Advanced Dungeons & Dragons was released in 1983 by LJN. By this time AD&D role playing had gained great momentum and toy a line was a perfect choice, but would have lasted if a animated series was created to back it up. The 1st series AD&D are the most common of the toy line, while the 2nd Series is more difficult. The figures averaged at the now common 3 3/4" inch height to the "Battle Masters" 5" inch series. Their detail was uncanny, as so were the bright colors that were used for plastic and paints. With each charatcer poseable and coming with many accessories, this makes AD&D one of the best toy lines of the 80's.
(All Series) (Series 1) (Series 2) (Posed)
(All Series) (Series 1) (Series 2)
|Bowmarc||Good Crusader||Series 2|
|Deeth||Good Fighter||Series 2|
|Drex||Evil Warrior||Series 2|
|Elkhorn||Good Dwarf Fighter||Series 1|
|Elkhorn "BM"||Good Dwarf Fighter||Series 2|
|Grimsword||Evil Knight||Series 2|
|Hawkler||Good Ranger||Series 2|
|Kelek||Evil Sorcerer||Series 1|
|Mandoom||Good Warrior||Series 2|
|Mercion||Good Cleric Female||Series 1|
|Mettaflame||Evil Fire Giant||Series 2|
|Melf /Peralay||Good Fighter Mage Elf||Series 1|
|Northlord||Great Barbarian||Series 1|
|Northlord "SS"||Great Barbarian||Series 2|
|Ogre King||Evil Ogre Leader||Series 1|
|Ogre King "SS"||Evil Ogre Leader||Series 2|
|Ringlerun||Good Wizard||Series 1|
|Strongheart||Good Paladin||Series 1|
|Strongheart "BM"||Good Paladin||Series 2|
|Warduke||Evil Fighter||Series 1|
|Warduke "BM"||Evil Fighter||Series 2|
|Young Male Titan||Good Titan||Series 1|
|Young Male Titan "SS"||Good Titan||Series 2|
|Zarak||Evil-Half Orc Assassin||Series 1|
|Zarak "BM"||Evil-Half Orc Assassin||Series 2|
|Zorgar||Evil Barbarian||Series 2|
The figures can range from common to very tough to locate. The tougher figures would be figures like the black haired female Deeth & the muscle bound archer Hawkler. While others like Bowmarc & Grimsword seem to be a bit more common. This could be due to case count or just being produced late in the year. For the 5" figures, they all seem to be equally tough. But the Ogre King with the Orange Highlights seems to be the toughest of the 5" set. Again this could be due to Case Count or being produced late in the year.
As for the new 2nd series monsters, not many where produced. Only Timat from the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon series which aired on CBS was produced. This 5-headed dragon is still one magnificent toy, but had limited poseability. For more info on Timat, go to the Creatures section Other monsters and playsets were sculpted for second series, but were never produced. For more information, skim down to the Unproduced part.
Varations:Alot of packaging varations took place in 2nd series. Just about every character could be found on 2 different color background cards. This error probably happened during a switch of the usual colors. The backers now ranged from Blue, Purple and Red. Blue was for Good guys, Red was for Evil guys and Good guys....and Purple was for Evil guys only. This is my guess, but it seems LJN was going to phase out the red backers mid way into production, and make all the Evil on Purple, and all the Good on Blue. But I have never seen a Purple backer for the 5" figures, so this may not apply to them.
Unproduced:2nd series saw alot of unproduced action figures. Most of them were complete and almost ready to be produced. For the 5" series, a new Sheild Shooter named Pulvereye was never produced. For the 3 3/4" figures, the Viking Valkeer was never produced. A first series figures was also reculpted, but never prdouced. Kelek was resculpted in new colors, and looked much fatter. For more infortmaion and pictures, go to Prototypes
Fun Facts:Click Here to see a carded Northlord upside down on the card!
Fun Facts:Valkeer was actually known to Dungeons & Dragons collectors, but they didn't know his name. The artwork for the 5" figures always showed the packaged character pitted against a foe. The artwork for Mettaflame showed Mettflame blocking Valkeer's swift attack. How many kids out there kept searching back in 84' for this guy?
Fun Facts:Hawkler's original named was Falken. But his name was changed before he was produced. No one is sure why, but it my involve with name rights with another D&D character or another character from another toy line. Changes were last minute, causing Hawkler to be relased late. The reasons why are all speculation. There might be some proof cards out there though...
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