black and she has molded on goggles on her head. Her weapons are a wand with a crystal on it and a club/larger wand again sporting crystals.

Wings are on ball joints and attach to the back.

This figure shows the innovation of this line. The body type is used again with a gargoyle figure and there is a male winged demon in the newest wave. Lacuna is a excellent figure and I can’t wait for winged blanks to come out.

She has a pair of open wings, too. She is holding the wand.

So there are my three latest Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S figures. I pays to follow Bossfight studio on their Twitter as they occasionally have flash sales on their figures. I really like this line and I am looking forward to see what they do next. These figures can be found at the Bossfight Studio webstore and various resellers online and on eBay.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have not received anything from Bossfight Studio, Kokomo Toys, eBay or anyone else for this review. The item was purchased by myself with my own money. All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me and are for review purposes only.

Review: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 2 – Q’Al Varis, Elven Ranger

Meet Q’Al Varis, the Elven Ranger from @BossFightStudio Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S.

Series 2 of Bossfight Studio’s Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. line has been pretty balanced with both male and female figures. We got several male humans, four female elves of various colours, and two sets of Orc males and females. A lot of the collectors, however, have been asking the same thing: Where are the female human knights and male elves? Well, the former should be answered later this year, the latter has request has been fulfilled with the newest wave that came out this past March. So I present to you: Q’Al Varis, the Elven Ranger.

Frot of package

According to the included bio, Q’Al Varis is the son of the Elven Queen. He, like so many Elven Rangers, travels the word to hone his skills ans learn new ones. He has joined forces with Lance Steelblade, King of Accord and is fast becoming the best swordsman (elf?) of the land. Or he can be anyone you want him to be.

Back.

The packaging is collector friendly, like most in this line, an allow you to remove the figure without damaging the card back. Why would you not want to damage the card? The art, that’s why. Again, the card is made specifically for this character and looks great. The bio is a nice touch, building the lore for this line. Of course, being resealable, you can alternate from having him displayed in package or out of it.

Q’Al Varis

Out of the package, the figure is well done. The armour is molded on , and is a combination of a leather tunic with blue arms. He has brown armguards that are removable. The bottom of his tunic is a separate piece and covers grey pants with brown boots. The whole thing is tied off with a green cape with gold accents on the collar. It is definitely a nice figure and reminds me of another figure I have in my collection (more on that later.)

Hood’s up!

The figure’s hair is removable, so you can use an optional hood piece. It is green like the cape and is put on the head before you reattach it to the figure. The is a second masked head as well. It looks like it was carved from wood and gives a nice option for army building.. The masked head can work both with or without the hood.

Masked head with the sword, Andkaba.

For weapons, he has a neat sword, called Andkaba in the bio. The blade is green and the hilt is gold. It fits nicely in his hands. He also comes with a bow, because what is a ranger without a ranged weapon? It is the standard bow we’ve seen before and comes with arrows with a gold arrow tip and green fletching. That’s the feathers at the other end. See, this blog can be educational!

The back pack with the quiver attached.

Additional accessories include a back pack and a quiver. The backpack consists of a molded bedroll and a rope and hook. The quiver has a spot to store the bow or sword as well as room for the arrows. It can attack eiter to the side of the bed roll or to the side of the figures belt. Apparently, because I have not been able to do it.

Bow at the ready.

So, there are several… issues with the figure that I find annoying. First, the hair does not stay on that well. Maybe they made the peg hole small to allow for posing without the hair and not have a big hole. It goes on fine, but pops off too easily. Second is the gummy plastic they made the backpack peg out of. I have a hell of a time trying to get it through the hole of the cape and into the back. I find it better to take off the cape, put the peg through the hole in the came, into the one in the back, but the cape around the neck and try not to knock it out while putting the head and hair back on. The ironic thing is that, if it had been hard plastic, I’d probably would have broke it by now.

Q’Al Varis next to LJN’s Advanced Dungeons and Dragons’ Peralay the Elf. Damn he was short!

Despite these nitpicks, I love this figure. It is nice to have another elf figure in my collection that is not Legolas. He has a look that, to me and many others online, seems to homage the Peralay figure from LJN’s Advanced Dungeon and Dragons line. Whether intentional or not, he is definitely his own character and fits right in with the HACKS world or any fantasy world..

“I’m sorry, Peralay, but I think we are going to go with him…”

Bossfight Studio’s Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Series 2: Q’Al Varis is available now from the Bossfight web store and from various sellers online on on eBay. Prices and availability may vary by site.

Ladies love a bald-headed elf!

This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have not received anything from Bossfight Studio, Kokomo Toys, eBay or anyone else for this review. The item was purchased by myself with my own money. All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me and are for review purposes only.

Review: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 2: Orc Conqueror- Female Strategist

The Orcs are Coming. @BossfightStudio Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Orc Conqueror- Female Strategist.

Orcs have always been a mainstay in modern fantasy settings. From Sauron’s army in Lord of the Rings to the ones in World of Warcraft, orcs have always been a force to be reckoned with. Bossfight Studio’s Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. is no exception. Series 2 brings us their take on Orcs with figures such as the Orc Conqueror- Female Strategist.

Packaging

In the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. lore, female orcs are less numerous than their male counterparts, but a revered for their increased intelligence. Often acting as strategists, the females often direct the battle through influencing the male leadership.

back
Figure with default head, club, and shield

The figure uses a green female buck with molded on brown pants. The armour is gold and uses parts from the Amazon Archer V-H.A.C.K.S. basics figure, The lower belt piece/faulds are similar to the one that same with the Elven accessory pack, with the side parts being removable. Weapon-wise, she has a gnarly club, a battered shield and a crude dagger. Rounding out the accessoires is the usual second set of hands and the Bossfight stand.

Alternat, unmasked head and knife
Armour is removable.

The figure is well made, with th accessories fitting well. As I get used to this line, I find that the female are pretty sturdy overall, with no breakage with my figures so far. The orc figures in this line are great with male and female versions available in green and blasted land red. There is some part reused but it is done well and keeps the cost down. I just with the female figure can with more accessories or more alternate heads for army building.

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Alliance versus Horde?

The Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Series 2 Orc Conqueror- Female Strategist is available through the Bossfight Studios web store or various online retailers and eBay sellers. Prices and availability may vary.

L to R Aspen, Orc Conqueror, Amazon Archer.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have not received anything from Bossfight Studio, Kokomo Toys, eBay or anyone else for this review. The item was purchased by myself with my own money. All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me and are for review purposes only.

Review: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 2: Knight of Accord – Soldier or Order

FIght against the Forces of Darkness with the Knights of Accord, from @BossfightStudio and VItruvian H.A.C.K.S.

What can I say about Bossfight Studio’s Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. figures that I haven’t already? Series 2 is definitely my favourite with the fantasy theme and unique characters. The bios on the back of the packages help to set up their world. This time I am looking at the Knights of Accord, humanity’s last line of defence against the forces of chaos.

Figure in Package
Back of package

The bio tells us that the Knights of Accord are in a weakened state, with most of the high-born leadership falling in an ill advised crusade into the Blasted Lands. Still, the are the largest force in the land and try to keep order and protect the lands, despite not having enough people.

First Tray

The figure is of a human male knight, decked out in silver armour with gold accents. He has a dark grey shirt and pants under his armour. He has a belt with a blue loin cloths draped down for colour. He has two silver and gold pauldron which attach to his shoulders . He also comes with two helmets, one open face with wings on the side and on that can use two different visors. To increase customization, he comes with three heads, one on the body and two extra in the package.

Second tray

Weapon-wise, he comes with a fair bit. He comes with a sword and scabbard, which attaches to his belt. He has a shield, done in a blue, black, grey and gold design. Lastly, he has a hand axe, which is not as intimidating as the one the Knight of Asperity has, but it still looks nice. Rounding out the package is the usual Bossfight Studio stand and an extra set of hands for the figure.

The base figure with the default head
Armoured up with round helmet and visor.

This is a very nice figure. He is made well, the parts stay on well and there is a lot of room for customization. The extra heads make it easy to army build. The amount of accessories does add value to the figure. All the “knight” figures seem to share the same mold, so it is nice that there is so much details on each offering.

Alternate head with winged helmet
Third head, with Knight of Asperity and Fantasy Blank Knight with alternate Asperity head and weapons from Knight and Kings Character Creator Kit (sold separately)

The Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 2: Knight of Accord is available at the Bossfight Studio web store and various online stores and eBay sellers. Check their website for availability and price.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have not received anything from Bossfight Studio, Kokomo Toys, eBay or anyone else for this review. The item was purchased by myself with my own money. All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me and are for review purposes only.

Review Bandai Tamashii Nations Marvel Manga Realization Samurai Captain America

I review @TamashiiNations Marvel Manga Realization Samurai Captain America

Marvel has a history of importing its characters over to Japan. In the 1970’s, Spider-Man saw the most success, with a Japanese version of the character in both the comics and in live action shows (he even had a giant robot!) The 90’s saw the X-Men gaining popularity there, with the Japanese dub of the X-Men cartoon getting an all new opening sequence. The 2000s saw anime adaptations for several characters, including Blade, Wolverine and Ironman. Of course, there are the toys. Many Japanese companies have made action figures, statues and such for the Japanese market, with some of it being imported to the West.

Bandai, through its Tamashii Nations brand has been putting out Marvel products for a while. Similar to what it did with its Star Wars Movies Realization figures, Tamashii Nations have released figures of Marvel characters reimagined as samurai. Despite less of a connection with Japanese culture than Star Wars, these figures perfectly capture the essence of the characters while presenting them in a uniquely Japanese way. These Review is on Samurai Captain America.

The box features a picture of the figures included, with effects painted behind him. The box has mostly Japanese text, with the only English being the characters name on the box. The back has pictures of the character in various poses and showing off some accessories.

Standing at around 7 inches, the figure itself is very nice. The armour’s colour reflects the look of the original character. The helmet is mostly blue with some gold accents, with the wings and the “A” being in silver. He has a mouthpiece that covers where the face would be visible, to make it look like a samurai helmet.. The armour itself is mostly in metallic blue, it being sculpted similar to Captain America’s chainmail costume in the regular version. There is a silver star in the middle of his chest, which is removable and doubles as a throwing star. There is a waist piece that is used to mimic the stripes on his original costume, though on this one they are red and gold. He does have white on his arms around the elbow before being covered by red gloves and arm guards.. The armour extends below the waist, with some dull, dark purplish-blue pieces being underneath. Below that, he has dark blue pats on, matching the blue on the sleeves underneath his shoulder guards. The outfit is rounded off with red armoured boots.

The star on his chest is removeable
Sword and shield fit in his gripping hands. The shield can also plug into the forearm.
extra hands.

He does come with several accessories. Besides the closed fists that are attached, he has two more sets of hands, with one set being gripping hands for his weapons and one set being open hands. Being a Samurai, he comes with a katana, that has a star design in the handle, and a sheathe that attaches to the side. Being a Samurai Captain America, he also comes with a shield. The shield has a Japanese design to it, but reflects the source material with a silver ring near the edge and a blue circle with a star in the center. The figure can either hold the shield by the handle or it can plug into a hole in either arm. It can even be stored on his back.

Shield can plug into the back.

The articulation is good, and is much like the Onmitsu Shadowtrooper I reviewed in January. joints are easy to move but tight enough to stay in you desired position. The figure can stand well on his own and in more action oriented positions. The sword and shield fix in his hands well and the overall figure feels sturdy, which is often the case with import figures.

With Marvel Select Spider-Gwen and Avengers: Age of Ultron Black Widow.

Overall, this figure is really well done. He is a more visually appealing character than the Shadowtrooper, but that is due to the nature of the characters. He is one of several figures released over the past few years (including Iron Man, War Machine, Spider-Man and Deadpool), all or which look good. Having a patriotic American character such as Captain America done up to look like a samurai may seem a weird fit, but this figure works.

Bandai Tamashii Nations Samurai Captain America is available now from various online retailers and at some EB Games stores in Canada, Figure retails for $109.99 CAD. See stores/online for availability.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have not received anything from Bandai, Lucasfilm, Disney, Marvel, EB Games, or any person or group 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.

Review: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 1: Afterlife Spartan and Gorgon

There is no respite, even in death, with @BossFightstudio Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Afterlife Spartan and Gorgon.

In a battle between mighty warriors, mythological creatures and the forces of the Greek Gods themselves, even death would not end the fight for many. Some would refuse to leave the battlefield after their death and fight on as ghost. Bossfight Studio explores this idea with this Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Series 1 two figure set, Afterlife Spartan Vs Gorgon: Ghosts of the Battlefield.

Front of Box

edThe figures come in a sold box, with black and white printing and artwork. The back has the story behind the figures, explaining how they are lock in eternal battle against an equally stubborn, and undead, foe. A bit more of the overall H.A.C.K.S. storyline is revealed in the Temporal Log, were the time travellers seem to think that theses spirits could have information to help repair their timeline.

Back of box with the bio

The figures themselves are that of a male Spartan Warrior and an humanoid Gorgon female. Both are molded in a yellowish green, glow in the dark plastic. Their accessories are not glow-in-the-dark, but are translucent, with the Spartan’s in yellow and red and the Gorgon’s in light and dark blue.

Armed with sword and shield
There is a smaller sword for the scabbard
He must axe you some questions
Armour removed.

The Spartan is male form the typical series 1 male buck, with little paint applications except for the black eyes. The articulation is the same for the series so far with a full rage of movement. His armour, molded in yellow as previously mentioned, consists of a breastplate and skirt in one piece, arm and leg pieces and a helmet with a plume. He also has a strap with a scabbard that you can put over his chest. His weapons are red and includes a sword for the scabbard, a larger sword, a shield and two hand axes.

Figure with sword and shield, no helmet. That skirt pieces looks a little…exposed.
Armour parts, save the bracers and skin guards.

The Gorgon is made from the typical female buck, again with minimum paint save the black for the eyes and mouth and white on the top two fangs. The armour is two pieces molded from a transparent light blue. The top piece is a spiky breast place, similar to the one in the woodland elves accessory pack, with the bottom pieces being a skirt oven in the front. She has bracers on her arms and shin guards on her legs. Her helmet is the usual snake skull helmet the Gorgons love so much. Her weapons include a curved sword, a shield with a Medusa head design and a spear, all made with a dark blue transparent plastic.

Spear.
Armour removed.
Get your glow on!

These figures come with a good amount of accessories and articulation. Like all Bossfight figures, they come with spare hands and the black Bossfight Stands. They are pretty sturdy, but I would always suggest caution when handling any female figure in this line. The plastic seems sturdy, but sometimes the glow-in-the-dark stuff can be a bit more fragile.

If you are interested in this set, I would highly recommend it as a buy. For a price of $34.99 USD, you get two figures for $10 more than a single one. With both a male and female figure, you can see how most of the line would be like . You definitely save on the less paint apps for the figures and they still look awesome.

The Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. series 1: Afterlife Spartan Vs Gorgon 2-pack is available at the Bossfight Studio Store and at some online retailers through eBay. Prices may vary.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have not received anything from Bossfight Studio, 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.

Review: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 2: Aiyana, Elven Archer, Autumn Guard

Meet the sharp end of the Elven Army: Aiyana, of the Autumn Branch.

Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. series two has covered many of the fantasy tropes we have come to expect. Knights, wizards, cave faires, orcs and the undead are all represented in this line. Elves are too and through these figures, Bossfight Studios sets the world they created from the ash of the Greek/Gorgon war. This figure is one of the Elf Kingdom’s warriors; hunting down enemies outside of their lands. This is Aiyana, of the Autumn Branch.

Shots blurry. Sorry

According to the bio, the Autumn Branch are the offensive fighters of the Elven Army. They patrol outside their lands in small groups, identifying threats and eliminating them. Aiyana is a leader of one of those groups and has a fierce reputation amongst the orc warlords.

Bio
Aiyana out of package

The figure is almost the same as Aspen, the Spring Branch Archer I reviewed in January. Aiyana has a more darker skin tone than Aspen , with brown painted on underwear underneath her outfit. Her outfit is in autumn colours, literally; her top, bottom leg and arm guards are all in brown with reddish-brown and orange highlights. Other than the colour, her outfit is the same as Aspen’s. The head sculpt is what’s new. Her face shape and reddish-brown hair gives Aiyana a unique look compared to the blonde, pale Aspen.

The head sculpt is the only thing not borrowed from the Aspen figure.
Bow at the ready.

Her accessories are similar as well. Aiyana comes with a bow, quiver and two knives, much like Aspen. They are all a lighter brown, matching the Autumn theme of the figure. Unlike Aspen, Aiyana does not come with an extra head, but does have six arrows compared to Aspen’s four. They have brown tips with brown feathers at the other end on a light brown shaft. Not all can fit in her quiver at once, but you can have her hold one at the ready like with Aspen

About four arrows can fit in the quiver. Knives fit on the sides.

I like what Bossfight is doing with their elves, and the bio help to piece together the world they inhabit. Currently there are four elves figures, the other two being Withered Branch (think dark elf) and Sakura branch (I think some sort of royal guard or special ops). All or them are female, which is fine, but that will change later in March when they release the male Elven Ranger, Q’Al Varis

She’s a fall right down to her underwear.

These figures are beautifully done, posable, fairly sturdy and are great in hand. It is good to know that Bossfight is continuing the figures with four more this year, at least along with more Bucky O’Hare, plus zombies, Sam and Max and more. With the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. alone, Bossfight has a line that many collectors will find something that they like.

The girls of…before and after Summer.

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 my review.

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.