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DarkArtist
06-16-2005, 02:39 PM
This line was cut short well before it's prime. The idea was great, small detailed vehicles and playsets with mini figures. Plus it was easy to have large scale battles without taking up all the room in your house.
This line also gave us the chance to have squadron colors, such as grey flight and green flight, plus the blue and red versions of the y-wing.

This would be the best time to launch the line since ROTS will soon be dying off and Hasbro is going to need ideas to get them through to 2018. Afterall we now have the Target exclusive Micro line, why not expand upon it and give the fans more. plus this can also be a way to get rehashes of some of the last ships to be made, Sith inflitrator, republic gunship, jango's slave 1...... :)

Jangu Fett
06-16-2005, 04:18 PM
I right with you on this DarkArtist. With Revenge out this would be a great time to bring the Action Fleet line back. With all the fighters, speeders, charaters and all.

I am confused why Hasbro wouldn't release mini-figures with the last AF. And now release AF scale figures with some pretty crappy micros. And then Hasbro is doing a AF scale ship line, but is Die-Cast? Why?

Just give us what we want. ACTION FLEET SHIPS, FIGURES AND PLAYSETS.

jedi master sal
06-16-2005, 07:31 PM
Yeah, Hasbro really missed the ball on this one.

Shoot they even missed the ball with the last wave they had.

They were said to have had the AOTC style jedi Starfighter, Imperial Star Destroyer, and Mon Calamari Cruiser as Action Fleet ships. Also the Homing Spider droid was actually made (at least as a prototype).

Now if you flash forward to now, they could have easily made:
Invisible Hand-Grievous's Flagship
Banking Clan Frigate
Commerce Guild Destroyer
Trade Federation Droid Control ship (with Seperatist colors)
Republic Star Destroyer (Easily the one most want)

Shoot the Republic Star Destroyer isn't even being made as a toy here in the U.S. The only way it's being made that I know of, is as a model and that's a European exclusive. Revell makes the model and I called up the U.S. headquarters and asked them why they wouldn't be releasing it here in the states. I talked to three people and got a different response from each.

Person one: I don't know why, maybe they sell better overseas.

So I asked for her supervisor...

Person two (the supervisor): Revell already has a line of fine SW models currently available in the U.S.

(What a load of crap) I said, yeah, well they are just OT ships though. And while I love the OT, ROTS is what's big right now and they are doing a serious disservice to their U.S. customers. I asked for his boss.

Person three (the supervisors boss): Sir, there is a licensing issue here.

(To which I interupted, "But sir, we're talking about the same company, just a different division? Why can't these be sold online?"

Boss: We do not sell to the public. We sell to wholesalers and large retailers.

Me: So why not U.S. wholesalers and retailers? Did you folks try and just not get any takers?

(Long Pause)

Boss: I'm sorry sir but I just can't help you. You'll have to try the internet for overseas business who may ship to the states.

Me: That's completely absurd. There's a huge market here for these. At the least the Republic Star Destroyer should come to the states. It's the only ship of your ROTS line that hasn't been made as a toy i any other fashion.

Boss: I keep that under advisement and if I get the chance bring that point up in a meeting.

I said thanks and hung up.

Sheesh, no action fleet when we know it would sell, and then a complete run-around with the model maker. I'd like to believe the "boss" at Revell would follow through with my request, but I bet he forgot what I was talking about 5 minutes after I talked to him...

So alas, it appease we will get no more action fleet, nor even a plastic model...sigh. (I broke down and bought a Republic Star Desttroyer on the net. Cost me $48 shipped from England. It better be worth it! Every pic I've seen of this thing makes me believe it is.)

Any overseas folks out there that have bought this? Comments?

-Sal

Monstermile
06-16-2005, 07:46 PM
I too would love to see the AF line come back. I didn't collect any of the playsets but have almost all of the ships. They are great display pieces and let you have all of the ships and vehicles from the SW universe w/o taking up a ton of room. Unfortunantly they were always sitting on the store shelves on clearance so I can't see Hasbro bringing them back.

sicqnus
06-17-2005, 10:49 AM
Hi Jedi Master Sal,

The Venator kit is great. 20 inches long (or 22 ? It makes more than 50cm long !). Beautifully casted, easy to assemble (glue is included in the box). You just have to paint it. This is a classic glue kit, no a prepainted snap as the ARC, AT-RT and ETA-2 or Tri-fighters. I've just broken a cannon still on the sprues, repaired since. There are a few fragile parts...

http://www.sicqnus.com/options/Venator006.jpg
http://www.sicqnus.com/options/Venator007.jpg
http://www.sicqnus.com/news/NEWVenatled02.jpg
http://www.sicqnus.com/news/NEWVenatled01.jpg

I thought the only EU excl. were the ARC-170 & the AT-RT ? NO Venator in US after all ?
I know, Linda at Starshipmodelers.com have managed to get the Revell kits in their shop but I don't know what would be the price with Tax and shipping.

I too miss the Action Fleet defunct line. Soooo badly !

jedi master sal
06-17-2005, 02:55 PM
Hi Jedi Master Sal,

The Venator kit is great. 20 inches long (or 22 ? It makes more than 50cm long !). Beautifully casted, easy to assemble (glue is included in the box). You just have to paint it. This is a classic glue kit, no a prepainted snap as the ARC, AT-RT and ETA-2 or Tri-fighters. I've just broken a cannon still on the sprues, repaired since. There are a few fragile parts...

http://www.sicqnus.com/options/Venator006.jpg
http://www.sicqnus.com/options/Venator007.jpg
http://www.sicqnus.com/news/NEWVenatled02.jpg
http://www.sicqnus.com/news/NEWVenatled01.jpg

I thought the only EU excl. were the ARC-170 & the AT-RT ? NO Venator in US after all ?
I know, Linda at Starshipmodelers.com have managed to get the Revell kits in their shop but I don't know what would be the price with Tax and shipping.

I too miss the Action Fleet defunct line. Soooo badly !

Actually, I know of the model from going to your site! I visited your site Wednesday and downloaded tons of pics. (For my own use, not being redistriuted.) Hope you don't mind. Nice pics BTW. Those are new from Wednesday yes? Did you do that awesome paint job? If so, please Please PLEASE, give me your directions on how you painted that. It's most excellent!

It was from sicqnus's site that I looked up the German Revell website, then found an English retailer selling them online.

Sicqnus, if you could get them cheaper for me, that would be awesome! I'd want at least 2 more and I have at least a half dozen more guys here (in Pittsburgh, PA) that would want one or two each. Let me know if there is anything you can do to help. I'd greatly appreciate it.

-Sal

sicqnus
06-18-2005, 02:25 AM
http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?t=27916

Here is another topic related to the Revell's kits. There are a few "work in progress" pics here.

I already tried to find the kits for Jangu but they are sold out everywhere here. They will receive more shipments in the next weeks but the store rep haven't been able to be more precise...
Price of the Venator is Euros 24.90 (US$30.60) here.
Will try to take a look at my nearest LGR and TRU stores this afternoon.

No problem with the pics, I just try to avoid my pics to be used by dishonest Ebay sellers or other magazines.

I made the kits but they are very quickly made. I'm just an average modeler and I know a few very good ones like Olivier Cabourdin and Jean-Marc Deschamps who are able to make scratchbuilt items or resin kits (wich are more difficult to assemble than the classic plastic kits).
Take a look at JM Deschamps's website "NemoTechnik" :
http://www.nemotechnik.com/2001/2001_accueil.html
Most of the kits are made from scratch except a few 2001 resin kits like the Aurora Moonbus.

http://www.nemotechnik.com/jules%20verne/accueiljulesverne/julesverne.html
Here is the "Jules Verne" (1828 - 1905) gallery. Most of the strange machines have been made from scratch based upon the very original 19th and early 20th century paper carvings that illustrated the original books. An amazing work !

jedi master sal
06-18-2005, 09:18 AM
http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?t=27916

Here is another topic related to the Revell's kits. There are a few "work in progress" pics here.

I already tried to find the kits for Jangu but they are sold out everywhere here. They will receive more shipments in the next weeks but the store rep haven't been able to be more precise...
Price of the Venator is Euros 24.90 (US$30.60) here.
Will try to take a look at my nearest LGR and TRU stores this afternoon.

No problem with the pics, I just try to avoid my pics to be used by dishonest Ebay sellers or other magazines.

I made the kits but they are very quickly made. I'm just an average modeler and I know a few very good ones like Olivier Cabourdin and Jean-Marc Deschamps who are able to make scratchbuilt items or resin kits (wich are more difficult to assemble than the classic plastic kits).
Take a look at JM Deschamps's website "NemoTechnik" :
http://www.nemotechnik.com/2001/2001_accueil.html
Most of the kits are made from scratch except a few 2001 resin kits like the Aurora Moonbus.

http://www.nemotechnik.com/jules%20verne/accueiljulesverne/julesverne.html
Here is the "Jules Verne" (1828 - 1905) gallery. Most of the strange machines have been made from scratch based upon the very original 19th and early 20th century paper carvings that illustrated the original books. An amazing work !

nemotechnik has a cool site. Nothing Star Wars that I saw, but the other space models are very wll done. Hmm, one thing I noticed and I wonder if it's intetional-do you see how moon base is laid out? Doesn't that look strikingly familiar? It looks like the supposed blast direction of Alderaan that was on a display screen on the Death Star before they blew it up. I'd have to find a pic to compare it, but that's the first thing that poped into my head when I saw it. (And we know Lucas has taken from that movie before. Note the escape pod in Watto's junkyard in TPM.)

Do you see what I mean sicqnus?

Also, I've been reading the thread on construction and painting of your Venator. Awesome just awesome. I can't wait to get mine from England. I have plenty of viber optics, so I'm hoping to install those in mine. I'll hae to see if this can be done once I get the model itself. Hopefully there's enough room for the fiber optics, battery housing and lightsource.

Thanks for the help on this, sicqnus.

-Sal