Okay, I approached these reviews a little differently. I wasn’t going to break down every individual blank or every individual skeleton or every individual accessory pack. That felt like overkill.
So instead, I’ve framed these reviews at a more high level, looking at these three elements conceptually, with how well I think they were executed overall. There are no real review scores for the blanks or accessories, and while I did use one for the skeletons, I’m not sure it really works.
None of these are individual characters, nor are they really designed to come with accessories, and the paint applications are purposefully simplified, so it didn’t feel appropriate to judge the success of these items on those prerequisites. That being said, I still took a ton of pictures and gave my opinions on the themes as a whole. They’re all posted on the Vitruvian HACKS Review Page or you can check them out individually below.
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I struggled mightily to figure out precisely how to handle reviewing these, because while I didn’t think each set necessitated it’s own review, trying to review the concept as a whole felt unwieldy and like a battle I would not win.
That being said, I’m going to attempt to cover each of the seven initial Accessory Packs in this review and try to do as much credit as I can, because it’s evident that each one was developed with quite a bit of care and attention to detail, and the existence of these sets has added a whole new awesome level of the play and collecting experience.
Designed as a kit of white accessories, the shade of white that Boss Fight uses is remarkably cool and actually resembles some form of bone. It’s a fantastic color that contrasts wonderfully with most of the other colors of the figures and the blanks.
The set itself comes with two shields, a standard Spartan helmet, Athenian torso and leg armor, the Amazon helmet with Eurayle’s top and bottoms, plus the various snake bands. There’s two axes, two swords, the curved knife from Stheno, a sheath, a spear, and the twisted snake knives from Eurayle and her disciple. As all the other sets do as well, there is also a foot stand in the corresponding color of the set.
The first thing I notice with these accessories is that each one comes with a TON of gear. Loads and loads of elaborate weaponry in all sorts of shapes and sizes. I like the bone set quite a bit, but feel like it does need some paint. Adding deco to the handles of some of the weapons, so that just the bone itself is revealed as the blade would be pretty bad ass and add some interesting twists to these existing weapons. Looking at the collection of weapons here, I like this set, though without some paint additions, I’m not sure how much I’d use plain white accessories. Once some paint is there, though, this is a set that could find a LOT of use in various collections.
One of the most popular accessory sets on BossFightShop (already sold out!) the black weapons add some really nice variety to what we’ve seen, and considering so many figure weapons are pure black these days, it doesn’t look too out of place there. Admittedly, though, the Boss Fight weapons are generally more impressive shades.
The black accessory kit contains a wealth of great gear, in my mind, a nice balance of color and accessory choices for both male and female figures. At this point you should see that each set comes with the two shields and foot stand. This particular set also comes with two helmets, one just plain, the other with the wide fin at the top. The standard smooth Spartan chest and leg armor as well as the terrific curved sword and two straight swords of varying lengths. Pretty much the entire Medusa accessory kit is here, too, with the spiked shoulder pad, dual arm bracers, hip armor and the bone knife and whip. Lastly, we have the black spear.
I find myself really loving this accessory compliment. Medusa’s armor looks great on a standard figure as well as the skeletons, and makes for some pretty nasty accoutrements for Gorgons or for your human compliments. Along with this, I’m a big fan of the smooth Spartan armor, too, so all in all, this set is a big winner.
How can you not love the look of this accessory set? Trust me when I say any images you see don’t truly do it justice. This green is super bright and truly marvelous. It’s a vibrant and exciting color scheme that doesn’t look at all realistic, but considering the esoteric backstories for some of the HACKS characters, could conceivably fit right into the mythology.
Along with the two shields, spear, and foot peg that comes with every set, we also have the decorative Spartan helmet (that came with Talos) and the Athenian Warrior chest and leg armor. Two swords and a sheath are also included, as well as the armor from the Amazon (torso, leather shirt, arms and legs). The bone knife, snake skull helmet and bone whip finish off this crazy assortment of colorful accessories.
It’s interesting to see where Boss Fight pulled from with the creation of these sets. They try to offer male and female parts in each one, and full sets of armor for each gender, though it can be more fun to color swap. The Unearthly green is pretty great, and right now is resting on my pink skeleton, giving me a medievil ‘93 Toxo-Zombie to love and cherish.
Glow in the Dark
Boss Fight Studio’s experiment with glow in the dark continues with this accessory set, a cool jump into a more supernatural realm. I haven’t quite decided who needs to glow in the dark, though I’m tempted to lather these on top of the Ghosts of the Battlefield 2 pack and watch the world burn.
Two shields, spear, and foot peg? Check. This set also has the more ceremonial helmet that came with the Athenian Warrior and the layered armor we saw with Talos, the Myrmidon Warrior and the Disciple of Eurayle. Two swords and a curved knife add to the arsenal, along with the four familiar bladed weapons from Eurayle herself (as well as the disciple). There’s a sheath for one of the swords and the snake staff from Stheno to finish things off on the right foot.
Like the Unearthly Green set, I’m not entirely sure who will be running around the HACKS universe carrying these crazy glowing weapons around, but I do know the weapons are amazing and glow like crazy. They’ll make for some awesome magical totems and will accentuate the more spiritual characters nicely.
I’ve found there’s a certain balance to which of these accessory sets I love. They have to have cool colors, but also have a good selection of gear, and the Blood Red set has both in spades. As I took pictures for these various reviews (as well as the blanks and skeletons) I found myself drawn more and more often to the Blood Red accessories. The fact that this set is also sold out at BossFightShop seems to lend credence to the idea that it’s a pretty hot ticket.
Along with the now standard shields, spear, and foot peg, this set has my favorite leg/chest armor as well as the excellent standard Spartan helmet without any flair. Two straight swords and a curved sword come with the set along with twin battle axes. There’s a sheath for one of the swords as well as the snake skull helmet and Medusa’s whole kit, including the shoulder pad, arm bracers, and hip armor. Along with that, the Amazon’s leather skirt is included, too, and I think people will be shocked at just how bad ass figures look with all of the female accessories in this set equipped at once.
This Blood Red accessory set is high on my list of favorites, and I can see myself equipping quite a few blanks and skeletons with the gear found inside.
The only thing cooler than translucent figures are translucent accessories, and if you stack translucent accessories on top of translucent figures, the effect is even better! The moment I layered these fire red accessories on my translucent orange blank to make a fire spirit, my entire world had new meaning.
You can guess the standard stuff now… yes this set comes with two shields, a spear, and a foot peg, all in the translucent red plastic. It also has a Spartan helmet as well as the chest and leg armor and three separate swords. One of the swords is actually the sword normally found in stone with the Gorgons, and I love having that awesome weapon available elsewhere. There’s a sheath for one of the swords as well as two solid knives (the Eurayle weapons). I have to say the snake skull helmet looks fantastic in this clear red, as does the snake themed forearm guards and curved knife. I’m not especially crazy about the Stheno armor and snake skin skirt. That skirt reduces articulation a bit more than I’d like, and the spike armor looks great on Stheno, but a little weird here. The crazy spiked shin guards that came with Stheno are here as well, and looking pretty crazy.
I really love the clear red accessories. They are extremely colorful and look fantastic on pretty much every figure I’ve tried them on. Not only that, but the clear red works for some kind of magical weapon or energy based weapon, which I can see fitting into the HACKS mythology nicely. Definitely one of my favorite sets.
I’ve mentioned a few sets so far that were “one of my favorite” but haven’t really designated an absolute favorite. Well time to make that declaration. One of my favorite parts about the Amazon Elite Warrior figure was the fact that the color of her silver armor was so crisp and almost chrome like. Bright, shiny and super vibrant, just the shade of that silver was enough to make me fall in love with the figure.
Every single accessory in this pack is that same bright silver, and it’s magnificent.
Two shields, the spear, foot peg and the sword sheath are included here, as they are everywhere. For weapons we have twin battle axes and a whipping four swords, including the Gorgon sword and the excellent curved sword that I love so much, and there’s also Stheno’s snake staff.
The armor in here is fantastic as well. While I’m not wild about the frilly ceremonial helmet the layered armor and leg guards are great (I’d almost kill to have the standard Spartan armor in this color, though), and what really excels here is the Amazon gear. Like the Elite Warrior exclusive, all of the Amazon armor is here and in this great shade of silver. The helmet is the icing on the cake.
There is a lot to love in this silver set, and it remains at the top of my list.
Sitting back and looking at all of these, you realize just how many accessories are here and how much opportunity there is to put together some really fun customs. Adding some minor paint tweaks to these things opens up even more doors for possibilities, and I am blown away at how much selection is here. Just about any combination you can think of is possible.
That being said, I think it would greatly benefit Boss Fight Studio to consider other color options, especially considering so many of these are already sold out. They are evidently very popular with collectors!
From a review perspective, I’m somewhat conflicted on how to score these, so I’m just going to leave it at what I wrote above. Suffice it to say these accessory sets were a brilliant idea and have already gone a long way towards prolonging the viability of this HACKS project. There’s a ton of different gear in a ton of different colors, and the combinations from each option are nearly limitless. I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy mixing and matching this stuff with blanks or with the regular character figures you already have.