We routinely get asked why we leave items up on our site when they are no longer available. Frankly, there is any number of reasons, from acting as points of reference should someone look to collect an entire range that may be available elsewhere to the oft chance that some of these items will return to stock. In the latter case, two long sold out items were recently uncovered by one of our distributors, who is now making them available for a limited time only. Both are from Dragon’s Can.Do series of pocket miniatures, which although small at 1:144 scale still pack plenty of punch in terms of beauty and collectability.
Expected some time in January are the King Tiger heavy tank series (CAN20020) and the equally handsome Jagdpanther heavy tank destroyer series (CAN20019). We aren’t sure if more products in the Can.Do range will be unearthed, but its nice to know that every so often some hard-to-find items make it back into the mainstream market, even if its for a limited time.
Some times we’re left scratching our heads when long sold out inventory mysteriously reappears. In the case of Dragon, the manufacturer has indicated that they are receiving a restock of their highly sought after 1:144 scale M1 Abrams tank assortment later this month, perhaps the first indication that their Can.Do lineup could be reinvigorated. Even if it doesn’t signal the range’s return, the fact that the Abrams tanks will once again become available is certainly good news for collectors, making excellent stocking stuffers this holiday season.
In other news, Dragon has confirmed that their 1:72 scale Ka-Mi amphibious vehicle with pontoons (#DRR60607) is now en route to us and expected later next week. A similarly constructed light green variant will likely show some time in November.
As part of their burgeoning Project Cutaway range, Dragon has announced that their long awaited 1:144 scale replica of the Space Shuttle “Discovery” w/Solid Rocket Booster is slated to lift off this July (DRP47403). Like their previously released Air Force One, the upcoming Space Shuttle will feature sections that are transparent, allowing the collector to peer inside the model without taking anything apart.
The model comes with its own circular stand that allows the assembly to be safely displayed as though it is about to launch vertically on one last mission.
Admittedly, we’ve let our action figures section tail off of late, largely because there really hasn’t been anything to crow about lately. Well, the dry spell seems to have run its course and now it appears as if a truly awe-inspiring product is about to see the light of day. According to Dragon, their 13th Anniversary figure, “Igor Ivanovich Bazarov”, is nearing release, and already looks to be a winner (DRF70385). This all-new light machine gunner comes complete with an Aerosan RF-8 which is a type of propeller-driven snowmobile, running on skis, used for communications, mail deliveries, medical aid, emergency recovery and border patrolling in northern Russia, as well as for recreation. Aerosanis were used by the Soviet Red Army during the Winter War and World War II.
According to research, the first aerosanis may have been built between 1903-05 by Sergei Nezhdanovsky. In 1909–10 young Igor Sikorsky tested self designed aerosani, before he built multi-engine airplanes and helicopters. They were very light plywood vehicles on skis, propelled by old airplane engines and propellers.
Priced at $269.99, this is a marvelous way of reintroducing enthusiasts to the world of action figures and a terrific centerpiece to anyone’s military replica collection.
We have a number of new 1:72 scale items showing up over the next few days from such notable manufacturers as Dragon, War Master, Hobby Master and Panzerstahl. Since many of you have placed pre-orders with us cutting across many of these companies, we have to wait until all of the new products arrive before processing these items for shipment. While this delays their shipment to our customers, it also reduces shipping charges as well as workload, so we ask you to please bear with us as we begin prepping these items for turn around.
Looking to stay on top of the 1:72 heap, Dragon today showed off a new line of military vehicles they are calling Ultimate Armor. According to their web site:
“Ultimate Armorseries is a new line-up of Dragon Armor, featuring unusual and rare vehicle types such as the first one Flakpanzer V “Coelian” presented here. Those unique items will cater to the demands of discerning collectors. Many such rare fighting-vehicles will come up.”
The first vehicle in the line is a Flakpanzer V “Coelian” (DRR60590) which never saw service but nevertheless was intended to augment Germany’s armored forces as a means of warding off low-flying enemy aircraft. Dragon is indicating a November ship for this intriguing item, which will carry a retail price of $39.99.