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Dollar Tree Dice Review
When the Goblin Dice Hoard page I'm a part of on Facebook started having random posts saying that their local Dollar Tree stores started to carry D&D dice I never expected it to become a huge phenomenon. All of a sudden posts started showing up in masses of Dollar Tree sightings and soon people were posting how they ordered entire cases of 24 sets of these polyhedral dice. After about a month and a half of random stores having them over North America, one of my local Dollar Trees by work got a box in store.
A little background about me, I decided to take on the task of teaching some of the older children at my daycare how to play Dungeons and Dragons during nap time. During the time of Covid and distant learning what better to keep kindergarten through third graders more entertained by arming them with dice and putting them in a fantasy realm for an hour every day. I was bringing a plastic box of dice for the kids to borrow. Granted three of the sets were cheap dice I got from Walmart but the other sets that I had were more expensive Chessex sets that I would be a little more upset about if a die got lost.
Enter the Dollar Tree dice. When I saw that the store got a box in I definitely had a moment where the Goblin in me wanted to take the box home to add to a dragon hoard of dice but I made my wisdom save and simply took a set and a half home instead. I came home with one of each of the six colors for myself and an additional three sets of random colors that was given to the children to use.
"You get what you pay for" is something that comes to mind with these perfectly imperfect dice in the fact that half of the colors (brown, yellow and red) are not something you would describe as beautiful. All of the dice sets had little quirks such as the white number paint was either chunky in the numbers or on the face of the dice themselves, some of the smaller numbers being a little strange in type set, or that little quirk where the six sider has a line under the six. Over all the main structure of a good dice set is there. The white paint on the numbers could be taken off and the dice sets be used for a cheap alternative to practicing the art of re-inking dice. For starter dice, like with the kids I was teaching, these would be the perfect dice to give young first time learners. I know the kids at work were super excited to pick out "their own" dice and a friend of mine recently gave his own sons Dollar Tree sets to start them down their own D&D Path.
Weight comparison, all of the (6) dice sets I purchased for me all weighed in at the same .92 ounces. which is comparably light to other dice sets that I own and tested with an average of 1.01 oz a set. While I was rolling the dice I got pretty favorable numbers but for me that could possibly be a quirk of if the dice deities looked on me with favor that day. When I get a good set up I will test the balance of the dice and post an update.
The blue set is actually one of the colors that can be called pretty. It reminds me of the dice that you get in the D&D Starter Box set.
A Yellow Only a Mother Could Love
This is the only color out of the six that made me question why they chose this... its not lemonade that it makes me think of.
I would give them a 7/10. They are functional with only minor cosmetics for the overall view of the dice. The purple, blue and green sets could pass as pretty and I gave a blue set as a gift to one of my players. I would highly recommend these dice for people trying to test out table top gaming to see if they like it without putting a lot of money into shiny math click-clacks. These are good for young players as well.