The Case for Thugs

March 24, 2008

When are henchmen gonna get their due?

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I admit that my understanding of Heroclix is fairly limited, but I’m told this generic henchmen token can be used with any team affiliation, at any time, to represent the “real” henchmen that super-villains use! What an awesome idea!

You see, villains rarely team-up. More often than not they try to take care of things by themselves, making use of hired muscle to do so.  When I imagine The Joker and Batman fighting I don’t expect to see a lot of C and D-list Arkham Inmates present, rather an army of eccentric thugs. Has UDE ever seen the 60’s Batman series before? All they ever did on that show was fight henchmen!

Let’s get some ultra-generic Thugs who can become part of any team affiliation, without a team-up. Say they have the team affiliation of each other character you control, or something. We could even come up with a keyword for cards of that type. Their effects don’t have to be devastating, just something simple that can be bolstered with a proper plot twist of character effect. Just imagine how playable certain team affiliations could become with the help of Random Punks-esque burn effect, or an extra card draw, or whatever.

UDE has done some amazing things with Army before, and with Leader making a trimuphant return in Marvel Universe now would be a perfect time to fully exploit the possibilities here. Best of all it would only take two or three cards to make henchmen a major force in any given set. What do you think?

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3 Responses to “The Case for Thugs”


  1. I would rather see Hippies and Haters!

    Great idea.

  2. kaleeshwarrior Says:

    I am in 100% agreement here. I’ve always felt that henchman were the one thing Vs. was missing. I mean, we’ve got the Random Punks but they’re unaffiliated and not at all the same. We need thugs!

    And, while they’re at it, throw in a few Law Enforcement cards that do the same thing so that we can have Superman teaming up with the Metropolis Police Department to take down Lex Luthor and his hired goons.

    Oh, and one other thing. Where’d you get that image from? I’m asking just because it looks CG which means it may be from some Heroclix video game I haven’t heard about or something. Just curious.

    Oh, and great blog. Keep it up!


  3. I stole the image from a Heroclix preview article bout the Thugs. As far as I know there is no Heroclix video game, although that would be all kinds of awesome.

    Also, the idea doesn’t have to be limited to Thugs. There could be law enforcement, soldiers, ninjas, scientists, or even message board trolls. The possibilities are endless!


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