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Inspired by the visionary comics by Mike Mignola, Hellboy: The Board Game is a thrilling co-operative experience for 1 to 4 players.
Inspired by the visionary comics by Mike Mignola, Hellboy: The Board Game is a thrilling co-operative experience for 1 to 4 players.
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Manufacturing Update & Johann Spectral Form Render

Posted by Mantic Games (Creator)

Calling all BPRD Agents,

It's been a while but we're back with a couple of exciting pieces of news. Firstly, we're delighted to announce that Panda will be manufacturing Hellboy: The Board Game. We were extremely impressed by the work Panda has already done on Scythe, plus Mechs Versus Minions and many others, so partnering with them on Hellboy was a no-brainer. You can read an update from Panda below.

Secondly, we've got a render of the resin Johann that was available as an optional extra. Apologies we didn't get this in time for the pledge manager phase but it was going through the sculpting/approvals process because it was added late in the Kickstarter. Anyway, you'll be able to see it below.


Dear Backers,

In Panda’s 11 year history we have printed thousands of games, many of which feature intellectual properties. Hellboy, however, is one that is especially exciting to many of us on the team. Some of our employees have been avid readers of Hellboy for years, from his first appearance in the San Diego Comic-Con Comics #2 to today. To participate in bridging the gap between Hellboy comics and tabletop gaming is both exciting and an honor.  

At Panda we pride ourselves on being gamers first, ensuring the games we produce are of the highest quality because that's what we want on our own tables. We have complete confidence that you're going to love Hellboy's production quality once you have a copy in your own little hands of doom.  

We have been working on the first print files and started with our design verification process. We will carefully check all files, detailing to Mantic any issues that might prevent us from printing the game to the highest standards. Once all print files are approved, we will create a pre-production copy of the game. This copy is a very high quality prototype that gets reviewed and approved before we start the presses rolling on thousands of copies. We're sure you'll see pictures of this copy in the weeks to come.

Besides the print files for components like the box and cards, we've also been making samples of all other components, such as the dice and miniatures. Below is one of the first finished tooling masters of all the miniatures that will be featured in Hellboy. These resin pieces get reviewed, and if approved, will be used to create cavities in large steel moulds that will be injected with molten plastic thousands of times to create the final miniatures. The tooling masters are an important checkpoint!  

We'll be working with Mantic to provide regular updates on the process and status of production over the coming months, to help keep you informed while patiently waiting for your copy of Hellboy.  

Best regards,

Kathrin, Chris, Emma and the Panda Game Manufacturing Team


Below are renders of the Johann in spectral form that was available as an optional extra. The spectral form will come in translucent resin, while the crumpled suit will be grey.

 Oh, also just realised we weren't able to show the diorama base for the Hellboy versus Ualac resin set during the pledge manager phase either. So here's a look at the render for that too...

 The base is based (ha ha) on the flames and effects in this panel.

 Next time we'll have a production update on all the printed elements of the game.

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      Desmond Auer on

      I,m with Dexter on this one, since I was wavering on getting it... bur after seeing the render, definitely want! surely it should not be that hard to re-open the backer pledges and then add it to our already stuffed-to-the-gills set...and as pointed out , won't affect postage at all...a definite bonus...

    2. Dexter Frankenstein


      Sounds expensive to order directly from your website when the minis haven’t even been produced and would add zero shipping cost to our existing orders.

      I have seen a number of creators who use Backerkit, reopen backer pledges to allow for extra items or to fix problems. Please contact Backerkit for assistance with this so we can complete our pledges as we would have if the Johann mini were accurately marketed. I’ve also had a creator open up a second survey that was then linked to my original survey in order to correct an error.

    3. unseen Giraffe on

      I seemed to have missed Johann as well.

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      Bondage Games on

      Looking forward to this. One for me and one for a friend (assuming they didn't pick one up for themselves)

    5. Jason S. Cope on

      Great update.
      But, did I miss something? My credit card just got a hit from Mantic for $38 US. I haven't done anything with Mantic save backing this kickstarter. So, kind of curious why I just got hit with another charge.


    6. Mantic Games 17-time creator on

      For those that missed out on Johann, we will make him available via our website when the Kickstarter ships. Unfortunately we can't re-open the pledge manager once it has been locked down.

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      Richard Jones on

      Damn, should have got that johann

    8. Sean "TheShellFace" on

      @NetoD20 the empty suit marker comes with the translucent/ghost Johann :)
      also, i feel bad for those who didn't get the johann, though it was mentioned in the PM and campaign that it would be a his more "human" form, it would have been nice to have a WIP shot of the model (something more noticeable than text) hopefully mantic can open the PM back up!

    9. Mark

      Yes! Open the pledge manager! Me wants!

    10. CarloM

      I like much more the new proportions of Ualac!
      The first one was too "human proportioned" (a part horns, tail, snake skin and the overall devilish look of course...), this one has a big barrel torso like drawn by Mignola

    11. Dark Hex on

      +1 more for briefly opening the pledge manager!

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      GamerF on

      As a quick solution to this issue with the re-oneness of the PM, give it for free to all backers
      A nice present for our fidelity

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      Jack Holbrook on

      I made the call not to get the Johann sculpt and now regret it. Honestly can't remember if I didn't know it was a different sculpt or not, but I will say if the pledge manager is opened back up I also would add one.

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      David Parks on

      Like everyone else, I got the impression that the optional Johann was just a translucent version of the core sculpt and I'd also like to request the opportunity to add it to my pledge, if it is at all possible.

    15. Kirkstarter

      I've got to agree that you should open the pledge manager for a shot at the newly revealed figures. The molds aren't even made yet! I think there time enough for that.

    16. Dexter Frankenstein

      I thought the translucent Johann was just a translucent version of the core sculpt. If I had known it was unique and in two pieces, I would have definitely added it to my pledge.

      How about reopening the Backerkit survey and giving us a week to add him to our orders?

    17. NetoD20 on

      I remember getting trnslucent Johann, but I don't remember getting the crumpled suit. Is there still time to alter my pledge?

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      Alex Kryuk on

      I don't even remember spectral Johann. How can I get it now?

    19. Rustam Hasanov

      Love the Spectral Johann and the suit! Very happy with new details on Ualac too!

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      Phil on

      Mantic advise the Johann extras will available from the website on launch!

    21. Deriman Franco on

      This is awesome! Are those skeletons part of the furniture box? Now I'm going to regret not getting those.

    22. Eduardo Guimarães on

      crap, i did not get the spectral form, and now i want it. you should have showed this before closing PM, you would get more buyers :D

    23. Alexandre Goh

      Cool, more miniatures! ^^

    24. Matt Gilbert on

      @Demetrios - the Walking Dead models are PVC, not hard plastic. The Hellboy models will also be PVC.

    25. J Dean

      Spectral form looks great, too bad you didn't have the image available during PM, I would have gotten it then.

    26. Demetrios on

      Will Panda‘s involvement have an effect on the type of plastic you’ll be using (hard plastic like for Walking Dead)? I really hope not.

    27. Taint

      Love both Johann pieces, wish I had ordered them!
      I didn't realise the Ualac piece was a full diorama; very nice looking base, glad I ordered this one at least :) Can't wait to paint it.

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      Brian O'Koon on

      I think the Hellboy bust is one of the target priority markers that were unlocked as streatch goals. There should be 6 in the set.

    29. Zeron von Gotingen

      I should have taken the Johann spectral form... damn...

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      Phil on

      Wow it's the character marker, looks like Abe is back there too

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      Phil on

      I see a Hellboy bust back there in the pic?????????
      Is that available?

    32. Tonberryking on

      Damn... That spectral form looks reaaaally nice. I should've taken it. I guess it's too late now?

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      Stephen Green on


    34. ARIAKAS on

      And now I am glad to have taken Johann's Spectral form! Looks fantastic!

    35. Krzysztof A.E. on

      Crap!!! Now I want that diorama!!!