Mattel syndrome? New for 2015 > July to December 2015 > Vanguards

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear……………

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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VA04116
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Jaguar XJ6 Series 1, 4.2 (SWB), Black Tulip VA08620
£19.99

Ford Escort Mk1 1300E, Amber Gold
VA09518
£19.99

Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4×4, Smokestone
VA10013
£19.99

Leyland Princess 2, 2.0 HL, Snapdragon Yellow, ’40th Anniversary’
VA10207
£19.99

Ford Capri Mk3 3.0S, Peppermint Sea Green, ‘Autocar Roadtest Car’, RHD (UK)
VA10815A
£19.99

Ford Capri Mk3 3.0S, Peppermint Sea Green, LHD (France)
VA10815B
£19.99

Ford Escort Mk3 RS1600i, Diamond White
VA11009
£19.99

Ford Cortina Mk4, 2.0 Ghia, Jupiter Red, RHD (UK)
VA11910A
£19.99

Ford Taunus TC2, 2.0 Ghia, Jupiter Red, LHD (Germany)
VA11910B
£19.99

Vauxhall Astra Mk2 GTE 16V, Arctic White, ‘Vauxhall Heritage Centre’, RHD (UK)
VA13207A
£19.99

Opel Kadett (E) GSI 16V, White, LHD (Germany)
VA13207
£19.99

BMW 325i Coupe (E30), Sport M-Tech 1, Dolphin Grey, RHD (UK)
VA13402A
£19.99

BMW 325i Coupe (E30), Sport M-Technic 1, Dolphin Grey, LHD (Germany)
VA13402B
£19.99

BMW 325i Coupe (E30), Sport M-Technic 1, Dolphin Grey, LHD (Netherlands)
VA13402C
£19.99

Mini 1275GT, Glacier White, ‘The 4,000,000th Mini’
VA13505
£19.99

Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 16V, Oak Green, RHD (UK)
VA13604A
£19.99

Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 16V, Oak Green, LHD (Germany)
VA13604B
£19.99

BMW 318i (E30), ‘Design’ Convertible, Neon Green
VA13702
£19.99

Vauxhall Carlton GSI 3000, Starmist Black, RHD (UK)
VA14004A
£19.99

Opel Omega 3000, Starmist Black, LHD (Germany)
VA14004B
£19.99

Lotus Esprit S2, ‘1st Production Series 2’, Championship Gold
VA14202

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