Kits for 2014
It's getting to be that time of the year where
model companies are throwing everything they have to get kits
out the door. But this time of year also means that some model
companies save the best for last, and 2014 is no excepton.
Moebius models has just released their all new 1966
Adam West Batman figure, and it looks like it's going to be
a winner. Soon will be the Catwoman, and Robin. But no word yet
on if those will make it in time to be a 2014 kit release. If
they do, it will be right down to the wire. They should also be
recieving their Ford Ranger F150
Pickup Truck kits any day now. I think at last report they
were "on the water", so I think they'll make it here
just in time.
has taken their time with this truck kit, to make it as accurate
as possible, and they won't settle for less than perfection. But
time has run out, and they've got to get it out for us builders
to buy, so let's hope it all works out. Note that the trucks will
be made as two issues, the second version will be a short bed
and issued under the Model King label, so we're actually getting
two great kits at the same time! They're working on some other
car kits, but I don't expect to see any solid news on those till
Another mention for Moebius is that the Elvira Figure kit will
be reissued (possibly), so if you missed out on that one, or just
couldn't get a hold of as many as the kits as you wanted, now's
your chance. Do you build 1/12 model cars? I've seen modelers
modify Elvira to sit in the car, especially hot rods, so I may
stock up on a few more of those myself just for that purpose.
the Scifi end of things, Moebius will release a few 1/72 Battlestar
Galactica kits before the end of the year. The Jonny
Quest Dragonfly won't be till 2015, but it's a much anticipated
kit. The Galactica Colonial One is right on the edge, it culd
be 2014 or just over the line in 2015. We'll have to wait on that
one. I want to mention that a lot of the Moebius Super Hero kits
have been discontinued: Green Lantern, Superby, Wonder Woman,
etc. So if you've had your eye on any of those, now's the time
to get them (before the silly higher collector prices kick in
when they're hard to find).
Looking into 2015, Moebius says they will be making a kit of the
Frank Frezetta "Death
Dealer, and the Fantastic Voyage "Proteus" from
the famous movie. I wonder if it will include a figure of Raquel
Welch? They have also mentioned making a shuttle ship "Ranger"
from the movie Interstellar, but that will probably be deep into
the next year. A 1965 Plymouth Satellite has been mentioned, as
well as the Lindberg "Touch Tone Terror", Plymouth "Lawman"
Belvedere, 1965 Mercury Comet, and a Pontiac Ventura.
Revell always seems to be a bit secretive on future releases.
I think this is a mistake, because with the internet and social
networks, they miss the opportunities to get the word out, and
build up demand and anticipation for future products. Many modelers
have to budget what models they buy. We would all like to buy
every model that comes out, but that's not how it works in reality.
With limited funds (like most of us), modelers have to pick and
choose how we spend our money. So the sooner we know about a product,
the sooner we can plan ahead and budget for the releases. Not
only that, it's free advertising to get your product mentioned
socially, on forums, in blogs, whatever. Pictures help. Some other
model companies use these tools to their advantage (Moebius, Round2)
but Revell needs to build anticipation better.
having covered all that, they do have a few kits poping out here
at the end of 2014. The most anticipated is probably the Ford
Torino from Starsky & Hutch. Or as Hutch calls the car, the
"Striped Tomato". They are also releasing some new prepainted
musclecar kits that have fewer parts and are easier to assemble.
These kits do feature an engine, but with metal axles and a lot
of molded in detail (such as on the chassis). I believe these
are a direct reponse to AMT's "Showroom Replicas", which
are similar. I don't have a problem with either model series.
With the cost of paint going up (between $6.00 and $8.00 a can),
I can see how a prepainted kit can save a modeler a lot of cash.
Revell will also be producing a Ford Raptor pickup truck kit at
the end of 2014.
a snap kit, but will be welcome to all car modelers, since there's
no other plastic alternative. And I don't think it will be to
hard to cut open the hodd and slap a V8 in it if needed. Well,
since revell doesn't say much about new products in the pipeline,
there isn't much to report on. We'll just have to wait for December
and see what happens. 2015 will be a whole new ball game as far
as releases, nobody knows.
Pegasus should be producing a Mars Lander, designed by Ron Cobb
(who did art / production work for Alien, among other films).
I don't think it will make it for 2014, but the response for the
model has been positive. It's a huge kit, I think modelers will
enjoy building it once it's out. I believe they are also working
on the Saucers from Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. These were stop
motion in the film by none other than Ray Harryhausen, so it's
a great tribute to his work. Should be a fun it to build. I recently
watch the movie (colorized, done well) and the film effects still
hold up pretty good even today.
Round2 has a Space 1999 Eagle
coming out here at the end of 2014. It's the same basic MPC Eagle,
but with a resin Booster Pack and Science Lab cargo container.
This is a great idea, using an existing kit but giving modelers
even more for their money. Round 2 is good at this, and they've
been successful at it for quite a few years now. The kit is a
limited edition issue, so make sure that's on your list, and get
them right away when they come out. For 2014, they should also
be releasing the Donnie Allison Mercury Cyclone, AMC AMX, two
Chevy Corvair kits, and one more Star Trek cadet series of ships.
There's no solid information on what's in store for 2015, except
their Alien Nostromo ship model, and the resin (or vinyl) Kane
from the same movie. Also the Alien Queen figure. They plan on
making a 1/32 scale Galileo Shuttle from the TOS Star Trek, but
there's no solid news except that if they do it, it will be something
for the next year. (this is a kit I really want to get myself).
Galaxie Limited (the folks who make those trailer kits) have announced
they will be producing a 1947 Chevy Coupe and a 1947 Chevy Fleetmaster
(woody). No exact date has been mentioned, so it could be 2014,
but probably at the beginning of 2015.
ICM will be continuing in the 1/24 car model market with the release
of two kits, the Ford Model T Roadster and the Ford Touring. Though
these will probably be in early 2015, it's hard to say.
Italeri, as far as I know, has two truck kits that should make
it out at the end of 2014. Their Peterbilt
378, and their Volvo VN780. Both are popular kits and should
sell well. Let's hope they make it out this year.
So there's a brief recap for the end of the year. I'm sure I missed
a few kits here and there. As this year winds down, we'll get
some all new kits for our collection, and some new builds under
our belts. And it's just a matter of time till we find out what
awaits us for 2015. Let's hope we get more great kits for the