I always liked Gnolls in D&D, more often than not they were my go to humanoid monster of choice when one was required. It wasn't as if I had anything against goblins and orcs but my teenage mind had them pigeonholed firmly in Middle Earth where they more formidable foes than their puny one hit dice TSR incarnation.
Frankly this did not fire my young imagination.
Bipedal hyaena headed dogmen on the other hand just leapt off the page; just imagine those reeking, brindle furred monstrosities pursuing low level characters through the tunnels of some murky undercroft. Fantastic!
Overall these miniatures have stood the test of time well, the poses are a little static and the weapons are of the usual ridiculous proportions that seem de rigeur for fantasy miniatures even now, but other than that I like them.
As a comparison here are a pair of Ral Partha AD&D Gnoll Raiders that I picked up online recently:
These are more or less contemporary with the Citadel offerings- perhaps a couple of years later but demonstrate just how good that particular range of Ral Partha miniatures actually was, little wonder they can go for such high prices on Ebay.
Heres a comparison shot of the two versions:
Post script. Just won another blister of the Ral Partha Gnolls on Ebay, £9.50 plus P&P for three which compares favourably with the Otherworld Miniatures Gnolls at £11.00 for three that I was contemplating buying last night.