Introducing Peter Jackson’s Wingnut Wings from @WETA
August 19, 2016

Weta Workshop is proud to announce it has secured online distribution rights for Wingnut Wings, Peter Jackson’s scale model kitset company, in a move which sees the Workshop become its largest online distributor. Coinciding with the launch of Weta Workshop’s revamped online store, the full Wingnut Wings catalogue can now be found among the ranks of the Workshop’s high-end collectibles, prop replicas, ‘art of’ books, apparel, and more, shipping worldwide.

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Borne out of Peter Jackson’s passion for model-making and love of vintage aircraft, Wingnut Wings are internationally renowned for their highly accurate, large scale model kitsets of World War One aircraft. Run by a small yet talented team on the Miramar Peninsula, the company has grown from humble beginnings: starting with an early run of just four models in 2009, they now boast an extensive collection that, in addition to kitsets, includes a small range of hand-crafted miniature soldiers (‘Little Contemptibles’).

Weta Workshop began online distribution for the full Wingnut Wings catalogue in June, joining a select group of specialist brick-and-mortar stores in New Zealand and abroad. The Wingnut Wings website remains, but customers will now click through to wetaworkshop.com/shop to complete their purchase. It’s a fitting match for two Wellington companies that share a strong model-making lineage.

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“Weta Workshop is hugely proud to team up with Peter Jackson and Wingnut Wings to become its largest online distributor. Our company’s foundations have been built on the art of making models, working with Peter on the likes of Meet the Feebles to The Lord of the Rings and beyond. It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to continue that long history of collaboration on the Miramar Peninsula.”

– Weta Workshop Consumer Products Sales Manager, Kelly Tyson

Like Jackson, the Wingnut Wings team are passionate and dedicated modellers themselves, pouring hundreds of hours of research into each 1:32 scale kitset. To ensure the authenticity of their designs, the team consult original factory drawings where possible, along with historical and contemporary photographs. They also work closely with industry experts; among them, New Zealand aircraft restoration and manufacturing company The Vintage Aviator Ltd. With both novice and experienced modellers in mind, each kit includes a fully illustrated instruction manual and beautiful box art.

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“Wingnut Wings is dedicated to producing highly accurate, high-quality scale model kitsets that are as enjoyable to build for both the experienced and novice modeller alike. We are making models the way we have always wanted models to be made and, through this new partnership with Weta Workshop, we hope to be able to share our enjoyment with an even wider audience of enthusiastic model makers and collectors.”

– Wingnut Wings Coordinator, Richard Alexander

The Wingnut Wings partnership comes at an exciting time for Weta Workshop, coinciding with the launch of its modernised new online store, and arriving hot on the heels of the release of its highly-anticipated Warcraft range. With Wingnut Wings now in the mix, there’s plenty to please film fans, history buffs, model makers and keen collectors of all descriptions.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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