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Smithy15

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and no doubt that one for sale on ebay at over £200 was purchased from the China seller for £20 - I wonder if the seller wears a mask?  I also wonder if the one that china one that sold for circa £40 mysteriously appears on ebay over the coming weeks as another person greedily seeks opportunity to make money out of people who genuinely want the model for their collection.

Smithy15

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they obviously dont read their own forum as they dont respond to any queries or questions - the only answers come from fellow collectors.  Vanguards was a great asset to Corgi and they have done nothing to enhance it, they have virtually killed the collectors club, provided no new castings since 2015 (that's 3 years Corgi!!!!!!). re-issuing models from the lledo era (vw beetle anyone? anyone??????), providing an often late and inconsistent release schedule, oh and increasing their prices in the process.......

Smithy15

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I have had issues with their quality control in the past, i ordered 2 of the magenta stags and one of the cases was completely smashed and the model was loose on the plinth with some minor damage - packing was first rate so it must have been packed like that, it took 3 attempts to get the Ford Escort Mexico Daytona Yellow as each of the first ones were damaged - annoying thing is it costs you to send a faulty model back for replacement which isnt very fair.

Smithy15

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The Ford Zephyr in Goodwood Green used to change hands for around £80 - £100 in the day, values have dropped considerably now.  There was never a reason behind the models scarity and difficultly in locating at the time considering 5000 were made - I think far fewer were put into the market in the truth be told.

Similar theory behind the Triumph Stag Magenta model - 1000 made but every single one I have seen or for sale has never had a certificate number above 500, many model shops either got less than they requested or none at all - coincidence or a marketting method by Corgi to artificially inflate model values.....

Smithy15

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club models seized a few years ago now, it was the one thing that kept many of us as members but now there is no incentive to be a member (sadly), the 10% discount may be useful but you are already paying over the odds on the Corgi website so even with 10% off you could still shop elsewhere and get the same model cheaper.

Smithy15

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cannot believe Corgi have never done the successor to the mini - The Metro, would be a popular model from the basic city spec upto the Vandan Plas, the two tone Knightsbridge edition and of course the infamous MG and MG Turbo, would also make a good pc plod model and even showcase its rally heritage but of course as jonboy stated what do we know we are only Corgi's customers what do our views count for?  I know this forum is for fellow members discussion but Corgi really ought to get more involved on here and communicate with the few collectors they have left,   I am still waiting for a response to my "why should i renew my membership?" under the Corgi Collector Club topic that I put on 7 months ago!!!!

Smithy15

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Absolutely dreadful selection for the Vanguards range:-

Triumph Herald - not a popular model that will have collectors begging for

VW Beetle - Your released 2 in 2017 and they have been a sales flop, nobody wantsthem so why bring out another?????

Ford Zephyr - uninspiring!

Vauxhall Cresta - not a popular model that will have collectors begging for

Morris 1800 - again not a popular but admitably looks good in rally quise

Rover SD1 - nice model good choice!

Ford Escort - gee's how many different colours of the Mexico are you going to release??

Triumph Stag - welcome addition but technically not a new release as should have come out in 2017

Ford Granada - already have 2 police liveries in the range and not as popular as the road cars, interesting but not a must have release

Ford Fiesta - nice looking model

Ford Escort - not much imagination here, simply dig out the harrier decals from the parts bin and stick them on a silver version

So 'at least' another six month wait for a new casting, poor show Corgi / Hornby or whoever you are, was really expecting more after the poor showing for the 2017 range but at least you are being consistent!

Smithy15

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I wonder if this is the SD1 they have used, seems to be a special one - extract from the advert when it was up for sale-

"Reluctantly for sale is my superb Rover SD1 V8. This is no ordinary SD1 either, this vehicle is thought to be unique in the UK as it is Australian spec and first owned by Austin Rover. It only has 56000 miles recorded,In May, the car was also featured in Practical Classics magazine as part of their 50th birthday of the Car of the Year feature. The photoshoot was at Rockingham and the car was well admired by the PC team. "

 

Smithy15

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A heads up before the official annoucement I can reveal two of the 2018 releases - a triumph herald monmouthshire police (yawn......) and a Rover SD1 3500 V8 in Opaline Green (that one sounds interesting!!)

Smithy15

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I wonder if someone can hack us the intended list of disappointment for 2018....

Usually its early October when collectors start asking what is coming up for the following year, now no-one seems to care, I bet there is a fast ford in there and another Mini....., oh and probably NOT a new casting...

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