As I post this the Nuremberg Trade Fair is about to open, the world showcase for the year’s new toy and model releases, and I am sure we will all enjoy scanning the Internet to find pictures of the manufacturers’ displays. Toy Fairs are no longer the influence on model collectors that they used to be, however. Major manufacturers like Greenlight and Oxford Diecast have already made their announcements for 2017. Others like Brooklin have always made their new programme announcement later in the year, and many smaller firms like Auto Cult, Matrix and Neo now only make announcements just before a model is ready for delivery and they no longer advertise a forward programme. Toy Fairs are also no longer relevant for the smaller firms who do not need to meet buyers from John Lewis or Tesco, so I am sure we will yet again see a decline in the number of firms who make model vehicles attending the Nuremberg fair. That won’t stop me surfing the web, however, in the hope of seeing new prototypes from the bigger suppliers.
I must express my thanks to those who follow MAR Online’s Facebook page. It is a great way to get the immediate responses from readers. We certainly hit a chord in our criticisms of the lack of new moulds from Corgi this year. Keep the comments coming: both Karl and I regularly read them and enjoy the new ideas, corrections and feedback that they provide.
As we start 2017 we realise that we will need some help from our readers to fund the cost of the website renewal later this year. Contributions can be sent by Paypal to the editor, maronlineeditor@Gmail.com, or you can pay by a UK cheque in the post – if you email the editor, you will be notified of the postal address. All contributions will be gratefully received, and you will have the honour of a listing on our Charter Subscribers wall as well as the satisfaction of helping to guarantee that we can continue with MAR Online in 2018.
We welcome your comments and questions. Please go to our Model Auto Review Facebook page, or email us at maronlineeditor at gmail.com.