One of the earliest producers of fantasy miniatures was Archive, who produced excellent miniatures as early as 1976 which were much more artistic than other figures available at the time. Archive miniatures were stout, solid figures, not the flimsy handle with care figures generally produced during that period. They are simple, yet very stylish and a blast to paint. While not an official Dungeon & Dragons producer, Archive produced many creatures specific to the D&D world, such as ropers. They were also one of the only miniature producers to ever produce a bullette, calling it a sharkadillo. Most fantasy figures from Archive are dated 1976 or 1977. Archive figures are easily recognizable on account of their unique base. The base is rectangular, but with the corners cut off so as to resemble a lengthened octagon. Mostof the figures have a clear date engraving of 1976 or 1977 along with the words "Archive" or "Nevile Stocken," which is the name of the sculpter who did most of the Archives figures, though Steve Lortz did some as well.