Mystery mini — Werehamster?

This mini is the, or one of the, first minis I ever bought with my own money, probably in 1981.  Tom Thumb Hobbies, a little mom & pop hobby shop in the strip mall, had several open boxes of Grenadier minis under the front counter and sold them for $1 a piece — which was a considerable markup over buying a typical box, but I guess you got to pick & choose.  Anyway since the figures were pretty random, and possibly included stuff from blister packs and certainly had ‘old’ minis from before Grenadier got the all-important AD&D license, I have no idea what this guy was originally sold as.  But he’s certainly a Grenadier, as he has a very similar looking cousin that was sold as a wererat.  But this is no wererat.  He’s got a fluffy tail, perhaps making him a hamster?

The closest thing I’ve found is this wererat here.  He’s got the same arm, face, and feet, but the weapon and weapon arm are different, and he’s unarmored.  So maybe the werehamster is from the Wizzards & Warriors line?

My figure is definitely not a conversion, he’s cast from solid lead, epaulette and all.  Anyone seen this guy?

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  1. My thought is “werebadger” from what I can make out of the image. Maybe he’s a Badder mini from Gamma World?

    • Sweet! I never would have thought to check the Gamma world line.
      I would have thought a badger had a longer tail, but if it’s GW it’s a mutant anyway.
      Now that I’m looking at the GW line, I’m seeing lots of resculpts … iron society = gargoyle, wolfoids from the werewolf, and so on.
      Thanks again! Now I need to get more Badders!

  2. Yep. That’s the Badder Chief from Grenadier’s Gamma World Boxed Set 006.

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