Thursday 21 November 2013


Here is an interesting figure. I got this in about 1975 from a newsagent in Morecambe, Lancashire, where my Grandmother lived. At the local newsagent, there was a box of various monsters (2 others I have/had are a wingless red dragon standing on it's hind legs and a sort or green concertina like lizard) and I was already showing promise by buying one each time I went with my Dad to get the paper.

It's clearly the same as the Bulette illustration from the Monster Manual, but in production before the book was published

Having typed this, I have just found this fascinating thread in which one of the inventors of D and D (presumably Dave Arneson) explains that Gary Gygax based the monsters on the plastic figures. Answered my own conundrum thanks to the wonders of the internet.


  1. I remember those. My friend and I had a bunch of them. There was a Rust Monster in addition to the Bulette, as I remember. Always wondered about that.

  2. The Monster Manual illustration of an Owlbear was ALSO based on one of the same plastic toys from that same set.

  3. Thanks, and I think the Umberhulk was a hybrid of a red dragon type thing with face pincers and a green lizard from the same set. And of course the rust monster came from this source too.