Wiz and Wiz team up

By Polar_Bear
In Fantasy
Feb 7th, 2014

WizKids has teamed up with Wizards of the Coast to make a new line of Dungeons & Dragons miniatures.


From the announcement:

Adding to the excitement of the recently announced Tyranny of Dragons from Wizards of the Coast, WizKids Games, a division of National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc., is excited to announce an all-new line of pre-painted miniatures for Dungeons & Dragons. The first set of miniatures will coincide with the launch of the highly-anticipated next edition of Dungeons & Dragons tabletop roleplaying game, set to release in summer 2014.

“We are very excited at the opportunity to join the party and work with our friends at Wizards of the Coast to enrich the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop experience for adventurers worldwide,” said Justin Ziran, President of WizKids. “With all the tools WizKids brings to the table, we figure this partnership will be a critical hit,” said WizKids Director of Business and Legal Affairs Alexis Mueller.

The new line of Dungeons & Dragons miniatures will feature creatures and characters that players have come to know and love, allowing them to wage their battles and experience their adventures with a greater level of immersion and tactical interplay.

“This year is going to be the biggest in Dungeons & Dragons’ history,” said Nathan Stewart, Brand Director for Dungeons & Dragons. “It’s important for us to work with strong partners such as WizKids to ensure fantastic Tyranny of Dragons experiences for all D&D fans.”

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  • Smokestack

    Love pre-painted minis for NPS and encounters. These look good… Will definitely pick them up…

  • Brodee

    Probably one of the saddest news i’ve heard in awhile. While I would LOVE to see DnD prepaints come back in some fashion, I don’t think they could have gone to a more horrible place than wizkids when it comes to prepaints.
    Their prepaints are just horrible.
    I believe WotC has been intentionally picking the worst places to go with minis. First GF9 with those “limited” sculpts that look like they were sculpted by a 12 year old, and now this.
    Just give the franchise to someone who cares and stick to MTG.

    • grimbergen

      Have to disagree with that — they could have gone worse, by doing it themselves. If you don’t recall, the old WOTC minis all have minimal paint schemes made worse by horrible washes, some so heavy and thick you could barely make out the colors and details on the figure.

      With the current generation of WK stuff, they don’t do washes and generally stay within the lines with painting. About the only complaint I have is the eyes…man sometimes they are just horrid. But at least they try to paint the eyes.

      • Brodee

        This is also my largest concern , but in the other direction with opinion.
        I preferred the WotC prepaints vs Wizkids BECAUSE of the washes (which is the main difference).

        Wizkids gets the color lines right, but with no depth due to washes, I find they look out of place and “beginner”ish. Wizkids also does not make it easy to wash over their figures yourself. Washes just don’t behave like they should because of the protective coat they put on them.

        While WotC base coloring was worse than wizkids, the washes hid a lot of the issues, and still gave the miniature a form of depth.

        I agree completely with the eyes. Neither company has been able to pull them off honestly.

  • jedijon

    Well, we’ve gotten all these minis before in the DDM line. Not EXACTLY, but yeah, the same thing…

    I guess there’s enough of a market to license the risk off to WizKids…they specialize in limited run small-scale releases.

    It couldn’t be anything other than a rehash after the thousands of DDM prepaints we already got. New audience maybe? Gluttons for punishment/storage-space??

  • Lexthilian

    I’m just glad to see D&D minis returning. I love painting miniatures, but most figures now days are not priced for the gamer, (it seems) but instead for the “collector”.