Aug 16, 2013
[J]: So last night at Gen Con they had a 25th birthday party for Drizzt Do'Urden. For a very small # of you, this will be fairly significant. Drizzt started as a member of a party of heroes in a trilogy set in TSR's Forgotten Realms setting, and he was the breakout of the group.
A somber dark elf ranger, exiled from his he had the tortured soul that many alienated teens (or as TSR liked to call them, "customers") found attractive. Plus, his best friend was a magical cat and he used twin scimitars. All he needed was a
Drizzt books have spent a chunk of the past two and a half decades on the NYT bestseller list, and author RA Salvatore has covered a lot of ground telling his stories.
Some fans tend to get a little dismissive of Drizzt & his fans. But he's been a breakthrough character, reaching a large audience. I think that WotC & Hasbro might want to consider him as a possible anchor character for setting up a media empire, like Marvel did with Iron Man.
The biggest issue is the whole "dark elf" thing, which if you saw Community’s Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, can be… problematic.