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Zvezda: something is changing?...

Posted by MicroWorld on 08 Aug 2019, 14:00

From groop of "Art of Tactic" wargame in "VKontakte" (https://vk.com/wall-69585287_2039):
"...5. Next year we will continue to produce separate sets, but instead of armored vehicles, the emphasis will be on infantry. Such necessary sets for the game as a 120-mm mortar with crew and infantry of the last years of the war."
Not sure but hope it is truth...
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 08 Aug 2019, 14:26

If Zvezda starts making 1/72 scale figures again, we can throw a pretty big party to celebrate.
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Posted by garpant on 09 Aug 2019, 00:59

Well I hope they start making the full sets again they were excellent figures and I think there's a market for them
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Posted by marc zijp on 09 Aug 2019, 06:56

They were the best, but more then once also quite big.
The Russian mortar set was an old announcement. Always fun to remember the other announced but then cancelled sets:
-Russian Jäger 1812, nice masters!
-French infantry for about the same period (according to the drawings).
-Imperial Roman catapult (pitty, ‘cause they ware at their best with such kits, perfect engineering).
-Russian irregular Cossacks (1812).
What more?
Anyone still got those pictures?
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Posted by MikeRC97 on 09 Aug 2019, 12:28

Given that the announcement pertains to the Art of Tactic game (it also mentions the Barbarossa box set being re-released as a three box set) I would not get my hopes up for Zvezda producing big box sets anymore. They long ago said the big box format was unprofitable for them so I don’t expect any new ones.

I am happy that they will produce new infantry sets for WWII. I remember the digital images of the 120mm mortar and I was very disappointed when it was cancelled so thanks for the link MicroWorld.
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Posted by MicroWorld on 10 Aug 2019, 06:21

From further discussion in"VKontakte"
"... a month ago, we decided not to abandon the system after the Berlin operation, but to engage in the development and re-release of old starters."
"And for 10 sets a year, don’t even count - the capacities that are allocated to us are a maximum of 6 sets.
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 10 Aug 2019, 10:58

What does that mean?
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Posted by MicroWorld on 10 Aug 2019, 11:35

It means: all "smart" words about marketing ("not in demand") were SUDDENLY (as always, if we talk about "Zvezda") forgotten. As I always said: "the left heel decides what "Zvezda" will do in future". :mrgreen:
But "don't roll out your lips" (I don't know if a similar phrase exists in English, but in Russian it is widely used): only few new sets may be. Forget about dozens of sets as it was in 2010-2015.
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Posted by marc zijp on 10 Aug 2019, 12:08

I think the English phrase ‘hold your horses’ is appropiate: don’t get too excited. So let’s not expect too much.

Well, I always hoped for more good Soviet ww2 mortar sets. We only got Pegasus winter (very fine) and some by Zvezda. But Russia had a lot of mortars and artillery, so more in 1/72 is justified.

This winter mortar set by Zvezda is a good one I must say:
http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=2355
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Posted by Wiking on 10 Aug 2019, 14:17

Zvezda

The only maker of figures I order two sets (WWII) of each small box always.
Zvezda is not on top, they are the leader for mass production figures in any aspect that are important for me.

So hopefully we get a few stets as MicroWorld mentioned instead of non.
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Posted by Leonid Kireev on 10 Aug 2019, 17:51

They would make small sets or command groups for the Middle Ages, as they did for Napoleonics. "They wouldn’t have a price")
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Posted by MicroWorld on 05 Nov 2019, 17:59

Zvezda declares their plans for 2020. Six small sets for "Art of tactic" wargame:
1. 120-mm mortar - soviet
2. 120-mm mortar - german
3. Soviet infantry with Submachine guns
4. German panzegrenadiers
5. Soviet assault group ("SHISBr")
6. German "Volkssturm"

Earlier there was roumored about new 1:72 armor:
1. T-28 (soviet, not U.S. :-D )
2. SU-85
3. T-90MS
4. S-400 (the most misterious: nobody knows which vehcle from whole complex "Zvezda" will choose :mrgreen: )
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Posted by Bessiere on 13 Nov 2019, 10:55

Zvezda could ask their price on new runs of the old napoleonic sets. I have seen Russian Hussars going for 50euros+ and the French command even more! After painting sets by all the manufacturers in 1/72 scale there is no better. Perhaps they would sell the molds to another company for production? I probably have enough of their sets myself but others coming in new to the hobby will see those and despair looking at the alternatives still available. It was a mighty short run as they go.
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Posted by Sho on 13 Nov 2019, 12:51

For 50eur per box I may sell all my Zvezda collections and send to any place on Earth.
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Posted by Graeme on 13 Nov 2019, 13:46

Even though they stopped making new stuff Zvezda were at least rerunning their old Napoleonic sets. Have they stopped doing that?
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Posted by Bessiere on 13 Nov 2019, 15:52

It's my understanding that they stopped producing all of the large figure sets and what you see available is left over from original production runs. I have no inside source so don't take that as gospel.
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Posted by Traveller1865 on 13 Nov 2019, 18:31

Their latest re-issues were GNW sets and Carthaginians if I recall correctly.
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