This week Kickstarter backers have begun receiving the "Vitruvian Hacks" action figure line from Boss Fight Studio (BFS). The main action figure collector sites have begun posting photos and video reviews. Everyone is talking about the Spartans and the Gorgons, the sculpting, the colors, the pose-ability, and above all, the interchangeable parts for customization. If you don't know, the first theme of the BFS line is Greek mythology. It is a bold theme because most collectors buy what they are familiar with, and that means military (GI Joe, Marauder Task Force, historical WWII,) sci-fi (Star Wars,) and superhero (D.C. and Marvel, anime/manga.) A Greek mythology line is quite unique.
And it is brilliant.
The Greek mythology of Vitruvian Hacks has strong potential for the imagination. It's a little sci-fi with fantasy -- Greek warriors locked in an age-less struggle against Gorgons. There is a magical element of the Spartan soldiers turning to stone, semi-transparent figures, and figures with celestial constellations. There's also glow-in-the-dark versions and skeletons. The wording of the packaging contains data about the figures, but the interesting thing is a "temporal" data section usually posing a "what if" scenario -- if a Gorgon, for example, might be present in the modern day.
The temporal section is a great way to stir the imagination of crossing-over the Vitruvian Hacks mythology theme with any other action figure line, and that affects DioWarriors specifically. Since DioWarriors attempts to be toy-line neutral, the potential for props that bridge toy-lines across dimensions is perfect. Already we are engaged in designs for magical portal pools and technological transdimensional tunnels. Yes, we want to see Gorgons lose in the wastelands of Acid Rain World, or Jinx of the GI Joe line confronting Medusa and her sisters, avenging the Joes that have been turned to stone.
A line like Vitruvian Hacks simply begs for props that bridge the universes. But it doesn't stop there. Toy lines going the other way -- entering the world of the ancient Greeks -- also presents a vast potential. The props might be harder to find, but fortunately we have some offerings there too.
Combining the Spartans into a storyline that spans universes has really unlimited potential. It's very sci-fi and very fantasy. It might sound like an unlikely mix, but it works. At DioWarriors we're excited about the potential. Although we don't have any BFS figures to show yet, we are working quickly to fill the prop vacuum for this line.
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