In 1982, LJN toys beat out rival toymaker Mego for the rights to produce toys based on the popular TSR role-play game “Dungeons and Dragons” and a great underrated series of toys was born. The LJN D&D line was sort of a grown-up version of Masters of the Universe with its Elves, Wizards, and Orcs populating a somewhat dark middle earth environment. Sadly, the line didn’t; ‘t farewell, most likely due to the strong opposition to the game itself and its themes.
Despite being kicked out of my sole D&D game when I was 12 (I didn’t really “get” role playing and decided to be an ass) I really dug these toys and bought much of the first wave of figures.
Like I mentioned in the opening, D&D was a big coup for a toy company to get in 1983 and this line should have been a bigger hit.
The first wave of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons figures, the Kelek figure was later changed. There was a nice mix of cloth and plastic here and I remember being happy to see Strongheart on the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon!
A good steed is essential to all fantasy toylines..
I remember these giftsets well, I drew the line at them, to me they were toys but the figures were um… collectible figurines, yeah that’s probably how I justified it to myself.
I searched for Northlord forever as a kid, never found him, not even sure he made it to Canada.
Hook Horror was another character that I searched for, I hit every store in my town that sold toys (4) and I can safely say it never made it to retail in my area..
These miniature figures were something I grabbed every single one of, they were cheaply priced and I couldn’t paint metal miniatures to save my life. I didn’t do anything with them however…
Easily one of the most inspired-looking playsets of the 1980s..
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