The DM for the 2e game I play in has a horde of mini's he uses for everything, and sometimes it can bog down the game. For combat I do enjoy knowing where everyone is, but I do worry that it makes the combat more "tactical" not a major worry just something in the back of my mind.
Who doesn't love Mind Flayers.
Last week FedEx brought me a D&D starter set. I order them Monday after our little mini dungeon I ran the new group through. Before the game I ran down to a FLGS to pick-up a couple minis, but nothing caught my eye. Now I do have some minis I bought when I was in high school, they are lead most aren't painted and the home we are playing at holds a three year old and a newer tit sucker. I t probably would have been fine, but some parents are a little paranoid, and I didn't want to offend anyone. I like mini's I just don't know how much I want to use them in my game.
I lust after a beholder mini.