I am not going to drag or belittle Jim in any shape or form. I have a lot of respect for this guy, and credit to him he organises the MCCH shindig every year. Quite a logistical feat.
Jim has finally stated that the collector is a very small part of the chain and that the focus is on children. Well done – this is what we have been saying all the time. Whilst I appreciate his post, I do not necessarily agree with the content. I don’t think Mattel have been listening t anyone except the financial bods. If Mattel had been listening we would have had a full listing by now of the 1-120 range. Also what is with the obsession of being buddies with Mattel? Is it just to provide models for the annual shindig that is organised? Or a claim that the MCCH influenced a multi-national in getting out a model they wanted? it just seems that there are lot of people exerting a lot of energy for very little reward. And do Mattel really feel “hurt” when their efforts are criticised? Utter nonsense.
If there was so much passion behind the brand, there would be a up-to-date website, flowing information about the line, and frank and open discussion about the brand, where the problems are and how what they are doing moving forward.
As collectors we are not trying to change the world – far from it. All we are doing is highlighting to Mattel where the problems are and why there is so much money being poured into Hot Wheels at Matchbox’s expense. Why is everything Hot Wheels so up to date, and Matchbox has not a pot to piss in? I would love to hear this conf call with the Mattel team and the Ambassador……
Secondly, it seems that Curtis has done so much damage to his reputation that Jim is offering “olive branches” to those who have left by contacting him directly, and promising to behave themselves. This seems to me a bit of a desperate tactic that Curtis – via Jim – want’s to keep the kudos as the number one MB forum – which it is, make no mistake – but ultimately to massage his own inflated ego. Why offer this to members when Curtis has clearly stated to some of those “fuck off”, by banning the member for daring to challenge Mattel or for petty other things that goes against his ethos. This is one of the reasons that I was given the heave-ho.
Also I disagree with the statement that we were complaining – I think that passionate collectors of the brand could not understand why the MB line has changed so much with an unnecessary re-brand when the 2011 – IMHO – was spot on and really showcased the heritage aspect of the brand. Mattel should feel uncomfortable in the knowledge that the products are not getting out there, but equally should re-buff the wants of the collector that have a constant demand for Americana in the range.
More to the point, many of the arguments were due to the way that the American “wants” were force shoved down everyone’s throats and the ROW wishes were ignored and frowned upon. There are so many US members on the board, it is difficult to get a balanced view on the brand as they now think that it a US owned subsidaty and fail to recognise where it all started.
How many of these collectors can lay claim that they have contributed to a heritage display at the Hackney Museum celebrating the Matchbox manufacture there? Not a single one – and I doubt some of them could ever find Hackney on a map. I have contributed to the display in 2003 – this is documented within Matchbox 1-75.co.uk, and I am very proud to have have some MIB models of mine on display.
I am going to mail Jim and see what he says. If accepted I will use the MCCH for the resource library that it is. Simple as that. If not, then I am not that fussed – I have a new forum home within the MCF which is fast becoming an open and honest place to discuss all that is right and wrong with the Matchbox brand.
As for Curtis – well, what can I say. I can’t even call him a bellend (well, I can) – I just feel sorry for him. He cracked the shits like a petulant child, threw a temper tantrum, and now – possibly due to the majority thinking he is a bit of a prima donna – had to re-open his forum again, because this is all he has……bit of a sad life really, if a forum is what gives you the drive to get up in the morning.