How different a situation it is for 2015........
VA10107 Triumph Stag Mk1, White, 'Pilot Build Number One'
VA10814A Ford Capri Mk3 3.0, Ghia Oyster Gold, RHD
VA10814B Ford Capri Mk3 3.0, Ghia Oyster Gold, LHD, German Registration
VA10814C Ford Capri Mk3 3.0, Ghia Oyster Gold, LHD, French Registration
VA12008 Volkswagen Golf Mk1 (Series 1) 1.1, Miami Blue
VA12409 Ford Granada MkII (Series 2) 2.8i, Graphite Grey
VA12508A Ford Fiesta XR2, Black, RHD
VA12508B Ford Fiesta XR2, Black, LHD, German Registration
VA13205B Vauxhall Astra Mk2 GTE 16-Valve, Leather Edition 'Champion', Bordeaux Red
VA13308 Ford Capri MkI 3000GT, Sapphire Blue
VA13403 BMW (E30) Coupe 325i Sport M-Tech 2, Diamond Black
VA13504A Mini 1275GT, Blaze, RHD, UK Press Photo Car
VA13504B Mini 1275GT, Blaze, LHD, Dutch Registration
VA13603 VW Golf Mk2 GTI, Demon Tweeks, Alan Minshaw BTCC
VA13800 BMW (E30) Saloon 325i, Luxor Beige
VA14002B Opel Omega 3000 GSI, Carmine Red, LHD, German Registration
VA14002A Vauxhall Carlton 3000 GSI, Carmine Red, RHD
VA14003 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton, Imperial Green, 'Vauxhall Heritage Centre'
VA14200 Lotus Esprit S1, White 'Last S1 off the Production Line'
VA14201 Lotus Esprit S2, Black & Gold 'World Champion' Edition
Hornby are clearly struggling here. This listing is nothing but a re-hash of existing castings, aimed at trying to keep the masses pleased whilst employing minimal investment. Hornby have really struggled to get out castings according to the release schedule given and many a 2014 release failed to materialise. You can see that the odd one or two have been rolled over to 2015.
As I move away now from 1/43 dropping a scale to 1/64 in the form of TLV Neo's, I see nothing of pressing interest here at all. What did catch my eye were the Type 78 Esprit's which could be quite nice (PPW 306 R anyone?????) but they are up against my AutoArt 1/43.......which is some competition.
Three Oyster Gold Capri's.....really?? Once again, missing a trick with the UK plate - how good a seller would that be with OAR 567 W?? But no, some poxy T reg instead, and I never knew that the Capri was a seller in France.......
The only Granada I am after is the Ghia X Executive 2.8i....but this one seems to have been overlooked. I am not a massive Ford fan unlike many a FB member, so I am not stressed about this at all.
I do note the E30 four door, but again, I am not sure that the relevance is.
The AR selection is tepid. Rather than a 1275 GT why not just a standard Clubman? I have got a Stag - no need for another one.
Lotus Carlton? I think many a collector settled for the Opel Collection Partwork model by IXO, such was the eagerness to get this casting by some.
And to great surprise, no Plod OR Commercial vehicles within these releases - things must be bad at Hornby HQ.....every one is still looking for a J4, EA250 or a MkII Transit.....
Overall, there is nothing to be excited about. The fizz has gone flat for the last few years with regards to the half year releases from the Vanguards range and the first half of 2015 is no different. There are many a collector getting uber stressed about the whole situation on FB, but I have written on many an occasion that this is not worth worrying about. Hornby are doing what they need to do to survive and it is their right to do so. Collectors easily forget that their wish list is always a second priority and rarely does a co pay bother listening to the wants (ironically there was a time when Corgi did).
But for me this is all good. Hornby can keep churning out this stuff and it just makes me spend elsewhere. I have already noted that Tomica are getting ready their TLV Neo R35 Attack and NISMO versions and there are still a mass of back catalogue to get through.
So I am not stressed at all with Hornby. A little sad maybe that the line is not delivering but happy that I can continue to expand the other collection. Quid's in.