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Disciple of Eurayle

Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S.
by yo go re

For the most part, the men in this line have been the good guys, and the women have been the villains. Between this guy and the Amazon, Wave 4 is minorly mixing things up.

Eurayle chooses not to turn her victims into stone, instead biting them to inject them with her venom. Once bitten, these once proud warriors were completely obedient to Eurayle. Unbeknownst to Stheno and Medusa, she commanded legions of these warriors from all over the lands and used them to wage war on mankind. Although they retained their cunning and fighting skills, they tended to lose focus once the task at hand was completed, until Eurayle gave them another mission.

So wait: these guys have green skin, wander about mindlessly but will attack humans, and the initial infection happens because of a bite? We knew Boss Fight Studios was doing some work on a line of zombie figures, but we didn't expect to get our first one in ancient Greece!

Judging by the parts used, this Disciple of Eurayle was a Myrmidon before she bit him - sure, he's got the standard male body, but everything else is the same, too. The armor/skirt, the helmet, the greaves, the choice of sandaled feet... he's even got the same "black guy" head as the Myrmidon, really making him look like he was pulled from their ranks.

If he was a Myrmidon in his previous life, then getting bitten changes more than your skintone. His coloration is making me hungry for some Andes mints. (ATTENTION COMPANIES: THIS KIND OF SEAMLESS MILLENNIAL-FRIENDLY ADVERTISING CAN BE YOURS FOR A LOW, LOW PRICE. CALL TODAY TO SPEAK TO ONE OF OUR PRODUCT INTERGORTION SPECIALISTS.) His skin is pale minty green, while his armor is greenish-grey with gold accents. Oh, except for the shins, which are gold with grey accents. His eyes are solid red, and he has black snake tattoos on his upper arms, which are fun to imagine working like a cross between Medusa's tattoos from Soul Eater and Sasuke's cursed mark from Naruto, able to split off the body to fight on the bearer's behalf, but growing in power each time they're used and eventually taking over completely.

The Disciple of Eurayle has a balljointed head and neck; swivel/hinge shoulders, elbows and wrists; a balljointed torso (limited realistically by the chest armor); balljointed hips; double-hinge knees; and swivel/hinge ankles. The set's accessories include an extra pair of hands with the hinge joint running the other direction, and a display base to help the figure stand in extreme poses. And since the Vitruvian HACKS body can so easily be taken apart, you can dismember this not-a-zombie however you like.

Although he gets a few of the usual human weapons - the large shield, the short sword, and the scabbard - he also gets the four blades that Eurayle came with. You know, the two that look like a goat skull and the two that look like snakes. Is she just handing those out to her minions, or did he already have a set when she turned him?

There is precedence for Greek zombies: in a cemetary in southeastern Sicily, archaeologists have found bodies pinned down by large stones to prevent them from getting back up again. Everyone has always feared the undead. And even if that's not what this figure technically is, it doesn't mean he's not a good toy.

-- 11/18/16

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