Jabberwocky is of course a nonsense poem by Lewis Carroll that appears in his 1871 novel ‘Through the Looking-Glass’. More importantly though is Sir John Tenniel’s original illustration that appeared in Carroll’s novel.
The two Jabberwock sculpts made by Ral Partha and Citadel in the 80s (the ‘rearing up’ Ral Partha sculpt and the ‘walking on all fours’ version by Citadel) faithfully follow Tenniel’s drawing in pretty much every detail except the vest. I suspect the Jabberwock made it into early Fantasy RPGs/Wargaming entirely due to this picture. Had the Bandersnatch or Jubjub bird been illustrated by Tenniel in such a manner maybe they would have made it into miniature form too.
The Citadel version is less dynamic than the Ral Partha sculpt but it still has charm. It’s been OOP for a few years now but you can still find used ones on eBay occasionally, usually for sensible prices too. Most people however seem to favour the Ral Partha miniature.
The ‘rearing up’ Ral Partha model pictured above is often listed on eBay with high Buy lt Now prices. The highest I’ve seen is an eye watering £175 plus £15 postage for one in a (presumably) unopened purple Citadel blister pack – complete with it’s original £2.50 price tag. Greed or Lunacy? You decide…
Anyway, here’s mine painted.
I bought it new for 8 quid from Ral Partha Europe a couple of months ago. It’s in production (and was available from previous licensees of the model prior to Ral Partha’s re-release) so there’s no reason to pay over the odds should one of these float your boat.