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Friday, 20th January, 2012, 08:05 AM #31
The Grand Druid (Lvl 20)
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Friday, 20th January, 2012, 05:47 PM #32
I got 2 bricks plus about half a brick in individual purchases so far. I have 34/40 from just this many (one of my missing minis is a common skeleton, and 2 are the uncommon elf wizard and snake), so the distribution is pretty good. I have not had one single mini be broken or off the base yet, but several were not securely held in their plastic cradle. I feel these are potentially more brittle than the DDMs, however, but I've yet to let my 4 year old really test that. I will note, however, that the hardness can vary within a single mini. Namely, the body of a mini is stiff, but the sword (which is NOT a separate piece) is flexible, so less chance of weapons snapping off through use.
The scale problems of the dire rat, troll and gnome are notable, but not as bad as some other prepainted minis initial releases. The people complaining about the sizes are comparing to DDM, which isn't really fair. These minis are designed around Paizo's illustrations and sizes, so as long as the sets are internally consistant, they should be ok. And that's the problem with the dire rat and troll. But Paizo has admitted the error for these and will correct them in future sets.
The "pc" figures are pretty good for prepaints, but not as good as the iconics from the previous release. Really, those first 4 set a pretty high bar, and the paladin is the only one of mine to come close. But the detail on some others is pretty remarkable, like the colored eyes on the medusa's big pet snake, or the beard and facial expression on the human ranger. The paladin has her holy symbol on her shield, and the goblins are downright awesome for prepainted minis.
In a week or two, I'll try adding some inks or a dip and see how well that improves the base paintjobs. If it is any improvement at all, it's a super-simple step that can produce a huge change in the quality of appearance in these minis.
Friday, 20th January, 2012, 06:50 PM #33
Time Agent (Lvl 24)
Never had any problem with my Rackham plastics...
As for the Pathfinder minis, I like the ones I've seen, but I won't be buying any. At least, I won't buy any NIB: I've had enough of randomized minis; pretty much, I want to see what I'm buying.
Friday, 20th January, 2012, 07:41 PM #34
Guide (Lvl 11)
Friday, 20th January, 2012, 07:59 PM #35
Also note that WizKids/Paizo plan on re-releasing minis in visible (non-random) "theme packs" as well. With just the 40 minis in this set, I can see "Undead" (zombies, skeletons, mummies, as well as a specter, a vampire and a lich were all in this set), "Orcs and Goblins" (2 different goblin sculpts in two paint schemes each, two different orcs, plus a half-orc barbarian in this set) and perhaps "townsfolk" (two different town watch minis, plus several of the PC minis work as generic folks, like the rogue and druid).
Friday, 20th January, 2012, 08:42 PM #36
The Great Druid (Lvl 17)
I think stores have been given WizKids/Paizo's blessing to bust open the boxes and sell them that way. I think my FLGS will.
Friday, 20th January, 2012, 10:48 PM #37
The Grand Druid (Lvl 20)
What an outrageous consumer!As for the Pathfinder minis, I like the ones I've seen, but I won't be buying any. At least, I won't buy any NIB: I've had enough of randomized minis; pretty much, I want to see what I'm buying.
You know with all the waste from Pathfinder's individually packed minis and sea of plastic, we could probably come up with a spinoff industry. Limited edition trash golems?
Saturday, 21st January, 2012, 05:37 AM #38
Lama (Lvl 13)
No matter what we think though, they've sold out at the distributor level.
Get 'em while you can.
WizKids/NECA Announces Manufacturer Sell-Out of Pathfinder Battles: Heroes & Monsters | Wizkids/NECA, Inc
Sunday, 22nd January, 2012, 01:56 AM #39
Grandmaster of Flowers (Lvl 18)
If I did not have enough DDM minis I would probably pick up a few of these. But I do.
Sunday, 22nd January, 2012, 01:20 PM #40
Waghalter (Lvl 7)