“Open the Pod Bay Doors, Hal.”
For stunned collectors, that should probably read, “Open my wallet now, Hal.” Because the last time we last checked in on this subject, the only remaining copies of those now legendary “2001: A Space Odyssey” uniform sets, originally produced by long-defunct and bankrupt manufacturer called Twinch Squad (in Spain), were the ones that have been (and still are) languishing unsold over on ebay for almost 2 years. As of this date, you can still find those auctions HERE.
But now, SOMEHOW, according to reputed online 1:6 dealer, Hobby Crash (HC), those self-same, rare, and highly collectible uniform sets are being offered for sale from THIER website, and at (comparatively) bargain-basement prices! The two uniform sets we believed were the last remaining unsold NRFB Twinch Squad sets are STILL listed in those same ebay auctions with “Buy it Now” prices of $3,500 apiece. Fantastically, the very same uniform sets are now offered by Hobby Crash (HERE) for approximately $526 to $573 apiece (price varies by uniform color and current Euro to Dollar conversion rate).
Bottom Line: We doubt there are many of these sets remaining, but at almost $3,000 LESS (per set) than the ones being offered over on ebay, these Hobby Crash “Twinchies” are clearly a STEAL. Yes, $573 is still a sizeable chunk of change for ANY 1:6 scale uniform or equipment, but given the rarity of these items and the fact that Twinch Squad “2001” astronaut suits have achieved an almost mythic status among collectors, HC’s prices seem like a real bargain. If you have the resources and the inclination, NOW would be the time to jump on these rare items. Undoubtedly, owning each color variation would be ideal, and it will be VERY tempting (for collectors who can afford it) to “add them all” to their 1:6 scale astronaut line-up!