D&D 5E WizKids New Minis line for D&D encounters/settings.

darjr

I crit!
Boxed sets designed to work with a previously released encounters or settings.

WizKids unveiled D&D Icons of the Realms: Showdown Setting - The Temple of Light, a new miniatures boxed set, for release into retail in October 2022.

This product introduces the D&D Icons of the Realms: Showdown Settingsline. These new boxed sets allow players to add miniatures to specific encounters from D&D's library of adventures. The sets will include miniatures, a map, and terrain features all pertaining to a specific scenario. The Temple of Light boxed set is for an upcoming adventure that is part of the D&D Spelljammer: Adventures in Space release (see "'D&D Spelljammer: Adventures in Space'").


 

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I see Wizkids is launching a lot of D&D miniatures. I guess it is because they are sold very well. I wonder about possible future Hasbro's plans for Wizkids if this can make money with the licenced products.
 

It's about time! I've spent the last twenty years asking them to do this. Too bad back when it was much more cost-effective they didn't think of doing this.
$80 is steep for a specific encounter set of minis. Obviously they look of really nice quality and you can repurpose them for other encounters but its just not for me. Though they must be selling well if they are commanding that price. Like I said with the Spelljammer minis though there seems to be too many things boxed together that I'd never use and would prefer singles or smaller sets. The asteroids in that set just seem like throwaways, I could spray paint a ball of paper wrapped in masking tape and get the same effect.
 

pukunui

Legend
$80 is steep for a specific encounter set of minis.
This was always the argument for why minis are mostly sold in random blind boxes - it somehow keeps the prices lower than if you know what you're getting ahead of time.

As much as I love the idea, I just can't justify buying minis anymore - either blind boxes or these sorts of sets. They're just getting to be too expensive on their own, and then international shipping is getting crazy expensive too, so yeah ... no more minis for this guy. :(
 

This was always the argument for why minis are mostly sold in random blind boxes - it somehow keeps the prices lower than if you know what you're getting ahead of time.

As much as I love the idea, I just can't justify buying minis anymore - either blind boxes or these sorts of sets. They're just getting to be too expensive on their own, and then international shipping is getting crazy expensive too, so yeah ... no more minis for this guy. :(
No matter what minis or format they choose to release they can never please everyone. As they've seen less use at my table more and more as the years go by, I can't justify the cost. I think I'd be willing to pay a little more for a single mini that I knew I wanted and would use. Hypothetically, if I could spend $500 to buy singles to put together fleets of Spelljammers from different factions, I'd be more inclined to open my wallet.
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
This was always the argument for why minis are mostly sold in random blind boxes - it somehow keeps the prices lower than if you know what you're getting ahead of time.

As much as I love the idea, I just can't justify buying minis anymore - either blind boxes or these sorts of sets. They're just getting to be too expensive on their own, and then international shipping is getting crazy expensive too, so yeah ... no more minis for this guy. :(
The price can be lower because people have to buy more blind packs to get what they want, so the mini manufacturermakes their mobey in bulk.. That's the theory, at any rate.
 

so the mini manufacturermakes their mobey
If they made a Moby mini I'd make sure the PC's brutally won every encounter with it.
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Mannahnin

Scion of Murgen (He/Him)
The price can be lower because people have to buy more blind packs to get what they want, so the mini manufacturermakes their mobey in bulk.. That's the theory, at any rate.
Well, that plus they're going to sell more volume. The number of people who can/want to use a specific group of minis for a given encounter is always going to be lower than the number of people who want assorted minis for general use.
 

ad_hoc

(he/they)
I would have loved a set like this for Rime.

If I were to buy all 3 aspects of Auril from the blind box set it would be around $100 if I could find them in stock anywhere.

I would pay $80 for a set of the main characters rather than hoping to open them in a box. I'm not spending $500+ on a case just to get them.
 

aco175

Legend
What, no mention of the other release in the article of... Book Tabs for the 3 core books. Now you can tab chapters of your books for $9.00 each. Not sure how I feel about this. Partly think that it should come with tabs and partly think I have blank tabs that I use for several places already and would not spend the money. I can see where some may like it though.

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el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
What, no mention of the other release in the article of... Book Tabs for the 3 core books. Now you can tab chapters of your books for $9.00 each. Not sure how I feel about this. Partly think that it should come with tabs and partly think I have blank tabs that I use for several places already and would not spend the money. I can see where some may like it though.

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Yikes! Nine Bucks! Three bucks max seems more in the right ballpark to me.

But regardless I just bought a pack of blank ones at Staples a while ago and used those.
 

The price can be lower because people have to buy more blind packs to get what they want, so the mini manufacturermakes their mobey in bulk.. That's the theory, at any rate.
There was also the benefit of no leftover stock on the shelf, and only one SKU per set so easier management for stores and distributors. Moving to non-blind objectively killed the line. The cases had one each of troll, frost giant, war demon, cyclops, unicorn, hippogriff. The hippogriff and unicorns were pegwarmers that stores were stuck with, and had to order more of to get more trolls, demons, etc. They clogged the shelves for years after, while even the weakest of blind packs were sold out. Blind packaging also made commons/uncommons dirt cheap on the secondary market. Back in the day, you could get general D&D staples like orcs, zombies, skeletons, etc for about 50 cents a pop.
 

jeremypowell

Adventurer
The price on those book tabs seems less gougey when you consider there are 168 tabs for the PHB and 92 tabs for the MM and DMG.

But then—after 30 tabs or so, each additional tab actually reduces functionality for something like this. I guess the idea must be that different people consult different pages, so you just apply the ones that matter to you.

Still, I pity the folks (and you know they're out there) who will apply all the tabs and then have to spend as much time finding the tab they need as it would have taken to just flip through the book...
 
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