WWE HeroClix

WizKids is releasing a line of WWE HeroClix for Fall 2019.

WWE Heroclix - The Undertaker
WWE Heroclix – The Undertaker
WWE Heroclix - Sasha Banks
WWE Heroclix – Sasha Banks
WWE Heroclix - Andre The Giant
WWE Heroclix – Andre The Giant
WWE Heroclix - AJ Styles
WWE Heroclix – AJ Styles
WWE Heroclix - Eddie Guerrero
WWE Heroclix – Eddie Guerrero
WWE Heroclix - Big Show
WWE Heroclix – Big Show
WWE Heroclix - Ronda Rousey
WWE Heroclix – Ronda Rousey
WWE Heroclix - Finn Balor
WWE Heroclix – Finn Balor
WWE Heroclix - Kane
WWE Heroclix – Kane
WWE Heroclix - Macho Man Randy Savage
WWE Heroclix – Macho Man Randy Savage
WWE Heroclix - Ric Flair
WWE Heroclix – Ric Flair
WWE Heroclix - Trish Stratus
WWE Heroclix – Trish Stratus
WWE Heroclix - Roman Reigns
WWE Heroclix – Roman Reigns
WWE Heroclix - Stone Cold Steven Austin
WWE Heroclix – Stone Cold Steven Austin
WWE Heroclix - The Rock
WWE Heroclix – The Rock
WWE Heroclix - Triple H
WWE Heroclix – Triple H

WizKids Teams Up with Paizo for Pathfinder Battles Miniatures

WizKids recently announced it had teamed up with Paizo to release a line of collectible miniatures centered for the Pathfinder RPG. The odd thing is this doesn’t seem to involve any sort of miniatures-related game, but rather these are miniatures intended for use when playing Pathfinder or other RPGs. Which makes the collectible angle on this a bit odd,

Pathfinder Battles fantasy miniatures will be available in a variety of formats. The first release, Heroes & Monsters, will come in a “brick” of 19 blind standard booster packs, with 16 packs including one Medium or 2 Small figures, and 3 large packs featuring 1 Large monster each. Duplication of figures within a sealed brick has been held to a minimum, so purchasers should get no to very few duplicate figures in a brick (as with any randomized product, collation is not guaranteed). Buyers who purchase factory-sealed cases (4 bricks) should get a nearly complete set of figures.

Weird. So if I want to make sure I get the succubus depicted below for my tabletop game I’ve got to buy four bricks? Really?

Topps Shuts Down WizKids

In a press release on Nov. 10, Topps announced it was shutting down collectible miniature game company WizKids immediately. Topps bought WizKids for $29.5 million back in 2003.

The Topps Company announced today that WizKids will immediately cease operations and discontinue its product lines.

Scott Silverstein, CEO of Topps, said “This was an extremely difficult decision. While the company will still actively pursue gaming initiatives, we feel it is necessary to align our efforts more closely with Topps current sports and entertainment offerings which are being developed within our New York office.”

Upon notifying our partners, Topps will immediately pursue strategic alternatives so that viable brands and properties, including HeroClix, can continue without noticeable disruption. To that end, WizKids will continue supporting Buy it By the Brick redemptions for Arkham Asylum, and the December Organized Play events for HeroClix.

That’s odd given how WizKids was always touting how it had sold out this or that new HeroClix release at retail. Maybe they got hit by the oil price spike, or concerns that spending for thinks like collectible miniatures is about to crater (of course Upper Deck, meanwhile, is launching its World of Warcraft collectible miniatures game this week).

HorrorClix

Although my action figure collecting has grown out of hand in recent months, one of the things I did manage to wean myself off of was collecting WizKids’ HeroClix. Not that I don’t have a few hundred neatly stacked in plastic compartments, but I gave up buying anymore a long time ago largely because I never found the time to play.

And just when I thought it was safe to go back into the water, WizKids announces HorrorClix,

WizKids Inc., who revolutionized miniatures gaming with the Mage Knight, MechWarrior and HeroClix collectible miniatures games (CMGs), announced today the next revolution in miniatures gaming: HorrorClix!

“HorrorClix places players firmly in the action, suspense and excitement of a horror movie,” said Jordan Weisman, WizKids CEO. “Players assemble teams of monsters from across the horror spectrum — including vampires, zombies and werewolves — and then protect the innocent, eat them or both in a delightful, gore-filled romp!” HorrorClix uses plot twist cards, a heavy emphasis on scenario play and new character cards to explode the boundaries of CMGs and the patented Clix system.

HorrorClix raises the bar for all miniatures games by shifting the game focus from hack-and-slash combat to inventive scenario- and story-based play. Additionally, it uses the combat dial to provide literally hundreds of tailor-made supernatural (and super-gruesome!) powers and abilities. Character cards flesh out each monster with fiction and detailed explanations of each creature’s capabilities, including mechanics never before seen in miniatures games!

That’s just not fair. Must. Have. Zombie. Army.

There’s a survey at WizKids’ sites seeking feedback on possible licensed properties for inclusion. Hmmm…Buffy-clix. Drool.