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1/48 Wings of Glory Showing up (again)

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”.

Happy Hunting!

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
Some of these are being sold on eBay for $29.99 + S&H. That’s a lot considering that Walmart’s price is $7.97. So, unless you’re like Courage the Cowardy dog that lives in the middle of nowhere, don’t feed the scalpers.

George Collazo
George Collazo

George has been hosting review sites and blogging about toy collectibles, travel, digital photography and Nikon digital imaging since 1998. His first model kit build was a Testors 1/35 DODGE WC-54 in 1984.

  • Matthew Morrison

    Thank-you for taking the time to put up a post on this. I just came across a stack of the P-51’s at my (local) Walmart – one of which I bought. The Me-109 required a trip to a second store, but I found one! Have the other two planes featured on the box been released?

    • George Collazo

      Hello Matthew, I’m glad this post worked for you. I have seen a 50/50 amount of both, the P-51 and Me 109 in my area. I have yet to see the other 2.
      If I come across them, I’ll update this post again. If you do come across them, I would love to hear from you and if is not much to ask, a couple of pictures too 😉

      BTW, how do you like them?

  • George Collazo

    The Wings of Glory aircraft has been allocated next to the Hotwheels, 1/32 and 1/24 die cast from Jada Toys. Good luck in your hunt.

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