Monster of the Day #1603 Updated on July 14, 2017 By Ken Begg 23 Comments Wait, there was a D&D nerd hidden away on the Futurama writing staff? Go figure. Tweet Pin It Related PostsMonster of the Day #1631 (Sep 19, 2017) Monster of the Day #1630 (Sep 18, 2017) Monster of the Day #1629 (Sep 15, 2017) Monster of the Day #1628 (Sep 14, 2017) Monster of the Day #1627 (Sep 13, 2017) By Ken Begg http://jabootu.net Jon Allenstein Hm. I never played D & D. Cullen Waters The brown thing with the tusks is a rust monster, bane to adventurers everywhere. While not as dangerous as a dragon, a troll, or even an angry inn keeper’s wife, the rust monster is a threat, as it goes around turning metal into rust and eating it. Not sure if it works on enchanted stuff or not, but best keep the +1 swords out of reach just in case. Next time on Cullen’s D&D corner, we discuss why THAC0 is such a necessary aspect to the role playing experience, as well as what to do when your fellow gamers don’t play their alignments right. Here’s a hint: sledgehammer and a general knowledge of the best places to dig shallow graves. Gamera977 Nothing better to take the knight from his glorious suit of shiny steel plate to standing around shivering in his underwear… I do like the robot with rusty having big corroded spots all over him. Cullen Waters That is a nice touch. I also like the indignant look on the rust monster’s face. “Well, what did you expect me to do when you brought me home?” bgbear_rnh I see, so not the best pet for a left handed robot. Gamera977 ‘Silly droid, rust monsters are for meat-bags…’ Flangepart Robo-masochist. Rock Baker Actually, before it was appropriated into the game, this was one of a number of goofy-looking monsters sold in plastic bags of dinosaurs -the dinosaurs mostly reduced versions of the classic Marx figures. Knowing the figure only from this, my brother and I shared a smile upon seeing it. We’d owned several over the years, as those bags of dinosaurs were a staple of our youth. I think it was only last year that I learned it had been adopted by gamers as well. Gamera977 I had a bag of those back in the late ’70s – early ’80s. When I first played D&D I assumed the Chinese company had just ripped off the D&D Monster Manual. It was years later I found out it was the opposite. Gary Gygax was using historical figures for the humans but didn’t have anything for the monsters so one of the guys went and bought a bag of monsters from the five and dime as Rock said and they wrote up official stats for them! Andrew Sherrod The creature that became the D&D bulette was also sold in those bag. A pointy four legged thing. I do recall the bags with those and what would become rust monsters in them. A few of them also seemed to be drawn from Toho and Daiei films. I think I may even have some in a trunk in my father’s shed. Gamera977 I wish I still had mine. I still have my old Marx dinosaur set but these monsters have over the years vanished. Rock Baker One was a bipedal armadillo-looking creature. That one certainly looked like something from an old Japanese movie (or more likely TV series), and I spent a bit of time imagining such a film! Eric Hinkle I don’t know where the heck else to ask this, so beg pardon but — has the word ‘Negro’ become some sort of racist epithet? Ken_Begg Ha, that’s great stuff. I remember those now! Ken Begg As far as I can, every word that isn’t on the secret updated weekly list is a racist epithet. Otherwise most people wouldn’t be racist and then where would the modern puritan crowd be? Wade Harrell Yes! I totally remember that guy being in the cheap dino assortment! Although I was never much of a D+D player myself (to quote Mabel from Gravity Falls “It’s like homework: the game”) as a monster enthusiast I liked the monster manuals and the little lead figures, and I recognized this guy! Wade Harrell I remember another plastic figure from those sets, bipedal with his hands held in front like a reptilian kangaroo, with with fish-fin things sticking out of his head (like Gorgo) and a sort of fleshy snout with a beak at the end. Very Muppet-like. Anybody remember him? Wade Harrell The Beholder turns up too, I think in “How Hermes Got His Groove back”. Rock Baker Yes! I remember him now that you’ve reminded me! I always wanted that figure to be bigger! Andrew Sherrod I think I do recall the one you are describing. Did it look a little like Titanosaurus from Terror of Mechagodzilla? I also recall on that looked like Barugon from the Gamera movie. I even had a larger rubber creature that looked exactly like an upright, bipedal barugon. (Hard to believe, I know, but I was quite a kaiju fanatic as a child, though the term was not in use in the US then, at least not anywhere I would have run into it.) Rock Baker Somewhat, as I recall. My memories concerning such have faded a little, I think. Wade Harrell Kinda, but more muppet-like. He could have easily been in the background of Jabba’s palace. The Rev. Holy crow, he’s right! I even had that weird-ass thing! Never once made that connection.