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A resounding “meh” from me too.  Doesn’t look as if Revell will be troubling my wallet in 2022.  A flicker of interest in the ex-Mako sWS with Flak 43: it will no doubt be excellent but the sWS leaves me fairly cold for some reason.  Now the ex-Mako Moebelwagen or (Pz IV based) Ostwind would be another matter.

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20 hours ago, IanC said:

It's a shame the old Matchbox 1/76 armour kits now seem to be over 20 quid a pop! Nostalgia is getting very expensive..🙁

Most of them are £8.99 but a couple (the Puma, Sherman Firefly and Wespe this year) are also released as 'My First Diorama' gift sets with glue and paints and it's those versions which are over £20.  That said, the Churchill AVRE and Renault FT-17/Char B1 are in the same bracket now, but they were always a couple of steps dearer.

 

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5 minutes ago, Foxbat said:

Most of them are £8.99 but a couple (the Puma, Sherman Firefly and Wespe this year) are also released as 'My First Diorama' gift sets with glue and paints and it's those versions which are over £20.  That said, the Churchill AVRE and Renault FT-17/Char B1 are in the same bracket now, but they were always a couple of steps dearer.

 

Andy

 

Yes, but are they still being offered as such? It seems Revell now intend to only bring them out as 'diorama' sets with the glue and paint. So if they do the Pz III or the Panther again, which would be great, I'm assuming they'll be at the much higher price. I could be wrong - hope I am! 🙂

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It's the old procedure from Revell.

 

News for the first month (January to March) comes as news in the autumn.

The complete list for all news for 2022 they will publish on the 1th of January at midnight.

It's a little bit old fashion in this times today.

 

modelldoc

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On 11/2/2021 at 9:19 PM, Beermonster1958 said:

does anyone else notice what seems to be a quite steep increase in general pricing? Not a complaint, merely an observation.

With the current global situation, that is pretty much inevitable, I'm afraid. We're in a situation where the cost of virtually everything is due to increase significantly. 

 

To give an illustration, in 2015, the cost of sending a 40-feet, Chinese shipping-container to anywhere on the planet was about £3,000. Today, doing the same would cost £18,000 - £20,000. That is an increase that will inevitably be passed on to the customers. 

 

Chris. 

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While there can be debate regarding this latest COVID related rise ( taking into account that majority ( aside from tooling production ) of proactivity is again EU sourced.

-no shipping from xy Far Eastern country( aside from few toolings that are of Korean origin )

Problem lies in consecutive rises from Hobbico takeover till today, or way way before C19, and with latest increase prices being 70-100% more expensive than 8 years ago, and as said before, production quality (QC included) dropped sharply at the same time.

Revell does still have one of the best retail networks, both in the USA and in throughout EU, but even with such advantage things don't look good in the long term.

Revell kits sold outstandingly well due to almost perfect quality/ price ratio, that is not the case since 2013( due to Hobbico's policy of dumping prices in the USA and compensating in the EU).

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5 hours ago, Thomas V. said:

QC included) dropped sharply at the same time.

Would you be kind enough to tell me about the type of QC issues are you talking about? I've built a few Revell kits, and none of them had issues.

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Primary being flash, in the last few years lots of Revell kits have lots of flash, now given how almost all Revell tools are made from very high quality steel moulds( that can last very long time) its due to either non proper storage thus maintenance, or even lack of repair when needed, or lack of knowledge by machine operator.

Others being air pockets on transparent parts, warping and sink marks, mostly due to improper pressure and or improper cooling time-joys of outsourcing.

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Sink marks have been the biggest issue I have seen lately, both on the new E-Type Coupe and 911 Coupe. Also the E-Type was badly packaged making the hood not fit the body anymore. Thankfully Revell's customer service is very good and quickly sent me a new hood and body that fit nicely.

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I also noticed the rise in prices and simultaneously a more and more less interesting new releases range year-by-year .
You may have also recognized that decal sheets and options are getting smaller. Only a couple of years ago, product development said that they always want to offer at least two different paint schemes/operator options (esp. for aircraft). Nevertheless, there were also complaints from them about rising decal printing costs with the two Italian printing companies (who supposedly dictate the prices like in a cartel). Result: Decal options are reduced and the complexity of sheets and schemes as well. Apart from any special paint releases, I have the impression that this could be seen in the complete (at least in the aircraft) range.

Apart from that: A lot of ordinary toy retailers cancelled plastic modeling products in general from their selling ranges in Germany (which is the major market for RoG). Also the biggest "classic" department store chain reduced its Revell shelf space (if not abolished at all). That what happened to model trains earlier in Germany seems to take place for plastic modeling as well. Model making diappears (or has already disappeared) from high streets here.

My (admittedly simple) thought is that they simply try to compensate the not-so-high-anymore number of sold kits (and maybe also rising costs) with repeated increases in price. I also had the impression with Italeri before.
The aforementioned price/value ratio was also a result of the strategy to serve the broad masses on the also aforementioned wide retail basis. I strongly have the impression and made also the experience while talking to product development employees in the past that there was a shift in that what they consider to be the target group. Whereas in earlier times, young people below 25 years of age and early beginners were the most important group, nowadays they seem to have the older, more professional, more picky, more generous (re-entry) modeler in mind. They are able and willing to invest more money into that hobby and take it more seriously. Nevertheless, it is questionnable if Revell will be able to fulfill the demands of this group, especially if the overall quality decreases and is not always competitive anymore.

 

It seems to me that Revell/Hobbico somehow struggles with the insight that at least their plastic modeling range does not have any chance to compete with other (digital) leisure items in the market of under 20-year-olds. This may be different with R/C products but from my experience Revell and their owners see themselves as a part of the toy sector and the field of modeling (either static or R/C) being a part of it. Maybe this classification is economically correct whereas we as a part of a still heterogeneous group of customers will come to a different conclusion. Or would you consider your hobby to be toy-construction? Other competing, well established companies specialized in plastic modeling and put all their efforts in that.  They do not try to open up new fields of product ranges and experimental market trials like Revell did the last decades (also even before Hobbico came into play).

 

Just my 2cents 

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On 07/11/2021 at 19:25, Ben Hartmann said:

Looks like the 1/48 Display Typhoon has been pulled off of Hannants 

That's a shame! Wonder what's happened to it.

I rather liked the 1/48 kit and, was kind of hoping they'd leave all the weapons in so I could ditch those hideous display markings and, have a proper Typhoon!! 😉

No, I'm not fond of commemorative or, display schemes in general.

 

John

 

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1 hour ago, Beermonster1958 said:

No, I'm not fond of commemorative or, display schemes in general.

 

Really annoying with Revell's overall very decent jet kits in the last years. You usually only get one or two decal options and many of them are those striking display schemes. I get that they are interesting, but it feels like the ratio of display/non-display is way too heavily skewed.

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On 07/11/2021 at 19:25, Ben Hartmann said:

Looks like the 1/48 Display Typhoon has been pulled off of Hannants 

 

Apparently it's still on the 2022 price list but as its released after January to April (see Modelldoc post), presume Revell have asked them to take it down. Its still listed in other places.

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Wonder how much those kits with glue, paints and brushes makes the day for Revell. There are many of them and in most cases I find them overprised and expensive...

 

/André 

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