If you’ve been building an Eaglemoss Ecto-1, you may be sitting on an unfinished Cadillac for a while that might end up getting scrapped.
The impressive, 1:8-scale offering from the Eaglemoss Hero Collector Die-Cast Club made a big splash at New York Comic Con (NYCC) back in 2019 and quickly spawned countless videos, blog posts, and Instagram shots as thousands of Ghostbusters fans signed up for the program and began documenting their builds across social media. Now, the completion of those builds is in question.
This week, Greg Connell, managing director of InfolinkGazette first reported that Eaglemoss, which started nearly 50 years ago, had voluntarily filed for administration in the UK, the equivalent of bankruptcy in the U.S.
While filing for bankruptcy doesn’t always mean that a company is done for good (it could reorganize or be purchased), it doesn’t look good for Eaglemoss.
Just two years ago, the Eaglemoss Hero Collector brand made a big push into the U.S. market with a Walmart deal in place and distribution through Hot Topic, BoxLunch, GameStop, Calendar Club, Spencer’s, and more for its licensed products, including figures, vehicles, and prop replicas. Eaglemoss maintained licensing deals with Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount, Sony, the BBC, and more for items based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Trek, DC Comics, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and more.
Over the past year, numerous Eaglemoss executives have jumped ship to other companies while its “partworks” subscription business has sputtered.
As of today, consumers visiting the U.S. Eaglemoss website have either received notice that orders cannot be placed “due to a technical issue” or that products are out of stock. As of this writing, all partworks offerings, including the Ecto-1, the Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine, and the new RMS Titanic model kit, are listed as unavailable or sold out.
The Pop Insider will keep an eye on the situation with Eaglemoss and will report future updates as we have them.