Today we are excited to be reviewing Tiamat and Bahamut, two premium dragon figures from the D&D miniatures Icons of the Realms range. These gargantuan sized pre-painted figures can be used in your Dungeons and Dragons RPG sessions, or as collectors pieces for display. These were kindly sent over to us by WizKids after reading our review of their D&D Tyranny of Dragons miniatures set.
Here you can see can see the two boxed premium dragon figures, both iconic creatures from D&D lore. Tiamat is an evil lesser god with her 5 heads representing the chromatic dragons that worship her, she decimates whole armies with her terrifying breath weapons and spell casting. Bahamut the Platinum Dragon is her most hated enemy, a good aligned lesser god and chief deity of metallic dragons who dwells in the Seven Heavens of Mount Celestia. The RRP on each of these premium figures is $59.99.
We’ll start with Tiamat, the queen of evil dragons. D&D players new and old will be familiar with Tiamat, and we were definitely excited to hear a model of this legendary dragon was being released. She comes in a large box which shows off the figure via a transparent panel running over the front and top. The sides show a 3D render of the figure mounted on its flight stand and the rear holds a great piece of Tiamat artwork and some some of the backstory of this character.
Cracking open the box we’ve got the pre-painted Tiamat model itself, plus her flight stand/base. The packaging is well designed to protect this minitature, Tiamat is held in place with some moulded plastic and twist ties.
Tiamat’s flight stand fits snuggly into a hole in her underside, it’s a tight fit so once she’s on there it doesn’t feel like there’s any danger of her easily coming loose or falling off. On the underside of the base is the figures name, just like you would find with smaller D&D miniatures.
Here are some photos to show off this awesome beast on it’s base. Tiamat is a gargantuan sized creature, we love that this version of her is in-flight, it’s a very imposing monster.
This is a really nice representation of Tiamat, it’s got lots of detail, and includes this evil dragon queen’s signature 5 heads and tail stinger.
We’re lucky enough to own the Aspect of Tiamat miniature from the previous D&D miniatures range, and while we’re still fond of it, there’s no denying this new Tiamat is a real step up, especially in the wings and the detail on the heads.
Lets hope you never have to face Tiamat in battle, but if your adventuring party is feeling extremely brave, here is a scale shot with a D&D Tyranny of Dragons Human Paladin miniature. …we don’t fancy his chances.
Balancing the evil that Tiamat brings is her archenemy Bahamut, the king of all good dragons. As with Tiamat, Bahamuts box lets you see the figure from the front and top, has a 3D render on each side, and displays some background text about this character on the rear.
Pulling this packaging apart, we find the pre-painted Bahamut figure held securely with twist ties and moulded plastic. He is another in-flight model so comes with his own flight stand/base. This also fits into a hole in his underside and his name is displayed on the bottom of the base.
So lets check this guy out, Bahamut is another gargantuan sized creature and he’s in a totally different pose to Tiamat which is nice to see. He comes painted in a dark metallic blue with dark purple/red panels in his wings.
Bahamut has plenty of great details, especially in the frills around his face and the spines along his back.
We also own the older Aspect of Bahamut Miniature and are showing it here for comparison. It feels like there’s an even bigger gap here than between the Tiamat figures, this new version of Bahamut seems a much more fitting enemy for the queen of evil dragons.
If you ever need to seek Bahamuts aid to foil Tiamat’s plans then here’s what your average party member will look like scale wise.
Here are the ancient enemies together, we like that the models are so different from eachother, and feel they’ve really captured the character of these monsters.
For collectors of pre-painted Dungeons and Dragons miniatures, these are a real treat and will likely be snapped up quickly even with their notable price tag. These are such iconic creatures in Dungeons and Dragons lore that older players will already know all about these characters and new players will be being introduced to them through the Tyranny of Dragons story arc including Horde of the Dragon Queen and The Rise of Tiamat modules. For us, these will definitely be getting used in our tabletop RPG sessions, and will spend the remainder of the time on display, they’re just so cool. Let us know what you think in the comments.