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: 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: 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.

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.

PS4/Steam Review: Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal

Go back to where it all started and experience the first adventure of the buxom Ninjas of Senran Kagura

2018 was a big year the Senran Kagura franchise.  The series saw the PC release of Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash, an all-new anime subtitled Shinovi Masters and a remake of the very first game, Senran Kagura Burst Renewal.  Of course, its popularity in the West allowed for plans of a English version that was to be simultaneously released for PS4 and PC .  Due to policy changes at Sony, however, certain content has to be removed for the west and the game was delayed for a few months.  But, in January 2019, it was released with the PS4 having some bits cut and the PC having the compete version.  We will review both the PS4 and the PC version through Steam.

Asuka’s back…side

Like Shinovi Versus and Estival Versus, Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal is a third person hack-and-slash game developed by Honey Parade Games and Tamsoft and published by XSEED Games.  It is a remake of the first game in the series. Senran Kagura Burst which was released for the Nintendo 3DS as a 2.5D side scroller.  The game is updated to the Estival Versus engine and contains some material not found in the first game , mostly through DLC.

The Hanzo girls are all here

The story follows the girls from Hanzo Academy and their first encounter Homura and her fellow Hejibo teammates.  when Hejibo launches a plan to steal the Super Secret Ninja Art Scroll from Hanzo academy, it us up to Asuka and her friends to recover it.  They have their hands full, however with Homura and her team and have to push their limit to over come them.

Gameplay will be familiar to fans for Estival Versus
The Crimson Squad story introduces us to characters such and the emotionless Hikage.

The gameplay is pretty much the same as Estival Versus and Shinovi Versus before it.  You can play either the Hanzo girls’ story or the Crimson Squad one.  The battlefield is open, with the environment determining how much room you have.  You have light and strong attacks and can run and block.  Using you ninja art scroll, you can change into your battle costume, regaining any lost health.  In this form, you can use special attacks that can clear out enemies and deliver a large amount of damage.  These attacks get more powerful as you level up.  You can also go into frantic mode at the start of the level, in which your character defense goes down for more powerful attacks and access to your special attacks right away.  You are also in your underwear.

Start in Frantic mode, and you will become more powerful, at the expense of your defence and dignity.

The only thing different from the last entries is the inclusion of a burst meter.  By building the meter up and pressing L2 (LT on Xbox controller on PC) your attack power increases and, either by pressing L2.LT again of letting the meter go down, you can do a powerful Burst Attack.  It is very effecting against larger groups and can strip you enemy if you defeat one of the girls one on one.

Burst Mode is a new mechanic that supercharges your attacks and ends in a burst of power.

Yes, the destructible outfit are back, a mainstay of the SK series in all forms.  It works the same as in the Versus series, which you able to strip them down to their underwear, and even those can be removed, with lights covering up their naughty bits.  It is to be noted that the original 3DS version, which having the stripping mechanics, did not have the underwear removable too.  Also, which the clothing damage is shown in cut scenes, the underwear is restored if you got your opponent naked.

The lights are back to keeps things M rated
The underwear is restored in the cut scenes, though.

The levels are all mostly recycled from the Versus series.  Hanzo academy, Hejibo rooftop, the hot springs and other are all the same as the last games. There are a few newer areas but there is a lot of reuse.  Again, since the schools are the same having the same areas makes sense, story wise.

You can customize the costumes
Take pictures in diorama mode

The ability to customize the girls is back.  The main hub for each of the schools (each being their common room) allows you to look at unlocked scenes and pictures, switch schools adjust setting, replay levels and customize the girls in the dressing room.  Outfits are unlock by  purchasing at the sop with in game currency with more available as paid DLC.  Note that any DLC you have for Estival Versus works with Burst Re:Newal, at least for the PS4 version.  You can also go into diorama mode and take screen shots of the girls in various costumes.

Intimacy (and those wandering hands) are only available in the PC version.
Go for a kiss!

Now, the part that was cut from the PS4 version in the West was the Intimacy more.  Remember in Estival Versus and PBS how you could poke slap and grope the girls until they liked you and go for a kiss? Or furiously mas buttons/shake the controller until they clothes tear off?  Not in the PS4 version.  It is intact in the PC version on Steam, though.  I doesn’t really change the game, though, with the typical Senran Kagura combination of compelling story with moments of lewdness and fan service is still present in the game.

The Yumi DLC lets you play as my favorite ice queen.  Yozakura appears as well.

In addition to the main story, there is DLC available for both Yumi (my personal favourite) from Gessen and Miyabi from New Hejibo.  their stories are spread over ten levels and tell events that happened before they first appeared in Shinovi Versus  A few character not yet playable in the game show up in these levels, like Yozakura, Imu, Ryobi, Ryona and Ryoki).  Both Yumi and Miyabi have a hub like the Hanzo and the Crimson girls, with the other girls in their faction making an appearance in them.  There is a little confusion with the Yumi story, with them saying Kurokage is dead when he was alive, but sick and dying, in Shinovi Versus.

Miyabi also have her own arc via paid DLC.

Other DLC down the line will allow you to replay levels as the Gessen or New Hejibo factions, with Naraku, Kagura, and Ryoki arriving soon after.  There will be additional clothing sets as well.  There doesn’t see to be any guest characters this time.

Some, if not all DLC form Estival Versus works with Re:Newal

Overall, it is a new Senran Kagura game and I like them.  I have the original version of Burst on my 3DS and I’ve always like the 3d game play from the PS Vita/PS4 games better.  The story is good and it has it’s moments in which you go WTF, but that is what makes thius series what it is.  sure the scenery is familiar, but with a remake, familiarity, is good as long as it updates the game and adds something new.

Gratuitous Yumi pic!

3/5

Kat…Kat never changes…

Senran Kagura: Burst Re:Newal is out now for PS4 and PC.  The “At the Seams” edition is available physically and digitally and includes extra costumes, diorama poses and the Yumi DLC pack (also available separately).  The Miyabi DLC is available for download through the PlayStation Store or the Steam store.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only.  I have not received anything from Honey Parade Games, XSEED Games, Sony, Valve, or any other corporation or entity for this review.  This game and any additional content was bought by me using my own funds.  All opinions are mine and any screenshot used were taken by me and are for Review purposes only.

Review: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 1: Penthesilea, Amazon Commander

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.

Front of the package featuring nice card art

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.

Back

A face that has seen so much battle…

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.

Armour fits in with the Ancient Greek setting.
Shown with the larger sword and her shield

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.

Can’t be and Amazon without some swords!

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.

Sword fits in the loop on the back.

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.)

Comparison with Marvel Gamerverse  Spider-man (Hasbro) and DC Multiverse Arkham Knight Batman (Mattel.)

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!

“Your armour, my Queen…”

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.