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Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man – Devil Dinosaur Champion Figure

Greetings HeroClix Fans,

The Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man set is almost here! Today, we continue to reveal another figure found in the set, designed by the 2015 HeroClix Team World Champions, Tim Bold, Nick Peterson, and Derek Thompson. This former partner of Moon Boy, hails from the Savage Land, was an enemy of Nextwave, a member of H.A.T.E., and…ok, look, let’s cut to the chase – he’s a gigantic talking red tyrannosaurus wearing a smoking jacket and carrying a revolver. We are excited to introduce Team Fail Boat and their new figure, Devil Dinosaur! 

Name: Tim Bold

WES ID: TheEvilCapitalist

Location: Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Favorite Local Venues: Empire Game Center2015FailBoat

Name: Nick Peterson

WES ID: NOPeterson

Location: Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Favorite Local Venues: Empire Game Center, Critical Hit

Name: Derek Thompson

WES ID: JDThompson

Location: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Favorite Local Venues: Empire Game Center

What first brought you to the world of HeroClix?

Most of us were either comic book fans or enjoyed strategy games and this is a great combination of both.

How long have you been playing HeroClix? 

Tim has been playing the longest, as he started back in Clobberin’ Time. Derek started back in the Sinister days and Nick has been playing since Avengers.

How often and where do you play HeroClix?

 We get together to play frequently, at least twice a month. When we get together and play, we very rarely play the meta; we generally play fun, thematic teams. There are a ton of venues in Northeast Ohio and for most of the big events, we all play at Empire Game Center. A lot of times we will meet up at someone’s house after a tournament to play a few fun games. We alternate where we play, but generally play at Tim’s “ginger mansion”.

What is your favorite thing about HeroClix?

 HeroClix as a game is incredibly deep and flexible. Players can build highly competitive teams, to compete at Regional, National, or World Championships, but also build a lot of thematic teams, to play casual games with friends. As a group, we take advantage of both aspects of the game.

What inspired you to choose the character you designed?

Nextwave is one of our favorite comics and we were disappointed that Devil Dinosaur was never created from that series. We also liked all of the minion characters from Nextwave and wanted to find a way to incorporate both into HeroClix. 

Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man - Devil Dinosaur Champion Figure

What were the challenges or considerations you faced while conceptualizing your dial design?

We have been talking about creating this dial for years now, so most of the groundwork was already in place. The hardest part was making a dial that is fun so everyone can enjoy, but balanced so that it isn’t game breaking.

Please walk us through your dial design.

Devil Dinosaur is the mastermind behind Beyond Corp and S.I.L.E.N.T, but is also the fierce final fight against the heroes. We wanted to incorporate both of these aspects into the dial.

For the first three clicks of the dial, Devil Dinosaur is working behind the scenes sending out “waves” of minions to attack. There are so many minions to choose from in Nextwave, that it took some time to decide on the drop bears, Rockabilly M.O.D.O.K., and homicide crabs. The drop bears are iconic from the series and our favorite, so that was an easy choice. The Rockabilly M.O.D.O.K. almost won a fan poll a few years back, so we felt like we had to add them. For the last bystander, we decided on homicide crabs over broccoli men simply because we thought we could design a more enjoyable bystander dial for the crabs.

The defensive special ability is representative of the heroes finally approaching Devil Dinosaur so that he goes on a long winded monologue that they can’t stop. From a gameplay standpoint, we wanted to incorporate this with the bystander ability in order to give players an opportunity to bring most of the bystanders into play instead of having the opponent quickly hit Devil Dinosaur past that ability.

For the final four clicks of the dial, the stop click represents Devil Dinosaur losing control and transforming into an aggressive dinosaur that attacks. We didn’t think it would be appropriate for him to go back to working behind the scenes after becoming enraged, so we put the can’t heal past this click into the power. The rest of the dial is simply an out of control dinosaur attacking the heroes with charge, flurry, B/C/F, and battle fury.

Devil Dinosaur can’t carry because he has tiny arms and he no longer wants to carry another after eating Moon Boy.

Any parting thoughts?

We wanted to thank the WizKids team for giving us this opportunity and for being great to work with throughout the process.

Hopefully we get another opportunity to design a figure again. We came close again this year, placing third in team world’s and with Derek placing second in singles. We have a few other ideas in store for some unclixed characters, so hopefully we get another shot at making a figure in the future.

 

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Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man – Mephisto Champion Figure

Greetings HeroClix Fans,

The Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man set not only features the friends and foes of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, but also includes three HeroClix designed by past HeroClix Champions. Yesterday, we introduced you to Chameleon, designed by the 2014 World Champion. Today we have the figure designed by the 2015 HeroClix World Champion. Introducing Paris Gordon and his figure design of Mephisto!

Name: Paris Gordon

WES ID: mourir

Location: Houston, TX

Favorite Local Venues: Fat Ogre Games & Comics, Bedrock City, Swords & Superheroes, 8th Dimension Comics and Games

What first brought you to the world of HeroClix?
My dad brought home some boosters when the game first came out, and we’ve been collecting and playing ever since.

 How long have you been playing HeroClix?
I’ve been casually playing at home and collecting since the first set, Infinity Challenge. I’ve been going to tournaments and playing competitively since Giant Sized X-Men.

How often and where do you play HeroClix?
I play pretty often with my teammates at home, especially my dad. For tournaments, I go to at least one OP event per month and try to attend some bigger tournaments about once a month. Locally, I mainly play at Bedrock City Comics and Fat Ogre Games and Comics.

What inspired you to choose the character you designed?
I’ve always been a fan of Mephisto in the comics, and for such a cool, powerful, and important character in the Marvel Universe, I felt like he didn’t have enough representation in HeroClix. There have only been two versions previously, and while they were both cool in their own ways, I didn’t feel that either figure was depictive of the way I would imagine a Mephisto figure.Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man - Mephisto Champion Figure

What were the challenges or considerations you faced while conceptualizing your dial design?
I wanted to show Mephisto manipulating things from the background, while also showcasing his power. Balancing this was probably the hardest challenge, but also the most fun part.

Please walk us through your dial design.
Like I said, I wanted to showcase both his background manipulations and his overwhelming power. To do this I gave him the Unseen Manipulator power and Perplex on the opening two clicks. He can also be played with just these clicks, as there are times where Mephisto gets his feet wet, but leaves before ever taking things into his own matters. However, playing him at full shows Mephisto getting tired of playing games and taking things into his own hands (with the stop click showing how he chose to unleash his power). Of course, he also has the contracts (at either dial) he can make with any character…for a price. He has power over others (-1 defense) and will collect his debt (healing).

Any parting thoughts?
I’m really happy with the way Mephisto turned out. I’m glad I got this opportunity and enjoyed working with WizKids. Hopefully I get another chance to do so! Shout out to everyone in Team Ragnarok for helping me play and improve, and being all around awesome people!

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Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man – Chameleon Champion Figure

Greetings HeroClix Fans,

The Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man set features the Spider-Man Family, Sinister Syndicate and more friends and foes of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Also included in the upcoming set are three HeroClix designed by HeroClix Champions. To introduce these new figures, we spoke with the champion designers about how they came up with their HeroClix. First up is Chameleon, designed by the 2014 World Champion, Patrick Yapjoco.

Name: Patrick Yapjoco

WES ID: Spawn

Location: Orange, CA

How long have you played: 8+ years

Favorite local venues: Majestix (Orange, CA), Uncle Red’s Pizza (Bellflower, CA), The Realm Games and Comics (Brea, CA)

What first brought you to the world of HeroClix?

I used to collect action figures and comics, and play other table top games. When I saw this at my local comic shop, I was intrigued.  The rest is history.

How long have you been playing HeroClix?

I’ve played since Infinity Challenge, but I took a break from Ultimates to Arkham Asylum.  When Hammer of Thor was released, I was hooked again.

How often and where do you play HeroClix?

I play almost every day if I can, since I run a Heroclix-only store, Majestix.  It’s in Orange, California and we are one of two stores that I know are dedicated purely to this great game.

What is your favorite thing about HeroClix?

From a gaming aspect, I love the team-building and the synergies that can be discovered while playing the game.  The designers are always pushing the envelope on new game elements and rules, which makes for a dynamic and FUN game.  The other aspect I love is the community.  Being part of many other gaming communities, I can definitely say that the HeroClix community is BY FAR, the best gaming community I have been a part of.

What inspired you to choose the character you designed?

I am first and foremost a Spider-Man guy.  I love his rogues gallery, especially the Sinister Six storylines.  Chameleon was the first Spider-villain, too! We haven’t had a Chameleon in 6-7 years and it’s about time the Master of Disguises gets his spotlight again!

Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man - Chameleon Champion Figure

What were the challenges or considerations you faced while conceptualizing your dial design?

The hardest part was keeping his point value low enough so he didn’t take up a lot of space on a team, since he is mainly a background guy doing undercover work.  My initial design came back at well over 100 points (I’m greedy)!

Please walk us through your dial design.

I wanted to showcase Chameleon’s mastery of the art of disguises.  I wanted to see what we could do with it, and the Stan Lee figure gave me inspiration on how it could be done.  I also wanted him to be the definitive Shapechange guy, which is why he has the trait that prevents others from using Shapechange or being replaced. He is an integral part of the Sinister Syndicate, so he needed that team ability, but since he could be anyone, he could be a part of any team, too.  So, we decided that making him a wild card would suit both needs. Being a Spy, he should have some influence/knowledge, which is where Perplex and Outwit come in.  Lastly, he is tough to track down due to his disguises, which is why he has Stealth, Shapechange, and Super Senses.On his last click, he has Regeneration, which is meant to show he is trying to create a new disguise.

Any parting thoughts?

It was a fun process designing this figure.  Chameleon went through a couple of different iterations, but I am happy with the outcome.  Scott was very open and helpful in what I wanted to accomplish with this figure and I am glad that he is 70pts, as it will give teams more flexibility in team-building.  I hope everyone enjoys the Disguise trait and I am excited to see which Disguises Chameleon will be using.  Oh, and remember, when in doubt, Perplex the Attack (Chameleon can help with that)!

That’s all for today HeroClix fans. Tune in tomorrow to learn about another of the champion figures included in the Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man set.