Sunday, June 21, 2015

Out of the Box: Titans' Dragon Age Mystery Minis

It was just a few days ago that I was saying it would be a while before I added any more vinyl mystery minis to my collection; But those were apparently famous last words, because almost immediately after posting that, I realized that Titan had released their Dragon Age blind bag series.  And given my love of Dragon Age, I had to bring a few of them home.
Titans' Mystery minis. L-R: Fenris, Anders, Isabela, Morrigan
The one hesitation I had with these figures was their price - the Titan mini figures tend to sit in the $10-12USD range, making nearly (and sometimes exactly) twice the price of Funko's similar-sized releases.  But I discovered that there is a reason for that price difference (although as with anything, whether that difference is worth the price gap is going to vary with every collector).  The biggest differences being that these figures have three points of articulation, and that some of them come with accessories (they also appear to have more detailed paint work).
The box front, showing off the logo and images of
the Mabari, Morrigan, Alistair, Anders and Liliana
One side of the box, listing half of the figure options
The other side, the other half of the series.
The back of the box, featuring The Arishock.
Interestingly, unlike many of the blind boxes I've seen, this line has a branded (rather than blank) inner bag:
The inner bag.
But enough about the packaging, let's look at the figures themselves!

Morrigan, a character from Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon
Age: Inquisition.  This figure was the only one of my four to
include an accessory: the blue blob of magic that she's holding here.
Side view of Morrigan.

Anders, from Dragon Age: Awakening and Dragon Age II.
Anders is the palest of the four, and I had trouble
photographing him because of it.
Isabela, of Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II,
and recently, of the multiplayer portion of Inquisition
Fenris, of Dragon Age II.
Before picking up these figures, I'd had the impression that they all shared one of two bodies (male and female), but I was wrong about that.  Fenris is clearly slimmer than Anders (so that's a minimum of at least two male bodies) and Isabela has a much larger chest than Morrigan (so at least two female ones).  I was also impressed by the range of skin tones - all four of these are distinct colours (Isabela is darker than Fenris, who is darker than Morrigan, who is darker than Anders, who is so pale that he looks washed out in all of my photos).  And there was variety in their heights as well, which I appreciated.
Palest to darkest and tallest to shortest.
Morrigan and Isabela are clearly not sharing bras.
Side view: you can see the differences in body shapes here.
Overall, I was very pleased with these figures - I won't be trying to collect them all (I learned my lesson from those Game of Thrones duplicates), but if I have a chance to pick up one or two more, I think I will.  And if they release another series with more characters, I'll definitely be interested in that (Sten and Shale and Zevran! Cassandra and Cullen and Dorian! And many more, but you get the idea...)!

And finally, if you're living somewhere where this is Father's Day weekend, Happy Father's Day!


  1. I can tell the difference in quality from the Funkos just by the first photo! Their level of detail is pretty great it seems. I am not actually familiar with Dragon Age at all so I don't know any of the characters, but I love that they come in a variety of skin tones and body shapes. Love that they can move their arms as well!

    1. They really did do a great job on the face sculpts - they really did a great job of making me feel like the difference in price point between these and the Funkos has is justified.

      And the posing is a favourite feature of mine too! :)

  2. They look so animated! Almost possessed even. LOL, I watch too much horror. I would keep an eye on them though.

    1. Heh, they do all have those intense golden eyes, don't they?