Thursday, August 11, 2011

TWH Update

I know you've been waiting for that TWH model for a while now... maybe it's the Grove GMK or the Pierce HAL or the P&H 4100XPC. Today I spoke with Tom, the Director of Product Management here at 3000toys, and learned from him a little bit about what we're expecting to see from TWH in the weeks and months ahead. 

"I'm sure there are many collectors anxious to hear the latest news regarding the scheduled releases for TWH this year. And while none of us like having to wait around for what we want, getting up-to-date information makes the wait more bearable. And there is one thing for certain, the wait will be worth it. The City of Frisco Pierce Velocity HAL is sure to be a beautiful model, and according to the statement by TWH, it's just a matter of a few weeks before these will be here and ready to ship."

Please take the time to read the statements below. Tom went on to say, "As you can see, TWH have had their share of bad luck when it comes to the tooling issues. And while it's frustrating for all of us, we should remember that it's the dedication to quality and refusal to produce inferior product, that is what sets TWH apart."

P&H 4100XPC
The next batch of XPC models is scheduled to leave Hong Kong August 15, for arrival in the US in mid-September. Each factory shipment will include 150-300 pieces and be proportionally distributed to P&H and TWH Tier 1 distributors by pre-order timing and quantity. TWH expects all XPC orders to be filled by the end of the year.

Pierce Velocity HAL – Frisco
Priority shipping is currently underway for the Pierce Velocity HAL – Frisco model. Pierce Mfg and Frisco Fire Department will receive their units first, with shipments to follow to satisfy all pre-orders. The first Pierce Ladder truck by TWH has been receiving excellent reviews and will assuredly be worth the wait.

Pierce Velocity PUC – Miami Dade and DFW
TWH Collectibles regrets the current delay of the much anticipated Miami Dade and DFW pumpers. Significant tooling complications during the tooling modification stage has necessitated retooling for both projects. A revised ship date is forthcoming.

Grove GMK 4 and 5 axles hydraulic cranes
TWH has received approvals from all companies regarding their respective model decoration. TWH anticipates production beginning early next month with all units shipping in the month of November…just in time for holiday delivery.

Manitowoc 31000
TWH Collectibles, in cooperation with Manitowoc Cranes, is finalizing the design of the Manitowoc 31000 concurrent with real machine testing. In addition, TWH has transitioned the 31000 project over to the factory partner that has produced all of the Manitowoc crawler cranes for TWH previously… also the same factory as the Mammoet PTC model. We are confident that this decision will yield a more quality product once complete, consistent with the detail and accuracy of the tooling model which debuted in March of this year. Current ship date is the first quarter of 2012 and further updates will be released if this date will change.

I hope this helps ease the burden of your wait just a bit. If you have any comments or questions, don't hesitate to let me know!


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