It’s unclear whether some plastics are imported from China and then packaged in the USA, or if some of the stock from Nottingham comes thought the western US ports, BUT a lot of plastic kits are out of stock currently.
Confirmed out of stock to trade sale accounts and/or GW direct; Blood Angels Tactical Squads, Tomb Blades, Drop Pods, Lychguard, LICTORS, Crypteks, and of course the Harlequin Codex looks to still be not yet available sector wide in North America.
But now there may be a different trend forming. According to Games Workshop Customer Service, the company may be attempting to pull back some printing from China with the purchase of a printing company closer to home.
The idea is said to be that they can handle Soft Cover reprints / or even first runs, and crank out the White Dwarf Magazine.
If you remember back in early January there was rumors of codex and army books being re-printed in soft cover. and sold for less.
Brass Scorpion over at SpikeyBits Forum said this:
“Some of you astute GW customers out there may have noticed that the Tomb Kings army book has been out of print for a few months. This is because it is moving to paperback! The new price will also be significantly cheaper too. Instead of the $49.50 US hardback Army book price it will be about $37 US and change. Perhaps we can presume this shift to cheaper paperbacks will be seen in other Army and Codex books over time. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
And checkout what appeared on Games Workshop’s site a few weeks later;
This 96-page full-colour softback Warhammer Army book contains all the rules you need to field a Tomb Kings army, as well as detailed background information, bestiary, accompanying artwork and miniatures showcase.
Have codex prices peaked, or is it just easier to handle reprints and on demand runs of books closer to home?
Ad Mech Codex ‘produced and printed in the UK’