WotC ends miniatures production

By tgn_admin
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Jan 13th, 2011
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Purple Pawn and other sites are reporting that Wizards of the Coast will be ending production of their pre-painted D&D miniature range.

From their website:

Despite the best laid plans, sometimes we make changes to the D&D product release schedule. Usually this happens well before we’ve communicated our plans, but sometimes we must make changes to schedules that have already been announced. That happens to be the case we have here.

We have made the decision to depart from prepainted plastic miniatures sets. Lords of Madness stands as the final release under that model. We will continue to release special collector’s sets (such as the Beholder Collector’s Set we released last fall), as well as make use of plastic figures in other product offerings. Check out the Wrath of Ashardalon board game next month for the latest example of this. Moving forward, we will continue to explore more options for players to represent characters and monsters on the tabletop, including Monster Vault and other D&D products that feature monster and character tokens.

  • cannondaddy

    I really don’t understand WotC “decisions” most of the time.

    • Myrthe

      I know ….
      D&D 3 and 3.5 really steered the game toward miniatures use (not just as props). Then 4e fully embraces and expands on the use of minis and they kill the line !! I don’t get it …
      Of course, “tokens” are much cheaper to produce so it’s probably just some decision that makes sense to the bean counters.

      • Mahrdol

        Maybe because they lost more then 1/2 their market share with the 4.0 debacle?

    • Dahak

      Perhaps they’ve come to the conclusion that Hasbro China isn’t very good at painting.

  • cybogoblin

    But how will people play DnD if there aren’t any DnD minis?
    /sarcasm

    • cannondaddy

      They’re going to rolling out some awesome tokens, maybe even some with foil! They’ll double as POGs!

  • Veritas

    I bet the folks at Reaper are happy about this bit of news. More RPGers looking for D&D figs.

    • evernevermore (John)

      Hopefully they are getting ahold of whoever does thier Legendary Encounters packs and are looking into boosting production

  • PanzerKraken

    Err ok this is just D&D? Because I will be pissed if this means they will be canceling all the A&A lines of miniatures as well.

    • Zac

      Just D&D. I wouldn’t hold out a lot of hope for the long-term health of the AA line though

      • grimbergen

        Well they are still planning to release minis in special sets (at least the current plans according to the posting). Plus with Ravenloft and the other new boardgame it looks like they’re continuing unpainted figure production, if only with older sculpts, so it’s not like minis are gone completely. That gives me some hope that if they do kill off A&A WAS eventually, maybe it will be resurrected in some boardgame form with the same miniatures, just possibly unpainted.

        • cybogoblin

          Erm, you do remember that A&A started life as a boardgame, right 😉

          • Zac

            War at Sea didn’t though and that is the game he is referring to.

  • GS_topcow

    smooth move after changing all their RPGS into miniature driven games.

    eventually WOTC rpg’s will become card games, their card games video games, their board games pogs….

    i’ll stick to my small companies and paint my own minis as i’ve always had.

    GS

  • Nothing lasts forever. WotC released nearly 20 sets for D&D Minis (counting smaller releases and special packs like dragons), and the line spanned more than eight years of production. They made hundreds of minis. They’re now moving to a model that features tokens. Tokens make better sense for the company, and probably for the majority of D&D players, who likely did not make full use of the minis line anyway.

    Being a miniatures nut myself, I will miss them, but I understand the motives behind the decision.

  • Dave

    Maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll re-release the Chainmail figs. 😛

    • Marauder

      At our last D&D game we were reminiscing a bit about chainmail. The nice thing (mini wise) is that they had to sell something that someone wanted to paint. Once they switched to prepaint they had a lot of very weird minis that very few would pick up as singles to game with or paint… if they went back to metal minis for just straight RPG it would be amazing, but I highly doubt that is in the works – probably better left to companies like Reaper anyways.

  • scarletsquig

    This isn’t too bad, at least with the move to tokens, people will still be able to use their miniatures instead if they want to.