My Reaper Bones II Kickstarter arrived today. It was definitely a lift on an otherwise snowy dreary day. This Kickstarter had problems. First they had to redesign the molds for a few of the figures, mostly the larger dragons. Second, they had manufacturing time slippage in China. And third, the shipments were caught up in the shipping slow down on the west coast. Still, the order is only 3 months late.
This was a huge Kickstarter campaign. I could have easily spent a small fortune if I had bought all of the expansions and offerings. In the end, I spent $230 in December of 2013 on 214 miniatures, some which are quite large. This works out to $1.07 per miniature, which is remarkable in that the standard “human-sized” miniature retails for $2.99 each; the larger demon and monster miniatures retail at $11.99 each; and the huge dragon miniatures retail at $29.99 each. Now, these same dragon miniatures cast in metal cost around $80.00 each. So I’m very happy that I’ve got enough creatures and monsters to last me for quite some time.
If it has been some time since you have bought miniatures, the price of fantasy and science fiction miniatures has dramatically increased over the years. The price of historical miniatures has risen much slower in comparison. For an example, a Space Marine hero that cost $5.00 in 1990 is now $23.00 in 2015, whereas a historical figure such as a Roman Legionnaire cost about $1 in 1990 and is now about $2.10.
The core set had 3 bags of miniatures in it. All of the other expansions consisted of 1 large bag. The multipart models were also bagged separately and I didn’t open those. So here are photos of the miniatures included:
Once all of the Kickstarter pledges have been fulfilled, these models will become available in Reaper’s regular lines. Also, Reaper didn’t just pay to have miniatures made by a Chinese company. Reaper also paid for the machinery to manufacture the miniatures here in the U.S. In fact, the Reaper factory is only 30 miles from my house as the crow flies.
Unfortunately, I’m a slow painter, so it will take me most of the year to paint these miniatures. Especially since I have about 100 darkest Africa figures ahead of them in the paint queue. As I paint them, I’ll be sure to post pictures.