Cardboard Heroes Are Taking Over?
I've seen more and more companies releasing "cardboard counters", those little sheets of cardboard that you cut out a picture from, fold at the seams, and use in place of pewter or plastic miniatures. I can't help but find these things ugly as hell: I've seen people releasing sets based on movie licenses: screenshot a movie, hastily and poorly stitch out the character in question, and blammo, Pinhead, DC10!
Are we going backwards? If we're going to combat the increased pull of stunning graphics in video gaming, why are we reverting back to cardboard cutouts? Sure, pewter figures take more time and money to create, and they cost more money to buy, but we're not playing a glorified Candyland or Mouse Trap. Nor do we (I, rather) have a collection of plastic stands to hold the cardboard fold together. If WizKids is making zillions on their plastic miniatures, it stands to reason that they'd make a zillion more if they just released a set based on the Monster Manuals (Mage Knight is certainly a good start). Are the only people who care about miniatures those who lust for Games Workshop or MechWarrior?