And so, as is customary at this point in the year, we give the departing twelve months a quick backwards glance before flinging open our arms to the myriad opportunities and possibilities presented by the new one. Or something like that anyway. So lets cast our minds back over the year about to vanish then shall we.
Overall, 2019 has been a somewhat mixed year. There have been some superb car shows and, as ever, its always good to see customers old and new. There have also been some – though not really enough – fantastic new die-cast releases gracing our shelves over the past year but overall its been a challenging sort of year. For whatever reason – and you can decide on what that might be on your own – theres been a general trend of a shortage of new releases and continual price rises making retail something of a challenging landscape as you probably know. But, at LobsterDiecast we try to plough our own furrow and do the things we do well, really well. And that’s pretty much how 2020 should unfold with us concentrating on our most popular, and best, brands and marques. So if you like what we do so far, then 2020 shouldn’t disappoint!
Of the brands we stock, 2019 has been another superb year for Oxford Diecast with (as ever) a lot of very popular new releases and 2020 looks equally as good, if not even better with new releases such as Mk1 & Mk2 Escorts, Renault 4 and much more besides. We’ve also been really pleased with the Solido range which has proved to have come back with a bang in 2019. 2020 looks even stronger as we await the 1:18 scale Renault Twingo, VW Caddy and Dacia Duster amongst many others. Norev continued doing what it does really well – the assorted scales of Megane RS being a notable highlight with all from the 1:64 to 1:18 ranges proving very popular.
Show season kicked off with Stanford Hall VW Show as it always does. And as ever, that was a superb show in a fantastic location. The demise of the All Types VW show meant we were deprived of our visit to the North Wales show for the first time in 12 years (and also our customary visit to the excellent Chinese takeaway nearby the night before the show) but sadly didn’t really come as a surprise. A few other shows seemed a little flat too, VW Expo at Stonor Park seemed somewhat quieter than previously and the usually excellent VW Festival went ahead as planned despite the weather leaving it not just a little muddy and positively Glastonburyesque in parts although the NEC Classic Motor Show managed to retain its customary sparkle and was a fitting way to end our show season. And possibly end of all the car shows for the time being too, as whilst we aren’t yet certain, we might well skip show season next year and focus our efforts on online brilliance! We’ll decide on that one soon though, but in a world where online activity dominates the retail business, the days of show organisers increasing prices year on year isn’t always sustainable.
If that sounds slightly negative then it needn’t be. There’s a lot to look forward to in 2020 – there’s some fantastic new die-cast on its way early in the year, some which we are really excited to bring to you and which promise to be very popular indeed. We’re also increasing the amount of content we bring you via our News pages. Previously much of this went to our Blog but we’ve decided to bring it home and have everything in the one place, we hope you enjoy it! For now you can check out our day with Great Escapes from Spring 2019, a few thoughts on museums we’ll be visiting when we become rich (this time next year, Rodney…) and a new series we hope you’ll like, on places that every enthusiast needs to visit, starting with the historic Circuit Reims Gueux in France.
And of course, next year there will still be a superb selection of die-cast models, all backed up by second to none service, fast and secure postage and great prices!
Finally, we can’t look back over the last year without saying a huge Thank You to all our customers, friends and everyone else who follows us on facebook, twitter and instagram. Your support is genuinely massively appreciated and we really do know we couldn’t do it without your support – so Thank You 🙂
And how to end the year? With pictures, that’s how. So we’ll leave you with a few of the highlights of 2019 and here’s to next year!