After a production moved to China, Scalextric and Hornby had continual supply problems due to their manufacturers financial problems but now other problems have caused them to suffer once more.
With the Global recession, component suppliers ceased production and used existing stocks to supply the market, due to changing conditions in China there are now problems with factory workers and their working conditions, causing a shortage of workers for not only component factories but for Scalextric and Hornby.
Other factors are that their Rival Bachman has purchased the factory where they both produce their items. This is only going to hinder Hornby production if there are dead lines to be met we would expect Bachman to ensure their items get out on time.
Scalextric have finished their association with Ferrari and now Carrera hold the unique licence to be the sole producer of Ferrari slot cars from the end of the month.
In an attempt to sell all items of stock that have Ferrari logos, there has been a massive rush to get this year's releases out in time and now are all available. Due to the time restrictions Scalextric have chose to make very limited batch for each item as not to be left with any stock that they would have to dispose of. This has made this year's Scalextric cars like gold dust and collectors dreams. As a retailer we sold out of some cars in less than a week and are unable to obtain any further stock since.
The only item that Scalextric are looking to offer at a discount is a twin pack of Ferrari F430 C2847 for an RRP of £24.99. The cars are the robust versions but for less than £25 for two cars we cannot see how you can go wrong.
We have received news of three new set releases for Hornby, Scalextric and Micro Scalextric. The new products will only be available for independent retailers and are set for release in the second half of the year.
The first item is an analogue release of the Hornby Pendolino R1134 set. Operating on a basic oval and track pack A the RRP of this item will be £129.99
The second release is the only drift set for Scalextric this year, we were thinking that drift racing was going to be a thing of the past with less drift cars set for release this year but we are sure that the new release of the Drift Kings C1264 will be popular. The set comes with the standard figure of 8 track and with two Nissan GT-R cars. This set has an RRP of £99.99
Hornby have informed us of a selection of new items that are set for release this year. None of these products are noted in 2010 catalogue.
Hornby stated that they are listening to their customer's feedback and introduced these items from demand. There are no pictures as yet of the items that are set for release, we are sure pictures will be uploaded to the Hornby website soon.
The list of items that are set for release with RRPs and expected release dates:
R2965 Limited Edition LNER 'Silver Link' Class A4 75th Anniversary Sept £129.99
R9641 Limited Edition - Skaledale Ash Plant Aug £34.99
R2966 BR (Late) ''Brown Jack'' Class A3 Non-Corridor Tender Sept £129.99
R2967 BR (Late) ''Lamport & Holt Line'' Merchant Navy Sept £119.50
R2970X LNER (Black) J83 DCC Fitted Sept £42.99
R2971X GNR (Green) J13 DCC Fitted Sept £42.99
R2972 Hitachi Class 395 ''Sir Steve Redgrave'' Aug £139.99
R2972X Hitachi Class 395 ''Sir Steve Redgrave'' DCC Fitted Aug £161.50
R4444 BR (Blue) Mk3 Open First Sept £24.75
R4445 BR (Blue) Mk3 Open Standard Sept £24.75
R4446 BR (Blue) Mk3 TGS Sept £24.75
R4447 BR (ExLMS) Corridor 1st Carmine & Cream Sept £38.25
R4448 BR (ExLMS) Corridor 3rd Carmine & Cream Sept £38.25
R4449 BR (ExLMS) Corridor Brake 3rd Carmine & Cream Sept £38.25
R4450 BR (ExLMS) Parcels Van Crimson Sept £38.25
R4451 Pullman SR Bogie Luggage Van Sept £23.75
Other news is that Hornby have revised their range of Skaledale buildings this year, there is a reduction in the range of items available but the popular items are set to continue. We are expecting a large amount of stock to arrive over the next few weeks. Many out of stock items are available once more and we are just awaiting delivery of the items.
We have completed listing all the Scalextric cars that are set for release this year. Each listing shows the current month that the items are set for release.
This year there are some great cars that are set for release, we feel the Audi R8 is going to be a very popular model for any GT racers. Back by popular demand is the Caterhams. It has been a few years since the cars we available but we expect them to be another great addition to the range.
Other interesting items are the Scalextric start. A cheaper range of sets, twin pack car and track give younger racers and people on a budget a change to get in to Scalextric, the track is very cleverly designed and there are only two pieces of track curves and straights. The new track has an easy connection to allow younger racers to build their own tracks. The cars are very durable but do lack a lot of detail. The guide blades are an old style with the brass lugs holding the braids in place, this is not going to allow younger children to maintain their cars as we all know how tricky it can be to get the braids fitted on this old style guide. But we feel it will be a great addition to the Scalextric range by bridging the gap from Micro Scalextric to the full size sets.
We have take delivery of the first release for 2010. This year there are many new Scalextric cars that are set for release. The first is the Peugeot 908 Le Mans winner C3011. There are many cars set for 1st quarter release far more than any other quarter for this year.
The current update we have for digital chip C8515 has been brought forward from early April to March now so we hope to be able to help any one that purchased a digital set over Christmas and now cannot convert any cars to digital.