Been busy of late, but noticed tonight that Entertainment Earth has put up their pre-order for the Forsetti Viking Shield figure... Basically it's a new trooper type for Acid Rain, new armor (heavy armor) and he comes in the new packaging style that is a cargo pod/container that is scaled to the figures for the "Laurel" suits to heft around and load/stack.
Re-usable packaging that's part of the toy? Pretty goddam innovative!
The kicker is that it didn't jack prices either... $27.99 at site sponsor EE, which is on par with the previous wave of figures that chime in around $27-$29 each. There was a fear there'd be a further price spike for ARW figures. They're already obviously high-end toys (quality and price) so a further spike had a lot of people fearful for that cargo pod packaging.
Fear not though, EE came to the rescue on price, plus buy enough and free shipping. I'm buying a pile of figures to get the free shipping ultimately.Forsetti Viking Shield Iinfantry
Use the link and order up!
Alas I didn't get the SDCC exclusive AMM figure.
Anton tried for me, but they sold out every day, and since the show they've skyrocketed on Ebay. Blows knowing there is a figure I don't have, but not the first time. The desserter figure also was exclusive but overseas only, and I don't have that either.
In other news though, ARW's creator has revealed a new "Marine Infantry" figure to go with, well, all the myriad of Marine vehicles they've made... Quad Eyes, MkI Seeder, Laurel, etc. Glad to have some infantry for them finally! Guys besides Bucks Team anyway. The new Marine has an opening backpack with some supplies, a couple weapons... Sculpt wise he looks to be a variation on the Agurts Infantry figure from a while back (one of my favorites). I'm hoping he too will come in the kick ass cargo pod packaging.
And in other other news, there's also a new boxed set comparable in design to the Wings of Samothrace set that started the line. It's based on this art by Kit Lau:
It'll come with a chunk of bombed out building, two figures, and extra parts for head/gear customizing as well as a set of "wounded" body parts and a corpse headsculpt... So you can basically have a guy lying about in pieces.
The Wings of Samothrace set has, as well, skyrocketed on the secondary market. I almost didn't order one back in the day and now wish I'd bought a dozen because those sell for insane $. Go figure. I'm not sure if this new set will be resin cast base hand painted by Kit Lau and autographed by him like the Samothrace set was or not. If it is, I imagine it'll cost a lot. If it's injection molded plastic it may cost less I'd guess.
And I got my exclusive "Uncle Kunio" version of the Laurel mech from BBTS...
$120 is steep for it, but the figure's unique, it's very limited (400) and I dug (no pun intended since it's got a shovel tool) its blue deco and the Hiroshima/Japanese text on it. I like these emergency/Worker Laurels. I'm planning to nab 2-3 more of the basic Worker yellow at some point. I just love it so much. It looks equally at home in a Star Wars hangar hefting a badly damaged A-Wing out of the way as it does in its natural ARW setting.
Good times to be a collector really! I know it's all doom and gloom for people with Star Wars these days... Not me, personally, but I find something to enjoy a little easier I guess (who'd have thought), but I also have these other lines which deliver a LOT. They cost. Quality in life tends to not come cheap though, so I'm ok with that for an import line I really have grown to love and cross over into Star Wars.
Gotta find the joy in life and in collecting. Otherwise, not a lot of point.