Long a player in the fixed wing aviation market, Altaya recently announced that 36 1:72 scale helicopters were in the hopper and headed to the North American market, just in time for the holiday season. The list of choppers is quite impressive, covering everything from attack helos to utility transports. All of the models have now been posted to our web site and we anticipate taking delivery by the end of September.
One of our suppliers has managed to unearth a huge cache of Altaya 1:72 scale military vehicles, several of which we either have never had before or have sold out for some time. We’ve posted many of the new ones to our site and have reactivated those items that look to make an encore performance. All of the vehicles are expected in May. Priced at just $14.99 apiece, you simply cannot go wrong with any of these selections.
If you like ’em big and beefy, and we’re not talking hot dogs here folks, then you may want to check out Altaya’s brand new range of 1:43 scale military vehicles headed to market. Thus far, four vehicles are being shown on their web site: a US M4A3 Sherman medium tank, German Tiger I heavy tank, Elefant tank destroyer and Jagdtiger heavy tank destroyer. While we don’t have pricing or dates of availability just yet, it appears as if the line will be affordable and broad, likely designed to appeal to collectors of the Eaglemoss and Atlas Editions 1:43 scale ranges. We hope to have more concrete information shortly.
Even though they aren’t available just yet in the North American marketplace, that doesn’t mean we can’t go hog wild over Altaya’s latest venture – a range of 1:1250 scale WWII-era warships. Unlike the Eaglemoss Warships of the World series, which is heavily focused on Japanese warships, the Altaya collection serves up a much wider array of ships from around the world. Currently, it appears as if the series is only available in Spain, with each ship’s accompanying literature printed in Spanish. Hopefully, the series will be localized for the English-speaking market and become available in the not-too-distant future to naval buffs on this side of the pond.
We can’t remember when low-cost diecast military vehicles were so plentiful. Just yesterday, another 15 1:72 scale combat vehicles were added to our Altaya selection, bringing the expected November cache up to a whopping 47 products.
While many of the vehicles can be found in other manufacturer’s lines, prices for these reintroductions can’t be beat, costing only a nominal $14.99 apiece. Again, the entire fall harvest is expected in early November, so if you’ve got a hankering to build an inexpensive diorama or just want to fill in some holes in your collection, now would be an excellent time to do so.
Sometimes its feast or famine as far as product availability goes. Earlier today, we learned that Altaya’s range of 1:72 scale diecast military vehicles are finally showing up on North American shores, with 32 vehicles making up the first wave. We’re in the process of listing all of the new vehicles but just wanted to point out that they are a bit cheaper than the comparable line of AmerCom vehicles we just posted plus they come with an acrylic display case. For $15 a pop, you simply cannot go wrong with these little gems and are an ideal way to bring in new collectors into the hobby.
Earlier today, we were informed that a small cache of 1:144 scale bombers from Altaya were en route and expected later this month. If you may remember, we first learned of their existence several years ago, so the fact that they have finally made it to our shores is especially good news. Several interesting subjects are among the batch, including this Italian Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 II Sparviero medium bomber (#SM51). Priced at just $25 apiece, these replicas go a long way towards filling in some of the holes in everyone’s scale aviation museum.