The release of Dungeons & Dragons' Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants Wizards of the Coast has provided DMs with all of the resources needed to run a Giant-centric D&D campaign. Now Wizkids is complementing that with the release of the Dungeons & Dragons Icons of the Realms Bigby Presents Glory of the Giants collection.
Dungeons & Dragons Icons of the Realms Bigby Presents Glory of the Giants collection is a new line consisting of Blind Boxes and a few specific Limited Edition and set boxes.
Each miniature is a fully colored and highly detailed representation of the official artwork you can find for a creature within Bigby Presents Glory of the Giants.
What is available in the Icons of the Realms: Bigby Presents Glory of the Giants?
Wizkids is offering this collection in a variety of forms. If you want to purchase a surefire bet you can pick up the standalone Death Giant Necromancer miniature, the Limited Edition Boxed Set that contains three giants, a Goliath Chef, and a Giant Lynx, and you can also purchase blind boxes.
The Blind Boxes contain within them one giant miniature and three medium-sized miniatures. The benefit of the Limited Edition Boxed Set is not just that what you get is guaranteed but that the colors of the minis are variants on what you'll get in the Blind Box.
Medium Miniatures In Icons of the Realms: Bigby Presents Glory of the Giants?
In a book filled with giants, there are still a large number of miniatures that are tangential to the Giants that you can find in these boxes.
Within this box, there are a number of fun generic enemies that your party might come up against. Within the Blind Boxes that I received, I got a healthy mix of Hobgoblins, Bugbears, a handful of Orcs, and a party full of Goliaths.
Each of the Goliath warriors absolutely exudes personality. The Giant-Kin standing taller than the rest in front, Tricksters with gold mask in hand, the Skytower Goliath with his battle axe slung over his shoulder, and the Chef in the back.
The individuality that Wizkids brings to each of their miniatures is so fascinating to see. As soon as I pulled each mini out my mind was flooded with voices and personalities expressed by each of these characters.
As combat is going on it does make the job of a DM easier when the characters are so vivid.
The Blind Boxes also included some dinosaurs, a Giant Lynx, a Firbold, and a Primeval Druid.
The Giant Miniatures In Icons of the Realms: Bigby Presents Glory of the Giants?
The big allure of this collection is in the Giants that you'll find. These creatures aren't just huge but are gargantuan in size. I was taken aback when opening the first of the Blind Boxes as I didn't realize just how large these figures would be.
Many of the medium miniatures are only ankle height on the different Giants that I opened.
In previous, reviews such as the Spelljammer Collector's Edition Box Set, I criticized the loss of quality in finer details like faces in the small miniatures. These giant figurines show why Wizkids is the best in the business for high-quality minis.
In creating such large creatures Wizkids has been able to put incredible detail into the clothing, faces, and accessories of each Giant. The Cloud Giant of Evil Air doesn't just show off rippling muscles and a stern expression but wears an incredibly detailed set of feathered wings across their back.
The transparent materials are also expertly used to add sheer layers to clothing or add a variety of effects like glowing weapons, flames, and fog. The Spectral Cloud is my favorite from the grouping of ghosts due to how hollow it is through it's center, with uplighting it creates the ultimate ghostly form.
Unlike previous Wizkids releases that have a few minis that cause a spectacle when they're put down on the table, the sheer size and attention to detail will be a memorable experience.
Icons of the Realms: Bigby Presents Glory of the Giants Review | Final Thoughts
So many of Dungeons & Dragons creatures fall into the medium range, so that's historically what Wizkids has made a lot of. This box and its giant miniatures (Can I still call them that?) don't just fill a niche that you might not have in your collection of miniatures but also let Wizkids show off just how high quality their work is.
The added benefit to these Blind Boxes is the inclusion of so many common adversaries like Hobgoblins and Orcs. Sure you'll obtain a miniature that will be used in a very limited sense, but there's a very high chance for a miniature that you'd use extremely frequently.
Should I Buy Icons of the Realms: Bigby Presents Glory of the Giants
My final thought on Bigby Presents Glory of the Giants was that if you want to run a giant-centric one-shot or campaign then that's the ultimate resource. My thoughts on this box fall along the same lines.
If you know you're going to have your party meet the pantheon or giants or have large combat upcoming without a big bad then this line of Miniatures from Wizkids will immediately fill that gap.
The copy of Wizkids Icons of the Realms: Bigby Presents Glory of the Giants used to produce this review was provided by Wizkids. All photos were taken by the reviewer.
- Detail in giants is incredible
- Relevant medium miniatures
- Giants won't get as much use