So here we are, another year gone and by and large, new models have continued to flow and new announcements have come at a pace. Of course the pandemic has caused delays to expected models and we have seen prices rise steeply. Whether the knock on effect will be that collectors spend their cash in the pre- owned sector or give up collecting altogether is anyone's guess. What is true is that the budget brands are continuing to bring out new models and keep their prices down. I was reminded of this fact recently when reading an email from Diecast Legends reference some new releases they had received. First up was a 1:18 scale model from Cult of a 1972 Rover P5B. Because its Cult you know that the quality and detail will be high,as will the price. In this case £207.99.
According to the Collectors Club of Great Britain, British Heritage Models are about to release the Majesty Classics Sunbeam Rapier H120 Holbay Fastback. Hand-built in resin, in a limited edition of 99 (3 colours: 33 of each),
In the same list, another 1:18 scale model, this time from Solido. Their offering was a more modern car the 2000 BMW M3 E46 and the price, just £52.99. Whilst the detail will not be as high as a cult model, this is still an excellent model and affordable for many.
Talking of price I notice that Corgi’s latest Avro Vulcan B.2 XL319, RAF No.35 Squadron, Scampton, early 1980s is a whopping £219.99. Of course it was a big plane and Corgi have done it in 1:72 scale, so a big model. It will be interesting to see when Corgi’s new 2022 catalogue comes out whether there are more price shocks.
Talking of their new catalogue, Corgi have announced that for this year they will revert to having three catalogues a year primarily so they can be more accurate with their release dates. The first of these will be available to view from the 10 th January. To me this is far better than just one catalogue a year as it keeps the interest going and gives us more to look forward too.
Details of the first three releases can be found on the news page of the EFE Zone web site.
Lot 3426 in the Vectis Matchbox Sale on the 15th December produced this fantastic result for a Matchbox early Moko Lesney Toys large scale Aveling Barford Diesel Road Roller - 3rd & final production version - khaki body with driver cast, khaki canopy the underside of which has casting pips either side of the word in, bare metal canopy supports without rear cross brace, red metal rollers - overall Excellent but does have usual paint loss to edge of rollers. Superb example of a rare colour. Estimate: £500 - £600 Price Realised: £1,300.
Coming up on the 11th January is Lot 116 in the Vectis Specialist Sale. Corgi 416 Land Rover RARE VARIATION - "TS Touring Secours" - finished in yellow including metal tilt, grey plastic aerial, flat spun hubs, metal tow hook - condition is generally Near Mint. Estimate is between £700 and £800.