Volks IMS FSS kit avalibility and restock

LeDelmo
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July 16th, 2018, 8:54 am #1

I just went to VolksUSA's website and one of the kits I wanted to buy says out of stock now. In fact a number of them say out of stock now.

How often do these kits get restocked? Or DO they even get restocked?

The FSS kit I originally wanted is way too far out of reach (expensive). And I don't have the skill to gamble with getting a half way decent re-cast.

So I was waiting to buy the Volks V Siren Neptune when it went on sale. $88 is still allot of money to me for a model to display.
(at-least to me it is anyways)

Would really hate to think I missed my chance at trying a FSS kit for myself.
There are only a few that I really want for myself.
1. Luminous Mirage R
2. V Neptune (This was actually the ONLY kit I think I have ever seen for sale form a store)
3. Neptune (Actually don't know what this one is called. Just says Neptune)
4 Mirage Alpha 2

Any thoughts?
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July 16th, 2018, 9:15 am #2

So what is it that you want? An FSS kit from Volks for cheap, below $50? I'm sorry to say that such a thing is impossible to ask for, even with recasts.

Your best bet is to go on sites that have point reward systems when you buy a kit, and save up store credit. Both Otaku Mode and Gundam Planet have something of that sort, and the IMS kits as well.
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July 16th, 2018, 4:44 pm #3

Not sure, the way I buy stuff is look at the MSRP and just wait tell I find a price lower than that.

I was hoping Volks might have a Sale one day. And just pick it up for whatever price it was on sale. I know it not how most go about doing things. But, its just the way I am.

So do companies like these usually restock kits?

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July 16th, 2018, 4:55 pm #4

Hi LeDelmo, time has told us (or at least me :-)) that Volks is restocking kits regularly. Both the IMS V-Siren and Neptune as well (and especially) the Bang Doll ran out of stock quite quickly but were restocked only a few months after they were marked „sold out“. So, no hurry.
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July 16th, 2018, 5:13 pm #5

Slateman wrote:Hi LeDelmo, time has told us (or at least me :-)) that Volks is restocking kits regularly. Both the IMS V-Siren and Neptune as well (and especially) the Bang Doll ran out of stock quite quickly but were restocked only a few months after they were marked „sold out“. So, no hurry.
Thanks you so much!

I might have to think about just buying these FSS kits when they show available. I ideally, I want at-least two of these kits. One Luminous Mirage and one Neptune. We can see where it goes from there. It's just so hard for me NOT to seek out a deal.

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July 16th, 2018, 6:28 pm #6

Volks itself never has sales, especially because unlike normal retailers, they don't have to worry about moving their inventory. Nothing is seasonal, everything is there to stay. At least on their online stores.

If you want it, Gundam Planet has the Neptune in stock, and with $10 shipping the total price is around the same as the Volks store. You won't find it cheaper in the States than this.

https://www.gundamplanet.com/ims-1-100- ... ptune.html

A couple months ago I shared a cheap version of the IMS Neptune on Amazon that was only $85 shipped with Prime, far cheaper than any IMS pricing I've seen in years. But since you thought even that miracle of a find was too expensive for you despite it being below MSRP even with shipping, then I doubt you will ever find anything to your satisfaction. $60 IMS kits? $60 Volks original resin cast kits? Dream on.

Luminous Mirage will never go on sale, if you can even find a copy at the MSRP of $250 that's already a bargain.
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July 16th, 2018, 11:47 pm #7

lol you will never guess.

Looks like the Neptune literally JUST came back in stock!

So, I placed my order! Came to $99.50/w shipping will be the most expensive display figure I have ever bought but I am glad I at-least bit the bullet and am able to get my hands on my first FSS kit ever.

Sense I bought this Neptune I wont be getting the other one. But I do like the others horns so I might try something different.

I can't wait to see this thing all done up. Depending on how it goes. I could see my self getting a few more of these FSS kits. I just absolutely love the designs.

Really wish Five Star Stories could become more main stream. I would love to just dive into the story and characters. heck even just a English Manga would be appreciated. (even though I don't read Manga)

The fact that you mentioned Volks doesn't offer sales kinda clinched it for me. It's something I have been wanting to try. And it didn't look like waiting for a sale would be worth it anymore.

Thanks for the help every-buddy
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July 21st, 2018, 1:29 am #8

Jesus, already got my kit in the mail. Fastest shipping I have ever seen. Only took 4 days to reach me. And that was the cheapest shipping option. Think it was priority mail still though crazy fast.
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August 9th, 2018, 6:02 pm #9

I went though Volks USA's Facebook and found they are doing a IMS KOG soon.

I think the other two have already been released.


I also contacted them about how often do they revisit previously released kits. And whether the Mighty series was a IMS release or a GK release from them.
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August 10th, 2018, 7:03 pm #10

Mighty is in the resin line. IMS KOG and auge are still in the works. I am interested to see what pose auge can do. And if/how the kog will be modified from the HSGK.

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August 17th, 2018, 8:17 pm #11

fsskog wrote:Mighty is in the resin line. IMS KOG and auge are still in the works. I am interested to see what pose auge can do. And if/how the kog will be modified from the HSGK.
Auge will likely be pose-limited by the weight of its shoulder binders, unless you decide to cement the joints into place for maximum sturdiness. I reckon that the KoG will, by virtue of its similarity to the LED and Terror, have similar posing capabilities; the weight of the head and Buster notwithstanding.

Just by-the-by, about 13 years ago I scratchbuilt a 1/72 Macross Regult and used some Yellow Sub acrylic (the strongest I could find) ball-joints, figuring that they'd be adequate as the kit was mostly hollow... Mistake! Life-lesson: many of the "articulated" models over 150g, even the plastic ones, probably shouldn't be, and will survive far longer if the moveable joints are omitted. Just saying.
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August 18th, 2018, 3:08 am #12

Yeah, I agree. I feel the posability is good for deciding the final pose. Well, at most, take a series of pictures like the fight scenes and then glued to final pose. Just because the auge fight scene is actually the longest battle in the whole series. There are a lot of cool poses.
Stand still is nice too.
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