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Eagle Models: Product Enterprise Eagles
Compiled by Martin Willey


Special Edition Episode Collection (Sixteen 12)

On 27 July 2017, Sixteen 12 (the successor company to Product Enterprise) announced a reissue of their die-cast Eagles as "special editions", similar to the 2006 "Gift Set" based on the Metamorph Eagle. Prices and release date were to be confirmed, but each of the 5 sets were to be individually numbered and limited to 1000.

Each Eagle has accessories appropriate to a specific episode, a rectangular landing platform and a moonbuggy. The Deluxe Hangar set was described as a "hanger dinorama", but was not illustrated and we suspect it has no dinosaurs or hanging. Pictures were added in August, and some spelling was corrected (they still use "hanger" instead of "hangar").

On 24 August 2017, Sixteen 12 updated their website with new models: two versions of the Hawk, the 3 laser tanks, and a "retro Eagle". Release dates were "3rd and 4th quarters of 2018". On 13 October 2017, release dates were given of May-June 2018, with a price of £124.99 each. Multiple sets could be pre-ordered and paid for (before 1 December 2017, later changed to 10 February 2018) with a discount, up to 12% for all 4 (£439.96 instead of £499.96). The hangar diorama was priced at £269.99 (with a discount of 15% to £229.49 before the same date).

On 7 February 2018, Sixteen 12 changed the release dates; the first set slipped from May to August, and the others were unspecified (they were May, June and July). The first set (only) was available for the 12% discount price (£109.99) if paid before 30 March 2018.

On 15 February 2018, the first set slipped from August to September, and opened for orders.

On 16 April 2018, the first set was "almost sold out" and shipping was projected to be July-August. The next set would be Immunity Syndrome, not Exiles, due for September-October.

On 25 April 2018, the Immunity Syndrome set was confirmed for September, the Eagle hangar set for November, Exiles set for December and New Adam set for January.

On 4 July 2018, the first set moves to September, with Immunity set in October.

On 21 July 2018, the first set was projected for end September; the deluxe hangar set is pushed back from November to December; a further Collision Course set was hinted (with space mine).

On 18 October 2018, dates were updated (set 2 from October to December; set 3 from December to March; set 4 from January to March; hangar set from November to April), Dinky Eagle was slotted for March; and the Hawks and laser tanks were cancelled. Three additional "This Episode" sets were announced, only one of which was shown (Collision Course, with space mine, which is much too fat in the prototype pictured). There are not many possibilities for the other two Eagle sets. One may be the Space Warp refuelling Eagle (a version of the Exiles set). Another could be the Space Brain winch with grab (allowing them to correct the colour of the grey winch drums).

At the end of October, the website added the three extra sets- Collision Course, Breakaway part 2 and Earthbound ("ultra deluxe special edition"). Breakaway part 2 may be a winch platform, which was previously released in 2005. Earthbound is presumably the rescue pod with boarding tube already featured in the "Hangar Set", presumably with a Kaldorian ship.

On 16 November 2018, the Immunity Syndrome set was announced for "after Christmas" (so, probably January 2019), although some sets will be available to wholesalers in mid-December.

Set 1- This Episode: Breakaway: Eagle Freighter
Details
6 nuclear waste canisters, nuclear waste silo cover, moonbuggy Limited edition: 1000 5 October 2018 (was May, August, September, July/August, September)
£124.99
Set 2- This Episode: The Immunity Syndrome: Eagle Transporter
Until April 2018, this was set 3
glider with cradle, moonbuggy Limited edition: 1000 December 2018 (was June, September, October)
£124.99
Set 3- This Episode: The Exiles: Eagle Transporter
Until April 2018, this was set 2
grab arm, Exiles capsule, moonbuggy Limited edition: 1000 March 2019 (was May, December 2018)
£124.99
Set 4- This Episode: New Adam, New Eve: Eagle Transporter 4 magnetic side boosters, moonbuggy Limited edition: 1000 March 2019 (was June 2018, January 2019)
£124.99
Deluxe Hangar Set: Laboratory Eagle and Rescue Eagle spine boosters, rescue Eagle pod with boarding tube, hanger steps, scale figures Limited edition: 1000 April 2019 (was July, November 2018)
£269.99
Retrospective Eagle In Dinky green colour scheme, with blister display packaging in the style of initial Dinky release Limited edition: 500 TBC 2018
Set 5- This Episode: Collision Course Podless Eagle with grab and two space mines Limited edition: 1000 TBC 2019
Set 6- This Episode: Breakaway part 2 TBC 2019
Set 7- This Episode: Earthbound TBC 2019

Cancelled

Mark IX Hawk "War Games" colour scheme, 10 inches/ 25cm long Limited edition: 1000 Cancelled October 2019
Special Edition Hawk "War Games" colour scheme, 10 inches/ 25cm long Limited edition: 500 Cancelled October 2019
Laser Tank collection 1/72 with 3 designs, plus pilot figure (the "Eagle" one appeared in the 2006 gift set) Limited edition: 1000 Cancelled October 2019

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