Although I am not a 1/87 scale collector, like everything else, there is a market for them. The question obviously, is cost versus market. They were a mass market item for MA through the Winner's Circle brand, and Lionel currently doesn't distribute any product via those channels. I dont think there's a broad enough base through their current distribution network, and I don't see collectors buying these through the mail. ($5-$6 shipping for a $3 car?)
I think Spinmaster would be a more viable option to bring back this scale if it were to happen. The big question is to they have the molds or the capability? Would it be profitable for them? As I said, I don't collect them, but I know of some hardcorse 1/87 collectors out there ([MENTION=1149]Steve[/MENTION]) who would love to see more of these cars on the market. It would be great if everyone could see that they wanted on the shelves.
I have said several times that I would join a car of the month style club ... here's how I see it working for 1:87
- each week the race winner's car will be made, unless the scheme or a minor variant has already been done in the current season (so if Jimmie wins 3 weeks in a row in the same car, we'll only see it once, but if he won in 3 different cars, we'd get all 3)
- if the race winner was already made, choose another car from the field
- once per month a scheme will be chosen and produced as the car of the month, the criteria could be wide open, perhaps voted on.
- ship once per month
That'd be 5 cars per month, 60 per year.
I'd sign up for such a thing if the price was right.
I really think that if Lionel,Action, and Spin Master each put out a decent 1/87th car that people would buy them. These companies have to try and need to listen to the collectors. Lets say 30 people buy these. well thats 30 times lets say $3.95 for one car which equals almost $120 just for 30 micro cars. They can make money, but who knows