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Jinkies! We’ve been busy working on our Polar Lights model kits!

posted by JamieH 8:00 AM
Wednesday, August 5, 2009

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So, how’s it going for you guys? We’ve been incredibly busy around here and its tough keeping our heads above water. We’ve been finishing up lots of packaging and instruction sheets for upcoming Polar Lights model kits releases. I’ve missed having a chance to write about some of our recent developments.

We’ve been getting ready for a big sales presentation to our reps for all of our brands for next year’s products. It gives us a chance to fill them in on what we would like to do and get their input about our product. On top of that, we are putting together mini catalogs for inclusion in our model kits. We’ll be doing a full-blown print catalog in preparation for the big iHobby show in October. At that show, we’ll be unveiling our release schedule for the first half of next year. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited about our plans.

I’ve been giving final approvals on tons of test shots including the revised C-57D saucer sections which will now assemble to be a bit more sturdy and hopefully alleviate some of the edge warping that was prevalent in the earlier issue. Mr. Spock is looking good and he has a collar now. Finally, the UFO sprues now have part numbers on them.

(Literally) I just heard that our second run of 1/350 Enterprise refits just came in and half of them are going right back out to distributors. Grab them while they are hot!

The thing I’ve been busiest with is the new Scooby Doo Mystery machine box and instruction sheet. I’ve had my hands in instruction sheets before but Bob usually handles the packaging. He says he really wanted to do it but he is juggling a lot. It was fun to do a package for a change. I had to deal with a licensor supplied style guide and we usually cringe at the thought. It wasn’t too bad in this case. Their new elements look pretty cool even though they aren’t as spooky as they should be. Rather than using as little of the style guide as possible, I actually used it to steer the rest of the design on the box sides, back and instruction sheet. I’m pretty satisfied with the results.

Well, back to work on to the C-57D instructions.



5 Responses to “Jinkies! We’ve been busy working on our Polar Lights model kits!”

  1. phicks says:

    “We’ll be doing a full-blown print catalog in preparation for the big iHobby show in October. At that show, we’ll be unveiling our release schedule for the first half of next year. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited about our plans.”

    Will there be any surprises for those of us who frequent this board, or will this just mean attaching release dates to kits we have already seen announced here, such as the 1/1000 Enterprise-A?

  2. JamieH says:

    The 1/1000 A is targeted for December. Our iHobby announcements will show off product for the rest of this year and the first portion of 2010 so this should be news to everyone out there… although some subtle hints have been dropped along the way here and there.

  3. hippiefreek_98 says:

    On the Polar Lights kits, when will we see those great funny cars they did just before the AMT buyout? The Hawiian and Gas Rhonda were instantly gone!! And the others are alost as hard to find! Those were far better funny cars than the Challenger ex-Soapy Sales car was. And those snap kit 1/25 ’65 Dodges and ’64 GTOs were great! And never given enough time to get a big following. The C-57D is a step in the right direction, keep it up!!

  4. JamieH says:

    John’s taking a look into the PL funny cars. We’ll see what happens.

  5. hippiefreek_98 says:

    Heck, even if you kitted them without the Team emdorsment, they would be an awesome addition! Just my 2 cents worth!

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