*UPDATED!* Games Workshop 40K Build + Paint Releases for Late 2016 – and New Blood Bowl Models!

HELLO VISITORS FROM BoLS, SPIKEY BITS AND DAKKA! Please note that we had ZERO indication that GW are trying to get into big stores like Target, Tesco, Walmart, etc. – please see below for details on where they are in the Toy Fair. We will ask them DIRECTLY tomorrow (the 28th of January) and will update this post with their reply! PLEASE SEE THE UPDATE BELOW!

This week, we’re at the Nurnberg Toy Fair in Germany, and we’ve had the big scoop from GW about some of their upcoming releases for 2016!

First up are these starter model sets that feature some ‘classic’ sprues, small pots of paint and a brush (or two), all at prices that seem to range from ‘reasonable’ to ‘crazy’, depending on who you ask. So here’s the pictures!

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And in case you think these are fake or an attempt at trolling the wargamers out there…

and pictures of the GW stand:

they are placed right in the middle of the hall with tons of die-cast and scale model manufacturers, so positioned in the right place to talk to model shops and hobby distributors. In contrast to the various blogs who have shared these photos, we don’t think that GW are trying to get into big shops like WH Smith’s, Target, Walmart, Tesco, etc. – just trying to talk to model shops into carrying their product.

Jan 28th update!

UPDATE on the Build + Paint sets coming from GW later this year! We’ve been to talk to the GW guys just now and spoke with the person who is the main contact that is listed on the flyer. GW *are* aiming to get into big-box, high/main street retailers as well as ‘normal’ model & hobby shops.
Box art is not finalized, neither are the actual contents, so the sprues, sprue colors and paint colors are subject to change. I was even asked if the sprues ought to be colored blue or green (I think they should). They’re not aiming these sets at gamers or even 40K players, the guy I talked to reminisced with me about playing with his Airfix models fighting dinosaurs and getting blown up by Action Man howitzers. These are for little kids to spot next to the Airfix sets in hobby and craft stores and potentially bigger retail chains as well.
We asked if AoS/fantasy boxes will come and that will depend on requests and demand. Probably no new molds, they’re looking at existing molds only at the moment. I don’t know what that means for model choice or whatever, but tooling new molds would cut into the margin quite a bit, I imagine.
So that should answer questions about the sprues, setting, art, who they’re selling too and what’s in the boxes.

ANND…in Blood Bowl news! A couple of new models are previewed as well!

And in case anyone STILL thinks these are fake:

There’s piles of these flyers!

And finally some close-ups of the Age of Sigmar terrain sets, we didn’t realize these weren’t released yet!


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