Join us for our Rage of Demons miniatures review! This is set 3 of the Dungeons and Dragons: Icons of the Realms range of pre-painted RPG miniatures from WizKids. We’ve already reviewed the first 2 sets Tyranny of Dragons and Elemental Evil, so check those out if you missed them. We’ve always been big fans of using miniatures in our tabletop RPG sessions, and especially love these pre-painted versions as they can be used straight out of the box.
We’re going to be opening 8 Rage of Demons booster boxes in this review, and taking a close look at the minis inside. Each of these booster boxes contains 4 pre-painted plastic Dungeons and Dragons miniatures randomly selected from the Rage of Demons set. We don’t know which minis we’re going to get, but we do know that out of the 4 minis in each box, 1 will be a large sized creature and the remaining 3 will be of medium or smaller sizes. These boxes are priced at around £14 (or $12-$16).
The front of each Rage of Demons booster box displays some great looking artwork of a demonic creature, it looks like it could be the iconic Demogorgon – the Prince of Demons, which fits well with the title of this set.
The sides of the booster boxes let us know that this is a 49 figure set and shows of some 3D renders of minis we might find inside. Some very cool looking minis here, especially the Roper and Mind Flayer Lich.
The back of the Rage of Demons booster gives us some quick insight into the theme of the set… “In Rage of Demons, Demon Lords are invading the Underdark, a deadly, subterranean realm inhabited by the most dangerous monsters of D&D lore. The demon lords have begun to conquer regions of the Underdark and threaten to emerge on the surface. If successful they will bring their personal flavor of madness to Faerûn. Will they succeed in their quest? Or will you help thwart the rise of the Demon Lords? ”
Opening up our first booster box, we can see our 4 random miniatures including a large creature held safely in a vaccum formed plastic shell, along with 3 medium or small creatures individually protected in bubble wrap bags.
So here are our first creatures! A pretty monstrous looking large Carrion Crawler, a medium sized Drow Archmage, a medium sized Lizardfolk fighter, and a small sized Goblin Archer.
On the base of each miniature is the name and set number. This is much easier to read on the large sized creatures like the Carrion Crawler which is in white print rather than molded text.
Taking a closer look at the Drow Archmage, he’s been sculpted into a nice action pose with flowing cape, and has purple translucent plastic representing magical energies crackling around both his staff and hand which is a nice touch.
Next up is the Goblin Archer, he looks a bit beat up in this photo but please remember a lot of the photos you’re seeing in this review show the minis at much larger than actual size. This sculpt matches the style of the Goblin Fighter we saw in the Icons of the Realms Tyranny of Dragons set which is great, and just so you can see how this compares to the now out of production D&D miniatures sets we’ve included a second photo with the Goblin Archer alongside one of the old goblin minis.
The Lizardfolk Fighter is a nicely detailed lizard man sculpt and comes equipped with a club and turtle shell shield/claw. Combined with a decent paint job, this is a great model and its a nice touch that it also works well alongside older D&D miniatures Lizardfolk. As you can see in the comparison photo, they’ve done a great job sculpting the scales on this guy compared to some of the older versions.
Our last and biggest creature from our first booster is the Carrion Crawler, an extremely creepy looking monster. This mini is lent a realistic feel with its bug-like face and creamy paintjob, in what feels like a big step up from the other versions we have of this creature from the old D&D mini sets. You can see a comparison in the second photo, we much prefer the grub-like colour scheme over the neon green as it now feels even creepier.
Opening up our remaining boosters (we opened 8 in total) here is our haul, minus duplicates of which there were 4. As you can see the Rage of Demons set includes a vibrant range of creatures for use in our games, there’s some very cool stuff here.
Here you can see the two Myrmidons we picked up alongside our Drow Archmage for scale. On the left is the Air Myrmidon making good use of transparent plastic in the arms and twisting lower body. the spiked ball weapon it comes with looks great, and this one is also on a small flying base to raise it slightly from the ground. On the Right we have the Water Myrmidon, there’s more translucent plastic in the arms and lower body for a nice water effect.
We love these guys! Here you can see the 2 fish men that come in the Rage of Demons set, in the middle is the Kuo-Toa armed with sword and shield, and on the right is a Kuo-Toa Archmage. Both of these have loads of character, and even though they have some distinct differences, they still play well with the older D&D Kuo-Toa minis as shown in the second photo.
Here you can see our Drow Archmage alongside the only hobgoblin from this set, the Hobgoblin Soldier. This is another good one, he’s heavily armoured including a shield strapped to his back, and his face is well painted. The colouring and style of this mini means it works really well with hobgoblins from the older D&D sets, like the Hobgoblin Sergeant from the old Giants of Legend set shown below.
Here you can see the Shield Dwarf Wizard (middle) and the Duergar Fighter we pulled. The Shield Dwarf Wizard has a translucent crystal at the top of his staff and will work well as any kind of dwarven arcane caster. The Duergar Fighter should pair well with the Duergar fighter we saw in the Icons of the Realms Elemental Evil set and comes with a pretty serious looking mace, shield, and heavy armour combo.
Arcane battle time! Here you can see the Drow Archmage we opened earlier alongside the Human Wizard mini. This looks a lot like it’s meant to be Elminster from the Forgotten Realms setting, and overall this is a good mini but our one is looking a little disappointed that his staff isn’t as epic as the Drow’s. one
We pulled the other 2 Drow in the Rage of Demons set, which you can see here. We’ve got the Drow Scout in the middle which comes in a really nice action pose, and we also have the Drow Captain on the right in gold armour and wielding a sword and hand crossbow.
Next up is a monsterous creature from the underdark, the Xorn. This strange creature has trilateral symmetry with its 3 arms and 3 legs, a chomps its way through earthen materials. The brightly coloured eye and maw bring this one to life, you can see how it compares to Xorn from older D&D mini sets in the second photo.
Here you can see the Shadow Demon we pulled, its cast in a smokey translucent material which works well, and hovers above the ground on its flying base. A minor niggle with our one is that the peg on the flight base doesn’t fit fully into the mini, as you can see in the photo. We’ve included a second photo comparing this Shadow Deamon with one from the out of production Dungeons of Dread set.
A Cockatrice! This lizard/chicken magical beast comes pre-attached to a small flight stand, looking like it’s pouncing on a victim. We got 2 of these in our boosters and are glad to have them.
Next up is a small sized demon, the Dretch, shown here with both the Drow Archmage and Goblin Archer for scale. This is a nice sculpt but the face on our one could have been painted a little neater. We’ve included a comparison photo showing the huge difference in sculpt between this and the old Dretch from the old Dragoneye set.
Next to our Goblin Archer, check out the Rage of Demons Derro. This looks very similar to the Derro mini from the old War Drums set, but is a smaller scale which works well, we might even use the old one as a Derro leader, with the new ones as warriors.
We’ve always liked kobolds, and the Kobold Guard in this set is a good one. This small reptilian creature has a really nice sculpt and looks draconic with its horns, long tail and clawed feet, its a good amount of detail for such a small mini. the bright red scales make this one stand out and you can see a comparison between this and a Kobold from an older D&D mini set in the second and third photo.
This interesting little monster is a Quasit, a tiny demon. We like that they’ve put this tiny creature on a small sized base so that it’s still stable on the tabletop, check out the difference between this and a Quasit from the old D&D miniatures range (second photo) to see the difference that this makes. This is a nice little sculpt, we particularly like the long tail.
Moving onto some of the larger creatures we found, on the right you can see the Hook Horror, a pretty horrifying vulture/beetle cross. This one is well done, the paint work its neat and the sculpt is a nice mix between the hook horrors we have from older D&D mini sets as you can see in the second photo.
There’s something a little scary about this Drider miniature, the sculpt and pose of the spider parts are quite realistic, and the humanoid has one of the better painted faces we’ve found so far in the set. We didn’t notice at first, but this one actually uses a tiny flight stand to help support the large spider body. In the second photo you can see a comparison between this new Rage of Demons Drider and an older Drider we picked up in the Dungeons Command Sting of Lolth set.
We can almost hear this Chasme Demon buzzing around with its fly-like wings. Its another really creepy monster with its long and sharp mouth piece and other insect-like features. We’ve got an older Chasme Demon mini from one of the out of production sets, but this one beats it with its transparent wings and flight-stand.
Our Drow Archmage looks like he may be in trouble with this Vrock, a demonic humanoid/vulture crossover. This is another mini making use of a flight-stand to pull off an intimidating pose. We’ve included a second photo with a an older D&D Vrock mini so you can compare.
This beast is the Nalfeshnee Demon, we’re used to these being huge sized creatures, but its a large size in this set. It has the recognisable small wings and boar-like head of this powerful demon.
One of our favourite minis that we pulled from these boosters is the Efreet, this is a great sculpt from his Darth Maul head spikes to the impressive looking fire which has been cast in translucent plastic. The paint job is neat and the pose is great, this is a good use of one of the flight-stands. In the second photo you can see the Rage of Demons Efreet alongside some older D&D miniatures Efreet, and although they are all nice minis, we think this one wins.
We’re down to our last mini, but its a good one. Meet the rage of Demons Troll miniature. This lanky beast with its green warty skin and sharp claws looks just how we feel a troll should. It stands tall even in its hunched over pose and would be massive if it stood up straight. Trolls sculpts have varied greatly in the older D&D mini sets as you can see in the additional comparison photo below, we’re really glad this one now exists.
We’ve created a quick checklist for this set so that we could check off each model and see which ones we were missing. We’re attaching it here as a PDF in case it’s useful to you guys too.
We only opened 8 Rage of Demons boosters in this review, so there’s still a load of fantastic miniatures in the set to discover, from Rust Monsters to Beholders and even a few ultra rare minis in shadow and invisible versions (see the set list above). The selection of creatures in this set are nearly all things we’d use in our games, and while there’s still room for improvement with the paint jobs of some of the minis, there are some really great sculpts to bring these creatures to life. The premium figure for this set (available separately to these booster boxes) is a gargantuan sized White Dracolich which we’re looking forward to reviewing for you in the near future so watch out for that. Let us know what you think of these and the other minis in this set in the comments below.