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Eaglemoss Update

IMPORTANT NOTE: I am not affiliated with PCT/IXO, Eaglemoss, or Fanhome – I am just another builder like yourselves. I provide this information to help others.

The previous post I created to track the bankruptcy of Eaglemoss LTD was becoming quite long, so I have created this new post to share the latest information I have regarding the future of our builds. To summarize the earlier post, Premium & Collectibles Trading LTD (PCT) purchased the intellectual property (IP), customer databases, and multiple web domains for the Eaglemoss partwork build-up models right before they officially went into administration.

PCT owns many subsidiaries, including IXO Models (IXO). PCT/IXO is the company responsible for the manufacture of most of the Eaglemoss’ partworks, including the Back to the Future DeLorean, Ghostbusters Ecto-1, and U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D. Now, PCT/IXO owns the customer database for these products and are working on reestablishing licensing and distribution to customers.


JANUARY 31, 2023

Another message from BAC Compton at Fanhome:

Good morning,
I am sorry to say that the planned launch/update for today on all the collections has been postponed, now there is a lot going on behind the scenes and not all goals have been achieved on time. Which is super frustrating!!! When I can provide a further update I will but for now please bear with us, we want to get this right from the start so a little more time is needed.

JANUARY 30, 2023

First, I noticed the shipping start dates on the Fanhome website for the DeLorean and Eleanor have changed to April 23, 2023.

Second, BAC Compton from Fanhome has released some new information today:

Greetings all,

Wanted to let you know the current plan for tomorrow (31stJan) in relation to the four collections taken on from Eaglemoss.

DeLorean UK and Germany – Pre-order will switch to LIVE tomorrow, so please make sure the funds are available as we will start the payment collection and dispatch within a couple of days. This stunning collection will be opening for new customers as well. We are only going to be offering a standard sub to start with, when premium is ready (still working with the licensor on some aspects of the collection) we will let any new customers know how to upgrade.

DeLorean USA – No change for now, this will be pre-order only until further notice. As you may remember the last company changed warehouses a few times and the mess of that still needs to be “cleaned up” as stock is all mixed up, no records on stock levels etc.

Mustang Eleanor – For all three countries this collection will still be kept as pre-order for now.

The exciting news is that tomorrow both Enterprise-D and Ecto-1 will be opened for pre-order for UK/USA/DE customers only.

Dates on when we start deliveries for these three collections has not yet been confirmed.

Some good news and movement (the above may change so please read this as guidance only at time of posting).

Below are some of the most FAQ we are getting at the centre, so sharing here to help everyone:

Is there any guarantee I’ll be able to complete my build-up model?

At Fanhome, we have the official licenses, so we are committed to providing you with every single delivery, from the first to the last, no matter which one you start with.

Can I pick back up from my last issue?

You’ll be able to choose where to start off from in the collection based on your last shipment.

Why do I have to sign up again?

Fanhome (part of the DeAgostini family) purchased the stock and license for each of these collections only, so we’ll need you to sign up again as we do not have the customer base for anyone in the UK/EU.

I had a pre-paid plan with Eaglemoss, can I carry that on?

Unfortunately, no. If you’ve paid for any undelivered issues/stages, please contact your payment provider for further advice. We can’t advise on how to reclaim any money already paid to Eaglemoss For further advice please contact your card/account provider.

Eaglemoss charged me for some issues that were never shipped, can you ship them for me free of charge?

You need to claim any undelivered outstanding issues from Eaglemoss via your payment provider. We recommend you sign up for your build via our website and choose your starting point.

I opted in for the extension (for the DeLorean or Mustang Eleanor), will you be offering this option as well?

We’ll be offering the extension to those builders who have either completed or nearly completed the build and wish to carry on.

I’m owed a free item that Eaglemoss never sent, can you send it to me?

Sadly, we won’t be able to ship any free items after your starting issue.

I am owed a special item that Eaglemoss never dispatched, can you send it to me?

Unfortunately, no. If you’ve paid for any undelivered special items, please contact your payment provider for further advice. We can’t advise on how to reclaim any money already paid to Eaglemoss.

Will you be offering any special items with this collection?

Good news — we’ll be offering special items with this collection as a one-time purchase! Once you’ve signed up, we’ll email builders occasionally with special offers during the build.

Have you made any changes to the production of these models?

Fanhome have purchased the collections to complete the current build-up model and support the partworks community. No changes have been made to the running order or production of the parts.

Can I fast-track to catch up on my build-up?

We hope to be offering this service soon. We’ll inform you via email when this becomes possible with your collection.

Can I buy all the issues I need in one go?

We are only offering a monthly subscription plan for these collections currently.

Which payment methods do you accept?

You can sign up for this collection with your Visa or Mastercard, and we also accept payments via PayPal.

Will you pick up my Direct Debit (UK) instruction from Eaglemoss?

We can’t carry on the instruction, so we recommend you cancel the current Direct Debit from Eaglemoss. We’ll set up a new payment plan.

Can I skip issues that I may have already received?

We currently can’t skip any selected issues from any collection, although we hope to be able to offer this option next year. We’ll inform all customers once this option becomes available.

I’ve lost/broken an item/piece, can I purchase a one-off issue?

Unfortunately, we can’t offer one-off purchases for a selected issue number, although we hope to offer this option in the future.

Can I pause the subscription?

Yes, you can pause the subscription for up to two months max at a time.

What are special issues?

We’ve created and selected several special items (scale models, exclusively commissioned art prints, collector items, etc.) to complement your collection. You’ll receive details and prices in advance so you can tell us if you don’t wish to receive these.

JANUARY 18, 2023

A few things to update regarding the Fanhome builds, as of today and subject to change:

  • If you signed up to ‘Notify Me’ with the Enterprise D or Ecto-1, you should almost immediately receive a confirmation email from Fanhome. If not, make sure you are not using autofill or pasting your email address in. To reduce spam bots, a validation script on their site blocks these actions (even though it looks like it goes through). Just type your email in manually and click the ‘Notify Me’ button.
  • The DeLorean is now available for pre-order from any stage, including from Stage 1 for new customers.
  • The Eleanor is available for renewing subscriptions immediately from package #2 on (part Kits 3+) for ex-Eaglemoss customers.
  • The Ecto-1 is awaiting finalization of inventories and is in Notify Me status, expected to start taking subscriptions by Jan 31st.
  • The Enterprise D is awaiting finalization of inventories and is in Notify Me status, expected to start taking subscriptions by Jan 31st.
  • All four models could begin shipping as early as January 31st in the UK/Germany and March 15th in the USA.

JANUARY 16, 2023

BAC Compton from Fanhome has provided new information related to the builds, summarized here:

  • Just a quick update to let you know that we plan to open the Enterprise-D and Ecto-1 for pre orders on January 31st. Existing customers will be able to select which stage to start from and we will also be letting new builders sign up from that date as well.
  • New customers wishing to sign up to the Mustang Eleanor will be able to by January 31st (may be sooner) and will start from stage one.
  • For the DeLorean we will be welcoming new customers to pre-order this week (possibly as early as tomorrow).
  • Shipping for all four collections will start from March 15th in the USA and from January 31st in the UK/Germany.
  • These are the dates we are working towards on our timeline and may be subject to change at any point between now and then, but this will give you a rough estimate.
  • We have been asked if we will be supplying the binders for these collections – currently we are still waiting on confirmation on if and how these will be offered.
  • Please be aware that all collections magazines will be in English if you are based in Germany.
  • We do plan to offer the premium items and specials for each of the collections. These will be available as a one time purchase option at some point later this year. No further details are available, but we will email everyone when ready.

 


JANUARY 15, 2023

I have heard unconfirmed information that the four partwork builds that Fanhome picked up may soon be available in four additional countries: Italy, Belgium, France, and Spain. These will likely be released under the DeAgostini or Altaya brands. No word yet on any other locations.


JANUARY 12, 2023

WE MADE IT!

Exactly 7 months since Eaglemoss went silent on us, PCT/IXO and Fanhome worked together tirelessly to revive many of our partworks and finally the sites in the post below are now LIVE! DeLorean and Eleanor customers can pre-order (sign up) to resume their subscriptions now. Ecto-1 and Enterprise D customers can request notification of when they will be ready to start shipping. Again, the links are in the IXO email below.


JANUARY 11, 2023

A member of Fanhome clarified a few things regarding their involvement with resuming the partwork models from PCT/IXO:

  • First, please be patient. There is no need to flood the websites or contact Fanhome customer support at this time.
  • The links provided by PCT/IXO are correct, but were released early. The sites should go live today or tomorrow, no password needed.
  • These links are specifically for ex-Eaglemoss customers to get early access to the parts needed to finish our models.
  • These sites will allow us to either “pre-order” or sign up for notifications when the models are ready to start shipping.
  • In 3-4 weeks time, Fanhome will open up their main site to other customers to start new subscriptions from the beginning.
  • Fanhome currently can only ship to the UK/US/Germany. Other countries may be added at a later time (likely a licensing limitation).
  • Eaglemoss account numbers are not required, just which Issue we want to start our new subscription from.
  • Fanhome cannot replace any damaged/missing issues from Eaglemoss. We would need to start our subscription at that issue.
  • Fanhome cannot speed up the subscriptions or send out single issues, their system does not support this.
  • Each monthly shipment will contain four stages of parts, except for the DeLorean which will contain five.
  • Each individual stage will cost £10.99/$13.99 plus £1/$2.40 shipping + handling.
  • These issues will be shipped via the same couriers Fanhome already uses in each country.

The information is coming fast, I will try my best to keep up!


JANUARY 10, 2023

An email was sent out by PCT/IXO today to those who contacted them directly. It originally included links to what appears to be Salesforce-based QA preview sites. A few days later, the real links were released so I have modified this email with the correct URLs:

After we acquired some of the assets of EAGLEMOSS LTD., following their bankruptcy, our priority was to allow the collectors, caught by surprise by the termination of their activity, to be able to finish their model

Since August, you have been thousands to reply us through a dedicated Google Form and allow us to collect all the necessary information about your collection(s)

In parallel, we have been in contact with forwarders, in order to unblock all containers shipped to Eaglemoss since January 2022, and awaiting in different ports all over the world. We also took time to produce all the missing parts to allow you to finish your collection and, last but not the least, we have also been in contact with licensors and publishers involved in these collections, in order to find the best way forward.

All this unfortunately took some time, and we do apologize to have been keeping you waiting so long.

Taking into consideration the different needs of all involved parties and some contractual restrictions, but in order to proceed as quickly as possible with the restart of the shipments, we would like to inform you that, from January 11th, you should contact the following links:

DELOREAN UK : https://fanhome.com/uk/movie-series/delorean-1-8
DELOREAN GERMANY : https://fanhome.com/de/movie-series/delorean-1-8
DELOREAN USA : https://fanhome.com/us/movie-series/delorean-1-8

STAR TREK UK : https://fanhome.com/uk/movie-series/star-trek-model-kit
STAR TREK GERMANY : https://fanhome.com/de/filmreihe/star-trek-modellbausatz
STAR TREK USA : https://fanhome.com/us/movie-series/star-trek-model-kit

GHOSTBUSTERS UK: https://fanhome.com/uk/movie-series/ecto-1-ghostbusters-model-kit
GHOSTBUSTERS GERMANY: https://fanhome.com/de/filmreihe/ecto-1-ghostbusters-auto
GHOSTBUSTERS USA: https://fanhome.com/us/movie-series/ecto-1-ghostbusters-model-kit

MUSTANG ELEANOR UK: https://fanhome.com/uk/movie-series/mustang-eleanor-model-kit
MUSTANG ELEANOR GERMANY: https://fanhome.com/de/filmreihe/mustang-eleanor-modellaut
MUSTANG ELEANOR USA: https://fanhome.com/us/movie-series/mustang-eleanor-model-kit

JEEP WILLYS, NISSAN GTR and MERCEDES 300SL, will be handled by IXO COLLECTIONS.

With all these joint efforts, we hope that you’ll be able to finish your model soon. Don’t hesitate to contact us again if you have any questions.

For those customers who were building the Willys Jeep, Mercedes 300SL, or Nissan GT-R, PCT/IXO will be selling these directly, but only as FULL kits. However, by the end of February 2023, they plan to offer these customers a credit based on how much of the build was undelivered.

The expected release dates (and links to IXO) of these three FULL KIT builds are:


JANUARY 6, 2023

PCT/IXO has said that their new website should go online on January 10th, 2023! The delay was due to a few final licensing and technical issues. Also, the Fanhome release of the DeLorean is a team effort between both PCT/IXO and Fanhome – they are working together on this.


DECEMBER 22, 2022

If you are a Fanhome subscriber, once logged into their site there was a new, yet unusable Collections and models link at the bottom that says ‘DeLorean from Back to the Future’. It appears that Fanhome (which is DeAgostini) might be carrying this model moving forward. DeAgostini supplied the Eaglemoss DeLorean to the Japanese market, so the connection between them on this partwork makes sense. I will keep an eye on this for any developments.

UPDATE December 24, 2022: As of today, the mysterious link has disappeared from the Fanhome website.

UPDATE December 28, 2022: I spoke with Fanhome and should receive information to share on this development in the new year.


DECEMBER 13, 2022

Ben Robinson (@BenCSRobinson) tweeted a few more nuggets of info today regarding both our partworks and the Starship Collections. I highlighted the tweets related to our build-ups. This lines up with the new website information from PCT/IXO:


DECEMBER 4, 2022

For those builders hoping to finish their Gone in 60 Seconds Eleanor Mustang, I have received word that PCT/IXO did reach an agreement with Eligor to sell that model directly through the new PCT/IXO website. However, still no ETA on this new site going live just yet.


DECEMBER 1, 2022

I spoke with PCT/IXO today and their new website is now ready to go live, however they are waiting on approvals from the different licensors involved. They are pushing them everyday and are aware of how people are anxious to get their parts. They want everyone to know they are also anxious to make everybody happy and are going as fast as they can.


NOVEMBER 16, 2022

PCT/IXO told me today that the new website is currently undergoing final testing and should be available soon. They also said I will be priority informed as soon as it goes live. I will of course share those details here and on the Partwork Central Facebook groups ASAP.


NOVEMBER 6, 2022

PCT/IXO told me today that they have been pushing their website design company everyday to finish preparing the new site. It is expected to be online in a few more days.


OCTOBER 29, 2022

Ben Robinson (@BenCSRobinson) tweeted a few nuggets of information today regarding both our partworks and the Starship Collections:

OCTOBER 26, 2022

PCT/IXO has said that they should have a dedicated website online very soon to allow customers to order their missing/remaining parts for many of the Eaglemoss partwork builds. They expect it to be available either the end of this week or early next week. I am also hearing that a toll-free number is being setup to take questions/orders, as well as an option to order all of the needed parts in a single purchase or as monthly deliveries. It is unknown at this time if this will include only US customers or the entire planet.


OCTOBER 12, 2022

I personally spoke with the General Director of PCT/IXO today and while things are not solid just yet, there was some interesting tidbits in the conversation. This situation is constantly changing on a weekly basis, but generally has been moving towards a good outcome. The survey from IXO I have linked below has received over 2,500 responses which is fantastic on everyone’s part. However, they want to address each customer directly so it will take a bit of time to get through them all. By the way, if you ran out of room on the form for all of your partwork builds, they recommend using another Google account to complete a second form with the same contact information.

There were some people asking if the price for the parts would be cheaper with Eaglemoss out of the picture, however given the current global shipping and general cost increases, this is likely not possible.

The re-licensing of each partwork model is still ongoing and all of the manufacturers (not just PCT) are eager to restart production of the models. However, since Eaglemoss stopped sending orders back in November 2021, it has been 10+ months since these parts were made. It will take time to get the lines up and running again.

It is possible that some partworks will not be resumed for financial, stock, or licensing reasons, but it is too early to tell. Rest assured though, they are working hard to overcome the various legal, industrial, and shipping hurdles standing between us and completing our builds.

Finally, something I found interesting is that many of the licensor/publishers are focused on resuming service here in the United States first. I really thought the European market would be the priority, so this took me by surprise. I have a feeling that this may be because most of them are based in the US. Either way, I do feel we are slowing inching closer to a positive result after the downfall of Eaglemoss back in July. It may take until early next year, but be patient and be hopeful. We will get there!


OCTOBER 1, 2022

Ben Robinson (@BenCSRobinson), former Director at Eaglemoss, dropped a vague tweet today hinting at October being a ‘good month’ for Eaglemoss products:


SEPTEMBER 28, 2022

Today, the IXO marketing department sent an email to a small group of Eaglemoss partwork customers:

I spoke to PCT/IXO about it and I wanted to add some additional context. Today’s batch run was limited in scope so they could test their system. Therefore, not every customer received it. Larger batches of these emails should go out to customers shortly.

Included with this email is a link to an online Google Form containing a short survey. I have shared this link below with permission from PCT/IXO. They invite any previous Eaglemoss customer with unfinished partwork model builds to complete the survey via this link, regardless if you receive the email above or not.

IXO PARTWORK SURVEY LINK

TIP: Since the survey is presented via Google Forms, you will need a valid Google account to complete it. One survey submission per account.

The survey asks for your name, address, country, which partwork models you were building, the respective Eaglemoss account numbers, and which was the last issue/stage received for each model.   As for what will be the outcome of this data collection, PCT/IXO said:

“Customers will be able to order the parts for the issues they miss. Details will be sent shortly.”

I do want to mention that this email does not confirm that PCT/IXO has secured the required licensing/distribution in the US just yet. I did indeed receive this email in the US, but emails are international. I am awaiting further information from PCT/IXO.

FURTHER UPDATE: PCT/IXO has just confirmed a couple things: First, the solution they are working on for us includes the global market, not just the UK. So, if you haven’t yet, I suggest completing the survey. Second, build instructions *will* be included for the supplied parts.

MB W196 Released!

Agora Models has another new partwork model available immediately – this 1:8 scale 1955 Mercedes W196 race car!

The technologically-advanced Silver Arrow that gave Stirling Moss his first 1955 World Championship victory

“A streamlined silver masterpiece, the Mercedes-Benz W 196 R was designed for the 1954/55 racing seasons, leaving its competitors in its wake. With nine victories and fastest laps, eight pole positions in twelve Grand Prix races and two world champion’s titles, the W 196 R is one of the finest racing cars in history.”

This partwork model consists of approximately 450 parts made from die-cast metal with ABS and rubber details. It is a limited run of 500 units, which are individually numbered.

Features

  • 1955 Stirling Moss British Grand Prix winning Monoposto model
  • Finished in silver and wearing race number 12
  • Drivers seat in replica blue plaid seat cover
  • Engine Sounds
  • Working Steering
  • Replica eight-cylinder inline engine
  • Original wire wheel spoke design

Display Plinth

All orders will include a specially designed display plinth, including:

  • Illuminated Badges
  • Metal Plaque with unique limited edition number
  • Individually numbered commemorative gold-plated medal
  • Signed and Numbered Certificate of Authenticity

This build is available for pre-order now, with shipping expected to begin in March/April 2023. As a limited-edition model, this Mercedes-Benz W196R is being offered as a FULL KIT or via an accelerated subscription where the first four packs (of twelve total) are shipped up front. Additionally, Agora Elite and Agora Master members have the option to buy the accelerator option in four monthly payments.

I think the 1950s had some of the most beautiful automobile designs, and this is just another prime example!

007 Collection Announced!

On Christmas Eve 2022, Agora Models premiered a reveal trailer for an upcoming model collection:

This is a first in the partwork world – a set of eight (8) James Bond 007 1:8 scale partwork cars! Officially licensed by Danjaq and MGM Studios, these 1:8 scale models will be start being released in Summer 2023. The first car available will be the awesome, iconic and gadget-laden No Time To Die Aston Martin DB5.

Other models shown on their website include the Aston Martin Vanquish, Volante, DBS, and DB10, as well as the Jaguar JXR Convertible and submersible Lotus Esprit. It appears that Agora is scanning the vehicles in the Bond in Motion collection that is traveling around the world:

Personally, I think this is a fantastic idea and look forward to seeing all of the great models they bring to our market.

Check out the Agora Models 007 Collection page for more details!

Tumbler Released!

On December 28th, 2022, Hachette Partworks LTD. is releasing the 1:8 scale Batmobile Tumbler partwork model in UK newsagents! However, as of today, they are taking UK subscriptions where six issues will be delivered every six weeks, starting at £1.99 for the first issue.

This is the iconic Batmobile Tumbler from The Dark Knight Trilogy and the build features working lights, sound, and motion:

“With military “stealth”-inspired technology, its bullet-proof bodywork is strong enough to break through concrete walls, making the Tumbler stand out as the most revolutionary Batmobile ever. This fantastic vehicle represents a turning point in Batman history, and now you can build your own highly detailed replica!” – Hachette

Completed in 120 Issues, this Batmobile Tumbler will measure approximately 56 x 35 x 19cm in size and is made of die-cast metal and other detail materials. Issues will be released every two weeks until Issue 10 on May 30, 2023, at which point they will starting coming out weekly.

Some of the various features of this Batmobile Tumbler model include:

  • Bodywork with “Stealth” Design

  • Turbine Engine with Sound Effects

  • Cockpit with Control Panel, Steering Console, and Radar Board

  • Front Tires with Extra Grip

  • Rear Tires with Deep Tread

If you start your subscription with Issues 1, 2, 3, or 4 by March 31st, 2023, the first issue is FREE and four Free Gifts will be included along the way. These include a Batman Keyring, a Collector’s Binder for the issue magazines, a Batman Mug, and a 1:43 scale version of the Tumbler:

Free Gifts included with subscription. Gifts offered are subject to change.
Free Gifts included with subscription. Gifts offered are subject to change.

Finally, there is a Premium Subscription option that increases the cost of each issue by £1.50. By selecting this option, a lighted Display Case will be supplied near the end of the build:

If you are in the UK and would like to sign up for this partwork build, head on over to the Batmobile Tumbler site. I think this looks like a fantastic model and would love to build it. Unfortunately, it is not currently available here in the United States. I am staying positive that it will be released to more customers soon!

Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and all related characters and elements © and ™ DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

In The Lab…

I am going to try my hand at broadcasting my own hosted livestreams with the Hobby Time Modelers (HTM) group tomorrow Saturday, December 17, 2022, at 3pm Eastern time. I am not a ‘YouTuber’ by any means, but I can give it a go anyway!

In this first installment, I will be working on my Agora Models/Hachette 1:200 scale RMS Titanic partwork model. Mainly, I plan on sharing the process I am using to add frosted window glass to the ship and test the bow lighting before and after the modification.

You can find my YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/@MarvelPhx

You can join our small Hobby Time Modelers community at:

YouTube: https://https://www.youtube.com/@HTM_USA
Facebook: https://facebook.com/groups/hobbytimemodelers/

Everyone is welcome and I look forward to seeing you there!

MarvelPhx

 

Sting Ray Announced!

Agora Models has seriously been on a roll lately. They have just announced this fantastic 1:8 scale 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Z06/N03 large scale build-up model! Consisting of 430 parts and just shy of 20″ long, pre-orders will start shipping worldwide April 2023.

At the time the real car was unveiled, the new Sting Ray was nearly unanimously lauded by the automotive press when it came out for its handling, road adhesion, and sheer power. While the N03 coupe option added a larger 36-gallon fuel tank and was fairly common back in those days, the new-to-Corvette Z06 performance package was the only included on 199 cars, making those vehicles with both of these options (and the split rear windows) some of the most collectible versions of the Corvette ever made.

This model captures the essence of the Sting Ray and includes electronic lights and sounds which are all controlled via a remote control. As an added customization option during the course of the assembly of this model, two sets of wheels will be included: the original ’63 wheels seen below and a set of the custom ’64 knock-off wheels that were originally created for Chevrolet by Kelsey-Hayes.

In typical Agora Models style, this build will be supplied in 12 packs that can be shipped monthly or bi-monthly depending on the subscription you choose. The longer 24-month subscription still takes payments each month, but they are smaller amounts. Either option always includes the Agora Guarantee making sure you will be able to complete the model once started.

The model will be painted in the classic Sebring Silver color and includes the iconic split rear windows that were only available in the 1963 model year. The spare wheel can be found concealed in the rear storage rack:

The red interior is fully detailed with working steering system and dashboard lighting:

The headlights light up and are hidden behind real motorized covers. The turn signals blink and make the clicking sound effect to match:

At the rear of the model, the tail lights light up as well:

The hood, doors, windows, and gas-filler cover all open/close to allow the model to be displayed any way you choose:

Under the hood is a highly-detailed replica of the famous small block 327 fuel-injected 360HP V8 engine. In addition, a button on the remote control triggers the car to play an engine sound:

All subscribers will also receive this beautiful hard-cover coffee table picture book of the Sting Ray by David Newhardt:

Optionally, subscribers can upgrade their order to add this fantastic limited edition Display Case. This option also includes custom license plates for your model, individually numbered name plate, soft glow logo lighting, and certificate of authenticity:

For more information or to order your own model, head on over to the Agora Models Corvette Sting Ray page!

Optimus Prime Announced!

Agora Models has just announced another new partwork for 2022: a Transformers G1 Optimus Prime! Standing at 31″ (78cm) tall, this massive model replicates the original Generation 1 (G1) leader of the Autobots from the 1984-90 cartoon series. Starting today as a pre-order product, it should start shipping in early 2023. This model will be available as a 12 or 24-month subscription.

Agora Models is delighted to be bringing The Transformers to Big Scale Modelers worldwide. Our Optimus Prime die-cast metal model kit features lights and sounds, and is fully posable. Each model comes with a Blaster and Battle Axe and the option of a Transformers-inspired unique display stand.”

NOTE: All images here are of the prototype model. The final model may be different.

Optimus Prime is a wise and virtuous leader chosen by Primus to command the Autobots in their efforts to defeat the Decepticons. His core motivation is to bring freedom and peace to all and this compassionate and skilled leader commands the respect of all Autobots.


Specifications

  • Height: 31” (780 mm)
  • Width: 15” (380 mm)
  • Depth: 9” (230 mm)
  • Weight: Appx 24.5 lbs. (11 kg)
  • Materials: Mainly die-cast metal model and ABS plastic
  • Number of Parts: Approximately 600


Features

  • Blue lit eyes with five animation settings
  • Functioning lights across Optimus Prime’s body
  • Voice and effects sounds
  • Metallic paint
  • Fully posable model with articulated joints
  • Illuminated and removable Matrix of Leadership
  • Includes Blaster and Battle Axe (with lighting effects)
  • Articulated hands
  • Hidden & visible vehicle details (brakes, radiator)


>> Pre-Launch Special Offer through December 31, 2022 <<

Take your Optimus Prime to the next level with the premium display base featuring the terrain as seen in many of his adventures together with an exclusive illuminated Cybertron design Transformers badge.

“On this optional display base, this awesome model stands 3 feet tall, and is made of die-cast metal resulting in an overall weight of approximately 24 lbs. The model includes an exclusive locking mechanism on the joints allowing you to fix Optimus Prime in a myriad of action poses!”

  • Individually numbered
  • Illuminated Transformers shield
  • Iconic Transformers terrain styling
  • Additional display lighting
  • Diameter: 22″ (570 mm)
  • Height: 10″ (250 mm)

Only $124.99!

Normal Premium Display price starting 2023 will be $249.99


 

Check out the Agora Models Optimus Prime page for more information!

Eaglemoss BANKRUPT!

This post was last updated October 3, 2022 —

For the latest information about the PCT/IXO purchase of Eaglemoss partwork builds, CLICK HERE!

As this post has become very long, I have reversed the order of the entries for quick/easy access to the newest updates. 


UPDATE October 3, 2022: I noticed an interesting change over on LinkedIn today. The former Managing Director for Eaglemoss has found a similar job over at DeAgostini. Since I would think he was directly involved in the downfall of Eaglemoss Group, I hope the same future does not befall DeAgostini as well. Fingers crossed…


UPDATE September 5, 2022: Today, the Eaglemoss administrators recorded a Notice of Deemed Approval of Proposals with the UK Companies House. In this document, the proposals presented by the administrators were deemed approved as of August 25, 2022.

Additionally, PCT/IXO has begun contacting ex-Eaglemoss customers in Europe with a GDPR notice. While this email does not really contain any ‘new’ information, it is further confirmation of the purchase of Eaglemoss assets by PCT and another notice that they will be reaching out to customers soon with details about resuming the partwork collections. The contents of the email are as follows:

“Dear Customers,

Privacy Notice – Asset transfer from Eaglemoss Limited

Premium and Collectibles Trading Company Limited and PCT Collectibles Trading Company Limited (affiliated companies of our and together the “Buyers“) recently purchased a series of assets from Eaglemoss Limited (“Eaglemoss“) due to Eaglemoss’ financial distress. Eaglemoss has now been placed into administration.

Included within the assets purchased by the Buyers under the asset sale detailed above, is the customer database of Eaglemoss. We note that you are currently listed on that database for the purpose of receiving information about the products and services of Eaglemoss or because you have recently purchased their goods and/or services.

We are an affiliate company of the Buyers and your personal data has been transferred to us, to enable us to continue to provide you with the details of the goods and services that were previously provided by Eaglemoss.

We will process your personal data fairly and lawfully and in accordance with the principles and requirements of the UK GDPR and the GDPR (the “Data Protection Legislation“) as they apply to your personal data.

Under the Data Protection Legislation, we are required to provide you with certain information about who we are (as the now controller of your personal data), how we will process your personal data and your rights in relation to your personal data. This information is provided in our data protection policy (which can be found at: https://www.ixocollections.com/en/content/3-data-protection-policy), and it is important that you read that information.

In the event you would like us to stop sending marketing material to you please click here. About your collections, you will receive soon dedicated email by collection with more information. Details of how to exercise your data protection rights can also be found at https://www.ixocollections.com/en/content/3-data-protection-policy).

Yours sincerely,

IXO Collections SDS – 14, Rue du Bois Guillaume – 91000 – EVRY COURCOURONNES – FRANCE – 852 934 090″


 

UPDATE September 2, 2022: Even though I asked people not to email PCT so they could work on their side of things uninterrupted, many people did it anyway. Now, PCT is responding to these inquiries with canned responses, such as:

“Yes, we have acquired parts of the assets of EAGLEMOSS UK and this will allow collectors to finish their model. Please wait for official notice that will soon be sent to all subscribers.”

“It is true that we did an agreement with EAGLEMOSS UK liquidators to acquire part of their assets. Since we own the tools of several projects that they distributed, our main concern was to find a way to allow collectors to finish their models.

You’ll be soon informed about the procedures to continue your subscription.”

These responses do confirm that PCT plans to reach out to subscribers at some point. As I have been talking to them for a long time, they gave me a little more information to share:

“Be sure that, in addition of our deal for European customers, we are doing all efforts to find the best solution for USA, together with other companies involved. There will be some news soon, and surely a solution, but please be patient.”

This is good to hear, they could be working with the other manufacturers like Eligor (Eleanor, ’68 Mustang) and Grani & Partners (DB5) to continue the Eaglemoss partwork models that were not built by PCT. It could also mean that they are talking to companies in the US to act as distributors, such as Agora Models. I do ask again that we just give them time to sort things out both legally and logistically. I am positive they will find a way to reach out to all existing, past, and possible future subscribers very soon!


UPDATE August 19, 2022: The Statement of Administrator’s Proposal is now available online. Some of the highlights are:

Events over the last 24 months leading to administration: “increased costs, lead times and uncertainty in the supply chain, the failure of key customers leading to bad debts and the accelerated decline of its newsagent distribution channel.”

  • At the end of 2021, Eaglemoss Limited was $27 million in debt, but did produce £725,000 in profit
  • In February 2022, Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP (A&M) was introduced by Santander UK Plc to review the cash flow forecast and business plan after Eaglemoss notified Santander of a potential upcoming funding requirement (estimated to be £4.5 million).
  • Also in February 2022, Eaglemoss tried to sell themselves. A&M explored options in April 2022, but no offers were received. A&M also prepared contingency plans for a potential insolvency of Eaglemoss.
  • An interested party did approach Eaglemoss, but these discussions were terminated on July 23, 2022.
  • In May 2022, with no offers for the company shares, Eaglemoss obtained another £0.4 million from Santander to fund trading while it pursued another transaction. By May 17, 2022, Eaglemoss determined it could not continue and would enter an insolvency process. It appears they could no longer afford to order new stock.
  • Due to increasing creditor pressures, Eaglemoss filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators on July 12, 2022
  • Immediately before the official appointment of administrators on August 5th, certain business and assets, being all of Eaglemoss’ editorial IP, online domains, the customer database specific to the subscription build-up business, and an IT server were sold to another party for £300,000. This sale was approved by Santander. While not mentioned in the statement, I believe this is the sale to PCT.
  • The ‘Dairy Diary’ and wholesale assets were sold to Heathside Trading Ltd for for £200,000 including the e-shop customer database.
  • Each arm of Eaglemoss, such as Eaglemoss Inc (USA) and Eaglemoss Editions Russia, held their own inventory and order books
  • Santander provided £14.2 million in secured lending to Eaglemoss Capital Limited (parent company of Eaglemoss Limited)
  • This included COVID-19 support as CLBILS (Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme) of which £9m is outstanding
  • Santander holds a share pledge over all arms under Eaglemoss Limited, and fixed/floating charges (loans) over both Eaglemoss Limited and Eaglemoss Capital Limited
  • Eaglemoss Inc (USA) secured lending from JP Morgan Chase

According to their own books, Eaglemoss Limited owed a lot of money to a lot of companies including the China manufacturers, such as over £1 million to PCT, £410k to Holinail SAS, and £204k to Eligor. They were also in arrears with many of the licensors, such as CBS, BBC, and WB. The document further implies that unsecured creditors will unlikely see any dividends (this would be us, the customers) and the most likely exit route from this administration process is the dissolution of Eaglemoss.

If you go read the document yourself, most of this is summarized in the SIP 16 (Statement of Insolvency Practice) starting on page 33.

UPDATE August 19, 2022 – Part Two: I heard back from Eligor (they manufacture most of the 1:8 scale Mustang-based partworks including our Eleanor build up). They are waiting on official news regarding the next steps, but have plans to meet up with PCT soon. Eligor is keen to get going again on the Eleanor and has spoken with the licensor, who shares this optimism.

Again, the current PCT transaction covers Europe, but work is underway to serve the US customers as well. Eaglemoss owed Eligor a significant amount of money so it will take time to recover, but this is very good sign for Eleanor builders!


UPDATE August 18, 2022: Today, the Statement of Administrator’s Proposal regarding Eaglemoss Limited has been filed with the UK Government’s Companies House. The contents of this proposal should be available within 10 days and I will post the relevant information here.

I also wanted to try and clear up some confusion I have recently seen online. When Eaglemoss took down most of their websites last month, they seem to have forgotten one at https://www.eaglemoss.com/en-go/. However, this link appears to be a very old version (from roughly 2016) of the their mobile-friendly site – it should not be taken as meaning anything about the current state of the company. What is more likely is that search engines like Google finally removed the now-defunct main sites and this old one moved up to the top of the list when searching about ‘eaglemoss’.


UPDATE August 15, 2022: I had a very nice conversation with Ben Robinson this morning via Zoom. We talked about Eaglemoss and the history and possible future of our partwork models. I have shared the Zoom video, but only to the Partwork Central Facebook groups related to the Eaglemoss builds. I am by no means a professional interviewer and don’t like seeing myself on camera. Not to mention, I might have been a little star-struck to be talking to the main guy behind so many of our favorite builds so I apologize in advance.

Mr. Robinson provided some insight into behind-the-scenes about how the various partworks came to be, what he feels the future holds for them, even what might products might have been. He also mentioned that any partworks that we have seen completed in photographs (such as the ’66 Batmobile) already have their tooling finished. These models have a very high likelihood of being acquired and released by another company since much of the work and cost has already been sunk. And, it is a high priority to allow existing customers to finish their builds from wherever in the process they may be.

He also feels it will only be a few months before we see our partwork builds resurface, not six months to a year as many previously thought. The longer it takes, the more people will lose interest in them, to which I completely agree. So much of this depends on the various licensors and being able to reach out to subscribers while not violating GDPR. Above all, he asks we please continue to show our interest in building these large-scale models. Follow @BenCSRobinson on Twitter to show support and be notified what he learns anything. He has been more than willing to share what information he can.


UPDATE August 12, 2022: In one of his many recent interviews, Ben Robinson mentioned that Eaglemoss had gone into administration on August 5th. Today, the official filing by Eaglemoss Limited of Appointment of an Administrator has appeared at the UK Companies House gov.uk website. Two insolvency practitioners are listed, Adam Paxton and Paul Berkovi. Both are with Alvarez & Marshal Europe LLP. These administrators have 8 weeks to write a statement explaining what they plan to do with the company.

I have a meeting with Ben Robinson myself early next week to ask him about his experiences, the various Eaglemoss partworks, and more.

Many people, including myself, are in the dark about what will happen with the current subscribers of the partworks that PCT bought out. There is no news regarding how the current subscriptions will continue other than PCT is working on it. CBS, owners of the Star Trek licensing for example, have conveyed that the Enterprise D partwork continuation is their highest priority. Following that, the Starship Collection. I would imagine the other licensors are just as interested to see their IP not be damaged by half-built models they approved.


UPDATE Aug 10, 2022: I just heard back from PCT (directly from the founder/owner Bernard Peres) and he has confirmed their acquisition of some of the Eaglemoss build-up partwork assets. However, he said “At this moment, the transaction covers Europe, but not USA. We are still working on a solution for USA.” PCT has asked for customer patience as they will be contacting all subscribers soon (likely via email).

PCT further confirmed the transaction does include the UK. When I asked which Eaglemoss partworks they acquired, Bernard said “All of them!”. I followed up asking if this also included the Eleanor and James Bond DB5 as they are manufactured by other factories, to which PCT replied “There will be soon official information and there are a few aspects that we cannot disclose at this moment.

I also learned from the ex-buyer from Eaglemoss that while PCT bought the IP and customer databases, they do not have the licensing agreements in place yet and will need to sort that out before they can market/sell anything.

This morning, Tricorder Transmissions on YouTube posted this video containing an audio interview with Ben Robinson in which he talks about the Eaglemoss bankruptcy. I highly recommend listening to this podcast.

Four hours later, Trek Central on YouTube posted their own interview with Ben Robinson.


UPDATE Aug 9, 2022: I have heard from a second source now saying PCT did purchase some build-up partworks from Eaglemoss. I have asked PCT directly and am awaiting a reply. In the mean time, A few more tweets from Ben Robinson giving us a bit more information:


UPDATE Aug 8, 2022: For those that didn’t know, Ben Robinson was the Project Director for the Eaglemoss Star Trek, Doctor Who, James Bond, Orville, BSG, Marvel, and DC collections. When Eaglemoss first went into administration, he was not immediately laid off like many others and could not say much. Today, he was finally let go. What that means for us is that he is now free to speak and he has been quite active on Twitter. I will update this post with any new Tweets or relevant replies as he makes them.

Ben has also replied to a few Tweets which contain additional information:

HUGE NEWS!

Only a few minutes after Ben posted his tweets, I heard back from an ex-buyer for Eaglemoss that I have been in contact with. He has just received word that Premium & Collectibles Trading LTD (PCT) has bought out the Intellectual Property (IP), customer databases, and web domains for most of the Eaglemoss build-up collections! Remember, PCT manufactures our Back to the Future DeLorean, Ghostbusters Ecto-1, U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, Willys Jeep, Nissan GT-R, and Mercedes 300 SL builds, among many others.

It makes a ton of sense that PCT would assume the licensing and IP for the products their factories already make. What I hope this means is that the collections will be soon be available under one of the PCT brands, such as IXO models. IXO already sells build-up models so they are familiar with creating the instructions and related material. It is worth noting that PCT likely did not obtain the Eaglemoss build-ups that they do not produce such as the Eleanor Mustang and James Bond DB5. I am hoping to see something official from PCT soon.

NOTE: My contact also mentioned that many of the non-build-up Eaglemoss product lines have been purchased by Heathside Trading. It is unknown which collections they bought, but based on their current products, it likely to include the Eaglemoss figurines, busts, among others. This company does not appear to sell direct-to-consumer, so it is possible they bought whatever stock was remaining and will wholesale it out. At this time, I do not know if their deal includes the Starship Collection subscription models.

Overall, I think this is fantastic news! I will keep everyone posted as I learn more…


UPDATE August 7, 2022: This is going to be a long one, so bear with me. I hesitated to share this information before and I ask again that people do not try and contact these companies with queries. If they could sell direct to consumers like us, they already would. They are likely not equipped to handle the warehousing, distribution, sales, marketing, CRM, and customs work needed to send packages to individual customers. Not to mention, someone still has to obtain and pay the licensing for each product – the factories build ‘Under License’ and do not hold the license themselves.

Accepting all of this, here is the data I have gathered so far related to where our partworks are manufactured. This information is based on available bills of lading and my conversations with them. Still, it may not be 100% complete so keep that in mind.

The majority of our partworks are produced by Premium & Collectibles Trading (PCT). PCT is the parent company of brands many of you will instantly recognize, such as: IXO Models, Premium X, IST, and J-Collection. Heck, the bottom of the BTTF DeLorean even has ‘Premium X’ stamped right on it. I have confirmed that PCT is responsible for the making these build-ups:

  • Back to the Future DeLorean
  • Ghostbusters Ecto-1
  • U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D
  • Willys Jeep
  • Nissan GT-R
  • Mercedes 300 SL
  • Porsche 917KH
  • 1966 Batmobile– In October 2021, PCT sent 200 pieces of Issues 1-46 of a ‘Batmobile Build Up’ to Eaglemoss Inc in the US. As they never appeared in customer hands, I believe this was a QA run and to allow work to begin on the magazines. No further shipments were found.
  • Fast & Furious Dodge Charger
  • Knight Rider KITT
  • Iron Man Armor
  • Citroen 2CV
  • Citroen DS21
  • and more…

The next big manufacturer is ELIGOR. Eligor is based in France, but their Chinese factory EHK is responsible for these kits:

  • Eleanor Mustang
  • Mustang GT500
  • Mustang Super Snake
  • Mustang GT
  • Shelby Cobra
  • VW Samba Van
  • Star Wars X-Wing
  • Mitsubishi A6M Zero
  • Leopard 2A6 Tank
  • and more…

A third big manufacturer in China is GRANI & PARTNERS. They are responsible for producing the following builds:

  • James Bond Aston Martin DB5
  • Ferrari 312 T4
  • FDNY Tower Ladder 9
  • Harley Davidson Fat Boy
  • and more…

A number of other China manufacturers created other smaller collections and gifts:

  • PROLINK INDUSTRIAL CO LTD – Created the Starships Collection ships as well as the Enterprise D build-up Shuttle Sets
  • HOLINAIL S A – Also created the Starships Collection ships, XL ships, and Shuttle Sets. Used to manufacture the Mallard train build up.
  • XIAMEN FREEDE INDUSTRIAL CO LTD – Created many of the promotional products, such as: the Nissan GT-R Keychain, Eleanor Mug and Speedometer Clock, Titanic Pocket Watch, Pin Badges, Tool Kits, and Hats.
  • NINGBO ARISTE INTERNATIONAL CO LTD – Created the Eaglemoss Display Bases, Crystal Cases, Solar System, and Screw Boxes
  • ORB GROUP – Created the various Eaglemoss Pin Badge Sets – Willys Jeep/Ecto-1/Enterprise D/Eleanor
  • DONGGUAN CITY JINGLI CAN CO LTD – Created the metal license plates for the DeLorean and Ecto-1. Probably the Eleanor as well.
  • POINTEAST LTD – Manufactured various figurines/busts, scale models, and polyresin plaques (like the ST bridge dedication plaques)

Strangely enough, I have yet to see any court filings regarding Eaglemoss’ administration proceedings, even so much as the official appointment of administrators. Regardless, I have been able to talk with a few different Eaglemoss people (including Ben Robinson). While there is much they either can’t say or don’t know, I feel that Eaglemoss/Hero Collector/Die-Cast Club as we know it will never return.

The good news is, more so than any of the other products Eaglemoss sold, the subscription build-up models were likely a relatively consistent income stream – they just never seemed to have the product to sell. Therefore, I believe some of the Eaglemoss partwork build-ups will be acquired by other companies. Most of these big Chinese factories already do business with the other big partwork companies including Agora Models, DeAgostini/Fanhome/Altaya, and Hachette, so I would not be surprised to see them involved in some way. There is even word that Round2 Models in the US might be interested as well. Round2 are already license holders to some of the biggest brands out there, so this possible option might have some real weight to it.

As of right now, I truly feel there are multiple companies looking to purchase and assume the licensing/production of various Eaglemoss product lines. Not only would these ‘buyers’ be able to acquire new customers, but it would probably also allow existing subscription customers to finish our builds. Of course, these new companies would need to obtain the licensing all over again and that takes time.

Whomever it may be, they would surely help restore confidence in the idea of a long-term model building commitment that Eaglemoss has inevitably tarnished. We all just need to be patient and wait to see what happens…


UPDATE July 28, 2022: I have tracked down the other manufacturers in China that make many of our other partwork models. This includes the James Bond Aston Martin DB5, Eleanor Mustang, Mustang Super Snake, Shelby Cobra, Mustang GT, Shelby GT500, FDNY Tower Ladder 9, Leopard Tank, Mitsubishi A6M Zero, Ferrari 312 T4, Star Wars X-Wing, VW Samba Van, and even the ’66 Batmobile. I have reached out these manufacturers to see what they plan to do with the builds affected by the recent changes at Eaglemoss. I will let you know…


UPDATE July 24, 2022: Someone who claims to be an ex-Eaglemoss employee made a post on a Reddit /r/startrek/ thread regarding their last days with the company. This was an anonymous post from a brand new account, so take this information as possibly inaccurate or false:

“Not sure if someone will see this but I have worked for Eaglemoss for the last 5 years. It has been great for the first few years BUT the past year has been a total shit storm. Most employees care a lot and have been raising the ongoing issues for ages, from improving shipment issues to quality to communication. We have always been told to pipe down. Some of us worked until late nights/ 3 am time crazy hours at times, trying to troubleshoot during the pandemic until administration. So many people quit even before the announcement came out. We are so burnt out and we were so heartbroken when they told us …that’s it. They made the deal with Hachette to buy out and that looked like the best option for customers and staff at that time, but something changed within a few days and it didn’t go through. Not sure which party got greedy.

We are all blindsided. We all lost our jobs but what hurts more for me is I really liked the people and products I worked on. We are not getting paid, and they told us appointing administrations is taking longer than expected. They told us to stop working and not communicate anything at 5:30 pm UK time last week. All the partnerships, influencers, social media, agencies etc. NOT A WORD AS THE NEWS WILL BE OUT SOON.

The stakeholders/directors who made so many bad decisions can’t even take ownership of the mistakes they blame it on the pandemic, Brexit and “other factors out of our control”. There were so many things that could/would have been done or managed better but who knows now.

We can’t even move on because we have to wait for administrators to tell us if we even get some redundancy money. In the background, all the remaining stock has been sold off to private companies basically whoever wants it what’s left of it. The real heartbreak is there is no official statement out for customers, employers, or anything like that so we will never get closure, the place we worked through sleepless nights, tears and mental exhaustion. It hit me like a tsunami when I was interviewing for a company this week and they ask a very simple question ” You have been working in such a passionate industry and fun industry, what has motivated you and what makes you keep on going” I couldn’t answer. I am such a confident and optimistic person (so I have been told and I am there was my team cheering them on saying it will be fine) BUT I couldn’t answer a simple question. I told the interviewer; I am sorry I can’t do this, and I hung up and sobbed. That job could have been the next step I needed but felt like someone trying to find a way out in the middle of Tatooine. All the staff feel so bad for the collectors because just like the employees you won’t get closure.”


UPDATE July 22, 2022: The main eaglemoss.com website and most of its subdomains (en-us, en-gb, en-au, es-es, pl-pl, fr-fr, de-de, etc.) are now offline displaying a 404 Not Found error. Interestingly enough, shop.eaglemoss.com is still displaying a maintenance notice. I had a feeling this might happen. Having the sites up continuing to promote anything could be misleading. The domain is still registered and the DNS entries still exist, the content has just been removed.

Additionally, Eaglemoss created a LinkedIn post saying the ‘news’ is travelling fast, thanks their staff, and attached a screenshot of some of their customer reviews:

This post resulted in many comments from upset customers. Later in the day, someone at Eaglemoss responded to many of these posts with the same answer – “Hi everyone, official communication will be coming soon for consumers, as we are working hard to find solutions.”:

About an hour later, the original post and all responses were apparently deleted.


UPDATE July 20, 2022: I have confirmed that Eaglemoss is definitely in administration and most of the staff have been laid off. The US Customer Service phone number is now disconnected.

On a side note, I have also been doing my best to chase down the logistics chain used by not just by Eaglemoss, but all of the major partwork companies. It has not been easy, but I have finally found the company in China that actually manufactures our 1:8 Ghostbusters Ecto-1 model. This same company also makes the partworks U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, Back to the Future DeLorean, Willys Jeep, F&F Dodge Charger, Knight Rider KITT, Nissan GT-R, and Mercedes 300 SL.

I opened a line of email communication with them and they have been very upfront and honest with me so far. I got to the point of asking them ‘what now?’ and I feel it is important to share their response:

“Be sure that, following the Eaglemoss problem, we are doing all efforts to find solution in order the collectors can finish their model. It may takes a few weeks but we are confident to find solutions with the help of licensors and alternative distributors.”

I am reluctant to share the company name as I do not want them inundated with queries. They are just a diecast manufacturer doing their job and have little to no other information regarding the happenings at Eaglemoss.

As I learn more about the inner workings behind partworks, I feel all of this could be sorted out soon. Not next week, but soon!


July 12, 2022: In the last few days, there have been very disturbing things happening regarding Eaglemoss Collections and their brands Hero Collector and Die-Cast Club. They stopped taking new orders on their US and UK websites. Their eShop in the US is down. The Customer Service and Die Cast Club Facebook pages have disappeared. The Customer Service phone lines and emails in the US and UK are no longer answering.

I tried to find out anything I could from my contacts at Eaglemoss. I then tried to connect to other staff at Eaglemoss via LinkedIn. None of them responded. Then, today, an insolvency trustee from InfolinkGazette posted this to LinkedIn:

This is not good. It means Eaglemoss Limited in the UK (the partner company of Eaglemoss Inc. in the US) has basically declared bankruptcy. It is worth noting that there is a distinction between ‘administration’ vs ‘liquidation’:

“In simple terms, liquidation brings about the end of a company by selling – or liquidating – its assets before dissolving it entirely. Administration on the other hand, is typically utilised when there is a chance of saving a business which is currently experiencing high levels of financial or operational distress.” – Thomson Reuters

This is similar to the difference between a Chapter 11 and a Chapter 7/13 bankruptcy in the US. This ‘administration’ means that a trustee will attempt to resolve the debts of the company via reorganization and try to save the company. I really hope this is the case.

Based on public filings with the UK Companies House, Eaglemoss Limited and its parent company Eaglemoss Capital both appeared to be struggling financially and were saddled with millions in debt. They appear to have received a loan from Santander in April 2022, but now it seems they might have simply run out of money and needed creditor protection. And, if they owed money to the manufacturing companies in China, that may explain why it has been so hard for them (and us) to receive any parts lately.

What this means for my own Eaglemoss builds is that they are effectively put on hold until further notice. This includes the following models:

There is always a possibility that Eaglemoss comes out of ‘administration’ a stronger company or becomes a entirely new company. Another partwork company could also buy all or parts of the Eaglemoss assets, licensing/IP rights, or manufacturing and finish the builds we have already begun. Many builders, like myself, have sunk a huge amount of money into these builds and we all truly want to finish them. Otherwise, we have some very expensive paperweights.

Regardless to what happens, my heart goes out to the entire partwork community, from my fellow customers to any affected Eaglemoss staff and the various partwork modding companies.

As I learn any new information, I will share it here if I can. Stay tuned…


As this post has become very long, I have reversed the order of the entries so the most recent information is at the top for quicker and easier reading.

– MarvelPhx

KITT in the USA!

Fanhome has been selling a 1:8 scale Knight Industries Two Thousand (K.I.T.T.) partwork model build up over in the UK and Europe for over a year now, but it was not available in the United States. I always found that ironic as the car is from the late 80s American television show Knight Rider.

Well, it has recently come to my attention that this K.I.T.T. partwork is now available for order in the USA! Fanhome is even awarding this free T-shirt to the first 100 subscribers!

“For the first time ever, you can build one of the most famous cars in TV history. K.I.T.T. was more than just a car. He was a computer, a weapon, a friend, and a bit of a comedian.”

“Your fully accurate 1:8 scale replica has all of the special features that you remember from the show. With the included remote control watch, you can play the part of Michael Knight and control all of K.I.T.T.’s powers, including working lights, the famous red scanner and even his voice.”

Specifications

  • Scale: 1:8
  • Length: Approximately 23.6″ (60 cm)
  • Weight: 16.53 lbs. (7.5 kg)
  • Materials: This die-cast metal model includes electronics and ABS parts
  • 110 Stages to complete

Features

  • Wristwatch Remote Control
  • Highly Detailed Interior with Illuminated Dashboard
  • Opening Doors, Hood, and Trunk
  • Working Headlights, Tail Lights, and Interior Lights
  • Functioning Steering System
  • KITT Turbine Engine
  • Rotating License Plate
  • Hinged T-Top Roof Panels

The US-based subscription will also include four FREE GIFTS: A Power Bank, License Plate, Posters, a 1:43 KITT, and a Display Case:

I do not have any plans to build this partwork, but if I ever change my mind there will surely be a build site for it!

Head on over to the Fanhome US K.I.T.T. website for more information!