There was a time when I really looked forward to the release of the Corgi Vanguards, but it seems that things are going from bad to worse.
No new castings.
Re-issues of existing with different colour schemes.
Irrelevant models (BMW E30).
Are Corgi really trying to loose as many collectors as possible here??
There is zero interest for me – and thank goodness – I can spend more on TLV and other 1/64 which have infinite more appeal. The mad thing is I am happy to spend £8-14 on a 1/64, when I know that for these 1/43 models, the quality is going to be suspect. The fit and finish is no where near as good as it used to be.
But I cannot get stressed about this anymore. As like Mattel, Hornby are doing what is necessary to survive as a business – and if that means reducing the quality of the models and re-churning out issues again under different colour schemes, then so be it.
However, I would have expected that with such a vast catalogue of BLARG and others still not re-created, they are really missing out on cornering a market and making a killing.
Here is the funny thing – whilst we see E30’s and VW Golf’s within the line up for the Vanguards, they don’t really fit in – yet with Tomica and the TLV line, where I was sceptical at first, I think that they are good additions esp. as they are excellent castings that exude quality. Audi 90, Golg MkII, E30 – all proportioned in 1/64 and it works very well.
At £20 a shot, I don’t think that the Vanguards represent good VFM any more. Add £6-7 more and you get AutoArt, Minichamps and more……….back in the day at £12 a go, yes they would sell. Add to this the farce that models are cancelled, changed around – it just does not give confidence to the collector at all.
It is what it is…………..and I do not hold my breath at all for any kind of welcomed new casting for 2016. I was told by a Corgi employee on FB that the Chevette was on the cards – looks like they ballsed that one up as well.
There will be a few lamenting in FB pages with this line up.
I am just far too busy looking forward to which quality 1/64 I can get next.
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