We’re back with another Dungeons and Dragons miniature review, this time with the Ancient Silver Dragon premium figure. This gargantuan sized pre-painted dragon is the 45th miniature in the second set from the D&D Icons of the Realms range from WizKids. If you’ve not seen it, check out our Elemental Evil review for full details on that set. As the 45th Elemental Evil miniature, the Ancient Silver Dragon is not available in the booster boxes (it’s way too big!) and so only available to buy separately for around £25 or $35 depending on the retailer.
Here you can see the front of the Elemental Evil Ancient Silver Dragon premium figure box, making use of the same glorious artwork as the recently released Princes of the Apocalypse adventure book. This box differs from those of the other premium dragons we reviewed in our Tiamat and Bahumut review, as it doesn’t have a transparent panel allowing you see the figure inside.
The reverse of the box shows us one of the booster boxes available for Icons of the Realm Elemental Evil , which you can purchase to collect the other minis in this set, plus the head and one wing of a fearsome looking dragon. Strangely though, the dragon shown here is much darker than the silver dragon we would expect.
On opening up the box we’re relieved to see that the pre-painted dragon is a bright silver colour, and is protected along with it’s flight stand and base in a shell of vacuum formed plastic.
Here’s the Ancient Silver Dragon premium figure, plus it’s base and stand. The base is labelled on the bottom with the miniature’s name and confirms that this is number 45 out of 45 in the Elemental Evil set. The Silver Dragon has a hole in it’s torso for the flight stand to fit into, which means just like all the other premium dragons released so far, this will be posed in-flight.
Here is our assembled Ancient Silver Dragon, looking good in it’s swooping pose. This metallic dragon’s paint job could possibly have a little extra definition added with some additional ink washes to pick out some of the scales and other sculpted details, but is very usable as it is.
Taking a closer look at the Ancient Silver Dragon, its has a great deal of details across its scaly body, frilled head and clawed hands.
As a gargantuan sized creature, this dragon is massive and will represent a powerful force in your D&D RPG sessions. Here you can see the Ancient Sliver Dragon with the Fire Cult Warrior, a human sized creature from the Elemental Evil set.
Icons of the Realm set 1 (Tyranny of Dragons) came with it’s own large sized Silver Dragon, but even this large sized offering is dwarfed by the Ancient Silver Dragon premium figure. If you missed it, dont forget to check out our Tyranny of Dragons review.
Finally, we thought we had better do a comparison with another gargantuan dragon, the queen of evil dragons, Tiamat. At the time we reviewed Tiamat and her arch nemesis Bahamut, quite a few people mentioned that Bahamut was too blue in colour and didn’t represent the iconic platinum dragon in the way they wanted. Anyone who feels that way might want to consider this Ancient Silver Dragon as an alternative Bahamut, which is much closer to a platinum colour.
The ancient silver dragon is a welcome addition to the Icons of the Realm miniatures range, very usable in it’s own right as a metallic dragon in D&D RPG sessions, but also as a decent stand in for the legendary Bahamut. The price is a little lower than the other premium dragons we have reviewed too. If you’re a collector of D&D pre-painted miniatures and/or make use of them on the tabletop in your Dungeons and Dragons sessions, this is a nice addition to the collection. We look forward to seeing what Icons of the Realms set 3 has in store!