My last link with Wizards of the Coast has been severed. They ended my D&D addiction with the release of 4e, they ended my Star Wars addiction with the termination of the Star Wars licensing arrangement for Star Wars Saga Edition and the miniatures line, they ended my Axis & Allies addiction through declining quality and simple neglect of that miniatures line and now, from the January Ampersand article, this:
We have made the decision to depart from prepainted plastic miniatures sets. Lords of Madness stands as the final release under that model. We will continue to release special collector’s sets (such as the Beholder Collector’s Set we released last fall), as well as make use of plastic figures in other product offerings. Check out the Wrath of Ashardalon board game next month for the latest example of this. Moving forward, we will continue to explore more options for players to represent characters and monsters on the tabletop, including Monster Vault and other D&D products that feature monster and character tokens.
Perhaps it's fitting that 2011 is the 30th anniversary of the first time I opened a D&D book. It has been a wonderful relationship, but all good things must come to an end.