I tore into my free booster packs last night as soon as I got in the door. All in all, not a bad haul: there were only 2 duplicates, and both duplicates were of useful miniatures. I'm getting more enamored of these sculpts as time goes by. The first couple releases just didn't impress me. The last few, however, have had some amazing pieces.
For example, I like what Paizo/WizKids is doing with clear plastic. The two goblins in this set are carrying torches, made from colored clear plastic, and the flames look really nice. One of the other minis from this set (not received in my boosters, but put on order a few hours ago) uses clear plastic to denote a slimy outer covering. Earlier sets have used the clear plastic for see-through housings on golems and similar miniatures. It adds a layer to the 'realism' that is difficult to get in metal unless you really spend a lot of time, money, and talent.
I can hear you saying, "Yeah, yeah. You like the sculpts. Get on with it and share your loot with us!" OK, maybe you aren't saying that. In fact, if you are, I may have to worry a bit. But without further ado, here's the accounting:
[Aside: many people complain about the look of the goblins. It's true that that they look a bit cartoonish, and I will be the first to admit that I really don't like much of Wayne Reynolds' artwork. But I like what he and Paizo did with the goblins. I've actually considered statting them up as an alternate race of goblins. Hey, if we can have Lloth-touched goblins, and goblins of various colors, why not another race to account for the oddly over-sized footballish heads and sharp teeth? In fact, I think I'll have to stat them up. Yeah.... In all my free time. End aside.]
Pathfinder wiki says that the Akata "are terrifying, animalistic predators from the dark tapestry beyond Golarion's solar system." Picture a dog crossed with Star Wars' Kit Fisto, then painted blue. "The bite of an akata can infect its victim with its own microscopic young and is part of the akata's breeding cycle. The young once inside the host function like disease, gradually killing their host." Wow. Umm.... The snow leopard, on the other hand, seems a bit too...sturdy...for a snow leopard. It's bulky, not sleek and swift. I'm not sure I like the sculpt. The Seugathi, on the other hand, is pretty cool. It answers the age-old question of "What do you get when you cross a graboid with a giant millipede?" Again, the Pathfinder wiki helps me out here, explaining that they "are a subterranean race of intelligent, tentacled worms that serve even more bizarre, alien masters in the darkest depths of the earth. These monstrous creatures follow strange orders that often seem completely insane to humans."
I know, I skipped the Hodag. That's because I had to do a little more research than just the Pathfinder wiki to learn about this one. I had to go back to Paizo's Pathfinder Battles preview for the set. Erik Mona calls the Hodag the "menace of Northern Wisconsin." He goes on to explain, "The Hodag got its start in an 1890s hoax, in which a local prankster described the creature to an area newspaper like this: 'the head of a frog, the grinning face of a giant elephant, thick short legs set off by huge claws, the back of a dinosaur, and a long tail with spears at the end.'" Apparently it appears in Bestiary 3. [Aside: Paizo has also mined real-world mythology and used the Jersey Devil for inspiration for one of its minis in this set: the Sandpoint Devil. End aside.]
That's eighteen of the minis I got from this set--just over half. For sake of space and time, I'll finish up the rest of them tomorrow.
**Pictures courtesy of www.pathfinderminis.com, a place I never knew existed until this week.