Advanced Dungeons and Dragons - Collectors Guide

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Credit goes to Richard Scott who originally began the task of cataloging the collection at the "Otherworld Citadel AD&D Miniatures" site. It is his work and words for the most part i have stolen (with permission) and updated.

Update includes :

1x Additional ADD21a Barbarian variant [Barbarian 1F]

1x Additional ADD64 Troglodyte variant [Troglodyte 1E]

1x Additional ADD83 Centaur Body Left Side variant [Centaur Body Left Side]

3x Additional ADD83 Satyr variants [Satyr 1C, Satyr 4B and Satyr 4C]

2x Additional Unreleased Hook Horror Heads [Hook Horror Heads]

Removal of the ADD18 Bard with Closed Mouth variant from this Guide - [Notes]

AD&D Miniature Code Release Timeline. [Timeline]

Every code shows a picture of every known variant.

Additional picture angles for easy identification.

Now for Richard ....

Citadels 1985 Advanced Dungeons and Dragons collection made under the TSR License.

"In March of 1985, in the editorial of White Dwarf magazine issue 63, Ian Livingstone announced that Citadel Miniatures were to begin the manufacture of official D&D and AD&D miniatures. The range kicked off in June 1985 with the release of the first two D&D boxed sets, with AD&D blister packs and two boxed D&D dragons following later in the year. The range steadily expanded over the subsequent eighteen months, until TSR renegotiated the official AD&D miniatures licence with Ral Partha in 1987, forcing Citadel to sell off their remaining stock of blister packs in a huge half-price sale!

The first boxed set, BDD1 - 'Dungeon Adventurers', contained a selection of typical D&D adventurers; two fighters, two elves, a dwarf, cleric, thief, magic-user and a treasure chest. The second release, BDD2 - 'Dungeon Monsters', was a good selection of low-level sword-fodder; two giant rats, a pair of fire beetles, a stirge, a kobold, a skeleton, a giant toad, an orc, a gnoll and a bugbear. The other two D&D boxed sets, BDD10 - 'Red Dragon' and BDD11 - 'Green Dragon' were also nice models, but much better was to come!

The AD&D range of figures representing player characters featured a novel concept, later copied by Ral Partha and RAFM. Blister packs contained three miniatures, each designed to represent the character at a different stage of experience, wealth and power. For example, ADD1, the Magic User, featured a mage wearing a tatty robe and a battered old hat, a modest dagger hanging from his belt. The second figure wears better quality clothes, a more ornate dagger and a couple of scroll tubes hang from his belt, and he wields a wand in his right hand. The third version of the character wears a fur-trimmed robe and cloak, carries an ornate staff and several items of jewellery, and his belt bristles with wands, scrolls and scroll tubes. Despite the differences in equipment, the facial features are sculpted to show that it's still the same character under all those trappings of fame and fortune. The 'adventure packs' which also formed part of this sub-range, featured models of the same character on foot and mounted on horseback.

The AD&D Monsters range had a definite 'UK flavour', featuring creatures from TSR UK's Fiend Folio such as Githyanki, Norkers, Meazels and Xvarts. Many of the monsters also featured an interesting concept first used in the earlier Fantasy Tribes range. To enable Dungeon Masters to collect large numbers of evil dungeon denizens, lots of the monsters were produced with subtle variations in weaponry, clothing and facial features. Some poses had 3 or 4 variants, while some may have had up to 10 or 12 different versions. This was a welcome innovation for a DM who needed 20 different Kobold models, although I'm not sure who would have a need for 6 different Liches! Very few of these variants were ever catalogued by Citadel, so it continues to be a fascinating and frustrating challenge to find them all!"

Richard Scott

AD&D Release Timeline

D&D Boxed Sets

AD&D Player Characters Packs

AD&D Monster Packs

AD&D Unreleased