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Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member30 Jun 2016 3:17 p.m. PST

According to this,Minifigs,1972:


Does anyone know of anything earlier?

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian30 Jun 2016 3:22 p.m. PST

Airfix Robin Hood?

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2016 3:38 p.m. PST

I would claim Victorian era sculpts of Roman and Greek soldiers.

rmaker30 Jun 2016 4:49 p.m. PST

IIRC, Scruby introduced his while I was still in college (1965-9).

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2016 4:54 p.m. PST

The Minifigs Range was actually called Mythical Earth.

evilcartoonist Inactive Member30 Jun 2016 5:29 p.m. PST


Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2016 8:26 p.m. PST

I hate it when the just give you a picture, but don't tell you the scale.

Puster Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2016 11:16 p.m. PST

Early Slaanesh in 28cm?

Random Die Roll Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2016 2:47 a.m. PST

Starting in the 50's Marx toys released many play sets--I can't see how they missed the list

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2016 5:26 a.m. PST

I would claim Victorian era sculpts of Roman and Greek soldiers.

Isn't that more inaccurate than fantasy ? It's a bit like when renaissance painters painted Roman soldiers they assumed they depicted them as looking like the soldiers of their day (armoured knights etc). This was partially an artistic convention, and partially not knowing/caring how the Romans had actually dressed. It wasn't though an attempt at deliberate fantasy.

Lee Brilleaux Fezian Inactive Member01 Jul 2016 7:14 a.m. PST

Isn't it time for someone to mention some GW elves he saw when he was twelve, in 1993?

I know how TMPers are.

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member01 Jul 2016 8:45 a.m. PST

Gee,I forgot what forum I was on:

I should have been more specific. Allow me to clarify:

Earliest commercially available, purpose-made fantasy miniatures for wargaming?

But feel free to parse (i.e.,eviscerate) that one too.

(It would be interesting to hear about early conversions,though--did anyone shape pointy ears on Airfix Robin Hood figs,or add wings to horses?)

Lee Brilleaux Fezian Inactive Member01 Jul 2016 12:39 p.m. PST

I did! More or less, anyway. I mounted some Airfix American Indians on Britains' plastic eagles, and some Roman archers as weird red-skinned fantasy guards. This was c. 1974.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2016 11:22 a.m. PST

It would be interesting to hear about early conversions,though--did anyone shape pointy ears on Airfix Robin

There was an article in The Dragon around 1976 or 1977 on converting the Robin Hood figures for use in D&D. The bowmen with the pointy hoods were regarded as Elves from the start!

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member02 Jul 2016 4:50 p.m. PST

I think I was still getting Dragon then,I'll have to look for that. A little surprising,as there were plenty of lead 25mm figs available by then. I was thinking in terms of what people may have been doing before dedicated fantasy miniatures came out.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2016 8:08 p.m. PST

In the 1930s, Britains released Buck Rogers figures and Snow White and the seven dwarves set. The former would work well as a wargame set.

Airfix magazine had articles on converting their figures from one thing to another long after lead versions were available.

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