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Games Workshop has a new approach to its packaging for Warhammer Fantasy Battles and Warhammer 40,000 plastic miniatures. This new method combines all variants for a particular figure into one box, reducing the number of purchases required for a player to acquire all the variants of that particular figure.
The Warhammer 40,000 Imperial Guard Sentinel (May, $22 MSRP) is an example of the new packaging protocol. “We’re trying to reduce the line so there’s more versatility in every box set,” said Games Workshop’s VP of Sales for Trade and Direct Chris Woodward. “You used to have to stock four to five different box sets. If you wanted to actually stock them so that you’d have a squadron of them, that would be 15 different box sets you’d have to stock for one entry in one book. What we’ve done with our new plastic technology…is now we can produce a Sentinel that’s [all in] one box, has even more versatility than the old ones, because now we can have six different variants with all the different weapons and all the different options, all in one box.
“It allows somebody who’s really selling our product to stock one box, not five, which shrinks down that shelf space and overhead…What that does for the customer is they’re able to purchase one box, get all the bits they could ever want, build any type of Sentinel they currently want,” Woodward said. In addition to the Sentinel, several other WH40K box sets are also due to be released in May.
Coming in June will be three new plastic box sets of Empire models for Warhammer Fantasy Battles, also utilizing the new approach. “Empire’s going to be the first Fantasy army we have where you can build every single entry in the book in plastic,” said Woodward.
Also means the end of finecast (except for special editions and "accessories") has potentially already begun.
Think about it....a whole army in plastic (including special characters....!)“Empire’s going to be the first Fantasy army we have where you can build every single entry in the book in plastic,”
From what i get its more as the continuation of the multy purpose infantry sets seen on GKs for example(one box multiple options).That means that they will phaze out the other boxes and replace them with one big as i see it.Example:instead of a rhino a razorback and a whirlwind kit you will get one with all the gobos on the price of the whirlwind(and as i see it a bit more perhaps with the justification that you can build anything).Did i get it right?
Praise be to the Emperor!!
The most informative and revealing bit is where Chris says "you can build every single entry in the book" in plastic". This is either a remarkably poor choice of words or it's a blatent signal that finecast has already been written off by GW. If you can build every single entry including named characters - then Finecast will only be used in the most limited of production runs. Admittedly this is of more interest to some than others, but IMHO it's as close to an admission that "Finecast is not the true heir to metal after all" as GW's ever gonna go.
Also, it clearly predicts three major new kits for Empire in June. That ties in nicely with both the Empire Book rumours we've been hearing and would provide a handy fantasy release in-between two major 40k releases. This also ties in with a glut of 40k boxes being released the month before 40k 6th.
It all serves to back-up other rumours.
Basically life sucks, there is only war and you're probably gonna get eaten by Tyranids, have fun.
I'm wondering what the price increase is going to be for some of these sets. For example, if all tanks based on a Rhino will be in one box, that's the Rhino, Razorback, Whirlwind, Predator, Baal Predator and Vindicator. Then there's the Chaos versions, and the Sisters of Battle stuff (are those supposed to be in the same box, since it's largely just a different acoutrements sprue that sets them apart?).
Rhino kits are already $40 in Canada, with Preds and Vinds at $60 each. I'd love the versatility of being able to swap out Rhinos and Preds that easily, but if they bump it all up to $90 or something I'm gonna need to try and stockpile what I can.
Do you think this will be better or worse for bits dealers? All those options in 1 box means you wont have to pay godforsaken amounts for melta guns, or other special weapons since they will be readily available. Every1s bits boxes will be over flowing soon enough i think bits dealers will end up out of business, or atleast not carry GW bits any more.
If you buy a SM Dev Squad you get 5 marines, 4 missle launchers, 4 plasma cannons, 4 heavy bolters and 4 lascannons?
What about Chaos havocs? They can use Autocannons, Melta, and Plamsa on top of the above dev squad, minus plamsa cannons.
The new Dreadnoughts are going to step all over forgeworld's toes with all those extra weapons. Which makes me think they will probably be 1 of that last kits to be changed.
Also fox forgive me for saying so i dont mean to offend,but removing finecast would be a wishful thinking from those who dont like it.The investment was huge and despite the crappy results they wont remove an entire product just like that.What he probably meant was to replace the kits and allow options for multy assemblies in one box.Not remove finecast.Unless they plan a release like the heroes of the imperium one for anyone that remembers for each faction.Hard IMHO and there is no point in it.
At any rate if we are going to need 30 pounds for a rhino i am off the hobby for good.1000 euros down the drain and all that.
Can i ask where you heard those if you dont mind?
Praise be to the Emperor!!
Great that means that militia will got a 50% price hike. Include greatswords and use their price that over a 100% price increase. Multi options in a box means less variety in the army as a whole as the same 10 bodies will be used over and over. I like the way they have it now with their boxed sets. Perhaps combine shooting and combat may be ok but apart from that I don't like it.
Will edit more in later.
And some people said i was mad (...well maybe just a little) when i proposed the idea of them releasing a five man kit that can be made as either of the four main legions for the upcoming Chaos Legions, or a all inclusive battlesuit kit for the upcoming Tau!!!