Beholder Collector's Set D&D Miniatures
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- Evil is in the Eye of the Beholder…
- Limited edition
- Four different Beholder minis
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Evil is in the Eye of the Beholder? The beholder is one of the most iconic and terrifying monsters of the Dungeons & Dragons Fantasy Roleplaying Game. This tyrannical abomination haunts the darkest dungeons of the D&D? world, destroying enemies with its eye rays. Inside this limited-edition box set, you will find four varieties of beholder, each one a deadly match for an experienced band of adventurers. Each box contains four non-random, pre-painted, durable plastic miniatures for use in the Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game: a Beholder Eye of Frost, a Ghost Beholder, an Eye of Shadow, and a Beholder Eye Tyrant. The set also contains full-color Dungeon Delve stat cards that contain game stats for each of these terrifying creatures.
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In terms of how each Beholder breaks down:
Ghost Beholder - The best looking mini of the bunch, initially, the Ghost Beholder is somewhat lazily crafted. It has one BIG moldline that wraps around it's midsection, and several of it's eyestalks are just badly conceived. There's one that lays to the left side of it's central eye almost like a lock of hair, and two in the back look more like stumpy spikes than eyes. There's some interesting detail work on several of the larger stalks, however, so maybe the intent is to show this Beholder as having died in some melee and thus come back ethereal and scarred. Regardless, it's kind of awkward, and grows more so the longer I think on it. It DOES have one of the better eyestalk 'spreads' of the bunch - no matter the angle, it's looking at you. Or it would be if it had eyes, being a ghost and all.
Eye of Frost - It's just ugly. It's smaller than the rest and looks almost hunched into itself, which it's a factor of both it's 'cold' subtype, it's paintjob, and the fact that it's the lone "Forgotten Realms-style" more armored Beholder in the set. It looks sort of like an unfortunate fetish accident due to said paintjob, sadly, rather than a being of ice and rage. The mold lines wrap around it's body where it's ears would be and are VERY visible, and the eyes are spread out much less randomly than the Ghost - while they look in all directions, they are all very clearly along one of two equatorial belts. That said, the overall color scheme is solid, and it does look pretty damn mean. Well, minus the 'pretty'.
Eye Tyrant - The standard brown aberration. Other than the 2 pretty visible mold lines, not much negative to say - it's solid, utilitarian, and has a good design/spread of eyes/paintjob/etc. It's also got this great "oh screw you" expression. It does have two blindspots, but since the stalks are flexible that's less of an issue than with the brittle Shadow and Ghost Beholders.
Eye of Shadow - Probably the most dynamic looking mini of the bunch, the Eye of Shadow is also the most disappointing. For starters, none of it's eyes face backwards, or really anywhere in the 360* backward field. One of the eyestalks (front top right) broke off in my hand, and you can see that several of the other stalks are in equal danger due to the construction - because of it's more brittle plastic, several of the eye stalks are independent pieces. Also - and completely inexcusably - the spikes/horns/protrusions from the right side of it's body are 4x longer than those on the left, almost like they were stretched out during cooling. (This is clearly visible even in the photo above, if you look.) The single mold line is relatively well-hidden compared to the rest, but still visible. The semi-translucent purple plastic looks good, and the paint compliments it well even if it's the same as the Eye Tyrant. It's expression is solid, if a bit boring.
On the whole, I still like the set - there's a lot of variety in expression and design that will allow me to throw the appropriate Beholder at the party when needed, and the beasts are both smaller than the Beholder Hive Lord Huge mini and larger than the old 3.X Pewter Medium mini. That said, if I just wanted one Beholder I'd pick the Hive Lord - it's bigger, meaner, and just better crafted for maximum effect. For a better scale and selection, this pack is king.