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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

T is for Toy Fair '18 Reports - Airfix

If the 2018 Revell catalogue was thin on 'Ooomph', the Airfix catalogue this year was barely worth printing! Half the volume of its stalemate - the Hornby Trains catalogue - it had very little in the way of new tooling, and what there was; was all aircraft subjects which just don't get me excited.

There was little old stuff brought back, little military overall, and the entire 1:48th scale range (which Airfix seem to have invested a fair bit of effort in over the last few years) has been retired - so if you want any it's evilBay or old stock; before it all dissapears into other modellers 'piles'!

And this . . . is the entire as-advertised HO/OO range, now described as 1:72, but we all know they're closer to 1:76th! It is pitiful; no World War I tie-in stuff, well; that's a boat they will have totally missed after September, no 100-years of the RAF tie-in stuff (unlike another stalemate - Corgi) and the catalogue is puffed out with a larger section on Humbrol (with as little as six items per page) and some 'comparison tables' which are fanfared as really useful, while not being very useful at all!

The only other thing which may interest some readers of Small Scale World is a new colour-variant of the Lego-likey construction brick Challenger Tank model, the green (temperate theatre) one becoming available from next Sunday . . . like they are going to rush round the worlds toy outlets on a Sunday!

As it's a show report of a catalogue image - which is itself clearly nothing more than a couple of re-coloured CAD-image of the previous sand version - I can't even guarantee it's the actual, or close to the final colour to be issued! Further - Cobi; one of the winners in the wars with Lego have a much larger range of equally nice AFV's in three price-brackets to compete with this pair.

All-in-all a piss-poor performance from Airfix who seem to think contracting into yourself is the way out of poor trading and supply-chain problems? Still, they are really only a trademark these days and it's Hornby's grave that actually being dug.


Dan said...

It is very sad about the shrinking of the Airfix line. Given their amazing catalogue of great Airfix kits and playsets, it is hard to understand why Hornby has failed to dominate its market. I suppose we should be grateful that at least these six basic WWII sets will be out in April. Will they be produced in India with the brittle plastic that was used for the 1/32 figure reissues of a few years back? I was also struck that the Airfix catalogue says that US Marines fought at D Day - I would have hoped for better from a company with such a history, even if they are stuck in the mildly embarrassing situation of not having standard WWII US Army GIs in their line.

DaveM said...

How depressing... But I was slightly amused by the blurb describing the WWII German Infantry as "This set of perfectly scaled figures..." when (like the Marines) it is one of those infamous Airfix sets which contains figures in two completely different scales !

Cheers, Dave

Hugh Walter said...

Cheers both! They used to call it 'resting on your laurels' but in this case I think even the laurels are getting thorny!