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Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-23-2009 04:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bandai is preparing to release a 1:144 diecast Saturn V and Apollo 11 diorama kit in 2010, per this post to the HobbyHype forums, including photos (such as the below) from Toy-world.com.hk.

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posted 07-23-2009 06:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there a US distributor for these? The Saturn V looks pretty detailed and worthwhile acquiring...

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posted 07-23-2009 06:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As mentioned, this model won't be released until 2010, after which it should be available through several of the Japanese online dealers that import diecast collectibles, if not also (eventually) through some of the U.S. space boutique stores.

The photo(s) are of (likely) a prototype that was displayed at a industry toy fair.

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posted 07-23-2009 10:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo Redux   Click Here to Email Apollo Redux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That would make a sweet bookend to the Danbury Mint one - that took me four years of trolling on eBay for.

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It almost looks identical to the Danbury Mint Apollo product. I guess we'll find out next year if there is any difference in the two versions.

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Isn't this quite a lot bigger than the Danbury Mint?

I haven't seen a Danbury Mint item in the flesh, but from the pictures this also looks more detailed, is there a LM with the Danbury?

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I'll have to get me one of those; looks like it'll be excellent for show and tell as well as demonstrating the various stages of the Saturn V/Apollo Lunar Flight missions.

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posted 07-25-2009 06:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This looks very nice. I love the LEM on the base. Scott do you want one of these to check some of the measurements on your 1:1 items?

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Originally posted by c11esh:
Isn't this quite a lot bigger than the Danbury Mint?
The Danbury is 1:250 scale, and you can see the top of the LEM as you peer down the third stage's shrouds. The shrouds are not removable.

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Isn't this quite a lot bigger than the Danbury Mint?
The Danbury is 17.5 inches in length. The Bandai is 30.4 inches in length.

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My wife is Japanese and we just did a little research. The model is not yet on the Bandai site. It is for the Apollo 40th and will be released in 2010.

The information on the display at the toy fair insists that this is not a toy, but is for "grownups." The translation of the material used to make the model is "superalloy"

Price will be in the $500.00 range.

Here is an amateur YouTube video showing some a bit more detail.

Dave Scott (not the astronaut)
http://www.apolloartifacts.com/

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Today I published English page. Sorry for my poor English...

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posted 07-27-2009 10:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mslekar   Click Here to Email mslekar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It would be nice if they followed up the Saturn V with the all the manned launchers from that era!

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posted 10-20-2009 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for freshspot   Click Here to Email freshspot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to a press release, the model will be released in March 2010.

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posted 10-20-2009 01:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can't wait... any discussion about a price point?

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posted 10-20-2009 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for c11esh   Click Here to Email c11esh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Price: 52,290 yen (tax included)

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posted 10-20-2009 04:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So somewhere in the 500 dollar range... definitely not a toy.

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I've got the Danbury Mint but obviously I'll get one, it looks too beautiful. But what a terrible timing for Bandai! The 40th anniversary was a perfect occasion, but March 2010? Anyway...

By the way, many thanks to ApolloManiacs. His website is a great reference for Apollo models, and I was able to build my entire collection of Startales Takara models based on your info. Glad to see you are still around!

On your website, you mention: "opening order benefit: CM after splashdown (special display stand includes)".

You mean that a pre-order will get that special diorama? If so, where can we pre-order to obtain that limited version?

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posted 10-25-2009 02:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ApolloManiacs   Click Here to Email ApolloManiacs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Shops in Japan are now taking pre-orders. Please try to visit Hobby Link Japan.

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posted 10-25-2009 11:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for andrewcli   Click Here to Email andrewcli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw this on a modeler's forum - 20% off Bandai models. The forum said that it's another $50 to ship to U.S.

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posted 11-05-2009 07:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unit listed on ebay for pre-order now...

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posted 11-13-2009 03:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can't wait to find out which US models website plans to offer these to cS members.

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New photos are arrived! In 22 Jan. 2010, I was visited BANDAI HQ to gather information of Testshot1 model. This Testshot1 is a first shot model result from metal mold for mass production. Some adjustment will be performed on this metal mold until mass production.

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posted 01-26-2010 10:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is March still looking good for release? I am very excited about this model!

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New photos are arrived!
WOW! Thanks for posting those. I was on the fence about ordering this model, as I've already committed to buying the 4D Vision Saturn V. Looks like I'll have to start budgeting again...

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Wow! expensive model and the ECS radiators are not even painted correctly! I realize there's only so much detail you can have depending on scale, but this is a pretty glaring mistake. I hope this is corrected before it's release.

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Ouch! Nice indication! Today I sent this information with CSM photo to BANDAI. Thanks.

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New photos are arrived!
Beautiful. Thank you for posting the link.

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Are we still "Go" for a March 2010 release?

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I've heard from Germany in April or May and the price there is 549 euros --

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posted 03-03-2010 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know if this is still on for early March release?

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Bandai announced final release date on its official web site. It will be March 27, 2010 in Japan.

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For better or worse... I just placed an order for the Bandai Saturn V at badcattoys.com. The price is $550 USD. I know. I thought long and hard about it. But this is I'm sure another of those "must have items." I've dealt with bad cat toys before, they are reputable. Scheduled delivery is for sometime in April.

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I've pre-ordered mine directly with HW Japan at a cost of 49,640 yen delivered. At today's currency conversion that’s about £300 ($460) plus HM Customs Charges of about another £80.

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Maths never was my strong point, but by my reckoning, using current exchange rates, the model works out at approx £360 to the UK... plus the £80 H.M Customs duties.

Anybody got a cheaper way of getting these beauties to Europe?

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Might be a way but we'd need several of us in UK. We'd need to find out size of box and weight.

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I'd be intersted John. What do you have in mind and how many people would need to opt in?

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Maths never was my strong point, but by my reckoning, using current exchange rates, the model works out at approx £360 to the UK... plus the £80 H.M Customs duties.
No, your maths it right, I must not have had my glasses on when I used Expedia's currency converter or the yen's dramatically risen against the pound?

Would bulk importing to the UK save a significant amount? If it does and you can put something together in time count me in.

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For it to work I'd have to be able to pick them up in Japan (Tokyo), but then we lose discount from buying mail order, so not sure we'd gain anything.

I guess how limited will they be, are shops going to have stock?

On thinking doesn't have to be Japan, if its cheaper to get them in USA then that would work, could be mailed to USA address.

As long as I can physically get them, then I can get them to UK cheaper.

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I guess how limited will they be, are shops going to have stock?
That is a question isn't it? Does anyone know if these will be a limited run or mass production?

Blacklion1 (above) has paid $550 US which is about the same it'll cost us buying from Japan mail order so I doubt the USA route will save anything.

I think our only hope of significant savings will be if Japanese shops sell it at a discounted price and someone can bring them back to the UK as part of their luggage allowance, thus saving the carriage charge?


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