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.)
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