In response to Russ, the release of the DrI would not have saved the day. However, it would have upped the value of the WNW portfolio and hence the price they may get for the assets. Likewise, the HP 0/100 was apparently ready enough for a modeler to build from pre-production sprues.
I am still baffled by the closure to extent that this was a passion project of Peter Jackson's and he had simply handed it over to the Philistines and this was done with items in the pipeline.
I can’t argue the fact the 0/100 & O/400, DR1 and Lancasters would certainly help the portfolio, but the portfolio is already darn good. My understanding is PJ has been out of the day to day operations for several years now, and his sole role was to approve new projects. Several years ago, Richard Alexander said PJ was hands off the day to day business decisions, and WnW was moving to “standing alone” without his financial backing. I wish I could pinpoint that interview, but I can’t, I think it was an Australian podcast I was listening to.
Fast-Forward to today. My acquaintance in NZ has reported for some time that the PJ “empire” has had some troubles, and it was his belief the business model of producing “high end” WWI models was doomed to failure from the start if any other parts of the “PJ Empire” failed. In the end, this has proven true. My friend had a very close relative who worked at WnW in the beginning years, who always said this. And it seems the combination of movie loss (Mortal Engines, which lost millions), fraud (over 2 Million USD), legal issues in NZ, and personal issues have crippled all of PJs efforts. But I think the pedigree and portfolio of WnW stands alone, on its own merits without the yet to be produced kits. It just seems odd to me that everything has been “stopped”, without efforts at liquidation. That implies there’s more afoot here than we see, and my belief is either it’s already been decided, or there’s a legal issue to overcome, or, there’s just plain lack of competence (or knowledge) at some level of management. The movie industry is certainly nothing like the modeling industry as someone pointed out. Maybe that’s it. But PJ knows both, so the implication is PJ is not really involved In liquidation. There’s a famous quote “you don’t leave your prize stallion in the stable when you’re running the derby”. Seems they did that when they got rid of the management staff at WnW. But again, all this is conjecture— guess we’ll see what happens. As Gary said earlier “watch this space!”