Yeah, I feel similar to you about the sets, always having to pay for another eagle. The Wargames set was good because at least it had a Hawk, and I got the DD set for the Ultra Probe bit but the subsequent sets have gone up in price and yet not really offered anything thats thrilled me. I've bought all the sets apart from Earthbound, but can't see myself buying any more sets in the current vein and pricing. I've pre-ordered the Swift from BTB tho, that looks great, maybe we need some other stand alone ships sets such as the Super Swift (which i mentioned in a previous post) - there are some great alien ships as well, such as the big long one from Alpha Child / War Games, the Sidon Warships, the Deltan Gunship, Gwent, or perhaps a large size probe from the Last Sunset!In terms of the series, yeah, there's basically two eagle types - the year one design and the slightly modified year two design. Of course the eagle was modular so any new additions from episode to episode were supposed to just be things they added onto their existing eagles, be it year one or year two - various pods, arms, lasers, boosters, et.
But Sixteen12 has decided to maximize profits by selling basically the same Eagle in every set, over and over, only with that particular episode's "gimmick" added in (different pod, arm attachment, airlock tube, etc.). Worse, they've gotten them wrong in some sets, with Dragon's Domain coming with a year two Eagle design, and the hangar set including the year two booster engine attachment but both included Eagles being year one designs.
Sixteen12 does seem to have some variants as the line has evolved - like the "battle-damaged" Eagle from Wargames (which was poorly executed), or one Eagle having the correct black underneath the landing gear (forgot which set got it right). They had claimed that their Dragon's Domain set Eagle would feature some new panel detailing - they even showed it in their preview video - yet the actual set as released did not contain that added detailing.
Most of their sets seem to be the same Eagles over and over though, with just the gimmick being different, whether it's a pod or attachment or alien ship or tank or whatever in the set. Which is why these expensive sets are so frustrating - we're buying basically the same exact Eagles over and over again for just small variances, and sometimes no variance at all. The Guardian of Piri is likely to be a PAIR of standard-issue year one Eagles, with the only difference being they include magnetized door panels on the pods like the Earthbound set had, to work with the new included docking tube. The nuclear dome in Bringers of Wonder and the diorama of Piri look very cool, but half the cost of the sets are the eagles, which we already have multiples of.
That's why I'm hoping at least they get the black landing pad detailing right underneath for these two new sets, or even better, also give us that additional panel detailing they promised for Dragon's Domain. That way the new sets would offer newer, more accurate year one and two Eagles, which would make the sets more desirable.
Yeah, I thought very similar. And I'm much more interested in the UFO sets currently TBH. Lets just hope they are a good price still.Saw that. The Bringers of Wonder and Guardian of Piri sets both effectively canceled until further notice.
Steve’s blamed escalating oil prices (sure to have an impact on plastics and manufacturing in general) but that doesn’t really account for the UFO sets in the same announcement going forward. I suspect there just weren’t the early orders to make them viable. It’s a shame, as obviously they have to be cost effective to work, but I think the problem lies in offering Eagle after Eagle without there being enough variation to warrant the customer forking out for new sets.
I do like the look of these too. I’d be sorry if there are no further 1999 sets going forward, but I’m hoping Sixteen12 will find a way of bringing us sets we’ll want buy.Yeah, I thought very similar. And I'm much more interested in the UFO sets currently TBH. Lets just hope they are a good price still.
Well, they sort of already did. They had one tank in one set and the other two tanks in another set. If you bought both sets then you get all three tanks.I do like the look of these too. I’d be sorry if there are no further 1999 sets going forward, but I’m hoping Sixteen12 will find a way of bringing us sets we’ll want buy.
Do The Complete Lunar Tanks set from The Infernal Machine, Steve!
Yes, I know.Well, they sort of already did. They had one tank in one set and the other two tanks in another set. If you bought both sets then you get all three tanks.
Steve, if ever you read these, how about a reissue of all three Lunar tanks/tractors in a set of their own? With rejigged paint apps to tempt those who already possess them?