The Rusty Dragon Inn is Open for Business!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Welcome to the first 2016 edition of the Friday Publisher Preview, where I show off upcoming Paizo releases, usually (but not always!) for the Pathfinder Battles line of prepainted plastic gaming figures. While I don't have any brand new images of upcoming miniatures to show this week, I do want to pop the cork off a bottle of champagne and celebrate the official release of The Rusty Dragon Inn, the latest set!

The occasion allows me the chance to update folks on a number of items related to the release of The Rusty Dragon Inn.

Singles Sales

Single figures from the set are on sale now here at paizo.com. We're changing the way we stock and sell single figures for the foreseeable future, starting with The Rusty Dragon Inn. Henceforth Paizo will be stocking significantly fewer singles for all new sets, with sales lasting as long as our limited supplies last. Singles sales of The Rusty Dragon Inn on paizo.com will cease at the end of January. It's possible that some will re-appear later, but these will be figures cycled through the secondary market rather than from a vast supply that we keep in our warehouse. If you prefer to snipe the handful of figures you want as singles rather than buying boosters, bricks, or cases, be aware that you're going to have to act more rapidly than you're used to in order to get the figures you want. We MAY restock singles during January, but after that the entire set will be removed from singles sales indefinitely.

Feiya and King Irovetti Replacements

WizKids has taken the opportunity of this set's release to re-release repainted versions of two figures that did not match their quality control standards from previous sets, namely King Irovetti from Legends of Golarion and Feiya, Human Witch from Reign of Winter. These figures are repainted versions of the same sculpts, with improved paint application from their previous versions. WizKids has packed both replacement figures into a single unmarked "super-booster" in each case of The Rusty Dragon Inn. The two figures are in addition to the four regular figures in each booster, totaling six figures per "super-booster."

If you're already an ongoing Pathfinder Battles case subscriber, you need do nothing to receive these two free replacement figures. Customers buying a full case of The Rusty Dragon Inn will likewise receive the super-booster. As usual with these sorts of things, collation is not guaranteed.

If you own an unsatisfactory original version of Feiya or King Irovetti but are not currently an ongoing Pathfinder Battles case subscriber you can receive a replacement figure direct from WizKids through their standard figure replacement system.

We've listed a small number of the Feiya and King Irovetti repainted figures for purchase as singles on paizo.com.

Beds, Beds, Beds!

Lastly this week, when I saw the amazing dungeon dressing figures for this set come through approvals, I knew GMs would want more than the number of beds they were likely to get in their cases. As a result, we had WizKids create a special promotional version of the bed figure with a blue bedspread (rather than the standard red). These promo beds were produced in very limited quantities. Once they're gone, they're gone for good. You can get as many as you'd like (for now) here.

And that's it for this week. I'm quite pleased with the few boosters of The Rusty Dragon Inn I've opened so far, and look forward to diving into the rest of my personal case this weekend! I hope to be back next week with some news to reveal. The next set is even better than this one!

See you then!

Erik Mona
Publisher

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Vic Wertz wrote:
I also have to point out that fact that we quickly sold through the dungeon dressing singles from a bunch of cases we opened is far from definitive evidence that WizKids can successfully sell enough copies of a potential dungeon dressing set to make it worth their while. We're talking about a difference of multiple orders of magnitude here. Nonetheless, we'll make sure they're aware of the fact!

I'm sure you're aware of the following, but the obvious counter to this is that you can't truly tell the demand for a product that you don't have to sell. If you open cases and end up with (imaginary number) 200 of a dungeon dressing, and you sell them all you know is that there is demand for 200. (Yes, speed with which they're bought can help.) Meanwhile there could be demand for a further 800 of them, which you won't know because you can't make those transactions.


I just received my case today. My counts:

5 x #:7,8
4 x #:1,2,3,6,10,11,12,21,27,30,32
3 x #:4,5,9,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,26,28,31
2 x #:22,23,24,29
1 x #:33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44
1 x barrel, small cart, large cart, bed
2 x table, crate

Had at least one of everything including all the dressings.

Feiya was somewhat of an improvement from the joker face original, but I also noticed she's leaning forward sharply.

I'm very happy with the quality of everything mostly.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Marco Massoudi wrote:
Darrell Impey UK wrote:
Set 5 seriously? (5 is still showing in the Paizo store as pre-order, and 4 has yet to reach the UK.)

Yeah, i know. Us Europeans have to wait till february for Set 4 and The Rusty Dragon Inn.

My minis supplier circulated an email from the distributor during the week, currently the European release date for set 4 and Rusty Dragon will be February 12th.

They are aiming to get the US/Europe differential down to 2-3 weeks in the future, but yhen they've said that before.

Dark Archive

#11 "Dancing Girl" has sold out!

The first COMMON mini to do that.

Now 16 out of 50 minis are unavailable - that's 32%!


Pathfinder Companion, Maps, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Marco Massoudi wrote:

#11 "Dancing Girl" has sold out!

The first COMMON mini to do that.

Now 16 out of 50 minis are unavailable - that's 32%!

I am not at all surprised that this is the first common mini to sell out. Unlike the bartender and the serving girl, the dancing girl can be used for nearly any relatively young unarmed/unarmored female PC or NPC. She is not carrying anything that limits her to working in a bar or restaurant, and her outfit precludes only being outdoors in a cold climate or having a job or or social status that requires a more conservative outfit. She would make an ideal Varisian monk, for example.

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