Jane here – I hope everyone is having a great Halloween weekend so far! Are any of you planning to dress up your dolls (or yourselves!) for the holiday? If so, please feel free to come by Tenshi-no-Sumika in L.A. if you happen to be in the area, as we’d love to see, and our special autumn- and Halloween-themed photo space is also ready and waiting!
Now, most of you reading this blog are most likely Dollfie fans of one flavor or another (27cm Dollfie, Dollfie Dream, and/or Super Dollfie) – have you ever heard of the Zoukei-mura Super Wing Series? No? Well, let me give you a brief introduction!
If you’ve ever been to a Dolls Party, you’re probably familiar with the President of Volks Inc., Mr. Hideyuki Shigeta. Mr. Shigeta has been a lifelong fan of airplanes, and scale models of airplanes, for nearly his entire life – and for a very, very long time, it has been his dream to produce scale model airplanes through his own company. That dream has finally come true via the Zoukei-mura Super Wing Series (SWS).
Volks USA is carrying the SWS as one of our regular lines of merchandise – SWS No. 1, a 1/32 scale version of the World War II Imperial Japanese Navy fighter aircraft “J7W1 Shinden,” is currently available for immediate order and delivery (caveat: as long as it is not ordered in combination with pre-order items), and No. 2, a 1/32 reproduction of the World War II German Air Ministry fighter aircraft “Focke-Wulf Ta 152 H-1,” is currently available for pre-order (scheduled for delivery in late autumn 2010). We also have a corner of the 1st floor here at Tenshi-no-Sumika in L.A. dedicated to the SWS, so please come have a look! We have lots of pictures and information, as well as sprues from the Shinden kit on display.
Not interested in fighter planes, or interested, but don’t know how to go about building one? Not a problem! Accessory models such as the infamous motorbike with caterpillar tracks, the SdKfz2 Kettenkrad, are also beginning to be released through the SWS, and the Shinden Concept Note is an extensive, step-by-step guidebook that will walk you through the Shinden build process (there is also a Concept Note planned for the Ta 152!). And if you’re just not interested in scale models at all – well, even if you’re not into the hobby yourself, chances are you may know someone who is, and with the holidays coming up, an SWS kit would be a great way to express your affection for a special someone, as well as show that you support their hobbies!
Finally, for those of you who may not know, if you pre-order an SWS plane, you will automatically receive one or more free bonus figures, depending on how many kits you pre-order! In this entry, as well as two subsequent entries, I will show you the special bonus figures that you will receive if you pre-order 1, 2, or 3+ Ta 152 kits.
If you pre-order one Ta 152 kit, you will receive a special bonus pilot figure, as shown below. Please note that the figure in the foreground, which is facing forward, is not included – that is an experimental test sculpt. The pre-order bonus figure is the pilot that is facing aft, not forward.
Special bonus figure for pre-ordering one SWS Ta 152 kit! (Rear-facing figure only; front-facing figure is a test sculpt.)
What do you think? I think that he’s quite dramatic-looking – much like the “Shinden Flight Set,” I find the rear-facing pose very evocative. It’s a single frozen moment in the midst of action, captured by the Zoukei-mura figure sculptors, and it’s yours for free with the pre-order of a single SWS Ta 152 kit!
If I’ve managed to pique your interest, full information on how to pre-order the SWS Ta 152 via Volks USA can be found here: http://store.volksusa.com/sws02ta152h1.html
In following posts, I will also be introducing the bonus figures for pre-ordering 2 or 3+ Ta 152 kits, so please look forward to it!
Happy Halloween, everyone!