Life In Plastic: Obscure Toy Lines You Should Care About: DUNGEONS & DRAGONS MINIATURES

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Okay, these aren’t OBSCURE, per se, but they just don’t show up on the radar of most toy people. See, RPG minis in general kind of slip past that demographic.

D&D MInis were made from 2003-2010, although they seem to have come back in “Dungeon Command” box sets (it’s kind of a board game). These weren’t the first pre-painted RPG miniatures, but they hit really big. Coming right during the Big Minis Boom, D&D minis started when Mage Knight began to falter and Heroclix was gaining steam, and they outlived nearly all of their competitors – in fact, pretty much all the other pre-painted minis lines out now started after DDM had its little hiatus.  The thing is, it wasn’t just elv es and hobbits and ordinary dragons – they really delved into D&D’s unique bestiary for these figures, and the results are awesome!

As far as any drawbacks go, these figures can get pretty expensive (especially some of the older ones), and the paint quality on some is… well, it varies. But overall? Daaaaaaaang, you can get minis of just about ANYTHING! They really got creative, and these figures are a toy photographer’s dream! And even the “limited” figures (like the gigantic dragons or ORcus) are pretty readily-available if you search for them. They’re generally more durable than most RPG miniatures, which is a pretty big perk, too.

Eh, hey, just enjoy this gallery of some of the more unique figures:

Death Giant

Death Giant

Roper

Roper

Bronze Dragon

Bronze Dragon

Mind Flayer Telepath

Mind Flayer Telepath

Duergar Slaver

Duergar Slaver

Blood Ghost Berserker

Blood Ghost Berserker

Beholder Ultimate Tyrant

Beholder Ultimate Tyrant

Hextor

Aspect of Hextor

The Lord of Blades

Lord of Blades

Trolls

Trolls

Gray Dragon

Large Gray Dragon

Beholders

Beholders

Lady Erandis Vol

Lady Vol

Behir

Behir

Storm Titan

Storm Titan

Balor

Balor

Orcus, Demon Prince of Undeath

Orcus

Manshoon

Manshoon

Medusa

Medusa Archer

Ravenous Ghoul

Ravenous Ghoul

Ulitharid, Mind Flayer Noble

Mind Flayer Noble

Werewolf Pack Lord

Werewolf Lord

Dracolich

Dracolich

Mezzoloths

Mezzoloths

Elder Gold Dragon

Elder Gold Dragon

Slaughterstone Eviscerator

Slaughterstone Eviscerator

Draegloth Abomination

Draegloth Abomination

Otyugh

Lifeleech Otyugh

Tsucora Quori
Tsucora Quori

This Ain't Granamyr

Colossal Red Dragon

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