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Post Posted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:40 pm 
 

On the back of a few Dragon magazines I recall seeing an ad for diorama sets for running D&D with miniatures.  I can't recall if they came painted - but I do know the sets featured various scenes - like a small hill with stone steps, a cavern, etc.  The only other item I remember is that the company was based in Michigan.  I've never seen them in the wild - and assuming they could be acquired for a reasonable price, I'd be interested in buying old sets.  Does this product ring a bell with anyone? If so, please let me know. Thanks!

  

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Post Posted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:43 pm 
 

Liverpuncher wrote in Old diaorama / models sets:On the back of a few Dragon magazines I recall seeing an ad for diorama sets for running D&D with miniatures.  I can't recall if they came painted - but I do know the sets featured various scenes - like a small hill with stone steps, a cavern, etc.  The only other item I remember is that the company was based in Michigan.  I've never seen them in the wild - and assuming they could be acquired for a reasonable price, I'd be interested in buying old sets.  Does this product ring a bell with anyone? If so, please let me know. Thanks!



These sets (there are 3 of them) came in fairly large boxes, did not come prepainted and go for around $50 - $75 each in decent unpunched shape.  The miniatures themsoelve are very poor quality but they are fun sets :)


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Post Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 3:25 am 
 

They were made by MPC and they are called Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Action Scenes. The sets are Dungeon Invaders, Orc War, and Dragon's Den. I have not seen pictures of the Dragon's Den.

Some of the miniatures are based on Grenadier sculpts, with a few differences. As Blackmoor noted, the quality of the plastic castings are terrible.

You can see some pics of two of the sets here: http://www.leadpoisoned.com/GalleryThum ... 7&mt=Photo

I missed these when I was younger (too busy building MPC Star Wars and airplane kits) but I'm looking for these now as well.

Hope that helps!


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Post Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:56 pm 
 

Thank you gents - I now know what to look for online.  If you happen to acquire one or find one for sale, let me know!

  


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Post Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:00 pm 
 

I thought, based on our collective research and (ahem ;) ) wisdom, that we had decided that Dragon's Den or Dragon's Lair (whichever name it was supposed to be) was never issued??:  TSR Licensed Items --> Recent Fun Finds --> Model kits from the early 80s --> Action Scene Kits  Does anyone have definitive proof that the set existed??

I don't know that I ever reported back on Mars' Q about the 1982 MPC catalog listings, so I'll look for that over the next few days:

Mars wrote in Fun Finds in the Past:
Have you had a chance to check the MPC 1982 catalog?

I posted the 1983 MPC catalog on the Tome:

Tome of Treasures :: View topic - MPC Catalog 1983

and also checked a 1984 catalog which no longer lists the sets.


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