Sunday, June 22, 2014

Kickstarter: VITRUVIAN H.A.C.K.S.!
Series 01: Greeks (Spartans vs Gorgons) - Boss Fight Studios 2014

So last week I funded my second Kickstarter campaign.  This one is different than my first one (I Am Elemental) because it can potentially be much more expensive, but more likely has the potential to be an unprecedented value - thanks to the numerous stretch goals.  If all the stretch goals get met, there will be 39 unique figures (including 16 differently-hued blank bucks - and 23 unique sculpts).  Plus four additional weapons packs to spruce up those bucks.  The first series is an ancient Greece theme with a variety of Spartans up again Medusa and an army of Gorgons.  The female-centric antagonists are obviously the focus of this post.  There are 11 female figures sculpted and 8 colored female bucks (again, only available if all the stretch goals are met).  The Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. (Highly Articulated Character Kit System) is a line of 4" scale action figures with easily separated body parts for endless customization potential.  As of today, there are 15 figures unlocked, with 20 days of funding remaining.  Here's hoping that everything gets unlocked!  Let's check them out below.

I'll start off by showing the buck system that Boss Fight Studios has created.  It's highly articulated but also easy to disassemble (and reassemble in different configurations).  Very similar to the Glyos system.

(click the BFS logo to go to the Kickstarter now)

Follow this link to the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Kickstarter page!

Here are design specs for all the female figures proposed so far.  Only six of these are currently unlocked for production, but hopefully the ceiling goal will be met and we will get them all.

Here are some pictures showing the paint masters for Medusa and the Coral Snake Gorgon.

Here's a little graphic I made showing a lineup of all the potential ladies.  I'm actually most excited about the Glow-in-the-Dark legged Gorgon character.  Of course, she'll only be made if the funded amount reaches $255,000 - we're more than half way there!

Although I'm focusing on the ladies, there are plenty of very cool male characters in the lineup as well.  My favorites are the Stone Spartan and the Underworld Warrior (I'm hoping he's cast in Transparent orange (like the blank buck being offered) with painted gray on top of that for a cool "lava cracks" effect.
I did a lot of math trying to figure out which level I should fund at.  In a hypothetical world, I would keep all the females and try to resell all the males (although in truth I'd definitely keep some of the boys), but if I were to fund at the "One of Everything" $500 level, and all the stretch goals were met ($325,000 and 700 backers), and then I was able to sell all the males at normal price ($25 for the characters and $15 for the blanks), that would mean I would be getting 19 female figures for $5.53 each.  I know there are a lot of "if"s there, but it convinced me to take the plunge.  Maybe you should, too :)

The blank bucks are pretty cool.   They come in a variety of colors and they have multiple head and hand variants.

The male blanks include two transparent figures.  Hopefully some of the females will as well.  Also, I kind of hope they tweak the colors so that the buck bodies match the skin tones of the different Gorgons.  It would be awesome to switch out the hissing Gorgon heads for more relaxed expressions.

I'm normally not a big fan of weapons packs, but all these extra accessories will look pretty cool with all those blank bucks to dress up.

Here's a final look at all the potential ladies.  It's a tough opportunity to miss out on.  I can't wait to see what future themes might be.  I secretly hope there might be a fantasy wave with fairies and mermaids.
Follow this link to the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Kickstarter page!



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  2. I'd definitely be interested in purchasing some of the male characters if you went with the All-In package. Ideally, I'd buy one of each of the warriors, but none of the Pledge levels offer the combination I want to make it worthwhile and spending $120+ just to get the opportunity is too extreme for me.

    1. I'll definitely be putting a bunch of the male characters up on ebay when they arrive. I think I'll be keeping The Stone, Bronze, Underworld, and Glowing. The rest will probably be up as buy-it-nows. When I review all the ladies in-hand, I'll make sure to mention the auctions and maybe put a link up. In an ideal world I'd keep them all, but I'll need to recoup some money since this was a major splurge for me.

  3. Everything is now unlocked except for 1 armour set (bone coloured) and Stone Fist. All-in for $500 is an awesome deal now. Glad I could go in on it. :) I'm taking the "Walnut Brown" female blank and the silver female armour and making Nubia (Wonder Woman's sister). I'm SO excited for all these figures and the custom options! :)

    1. Oooo nubia is good idea! I'm so psyched about all the figures that I'm going to be getting. I'll have to dedicate a solid week of reviews. That Underworld Queen was such an unexpected but amazing treat. Also, I better be able to snap on some female armor to the skeleton. My first Wonder Woman issue was #301 and I want to recreate that frightful cover :)