8th January 2019:
Hornby Group (Hornby, Scalextric, Corgi, Airfix, Humbrol) have announced their new year ranges and new price lists. Good news: Very few price changes. Some new railway items look good. Some older products reintroduced that should never have been dropped. Lots of Airfix at low prices this year. Bad News: Corgi - no new buses of note, no new trucks, lots of old tooling coming back with different liveries but twice the price it was last time. We will list the Corgi range by the end of today.
28th December 2018:
We have had a load of reduced price Hornby locos, wagons, coaches and HM2000 controllers arrive. See our WHAT'S NEW link (left of the page if you're on a PC). Various Mtroniks prices have had to be adjusted due to a sharp increase in trade price on many items on restocks due next week. We have kept this to the minimum possible.
27th December 2018:
We are in today and tomorrow working through all the Christmas orders - we will then be closed again until 3rd January, as we cannot get any courier or post collected late enough on Monday to get anything packed, and there are no courier services on 1st and 2nd January, due to the double bank holiday in Scotland. We will be answering emails throughout the shut down, so if you have any problems, just get in touch that way. HAPPY NEW YEAR.
15th December 2018:
Merry Christmas everyone! Now we're heading into the final few days of pre-Christmas ordering, don't delay. We have today alone sold out of 14 lines totally. Whilst we have final large deliveries from almost all our suppliers on Monday or Tuesday, you would be best to buy now than wait. We are handing a sudden surge in orders this last couple of days as people at last seem to have stopped watching the PM on the news and instead are getting ready for Christmas - we are running flat out and will LET YOU KNOW if there are any delays with orders placed now.
6th December 2018:
Not many updates recently as we have been very busy, but lots of new products still arriving - this week we've had the Tamiya Super Astute and Black Avante (BA is already sold out), Buggrya Rat Fox Truck, the unusual Supermarine Spiteful kit, Ferrari F312TS and TT02RR RC Kits, a load of Graham Farish buildings (and some Bachmann ones), lots of restocks daily and some classic Tamiya kits that have been off the market a while - an Alfa 155, Grasshopper II, a Ferrari Drift car that's only supposed to be on sale in Japan and more.
23th November 2018:
New in - a number of Scalextric cars, a Hornby Tornado loco with full sound, a new beginners RC plane - the Ranger, a new twin stick handset from Planet and a great fun Carson Unimog RC Car that has a working winch and a tipper. Black Friday? We don't do it - we price fairly all year round, we've had quite a number of offers in over the past few weeks - for example the Helion Conquest and Animus, the Carson Unimog just mentioned, Bachmann controllers, Carrera RC and sets, and more - we didn't stick it at full price to knock it down today, instead we just price it low immediately. Seems more honest to us!
19th November 2018:
A new selection of sale price model kits has arrived from Bachmann - these are all Emhar tank kits. Look very good value.
15th November 2018:
We have stock arriving daily on most popular lines and are sending out orders promptly at present. Please contact us prior to placing your order if you have any queries, as we are getting a number of customers contact us AFTER ordering, which is sometimes too late to make a change.
New in we have Mario Quad Bike RC Cars - these are great value. Also new is the Railway Modellers Advent Calendar, an HPI saloon car and back in stock are many Tamiya kits that were sold out such as the Black Midnight Pumpkin.
6th November 2018:
Wow! Bachmann have released the packs of figures they announced in 2016. We are now taking pre-orders on the huge 1:32 scale Lancaster Bomber kit coming in November - first batch is a limited edition that you can build either as a solid kit or a cutaway with a clear side to show the interior detail. It is a one off run as they altered the mould afterwards to make the regular side mouldings. Wingspan of almost a metre.
Also new: Razer Ten Brushless Conversions - starting at £49, which is very good value we think, and this year's delivery of the WRC rally slot racing sets, and spare cars, are all now in stock.
29th October 2018:
We have been advised that Tamiya's new Comical Grasshopper will not now reach the UK until Janaury. This is due to higher than anticipated home market demand in Japan using up most of the initial production run. Pre-orders have been re-opened for January delivery, on a first ordered, first supplied basis in the event of a further shortfall.
24th October 2018:
This week so far has seen large deliveries from all brands - Tamiya's XB range are all back in stock, including the Hornet and Wild Willy. HPI have delivered most of the Maverick range. Revell have a new drone that you just wave your hand and it follows your gestures. Tamiya have brought back the Rough Rider, and Carson have introduced TT01 and TT02 upgrade boxed packed, plus a new steerwheel radio. There have also been lots of teddy bears and candles - they can be found on our www.sparkleandshimmer.com site.
18th October 2018:
Big Bachmann restocks on figures, lighting, scenics plus three new Graham Farish station buildings. Hornby Locos, latest two now in stock. Italeri have a good Ford Escort rally kit out - with "Mans Roth" decals. Fast and cheap ET0220 charger for the Tamiya packs. East Coast Express train set.
12th October 2018:
Now taking pre-orders on the new FTX Fury crawler, due in November, and new in we have Forces Of Valor RC Tanks, Mario Kart racers and Mario helicopters - this time with a tail and ears. No, no idea either.
7th October 2018:
Quite a bit of new product loaded onto the site this weekend, including around 90 new Oxford models for the 2nd quarter of 2019. Pre-orders can be placed now. Also now taking pre-orders on the new Tamiya Dynahead - technically interesting, visually assaulting...
2nd October 2018:
Once again lots of new product being delivered (you'd think it's coming up for Christmas). Highlight today is the FTX Kanyon - a big crawler for only £159. Nice model, nice price, first batch sold out on delivery, more due Thursday. Also new in the new FTX Comet range - these are a nice price but well made and fixable if they crash.
27th September 2018:
It's new Radio Control day again today - we have a Kyosho Spitfire RC Plane, these look very nice and are a good quality product from what we've seen, Revell have continued to innovate with their RC toys - new ones this time round are a crawler kit and a stretch/twist/spin RC car, plus Mario is back with his Quadcopter - this time in a house-friendly size, but with uprated tech so it is now really easy to fly.
25th September 2018:
Amongst other new products, we are happy to see a new Carson twin stick radio aimed at the RC car market. Carson 5000085 is a straight replacement for standard two channel two stick radios but features an LCD multi-model programming feature AND two additional channels controlled by switches to operate accesssories. It is also good value.
20th September 2018:
Tamiya's Land Rover is now available from stock - and our first customers already have theirs! The UK version comes with the LED lighting set (RRP circa £50) which isn't included in some markets too. Also in: Vanishing Point Scalextric Car and others, plus latest Airfix Victor, Meteor and Walrus.
18th September 2018:
Tamiya's Land Rover is due this week. Order now for delivery on release day!
17th September 2018:
BARGAIN cars in from Helion - £99.99 for a full size 1:10 stadium truck or truggy. This is like going back 10 years pricewise! NB: We are closing the Corgi order book on the current catalogue on Wednesday at 5pm. Hurry if you still have pre-orders to place.
12th September 2018:
Tamiya's Citroen 2CV is OUT! There's not been much else so far this week, except for restocks though.
6th September 2018:
Tamiya's newly announced Comical Grasshopper and their model of the car mimicing the model - the Toyota Hilux - are now available to pre-order. TWELVE new buses from Creative Master are also now ready to pre-order - some are coming soon, most next year. Also in - new Scalextric cars, coach packs and train packs from Hornby.
31st August 2018:
Tamiya's ready to run 4WD buggy, the XB Neo Scorcher has returned. Only a few of these, no idea how long they'll last. We are also now offering a simple "two box" package on the Rising Fighter - everything you need for £110. Couple of Virgin coaches from Hornby also came in.
29th August 2018:
Latest (and last for this year) new Scalextric set has arrived - the loop the loop Sci Fi set from Micro Scalextric. Also back in - many Tamiya kits including both TT-01E Truck / Lorry Cab models.
24th August 2018:
New in are a range of Meccano-style kits featuring Land Rover, Spitfire, Flying Scotsman and VW Camper Van. These look to be very good gifts are are excellent value compared to Meccano itself.
23rd August 2018:
Latest Scalextric sets now in. That is all the full size sets for this year now in stock. Seen them for less? Let us know.
22nd August 2018:
EFE (Bachmann) have at last announced some new castings. These are listed in our Pre-order EFE section.
20th August 2018:
Tamiya have announced their next reissue will be the Super Astute. There is also to be a "black edition" Avante for those who want to avoid painting the shell.
19th August 2018:
Our new news service goes live.