few more small things of note...
21st Century, who have all but dropped off the retail map, have recently shown new items, but only airplanes.
Winter Messerschmit (Wheee!)
Images are up at GP's site if you check in the forums... I'd dig up a link, but at this point I'm too lazy to do so, and 21st's sorta pi$$in' me off with their constant barage of airplanes that don't sell because they're outrageously priced.
However, 21st DID MENTION (not show, which to me the proof is in product photos but whatever) their troop carrier, which will be based on the trucks that had the front end of the Dodge Command Car basically... Heavily used in the Battle of the Bulge.
They also mentioned that they're trying to get the BoB figures out, which I hope that means OUT IN FORCE because I have army building to do with those and 21st's doing a poor job of getting the troops deployed for EITHER side (Damn I want those Germans but I need a whole slew of U.S. guys too!)
They also mentioned the Japs and Marines are on their way eventually, but I forget when. I'm thinking they said next year... Oh Joy! That means 5 years from now in 21st's concept of time/space.
Still, if the Japs are half as good as those Leatherneck's prototypes looked then we're in for something special.
I hope 21st gets their head out of their collective rear-end and finally realizes (After this next onslaught of planes) that PLANES AND BIG TICKET ITEMS DO NOT SELL AS WELL SO STOP PRODUCTING SO MUCH OF IT AT ONE TIME!?!?!?!?!?!
I'd much rather they just put out 2 or 3 planes a year total, and an equal # of land vehicles, and then on a monthly or bi-monthly basis crank out new waves of figures.
If we got new figures constantly, the line would be so much healthier. The way they clog shelves with high-end items though, they shoot themselves in the foot.
It's like Hasbro putting out new $40+ ships en masse and wondering why there's no shelf space for anything else. Blah!
Damned if 21st needs a wake up call right now.
Thank goodness BBi's been there to keep the interest alive in 1:18 military stuff. Hell even Dragon's more on the ball than 21st lately.