Giants on parade

June 17th, 2004: Allan Sugarbaker says...
Giants on parade

Okay, now that we don’t have to poke around on Ebay to get early glimpses of the Giants of Legend set (well, one day early at this point, but still…), let’s have a look.

Okay, first, the complaints. Enough with the minotaurs already (there’s a Skeletal Minotaur and another large Minotaur in the set). I don’t use ’em, nor do I know anyone that needs more than one for an encounter. And should I care that Lidda, Regdar, and the rest are here on Gilligan’s Isle yet again? Oh, they’re modified, as in Lidda, Adventurer. What was the first Lidda figure supposed to be if not an adventurer? Lidda, Working Mom? C’mon, let’s expand the line, not rehash it. And if a bunch of my uncommon figs end up being the tiny Quasit, I won’t be happy.

Now to the drooling. Most of the huge figures look outstanding, as do the large fire giants and the Otyugh. I’m psyched to see the Ettercap, Grick, Blue Slaad, Manticore, and Displacer Serpent, just for the neat variety of monsters to have on hand during D&D sessions. Looks like there’s multiple thieves in the set, too: the Lizardfolk Rogue, Drow Rogue, Bugbear Footpad, and the aforementioned Lidda. I can always find a use for more dire animals, so the Dire Wolf is a welcome addition. What else… a Gnoll Sergeant, that’ll be cool… and a Basilisk. Sweet. Mordenkainen’s just icing on the cake, at this point.

And the laugh-out-loud moment of the set: the Glabrezu, one of the huge figures. He looks like the emcee of the set. “Hey there, enjoy the set! Try the veal, and be sure to tip your waitresses!” Whoever comes up with the best caption for that figure gets a Cave Dweller Brownie Point (TM).


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