When 21st Century went out of business, I was one of those that mourned their departure. My kids saw me collecting them and I saw them playing with some of those that came in less than perfect boxes. Collectors have been looking for a replacement, there’s enthusiasm and the wallets are open. But we are being left neglected.
2010 brought Forces of Valor to Target stores. Other than 1/32 and 1/18 Abrams & Bradley Tanks (both, sand and NATO colors) we never had the chance to get those interesting German subjects pictures on the back of the boxes. Target simply phased out the line without a chance to us. I know, these toys get a fair share of shelf real estate, but there is a market for it.
Target had allocated a spot to fit 2 of the 1/18 vehicles. Usually an Abrams and Bradley. For the most part, there was one missing or the spot was empty meaning that they were selling good.
2012 brought Wing of Glory in 1/48th scale. Problems was (and is) that this line is being sold by Walmart. And when it comes to Walmart, they do have the worst distribution system around. With Target, once you get the DPCI# of X or Y item, usually in collector’s boards, you can pretty much trace what you’re looking for with a few phone calls.
The P-51 Mustang shown here is one of the more sought after models from the Wings of Glory line. I’m providing you all with a scan of the receipt so you can get their stock number. I did checked at Walmart.com but they come up empty (how predictable). There are better chances if you bring these numbers and have an employee enter them in their fancy stock ”gun”.