A Review of the D&D Miniatures Starter Sets
The Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures Game is an all-ages, universally accepted collectible miniature figures game played using plastic, pre-pasted miniatures (the so-called miniatures) made by tabletop role-playing game manufacturers. These miniatures are usually 30mm in size. This means that players can easily play the game using a variety of different size figures. If you have ever wanted to get into the exciting world of D&D then this is the product for you. The miniatures are very well painted with great attention to detail.
The basic set of Dungeon and Dragon Miniatures consists of forty miniatures in total. The first wave of these figures was introduced in May of 1996. The original Dungeon and Dragon Miniatures were released in a hardback book with a full color, oversized, illustrated book cover. This limited collector’s item included a detailed introduction of the miniatures, a list of the 40 miniatures in the set, and a full color, oversized, foil covered die cut scene of the game’s main bosses.
The second wave of miniatures was released in April of 1997. These included another hardback book with a new deluxe hardback cover, an oversized map of the Lower Planes, and the original Dungeon and Dragon manual. Included in this second wave of miniatures were the previously released minis: the Earthborn, Carrion Courier, Earth Fiend, Fire Fiend, Farsighted Fiend, Greater Earthborn, Moonrise Gargoyle, Outlands Fiend, Phoenix Caller, and Stoneskin. With the release of the second set of Dungeon and Dragon Miniatures, the company also expanded to include several new races not previously offered in their first set: half-orcs and trolls, along with their allies: hobgoblins and ogres. All of the new races were offered at a lower price point than their previous counterparts. This allowed for a more expansive customer base than ever before possible.
The third wave of Dungeon and Dragon Miniatures sets hit the stores just a short time after the second wave. These third edition miniatures included not one, but three expansion sets: Battle for the Keep, The Hunt for the King, and The Heartstopper. These three expansions included new miniatures and new battle arenas to play in. Also newly released was a new companion role called the Oracle. With these additions, the fan community knew they had a hit on their hands.
The fourth and final set of Dungeon and Dragon miniatures came out in early 2021. This fifth edition of the fan-created miniatures was known as DD Miniatures Strategy Guide. It was the last in a long string of incremental updates that had been made to the miniatures over the years. This set included new terrain, new weapons, new quests, and even a brand new storyline. All of this work combined to make a very satisfying fifth edition of the miniatures.
A very quick reference guide is helpful when one wants to get started with these new miniatures. At the very least, it will allow one to know that they are in fact collecting something rather than just playing with toys. It may also be useful if one plans on playing a dungeon-crawler type of game with their new D&D monster packs. That is, a game where the main character will have to go through dungeons (or Lairs) in order to get items and level up. It is unknown whether or not this feature will continue to be supported, but it does look promising.
Because of the quality of the miniatures and the care taken to create them, they now sell for hundreds of dollars. The price will vary depending on the scale and whether or not there are other additional items to accompany it. Most collectors want their miniatures to represent the products of successful RPGs. If so, then the figures should come in a very heavy duty condition. That means that new D&D monster packs might contain only rarer monster statuettes, for example, or it might include a few more options for building your character.
There are three scales in D&D: absolute scale, relative scale, and the ” Dungeon Master” scale. Each scale is composed of three sets of figures: the starting character, and the non-player character. All D&D Miniatures and accessories use the absolute scale. Because it represents the “perfect” scale, it is often associated with the past editions. While it may not be the same as the most recent editions, it is close enough that many people start with the absolute scales in order to play the game using the correct miniatures.