When I received my first look at WizKids’ latest premium figure, the five-headed evil Dragon Queen Tiamat, I couldn’t assist however chuckle at what gave the impression to be an absurdly giant determine – the early 3D rendering confirmed it positively dwarfing a 12oz soda can. What I wasn’t anticipating was for it to (a) truly dwarf stated coke can and (b) be one of the crucial spectacular centerpiece miniatures I’ve seen in a very long time.
WizKids not too long ago joked that “it pushes things by calling this a mini,” and it weren’t kidding. The “mini” really lives as much as its Gargantuan measurement ranking; weighing greater than 5 kilos, the bottom it stands on alone is eight inches throughout (that’s 40 toes in tabletop D&D guidelines), which is twice the really useful measurement for a “Gargantuan” creature. The tallest of its 5 heads stands roughly eight inches tall, and its wingspan boosts its peak to only over 14”a powerful 28” throughout at its farthest level. If I have been a participant in a Tyranny of Dragons marketing campaign (the newest official D&D journey module prominently that includes Tiamat), I might possible have a minor coronary heart assault if my Dungeon Master thwonk’ed this behemoth down on the desk.
The element work on every of the heads is beautiful, each of their molding and the handbook paint job. The demonic orange glow across the eyes of the purple and blue dragon heads is a very good little bit of element, although every head – in addition to the finer work across the bony spurs and claws on every limb – seems to be nice in its personal proper.
WizKids’ Gargantuan Tiamat is D&D’s Biggest Mini Ever
What’s barely disappointing about this in any other case distinctive mannequin is that the push-fit (generally known as “friction-fit”) joints – on this case the place the wings and tail connect to the physique – don’t line up 100%, no less than on the merchandise we acquired. The tail has a ≈1mm hole between sections, although there’s some element work on the underside of the joint that helps mix the items collectively. There are additionally some seen mildew traces throughout its torso that weren’t sanded down earlier than portray, although they’re virtually imperceptible with out very shut inspection.
The wing joints, nonetheless, are a bit more durable to miss, since though the entrance of the wing (what could be Tiamat’s “shoulder”) suits snugly and appears nice from the entrance and facet, the again of the wings don’t totally lock into place. They’re safe and in no hazard of falling off, however the hole between the torso (significantly on the correct wing) is pretty noticeable. We tried to brute pressure it into place on recommendation from the producer, however all that did was poke a gap in my wrist – it was nothing severe, however be forewarned: this Dragon Queen is spiky!
All that stated, although, while you take a step again to greater than a foot away – which we will moderately anticipate gamers on the tabletop or people admiring it on a shelf possible might be – the piece as a complete is spectacular sufficient to overshadow its flaws. Whether it’s a fearsome new collectible so as to add to your show or – for those who can handle to maintain her hidden out of your gamers – the Gargantuan Tiamat will make for a spectacular reveal throughout your closing battle.
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