Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Flexing our Military Might with Forces of Valor

I'm excited. We've just received four brand-new items from Forces of Valor. As is the case with past releases, these models are historically accurate and finely detailed. It would be a blunder to pass these up; more blunderous even than the most famous blunder: "never get involved in a land war in Asia."

To review: don't start a land war in Asia and don't pass up these great, new military models from Forces of Valor!

FORCES OF VALOR - 80003 - 1/32 Price = $59.95
German Tiger I - Schwere Heeres Panzer Abteilung - Eastern Front, 1944

  • Diecast metal and plastic construction
  • Working vinyl tracks
  • Rotating turret
  • Elevating gun
  • Comes with assorted gear and other accessories

FORCES OF VALOR - 80013 - 1/32 Price = $59.95
German 88mm Flak Gun with Trailer- Stalingrad, 1942

  • Wheel assemblies can be detached so that the gun can be set up in a firing position
  • Comes with five figures
  • Working hand crank

FORCES OF VALOR - 80048 - 1/32 Price = $59.95
U.S. Cadillac® M24 Chaffee™ - France, 1945

  • Constructed of both diecast metal and plastic
  • Elevating gun
  • Rotating turret
  • Working treads
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with assorted accessories and commander figure

FORCES OF VALOR - 86002 - 1/700 Price = $59.95
HMS Battlecruiser Hood - Battle of the Denmark Straight, 1941

  • Plastic and diecast metal construction
  • Can be displayed as a waterline or full draught replica
  • Turrets rotate
  • Guns elevate
  • Comes with a display stand

Thanks for reading!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Brand New from Hobby Master!

Calling all military enthusiasts!!  These are the newest from Hobby Master.  I just added them to the site this afternoon.  We've got planes, tanks, Jeeps, and a helicopter or two.  Enjoy :)

These should be here this summer.

Item #HA0148 - 1/72 Scale - Price = $57.95
MiG-21MF - Giron Beach Guard Brigade, 21st Interceptor Regiment, Cuban Air Force

Item #HA2806 - 1/72 Scale - Price = $74.95
F-22 Raptor - 199th TFS "The Kukaiumoku," 154th Wing, Hawaii ANG/PACAF, Hickam Air Force Base

Item #HA3010 - 1/72 Scale - Price = $79.95
F-111E Aardvark - "The Chief," 20th Tactical Fighter Wing Flagship

Item #HA3801 - 1/72 Scale - Price = $69.95
F-16A Fighting Falcon - Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force - NEW TOOL!

Item #HA3802 - 1/72 Scale - Price = $69.95
F-16CG Block 42 - 555th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy

Item #HA7807 - 1/48 Scale - Price = $69.95
Spitfire Mk.Va - Wing Commander Douglas Bader, No. 616 Squadron, Tangmere Wing, RAF Tangmere

Item #HA7905 - 1/48 Scale - Price = $69.95
F4B-4 - NAS Anacostia, Floyd Bennett Field Air Show, 1935

Item #HG1204 - 1/48 Scale - Price = $34.95
Kubelwagen Type 82 - Panzer Army Supreme Command, Libya, 1942

Item #HG1604 - 1/48 Scale - Price = $34.95
Willys MB Jeep - U.S. Marine Corps, Okinawa - includes a stretcher

Item #HG3911 - 1/72 Scale - Price = $34.95
Opel Blitz Cargo Truck - Deutsches Afrika Korps, WWII

Item #HG7003 - 1/72 Scale - Price = $34.95
JS-2 Heavy Tank - 1st Polish Army, Berlin, 1945

Item #HH1011 - 1/72 Scale - Price = $49.95
Air America Model 204B - Operation Frequent Wind, 1975

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mixing it up with Universal Hobbies

Universal Hobbies' 1/50 scale models offer superb detail. They are large enough to look into every nook and cranny, yet small enough that they can fit comfortably on a shelf. We just received a nice shipment of some unique models: two different mixing trucks and one dump truck. All three models are obviously of European design and all three are obviously ready to be a part of your collection!

UNIVERSAL HOBBIES - 5661 - 1/50 Price = $67.95
CIFA - Scania Mixer Truck

UNIVERSAL HOBBIES - 5677 - 1/50 Price = $67.95
Scania P380 Truck with Dumpster in Yellow

UNIVERSAL HOBBIES - 5678 - 1/50 Price = $67.95
Scania P380 Mixer Truck in Yellow

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Warm-Up Your Winter with John Deere

Perhaps it is the cold weather or the calendar, but it doesn't feel like farming weather. Growth and life just aren't the first things to pop into my head while shivering my way into the office. But that doesn't mean I should deprive you of the tremendous farm items that have recently arrived at the headquarters. So here are some great tractors and a combine that have just shown up. Need one more reason to grab one of these models? The iconic green of these John Deere tractors is the perfect splash of color to brighten up these winter days!

ERTL - 45289 - 1/16 Price = $205.99
John Deere 4450 Precision Elite #1

ERTL - 45310 - 1/32 Price = $69.99
John Deere S690 Combine

ERTL - 45317 - 1/64 Price = $13.99
John Deere 9560R Tractor with Duals

ERTL - 45324 - 1/32 Price = $29.99
John Deere 8360RT Tractor

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New Models in the Clearance Corner!

More than 80 items were added to the Clearance Corner today!  Not only that, but the models that were already there now have super low prices.  Make sure to act fast and have fun enjoying HUGE savings!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Trip to Germany! Nuremberg Toy Fair Report

I had the opportunity to visit the International Toy Fair last weekend in Nuremberg, Germany. As usual for this show, the vast array of everything from model railroads to helium balloons, giant stuffed animals to huge die-cast construction equipment was almost too much to take in. 

I did get my first hands-on opportunity with the new 2012 Norscot models, which are nicely detailed and generated a good amount of buzz at the show. However, pricing and delivery dates will not be available until a bit later. 

NZG has an impressive line-up of new models for this year and alluded to next year being even better with the massive Bauma construction show rolling around in 2013. 

Motorart will be releasing four new Volvo construction models later this spring. 

Universal Hobbies continues to roll along with new Case agricultural and Komatsu construction models all planned for this spring and summer. They have plans to develop more US-specific models going forward. 

Bruder has a new Mack fire truck which is totally cool and will be a Christmas sensation this year. 

I also met with WSI, Eligor, GreenLight Collectibles, and several other manufacturers and media people.

Overall the mood was moderately upbeat. Collectors and manufacturers both seem ready for a good year with a reasonable range of carefully selected new models. Be on the lookout for the return of a favorite in the weeks to come. Watch our blog, Facebook page, and weekly emails for details as they become available.

Darin Stratton
President –

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

New from NZG: Excavators, Pavers, and Cranes! Oh, my!

Christmas is already far behind us, but for a collector, the beginning of the year is like unwrapping a box full of new item announcements. NZG came bursting into 2012 with a wide array of new items and I'm here to give you the info. There are well over 30 models coming down the pike this year, containing a healthy mix of brand new items and attractive re-paints. Now, I can't cover them all here, but you can find all of these models ready to be pre-ordered at

NZG - 5406 - 1/50 Price = $170.95
March - April Arrival
Roll - Scheuerle SPMT (Self-Propelled Modular Transporter)

NZG - 754-27 - 1/50 Price = $89.95
March - April Arrival
Fischer Kies - Mercedes-Benz Actros 8x4 Truck Mixer

NZG - 812-01 - 1/50 Price = $114.95
March - April Arrival
Boverhoff - Volvo EC460 CLD Demolition Excavator

NZG - 840 - 1/50 Price = $136.95
March - April Arrival
Vogele MT 3000-2i Offset Power Feeder

NZG - 869-03 - 1/50 Price = $187.95
March - April Arrival
Merkel - Terex AC200-1 Mobile Crane

NZG - 8411 - 1/50 Price = $118.95
May - June Arrival
Dynapac SD2550 CS Road Paver

NZG - 818 - 1/50 Price = $84.95
September - October Arrival
Liebherr A918 Compact Litronic Mobile Excavator

NZG - 855 - 1/50 Price = $136.95
December - January Arrival
Liebherr SR 714 Welding Tractor

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Official Announcement of the Newest from Norscot!

I know that word about Norscot's new models has been leaking out, and we've been getting a lot of questions about what and when and how much.  Well, we have the answer to one of those questions.

Here's the official announcement of Norscot's six newest models!

As for the when and the how much - as alluded to in Norscot's update earlier this week, they are in the process of switching factories in China.  The when (ETA) and the how much ($$) questions should be answered by the end of March.  We will keep you posted.

In the meantime... here you go!

Caterpillar 450E Backhoe Loader
Item #55263 - 1/87 Scale

Caterpillar 785D Truck with Mega water tank
Item # 55276 - 1/50 Scale

Caterpillar 323D Tracked Excavator with demolition hammer
Item #55282 - 1/50 Scale

Caterpillar 336D Tracked Excavator with Scrap Shear
Item #55283 - 1/50 Scale

Caterpillar D8T Bulldozer with Single-Shank Ripper
Item #55299 - 1/50 Scale

Caterpillar 740B EJ Atriculated Hauler with Ejector Body
Item #55500 - 1/50 Scale

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Enhancing Imaginations with Bruder

I love imagination. Seeing kids play and think up wild adventures and challenges and friends is one of the great joys of life. We love to help kids play and use their imagination. That's why we are excited to show off a line of accessories and figures that are sure to enhance your child's play time. Here's the word straight from Bruder:

"bworld is what we call the World of Bruder ... essential elements for making a play world come to life. Since these new additions allow our small fans to unleash their fantasy and create imaginative play worlds, we are calling them Bruder world or, in short, bworld."

So please take a look at some of the highlights from the line and be sure to check out the entire line at

BRUDER - 60000 - 1/16 Price = $9.95
Male Construction Worker with Brunette Hair

Features and Functions:
3-dimensional moveable limbs and head
Hands can grasp objects or hold onto vehicles
Manufactured from High Impact ABS Plastic

BRUDER - 60402 - 1/16 Price = $9.95
Female Construction Worker with Dark Hair and Boots

Features and Functions:
3-dimensional moveable limbs and head
Hands can grasp objects or hold onto vehicles
Manufactured from High Impact ABS Plastic

BRUDER - 62020 - 1/16 Price = $89.95
Construction Shed with Excavator, Construction Worker, and Accessories

The construction shed features wall elements including windows as well as a door and movable sliding doors which are spacious enough to also accommodate larger equipment (with a height of up to 24 cm). The shed is suitable for construction machinery as well as agricultural equipment, trailers, and implements. The modular design also makes it possible to remove sections of the roof and allow, for instance, vehicles and play figures to be moved around with ease inside the hall even with the sliding doors closed. Apart from the machine shed, this set also includes a play figure, the Schaeff mini excavator and parts for securing the construction site.

BRUDER - 62200 - 1/16 Price = $21.95
Logistics Set with Male Worker

The daily supply with goods such as food or even toys is ensured by the large trucks employed by freight companies. The Pro series already offers our small customers a wide variety a different transport vehicles. However, our new bworld logistics set now allows for even more imaginative playing. A warehouse worker loads pallets and boxes onto the truck in no time. He makes professional use of an electric pallet truck to complete this task.
The set includes an electric pallet truck and various means of transportation such as Euro pallets, the stackable wooden crate with cover or the industrial skeleton box.

BRUDER - 62500 - 1/16 Price = $28.95
Riding Set with Horse and Woman Rider

Through the development of the bworld figures now the world of horseback riding can be actively re-enacted with Bruder's versatile product line.
Thanks to their outstanding moveability, play figures can be placed on a horse with saddle in a manner that is extremely realistic. The feet find their place in the stirrups, and the hands hold the reins just like in real life. Naturally for protection the figure has a riding helmet on its head.
The set consists of a paddock, in which the horse can be placed after the ride.
The horse can be unsaddled and unbridled beforehand.

BRUDER - 62520 - 1/16 Price = $89.95
Horse Stable with Woman, Horse, and Accessories

The stable is an important component of equestrian sports. The crucial factor in this regard is that the horses are kept as humanely as possible. Adequate space and cleanliness are important prerequisites for keeping horses. The bworld horse stable is modularly structured. Thus it is possible to extend the stall and provide sufficient space if the number of horses increases. Also the existing horse paddock or the horse shelter are seamlessly integrated in the concept of the horse stable.

BRUDER - 62600 - 1/16 Price = $27.95
Farming Set

The topic of food production also gets an emphasis through the new bworld figures and building series. The figure set includes a cow, as well as a paddock for free-range farming. This milk production environment suitable for organic production includes the necessary milk churns for transporting the milk. To facilitate the farmer's milking activity, a milking stool is included in the set. Caring for the Fleckvieh cow is also important. Consequently the most important tools, such as broom, pitchfork and rake are provided. Feed trough, hay rack, supplement the paddock. Details, such as the pedigree chart of the cow round out the overall picture.

BRUDER - 62620 - 1/16 Price = $90.95
Farm Shed with Male Farm Hand, Tractor, and Accessories

A vehicle shed that is closed in on all sides and houses equipment as well. The shed is suitable for construction machines or agricultural machines, trailer, and implements. The modular design also makes it possible to remove the roof elements to move the vehicles and figures into the shed for play with the sliding doors closed. In addition to the equipment shed, a male farm hand, bales of hay, and the Fendt 209 frontloader are included in this set.

BRUDER - 62650 - 1/16 Price = $22.95
Logging Set with Male Logger

Where does the firewood for the cosy warm fireplace or tile stove in the living room come from? With the forest set the individual steps from felled timber to the chopped firewood can be re-enacted through play. From the large tree section smaller pieces are cut with the aid of the chainsaw, these pieces can then be further processed with the log splitter into logs that are easier to handle. Naturally muscle power is still required here. The chainsaw cannot do everything. The axe and hand saw are provided for these tasks. Occupational health and safety is always in the forefront when "chopping wood". Consequently the play figure is also equipped with a protective vest and hard hat with visor. The figures can securely hold the tools thanks to their grip hands.

BRUDER - 68000 - 1/16 Price = $43.95
Car/Tractor Port

The vehicle shed can not only be used for protecting the numerous agricultural vehicles and implements from the weather, it also offers space for agricultural machines or smaller trucks (to 24 cm in height). The shed can be used universally and also serves as an extension for the equipment shed or the stable. The modular design allows space for fantasy and extension.

Thanks for reading!