With a face like that and a moniker like “Lord Vehemous,” how can you not trust him?
The Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. series seems to have moved on from its Greek myth roots and into a fantasy setting. Besides the elves we’ve seen, there are human faction, both good and evil. With a name like Lord Vehemous, I bet you can tell what side this figure falls on even without reading the back story.
As for the back story, Lord Vehemous is a War Priest of the Dragon Cult. The believe that dragons are gods and deserve, nay, demand our worship. They embibe on dragon’s blood to gain supernatural powers and stamina. The price they pay is some hideous deformities. The bio also mentioned Stheno and the Gorgons, so the events of series one still affects this one. I really would like to find a sourcebook for all of this to fill in the gaps.
Lord Vehemous is a human male figure decked out in a greyish armour with brown pants and brown belt with around his waist. The armour is sculped on so it is not removable. The is built similarly to the female figures where he can separate at the torso, by which you could remove the belt. There are holes at the side of the belt to attach accessories (more in a minute). The articulation is the same as the other human figures, but he is a bit more bulky due to the design.
As for accessories, he comes with a lot. He has a sword, a dagger, sheathes for both, a large mace and a spell book as shown in the picture above. The sheathes for the dagger, sword or the chain on the spell book can be stored in one of the two holes in the belt. EH also has extra hands and the standard stand.
But that’s not all! He comes with a wicked looking horned helmet, molded in the same colour as his armor. He also has a morning star, which can swing freely on a chain. There are also fur trim bits and caplet that you can plug into the back. Lastly, he come with a alternate head a skull with a distinctive scar. On his regular head you can see the same scar in the same place. An after effect of the dragon’s blood, I assume?
Lord Vehemous is an awesome-looking figure. Even without knowing the backstory, he would appeal to anyone who wants a fantasy style evil knight in their collection. It seems the male figures get more accessories (the Knights of the Accord and Asperity comes with multiple heads, helmets and weapons) which is useful to army build. This line keeps getting better and with more scheduled for release this spring, it is one I will definitely revisit.
Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Series 2 Lord Vehemous can be purchased at select online retailers, through eBay and from Bossfight Studios’ own store. Look online to find out more.
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 with my own money. All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me and are for review purposes only.
It’s Greeks versus Gorgons with Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 1 Serpentess Order.
The Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S series is pretty unique. The creators set out to make figures and, while having human and humanoid characters, also chose to include some more imaginative creatures. The Gorgon horde is comprised of snake people, some with the lower half of a snake like Medusa. Bossfight Studio chose to design these creatures to look menacing but still be able to be posed and displayed. Some are themed after real-world snakes and some are just designed to look visually stunning. For this review, we will look at the all -white Serpentess Order figure.
In the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S fiction, the Serpentess order are servants of the Gorgon Sisters. They are fierce warriors and can also talk to the dead and temporarily raise them. They can be used as spies and interrogators as they can speak any language they encounter. There crystal weapons and armour are said to be unbreakable.
Not they Gorgon horde are not actually Gorgon’s themselves; there are only three Gorgons; the sisters Stheno, Euryale and Medusa, who was cursed to have the lower half of a snake. their horde looks like lamia, who in some tellings are half woman, half snake. There are more humanoid soldiers in the Gorgon army, but one s like the Serpentess Order would definitely rattle even the toughest troops.
The figure is well done. While the top half is the same as the human figures, the lower half consist of 8 segments, from the abdomen to the tail. Each is connected with a ball joint. You can stand the figure up pretty easily, using the bottom half of the tail to balance the figure. If only the 1987 G.I. Joe Globulus figure had articulation like this.
Her armour consists of a helmet and breast plate both molded in a translucent purple plastic. The helmet resembles a snake skull with skeletal tail running down the back. The armour is the same style seem with the Amazon warrior and Penthesila, with the only additional colour bein a blue symbol set between her breasts.. The armour looks great, with the white skin beneath adding to the look. The armour is removable, but it is not as flexible as the other ones I reviewed. I would advise caution when removing it, to avoid cracks or breakage.
Her weapons are two long swords, with purple, see-though blades with greyish-blue handles. The swords seem to be make of tow pieces with the blade inserted and glued in, so I don’t think any scratched off paint from the handle would reveal translucent purple plastic. The swords look great are really add to the figure. rounding out the accessories are the set of extra hands, matching the ones already on and, curiously, the same Bossfight figure stand, which this figure can’t use. But an extra stand can’t hurt, right?
Overall this is a great figure. The design of the Gorgon army is what got me interested in this line. It is a well executed design and definitely shows how Bossfight Studios can innovate to bring us these uniques figure.
You can find these figures through online stores, eBay or directly from Bossfight Studios.
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 with my own money. All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me and are for review purposes only.
There are no limits, except your budget, when it comes to Bossfight Studio’s Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Blanks, Character Creator Kits, and Basics.
Customization is a key part of the appeal of Bossfight Studio’s Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Many of the characters come with extra weapons or different heads so you can make a unique version of the figure. They also sell bank bodies, weapon packs and army-building figures. Ranging in colours and themes, these pieces can help you to create different characters across the different themes of the line. Lets look at some of these items.
The first is the Blanks. There are two types, male and female, and they come in 19 different colours. I got a female body in the pale peach colour. It comes with four different heads (bald, pony tail, short hair and bald and mouthless) in the same colour as the bodies. It also comes with an extra set of hands, feet and a stand. They can be used to build an army using the accessory packs or with one of the alternate heads from another figure. I am using mine for the alternate head for Aspen, but the body colour does not match. Also, they could be used for spare parts if one of your figures gets damaged. If you are skilled enough at painting, you could touch up the heads, but straight out of the package, they are a bit plain.
Once you got a blank body, next you would need weapons and armour. That is where the Character Creator Kit comes in. There are two Greek themed sets for series one in about six different colours. The is also an set for the Elves, with gear designed for females and a knight set for series 2. The Elf set is available in two colours, obsidian black and wilderness brown, which I got.
The Elf set comes various weapons and armours from figures in series 2. You have the leafy outfit that came with the Aspen figure (and other elf archers) and an armour set that came with the dark elves and the orc females. The same bow that was with Aspen is included, along with the arrows, daggers and quiver. There is a crossbow with three bolts and a smaller quiver that came with the dark elf and Sakura elf figures. There is a crude sword included that came from the Blasted Land female orc figure. The only item that I can not identify as coming from another figure is the staff. I have seem designs of an Elf Queen wielding a staff, so it might just be from an unproduced character.
If you want a generic character that would fit in with the rest of you H.A.C.K.S., the Basics line has you covered. The line has three figures at a lower price point; The Accord Guard (the knights of Series 2’s world), orc hunter and Amazonian Archer. I got the archer and, again, the body is just like the other figures in the line. For her armour, she has several pieces: a shoulder pad on the left, with her left arm having armour on the upper and lower arm, a brazier armour and the standard skirt. The chest pieces, shoulder pad and arm braces are all in gold, with the skirt being red-brown, with gold and black accents. For weapons, she has a bow, which is the same as we’ve seen before, and about four arrows. The are all in gold plastic, with no painted detail to keep cost down. There is no quiver, but the arrows can be stored in the loop on the back of the skirt.
So that’s the review. The Bossfight Studio has all of this stuff on sale, and it is so much easier than trying to track it down on eBay. The blanks would be good for those who like to do customs either as a base to build on or as fodder. There are fantasy themed blanks, with a male knight and female orc figure (which might be closer to the spare elf head’s skin tone) to which you can add on spare heads or items from creator kits. It looks like Bossfight Studio is releasing more items this years so it looks like Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. will continue for a while. If you are interested, I would suggest you check them out at https://www.bossfightshop.com/.
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.
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 creators 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. Two of them are like the two 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.