Alan & Michael Perry
These figures were part of a batch of new blister packs released in late 1986 and early 1987, a few months before Citadel lost the licence. It's surely no coincidence that they hit the market at the same time as the 'F3 Barbarians' range, also designed by the Perrys. This tactic was used with other blisters, including ADD32 Dwarf Villagers (Trish Morrison's D6 Dwarf Villagers), ADD24 Lords of Battle (F2 Lords of Battle), ADD40 Men-at-Arms (F4 Men-at-Arms) and ADD41 Lawful Fighters (F2 Paladins, the ADD41 figures even have 'Paladin' marked on the slotta-tab).
Unsurprisingly, many AD&D fans felt somewhat cheated by these releases, and it was no surprise that the writing was on the wall for the ADD range!
The pack of 3 Barbarians on foot replaced the previous ADD21 Barbarian Adventure Pack. Although it was always listed as 'ADD21, Barbarians', I use the code ADD21a to differentiate between the 2 sets. ADD21a consisted of a trio of Barbarian characters, one with a two-handed sword, one with a two-handed battleaxe, and another armed with handaxe and shield. There appears to have been 5 variants of each of the 3 poses, with the only variations being head detail and facial features.
The 3 base pose of the ADD21 Barbarians
Pose 1, variant A. This figure is armed with a broad-bladed two-handed sword, and he wears hide boots and a loincloth. At his belt he carries a handaxe and a sheathed dagger, and he wears a shoulder-belt with a shield boss designed to take a plastic shield. This variant has shoulder-length hair and a straggly beard.
Pose 1, variant B. This variant is beardless and has a shaven head, apart from a long top-knot hanging over his right shoulder.
Pose 1, variant C. This variant is beardless, and he wears a plain steel helmet with a nasal and a chainmail neckguard.
Pose 2, variant A. This figure is armed with a double-bladed, two-handed battleaxe, and he wears leather boots and a chainmail groin-guard. At his belt he carries a handaxe and a small pouch and a sheathed dagger. This variant has a shaven head and a short beard with a long moustache. His mouth is open in a shout.
Pose 2, variant B. This variant has long hair and a clean-shaven face. His mouth is open in a shout.
Pose 2, variant C. This variant has a shaven head with a long topknot. His mouth is closed.
Pose 2, variant E. This variant wears a round steel helmet with two small horns and a disc-shaped boss on the top. He has a clean-shaven face and his mouth is closed.
Pose 3, variant A. This figure is armed with a single-bladed, one-handed axe and his left hand has a shield stud. He wears leather sandals, a chainmail shirt and a broad belt from which hangs a longsword in a fur scabbard. He also wears a bone, tooth and claw necklace around his neck. This variant has shoulder-length hair showing beneath a steel helmet with two small horns and a rounded boss on top. His mouth is open in a shout.
Pose 3, variant B. This variant wears a plain conical helmet with small cheekguards. His mouth is closed.
Pose 3, variant C. This variant has a clean-shaven head and a long moustache. His mouth is open in a shout.