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Mythic Legions
by yo go re

What, you thought we could only review a Spartan on Fridays?

One of the last surviving members of the Mercurian Army, Vitus is only a shell of the man he once was. Devastated by the destruction of his people and their once glorious city of wisdom and enlightenment, he has set his sights outward on a new mission to protect the entire realm so it does not meet the same fate. In an effort to bring the spark of life back into Vitus, Attila Leossyr asked him to train the Army of Leodysseus in the methods of Mercurian warfare. With his new purpose comes the tiniest glimmer of hope that this great warrior will regain the peace that he once knew.

And just like that, a new bit of history is added to the world of Mythoss. We're really looking forward to the coming of the art book (whenever it's done), so we can learn all the secrets and history of these characters. From context we can tell that the Mercurians were an ancient race who underwent some sort of cultural cataclysm, but this is the first time they've ever been mentioned in any capacity.

Vitus' Spartan-style helmet is extraordinarily ornate. There seems to be a plain helmet at the core of it, but then there's another layer above that - a frame with the nose and cheek guards - which appears to have been added later. It's decorated with a raised filigree pattern that seems a bit overdone for a warrior, but maybe it was a gift from King Attila. The neck protection at the back has a small icon of a Spartan helmet, and a red horsehair crest runs over the top of the head.

Naturally, the armor is the same that the rest of the Mythic Legions figures wear: a breastplate with seven inset lines of X's that cascade from the waist. He wears the foot armor that comes to a straight point in the front (rather than curving upward), and while his greaves are angular, they've got the rounded kneepads. Like the Orc Legion Builder, he has bare arms and legs, but he also gets a new and unique skirt piece: while the pointy loin armor is shared, the rest is all new. The skirt itself looks like leather strips hanging from a wide belt, and there's fur tim poking out from behind it. The entire thing is capped off by a "WWE Intercontinental Champion"-sized belt buckle, a big circle with a skull in the center and a curling pattern around the outside.

The colors are very nice. The armor is a metallic red, with gold trim. His belt buckle and loin armor are a different shade, closer to bronze, and the fur is a dark brown. The studs on his belt and skirt get their own golden apps, as does every tiny little rivet on his boots and gloves. Outstanding! His skin even has a ruddy tint, making him look tan and sun-baked, suggesting a Mediterranean origin (or whatever the fantasy-world equivalent would be). The bristles on his helmet and the strips on his skirt are flat red, matching some of the accents on the armor. The eye slits in the armor are solid black, so he can look shadowy and mysterious, and so they don't have to worry about painting his eyes straight.

The Mythic Legions figures are incredibly well-articulated, and also incredibly modular. Vis Vitalis has a balljointed head, swivel neck, swivel/hinge shoulders and elbows, swivel forearms, swivel/hinge wrists, balljointed torso, swivel/hinge hips, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge knees, and swivel/hinge/swivel ankles. Pretty much every one of those joints can be pulled apart with only a modicum of force, for customization options. For instance, you could grab the arms and legs from the Orc we mentioned before and put them on this figure, making that the recondite warrior of legend.

Fittingly, Vitus carries simple weapons. In fact, his most ornate piece is the shield, because it's been painted with the Army of Leodysseus sigil. Other than that, he carries only a silver spear and a silver sword with a gold hilt, suitable for a fake Spartan. He does come with the brown strap that fits over his chest and allows him to carry his sword, but there's already a loop for that built into his skirt. Maybe he should have come with a back-up dagger?

The main reason I got Vitus was because he just made perfect sense as a foil for Asterionn - pairing the fake Spartan with the fake Minotaur just fit too well. But it's not like he's a bad figure in his own right: with a few new pieces and a lovely colorscheme, he's yet another Mythic Legions home run.

-- 09/17/16

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