The Vyper Squadron is gone, at least from Games Workshop’s (UK) online store.
Perhaps GW wanted to discontinue the 3-Vypers-in-a-single-box all along. The timing, a few days after the oddly priced Winderider Host Bundle went up for pre-order, seem … unfortunate.
#1 – Vypers and the Windrider Host Formation
This weekend, the new Warhammer 40K Apocalypse was launched, and with it the Apocalypse Formations, 1-Click-Bundles of (usually) large collections of Games Workshop models.
One such Formation was the Winderider Host, a fast-moving collection of Jetbikes and Vypers.
The Eldar way of war focuses on speed and the overwhelming concentration of force. Nowhere is this epitomised more than in the Windrider hosts. Made up of some of the fastest single-pilot vehicles in the galaxy, a Windrider host can strike without warning before swiftly evading any counter-attack.
This One-Click Collection contains all you need to field the Windrider Host Apocalypse Formation. It includes: 1 Eldar Autarch on Jetbike Upgrade Pack; 1 Eldar Jetbike; 6 Eldar Vyper Jetbikes; and 4 Jetbike Squadrons.
Oddly enough, the Windrider Host, priced at GBP 210,- appeared to be more expensive than exact same models bought from GW’s online store without this 1-Click-Bundle if one were to purchase the 6 Vyper Jetbikes in the form 2 boxes of Vyper Squadrons.
- GBP 80.- for 4x Jetbike Squadrons, containing 3 Jetbikes each, at GBP 20,-
- GBP 95.- for 2x Vyper Squadrons, containing 3 Vypers each, at 47.50.-
- GPB 11.- for the Autarch on Jetbike Conversion Kit
- GBP 8.- for a single Jetbike to use with the Conversion Kit
- GBP 194.- Total
As observant reader pointed out to me in my first post on this matter, the 16 quid savings come entirely from the savings inherent to the Vyper Squadrons box, which contains 3 Vypers for the price of GBP 47.50.
The same calculation as above, but with 6 individual Vypers at GBP 18.50 each instead of the Vyper Squadron boxes ends up at the exact total of GBP 210.-, the price of the Windrider Host Apoc Formation 1-Click-Bundle.
#2 -Vyper Squadron No Longer Available
As pointed out to me by Daniel over in my other post on the issue, the Vyper Squadron appears to have disappeared from GW’s online store, at least for the UK and the US (I didn’t check them all).
Of course, this could must not necessarily be related to the Windrider Host 1-Click-Bundle.
- Perhaps GW’s was planning all along to phase-out the Vyper Squadron starting July 1st, independent of the Apocalypse release
- Perhaps they did remove it only for the time the Apoc-Formation 1-Click-Bundle is available
- Perhaps they removed the Vyper Squadrons forever
Whatever the case, collecting an Eldar army became slightly more expensive once again.
#3 – Thoughts?
What do you think?
Did Games Workshop remove the Vyper Squadron as a result of the Windrider Host 1-Click-Bundle? Are they two entirely unrelated products/events?
I would love to hear your opinion on this, so leave a comment below!