It’s finally here, issue one of the Build the Back to the Future Delorean weekly subscription.
Fans of the Back to the Future franchise can now build their favourite time machine with their very own 1:8 scale die-cast metal DeLorean. Step into the shoes of Doc Brown and build one of the highest quality replica’s on the market today.
The model is beautifully crafted and incredibly detailed from the reactor, all the way down to the gauges and wiring of the time circuits. Each part meticulously created under the supervision of Joe Walser, the world expert on the DeLorean time machine. The very same man who restored the screen used ‘A’ car used in the movies and who featured in Outatime, the official documentary that covered the long and pain staking process of the prop cars restoration.
The model has a whole host of original features but the highlight of the model for me is the sheer number of lights used in the build. Once built the headlamps work, the brake pedal can be pressed to allow the brake lights to light up, there are two safety lights on the edges of the gullwing doors, there’s an interior bonnet light, time circuits, pull lever, gauge lights, speedometer lights, flux capacitor lights, nuclear reaction lights and the flux band lights. This thing is going to glow with Back to the Future beauty. GREAT SCOTT!
With so much detail this model doesn’t come cheap. With this subscription you are enticed with a cheaper opening £1.99 issue (the one i’ll be reviewing today) which consists of the rear bumper, upper rear section of the Delorean and the famous OUTATIME number plate. Straight after this issue however the price jumps to £4.99 for issue 2 and £8.99 for issues 3-130. Yes you read that correctly there will be 130 issues to complete this model bringing the full cost of the model over a two year period to £1157.70, but don’t have a heart attack just yet. When spaced over a two year period the price point isn’t too bad at all, for the cost of a pack of cigarettes or a more healthier hobby / weekly spend, £8.99 a week really isn’t exactly going to break the bank. I’d rather put my money into something I can be proud of (that will also never devalue) than throw my money down the drain. I’ve collected screen-used movie props for many years now and even prop replica’s go up in value the rarer the model. The Delorean will easily hold its value and if people lose interest and drop off the subscription trail then completed model values will become rarer and their prices will start to rise. An old die-cast model subscription of the DB5 from James Bond cost around the same amount to build as the DeLorean but sold for double the price at auction.
The first issue gives us step by step instructions on how to build the model, a history of how the Back to the Future movie idea was concocted by none other than Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis and a wonderful piece on the original concept art mock ups from Andrew Probert and Rob Cobb. The magazine ends with a short blurb about Michael J Fox with some fun facts and figures along the way. The magazine comes with a pull out introductory guide to the model going through each and every detail of the car you’re about to build and a life-size pull out so you can gauge just how big your model is going to be. For those who want the stats when the model is complete, here goes:
Height (Doors open): 24.5cm
As you can see from the images above the packaging that Eaglemoss has created oozes Back to the Future beauty, from the magazine design to the incredible image of the model on the cardboard backing it really is a classy production that stands out a mile on newsagent and store shelves. This opening issue certainly doesn’t feel like a £1.99 product, it looks great, the model pieces are incredibly detailed and well made and I was hooked in exactly like Eaglemoss want me to be on this wonderful first installment.
Issue one of the magazine like stated before comes complete with the rear bumper of the car made up of the die-cast metal bumper and the ABS plastic components that snap or screw to the parts around it. This issue also includes one headlight section and the infamous OUTATIME number plate. Each part is easy to assemble and either clicks into place or requires screws which are provided (and a screwdriver too).
The assembly is fairly straightforward if albeit fiddly. Some of the screws are so ridiculously small that the provided magnetic screwdriver is a life saver. The headlight sections didn’t click into place what so ever for me so I had to guide it through the die-cast chassis with quite some difficulty before securing them in place with the screws. The most fiddly part of the build however was attaching the smallest stickers I have ever seen in my life to the OUTATIME plate. For this I had to use a pair of pliers and a magnifying glass just to get the stickers on straight without me going crazy and smashing the model up already.
A very fiddly part of the build but i’m sure it’ll get easier as I go along, defiantly not a model for the chunky finger folks out there.
Overall this first issue has really whet my appetite. I’ve got the next two years of my life dedicated to getting this made and I just know that each issue will be as rewarding as the next and for a huge fan of the franchise such as myself, watching this model coming together not only makes me feel a part of something but it makes me really admire the work of the restoration team who actually put the screen-used car back together, my god those guys worked long hours, day in and day out on little to no sleep to bring a piece of history back to life. Hats off to Joe Walser and the team and thank you Eaglemoss for helping to bring this model to the fans.