A HUGE Announcement: Deadly Foes!

Friday, March 11, 2016

I'm thrilled to announce that the next set of Pathfinder Battles prepainted plastic gaming figures will be Deadly Foes! Deadly Foes is a 45-figure "full" Pathfinder Battles set with 6 pieces of bonus "dungeon dressing" randomly inserted into standard 4-piece booster boxes. The set's general theme allows for a huge variety of high-utility monsters and allies, with a focus on key creatures we've not yet produced and some exciting new surprises.

The biggest surprise, both literally and figuratively, is that the Deadly Foes set includes two HUGE figures as its limited-edition case incentive! It's been a long, long time since we've been able to include Huge creatures in Pathfinder Battles, for a number of largely boring reasons related to production hurdles, form factors, and the like. I'm thrilled to report that we worked with WizKids for a solution to this problem. Past case incentive figures have been Gargantuan, the Pathfinder RPG size just above Huge, and we'll continue to include Gargantuan case incentives when they make sense. Mixing things up with our previous set, The Rusty Dragon Inn was so successful that we're in an experimental mood. And we've decided to experiment by making the Deadly Foes Case Incentive a two-pack of two of our favorite Huge creatures: the Clockwork Dragon and the Spawn of Cthulhu!

Here we have the insanely detailed Clockwork Dragon, from the pages of Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 4! The creature's neutral alignment makes it the perfect foe for good or evil characters, and its looming size make it an impressive addition to any tabletop battle. The art for this creature is one of my favorite pieces to ever appear in a Pathfinder monster book, so I'm extra delighted to see it come to glorious three dimensions!

"That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die" is not just a sweet line from a Metallica song, it's also a key phrase in the mythology of American horror author H. P. Lovecraft, creator of the Cthulhu Mythos. It's also the inspiration for Pathfinder's next Adventure Path, Strange Aeons, which launches in August. Here we have the dreaded Spawn of Cthulhu as it emerges from the water to destroy the sanity of your player characters. The world has seen a lot of Cthulhu miniatures over the years, but I've never quite seen one emerging from the ocean like this guy. WizKids's brilliance with clear water effects is sure to make this a distinctive, pants-ruining experience for your players when you plop down the Big C on your game table.

That's it for this week! I've got a ton of other images to show for this set, but it's unfortunately going to take two weeks to get to them. I'm off to the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas on Monday, and will be out for the entire week. I will try to get a blog completed while I am on the road, but I expect to be very, very busy next week and don't want to make any promises I can't keep.

But I did promise the Huge figures would reappear in Pathfinder Battles, so I think you can count on my word!

Until the stars are right, I remain,

Erik Mona
Publisher

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That's a Bearded Devil, not a Barbed Devil.

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Berk the Black wrote:
That's a Bearded Devil, not a Barbed Devil.

You are absolutely right, Berk.

Thanks for the quick catch! :-)


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I caught it fast, because I really like Pathfinder's version of the Bearded devil. I'm looking forward to him in particular from this set.

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Berk the Black wrote:
I caught it fast, because I really like Pathfinder's version of the Bearded devil. I'm looking forward to him in particular from this set.

Yeah& i like the image in the bestiary too, looks very menacing.

Wizkids posted a picture of a large Umber Hulk on their facebook page 4 hours ago.


I am so excited for this, I now have to go and beg my significant other to let me buy this when its released...

Scarab Sages

As a case incentive, you'll need to buy a case of Pathfinder Battles: Deadly Foes to purchase one. I highly recommend the Pathfinder Battles Case Subscription. ^_^

If I set up for the subscription, must I pay when setting up? Or when the next case ships?

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Quemius wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:
As a case incentive, you'll need to buy a case of Pathfinder Battles: Deadly Foes to purchase one. I highly recommend the Pathfinder Battles Case Subscription. ^_^
If I set up for the subscription, must I pay when setting up? Or when the next case ships?

You'll be called upon to pay when the case ships, I believe.

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Kalindlara wrote:
Quemius wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:
As a case incentive, you'll need to buy a case of Pathfinder Battles: Deadly Foes to purchase one. I highly recommend the Pathfinder Battles Case Subscription. ^_^
If I set up for the subscription, must I pay when setting up? Or when the next case ships?
You'll be called upon to pay when the case ships, I believe.

Yep. In addition, you can buy gift vouchers for yourself to spread the cost, just choose the option to apply your credit to your subscription orders.

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Misroi wrote:
My money is on Cosmo. That or a half-man/half-mink hybrid. Possibly known as a mank.
Thank you for adding a new swear word to my vocabulary. Carry on.

No problem.

"Go Cosmo yourself!" ;-)


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Misroi wrote:
"Go Cosmo yourself!" ;-)

*monocle*

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Cleanthes wrote:
That's all well and good, but when's the last time that we saw a normal set with Huges? And when are we likely to see one again? The fact is, there are certain Huges that are going to be in high demand *in multiples* -- elementals at the top of the list -- and I honestly don't understand the thinking that says "stay away from the minis for which there's the highest demand". If the goal is the sustainability of the line and of its ability to deliver Huges, it seems obvious to me that you go where the market is. But hey, I'll be thrilled to get these minis, I'm entirely on board, I hope they're very popular, and I'm confident that Paizo (and expect that Wizkids) know what they're doing.

I don't want to psychoanalyze WizKids, and we haven't discussed this issue in particular in regards to why they chose the ones they chose, but I suspect they wanted to do a test balloon on a 2-Huge pack to see if the pricing and sales worked before biting off the elementals. It doesn't make sense to do two elementals and then not follow up with the other two, only to be hounded to the end of time about when they are coming out.

Incidentally, the two Huges I suggested were _not_ elementals either. :)

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While these huge minis are very impressive, I wouldn't be ordering these (well, maybe except for the Clockwork Dragon cause I love dragons). I would definitely order any huge elementals that were produced. Elemental lives matter! :P


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It frustrates me to no end that there doesn't seem to be a simple solution to getting huges out to market. I appreciate that Wizkids and Paizo are continuing to try and find that magical combination that will make them work. The case incentive seems to be a reasonable approach to getting out some of the more unique pieces, but it certainly doesn't address the pieces that are more general purpose and we would want in greater quantities. I wish you all the best of luck in tackling this problem. It has been done sucessfully in the past by WotC, and while circumstances surrounding mini production have changed over time, I still hold out that there is a happy combination to make this work.

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arbados wrote:
My next polite question is how rare is it for "3rd party" distributers to get cases of yours? Do you ship once to them and that's all or are they able to get re-orders of your cases? I haven't gone to the Paizo case incentive yet because I'm not sure I want every case, but I do use other sources when needed. Is there a limited run on cases such as Rusty Dragon Inn or not? Thank you!

WizKids is the manufacturer of the Pathfinder Battles line, so they're the ones who sell them to distributors, not us. Generally, they make enough so that distributors can place reorders before they sell out, but sometimes things sell out faster than others. (Rusty Dragon Inn has sold particularly quickly.) It's very rare for WizKids to reprint a set after it has sold out.

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Dungeons & Dragons have posted a picture of a large flying Manticore on their facebook page.

This is the best-looking Manticore ever produced imo. Great for Rise of the Runelords book 2!

On another note:
Now that we get a hardcover conversion of the excellent "Curse of the Crimson Throne" to the Pathfinder rules in september, i would like nothing more than getting as many minis as possible for it in octobers "Deadly Foes" set.

I am 100% sure we will get a "Red Mantis Assassin" or 2.
I hope we get a "Plague Doctor", some "Shoanti" and other crucial players.

Shadow Lodge

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Erik Mona wrote:

Incidentally, the two Huges I suggested were _not_ elementals either. :)

Do tell, what were your suggestions?


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Are Geniekin considered Deadly Foes? :)

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Enlight_Bystand wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:
You'll be called upon to pay when the case ships, I believe.
Yep. In addition, you can buy gift vouchers for yourself to spread the cost, just choose the option to apply your credit to your subscription orders.

Oh, that's even perfecter! Thanks!

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