Welcome to the June addition of the magazine. If we needed proof that with the right vision and determination to succeed in the diecast industry, then we need look no further than Elliot Handler and his wife Ruth who co founded Mattel back in 1968. The original Sweet 16 Hot Wheels models were the start of a brand that is now the number 1 selling toy in the world.
TrueScale have released a 1:18 scale model of Niki Lauda’s winning Brabham BT46B fan car from the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix. According to Diecast Ledgends they have been waiting three years for it to be finally released. Who says collectors aren’t a patient lot.
It seems that every month there seems to be a new company announcing their new products. This month is no exception with a company called Lucky Step in the process of producing 16 new 1:18 scale models including a 1974 Aston Martin Lagonda Saloon and a 1982 Jaguar XJ6. Whilst it is likely that this company have been beavering away for some time they are a new one on me.
Although not diecast I admit, I was sadden to read that Hornby are dropping their popular Thomas the Tank Engine range. A shame but a decision made as part of the Hornby masterplan to save the company no doubt.