Back in August 2021, a new outfit going by the name of “MARS Industries” launched a Kickstarter campaign for an iconic vehicle in 1:18 scale – None other than the Air Wolf Helicopter! Here’s the scoop direct from the campaign page –
Announcing the 1:18 Scale AIRWOLF™!
….Can you hear it?
This all started as personal project to bring life to a childhood dream of owning a toy Airwolf that could go on adventures with GI Joe. This toy was never to be… until today!
While in development, we have strived to pack in as many practical features, accurate details and durability into this product as possible.
The Concept: To build a scale version of Airwolf that would accommodate the popular scale figures of our childhood….and make it AWESOME!
The finished product will be a combination of:
– Durable Resin (Body)
– Vacuumed formed plastic (Canopy Windows)
– Neodymium Magnets
Airwolf will accommodate 3-3/4″ inch as well as 4″ inch action figures.
Front seats are adjustable to accommodate nearly all 3-3/4 and 4″ action figures
Rear seat is can be positioned in a wide range in the rear cockpit and also rotates.
Available Models of Airwolf being currently offered through this Kickstarter are:
Standard Edition molded in color:
Airwolf Masterpiece Edition fully painted:
All landing gear retracts and locks into place with magnets, limiting wear & tear
Airwolf comes in at 29 inches long with the tail attached.
Size comparison to two widely known GI Joe toys:
…Wait…. Did they say “With the tail attached” ???
Did we forget to mention that the rotors, weapons pods, engine AND tail detach for playability, easy display and a smaller footprint ??
Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Well, it sure did to 159 backers, as they pledged a total of over $70,000 to bring this project to life back in September of 2021.
As time marched on, this campaign fell victim to the most common of Kickstarter headaches – delays. There’s also rumblings within the community of not-so-pleasant commentary from the creator(s) when asked on delivery status, timelines, et al. I personally haven’t read them (nor did I dig deep enough find these comments, so your mileage may vary).
With a year and a half now gone, backers have begun receiving their product. For those that opted with the DYI kit, it’s unfortunate to say that a complete mess is heading their way, as illustrated by Kessel Run Collecting.
KRC has 17+ years of experience as a prop & model builder, so this kit should have been an absolute breeze. Thankfully, he’s posted videos of his experience, showing that the last thing this project has been is enjoyable. The worst rub? No refund is being offered. Ouch.
Check out the videos below and if you picked up an Air Wolf for yourself, let me know in the comments if you’ve experienced the same.
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