For anyone interested..........
I've been seeing Battle of the Bulge Sherman's in my neck of t he woods at Wal-Mart (under the Motorworks brand, which is what all the new stuff's been coming in as). You may want t keep your eyes peeled on that one guys.
The M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle is there also, and let me say that it's a great vehicle if you're wanting something to haul your BBI Marines around in. Full interior, hatches, etc... This vehicle is regarded as a dandy.
Both have die-cast bodies as well, not plastic, so we're talking some damn heavy tanks here. Seriously... I'll have 2 Shermans (bought one, ahve one on lay-a-way). They come with the BoB Tanker as well, and a nice dusted paintscheme. Good stuff.
I just wish the Sherman had an interior.
That saddens me, because it really deserves one. Perhaps a custom at some point...
And on 21st Century Toys News...
An email to a member at GP's site originally said that 1:18 was going to be toned down, but that was turned around by a 21st Cent. Toys executive seemingly immediately.
2004 is said t be a focus on 1:18, so take that with a grain of salt (how many times has 21st promsied crap and reniged?), but here's a mere TASTE of what's to come (supposedly).
-1:18 marines (7 figures)
-1:18 Jap. Infantry (7 figures)
-1:18 Battle of the Bulge Germans and U.S. (7 figures... I have the U.S. and they kick ass plain and simple)
-1:18 German tanks (Mostly winter camo versions)
-1:18 U.S. tanks (Same camo versions as Germans)
-1:18 self-proppelled gun
-1:18 German & US Troop Trucks
-1:18 Artillery Piece (?)
-1:18 Abrahams Tank (gloated as superior to anything on the market... god willing we actualy get to SEE it)
-1:18 Afghannistan Freedom Fighters (Or Taliban Troops if you're doing what I am with them!
So, this guy gloats that there's gonna be a lot of 1:18 and it's going to mostly be ground forces, and that 21st is going to run with "themes" like Battle of the Bulge, to coincide with their releases.
Believe what you want... I'm hopeful, but hesitant to put my faith in a company that is this unreliable. 21st Cent. Toys just rarely ever comes through.
I am finding armor though now, so there's some hope.
21st makes arguably some of the best action figures in 1:18 scale... Far superior to Hasbro's standard Star Wars figures, and at least comparable to the 1st series BBI figures... Will 21st come through with all this though? That is the million $ question I think.
I'm tired of the BS. Bring it to the table or fold the company... That's my view at this point. If you can't "run with the big dogs" as it were... We shall see though.