USA, December 2013, MPC791
Round2 reissues AMT and MPC kits. The Eagle kit uses the original Airfix/MPC molds, but with new decals (created by model maker Jim Small). The packaging is be based on the original MPC artwork, but shows images of Nick Tate as Alan Carter (replacing Landau/Bain whose images cannot be used). Each box contains an MPC Signature Card of Nick Tate from the show. 100 of the prints are autographed by Nick Tate.
The reverse box art shows the finished model with guides for decals, the pod with rescue and VIP paint schemes, and more photos of Nick Tate. The text has the slogan "The giant leap for mankind... It's beginning to look like a stumble in the dark." (A slight misquote- it's "A giant leap", not "The giant leap").
The kit is accompanied by a reissue of The Alien design car, with prints and autographs of Catherine Schell.
The kit and box art is clearly visible in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, season 8 (2014). It can be seen in Howard and Bernadette's apartment in "The Expedition Approximation" and a few other episodes.
Anderson Entertainment (gerryanderson.co.uk), a UK company run by Gerry Anderson's son Jamie, sold the kit with a bonus photo, and all Nick Tate cards signed (this was in addition to the 100 cards in the regular set).
Pictures below by Gordon Moriguchi
Box side comparisons of original Airfix/MPC and the Round 2 version, by Gordon Moriguchi
USA, January 2015 (projected 30 December 2014), MPC816, $59.99
An updated version of the MPC Eagle, with "lab" module and top boosters, as seen in the episode "The Metamorph". Pictures of the 44 inch Eagle from that episode are shown on the box cover alongside the made-up model. The new resin parts (and cover photo) are by modeller Jim Small.
Photos by Gordon Moriguchi
USA, January 2016, MPC825, $129.95
Special Edition January 2017, MPC874/06, $200 (500 copies).
This is a more accurate version of the Eagle, based on the detailing of the first 44 inch studio model but 22 inches (55cm) in length (twice the size of the MPC Eagle). The model is made of styrene (the same plastic used for regular kits). The plastic is in two colours- white and grey - so an unpainted model will still be a fair representation. The landing gear is sprung, and the front windows are clear, showing two pilots with bulkhead wall (like the filming miniatures, not a studio cockpit replica).
This all-new model kit from MPC showcases years of research of the filming miniatures used in the show's production to provide the most accurate plastic model kit possible. It features authentic detail, like spring-loaded articulated landing gear. The central pod can be removed as well. Its detail is impressive as is its length, which nears 22 inches (59cm).
There are separate aluminium replacement parts. See box art
The Special Edition, release January 2017, is a limited edition of 500. More details
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