Hey guys here's some answers from George about the BB re-issues. This is copied from a Powell Peralta Facebook group post.
I saw this and figured posting it here might help answer some questions and concerns you guys have been having.
"It is our intent to reproduce the original Brigade decks as accurately as we can. However, some of the early reissues we were able to ship before Christmas were the same thickness our current decks are, which is about .420-.430". This makes them slightly thinner than the decks we produced in the 80's, and thus slightly flexier than the originals. We thought they were functionally fine, and focused mostly on the accuracy of the shape, wheel wells, finishes and appearance. Reproducing the finishes we created in nitrocellulose lacquers during the 80's, in water base screen inks was a real challenge, and we've done our best. But being gnarly ass old school skaters, you took our beautiful, hand crafted recreations out and thrashed them, which is awesome, but brings to view both the importance of small differences in thickness, and the improvement in technology between the 80's and today.
A few skaters have complained about their reissue being too flexy, and we aim to please, so for those of you who want to skate and destroy on these reissues, we have thickened up the ones being produced today about .030". This makes the thickness and wood as identical as we can make it to the originals, in every way, but you know what... flat boards are just not as stiff as boards with concave, and even though they are now thicker than today's decks, and identical to the originals, they still feel a little flexy, because everyone is now use to concave. Flat decks with wheel wells are less stiff than the deep concaves we ride today (greater beam stiffness and no wheel wells)... Part of what is happening is that skaters are getting surprised by this contrast, for it is sort of like asking an 80's car suspension to corner like a new porsche or BMW... The products don't look as different on the outside as they fundamentally are...
So, if you have a couple of decks on backorder at a retailer that has not recieved them yet (or with us), rest assured that your decks will be about .450", and that they will perform as closely to the original as we can make them. They will be flexier than a 8.75" wide deep concave deck...even though they are thicker, so just saying... these are meant to be accurate reissues of 80's tech and style, not the state of the art pool performers most of you are use to now. In any case, I hope you enjoy your new decks".
Do you know who will be stocking the reissues in the UK?
"Our distributor, Shiner is patiently waiting for us to make enough to ship them a decent quantity. Production is agonizingly slow due to the number of colors and our hand screening process, but we are working to double production and then triple it in the weeks and months ahead. Their good dealers will receive decks as soon as they get them, I'm sure".