Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 06:17 PM UTC
Masterbox Limited is a company, who are getting a lot of very deserved coverage on this (and other) sites. Once again, at this year's Nuremberg Trade Fair, I had a chance to speak to them..
Masterbox were probably the first (injection-moulded) company to fully recognize the potential of the 'Vignette-in-a-Box'. They've also been the company which has done most to fully exploit it. The 'instant' vignette presents a series of figures who are all related to one another - recent examples of this are 'Skatspieler', 'Checkpoint' and 'Photo in the Newspaper' (soon to be the subject of a Review). Although the design would indicate 'limitations' , the contrary is true - each of the set's component figures can be used in many other situations. More sets of this type are on the way.

On the 'conventional' side, work is underway on the two British Paratroop sets, 'Stukas im Anflug!', 'Casualty Evacuation' and another British Infantry set. Another, less-well publicized aspect of all the Masterbox figure range, is their 'Multipose' nature. All the figures are designed to be modular - arms and heads can be swopped around within the same set or even the same nationality.

The third part of the Masterbox release program covers vehicles. At Nuremberg, I was able to see 3528 - German Motorcycle along with 3537 - Farmer's Cart. The first is, at this moment, having a crew produced for it. The second (3537) will be available in two forms. The first will include simply the cart (and horses?) 3538 will include two civilian figures and a couple of retreating German Infantry. The cart will have enormous possibilities for many settings (from any historical period up to the present day) - literally the only limit will be with the modeler's imagination.

Inevitably Masterbox have a number of projects in the 'pipeline'. As always, be prepared to see advance images of WIP here, on this Network!

Finally, my thanks (as always) to Alexander and the team of Masterbox Limited for their assistance in puting together this report.

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Masterbox are producing some really nice figures and everyday items for the diorama builders out there. “Photo for the newspaper” reminds me of a film. Thank you for the report Jim.
FEB 16, 2008 - 08:21 PM
I certainly do like that horse cart and figure set. Another great idea and vignette in a box. The new motorcycle kit certainly looks good also.
FEB 16, 2008 - 09:49 PM
I picked up their US AB troops for a steal on ebay. Makes me want to get stuck in about them!!! lol These offerings look really original and diverse.
FEB 20, 2008 - 05:58 AM

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