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Stop the Presses!

SW: ROGUE ONE MODELS FROM REVELL

Revell (USA) will be releasing 3 new-tool kits from the forthcoming Star Wars: Rogue One movie, as well as reissuing the "Jedi Stardestroyer" (aka Venator).

The three new kits are all Skill Level 2, pre-painted, snap-together "Build & Play" models with lights and sound chip. They are:

  • 1/4000 Imperial Star Destroyer - Roughly 16"/ 406mm long when built, with moveable turbolaser turrets, lighted engines and a display stand. Expected price ~$35 US
  • 1/100 Imperial AT-ACT Cargo Walker - Lighted command pod, positionable legs, feet and command pod (This is not a repop of the Revell Germany At-AT from a few years back). Expected price ~$25 US
  • 1/100 Rebel U-Wing - Lighted cockpit with 2 pilot figures. Wings may be positioned in ''flight'' or ''hyperdrive'' modes. Landing gear is removable. Expected price ~$25 US

We have no exact ETA onwhen these will be on shelves, though if they follow the same schedule as with the previous Star Wars The Force Awakens kits, it should be a month or so before the movie airs (so late September/October 2016).

09/2016

Image: U-Wing


Image: Star Destroyer


Image: AT-ACT



UPCOMING MOEBIUS TUMBLER & BATWING KITS

Moebius have released images of two of their next kits, a Tumbler with Bane from the Dark Knight Trilogy and Batwing from Batman vs Superman.

The 1/25 Tumbler is a reprise of their previous DKT vehicle, with parts to build the armed prototypes that Bane steals at the start of the third movie (it may also be built as the black Batmobile from the first two movies). An in-scale figure of Bane is included.

The 1/25 Batwing will feature adjustable wings for in-flight or landing modes.

We have no information on expected release date or price for either of these models as yet.

09/2016

Image: Larger image of the Tumbler


Image: Larger image of the Batwing



PEGASUS MOONLANDER & OTHER KITS ON THE WAY

Pegasus have announced three new kits in the works. The first is a 1/350 'Moonlander', based on Werner von Braun's 1952 proposal for a 50-man (!) expedition to the Moon. (Fascinating stuff). The model will have parts for the cargo and 'passenger' versions, and will stand roughly 10"/ 250mm tall when built. No release date has been announced, but the second round of test shots have been approved as of this writing. There is no information price yet.

Also in the pipeline is a 1/350 scale War of the Worlds (2005 movie) "Tripod Attack" diorama. This will include two war machines, 'heat rays' in translucent plastic, damaged building and scenic base. No release date or expected cost is yet available for this kit.

A 1/144 Rocketship X-M from the movie of the same name is also in the works.

09/2016

Image: Lander test shot via John Koenig/Facebook


Image: WotW Diorama


Image: Rocketship X-M



WAVE TO REISSUE 1/20 GLADIATOR IN WINTERMUTE SET

Fans of Wave's 1/20 Maschinen Krieger Gladiator who missed out on the kit's brief availability earlier this year are in luck. Wave will re-issue the kit later this year as part of a 1/20 'Wintermute' set. This collection of kits includes the S.A.F.S. Snowman, Gladiator (Early Type Winter Specification) and a scale Mechanic figure. Interestingly, it appears the mechanic will have an optional Santa Claus beard. Release is scheduled for December, 2016.

08/2016

Image: Mechanic


Image: Gladiator & SAFS



FINE MOLDS TO RELEASE TIGER MOTH KIT

Fine Molds' have announced a new kit of the Tiger Moth pirate ship from the 1986 Ghibli film Laputa: Castle in the Sky. The snap-fit kit, scheduled for release in late December, 2016, will be about 7½in long x 8 in wide (19.2cm long, 20.6cm wide). A display base, model of the flappter, and a 1/12-scale unpainted figure of Captain Dola will also be included.

08/2016


RETRIEVER ROCKET COMING FROM GLENCOE

Glencoe have announced the imminent reissue of their much sought-after 1/72 Retriever Rocket kit. It was originally issued in the late '50s and reissued only once in the '90s. Slated for late-August, 2016 release, the kit will come molded in white and clear plastic, and feature a detachable one-man 'bottle suit' with scale figure, stand and decals by Scalemaster. This issue will also have new box art from Famous Space illustrator Ron Miller.

Check out Fantastic Plastic's Virtual Museum for more details on the model.

08/2016


MOEBIUS ANNOUNCES STAR TREK & OTHER LICENSES

Moebius Models announced that they have acquired a license to produce kits from the new Star Trek films. This includes all ships in the three movies (so far) of the ''Kelvin universe''. No subjects or release dates have been announced.

Moebius have also acquired the license to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Their Moonbus and Orion kits will be reissued; no further plans for the line have yet been revealed.

08/2016


ROUND 2 ANNOUNCES STAR TREK RELASES FOR 2016

Due out in Dec 2016 or early 2017 -- 1/2500 Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Box Set - Snap. (AMT954) Set includes 7 snap-together kits:

  • NX-01 Enterprise (all new kit)
  • U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 (TOS)
  • U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A
  • U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-B
  • U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-C
  • U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D
  • U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E

and features ''pressure sensitive decals'' featuring aztec panel details. ''Requires minimal painting to achieve a great look'', says R2. No images or other info have yet been released.

Other forthcoming releases:

  • 1/2500 Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-D Aztec Decals (4th quarter 2016)
  • 1/350 Star Trek TOS U.S.S. Enterprise Pilot Parts Pack - Reissue (Dec 2016 or early 2017)

08/2016


350 TOS ENTERPRISE MAKE-OVER

Round 2 have announced some big news for classic Enterprise fans. The big 1/350 kit will be getting a makeover, with new upper and lower saucer halves with no gridline inscribed. These parts will be available as aseparate accessory set, and will beb part of the kits going forward. Full details (and more news) may be seen at Round2's blog.

05/2016


THE BEST PART ABOUT THAT MOVIE....

Now available from Fantastic plastic: a 1/500 kit of the Prometheus from the Ridley Scott movie of the same name. This 338 part resin kit includes photoetched brass details and may be displayed in "landed" or "in-flight" configurations. For more information, or to order, please visit the Fantastic Plastic website.

Price is $ 200.00 USD (~$ 278.87 CAN/€ 182.38 EUR ).

12/2015

Image: Completed model



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