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: 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.

Review: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 2: Knight of Asperity – Chaos Agent

The evil Knights of Asperity roam the land in Series 2 of Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. from @BossFightStudio

One thing that is a staple in any modern fantasy series is the evil, mystical and/or undead knight or army of knights that plague our heroes. The Lord of the Rings had the Nazgûl; the Prydain Chronicles had the Horned King; and the Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones) have the White Walkers. Bossfight Studio’s evil army in their Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Series 2 are the Knights of Asperity; knights dressed in black, some bearing painted skulls on their faces and some with skulls for faces.

The work Asperity means harshness of tone or harshness of conditions. This is reflected in the actions and origins of these knights.

The file card on the back tell us that the Knight come from the Blasted Lands; a desolate area which surrounds Mount Olympus, tying this in with the Greek/Gorgon war from series 1. The Knights attack anyone and everyone, murdering most people in villages and taking those who survive back to the Blasted Lands for an unknown reason. They bring destruction, famine, pestilence and death everywhere they go.

Not someone to encounter after dark…

The figure, similar to Lord Vehemous, has sculpted on armour, with pieces like leg guards and shoulder pads being removable. The body type is shared with at least the Knight of Accord, the V-H.A.C.K.S. foot guard and the blank fantasy knight figures. He has all the standard articulation you find in this line. The head he has on is a while skull with some black shading. He has red dot for pupils in his eye sockets. The skull is nicely detailed, with accurate fissures on the skull where the different bones meet.

Figure comes with a lot of accessories

For accessories, he comes with a lot. In the tray with the figure, he has two helmets,; one with spikes and wings on the side; and a more plain helmet with an attachable visor (though I had a hard time getting it on.) It should be noted that care should be given when placing on the winged helmet. The spikes are a bit sharp and can hurt when pressing the helmet down on the figure’s head. Lastly, he has an alternate head. This head is human, with a skull design painted in red on his face.

A. LOT.

Below this tray is another with his weapons. He gets a large axe, a shield with a dragon design, a sword and a scabbard for that sword. The scabbard has a peg that can fit in a hole on the figure’s belt. Alternatively , you can plug the scabbard in the hole in the figures back. It is not as secure but it does work. Of course he has a stand, which comes in a baggy with a set of alternate hands and leg guards that plug into the side of his legs.

The spikes are really pointy
Alternate human head

Overall, this is an excellent figures. The only issues I have is that the plain helmet’s visor was difficult to get on and make it stay on and it does not seem to fit either head well (it fits the skull head slightly better.) The spiked helmet is infinitely cooler so I will be displaying it with that one. The numerous accessoires and alternate head makes this figure great for army building (with either multiples of this figure or a blank knight body with one of the heads and maybe an accessory pack.). It is a great figure to have display on your shelf with similar figures.

The second helmet does not fit well on the human head. It is a little better on the skull one.

Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Series 2 Knight of Asperity can be purchased at select online retailers, through eBay and from Bossfight Studios’ own store. Look online to find out more. I purchased the figure from Kokomo Toys through eBay.ca.

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.

Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 2: Lord Vehemous, Dragon Cult Priest

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.

Review: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 1: Serpentess Order Gorgon Horde

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 packaging

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.

Back of package

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 can balance pretty good.

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.

The tail is articulated in several places
Armour and helmet

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.

A snake woman wielding two swords is pretty intimidating.

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.

Review: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. – Blanks, Character Creator Kit – Elves, and Amazon Army

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.

Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Blanks

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.

Spare heads, spare hands. spare feet and a stand.

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.

Showing off the Wilderness Brown Elf set.

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.

The Basics line has less paint apps to keep down costs.

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.

Ready to shoot.
The arrows can be stored in the loop

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.