Sunday 17 November 2013

Shades of the 80s.....Grenadier AD&D Lizardmen re-released.....

The Italian stallions Mirliton have continued their re-releasing strategy of old Grenadier ranges and have now hit the AD&D figures - just the lizardmen so far but we live in hope. 

The original (104 Lizardmen)

and the new.............

Available here

This was an incredible range at the time and so well marketed. Pics of the blisters below, many taken off ebay over time so no details of the original owners, apologies and all kudos to them all. Many of these examples were signed by the sculptor Andrew Chernak.....I so wish I'd bid on them....

101 Kakshasa

102 Bugbears

103 Orcs

104 Lizardmen

105 Djinn & Efreet

106 Driders

107 Umber Hulk & Zorn

108 Goblins

109 Basilisk & Cockatrice

110 Golems

111 Kobolds

112 Wererats

113 Elementals 1

114 Elementals 2

115 Adventurers

116 Giants

4 more packs were listed on the rear of the packs but do not appear to have been released;

117 Undead
118 Lycanthropes
119 Centaurs
120 Pegasus & Unicorn

Grenadier lost the AD&D licence in late 1982 and many sculpts jumped into other lines barring the ones that were specifically AD&D creatures.....

I was in the States back in 1982 and ordered 3 of these blisters from a mall hobby shop in Pheonix, Arizona. They only had the lizardmen and the bugbears in stock so I took them with me along with 2 copies of the Tom Meier Ral Partha  Imperial Dragon......still my fave dragon of all time.  Unfortunately the blisters I ordered never turned up back in blighty....I often wonder if they were ever posted. I didn't even take an address for the place. Trust now needs to be earned.......32 years on it still rankles..... 

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Springinsfeld said...

I remember when the Official D and D figures were announced from Grenadier, I was so excited (callow youth of 12 or so that I was), but on arrival I found them crude and blobby next to the Ral Partha and Citadel sculpts of the time (I got the Tomb of Spells box first I remember). Now of course I love them, and am getting back into D and D with my oldest son.

Chris FitzPatrick said...

Cool pics, some of those were from my old ebay listing, last time I trimmed the collection. :) The Grenadier D&D were some of the first minis I ever bought, I think quite a lot of them still look good today. Nice to see Mirliton is getting some back in circulation. --Fitz

David Wood said...

Hope it's ok using the pics Fitz!