Atlantis Model Co., the US-based manufacturer of plastic models and toys since 2009, has purchased the tooling for many plastic model kits from Revell-USA’s new owners.
Details have yet to emerge as to which moulds were procured in the deal, which was worked out shortly after Hobbico’s bankruptcy was settled, although all were stored at Revell-USA’s Elk Grove facility, Illinois. In the August 29 announcement, it was stated the moulds acquired by Atlantis Models (www.atlantis-models.com) included examples from Monogram, Revell, Aurora and Renwal, some dating back to the early 1950s.
Peter Vetri, President of Atlantis, stated: “It’s a lifelong dream to own this historic tooling and archive material related to these molds; to be able to preserve the tooling is a real honor. We look forward to reissuing many classics that have not been available in quite some time. All of the model kits will be made here in the USA and all the tooling and the archive have been moved from Elk Grove to our facilities in Deer Park, NY. I would personally like to thank Julie Dombrowski, Edward Sexton, Lou Aguilera, Chris Borris and the legendary Ken Funk for the hard work they did at Revell over the years and especially the last few months which were a difficult closure for them.”
The full press release is here.