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    Jan 10, 2017, 10:40 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1976

    edge10 said: View Post
    A 13" tall BB-8 is cool, but bring on the big ships please!
    Yeah, it's not high on my list. I liked R2 Mini-Me well enough, but my priority is ships too. I'm even happy with the smaller ships, like the 1/144 U-Wing, as long as the detail and proportions are there.
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    Jan 11, 2017, 12:42 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1977

    Just a reminder - Bandai is a company based in Japan, primarily focused on the Japanese market. Living space in Japan is tight, so it's in Bandai's best interests to produce smaller kits for their target consumer base. My guess is that the smaller 1/144 scale kits sell better than 1/72 and 1/48 scale kits in Japan for this reason, but I have no evidence to support that.

    Think of it this way--Zvezda's Star Destroyer kit, at nearly 2' long, is impressive, but a Japanese modeler can put 10 Bandai kits in that same amount of shelf space.
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    Jan 11, 2017, 1:34 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1978

    It's as good of theory as any, but then again they are starting to make big troopers and a big BB-8. Maybe we'll get a big ship one of these days. I suspect the rationale for many of these decisions comes down nothing more than one or two people in positions of power who decide, "I think this would be cool. Do that." Why a big storm trooper? "My kid thought it would be a good idea and wants one." I've seen decisions made this way.
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    Jan 11, 2017, 1:37 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1979

    Hi I've been lurking these boards and a few others for over a year, always forgetting to register. I'm affiliated with Bluefin, the company that Bandai uses to distribute the Star Wars products to U.S. retailers. I am not from Bandai Japan itself, but I am in constant communication and reporting with their departments on a daily basis. I am a model enthusiast though my subject material is often not dedicated to firm accuracy, but instead what new creative interpretations that could be inserted into that source material. More or less I'm a big airplane and sci-fi fan.


    I just wanted to update on the following U.S. schedule that Disney/Lucas has authorized Bandai Japan to put into the U.S. thus far. These will be available at u.s. local hobby shops as well as online stores.

    Dec 2016
    1/72 & 1/144 Red Squadron X-wing Starfighter Special Set

    Jan 2017
    1/72 A-Wing
    1/72 Poe's X-Wing
    1/72 TIE Interceptor
    1/72 TIE Striker

    Feb 2017
    1/144 U-Wing & Tie Striker
    1/72 X-wing
    1/72 TIE Fighter
    1/72 TIE Advanced X1
    1/48 Snowspeeder

    Mar 2017
    1/144 NEW item that will be up for pre-order in about a week
    1/48 AT-ST
    1/72 Y-Wing

    Will update this again after more information is confirmed.
    Last edited by Derringer; Jan 16, 2017 at 11:52 PM. Reason: More information updated
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    Jan 11, 2017, 2:35 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1980

    Derringer said: View Post
    I can assure you there is a large item coming out in the summer months though.
    If it's either a big triangle shape or a weird hamburger shape, there will be great rejoicing! Thanks for sharing what you can and welcome!
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    Jan 11, 2017, 6:54 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1981

    Zombie_61 said: View Post
    Just a reminder - Bandai is a company based in Japan, primarily focused on the Japanese market. Living space in Japan is tight, so it's in Bandai's best interests to produce smaller kits for their target consumer base. My guess is that the smaller 1/144 scale kits sell better than 1/72 and 1/48 scale kits in Japan for this reason, but I have no evidence to support that.

    Think of it this way--Zvezda's Star Destroyer kit, at nearly 2' long, is impressive, but a Japanese modeler can put 10 Bandai kits in that same amount of shelf space.
    They seem to mostly choose the scale of the ships to keep the footprint of the model fairly consistent. Larger ships get a smaller scale. Smaller ships get a larger scale. Most fighters are 1/72 except the snowspeeder because it is a smaller ship.

    Unfortunately that probably means an AT-AT will be a smaller scale than 1/48 so it will be out of scale with the snowspeeder and AT-ST.

    Even most of the large figures probably don't take up more shelf space than the 1/72 ships, but they are much taller.

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    Jan 11, 2017, 7:43 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1982

    Derringer said: View Post
    Mar 2017
    1/144 NEW item that will be up for pre-order in about a week
    Let speculation on this one begin too...

    Either Kylo or Krennic's shuttle perhaps?

    There aren't that many I can think of that would make sense right now other than smaller versions of the 1:72 fighters.
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    Jan 11, 2017, 7:49 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1983

    Somerset said: View Post
    Let speculation on this one begin too...

    Either Kylo or Krennic's shuttle perhaps?

    There aren't that many I can think of that would make sense right now other than smaller versions of the 1:72 fighters.
    How about the dual classic TIE fighter set?
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    Jan 11, 2017, 7:53 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1984

    Somerset said: View Post
    Let speculation on this one begin too...

    Either Kylo or Krennic's shuttle perhaps?

    There aren't that many I can think of that would make sense right now other than smaller versions of the 1:72 fighters.
    By my calculations, 1/144 would be a reasonable size for an AT-AT or an Imperial Shuttle.
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    Jan 11, 2017, 8:00 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1985

    Derringer said: View Post
    Hi I've been lurking these boards and a few others for over a year, always forgetting to register. I'm affiliated with Bluefin, the company that Bandai uses to distribute the Star Wars products to U.S. retailers. I am not from Bandai Japan itself, but I am in constant communication and reporting with their departments on a daily basis. I am a model enthusiast though my subject material is often not dedicated to firm accuracy, but instead what new creative interpretations that could be inserted into that source material. More or less I'm a big airplane and sci-fi fan.


    I just wanted to update on the following U.S. schedule that Disney/Lucas has authorized Bandai Japan to put into the U.S. thus far. These will be available at u.s. local hobby shops as well as online stores.

    Dec 2016
    1/72 & 1/144 Red Squadron X-wing Starfighter Special Set

    Jan 2017
    1/72 A-Wing
    1/72 Poe's X-Wing
    1/72 TIE Interceptor
    1/72 TIE Striker

    Feb 2017
    1/144 U-Wing & Tie Striker
    1/72 X-wing
    1/72 TIE Fighter
    1/72 TIE Advanced X1
    1/48 Snowspeeder

    Mar 2017
    1/144 NEW item that will be up for pre-order in about a week
    1/144 Millennium Falcon (The Force Awakens version)
    1/48 AT-ST
    1/72 Y-Wing

    Will update this again after more information is confirmed. The reason it only goes to March is because that's when the fiscal year ends for Japanese companies. I can assure you there is a large item coming out in the summer months though. Hopefully Star Wars Celebration will allow us to bring the prototype of it to the U.S.
    Nice to hear from someone with official information.

    I haven't seen the Bandai kits locally yet. Do you know what the MSRP is for some of these?

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    Jan 11, 2017, 8:02 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1986

    Hunk a Junk said: View Post
    If it's either a big triangle shape or a weird hamburger shape, there will be great rejoicing! Thanks for sharing what you can and welcome!
    It could be the BB-8 unless that is considered to be a figure.

    I would like a good ANH Death Star model.

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    Jan 11, 2017, 8:06 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1987

    Automaton said: View Post
    By my calculations, 1/144 would be a reasonable size for an AT-AT or an Imperial Shuttle.
    Yep & the Shuttle would also tie in as a Rogue One craft also

    Sounds promising

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    Jan 11, 2017, 8:10 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1988

    ggriffaw said: View Post
    It could be the BB-8 unless that is considered to be a figure.

    I would like a good ANH Death Star model.

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    I'd love to see a bigger R2 with a one-piece dome. It would also be interesting if they started doing 1/144 dioramas. Yavin base or the Hoth trenches would be amazing.
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    Jan 11, 2017, 8:26 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1989

    ggriffaw said: View Post
    It could be the BB-8 unless that is considered to be a figure.

    I would like a good ANH Death Star model.

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    Yes BB8 is a character

    ....so Falcon.....perhaps??

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    Jan 11, 2017, 8:37 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1990

    A large Star Destroyer would make sense. It ties into Rogue One and the OT so should have current and long term sales interest.

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    Jan 11, 2017, 8:44 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1991

    I'm curious what our forumites would prefer if we were to have a poll.
    Large falcon or large Star destroyer?

    (And which version of each?)

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    Jan 11, 2017, 9:32 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1992

    Derringer said: View Post
    Hi I've been lurking these boards and a few others for over a year, always forgetting to register. I'm affiliated with Bluefin, the company that Bandai uses to distribute the Star Wars products to U.S. retailers...
    Thanks for posting that info and the schedule!

    I remember part of the blurb mentioning stuff would be in Barnes and Noble, I've been periodically checking in the local store but haven't seen any of the kits yet. Not sure about local hobby shops since the "nearest" one is about a 50 minute drive from my house

    Any plans on places like Michael's, AC Moore, Toys R Us, Hobby Lobby, Wal Mart, Target etc... to carry those kits? (we've got a plethora of those which I guess is why smaller mom and pop shops and places ilke Hobby Town USA are so scarce in my area) To some extent, they have all carried some of the Revell kits except AC Moore which doesn't have the Star Wars line, just military and car models
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    Jan 11, 2017, 9:37 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1993

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    I'm curious what our forumites would prefer if we were to have a poll.
    Large falcon or large Star destroyer?

    (And which version of each?)

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    A 1/72 Falcon with an interior done with Bandai's attention to detail would be simply amazing. It would be a holy Grail kit
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    Jan 11, 2017, 11:37 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1994

    1/144 could be a B-Wing. It's a glaring gap in the line-up.
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    Jan 11, 2017, 1:50 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1995

    astroboy said: View Post
    I'm curious what our forumites would prefer if we were to have a poll.
    Large falcon or large Star destroyer?

    (And which version of each?)

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    I'd go with large Star Destroyer since I spent years, money, and agony modifying the 1/72 FM Falcon. And Bandai's tease of their large SD is just amazeballs. That being said, if Bandai offered a 1/72 version of the ANH 5-Footer, all bets are off.

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    ggriffaw said: View Post
    It could be the BB-8 unless that is considered to be a figure.

    I would like a good ANH Death Star model.

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    You could transform BB-8 lower ball into a Death Star. Just some paint and a super laser dish and Blammo -- Death Star.
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    Jan 11, 2017, 3:02 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1996

    I'm really excited for new items in the 1/144th line. While I don't have a Japan sized space, I do have very limited space for display and I prefer to have everything in the same scale as much as possible - 1/144th makes an entire fleet a possibility for me, while I'll probably only build a handful of 1/72nd ships in actuality.


    That said, I would totally jump on a 1/72 Bandai Falcon, due to the amount of detail and "extras" (like comprehensive lighting) you can easily pack into that size. But I'd wager that a Star Destroyer is more likely given the tease in their manufacturing video.
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    Jan 11, 2017, 4:09 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1997

    I want a big AT-AT!!
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    Jan 11, 2017, 5:01 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1998

    Scarecrow Joe said: View Post
    I want a big AT-AT!!
    I like Big AT-ATs and I cannot lie

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    Jan 11, 2017, 5:16 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #1999

    Scarecrow Joe said: View Post
    I want a big AT-AT!!
    You could ask Dragon, but they seem to have gone very quiet since they made that particular announcement!
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    Jan 11, 2017, 5:54 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #2000

    Automaton said: View Post
    By my calculations, 1/144 would be a reasonable size for an AT-AT or an Imperial Shuttle.
    Jaitea said: View Post
    Yep & the Shuttle would also tie in as a Rogue One craft also

    Sounds promising

    J
    I was thrilled when the Imperial Shuttle appeared in R1, even though the low-power engines looked a little strange. If Bandai does announce a 1/144 shuttle for March, I'll be over the moon. However, that Hoth image posted earlier does dampen my optimism a little. As cool as a 1/144 AT-AT would be, I want a shuttle more.

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