I’m not a big fan of cardboard figures, but I was intrigued enough to get the Beasts & Barbarians Hero Construction Set from Okumarts Games; partly because it relates directly to my main current setting, and partly because of the way it uses PDF layers to create variations on the basic figures.
One sheet of 12 pregenerated figures, and one sheet of 12 customisable figures. In each case, you have one each of Northlander, Amazon, Tricarnian, Valk, Rogue, Ivory Savannah Tribesman, Cairnlander, Gladiator, Lotusmaster, Monk, Sorceror and Red Desert Nomad. The Rogue and Amazon are female, the others male. There are some instructions, adverts and a front cover also, each as separate files.
On the pregenerated sheet, there are three versions of each figure, mostly variations in colour scheme. On the customisable sheet, each figure has three choices for his or her head, torso/arms, and legs. I haven’t tried all the possible variations yet, but with 9 possible versions of each of 12 figures I won’t run out any time soon.
Large, layered PDF file. Like most standee figures, the art is a little cartoony, but you see enough of it before you buy to know what you’re getting. The use of layers is good, especially the ability to turn off text.
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I would have liked female versions of some of the other characters, and perhaps a male rogue, but you can get close to those by picking the right set of body parts so that’s a nitpick.
Another nitpick is that I would’ve liked to see a drow-style jet black option for the Tricarnian; but I can see where that would be a bit iffy to print. It took me a while to work out that the Tricarnian is in some sort of martial arts crane stance, which is why his right leg and left hand look a bit strange.
If you like standees, these are good ones. When printed out, they look a lot better than I would have expected from viewing them onscreen, probably because they are farther away – the usual thing about figures needing to look good at arms’ length, on a table, rather than right up next to your eyes.
I’m not sure they will tempt me away from my pewter and plastic, but over a hundred different figures for $5 and the cost of printing them is a price point other options can’t match; and the ease of replacing them means I won’t be so bothered if they get dropped, eaten by cats, smashed by small children, etc.
Rating: 4 out of 5.