not new......these have been around for quite a while now. They're ex altaya (ixo made) models from the helicoptere de combat magazine series of a couple years back (which is actually still running in some countries iirc). The toolings are generally not bad and these repaints are much nicer than the original paint jobs from the magazine series. They cost roughly twice as much, or more, than the original altaya series models but most who buy them are quite happy with them. No opening doors on the helicopters....no moving parts at all in fact, except rotors.
Some of the models are not 100% accurate, usually missing details is the problem. So far I have only bought the flying banana...
May find them cheaper from Japanese etailers like Ami-Ami or on ebay. Av Megastore prices are ok, but their shipping can be really high.
... Wasn t able to know if these were a Japanese distributor initiative or Ixo's own, but™ some of them were made alongside the regular collection's models (4, including the MH 53 if I rememer well) with the rest released after. It s possible too that the de Agostini group thought the whole serie not fit for the Japanese market and asked Ixo for a "special".
... Anyway, even under the Taya's brand, some were really well made: the Italian EH 101 & the Banana for instance ; and it s good to see them shown again. For these is few to none possibilities to see some made by any main manufacturer some day... We all know WHO has good Sea King toolings in the bank, but™ they'd rather die than realease this model under non-Oceanian markings...
... about accuracy ; some versions are better than the Altaya's ones:
Made some digging (as I love the Puma) ; c/n 2921 is a special one as it was the last of a batch of 3 ordered after the 2011 earthquake and was the 3000th helo delivered by Eurocopter Japan since its opening in 1971..
couldn t find anything on the Sikorsky (yet?)..
A bit hard to see this one made when nobody here would release another Armée de l'Air Puma...