Awesome Star Wars Gaming Miniatures

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About a month ago I wrote a post about the unfortunate Jango Fett action figure incident that took place at my house.  That would be the episode where one of the twins flushed a Star Wars Jango Fett action figure down the toilet.  I still don’t know exactly why he did it, but little kids do odd things sometimes, especially when egged on by a sibling- we touched on potential reasons in some detail in the Comments section of that post, but it officially remains an unsolved mystery.  However, today I do have an update.  No, the update doesn’t end with a crew digging up my front lawn and triumphantly presenting me with a soiled action figure along with a bill for $5k worth of plumbing work, although that scenario may yet be in my future- I have a feeling Jango is still lurking in the pipes somewhere…

One of our readers happens to work with Wizards of the Coast and was good enough to send up some sets from the popular Star Wars game series that company produces.  Needless to say, that went over pretty well with the boys.  It wasn’t that long ago that I unpacked a box of my old, hand-painted D&D figurines and snapped a series of photos for the GeekDad Flickr pool, and I’ve been feeling a bit of residual RPG urge ever since.  The Star Wars games nicely mix RPG and strategy elements with the Star Wars characters and universe in what looks to be a pretty entertaining package.  I say "looks to be" because attempting to play with a pair of recently turned six year olds isn’t as quite as satisfying as it could be.  Anyway, this is a very well developed line of games, with campaigns based on the various Star wars movies, novels, comic book series and even the Clone Wars animated series.  John Baichtal posted a review of the Legacy of the Force set when it was released back in May of this year, if you’re interested in more detail.


What really made the package for us were the pre-painted miniatures that are used in the games and that was primarily why Emil had sent me the sets.  The Star Wars miniatures are plastic and the same scale as your D&D figurines, so they’re about an inch and a half tall.  The painting is certainly decent for a mass-produced figure of this size and the kids love them.  They’re on stable bases that make it very easy to line them up for battles.  There are a huge variety of figures available (typically sold in sets that include a half dozen random figures) and each also comes with a card for use in the game- but these double nicely as collector cards.  So for a very reasonable price (a starter pack with six figures, a campaign map and basic rule book retails for under fifteen dollars), you can get in the game and start building a collection.  Many hobby shops sell individual figures if you don’t feel like rolling the dice with the random packs.  Collectors prize the more uncommon figures and can bid up the price on these considerably; but that means you can build an army of "commons" like Stormtroopers or Wookie warriors at under a buck a pop or Tusken Raiders for fifty cents each.  Look around at your local hobby shop or online to see what’s available. 

These things went over so well that I actually ordered another 60 or so individual figures from a store to set away for Christmas…


Advantages over the standard 3.75" articulated Star Wars action figures you find in all the toy stores?  You can buy a half dozen Star Wars miniatures for the price of one action figure, there are no heads/hands/feet to be popped off and lost, they’re much easier to stand up, they fit in a pocket, if the dog chews one you’re not out that much money, when you get a little older they’re actually part of a very cool game instead of "just" collectibles, and -although I hope to never test this theory- I have to believe that the miniatures would be easier on your home’s plumbing system.  If it ever came to that.

In a few years I’ll probably give the games a shot again, but in the meantime, I’ve got a new favorite source of figures and cards.

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