Editorial December 2016

This month sees the first anniversary of our website www.maronline.org.uk. We hope that you are enjoying our posts. We suggest that you get involved with our Facebook page as this is where readers can comment on articles, make suggestions, or even put forward their own ideas. Our thanks to all those who have responded to our posts and to everyone who emails us, writes for MAR Online and who read our posts.

We look forward to 2017 with great interest, even if these unsettled times may bring challenges to model producers and collectors alike. A trend that will continue is the increasing use of ex-partwork castings as a basis for models for other ranges. We have recently seen Greenlight getting involved in this activity, as it allows them to produce models that fit into their usual themes, with the bonus of low development costs. Another trend that is likely to continue is that retail prices will increase, as raw material costs are rising, and currency instability continues. On the positive side, many manufacturers have started to announce interesting model subjects for next year.

The Wessex Toy & Model Collectors Club, which has ordered special Club models from Brooklin since 1987, have announced that there will be no Brooklin club models for 2016. This is due to the number of orders received being below a new minimum batch size of 100 models set by Brooklin. Another sign of the times perhaps? With the Canadian Toy Collectors’ Society ceasing to order club models from Brooklin last year there are now very few club models made by Brooklin. The WMTC prototypes of the Pontiac and Ford Squire woodies hand-made by John Roberts in colours not used by Brooklin in their standard ranges will now remain unique and will be auctioned for charity.

Finally, here is a reminder that we always welcome contributions to MAR Online; short or long. I am sure many readers have news, information or insights to share. Remember we are happy to edit any contributions, so if you haven’t written for us yet, why not give it a try?

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