WizKids Gargantuan Tiamat Review Impressions

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When I had my first look at the latest premium figure from WizKids, the evil five-headed dragon queen Tiamat, I couldn’t help but laugh at what appeared to be an absurdly tall figure – the first 3D render showed it positively eclipsing a 12 oz can of soda. What I didn’t expect was that she (a) actually eclipses the can of coke and (b) is one of the most impressive centerpiece miniatures I’ve seen in a long time. .

WizKids recently joked that “it pushes things by calling it a mini,”And it was no joke. The “mini” really lives up to its gargantuan size; weighing over five pounds, the base it sits on alone is eight inches in diameter (that’s 40 feet in D&D tabletop rules), which is twice the recommended size for a “gargantuan” creature . The tallest of its five heads is around eight inches tall, and its wingspan increases its height to just over 14 inches and an impressive 28 inches in diameter at its furthest point. If I were a player in a Tyranny of Dragons campaign (the most recent official D&D adventure mod featuring Tiamat), I would likely have a minor heart attack if my Dungeon Master thought‘ed this juggernaut on the table.

The detail work on each of the heads is magnificent, both in their casting and the manual paint job. The demonic orange glow around the eyes of the red and blue dragon heads is a particularly nice detail, though each head – along with the finer work around the bone spurs and claws of each limb – looks great on its own.

WizKids’ Gargantuan Tiamat Is D&D Biggest Mini Ever

What is slightly disappointing about this otherwise exceptional model is that the push-fit joints (sometimes called “friction-fit”) – in this case where the wings and tail attach to the body – do not line up. not 100%, at least on item we received. The tail has a 1mm gap between the sections, although there is some detail work on the underside of the joint which helps to blend the pieces together. There are also visible mold lines on his torso that were not sanded down prior to painting, although they are virtually unnoticeable without a very close inspection.

The wing joints, however, are a bit harder to ignore, as although the front of the wing (which would be Tiamat’s “shoulder”) fits perfectly and looks great from the front and from the side, the rear of the fenders will not fully lock in place. They are secure and not likely to fall, but the gap between the torso (especially on the right wing) is quite noticeable. We attempted to brute force it on the manufacturer’s advice, but all that was done was punch a hole in my wrist – it was nothing serious, but be forewarned: this Dragon Queen is sharp!

That said, however, when you step back more than a foot – which we can reasonably expect players on the table or people admiring on a shelf likely to be – the room as a whole is impressive enough to eclipse. its flaws. Whether it’s a fearsome new collector’s item to add to your exhibit or – if you manage to keep it hidden from your players – the Gargantuan Tiamat will be a spectacular eye-opener in your final battle.

D&D Icons from The Realms Miniatures: Gargantuan Tiamat

D&D Icons from The Realms Miniatures: Gargantuan Tiamat

The Gargantuan Tiamat costs $ 399.99 and can be found on Amazon in the WizKids store, DnDmini.com or purchased directly from the official WizKids website.

JR is Senior Producer at IGN, you can follow him on Twitter for more tabletop video games and RPG shenanigans.


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