|The new Conan the Barbarian: The Death of Belit 1:6-scale resin model from Moebius Models arrived in the office this week.|
Those of you who have read past blogs know that Moebius Models has been pushing the revivication of sci-fi and fantasy model kits with pop culture licenses like Spider-Man, Battlestar Galactica, Irwin Allen and Universal Studio’s classic monsters: Frankenstein and The Mummy.
Following on the hugely popular Conan the Barbarian #1 kit, Moebius has released a second kit (No. 1005, $139.99) based on the cover of Conan the Barbarian issue #100. This cover depicts Conan cradling his slain lover, the pirate queen, Belit.
The first Conan kit was impressive, both in size and how dynamic the model was. However, since it was initially planned as a plastic kit, certain details were left less refined than they could have been. For example, fingers and toes were missing fingernails and toenails and the figures’ hair was less refined than it might have otherwise been.
From the beginning, resin was Moebius’ choice for the second Conan kit, and it shows. The sculpting and detail is impeccable, from bulging veins in Conan’s shoulders and biceps, to the sublime features of the dead heroine’s face and hair.
It’s a massive model with 20 pieces, standing over a foot tall when finished, and a test fit of the parts promises relatively painless assembly.
Of course, you know your customers best. If you have regulars who are fantasy and sci-fi fans, this kit should fit in perfectly with your current lineup. Game and comic shops should definitely consider carrying this kit too, since it is likely to appeal to your audience.
Finally, there are a number of additional items that you should carry to help customers complete the model. Reaper Minatures and Acrylicos Vallejo manufacture excellent acrylic paint in very useful 2-oz. bottles. Offer a range of brushes with synthetic fibers, since acrylic paints tend to attack the bristles of natural sable brushes. Of course, don’t forget super glue or 5-minute epoxy for assembly, and some white spray primer (Tamiya or Testors work great).
Associate Editor, Model Retailer