McFarlane Toys Warhammer 40,000

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Warhammer 40,000 just got bigger thanks to McFarlane Toys’ 7″ action figures!

Games Workshop originally imported Dungeons and Dragons into the UK but feeling the game needed more miniatures, created their own game – Warhammer Fantasy Battle, a table top war game, which was released in 1983.

By 1987 Game designer Rick Priestly had developed a space combat game named Rogue Trader which was intended to be incorporated into Fantasy Battle with conversion kits being sold to allow miniatures to wield futuristic weaponry. The plan was abandoned with Rogue Trader getting the go ahead as it’s own game, but to prevent confusion with the newly acquired 2000 AD tie in Rogue Trooper, the new game was renamed Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader.

This new game received rave reviews upon release as it capitalised on the ideas already established in Fantasy Battle but flung them into the far future with futuristic space warfare. As the game’s success grew, Games Workshop’s White Dwarf magazine published rule updates to help establish larger armies with these updates collected into additional volumes to go with the main rulebook.

Between 1987 and the second edition being published in 1993, Rogue Trader was dropped from the title and the game was known solely as Warhammer 40,000 or Warhammer 40K by fans.

Spin off games such as Space Hulk and Gorkamorka were released along with video games and a massive number of novels which fleshed out the universe and lore of the Space Marines, Eldar, Tyranids, Orks, Chaos and other inhabitants of this future universe.

While Games Workshop have always kept their figures in miniature scale for army building and gaming purposes, now McFarlane Toys has brought fans 7″ fully articulated characters from Warhammer 40,000 to pose on their shelves with their other larger action figures. Clay gray “artist proof” chase figures allow collectors to repaint Space Marines, Battle Sisters and other figures in custom colours, just like they can with the miniatures!

Buy your McFarlane Toys Warhammer 40,000 action figures at Gear4Geeks, your UK store for all things geek!