What we ask will 2020 have in store for our hobby. 2019 did not in the main excite in terms of new product in the shops. A steady trickle of new releases kept the ball rolling but the increase in the higher end of the market continued. Oxford Diecast continued to cover the everyday market along with Ixo, Burago, Solido and Whitebox. There is no doubt that Corgi make excellent models but their slow clime into profitability had delayed the possibility of an exciting catalogue for 2019. Even more disappointing was the big announcement of licensed models from the Warner Brothers stable did not materialise. In the last few weeks of the year we saw a new company with the catchy name Blue 14 D2C release a NEW version of the old Corgi Ford Thames Ice ream musical van model number 474. The introductory price just £1:99. Read the full report by clicking on the Model Auto Review logo further down the page. This was followed by the release of a superb 1:18 scale model from Solido of the iconic Ford GT40 Mk1 Le Mans 24Hr 1968. This 10 out of 10 model will cost you just £45:99.
On the toy fair front it would seem that the secondary market is alive and well but in line with a general decline in our hobby perhaps not Booming! as when the hobby was at its peak in popularity. Of course we know the reasons for this and as a stark reminder in mid December came the sad news that, Hedingham models in Braintree had closed its doors for the last time after 27 years of trading. This of course means that the company was founded in 1992 the same year as the Plymouth Diecast Model Collectors Club was formed. The good news for the club was that 2019 proved to be a positive year in which we saw two successful toy fairs, in particular the Autumn one and our loyal membership continuing to support the club and its activities. At our last club meeting of 2019 we even had the pleasure of welcoming a new member. The auction scene seems to be doing ok as well with some breath taking prices being paid for the sought after models.
So in answer to the question at the beginning of this blog I would imagine that all eyes are on Corgi to see what they announce on January the 6th 2020. Can Lyndon Davies pull the rabbit out of the hat. I don’t believe that Corgi can afford to come up with a mediocre offering again this year. As far as our club is concerned, the future seems positive and we are already thinking about our Spring Toy Fair. We are also looking at a trip to the NEC but hiring a coach is an expensive business and we will need lots of bums on seats as they say in the theatre to make it viable. Let us know if you would be interested. Click the coach for details