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You can thank Tower Hobbies (Hobbico) for that. They bought Revell and Monogram (and later, Revell of Germany), made Tower Hobbies the exclusive distributor...and then doubled the prices as they owned the manufacturing and the distribution. Round2 (then owner of AMT, now also Polar Lights (Aurora), Lindberg, and Hawk), reacted by cancelling their distribution contracts through discount stores (like Walmart) so they could double thier prices as well (prior to that you could buy AMT kits for $8). JoHan was bought by an individual and made a very limited go of it before all the above took place...but faded into obscurity a few years later. I'm surprised that property hasn't been bought up by Round2.