I still don't agree with the position - I really don't - why Mattel need to channel through a medium is beyond me. However, it is there as a position to update the the 'collector' - if there are any buggers left.
A self-confessed note to all collectors stated Nigel himself was not the best at the old forums and emails - which was fair play, but as time progressed, things got better and better and from about week 15 of his tenure, there was a familiar rhythm to the Amby reports.
Mattel blurb and Nigel's own addition - "A little bit of history". These wonderful articles made the wait every week for the Amby report so worthwhile - a delve into the archives giving all an insight to the minds of Messers Smith and Odell; the reasoning behind castings and how the developed for various markets. It was truly great to read week in and week out.
Whereas folk were tiring of the constant rubbish coming from Mattel marketing and the down right stupid questions asked by some to Mattel, Nigel's articles were a refreshing citrus to the dull drone of Corporate Mattel.
Nigel has also kindly given me permission to publish the history element via matchbox1-75.co.uk as well - I would to pernally thank him for allowing me to do so - I am STILL trying to convert them to PDF which is taking a long time to do - coupled with my laziness.