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In startling and innovative move, WotC announces big dragons for D&D Minis

September 27th, 2005: Mike Sugarbaker says...
In startling and innovative move, WotC announces big dragons for D&D Minis

I’m just teasing, of course – the game really needs these and I’m psyched for them on some level despite being a non-player – but it’s not as if there was much doubt they’d do this eventually, given the buzz about the AT-AT. Yes, a Black Dragon with a 4×4″ base will hit in June of 2006, followed in (when else?) August by a 6×6″-based Red Dragon. The line of non-collectible big-atures is called Dungeons and Dragons Icons. Wasn’t there a bad Hasbro Interactive game by that name at one point? Anyway, we’ll let you know when pictures show up. Click on through to the other side for the press release.

Wizards of the Coast press release text follows:

*Larger-Than-Life Limited Edition Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures Loom For 2006!*

September 27, 2005 (Renton, Wash.) – Bigger is bolder! Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), has announced it will launch a new product line of massive DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Miniatures in 2006. Called DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ICONS, these non-randomized D&D Miniatures will be available in two size categories:

“Gargantuan” and the even bigger “Colossal,” both of which will tower over figures from last year’s highly popular GIANTS OF LEGEND expansion. D&D ICONS will depict dragons and other legendary creatures drawn from D&D lore, and will be fully compatible with the ever-expanding universe of D&D Miniatures. These limited edition monsters are proportionally sized per D&D roleplaying rules to be either Gargantuan (4″ x 4″ base) or Colossal (6″x6″ base). Wizards of the Coast plans to issue two D&D ICONS every year, which will be available for a limited time only following release.

Here Be Dragons!

D&D ICONS debuts next June with the menacing Black Dragon, a Gargantuan figure ideal for both the game player and collector. In August, Wizards will release the first Colossal product — a strikingly painted Red Dragon. Each figure is sold with a full-color map, a playable game scenario and double-sided stat cards, as well an accompanying standard-sized miniature to help start the battle. Like all the figures in the D&D ICONS line, the Black and Red Dragons are playable in both the D&D Miniatures skirmish game and any roleplaying campaign, and will be indispensable for collectors of D&D products.

The Minis Success Story

Since the debut of the initial 80-figure HARBINGER set in the form of Entry and Expansion Packs in September 2003, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Miniatures have proved highly successful with players, selling over 10.3 million individual miniatures. The DUNGEONS & DRAGONS MINIATURES HANDBOOK, released in October 2003, offers expanded rules for skirmishes and mass combats, new classes, feats, spells and more. In June of 2004, the 72-figure GIANTS OF LEGEND set introduced Huge figures — at least three times the size of other Miniatures — that represent classic, larger-than-life D&D icons, from stone golems to gold dragons. Future expansions will continue to provide both roleplaying and miniatures players with an ever-widening range of D&D figures to enhance their collections. More information regarding the development of D&D Miniatures and a special online gallery featuring many of the initial miniatures are currently available at wizards.com/dnd.

About Dungeons & Dragons

Since it first released in 1974, the fantasy roleplaying game DUNGEONS & DRAGONS has taken millions of players on imaginary adventures of epic scale. Today, D&D is universally regarded as the original game that created the roleplaying game category, and the inspiration for generations of game designers. Now in its third edition, D&D is enjoyed by millions of players worldwide, while countless more remember it with fond nostalgia.

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS products have remained the benchmark for adventure roleplaying game excellence since the game’s introduction. The DUNGEONS & DRAGONS experience continues to appeal to an ever-increasing population of fans because the focus is not on competition, but instead on imagination and storytelling.

About Wizards of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS), is a worldwide leader in the trading card game and tabletop roleplaying game categories, and a leading developer and publisher of game-based entertainment products. The company holds an exclusive patent on trading card games (TCGs) and their method of play and produces the premier trading card game, Magic: The Gathering®, among many other trading card games and family card and board games. Wizards is also a leading publisher of roleplaying games, such as Dungeons & Dragons®, and publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times bestsellers. For more information, visit the Wizards of the Coast website at wizards.com

Dungeons & Dragons, D&D, Angelfire, Deathknell, Underdark, Harbinger, Dragoneye, Archfiends, Giants of Legend and Dungeons & Dragons Icons are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast in the U.S.A. and other countries.

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