With the new 2016 year approaching, it seems we have an interesting outlook on new kits in the future. You probably loaded up on model kits for the Holidays, and you may need a breather in your budget, but plan on saving some more coins, because the model companies are coming out of the gates strong.
If you're a science fiction Scifi fan, this is the best time to build those model subjects. The Star Wars model kit market has exploded. Dozens of new Star Wars kits have come out in the last few months
, from Bandai, Revell, and soon to be, Dragon Models. Dragon will be releasing several new kits in the months (year) to come. But their biggest news is that the AT-AT kit will be 1/35 scale. This is important because there are THOUSANDS of military accessories, figures, and models in that scale, and these can be combined with the kit to make a hundred different scenarios as far as a diorama. If you thought you might want to collect every Star Wars model there is, you've got your work cut out for you. I've built many of the older AMT Star Wars kits, and I have a couple of X-Wings from Fine Molds and Revell, but I haven't built them yet, so I can't attest to their buildability (is that a word?). The Fine Molds kits are very detailed by looking at the sprues. My only bother with the Revell kits is that they are all snap models, and in my view, lack a bit of detail. But if they get kids into modeling, I'm all for it.
I might as well give a shout out to Moebius Models, as they'll be producing a 1:32 scale kit of the Proteus from Fantastic Voyage. It's a model kit folks have wanted for decades.
Lunar Models made a resin one back in the 1990s, and I think a few larger resin kits of the submarine came around as well, but this kit should be more affordable, so we can all enjoy the model and get our hands on one. The Moebius Models example has an interior, and that's a serious plus for this kit. Sadly, it doesn't include any figures. But being 1/32 scale, there are some options. Even if you modify some 1:35 scale figures to get by. The original film starred Raquel Welch. Now that's a figure I need to add to this model!
The Round2 Space 1999 Eagle should be out any day now. I suspect Round2 will run out of kits in the U.S. on their first run. There's going to be a long line for them. It's another kit that's been on Scifi fans hot list for a long time. It's not 44" (rather, it's half that, 22"), but that's ok. It's more affordable, and will be easier to find a place for in the hobby room / office. Hopefully. Either way, I'm looking forward to building one myself (at least one ... maybe more).
Atlantis models has two kits coming out in 2016. One a small UFO model in keeping with their other kits. This one depicting a Monument Valley saucer, so to speak. Since you don't have to pay royalties to Alien Overlords and their UFOs, Atlantis can prtty much make as many of the small cool kits as they want to. Another fun kit coming out is their Flash Gordon figure kit, with a smaller Martian. This is an old Aurora model that hasn't seen the light of day
since the 1960's. I'm looking forward to building one of them, it looks like it would be fun to do.
There doesn't seem to be much in the way of Star Trek models. Round2 still hints at a 1:32 Shuttle, but there's no real updates on if they wil or won't release one. I want one myself, so all we can do is hope it will happen. With the 1:350 TOS Enterprise released a few years ago (awesome kit, I have one). And now the Space 1999 Eagle, Round2 has already brought some kits to the market that are popular, and I believe, big sellers. Let's hope they can continue that with a large scale Shuttle (with an interior of course, maybe an engine if they can swing it).
On the car side of things, there are a few kits of interest. Aside from the usual models that are released over and over, there are some gems in an otherwise busy crowd of common kits. Fujimi will be releasing a James Bond "The Spy Who Loved Me" Lotus Esprit, the submarine version. While it doesn't look like you could build it stock (if Revell was smart, this would be a good time to reissue their Monogram kit of the stock Lotus for a kit bash), it should be fun to build the sub example.
Round2 always has some reissues, many that have not been out but maybe once, or not in decades. They will be reissuing the 1989 Batman movie kits. The Batmobile is already out, but the Batmissile and Batwing (which is 1:25 scale by the way) will be out later in the year. These are good kits. The Batwings are hard to find, and the prices are a bit high, so it's good to see this one out again. Also coming out will be MPC's Ford Pinto Station Wagon. Personally, I would rather have the fastback / runabout two door models, rather than the wagon, but let's hope they reissue those as well (eventually). I will probably still get the wagon, but it's not my preference.
Mopar builders can rejoice, because Round2 will be releasing the MPC Plymouth Volare'. The version coming out is the "Fuzz Duster" kit, which includes custom parts and the T-Tops. So there will be a lot in the box to build multiple versions, including a Plymouth Road Runner. (special thanks to John Greczula at Round2 for confirming this for me!). It's not so much
that Volare's are popular, it's just that the kit hasn't been out in decades, and now many of us can build the kits we did as kids, but much better. I'm looking foward to this one. (I owned a real Dodge SE myself, which is the same body / car). I'm also looking forward to Round2's / AMT Flying Wedge Dragster. I built a couple of those kits when I was a kid in my basement, and that wedge shape is just cool. For years I hoped the kit would come out again, and here it is for 2016. Awesome!
If you're a heavy truck fan, the AMT Aero Chief Fire Truck and Tyrone Malone Papa Truck will make their debuts after many years. The kits have risen in price on the collectors market, hopefully the reissues will be much more affordable. There are dozens of other kits coming out from AMT, MPC, Polar Lights and Lindberg, most kits that have been out recently not to long ago, but the forementioned ones are some highlights.
Revell will be coming out with a few new models, primarily the Foose kits, the Eldorod and the Foose Ford Pickup truck. Revell is usually very secretive about what new products are coming out, so we won't know much until they actually release a flyer or some other information. Personally, I think this is detrimental, as you can't really create a buzz about an upcoming product if no one knows aboaut it. But that's their way. (they make good kits, so there's no problem there).
That's the roundup of the models I know about, and I'm only mentioning some of the more interesting kits. It's too much to list them all (especially from Round2 .. do those guys ever sleep? LOL ). Let's hope there's a few surprise along the way for 2016!