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ordinarybass Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2012 9:43 a.m. PST

So I headed down to Dollar General to buy some nerf guns which I'm going to make into sci-fi or steampunk guns like everybody else.

While there, however, I stumbled across two very nice finds.

First was a Glorious Mission (sub-brand of New Ray Toys)set with a Sikorsky Sea King.

At $15 USD it was a bit more than my usual splurge, but the chopper was too cool to pass up. It's probably all pretty close to the scale of the army men inside, but it's all close enough to 28mm for my uses.

The the Humma-Jeep will likley end up as a post apoc vehcle. The Sikorsky will see use as a heavy transport in my 28mm sci-fi, but I haven't decided whether to convert it to Jet VTOL or leave it as a helicopter. The computer, tent and crates are all good size for 28mm, and at least the gun part of the AA cannon will have use somewhere.

They had the other Glorious mission sets as well, including one with an apache and the smaller set that comes with a wheeled APC that some folks here have converted, though both of those vehicles looked larger than I would want for 28mm.

The second surprise present was a "Lazer Wheels" Tank. I don't have a picture of it yet. Suffice to say it's a 3 dollar rippoff of an M1 abrams that might go well in a 28mm sci-fi setting. The height of the hull (not including turret) is around 32mm in the middle and it's got an odd barrel that looks rather sci-fi as well as a nice bit of detailing. The only drawback are a couple of light and sounds buttons on the top that I'll cover with something.

I'll probably blot more in-depth review of these in a couple of weeks with proper comparison shots, but I wanted to post this now so folks have a chance to get them in case they disappear in the meantime.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2012 9:46 a.m. PST

I wanted to post this now so folks have a chance to get them in case they disappear in the meantime.

Yes, God forbid that children buy them as toys. grin

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2012 9:47 a.m. PST

Seriously though, I often wonder how many times things like this have appeared in "real" stores before they end up dumped in the Big Lots, Ollies or Dollar stores.

ordinarybass Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2012 9:54 a.m. PST

I check Toys R Us pretty often and while they have alot of cheap army toys, I haven't seen much overlap between them and DG in the past couple years. Most of the New-Ray toys they sell have been modern civie cars, helicopters and such under their own "speed wheels" brand.

I think alot of companies like New Ray target many of their products specifically to the places like DG or to be relabled as the store brands at places like TRU. New Ray seems to have a long term relationship with DG. DG is currently stocking the New Ray Glorious Mission and some toy motorcycles and such. A year or so ago they stocked New Ray 1/43 cars(they've since switched to BBurago)

Still, for the most part, these Glorious mission toys aren't new or exclusive to DG they've been kicking around various second tier shops (dollar stores, ebay, etc) for a few years now.

Personal logo BigNickR Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2012 11:07 a.m. PST

at 1:48 the hull of a sea king is 13.7 inches long. Depending if you play true 28, you can stretch that about an inch or so each way just fine. I plan on hitting a local dollar general because sea kings aren't a common 28mm scale bird!

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or a cheap one when you DO find it!

Personal logo cloudcaptain Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2012 11:10 a.m. PST

Watch the tail rotors on the Sea King..they are rather brittle. I am replacing mine with clear plastic discs.

haywire Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2012 11:36 a.m. PST

Is the jeep a GI Joe Vamp?

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ordinarybass Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2012 11:38 a.m. PST

BigNickR,
Thanks for that measurement. I just slapped a yardstick next to it. It's about 16.75 inches long or 1/40th or 40mm. Good enough for me in a sci-fi setting, but maybe a bit big for others.

I plan to make the door open (it comes glued shut) and expand the opening a bit. Once I get a gunner in there and a pair of 28mm pilots in the cockpit I should be fine.

haywire,
It's very similar to the VAMP. It's a different scale of course and not as detailed, but it really looks like they were copying much of the VAMP when they made it.

byram120 Sep 2012 2:45 p.m. PST

speaking of New Ray toys:

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Personal logo BigNickR Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2012 4:23 p.m. PST

I have the newray seaknight, and wanted a chinook… Thanks for that!

I've also found my local Toys R Us to be an excelent source for "fast lane" diecast helicopters and 1:43 diecast vehicles.

My modern eureka german platoon deploys from an AW-139 link

Tony Aguilar Inactive Member26 Sep 2012 9:20 a.m. PST

I never realized (as a kid) how the Vamp resembles one of AMC last vehicles in their line up.

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