Saturday, September 10, 2011

mysterious solved

Thanks to the Lost Minis Wiki I have solved a personal mystery that has baffled me for more than 25 years.  Circa 1983 was a different time for D&D.  On one hand, the Game we love was under attack for being Satanic.  On the other hand, you could find D&D stuff for sale in the Sears Christmas catalog.  One year some boxes of miniatures were among the wares stocked by Sears.  I fell in absolute love with this one figure in a tiny photo, a painted pic of a dude riding a giant spider and carrying a shield with a spider web device.  That dude was super bad.  How tough to you have to be to tame a friggin' giant spider and ride it around like a pony???

I've been looking for that spider riding badass one and off ever since.  Now I know why I've never found him.  Dude wasn't riding a spider, he was the spider!

I don't know why it never occurred to me that this elusive figure was a drider.  Maybe I just wanted it to be a cool dude riding a spider a little too badly.  Or maybe I'm just a dope.  Either way that shield is still awesome times five.

(Figure from the original Grenadier AD&D line.)