I own at least twelve sets of Arion Games figures, and while I generally find them to be high-quality and very satisfying, I'm disappointed in this set. I feel like it was rushed to market without taking the time to do it right.
While it's challenging to represent inches-tall characters in table-top miniatures, the artist has ignored scale altogether here. The giant, dragon, hag, troll and goblins are all the same size... human-sized. As are the fox and the insects. Basically, every character got a 1" square to fit into, regardless of their proper size, and they all more or less fill their squares.
That isn't typical of AG figures... I have the same troll from another set and it's a larger figure in that set. And the cut-out lines are typically fitted to the width of the character, instead of being a fixed 1" wide.
The faeries themselves are disappointing. The choices are limited... you have only two choices per type/sex. All the brownies are dumpy. I know pooka's aren't exactly sexy, but I don't recall them being described as green-skinned... they look like bad guys, especially because two of the four carry weapons. They'd make great goblins, and because of this I think care should have been taken to make sure they didn't look like bad guys.
The sprites are armed with fancy forged weapons... none are armed with "a sword made from a sewing needle" as described in the book, which would have been a really nice touch. Little of the armor looks "sprite-ish". I recognize the limitations of the artistic medium... armor made of bark and other natural materials would be a lot of work to build models for, but it's the kind of thing that would have really set this product apart. As it is, it feels like they very much made-do with what they had on hand, and what they had on hand just wasn't appropriate.
The pixies are pretty good, though I'm not sure what's up with the "giant butterfly pattern centered on the crotch" pants one male is wearing. But I suspect they're pretty good because faery wings and dresses are readily available as Poser models.
I think this product would be a lot better if:
The scale issues were addressed. (Giants should be "giant", yo.)
There were more faeries to choose from.
The faeries looked more like the illustrations and descriptions in the book.
The Squirrel didn't look evil.
It would really be cool to have figures at two different scales... faeries, goblins, bugs and small animals at a scale where the faery figures are 1" tall (and the squirrel is 2" tall), and then another set where humans are 1" tall and the faeries are scaled down to something smaller but still recognizable, and the giant is 3 or 4" tall.
[2 of 5 Stars!]