Ma’al Drakar from Reaper Miniatures

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Published on: June 21, 2017

The BONES 3 Kickstarter from Reaper Miniatures is drawing to an end with shipping of the rewards starting. In this video I go over the centerpiece model of the Kickstarter, the 5-headed dragon, Ma’al Drakar, the Dragon Tyrant.

Ma’al Drakar is likely a play on ‘Mal Drak’ which is French for ‘bad dragon’. Another bad dragon is Tiamat, the five-headed queen of the evil chromatic dragons. Each of her heads is one of the customary colors of the chromatic dragon, black, blue, green, red, and white. Each head has the powers of chromatic dragon it’s the color of.

Ma’al Drakar is a very large 28mm scale model sculpted by Julie Guthrie and released by Reaper Miniatures for their BONES 3 Kickstarter. Lovingly called the Tianot for its resemblance of the evil chromatic dragon god in Dungeons and Dragons, Tiamat. The miniature is made of the Reaper soft vinyl BONES material, but due to its size, standing over 12 inches with a 13 inch wingspan does not suffer from many of the common problems smaller miniatures do when made of BONES.

One oddity we noticed is there are two different versions of the Ma’al Drakar boxes, one members received hers in what looks to be the retail box, while mine came in a large brown box. As far as we can tell, the model itself is identical. There was a very limited edition version of the miniature released in resin with a $499 price tag. As of right now there is no pricing information on the retail version of Ma’al Drakar but speculation is $130-150.

Speaking of the model, the assembly is super easy with the miniature coming in 16 pieces. Each piece has a unique slot cut into it, making it easy to identify where each piece goes. Essentially you’re just putting together a large, simple puzzle. The notches really only matters on the dragons heads,the rest are easy enough to figure out at a glance.

I assembled and disassembled Ma’al Drakar about 5 times with no problems, taking about 4 or 5 minutes each time. All the pictures you see of the dragon assembled have no glue, the only thing holding them together is friction and the relatively deep pegs that come on this model. This was a fun model to tinker with.

The only problem I have noticed about this model are the moldlines will be difficult to remove due to it being made from the BONES material (Tip: Put it in the freezer to stiffen up the material), as well as some sizeable gaps on the tail and chest.

I honestly recommend this model, it’s beautiful and very well constructed! The negatives are typical of any model of this size. Even at the potential price tag of $130 this is worth it in my humble opinion.

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