WizKids is releasing a line of WWE HeroClix for Fall 2019.
WizKids Dungeons & Dragons Beholder Trophy Figure
WizKids makes this foam rubber and latex trophy figure of the Dungeons & Dragons Beholder. This is a serious 20-pound recreation that retails for $300-$500, and requires professional installation.
No Smurf Left Behind Collectible Miniatures Game
WizKids seriously came out with a Smurfs collectible miniature game. Oy.
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).