So, interesting stuff...
The new company taking over 21st Cent. Toys' toy line in 1:18 (at least), is based in China... They're seemingly showing off a LOT of goodies at a toy expo this past week/weekend, and it appears a LOT of 21st mold's got retooled or they're going to put out entirely new product!
First up, all you Top Gun fans are going to be geeked at a 1:18 Tomcat... "A bit large?" you think? Yup, it's a massive plane and compared to other 1:18 items it dwarfed them all it seemed. That's gotta be pricey.
However armor fans were not left out... I saw LOTS of new and retooled new stuff, including:
-Sherman Tank with rocket launcher rack on top it.
-Hanomag with search light
-Hanomag with artillery gun
-Tiger-I WITH Zimmerit (yes, Zimmerit is in this season!)
-Panther Tank WITH Zimmerit
Also figures WERE pictured, so they apparantly have the molds to those as well, and included pics of anything from Series 1 figurs (blech) to Paratroopers, which bodes well for possible re-release of the German Falschirmjagers which I know I'd like about 20 more of those!
No Jeep pictured though, no Kubelwaggen... I've heard those molds were lost/destroyed.
Also no 88's, not Panzer IV's or variants thereof, and NO King Tiger Tank was pictured. I have my suspicions the KT maybe never was tooled up beyond a prototype/paint master anyway, but I have no clue if that's the truth or not, just my guess is all. I was really hopng to see a grey 88 displayed, or a Panzer IV with side skirts on it or something.
However, the good far outweighs the "eh" in this situation so far... Now where will they all be sold? That's the tough question.
I'm geeked to get the Hano with the search light though. That's sweet! We need an AA gun to go with it now though!
Oh, and some older models are getting released as well, I guess, as the Bradley (one of the best piece they ever did) was displayed, as were the Walker Bulldog and Patton tanks I believe. Also the US halftracks were pictured, however I'm hopeful we get a new variant of those too... I'd love a tank destroyer one, or a mortar carrier... That's one of their better models too IMO.