After a somewhat long hiatus from the review game, I’m more than happy to jump back into things with a review for Frankie The Unicorn, the first Mighty Steeds offering from Boss Fight Studio that I’ve gotten my grubby hands on.
As one might expect from the toy wizards at Boss Fight, it’s pretty amazing.
I’m not sure who was looking forward to these more– me or my ten year old daughter.
Thankfully I convinced her to let me play— err… review this one even though it’s been mostly living in her bedroom.
Along with their shipment of the Mighty Steeds Kickstarter figures, Boss Fight Studio also unveiled a surprise Steed – Frankie the Unicorn! I was thrilled to see this, because I realize the Boss Fight crew has several thousand items to gather together and ship from the Kickstarter and any opportunity to get my greedy hands on one of these Mighty Steeds is a good one in my book!
Many folks have been asking about Frankie and how he differs from Sara Francis, which was a Kickstarter exclusive.
Sara Francis and Frankie look very similar on the surface, but Frankie has silver hooves and horn (where Sara Francis has gold) and Frankie has a teal shine over his white coat where Sara Francis is more purple.
But forget all that — how is this Mighty Steed?
Pretty fun, all things considered. Granted I don’t have any tack or any creature kits yet so I can’t speak to some of the cool stuff I’ve been looking forward to like wings, armor, and saddles, and just focus mainly on the base horse itself. To put it simply, this thing is a marvel of engineering.
The sculpting of the horse is simply magnificant with the intricate muscles, veins and even visible underlying skeleture throughout the magestic looking creature. The articulation is subtle, yet exceptionally functional, providing a wealth of posing options that look great standing still or in motion, without the visible joints totally disrupting the flow of the horse’s sculpt.
Even the spot where the lower torso connects to the neck (which is removable so the piece can be added to provide recepticles for wings, etc…) is sculpted almost flush to the rest of the body, providing very little disruption in the look or feel of the creature.
The mane and head all work really well, too, and in the unicorn’s case, the layered horn looks really awesome in either gold or silver.
In Frankie’s case, the paint work is truly exceptional. There’s the immediately evident stuff like the vibrant rainbow mane and tail and more understated silver hooves and horn. But where this creature really shines is the subtle teal overspray which adds some excellent color to an otherwise plain white horse that truly gives the unicorn a more magical look and feel.
Frankie the Unicorn is a spectacular introduction to the Mighty Steeds line from Boss Fight Studio. I find myself even more excited and eager to get my hands on the rest, and I think once I get the tack and creature kits, my love for this new segment will only increase.
Frankie the Unicorn is now on sale on BossFightShop.com and the rest of the Mighty Steeds should be coming along soon. As usual Boss Fight has absolutely knocked this out of the park and I can’t wait to get my hands on more.
Once again, Boss Fight Studio reuses tooling from the first release of a figure to add some new life into an updated version of that character. Jenny, a cat creature known as an Artificer Witch of Aldeberan has always been Bucky’s First Mate, and is also from a race of creatures with supernatural mystical abilities. This race of creatures can fire psionic blasts, and also has the ability to project themselves into the astral plane. According to Larry Hama (who wrote a spectacular new filecard for this figure) Jenny used her astral projection form to infiltrate KOMPLEX.
This version of Jenny is reminiscent of version 1, only as an astral projection, is produced in semi-translucent plastic, a somewhat smokey clear color that looks impressive enough, only made more impressive by the addition of pearlescent plastic at the hair and tail, giving the character and the figure a fantastic spectral appearance.
The paint applications are similar to the original Jenny, but side-by-side you can really tell just how different they are. Blue trim on the pearl hair and blue jewels instead of purple, she’s a vibrant color variation of the original release, which also serves a clear purpose in the story as well. An amazing looking new version of an already great base figure.
Along with the new colors, the figure maintains the flawless sculpting of the original, with an elaborately sculpted, dynamic hairdo that doesn’t impact posing thanks to the excellent counterbalance of the sculpted tail. Like Bucky himself, she looks animated and full of character, yet is fully poseable. She has incredibly narrow limbs, which are still nicely movable.
Toy collectors (and certainly kids) can often miss the connection between action figures and art, but the fact is, for nearly every toy out there, there are strong influences of artistic ability and intrinsic talent woven within the design work of the figure. Yes, sometimes budget and money gets in the way of a designer doing what they want, but Boss Fight Studio seems very able to cram as much unique artistic ability into each figure they produce.
Jenny is certainly no exception. The combination of the fantastic translucent color pallet and the pearl shine on the trim is spectacular, and makes this figure a truly remarkable addition to an already impressive line up of cartoon animals.
Like the Stealth Mission Bucky, this Jenny update comes with all of the same accessories, just in different colors. The hands are semi-clear, the faces are all that great pearl color, and the energy projections are a vibrant clear blue instead of the pinkish/purple. Beyond those aesthetic changes, they’re all just as fun and great as the originals and capable of enhancing the basic figure to great levels.
I still love how the energy beams and magical projections form together to look like she’s launching magic energy bolts at those nasty Storm Toads, and the facial expressions are unique and fun as always.
As I continue to mention, the package art is really great. Gorgeous artwork, and an always enjoyable file card update by Larry Hama himself.
What a neat update. Striking, beautiful new paint scheme laid over an already impressive figure, gives us a great second version of Jenny. Two waves into this new Bucky O’Hare line and already two more Jenny figures than the previous line could boast. That’s progress! 😀
First Mate Jenny
Jenny unleashes her mystical psionic powers in a great way with this action figure update featuring gorgeous semi-translucent plastic and a unique pearlescent paint sheen. A truly remarkable looking figure that looks as great as it poses and plays. Another winner in the Bucky O’Hare line.
It’s a fact of life these days that most action figures are sculpted and tooled with multiple uses in mind in order to offset the costs of creating the tooling, and Bucky O’Hare is no different. What matters is how those parts are reused and to what effect. With a line like Vitruvian HACKS, the parts are designed to be interchangeable, so being able to swap in and out various parts goes a long way towards giving the figures new life, even if there isn’t a whole lot of new tooling. This is far more challenging with a line like Bucky O’Hare, which have characters very uniquely styled and sculpted, so repaints have to be done in an effective way.
So far, so good.
“Stealth Mission” Bucky O’Hare is a great looking update to the initial release of the Bucky figure. According to the file card, Bucky’s suit contains holographic technology that allows it to be put into “stealth mode” with the various shades of green and black, including some really awesome camouflage on the green, furry flesh.
Stealth Mission Bucky O’Hare is an exceptionally fun (and functional) repaint. His base uniform is an awesome darker green/teal color which looks dark and looks as if it would blend with a stealth mission, but still has a fantastic shade of green that looks excellent and meshes with the lighter green of Bucky’s skin well.
Where the original Bucky is vibrant and bright, the Stealth Mission upgrade is more subdued, yet still very colorful. I love the black trim and offset on the gloves, belt and boots, and I really dig the face camouflage as well, which helps bring the color pallet of the entire figure down into a more stealth aesthetic. He looks really gorgeous, and I dig the idea of a tech oriented uniform that can shift in and out of stealth at a whim.
Like the original figure, this update has immaculate sculpting, posing, balance and articulation, a perfect example of what an amazing toy design team are capable of. He can stand on one large foot, move seamlessly, pose well, and the interchangeable hands and faces work very, very well. You may have to use a little heat to soften the material, but beyond that, the way this figure moves and balances is close to perfection. It’s incredible to me that a figure designed to be so animated in aesthetic manages to maintain such a supreme sense of articulation, but the capable folks behind Boss Fight Studio simply make it work, every single time. Great stuff.
Stealth Mission Bucky comes with the same gear as the first release, only in darker colors (and with the appropriate face paint) and work just as well as the previous ones. I love the different facial expressions along with the different posed hands, they are awesome conceptually and in execution.
Like the original release, the packaging is spectacular with a really appealing layout and brand new file cards written by the man himself, Larry Hama.
What a great action figure line this is. Each release is chock full of fun, character, personality, and style, all while being flat out greatly executed action figures. Huge continued kudos on these, Boss Fight.
Stealth Mission Bucky O'Hare
As Boss Fight Studio’s first “non canon” Bucky O’Hare figure, they did a really great job putting a new coat of paint on an already amazing action figure. I love the Stealth Mission concept and the paint applications manage to be “stealthy” without being drab or boring and balance both angles remarkably well. All the fun of the original release with a little twist. A great update, for sure.