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Plastic #toy #chinasaur figure (circa 1970s) which may have inspired the D&D #Owlbear monster on early gaming tables set by Gygax et al.

Made in Hong Kong. (Like all of these, my own specimen.)​

Chinasaur Owlbear
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The ugly, ugly Neo-Otyugh, a D&D monster #toy from LJN toys. Bit of a bendy, actually, with wire embedded in the plastic for some posability (until the wire breaks).

I’m … fond of it. I suppose. It does look like it gives nice hugs.

LJN Toys Neo-Otyugh
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This is the really deadly (and really ugly) #Grell, another LJN-made D&D monster bendable #toy which likely got little to no respect in the early 1980s.

There’s a lot going for it. Brains, tentacles, and … a beak. The Fiend Folio creature has these features, but the accompanying illustration is better than the effect here, which is sort of brains-on-a-cracker with green extremities.

LJN Toys Grell
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This #watercolor entry, released 7th of November, 2011, abandons the notion of using toys as models. I don't think I even penciled it, and I think it shows (though there was a prior pencil sketch attempted). I still think it's cute, though.

So for D is for Displacer Beast, I had a little assistance from Mickelson, B., “Ecology of the Displacer Beast”, Dragon Magazine #109, TSR, 1986.

D is for Displacer Beast watercolor
Displacer Beast pencil sketch
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Third of that short-lived, incomplete series once attempted (back in 3 November 2011, a late entry) of Monster Manual monsters in #watercolor: monsters of the alphabet. It's the carrion crawler, present in nigh every edition and iteration of the game.

Like the previous entry, this was also based on a #toy, this time something officially licensed: LJN Toys' bendable rubber critter.

C is for Carrion Crawler
LJN Toys' Carrion Crawler
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Second of that short-lived, incomplete series once attempted (back in 24 October 2011, this time) of Monster Manual monsters in #watercolor: monsters of the alphabet. This is the #bulette (pronounced boo'lay).

B is for Bulette
Photo of a bulette D&D chinasaur


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