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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2017 2:19 p.m. PST

"In September 2017, Games Workshop released a series of 12 + 1 Space Marine Heroes, randomly packaged in sealed blind boxes, exclusive to the Japanese hobby market. All models feature unique dynamic poses, sculpted bases, and a bare-headed and helmeted head option. The series is already sold out in Japanese online stores, and is only available on ebay through third-party sellers for the rest of the world. Check out if the models are worth the hassle…"




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The H Man06 Dec 2017 3:26 p.m. PST

Very interesting.

Will pre paints be next?

I think this type of thing is more popular in Japan, but it will be interesting to see what happens if released elsewhere.

I assume they may well be cheaper than buying a specific hero at the moment as the production allows them to sell the same amount of all the figures with rare ones as they desire.

Allen5706 Dec 2017 7:51 p.m. PST

Interesting but not my thing. While I have always defended Games Workshops figure modeling I am not the least interested in their space marines or the 40K universe in general.

alpha3six06 Dec 2017 10:23 p.m. PST

It's interesting how the reviewer came to the same conclusion as I did – that these are probably the last non Primaris Space Marine models (not that I even acknowledge the existence of Primaris in my head-canon!).

I'd buy them for that alone, even if I wasn't an Ultramarines player.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2017 10:34 a.m. PST

Glad you like them my friends!. (smile)


KniazSuvorov14 Dec 2017 4:07 p.m. PST

Yeah, the Japanese love their blind box collectables.

Interestingly, they appear to be generic marines-- none of the chapter-specific details are cast on, and (the sergeant aside), none of them have "hero" equipment.

At $7 USD a pop, that's an expensive way to collect a tactical squad!

Legion 415 Dec 2017 6:59 a.m. PST

Hmmm … I've never seen a Samurai based SM Chapter ? There is Vikings, Mongols, etc. … but no Samurais ?

Eclipsing Binaries Inactive Member15 Dec 2017 9:58 a.m. PST

Legion 4,

There was a bit of samurai reference in the Horus Heresy novel The Outcast Dead, but there have also never been chapters based on many other historical cultures – they are all very "white European".

I think Dark Angels were based on Native American culture, at least in the early edition of Space Hulk, but that got retconned as well.

Legion 417 Dec 2017 8:24 a.m. PST

Yes, the Dark Angels have some fluff saying they are based on the Native Americans. I have the rules for Space Hulk where they wrote about that in a short story … Seemed like a good idea to me ?

I have not read any HH novels so I didn't know about The Outcast Dead … they should play that up a bit more.

However IIRC, the Salamanders have very dark skin. Literally almost black. So I don't know if that is more about mutation than race ?

The do have female SM types somewhat with the Sisters of Battle/"Nuns with Guns" …

I'm a bit surprised that the SMs are basically "all very "white European". Seems not to fit into current standards in the media, etc. …

Of course GW talked about making up you own SM units. From time to time. So I'd imagine somewhere out there some gamers have made some other racial/ethic types of SMs.

Samurai certainly play into the whole GW SM ethos, genre', etc., AFAIK …

KniazSuvorov18 Dec 2017 2:16 p.m. PST

Aren't the Tau supposed to be space samurai (albeit mixed with a bunch of mecha)?

Legion 418 Dec 2017 3:44 p.m. PST

Yeah … Kind'a, I guess … But they ain't Spaaace Marines !!!! wink

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