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Will MicroAce release a Eidan 8000?

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Guest keio6000

Hi all - new to the forum but a long time collector with a collection of some 150 or so N gauge Japanese sets to my name.

 

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One that I decided to pass on despite rather wanting a Hanzomon 8000 set is  Microace's Tokyo Metro version thereof (A3589).  I figured that they'd release an Eidan Chikatetsu vesion of it at some point, though it's been quite a while and I'm starting to think I made a mistake.  Moreover, while MA's Yurakucho 7000s are more or less still available, the Tokyo Metro 8000s are becoming close to unobtanium.  

 

I have the metro version of the Chiyoda 6000 and it's fine - a standard MicroAce overpriced but overall decent affair.  I would have really liked an Eidan 8000... has anybody who speaks japanese better than i do heard any rumors about this?  It seems to me a no brainer given the drop dead popularity of the tokyo metro version and the fact that their mould can presumably be used more or less only for this.. but.. well... any info appreciated.  Of course, I'm in no hurry and MicroAce does have a good habit of dusting off old moulds after some time..

 

Thank you and happy collecting!

 

 

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bill937ca

Seems like MA has stopped doing versions of similar Eidan trains.  Several were released in 2009, 2010 and 2011.  The Greenmax kit is available.

 

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10007470

 

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10007471

 

http://www.1999.co.jp/search_e.asp?Typ1_c=104&scope=0&scope2=0&itkey=eidan

 

http://www.1999.co.jp/search_e.asp?Typ1_c=104&scope=1&scope2=0&itkey=tokyo+metro

 

I perceive most train releases as concentrating on current trains in current schemes rather older versions. But sometimes you never know.

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Seems like MA has stopped doing versions of similar Eidan trains.  Several were released in 2009, 2010 and 2011.  The Greenmax kit is available.

 

Umm, but MA also revives old moulds regularly - look at how they are over-milking the (retired, old livery) Inokashira line moulds after a several year hiatus. 

 

I perceive most train releases as concentrating on current trains in current schemes rather older versions. But sometimes you never know.

 

Respectfully, i"m not sure how exactly you could come to such a conclusion given than a good portion of the releases of the current MicroAce poster catalog set are neither current trains nor current releases (depending on how you count 'non-current', I reckon its between 40-65% 'old' stuff).  The announced Saikasuji Line 60 series should underscore this point quite vividly.

 

I actually have the Eiden 8000 Hanzomon train as done by GM in semi-complete state.  But I'd much rather get a proper built MA set in this case.  I suspect it will come at some point, as the demographics of such a popular tokyo area train pretty much demand it.  MA continues to have a bad habit of spacing too many potentially popular trains together - like a bunch of Keikyu trains all in a few months or then this summer two keio trains in consecutive months.  This is a pretty silly strategy, ni my book, as it causes fans of one particular operator to budget and compromise.  Maybe this delay for the Eidan sets is in recognition of this, or, at least, one can hope.

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