Right when you read this, Fanhome will be bringing something very cool to the United States. How cool? How does a 2 foot tall Iron Man Mark III that you put together yourself sound? Or how about an interactive autonomous R2-D2 from Star Wars that is able to react and respond to voice commands? Fanhome will also be bringing the iconic Dodge Charger from the Fast & Furious franchise to life, along with a collection of Street Fighter characters like Chun Li, Guile, Vega, and Blanka to name a few? And they are just getting started.
Popular in Germany and the UK, this will be the first foray into subscription-based collectable models for the US market. In point of fact, there are two types of products — collections and models with some assembly required. Each month you’ll receive a shipment with a 16-page magazine full of facts and info about your favorite franchises such as Marvel, Capcom, Star Wars, and more. You can check out a sample of one of these right here.
What can R2-D2 do? Well, quite a bit once he’s all put together:
Sticking with R2-D2, you’ll build out this half-sized replica in 100 assembly stages, with the first package containing two assembly stages and a screwdriver to get rolling. Each month you’ll get four additional stages. The first stage will cost you a single dollar, with the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th costing just $7.00 each. The stages after this cost $13.99, with $2.40 added on for shipping and handling.
There’s a gentleman in the UK who runs a site called “World of Wayne”, and he’s got some great videos showcasing what it’s like to build these wonderful kits. For example, I cannot be more excited about Iron Man’s Mark III armor, and he’s built it piece by piece on camera.
Now, obviously these build-up models take a little time to create, and they are what can only be described as extreme quality and can take upwards of 25 months to build, but there are also collections like Street Fighter that you receive with no assembly required. Here’s a nibble at what’s ahead for Street Fighter:
Street Fighter Figures is a superb collection of the most famous and rare characters from the Street Fighter Saga, based on the Classic Japanese fighting video game. Each figure is approximately 3.5 – 5.5 inches (character dependent), complete with base. This is the most complete collection available officially licensed by Capcom where fans will get to know 60 characters from the Street Fighter universe, including a range of favorites from Ryu, Ken and Chun Li to Guile, Vega and Blanka. This is the essential collection for all Street Fighter fans.
With this particular set, you’ll get four complete figures and four magazines until you’ve collected them all.
I can see this being a huge thing for parents who want to get their sons and daughters building mechanical things with their hands. They’ll be able to build out something complex, just a few pieces at a time, and at the end it’ll be something amazing. I’m hoping to get my hands on Iron Man’s Mark III armor and R2-D2 myself, so stay tuned. If you want to try it out for yourself, hit up Fanhome.com and check out some of the amazing gifts you’ll get with these incredible pieces. Good luck, and happy assembly!
Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming.
Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter.
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