MPC action scenes update

Clifford Linton, a sculptor who worked for Grenadier back in the day, and who has more recently worked for Mega Minis, commented on the business side of the MPC releases with a caveat that this was a long time ago and he is not claiming certainty: “Keep in mind I’m not entirely sure on the details, you may want to check and see if you can confirm this to some degree. My memory is not as good as it used to be.

Just as an aside, it should be noted that Grenadier Modeels, (specifically Andy Chernak) had a big problem with TSR giving MPC permission to copy their minis, as they were just that, almost exact copies of Grenadier sculpts. Andy’s contention was TSR had the rights to the AD&D name and logos, but not the rights to reproduce the Grenadier sculpts. I believe their contract with TSR stated only Grenadier had copyright on the actual figures. I don’t remember what happened specifically, but I’m fairly certain Andy had threatened a law suit at some point. Whether he actually carried it out , I don’t remember. It’s possible MPC pulled the sets anyway, just to cover themselves. (reposted, with permission, from an email to the Collecting Grenadier Models Yahoo group)

I am far too lazy to confirm the details, but on the face of it, it makes sense. TSR pulled a lot of shenanigans back in the day. Ral Partha was (allegedly) forced to destroy all their old molds for their licensed AD&D miniatures after TSR/WotC decided to make their own line, and in light of the MPC affair I can more readily understand why TSR would have had such a clause in the contract with Ral Partha.

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