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.