Announcing P-65 Heavy Metal, Reaper's new miniature model line.
In September you will see the re-release of several of our current best selling models in a new miniature line we call P-65 Heavy Metal.
P-65, what kind of name is that?
P-65 was the metal formula that made Reaper famous and is a blend of white metals designed to capture every subtle detail as well as allow for maximum metal flexibility for straightening and posing.
Bringing this metal formula back into production is a big step for us so we felt it only appropriate to name the new line P-65 in honor of its heritage.
P-65 is a lead based alloy similar to 60% lead - 40% tin solder and is the perfect mix to cast miniatures in.
To gauge both the commercial and public acceptance of P-65 initially we will release a group of specially selected models from our current figure lines eventually followed by new models.
The P-65 miniature line is designed specifically for the adult modeler and is being released to give them a choice in how they spend their hobby dollars.
P-65 will have its own unique blister card and packaging. All P-65 packaging will clearly state in a clear and reasonable manner that the product is for adults and cast using a lead based alloy. All models cast in the P-65 alloy will have P-65 on the bottom of their base.
Why P-65 now?
Indonesia is currently the worlds leading exporter of tin. After reading the statement below made by the person in charge of Indonesian raw material exports, it seems doubtful to us that the price of tin will be coming down anytime in the near future. P-65 simply gives the adult painter an alternative to higher priced tin alloy models.
According to Asia Pulse, Indonesian Director General of Minerals, Coal and Geothermal Energy, Simon F Sembiring is quoted as saying "It is time for Indonesia to be able to dictate the tin price on the world market" adding, "We will control production to keep price stability."
So for us the Director General has made his position clear and while we hope the market will stabilize and the price will drop, however, we're not holding our breath.
FAQQ: Is it legal to have lead in miniatures?
A: Yes, Click here for a link to the House and Senate Bill that creates the legal exemption for lead in miniatures.
Q: Are you changing all of your lines over to the P-65 formula?
A: No, ONLY the P-65 miniature line will be using this new lead based alloy. All other lines such as Warlord, Dark Heaven and CAV will continue to be produced using their current tin based alloy.
Q: Is there a way to tell the difference between a P-65 lead alloy miniature and a tin alloy miniature?
A: Yes. P-65 will be all new tooling and pieces cast using that tooling will have 'P65' on the base or an appropriate place on the miniature.
Q: Is there a plan or discussion to change the other lines over to P-65?
A: There is always discussion, but there is no formal plan to change anything else.
Q: If you do decide to change all of Reaper's lines over to P-65 will there be an announcement?
Q: Is there anything special I need to know or do because lead is present?
A: Nothing more than you should already be doing with basic hygiene. Keep your work area clean and wash your hands when you are done working.
Q: If lead is bad, why did they exempt it in miniatures?
A: While lead can be potentially hazardous, like anything there are different forms of the same material. Miniatures are solid, collected, sealed with paints and coatings. They are not toys that are played with and are not intended for children.
Q: Will I notice a difference in the way my paint acts on a P-65 miniature?
Q: What about California?
A: Our packaging for P-65 will contain all appropriate and required content statements.
Q: If this is such a great formula why did you change over to a tin alloy?
A: At the time we launched Dark Heaven, our first tin alloy line, we wanted to remove any possible obstacle the public might have to the new line and all other companies used tin alloys. In other words we didn't want to be different.