Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Vacation Week, day 7

This is a pic of a toy designed to resemble a Burgess Shale fossil. In other words something like the monstrosity above once actually lived. If I ever find one of these bad boys I'm going to use it as a mini in a D&D game. And lo, there will be much weeping and gnashing of teeth.


  1. Anonymous6:19 AM

    oooooh...a spikey carrion crawler!

  2. Even the name, Hallucigenia, rocks. Not so terrifying in real life, of course, at 0.5 to 3 cm long -- though it's all a matter of scale I suppose.

    Any info on who makes the model, Jeff?

  3. Anonymous8:49 AM

    There was an article in Dragon 204 called "Creatures That Time Forgot", by Greg Detwiler, that featured monster versions of Burgess Shale creatures. They were dual-statted for AD&D 2e & the Bughunters Amazing Engine game.

    Plus check out this woman's homemade Opabinia.

    That's not as lewd as it sounds.

  4. Anonymous9:08 AM

    You can find the article's stats for Hallucigenia here:

  5. Just looking at that thing freaks me out. Last night I had some bizarre dream about a 3" long REALLY fast bug that looked half-millipede, half-cockroach, half army ant, and could jump a distance of like, six feet at a leap. It would actually pick up pebbles and throw them at you, and it was trying to jump on me and bite me. I woke up with my skin absolutely crawling...

  6. Any info on who makes the model, Jeff?

    Japanese toymaker Kaiyodo, as part of series 3 of their DinoTales line.