iMech News 7.9.2013

Good news, bad news and ugly news… Thanks to the upcoming San Diego Comicon, everything is delayed for us since our 3D vendor has a lot of big-name rush client work to do for that show. So all of our releases got pushed back as a result and now I need to shift things around a bit to manage it. We also have a bunch of releases in the pipeline that I haven’t announced yet, so since this one will be sooner now, let’s start with it…

FichtenFoo’s Dragonfly [1/35] »

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The follow-up to the wildly popular Hornethopter (which will be back in stock late summer 2013), the Dragonfly (working title), much like its real-world influence is built for speed. Instead of making the abdomen wider to awkwardly accommodate a pilot, I moved the seating to the rear of the thorax to give it a more streamlined look of an old race car/plane look and feel. The pilot is the same as that used in the Hornethopter and Aviators set in order to reduce production costs (new 3D pilot + 3D print = $$$) Christophe Desse (Red Star/Aviators sculptor) 3D sculpted the thorax based on plans I had sent him, and the rest is hand-sculpted by me (FichtenFoo).

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Since this was just about ready to go to the caster, I finished up some details and will be sending it to the caster as soon as I finish up the photoetch and instructional design. Look for the Dragonfly to be available by late August 2013. Estimated cost is $99, but that’s an estimate until the casting and photoetch costs come back. The wings will be about 2X the size of the Hornet’s wings area-wise with each wing being a little over 6 inches giving this craft a wingspan of about 14″/35cm. The Dragonfly will also have 15mm half-sphere glass eye lenses, rigging, and laser-cut wing plastic.

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Preorder Delays »

A few weeks ago I wrote: “Currently on the site we have the Remora and Frankenstein up for preorder. Since the caster for these was also sidetracked by Wonderfest USA and playing catch-up, they’re slightly behind. Thanks for your patience and support with these!” And things haven’t gotten better… in fact they’ve gotten more behind. The issue is that both of these are using the same caster and both needed remolded. He’s just one guy and has had some health issues lately. I should have at least the Remoras on July 27, 2013 he says and Frankenstein soon after. I’m not exactly thrilled about delaying these any more than you are, but it unfortunately cannot be helped. Rest assured, they are coming.

Other preorder items, such as the upcoming Steam Car and Dragonfly will be handled by a faster casting firm so will not suffer the same delays.

Again, I’m terribly sorry for these delays. It’s not cool and not something I ever want to happen and have been striving to overcome since I started this company. Please be patient and they’ll be on their way as soon as possible.