MPC Model Kits: Wonderfest Count Down. 3…

posted by JamieH 5:54 PM
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

One of the cool things about working for a “legacy” model kit brand is discovering and bringing back all of the obscure stuff that hasn’t been out in a while. The topic of today’s Wonderfest preview focuses on a couple MPC model kits. As far as MPC sci-fi kits go, most of the well-known efforts were Star Wars subjects. We’ve uncovered a few cool kits that many folks, even seasoned modelers, may not have known about.

First is the Pilgrim Observer. This is a highly detailed kit of a “real” space station concept. At least it could have become real in the eyes of her engineers. The kit includes a booklet explaining the science behind the concept. The kit itself is really cool. It comes with a lot of parts in white, chrome and clear parts and builds into a nice size model. It ends up with moving pieces and it can be shown in flight mode, like a rocket, and in orbit mode with all of its pods and antennae extended. As great as it builds, it will also be a kit-bashers delight with all of the non-descript yet definitely sci-fi/ space influenced parts. The kit also comes with a few added goodies just like its first release. Of all of the kits we are offering, this is one of my favorites.

Speaking of the Pilgrim Observer, we are still trying to decide how we would like to package it. We liked the original box but our buildup expert, Jim Small, did a great little digital composite sing the buildup that we really like too. If you are at the show, stop by and fill out one of our questionnaires and let us know which one you think is better. As usual, the show questionnaire has a few meaty questions on it we’d like feedback on. As usual, once filled out, it becomes your entry into our show drawing for some great model kits. Be sure to stop and fill one out while you are at the show. We really appreciate the feedback.

Ok, back on track… Secondly is our upcoming release of the Haunted Glo Heads which come in four styles- Werewolf, Vampire, Mummy and Ape Man. These are fun little snap together kits that feature the head and hands of each creature. The have cool detail to paint or build them unpainted for glow in the dark fun. They are simple little kits, perfect for young modelers. I think they have a lot of appeal to advanced modelers too.

Okay. More tomorrow focusing back on Star Trek.



6 Responses to “MPC Model Kits: Wonderfest Count Down. 3…”

  1. ModelMan says:

    Are you guys allowed to repop the star wars or does revell now have carte blanche -even though you have the mpc/ertl tools?

    The two droids would be good sellers is my bet! Those haven’t seen the light of day in quite some time. I remember threepio was re-released in ’89 or so. But was Artoo ever released again after ’78?

    And speaking of droids, vincent and maximillian would be good to see again. The Cygnus as well. Have you come across those tools and/or analyzed their condition and/or have any plans you can reveal?

  2. JamieH says:

    Revell has the Star Wars license right now. Most licensors won’t grant their license to two companies in the same product segment.

    Bringing back Disney kits would be cool. No news to report though.

  3. Ensign Eddie says:

    Will you be posting the questionnaire here (or on the Round 2 website) for those of us that can’t make the show?

    BTW, if I could, I would definitely vote for at least one release in vintage packaging on all kits (including the Pilgrim and K7).

  4. lostspacefan55 says:

    Agreed….PLEASE do at least some version of the Pilgrim and K7 with the original package graphics.
    And thank you for releasing both of these kits!

  5. ModelMan says:

    Thinking of it now, didn’t mpc have space:1999 for a time?

    If that license is available, are there any possibilities for an accurate Eagle transporter in any given scale? Did mpc make one and is that one easily upgraded?

  6. eimb1999 says:

    Ummmm…. just what *ahem* IS that monkey doin’ on the front of that ship?

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