As I draw closer to the end of my reviews of the figures from the Von Drakk Manor expansion set it is time to look at a couple of the "big guns" of this set - the Crypt Spider and the Death Spectre.
The Death Spectre is an Undead Mini-Boss. It costs 4 Skulls to activate, has 4 wounds, 3 Actions per turn and an unbelievably low movement rate of just 1. However, this is not that big a disadvantage, as you will see below.
This are BIG models. You'll see just how big when I publish a group photo of the Von Drakk Manor Undead figures next time. Soda Pop Miniature figures now come pre-assembled and in most cases this is a good thing, although I certainly didn't mind making the figures from the basic boxed set. However, as soon as I saw the Crypt Spider I could see it was going to be a bitch to paint its underbelly. Fortunately, it was only attached to the wall behind it by one peg in its belly. I deliberately cut this peg to detach the spider from the wall, thus making it far easier to paint both spider and wall. I'd recommend doing this if you are at all concerned about painting it properly. I then glued it back in place once I'd finished painting both parts. I also added a spot of superglue to the ends of its legs to make the spider even more secure in place.
Moving on to the Death Spectre when you look at his stats he is not particularly impressive. In fact his Movement value of 1 and his 1 blue die for Attack are downright pitiful. But, and it is a big but, he is one of the nastiest Mini Bosses in the game. His two abilities more than make up for those low stats. With Teleport there is no hiding from him. As for Lifesap, there is no defence against it and he can use it even if he isn't wounded. The only downside to Lifesap, if you're playing the bad guys, is he can only use it a maximum of three times in a turn. Still, that's three guaranteed hits and in two Turns he can kill ANY Hero without having to roll a single die, provided they don't heal. Just think about that! Death Spectre can be killed but your Heroes had better make sure they inflict 4 Wounds on him in one Turn. He is one extremely scary dude!
The two figures are superbly sculpted. The Crypt Spider would not look out of place in any fantasy game. There is nothing Chibi-esque about him. As for the Death Spectre, if you thought Chibi meant cute then I suggest you reconsider. He looks evil and he is evil!