By Maz Woolley
All text by the Author. Illustrations from Eaglemoss.
Regular readers will remember the GE Fabbri James Bond partwork which ran in several countries several years ago. Indeed attend most UK toyfairs and you will find a table selling stock left over from the collection with, or without the magazine. The Author collected the better models from the collection and they featured from time to time in the print edition of MAR. Well ‘Bond is back‘. Eaglemoss, best known recently for their continental Opel Collection, bought GE Fabbri some time ago and has now relaunched the Bond series under the title ‘Bond in Motion‘. This title is a ‘tie-in’ to the current ‘Bond in Motion’ exhibition at the London Film Museum which features one hundred original vehicles and artefacts from all 24 films.
The illustrated magazine has had a stylistic makeover but has very similar contents to the one provided by GE Fabbri. These magazines were better than many as they have access to EON productions film pictures and posters which they use in profusion.
As far as the models are concerned the collection starts predictably with an Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger at a discounted price. After that the price is increased to a standard price.
Those that subscribe to the collection will get two free gifts as shown above but these will come after they have subscribed to a minimum number of parts in each case.
The original GE Fabbri James Bond series used Universal Hobbies as the supplier of models until around part 100 and then used Ixo and UH from that point onward. All the models shown in the web site illustrations so far are from the earlier part of the series and are made by UH. The original series ran to 134 parts it remains to be seen how many parts the new one will consist of.
The models all come in boxes with illustrated back drops and some have additional modelling to the base though that had disappeared by the end of the series.
Some of the models are made in action poses with boots open or weapons deployed which makes them less attractive to general model collectors but suited many Bond fans. Though again the models became more and more standard as the collection progressed.
Some cars feature damaged glass or even damaged metalwork. The BMW shown above has shot out windscreen and weapons deployed for example. The Sherpa had dents modelled in.
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage above has skis fitted, rockets deployed to the rear and has a modelled ramp in the base. It also has figured fitted driving it which is quite often the case until the final part of the collection.
Other cars are more basic like this nice DBS which again has a good moulded base. DBS models are not common so this budget model has been popular to general collectors and not just Bond Collectors. If you want to see the collection then it is advertised on Eaglemoss’ web site at https://bondinmotion.herocollector.com
It remains to be seen how well the collection is received as many collectors will have subscribed to the original series or bought the cars they want on the secondary market. But after Atlas departure from the collectors scene one DeAgostini competitor is clearly ‘testing the water’ of the UK subscription series market.
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