Tuesday, August 21

Masterbox' new kits - two new space cops with wavering motives in the "Edge of the Universe"

Masterbox has added two new figures to their 24th scale space/sci-fi series “At the Edge of the Universe. Strange Company’s adventures”. These two space enforcers were sent to capture the rogues' in the bar, but would they change sides and join the gang? You decide after you see the figures in our preview...



Masterbox' new kits of September - October 2018

Masterbox is continuing to work in a completely new direction with their figure releases with the progression of their new series of kits in 1/24th scale dedicated to the subject of space and science fiction. Creating their own stories that are connected in a new universe, the choice of this direction is due to the fact that space science fiction is very popular both in cinema and in computer games. At the same time, Masterbox wanted to create something uniquely their own from the characters of specific serials, movies or games universes that are already well established. They want to make their own figures rather picking on something just say, from "Star Wars" or “Star Trek”, they want to create a new world for modeller’s minds to explore. Something fresh for fresh minds to make their own with no pre-conceptions or constrictions of genre restraints or one that is set in a specific style.
This series consists of separate groups of kits telling their own episodes of "Strange Company’s" adventures - the characters that Masterbox have created act within the framework of the story invented by the sculptors. Each group of kits is a kind of mini-adventure, but this time made of plastic. Each character and each figure their own name and own biography that is reflected on the box. This approach makes each figure a person, as if animating it and, accordingly, making it more attractive by giving more scope for modeller’s imagination.


The name of the series is “At the Edge of the Universe. Strange Company’s adventures”. 
Here is the link to our review of these figures earlier on this year.

The first release consisted of four kits showing the first episode of their adventures - a random meeting that takes place in the bar of the peripheral space station, which serves as the place of the shelter and of refuelling of space transporters officially, and as the intersection of grifters and violators of the Galactic Law.
Continuation of the plot is the intervention of fighters of the government special forces. This month Masterbox introduced two new figures into the storyline - kit 24054 "Tiberius “Ty” Constellation Hackington III What to do next ?!" and kit 24055 "Laurie “Lightning Bolt” Barnes". After pursuing the fugitives at the bar ( the previous figures above), they did not notice in the heat of the fight how they had become in the pursuit of these criminals. The balance of forces on this ship was clearly in favour of those for whom our brave commandos were chasing, and before Ti and TTT faced a difficult question - how to proceed: to engage in battle and perish, or to become part of these band of rouges, known later as "Strange Company".


Masterbox' new releases of September-October 2018 are as follows:

"At the Edge of the Universe. Strange Company's adventures. Episode I. 
The first meeting. Tiberious "Ty" Constellation Hackington III" 
Kit no #24055 
1/24th Scale
The kit includes a figure of a galactic special forces fighter.
Tiberious "Ty" Constellation Hackington III
This is the fifth kit in the new series " At the Edge of the Universe. Strange Company's adventures" and is part of the story told with the help of our figures about how different characters, accidentally met in the bar of the peripheral space station, became a cohesive team, later known as" Strange Company ".
Ty is young and full of ambition. He was born on one of the most highly developed planets of the Galactic Union, with excellent natural and technological education opportunities. Growing up in a rich and comfortable megalopolis, he was not particularly suited for the harsh service life he chose. His desire to prove himself assisted him to overcome the prejudice of both bosses and fellow soldiers and become an exemplary fighter in the Galactic Union Special Forces. He is highly developed and well educated. He dreams of studying at the Academy, but it has been difficult for him to get into the Academy because of caste prejudices and the lack of financial support from his relatives. He is very organized and clearly and accurately executes orders to the letter. He is not very motivated and proactive and he is not inclined to improvise, which on the one hand, makes him a very reliable member of the team, but on the other, it closes his prospect of growth to the level of sergeant. Despite a very decent education, he must rely solely on himself and a state scholarship if he wants to attend the Academy to gain the coveted status of an officer. He doesn’t feel that his abilities will get him accepted, so he must decide where his future will go.
During the battle in the bar on the space station Almar, Lightning Bolt and Ty managed to pursue the renegades and get aboard the stolen shuttle/ship. They are now faced with a difficult decision. Join the “Strange Company” and take their chances, or remain loyal to the Galactic Union (and continue to be held back in their careers with the Galactic Union Special Forces)? Currently, they are alone and outnumbered on a ship heading into deep space (that will be soon hunted by every resource the Galactic Union can muster). They have decided to join the “Strange Company”, a decision that will completely change their lives and destiny. They are now parted of the most wanted/hunted group in all of space.
“At the Edge of the Universe. Strange Company’s adventures. Episode I. The first meeting. Laurie “Lightning Bolt” Barnes 
1/24 scale.
Kit no #24055 
this is the sixth kit in the new series " At the Edge of the Universe. Strange Company's adventures" and is part of the story told with the help of our figures about how different characters, accidentally met in the bar of the peripheral space station, became a cohesive team, later known as" Strange Company ".

The kit includes a figure of a galactic special forces fighter. Laurie “Lightning Bolt” Barnes
Laurie is a Common soldier of the Government “Special Forces” detachment. She is beautiful, smart and extraordinary, she is also strong and tough, but flexible in nature at the same time. This has allowed her to quickly adapt to changes in every situation that she has been involved with. She came from a poor family from an outer peripheral planet. She grew up in very difficult conditions where survival was the best she could hope for. She volunteered for military service in the hopes to better her living conditions. She is an excellent, experienced and enterprising fighter. She is so good at what she does, it constantly incurs the discontent of her immediate superiors, who are intimidated by her abilities. Being a female, she constantly gets attitude from her male co-workers because she is so focused on being the best she can be. Therefore, she is forced to reconcile herself and just trudge on to prove she is something worthwhile. She has proven herself an asset over and over again, but despite her high performance, she has not been advanced to the sergeant as of yet. Her abilities warrant advancement and she would make an excellent Officer, but the entrance to the Officer level is closed for her due to her lack of education and social status.
During the battle in the bar on the space station Almar, Lightning Bolt and Ty managed to pursue the renegades and get aboard the stolen shuttle/ship. They are now faced with a difficult decision. Join the “Strange Company” and take their chances, or remain loyal to the Galactic Union (and continue to be held back in their careers with the Galactic Union Special Forces)? Currently, they are alone and outnumbered on a ship heading into deep space (that will be soon hunted by every resource the Galactic Union can muster). They have decided to join the “Strange Company”, a decision that will completely change their lives and destiny. They are now parted of the most wanted/hunted group in all of space.


Look for these two new figures in the exciting new series in Masterbox's Distributor stores in September.