After the success of the Labyrinth board game, Nottingham based company River Horse announced its plans to make a board game out of Henson’s previous film, The Dark Crystal.
Available now, Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Board Game looks very much like River Horse’s take on Labyrinth, featuring a similar board where cards are drawn and played. Choose to play as Jen, Kira, skekSil the Chamberlain, or skekUng the Garthim-Master. All of these beautiful figures come unfinished as well, so if you like painting your own figures, you can spend some time bringing them to life.
The Dark Crystal – Film
Jen, raised by the noble race called the Mystics, was told that he is the last survivor of his own race, the Gelflings. He sets out to try to find a shard of the dark crystal, a powerful gem that once provided balance to the universe. After the crystal was broken a thousand years ago, the evil Skeksis used sinister means to gain control. Jen believes that he can repair the dark crystal and bring peace back to the world, but only if he can find the remaining shard. With help of some interesting characters, can Jen save the world?
In 1982 the film was overshadowed by films like E.T: Extra-Terrestrial, Tron, and Blade Runner. But home videos and TV air-time made sure that this odd film, about magical creatures called Gelflings and Skeksis and mystic quests, would eventually find a loyal following. Since that time, The Dark Crystal has become a cult classic, and spawned toys and books and spin-off comics of all kinds.
Puppeteering legends, Jim Henson and Frank Oz created this masterpiece using puppets, which Henson had pioneered during The Muppet Show.
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