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There has been a lot of talk here on the boards, and evidence abounds at retail that JL may be in trouble. I know there are a LOT of passionate JL collectors here AND out there. I was not exclusive to JL for long, only in the beginning, I quickly got into HW and more recently GL, now have quit HW for the most part. I wanted to go back in the adult collectible direction and JL/GL was to be my focus. This was my plan a year ago. I am VERY dissapointed that JL at retail dried up right about then. I wonder about the mortality of the brand, I don't want it to die but from where I sit it doesn't look good. I know that there are those that only collect JL, to me it was 1/2 my future plans. I don't know what I'll do if we lose the JL brand, I guess I'll be GL only, I know there are others out there but I am not interested if it's not sold at retail. Not a fan of the JADA or Baddride stuff. It would be a huge loss for me. Where would you be without Johnny? Has anyone else thought about a world without JL?
I have so many JL's still in their original packages and packed away in boxes, that I can go thru them and get the JL high all over again.
I went nuts collecting them starting in 1996 and have thousands, most that I forgot even buying and it's like christmas when I start rumaging thru the boxes.
Somewhere in the back of my mind I was afraid the brand would disappear and squirrled them away for a rainy day, and think it's time to post some pics of the good old days as soon as I get the chance.
I don't collect a particular brand, but instead focus on a type of car. I collect Shelby's and Ford muscle cars in detailed 1/64, and JL is one of the main brands. I hate to think about it dying out, but that may be the reality. Perhaps after a few rough years we will see JL return to what it was... trying to stay optimistic anyways.
If they had just up and died, then it would have had a big effect on me. However, I was sorely disappointed when RC2 bought them, and I expected the worst. I'd say we definitely got what I expected, so at this point I've gone so long without much JL at all, it will be hard to notice if they go away completely. It really is a shame, because I had a blast chasing down every JL I could find for several years, but I guess the good times never last. Fortunately, I too have at least 1,000 unopened Johnnies to play with.
Well, I had been focusing on the 100% Hot Wheels line, when that dried up I went to JL and we know where thats pointing. Any other lines you guys want me to kill before I give up collecting diecast? haha
If it shuts down I'll start tracking down more of the older HTF cars that I want until something else trips my trigger. I really like Greenlights product and now that they are making some drag car style cars I like them even more. I'm trying to resist getting too many so they stick around awhile longer. haha
I was sorely disappointed when RC2 bought them, and I expected the worst. I'd say we definitely got what I expected, so at this point I've gone so long without much JL at all, it will be hard to notice if they go away completely.