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cspg
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posted 05-05-2011 11:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just the picture:

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posted 05-05-2011 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can't see it on their website. Is it available to buy?

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posted 05-05-2011 02:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No. It only appears as an "ad" on their website with the caption "stay tuned with Project Apollo" (?), in advance of a hobby show in Japan.

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posted 05-05-2011 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This figure is still in development. I've seen some of the progress shots from Dragon's model shop and it's coming together nicely.

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I hope that they give him a Hasselblad. Even better if its optionally detachable from the EMU RCU bracket.

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I hope the give him a more "pressurized" look than the originals. The BBI SR-71 pilot figure really had a good look and this would look better than the originals if they looked that way.

I also hope they include the black gloves and yellow slippers this time.

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posted 05-05-2011 09:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for golddog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At this point he would appear to be lacking the contingency sample pocket.

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posted 05-07-2011 10:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astroborg   Click Here to Email astroborg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It would be nice if they'd have done a high quality Mercury Astronaut, for the 50th Anniversary of Shepard's Freedom 7 mission, this past week. The GI-Joe just doesn't cut it.

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Originally posted by astroborg:
It would be nice if they'd have done a high quality Mercury Astronaut

YES. Since Dragon are going all-in with their new space series, how about a 1:6 silver-suited Mercury figure? Or an orange LES-clad Shuttle astronaut?

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posted 05-08-2011 07:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A high-quality, highly accurate 1/6 scale Mercury astronaut would be great. And Gemini. And shuttle.

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posted 05-08-2011 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And a Mercury-Redstone, Mercury-Atlas, Gemini-Atlas and Gemini-Titan rocket!

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...and don't forget the Gemini 7 suits, Gemini EVA space suits, MOL suits, etc. You would need a big glass case and deep pockets!
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Originally posted by astroborg:
The GI-Joe just doesn't cut it.
Please don't pick on Joe!! As a possessor of an original GI Joe astronaut, capsule and 45 RPM record of the '60s when I was being introduced to spaceflight, nothing fired up the imagination like those 'toys' (now called "action figures", not 'dolls'). Sure, they were not historically accurate, but the line improved greatly and I still think their Classic Collection Buzz Aldrin Apollo 11 and Mercury-Freedom 7 astronaut figures were among the best issued before they stopped 1/6" production. My two cents.

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posted 05-09-2011 08:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moonguyron   Click Here to Email moonguyron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Those interested in Dragon's 1/6th Apollo Astronaut may want to know that a set of insignia are available at monkeydepot.com. Just do a search for apollo insignia. The set allows you to make any from AP-11 thru AP-14. Contact them (as I have) if you would like them to include a set that goes from AP-15 thru AP-17.

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posted 05-09-2011 11:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert (or anyone else), does anyone have any impressions as to how this figure is an improvement over Dragon's previous 1:6 Apollo astronaut releases? I briefly owned their "Buzz Aldrin" figure... returned it due to some defective parts and I never got around to acquiring a replacement.

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posted 05-13-2011 10:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's officially here.

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Whats officially here. That link is just to the promo picture? Is there an order link?

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posted 05-13-2011 02:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Official in the sense that it's being produced (my guess). You cannot order any models from their site. You would need to go to dragonmodelsusa.com. And even then, you can't order anything anyway- just find the nearest dealer.

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posted 05-13-2011 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PeterO   Click Here to Email PeterO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by GoesTo11:
...does anyone have any impressions as to how this figure is an improvement over Dragon's previous 1:6 Apollo astronaut releases?
From the official photo above, it appears identical to my two original versions. That doesn't really mean anything though, since Dragon may be using the original for the promo photo.

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posted 05-16-2011 07:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Updated picture:

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posted 05-16-2011 08:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for starhopper   Click Here to Email starhopper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's about time they did Neil Armstrong - I have had it with cheezy Buzz Aldrin!

Where can I get one of these? Who sells Dragon figurines? Can't find anything online!

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posted 05-16-2011 08:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This figure is still in development. It is not yet available for sale.

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Originally posted by starhopper:
Who sells Dragon figurines?
Since it's space-related I wouldn't be surprised to see the Flying Mule have it (they do have one Dragon Action Figure which is aviation-related, a B-17 gunner for US $170).

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posted 05-16-2011 08:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's a big price increase since the previous edition, but there are new details on it...

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posted 05-16-2011 01:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I never said or implied that the Apollo Action Figures will sell for that amount but I haven't found retail prices for 1:6 action figures...

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All the signs in the pictures imply that Mr. Armstrong has not licensed his likeness to this product, such as the obvious lack of his name on the advert and also no tag on the RCU or suit. However the fact that the figure is obviously modeled on him makes me wonder if it will get into production without his blessing. I'm sure he would have a case to stop it if he so wishes.

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I understand Neil Armstrong "signed over" his image rights to Purdue University.

In the event that Purdue were to gain financially from the use of Armstrong's image on this model would members think it more likely that it would be approved?

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All the signs in the pictures imply that Mr Armstrong has not licensed his likeness to this product,such as the obvious lack of his name on the advert and also no tag on the RCU or suit.
This was also true of the first issue of the Apollo astronaut in 2002. It was generically called Apollo Astronaut "Buck", but the head sculpt looked a lot like Buzz. The second edition was called Buzz Aldrin, so apparently Dragon had licensed it by then.

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As to where to get one; I have been in contact with Steven at Timewalker toys. He alerted me several months ago that the re-issue was going to happen. He has been very helpful on keeping me posted. See timewalkertoys.com.

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posted 05-17-2011 07:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for starhopper   Click Here to Email starhopper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by PeterO:
It was generically called Apollo Astronaut "Buck", but the head sculpt looked a lot like Buzz.
I own the "Buck" Astronaut - it actually looks nothing like the Buzz Aldrin head sculpt - it is a pleasing, generic sculpt.

I would love to see an Armstrong sculpt released but also wonder whether Neil would allow his likeness to be used. I would think he would be very cautious about giving his permission since his partner, Buzz Aldrin, has basically over-commercialized himself and his likeness and in my humble opinion has lessened the dignity of the Apollo program.

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Maybe this time, the nose will fit inside the helmet.

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Maybe this time, the nose will fit inside the helmet.
Oh Man! I had to take a hair dryer and warm up the head so I was able to squeeze it and get the head in the helmet without having the nose scrape the inside of the visor and muck things up! What fun!

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Does anyone know if they plan to release a 'newer' Buzz Aldrin style figure as well? Or just the Commander figure? I seem to remember something about Dragon releasing 2 Apollo Astronauts in 2011.

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posted 05-21-2011 01:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Indiana Fett:
I seem to remember something about Dragon releasing 2 Apollo Astronauts in 2011.

That's what their catalog says- no additional info.

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Looks like a superb figurine... Thanks for keeping this topic updated.

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quote:
Originally posted by Indiana Fett:
I seem to remember something about Dragon releasing 2 Apollo Astronauts in 2011.

When I received my last order from the Flying Mule, they included a copy of Dragon's new space catalog. Most of the photos were of actual hardware rather than models, so it was very preliminary.

The 1:6 Apollo action figure entry had two illustrations that depicted a figure in the AL7 suit with only the visor assembly as an accessory, like the "Armstrong" pictured above, and another release with the complete PLSS/OPS/RCU and hoses, similar to Dragon's earlier releases. This is only what this catalog suggested; their plans seem to vary week to week.

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And what do I see... That is quick...

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OUCH! $200 on eBay is a little pricey for a plastic doll (for me, at least) - will wait to pay retail (which should hopefully be around $90.00 or so?) when it comes to the states.

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Originally posted by starhopper:
(which should hopefully be around $90.00 or so?)
That doesn't look to be the retail price.

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Originally posted by cspg:
That doesn't look to be the retail price.
WOW! And I only paid $69.00 (NEW) for my Dragon Apollo 1:6 Astronaut "Buck" I guess inflation has taken it's toll!

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posted 05-28-2011 06:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moonguyron   Click Here to Email moonguyron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Timewalker toys has the 1:6 Dragon Astronaut on their website for pre-order. Should be here in July. Pre-order price is $139.99. Full description on their website.


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