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apolloprojeckt
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posted 10-16-2017 05:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope Blitzway bring out this great 1:4 scale EMU astronaut, oh how nice... as seen New York Comic-Con by Action Figure Direct:

cspg
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posted 10-16-2017 11:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If they do, I hope it will be a 1/6 model to fit with other models.

mode1charlie
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posted 10-16-2017 05:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow. Amazing.

cspg
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posted 10-18-2017 02:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Release: 2nd quarter 2018. It's written on the right lower corner of the first picture above.

p51
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posted 10-18-2017 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not sure I even want to know how much this will be, as the high-end 1:6 stuff is often very pricey. It's a moot point for me as I'm sure I don't have the money (and for sure not the room) to devote to one of these.

The good thing is that people could stage their own 'space' photos (or film) with this and if done correctly, it'd look like the real thing with the visor pulled down like that.

cspg
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posted 10-18-2017 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree 1:4 is a bad idea (unless they come up with a 1:6 model as well).

But interesting to note that there are shuttle-era models coming out as we approach the Apollo 11 50th anniversary.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-18-2017 07:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I see this more as being current spaceflight, as the EMU is still in use at the space station.

Daugherty54
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posted 10-19-2017 03:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope this figure by Blitzway is affordable. Also curious to see if it is just the figure or comes with the display base shown here.

As if I have the space for anything this size...

cspg
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posted 10-19-2017 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Define affordable.

When I see that 1:6, 12-inch tall action figures can go as high as $450, affordable is not the first word that comes to mind regarding the Astronaut model...

apolloprojeckt
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posted 12-12-2017 06:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Woohoo, is expensive, but still very nice.

Panther494
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posted 12-12-2017 07:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Panther494   Click Here to Email Panther494     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, stunning piece. Expensive, perhaps but the amount of work and attention to detail that seems to have gone into this, it may just be worth it. Now, do I have room?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-12-2017 07:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cspg:
Release: 2nd quarter 2018.
Per the website, now targeted for third quarter... but seems very much worth the wait.

cspg
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posted 12-16-2017 04:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
More detailed photos can be found here.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-16-2017 06:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Those same photos (and more) are on the Blitzway website under the Gallery tab.

DigitalSpace
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posted 12-19-2017 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DigitalSpace   Click Here to Email DigitalSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This just opened up for preorder on U.S. websites. It's retailing at $1199.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-19-2017 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Note that Entertainment Earth, one of the larger U.S. websites offering the statue for pre-order, states they expect delivery in June 2019. (Other sites list first quarter 2019.)

DigitalSpace
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posted 12-19-2017 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DigitalSpace   Click Here to Email DigitalSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the Blitzway Ghostbusters set and their quality is excellent. However, that set took 1 1/2 years to release.

Sideshow is selling it at the company's original MSRP with a payment plan if that helps.

schnappsicle
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posted 12-20-2017 07:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for schnappsicle   Click Here to Email schnappsicle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The write-up on the Sideshow website says this is the first of four in a series. If they're planning on coming out with more astronaut figures such as this, I'd much rather wait to see if they come out with a similar 1:4 scale Apollo or Gemini figure.

As much as I love this diorama, I'd much rather have Ed White or Neil Armstrong taking up half of my living room.

DigitalSpace
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posted 12-20-2017 09:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DigitalSpace   Click Here to Email DigitalSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't see that information about the series. I only see it's a 1/4 scale.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-20-2017 09:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Blitzway's website does note that this EMU statue is the first in a new project series titled "The Real," but there is no indication that the subsequent projects will be space related.

Philip
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posted 12-21-2017 07:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great representation modeled at the current EVA space suit used aboard ISS. Imagine that as an MMU or the first version ILC EMU — Extravehicular Mobility Unit.

cspg
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posted 12-21-2017 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For a delivery date of first semester of 2019, you'd think they would have made an Armstrong EVA suit to coincide with Apollo 11 50th anniversary. Apparently I'm missing something.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-21-2017 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have reached out to Blitzway to see about working with them on an article about the making of this statue and their motivations to do so. I hope they will cooperate, as it is clear they put a lot of work into getting the details correct.

If they do agree to an interview, I will certainly ask about follow-on models and why the EMU was their first project in this series. Personally, as a space shuttle-era enthusiast, I am happy to see them focus on an underrepresented topic (the EMU) rather than the Apollo A7L, which has been modeled in multiple forms and scales over the past couple of decades.

FlyAndFight
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posted 04-13-2018 05:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FlyAndFight   Click Here to Email FlyAndFight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have you heard back from Blitzway, Robert?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-13-2018 06:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, their president has agreed to an interview. There may be an opportunity for me to see the model firsthand in July, so I am waiting to see if that comes together.

FlyAndFight
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posted 04-17-2018 01:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FlyAndFight   Click Here to Email FlyAndFight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent news.

Constellation One
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posted 04-18-2018 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Constellation One   Click Here to Email Constellation One     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I've regretted not purchasing some limited pieces. This figure really looks appealing.

Can any experienced buyers recommend the best dealer to preorder this from?

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