Star Wars Miniatures, as the name suggests, was a collectible miniatures game based on the Star Wars universe, first produced by Wizards of the Coast in 2004 as a tie-in for the DVD releases of the original trilogy movies. It used many of the same mechanics as the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying and miniatures games. Really likes making people roll 20-sided dies, just like its sister game.
Characters were divided into various factions (Rebels, Imperials, Republic, Separatists, etc.), with characters choosing which faction to control characters from on their squad, although characters belonging to the Fringe "faction" could be added to any squad.
Although the game stopped production in mid-2010, it (like the Star Wars Customizable Card Game before it) continues to have a dedicated player base. Unofficial virtual sets continue to be produced, often based on newer Star Wars entries like Star Wars Rebels and The Force Awakens.
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This game provides examples of:
- Adored by the Network: Often displaced the RPG that it was developed alongside. For nearly a year, Wizards of the Coast's Star Wars webpage was exclusively miniatures, with maybe RPG stats included in the previews if fans were lucky.
- Ascended Meme: Some figures have the passive ability to remove stealth from opposing units within 6 squares. Admiral Ackbar was the first figure with this ability, so it was named "It's a Trap!"
- Boring, but Practical: As per the norm for collectible games, some pieces (such as Ugnaught Demolitionists and Mouse Droids) were low-costed utility characters that were considered staples on any team.
- Glass Cannon: Pretty much any character with the Heavy Weapon ability and many of the "scout" type peices.
- Lightning Bruiser: The various incarnations of Boba Fett. Also, the two Rancor characters. One particular Darth Vader piece ("Lord Vader") was also like this, with the ability to move and attack 4 times in the same turn; however, he was also something of a Glass Cannon.
- Mighty Glacier: Heavy Stormtroopers, Snowtroopers with E-Web Blasters, and various other pieces with a lot of firepower and limited movement options. Especially the Colossal AT-AT, which could only move a small number of squares, and only on certain turns too, but had the most HP of any piece in the game.
- Off-Model: Around the middle of the game's run, the sculpts and paint jobs became notably worse; compare the first Han Solo◊ (2004) to Han Solo in Stormtrooper Armor◊ (2007).
- WTH, Costuming Department?: While still a great pic, one Masters of the Force expansion box cover had Mace Windu wearing what was clearly Kyle Katarn's clothes.