Reaper Miniatures Bones II: The Return Of Mr Bones!
So Reaper is doing another Bones Kickstarter. Like the first one, it offers a LOT for your pledge of a hundred smackaroos. As of this writing, you get about 100+ minis for your $100 pledge.
If you’re not interested in the Core Set ($100 pledge) however, you can simply pledge 1 dollar, which will let you be elligible for the Add Ons. See, in the original Kickstarter (and this one), you could pledge extra monies for stuff on top of the 200+ minis the first Bones Kickstarter came with. Like an extra 10 bucks for a clockwork dragon or 18 bucks for a bunch of paints for your minis.
If you pledge just 1 dollar this time around, you’ll be able to do stuff like add on 10 bucks to get a buncha Mouslings or 15 bucks for a Kraken! or whatever Add On strikes your fancy.
Not only that, but there’s also an expansion set costing 50 dineros, which will have it’s own set of figures and stretch goals. It differs from the Core Set in that it has greater emphasis on larger figures, which are typically add ons.
So for $150, you can get (as of this writing) almost 120 minis, some of which are representatives of pretty large creatures.
All in all, like the first Reaper Bones Kickstarter, it’s pretty good value…
Unless you’re an international pledger, then you’re kinda boned (pardon the pun). International pledgers have to pay the actual shipping cost as opposed to a flat rate the last time around. Which is reasonable, since the flat shipping rate last time was a mere 25USD for a 200 figure set. Reaper probably suffered a loss there, so I’d be willing to pay more this time around. Problem is, they don’t tell you how much is “actual cost”. There’s not even any guesstimations based on the last time. For all you know, you’ll be paying more for shipping than the actual product, on top of VAT, customs, taxes etc.
The good news is, they say they’re going to declare the value of the package based on what you pledge, not what you pledge + shipping, so you might be able to dodge customs if you just get the basic Core Set and Expansion (depending on your country’s rates). They’re also going to maybe hopefully eventually come out with some sorta shipping calculator.
So all in all, this Kickstarter will probably still be a great bargain, but for international supporters, not nearly as great as it was before. But hey, for how many minis you’re getting, it’s still fantastic value. Especially if you live in the US.
This campaign has great value… well, not as great value as the last time. For one thing, there seems to be a lot more by way of Add Ons this time around. Where in the first Kickstarter, Add Ons only constituted a fraction of the character selection, as of this writing, the Add On to Core Set ratio is about 1:2. Around 50 add ons (not counting paints) to 100+ core set. Add ons are still good value, but not great value. Especially if you’re not a role play gamer. It’s not like they’re special units in a board game.
But wait, that’s not all, the Expansion set is pretty much the Core Set, only not as great a value but still better than the add ons.
So tl;dr, Reaper Bones Kickstarter II is a great deal, especially for US residents, but Reaper’s pretty much milking it and cutting corners to give you LESS value than the last time. Again, lemme repeat, this is still a fantastic deal. It’s just that in order to turn a better profit, Reaper is trying to give us less bang for our buck.
But hey, they’ve only been on a couple days. Maybe once this Kickstarter starts hitting higher numbers than before, the Core Set and Expansion will expand to such a size that it’ll offset the “less value” Reaper is offering this time around.
Unless you’re an international supporter, then you’ll just get boned even harder on the shipping and additional charges.