The initial wave of Boss Fight Studio’s Vitruvian HACKS included four great action figures, and now the remainder of the line has dramatically expanded not only the size of the toy line, but also added depth to the mythology Boss Fight has adapted as the basis for the series.
By design, the HACKS are a reuse-heavy collection, and the new additions make clever reuse of the tooling featured in the first wave, along with enough unique accessories, headsculpts, and paint apps to give each figure its own unique identity. The modular setup of these figures allows for lots of simple, easy customization, as each figure features removable armor and helmets, lots of accessories to choose from, and a universal compatibility which allows both gear, weapons, and even body parts to swap easily between figures. The sculpt work, once again, is fantastic, offering both an anatomical authenticity, and a remarkable amount of detail considering the figures’ small, 3.75″ scale.
As much as I appreciate the quality sculpting, it’s the inventive color work and highly creative backstory Boss Fight developed which really makes these figures fun. Our story has effectively expanded to bring in warriors of all kinds to both sides of the epic battle between the Greek armies and the Gorgons. Medusa has been joined not only by her two sisters, Stheno and Eurayle, but also more Gorgon soldiers– each of which sports the colors and patterns of an actual snake breed– and even minions such as the zombie-like Disciple of Eurayle. The Spartan warriors are joined in combat by the Athenians, Myrmidons, and Amazons, as well as their King Leonidas… and even more original concept characters like Stonefist, the Gorgon Hunter, and Underworld Warriors, and the Tartarus Guard.
Each figure can be customized, with the use of other figures, or even the various colored accessory packs and blank figures, which Boss Fight has also made available. After I saw this Crystar concept figure by The Fwoosh forum member AdrienVeidt, I had to grab a bio blue blank figure and some red armor and make my own version.
Oh, and there’s skeletons, too! Boss Fight introduced this sculpt as a stretch goal of their original Kickstarter campaign, and I’m glad they did because this is without a doubt the finest skeleton sculpt I’ve seen in this scale. The work is anatomically correct, and incredibly intricate. The skeletons feature even more articulation than the human figures (thanks to added parts like a moving jaw), and they’re available in a natural bone color, as well as a number of fun and cool alternate tones, including translucent purple, yellow, black, and bubblegum pink– a thank you gift Boss Fight included for all Kickstarter backers.
The skeletons and blanks are also part of the same modular design, and as such can wear accessories, helmets and armor from any of the Vitruvian figures, which is another great way to customize and expand this already wide line into an even bigger collection.
I’m very impressed by what Boss Fight has done with their inaugural Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. figures. There is so much creativity on display in their modular designs, stylized paint apps and color work, and the in-depth back story they have written via character bios. It all comes together to form one of the most fun, most poseable, and best looking action figure lines I’ve seen in quite some time. With three new figure concepts already on deck for H.A.C.K.S., it’s clear that this is only the beginning for Boss Fight Studio, who continue to be a toymaker worth taking notice of.
You can order the first four waves of Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. and more now, from Boss Fight’s website.