Release Date: August 2015 (GenCon goers)/November 2015 (everyone Else)
Get it Here: Wyrd’s Online Store (Eventually)
I ordered the Lucky Effigy in August along with the Wong and Mah Tucket boxed sets when Wyrd was doing an early release during GenCon. It arrived a few weeks later, and I decided that this would be the first of my Gremlin force to put together. He’s cheap didn’t seem like he’d have as many (tiny) parts as a lot of other Wyrd miniatures, and since he’s not officially out yet, it made for a good piece to cover. Now, this isn’t my first Wyrd Miniature. I have a translucent pink “Malifaux Child,” and he was… not fun to put together. I’m still trying to figure out the decisions behind Wyrd’s sprues, but it seems nonsensical or insane to me, since they have so many small parts that could easily be part of a larger mold. The Malifaux Child was annoying due to the translucence, and I am still boggled by the fact that its tiny head comes in two pieces. Still, I’ve committed to a Gremlins army, which might be a mistake as they are the tiniest faction of them all and I have no fine motor skills whatsoever. Curse those War Wabbits that sent me down this path. Anyway, let’s take a look at the Lucky Effigy from beginning to end (sans painting) so you can see what you are in for in a few months.
Here’s the box with everything inside it. Such a cute little bugger.
The back of the box.
What is inside the box? All of this. You have a card with the Lucky Effigy’s stats, a base and a sprue. If you want to learn more about actually using the Lucky Effigy in a Malifaux game, check out the official wiki for the game to see what it does.
Here is a close-up of the Sprue. There are only five parts, which is a very small number of parts for a Malifaux figure. Look at the size of those tiny feet! Why the hell aren’t they part of the body mold? Again, this makes no sense to me. It seems like sheer cruelty for the sake of it to whoever has to put this together. Namely me.
Here is the figure all put together. It didn’t take long due to the small number of parts, but the feet were a pain in the ass and then some. Not only do you have to match up where the feet are supposed to be on these teeny tiny pegs (again, why weren’t the feet part of the body mold?) but trying to get the Lucky Effigy to stand up on these feet took some work. The figure wanted to bend forward or backward, with the feet coming off the pegs. I ended up using plastic glue instead of Gorilla Glue to fuse the feet to the body and the base. That was annoying. You can also see from the picture that there is a gap around the neck where the front and back parts of the body didn’t match up perfectly. So this was 0 for 2 in terms of enjoying putting a Malifaux figure together. The piece does look great though, and I can’t wait to paint him. There’s a lot of detail on this sculpt and it’s just so funny looking.
Finally, here is a size comparison so you can see how small the Lucky Effigy is compared to other miniatures. On the left is a Reaper Bones miniature and on the right is a Stormcast Eternal from Games Workshop’s Age of Sigmar line. Tiny, isn’t it?