Category: Collectables

Quick Kicks 17 : The Mini Box & Hero Forge Custom 3D Printed Miniatures


The Mini Box



The Mini Box is a storage case for miniatures. It is not complicated or fancy but will keep your models safe while at home or on the road.

A sturdy cardboard construction that is designed to hold the weight of a small human but light weight and compact enough to work as an at home storage solution.

They are packing these boxes with enough foam to hold 160 models. The original foam will be 1″ Infantry foam and is designed to fit into most standard sized cases.

Box Dimensions -14.5″ x 11″ x 5.5″

Infantry Foam Dimensions 14″ x 10.5″ x 1.25″

The retail price on these boxes will be $30 making them cheaper than most of its competitors. They are accomplishing this by doing the designs ourselves and purchasing the boxes and foam in bulk.

Hero Forge Custom Miniatures



Whether you want to create stranger fare (good luck finding a dual-wielding halfling barbarian mini), capture key details (no one should be forced to make compromises on their dwarf’s beard style), or simply have more say in your mini than just the paint job, Hero Forge is for you!

There are many advantages to using 3D printing and digital models over the more traditional injection mold and sculpting techniques. Printing from digital models means they can easily scale our models up or down. Want 6 inch display versions of your party to immortalize their heroic deeds? Can do.

Playing a niche tabletop game that uses a larger or smaller scale? No problem. And that’s not all: the character builder will let you save high resolution screenshots of your model for your character sheet and overhead views for your favorite virtual tabletop program. You can even save your mini and edit it later so it can grow and change as your character does!



We have recently started playing a new board game called Takenoko

Takenoko is a game about a giant panda and a gardener. It is super fun and newbie friendly. It may look like a cute kids game, but there is a huge amount of strategy involved in this game. You choose how you want to win by farming parcels of land, irrigating the land, and growing green, yellow or pink bamboo. In turn, the players see what the weather brings and can perform two actions, either: grab a new plot of land or irrigation channel, grow bamboo, feed the panda or draw an objective card.

The players take the role of courtesans of the Nippon emperor and take on the role of caring for his Giant Panda by growing a bamboo plantation.

Their mission: to The game ends when a player has completed 7 to 9 objectives (depending on the number of players). The player who gets the best score by adding the total value of their completed objective wins the game.

Takenoko Board Game At Amazon

Takenoko at BGG

See it played on Tabletop here:

Lego Marvel Super Heroes


Picked up Lego Marvel Super Heroes for the Xbox 360 a few days ago and wanted to share some thoughts.

If you played any of the other Lego games you pretty much know what to expect with Lego Marvel Super Heroes. The only other Lego games that I have played are the Star Wars games and Lego City Undercover on the Wii U.

Graphics in Lego Marvel are like that of Lego City Undercover. Graphics appear similar on Wii U, Xbox 360, and PS3 versions of Lego Marvel Super Heroes. Not really sure if it is worth waiting for this one on a next gen console.

Two player mode is super fun. The split screen gameplay is a little annoying at first, but you get used to it after a bit of game time. You can also change it from dynamic to set vertical. A nice little note I found after I bought the Xbox version was that in the Wii U version of Lego Marvel Super Heroes you don’t have to do split screen. You can have player one on the main screen and player two on the Wii U Gamepad. I wish I had known that before I got the Xbox version.

The characters act much like you think your Marvel heroes would act when thrown into the Lego world. The all can hit, some have projectile weapons, some can fly. Gameplay consists of smashing things, collecting coins, building things out of Lego, and looking for hidden objects. Controls are simple and the game reminds you what to do in the game as you need it with a button flash on screen or a hint via text. My wife has picked it up a few times to play along with me and my daughter also likes watching as we play.

Playable character vids by Shockblastmedia:

The story is pretty simple, but it isn’t really aimed at somebody wanting a deep story. I’m not going to spoil anything here, but our heroes are looking for cosmic bricks and so are the villains. You jump from New York and the Shield helicarrier to different locations looking for the cosmic bricks. You pick up new characters along the way.

There is some replayability built in each level as some of the secrets of the level can only be unlocked by using specific characters which get unlocked later in the game.

I am still playing my way through the game and having a blast. As you may be able to tell I love lego and video games. This fits the bill and fills the need for a family friendly and wife friendly game.

First hour of gameplay vid:

New Lego MMO?

Lego Universe closed down a while back, but we may still get a new Lego MMO in the future. It looks pretty good sort of a mix between Lego City for the Wii U and Diablo. I enjoyed Lego City on the Wii U and I am a fan of MMO’s so I might give it a try should it come out.