Matango! No matango, Myconid! The next model in the Manifesto spotlight is actually entitled “Myconids”, and it’s brought to you by long time Lego enthusiast Steve Vargo. The build is actually from 2012 but by now you should know that I refuse to limit myself to current models and nothing really caught my eye today while browsing the usual haunts. Somehow these guys slipped past my radar, four years ago and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to ‘shroom it up. The techniques Steve uses to create the Myconids are pretty solid, although the design seems a little spindly at the hips for my taste. Likewise, the squared off chest doesn’t do much to maintain the illusion of an organic form, but I don’t care, these guys rock anyway. My favorite detail of the Myconid design is the toes, they are perfect little stubs that suggest roots. I’d love to see these guys in a diorama, along with some intrepid adventurers to encounter and subsequently be slaughtered by. When I look at them it takes me back to really crappy but fun D&D games, so you can call me Captain Nostalgia today, I’m good with it. In fact you can sue me if I’d rather be fighting mushroom men with polyhedral dice than doing my taxes or cleaning the bathroom. D&D is the game everyone has played but few will admit to enjoying it, so I’m not gonna be one of those guys. I wish Steve would branch out to even more monsters from the game, I’d love to see his take on a Mind Flayer or a Kuo Toa, he’s clearly got the skill for it and it’s a thematic path that hasn’t been explored extensively.
The Myconids are indeed D&D monsters that date back to 1986 and a popular module called Scourge of the Slave Lords, which was a continuation of an even older and much beloved trio of adventures from 1980. The Myconids have gone from B-list dungeon fodder to a playable character race in the latest version of D&D and now they have been immortalized in the brick. I suppose they deserve their props after all, although they seem impossibly goofy, right up there with the Owlbear, Gelatinous Cube and Hippocampus. I love Steve’s build more than I ever appreciated the monster back in the day, with an AC of 12 they seemed anything but threatening and it’s hard to keep players focused under normal circumstances, without adding a mushroom man into the mix. A Monster Manual-style Omnibus posting seems to be in order and you can bet it will include the mighty Myconid! Be sure to check out Steve’s other D&D inspired builds like Troll, Goblin & Orc and Enchanted Waters, you won’t be disappointed.
Of course, no mention of the walking fungi would be complete without mentioning the classic film “Matango!” A.K.A. “Attack of the Mushroom People” A.K.A “Fungus of Terror“. While it’s certainly not my favorite in the genre, you could do a lot worse than your beverage of choice, some Lego and Matango! playing in the background. Prepare yourself for “Indescribable Horror!”, I hope you have your broadsword handy, roll for initiative!