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Tango0102 Oct 2020 9:04 p.m. PST

,..and some history…

"Well, back in the dawn of time… around July 1973 we think (I had thought 1972 but appear to be out by a year…), Minifigs released the start of possibly the earliest fantasy range for wargamers – Middle Earth of course. If you know of any earlier dates for them please comment below or email me. Still trying to find out how early the American Jack Scruby fantasy range was… Dick Higgs was the designer and he sculpted in solder… giving reason to the angular quality of their sculpts – see him in action here…"



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Glengarry502 Oct 2020 9:18 p.m. PST

I think the Hobbit is waving around a leg of mutton. I think I still have some of those fantasy figures in a box somewhere.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian02 Oct 2020 9:58 p.m. PST

Before anyone worried about intellectual property? grin

gavandjosh0202 Oct 2020 10:15 p.m. PST

The first metal figures I bought were these and some of the Alexander Nevsky range. I think 73 sounds about right.

Huscarle03 Oct 2020 2:38 a.m. PST

Still have a few of these, the wizard, the orcs, elves, hobbits, gollum & a few ranger-types. The orcs still get used, nice simple figures easy to paint grin

Tango0103 Oct 2020 12:07 p.m. PST



John Leahy Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Oct 2020 4:38 a.m. PST

Custom Cast under Duke released their Fantastiques Lotr inspired range in 74. Heritage under Duke later released the licensed Bakshi movie Lotr range in 1979. Both ranges are still actively sought after by collectors. Michael Thomas currently owns the rights and has molds for many of the figures in these ranges.



Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2020 11:51 a.m. PST

I actually own ECW 13 Roundhead Officer, listed in the first image. It's a very nice figure.

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