||We are now accepting deposits on the Spartan
Blistercards in order to get ready to blast these sets
out. We want to spend our time shipping rather than
verifying orders when these handsome devils arrive
so, we would ask you to now supply a charge card and
verification information to confirm your preorder and
to qualify for the preorder special.
We will be charging $30 per case NOW to confirm
your order--the $30 effectively being a deposit against
the cost of your case. We are also asking now for your
authorization to charge the remaining balance of your
order to this same charge card when we begin
shipping (meaning the balance will be charged in early
August the day before your order is ready to be
shipped out). If you are buying more than 1 case a
$30.00 deposit should be made on each. Please
confirm your shipping and billing addresses as well.
To confirm your order online, please click the "ORDER
NOW" button above. At check out, please enter the
billing address for the credit card that you are
authorizing us to charge the $30 deposit to. This will
be the card the remaining balance is charged to once
your Spartans are shipped.
By submitting this order online, you have confirmed
your order for sets 1-9 (plus one additional bonus set)
of plastic spartans in the red color. Bronze and silver
colors are not yet available for purchase.
Please call (919) 957-3700 with any questions.
Spartan Army ON THE MARCH!!!
Leonidas' Bodyguard Has Departed The Factory!!!!
Plastic Collectors....The Wait Is Almost OVER!!!
Confirm Your Preorders Now!
June 28, 2008
Dear Conte Collector,
The plastic Spartans have finally shipped from the factory........ THEY ARE ON THE WAY.
We've finally managed to get them done to our absolute liking and they have departed the
factory today. Now we must contend with the shipping time, customs and final delivery to
us. It looks like the first few days of August should bring these to me...and then we will
start sending them to those of you who have preordered. I fear there is a risk that the
first container will be a quick total sellout so please confirm orders now.
Now that we know they have shipped and are imminent we would like to post
prices/specials and terms so that the office can begin to 'finalize' your orders. When
these arrive, we want to get these shipped as fast as we can to all of you...we know
you've waited a long time and we are anxious to get these literally right out of the
container and then on the way to your respective battlegrounds.....We have a ton of
advance orders and are trying to arrange the process to be as smooth and quick as
possible.....we hope for your understanding & cooperation.
There are nine (9) different blistercards. Each card has 7 figures...5 of which appear on
every card plus 2 unique figures on each card. If you are doing the math this gives you
23 different poses. The 5 which repeat are the 2 shield wall poses and the 3 phalanx
poses. Given interchangeability of heads, arms, weapons and the poseability factors, you
have a virtually unlimited number of poses which you can create from the initial
23...........The shields and spears have made it impossible for us to fit more than 7 figures
onto a card. I've managed to set up over 90 different poses before having my attention
span kick in.....
For the time being, we are ONLY selling these in case lots of 10 cards per case, consisting
of 1 each of the 9 cards plus a FREE 10th set of our choosing (this will be randomly done
so please do NOT ask for a specific set). The sets incoming are ONLY in scarlet/red and it
is a gorgeous red.... new pictures attempting to show the richness and beauty of this
color should be posting on our site. It is difficult to capture the shade I picked in a
photo..trust me it is fantastic.
Scarlet/red is the ONLY color which we are now selling. Please do not try to ask for bronze
or silver. You can have any flavor you want right now as long as it is Spartan Scarlet. We
will have limited numbers of bronze, silver and possibly other colors at some future date.
Please don't tell us to ship you these other colors as all we will have and be shipping is
All Shipments of Spartans Will Be Sent From The Carolinas. Please do NOT call the Nevada
office to ask if they have been shipped yet as they will not know the most current
information. We have so many Spartan orders that the Las Vegas office literally does not
have the time to answer the daily calls just asking about Spartans. Please supply us with
your email address so that when these ship to you we can send you a tracking # and
notice of shipment (email is preferable but we'll fax or phone if need be) Also, leave us
phone and fax numbers so that we can send you a notice of shipment when we send your
Pricing Details: Each card will have a retail price of $24.00. We've done every thing we
can to try and keep costs down but fear that oil prices have done a real 'number' on our
costs of manufacture as well as shipping costs every step of the way. (My original
estimates of $22 /card just can't be met --sorry). Given the labor increases in China, the
diminished value of our dollar, size of the figures, excellence in molding, number of parts
each figure contains, the engineering & design on these guys, the poseability & the
elimination of ugly blockout, etc...... I think we've created something astounding which will
revolutionize plastic toy soldiers from this point on.
Specials On Preorders: The price for 10 cards (70 figures) is $200.00 plus $15.00 for
UPS Shipping (unless UPS raises its rates again this month) instead of $240.00 for the
ten cards bought separately...a savings of $40.00.
This comes out to approximately $2.85 per figure compared to the $3.42 per figure at
suggested retail price.
Building the 300/You Want More Than 1 case? We suspect that many of you will want
more than 10 cards /70 Spartans? If you'd like to order a second set of ten cards, pay
$190 on the second case. Want a third case? Pay $180 for the 10 cards. A 4th case will
cost $170. Shipping is $15.00 per case on ALL cases. If you buy 4 cases you are at 280
Spartans at an average figure cost of approximately $2.60. Want to order 10,000
Spartans and recreate the Battle of Platea, RC will quote a price & bring these to your
house and play with them with you
Housekeeping Items/ Confirming Your Order: In order to get ready to blast these
sets out as we want to spend our time shipping rather than verifying orders when these
handsome devils arrive, we would ask you to now supply a charge card and verification
information to confirm your preorder and to qualify for the preorder special. In addition,
we will be charging $30 per case NOW to confirm your order--the $30 effectively being a
deposit against the cost of your case. We are also asking now for your authorization to
charge the remaining balance of your order to this same charge card when we begin
shipping (meaning the balance will be charged in early August the day before your order is
ready to be shipped out). If you are buying more than 1 case a $30.00 deposit should be
made on each. Please confirm your shipping and billing addresses as well.
It is my hope that we will efficiently be able to rush these sets out by following this
preorder confirmation procedure. The goal NOW is to get paperwork out of the way so
that once the Spartans arrive we can throw all of our efforts into shipping these out as
quickly as we can. The Spartans have, without a doubt, created a frenzy and we want to
get as many cases shipped as immediately as we can rather than spending half of our day
confirming orders and/or answering phone calls. all asking questions which will be avoided
if we follow the procedure I am writing about.....getting mobilized now so we can strike
more effectively when the army arrives!
Many thanks. These Spartans are my greatest source of pride from all the years of our
making plastic product & should give us all hope for equally exciting and poseable other
plastic ranges in the future!!
Thanks for your support & for making our lives a little easier by confirming your orders
now. I will be posting photos of Immortal poses which are about to go to the factory very
shortly--as I know once you get the Spartans that's what you will be asking about!