Personalities and Things that go Bump in the Night
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About the Range
Originally, this series was called the "Fantasy Line" and used "ES-xx" product codes. Adverts ran in Dragon magazaine using that code scheme from issue 4 to 11; in issue 12 the series became Personalities and Things that go Bump in the Night.  The first figure of the series, "ES-01 Evil Wizard, casting spell" represented Ral-Partha a Dungeons & Dragons wizard created by Tom Meier's friend John "Ral" Winkler. John later became the company's chief caster. Also of note is "ES-18 Adventuress" which was introduced in December 1978 (Dragon issue 4) and is credited as the first female character for role-playing games.  The figures were first sold loose, but by 1977 they were packaged in blister packs on a black-printed white card. The 1979 Ral Partha catalog includes a series of box sets ES-201 through ES-212 which contained two to four figures with related themes. Additional sets were added the following year. Ral Partha replaced the descriptive codes with numeric ones in its 1980 catalog: the "ES-xx" (presumably "Elf Specials"?) codes became 01-xxx.
This page documents the core of the Personalities range, and covers both the figures released under the early ES product codes as well as the later 01 codes (see Notes on Product Codes).
094 The Golden Dragon
099 Armored Giant on War Elephant
- Ral Partha 1987 catalog listed sets 01-141 to 01-145 as "part of the Chaos Wars program".
For codes 01-162 through 01-192, see Personalities (Dennis Mize Extension)
Initially, the product codes for this range were prefixed with ES, then around 1980 the prefix was changed to 01. This adjustment from alphabetic to numeric product code prefixes happened across all of the ranges that Ral Partha was producing at the time.
The 1979 catalog was the last one from Ral Partha itself to use the ES codes, and the range only extended up through ES64 at that point. However, even after Ral Partha switched over to using the 01 codes, both RAFM and Citadel Miniatures continued to use the ES codes for the figures from this range that they were importing into Canada and the UK respectively. Citadel was still selling these figures under ES codes at least as late as 1982, and RAFM was doing so at least as late as 1986. In both cases they were using ES codes on figures that were released after Ral Partha had made the switch over to the 01 codes.
This makes it difficult to try and draw a neat distinction between the set of ES series figures vs. the 01 series figures. To further complicate matters is the fact that the two Ral Partha catalogs before and after the switch over (i.e. 1979 and 1980) only included photos of a small number of the figures in the range. This makes it unclear as to which particular variant of a given product code was even in production at the point in time that the product codes were changed.
The earliest variants of some of these figures would only ever have been released under ES codes since those variants had already been phased out before the switch over. A large block of the figures were released both under ES and 01 codes. The latest half of the range, everything past 01-100 or so, were only ever released under 01 codes.
This page intends to document all of the figures released under both the ES and 01 codes. To keep things simple we have uniformly labeled all of the figures using the 01 prefix, even though some of the earliest variants would have only been released under ES codes.
As well as selling the Personalities figures individually, Ral Partha bundled them together in sets with codes in the 01-200+ range (see 1980 Ral Partha catalogue). No set names were given. These early Fantasy Collector Series sets and their contents are listed in the following table:
|01-201||001, 004, 006, 037|
|01-202||036, 053, 055, 056|
|01-203||014, 020, 054, 061|
|01-204||009, 015, 016, 024||007 instead of 009 in 1979 Catalog|
|01-205||011, 012, 041|
|01-206||008, 018, 021, 023|
|01-207||022, 031, 042, 043|
|01-208||013, 018, 024||(1979) v1|
|01-208||026, 027||(1980) v2|
|01-209||005, 007, 013, 033|
|01-211||010, 041, 048|
|01-212||019, 050, 051|
|01-213||005, 031, 048|
|01-214||029, 055, 058, 060|
|01-215||001, 030, 054, 061|
- , Wikipedia,
- , Dragon Magazine, "Fantasy Forge", Issue 8, July 1977