Greetings HeroClix Fans!
Today’s preview from the upcoming release of The Lord of the Rings HeroClix: The Two Towers is none other than the Grey Wizard reborn! We are pleased to present Gandalf and Shadowfax from The Two Towers HeroClix Rider packs!
One of the first things you may notice is that Gandalf and Shadowfax possess the Transporter ability, allowing them to carry friendly figures as well as use the Move and Attack ability. However, their Lord of the Mearas special power (located on the early-dial) allows Gandalf and Shadowfax to use Hypersonic Speed rather than the Move and Attack special ability, allowing them to forgo any penalty to their attack value.
Early dial, Gandalf and Shadowfax also possess a special power on the attack slot called Beacon of Hope. Beacon of Hope allows Gandalf and Shadowfax to use Pulse Wave, and if their successful attack roll result is doubles, any hit characters are also assigned an action token. And while not available on their initial click, the White Wizard special power gives Gandalf and Shadowfax access to Outwit, Perplex, and Probability Control, three powers that are always useful on your HeroClix force!
Mid-dial, Gandalf and Shadowfax switch tactics slightly as Lord of the Mearas is replaced with Phasing/Teleport, Beacon of Hope gives way to Penetrating/Psychic Blast, and the White Wizard special power is replaced with standard Perplex.
Initially, Gandalf and Shadowfax enjoy superior protection from damage thanks to Impervious, and then mid-dial they receive some protection from Invulnerability. Late-dial, Gandalf and Shadowfax gain Running Shot and the Beacon of Hope special power reappears and Regeneration replaces Invulnerability on the defense slot.
One of the cooler elements about the mounted figures is the option to use the Split/Merge ability to separate into any qualifying Gandalf figure and the enclosed Shadowfax bystander token. Shadowfax possesses Hypersonic Speed and some other goodies on his initial side (034b)! The Mount trait allows Shadowfax to predictably use the Carry ability, while the Lord of All Horses special power allows Shadowfax to use Invulnerability, and if Shadowfax takes damage, instead of being K.O.’ed players will instead flip Shadowfax to the other side (034c) revealing a different “dial” for Shadowfax! Hypersonic Speed gives way to Charge, while Shadowfax also gains Quake and Super Senses!
Lastly, and certainly not least, let’s not overlook Gandalf and Shadowfax’s Epic Action ability, Turning of the Tide, which allows Gandalf and Shadowfax to use Outwit and then use it again as a free action for every 200 points of the game build!
The Animal, Fellowship, Herald, Maiar, Mystical, and Ringbearer keywords offer multiple opportunities for theme team builds in standard or epic games, and Gandalf and Shadowfax will always be a potent force on the battlefield thanks to consistent combat values and a great power selection.
Thanks for joining us for our latest The Lord of the Rings HeroClix: The Two Towers preview. Be sure to check out the set’s release at your friendly local game or comic book stores later this week!