This week's topic is on Toys. Now the original post was about favorite toys. But instead, I want to talk about the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons toy line from LJN.
I was never a big collector of these, to be honest. I had a few figures that I thought were cool, Kalek for example, but that was about it. My brother had collected some and I bought some myself, but always said they were part of his collection. I was 13-15 at the time and was not into buying toys anymore.
So a few years back I got the whole collection given back to me by my brother with bits my youngest brother added to it. I remember buying the Ogre and the Umber Hulk. The others were new to me.
Of course what my son was most psyched about is the Tiamat figure. She does not have her wings anymore, but he quickly said "she is the god of dragons, she can fly without wings if she wanted to". Plus he has been coveting my aspect of Tiamat D&D mini for a very long time. So this is a nice little prize for him.
When I first got these from my brother I thought I would not use them in my games, but recently I have used the Ogre as a proto-Orcus demon and the Troll as Vaprak the Destroyer.
In the adventure, the boys were transported back to the Dawn War where He Who Was was killed by The Destroyer (who will become Demogorgon) and Dis, the god that dies and then becomes the demon Orcus.
I am not sure if finding the other toys in this line is something I want to pursue. It would not be easy and it would not be cheap. I hit plenty of swap meets, flea markets, and second-hand-stores though that when I find one, I pick one up.
Of course, no discussion of these toys is complete without mentioning Skylla.
I have taken my obsession with this character to, well, my typical levels of obsession.
- Introduction, base stats
- Spellcraft & Swordplay: Eldrtich Witchery
- Dragon Magazine Issues #5 and #20
- Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea
- BECMI + Glantri Gazetteer Witch
- Castles & Crusades
- Adventures Dark & Deep
- Dragon Magazine #114
- The Complete B/X Adventurer
- Dungeons & Dragons, 5th Edition
- Dungeons & Dragons, 4th Edition
- Adventurer Conqueror King & Players Companion
- Fantastic Heroes & Witchery (Occultist)
I even made a Hero Forge mini of her to use in my games now (more on that tomorrow).
There you have it! There is a great listing and discussion of all these toys at The Toy Archive.
Check out the other posting this week at Retro Revival.