Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Modelling Clay: ‘Wizards and Fighters’ (DAS, 1982)

AD&D Modelling 1982

AD&D Modelling 1982-2

DAS, still around today, had many licenses at the time, including the Smurfs. The D&D licensing boom of ’82-’83 was aimed at the younger kids who didn’t really understand role-playing yet, but who knew the brand from the older kids, from placement, and, in 1983, from the cartoon and action figures.

The clay figures here were not meant as a game supplement, in other words, like the hundreds of metal miniatures found in every hobby shop. The back of the box makes it very clear: “These kits depicting Advanced Dungeons & Dragons characters are a fun, colorful way to visualize the popular role-playing games’ [sic] adventures.”

And again: “The timeless adventures of powerful wizards, firebreathing dragons and fairy princesses are recreated in these clay modelling kits…”

Not a supplement, but a replacement.

DAS put out at least one more AD&D modelling clay kit, with a pink box, featuring “Goblins and Dragons.”

(Images via Vintage Odds N Ends/eBay)

6 Responses to “<em>Advanced Dungeons & Dragons</em> Modelling Clay: ‘Wizards and Fighters’ (DAS, 1982)”

  1. 1 Andy May 15, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Huh, this knocked a vague memory loose (as your posts often do). I had something like this. Not D&D, I’m thinking, but I remember opening those packages of clay. They were kind of segmented, so you could tear strips off, rather than being one solid block, if I’m remembering correctly. I remember pressing down on the molds, but I can’t recall what characters I made… I might have to check with family on this one and see if they recall.

    Unrelated: can I send your Atari 7800 back? It doesn’t seem like the relay is going to move forward.

    • 2 2W2N May 15, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      Andy, yes, I’m in the same boat: I know I had some of the clay, but it might just have been blank, and we made it into stuff without the molds. I definitely didn’t have any of the licensed material.

      Totally forgot about the Atari 7800. Sorry. Will email.

  2. 3 hobgoblin238 May 15, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Never saw these things before. I wish there was a push for new Dungeons stuff today. I think kids would still like it.

  3. 4 contradextraavenue May 16, 2014 at 2:24 am

    I remember seeing ads for this. I never had it, but it reminds me of the heroes and monsters version of “Fashion Plates,” which I did have.

  4. 5 cmdrkoenig67 August 1, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Haha…That wizard is wearing Ringlerun’s outfit.

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