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On the way to the EAA at Oshkosh last week I stopped by the RC2 outlet store at Dyersville.

This place is a waste of time. I had been there before - when it was Ertl. Previously it was full of toy cars - and only cars or tractors.

Currently it is full of baby toys and a few model cars. The JL collection stock is poor and the prices are high.

I could not find any releases of the JL 1:64 Chevrolet station wagon. There is nothing special to be found at all. It is a waste of time.

None of the other toy stores/outlets in Dyersville sell any JL models.

Do not waste time or fuel going to Dyersville. It is not as much fun as it was fifteen years ago, or even five years ago.

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The ERTL store when it was located at the old location not far from the Super 8 was actually a good place to buy diecast at back in the day. I went there numerous times on vacation just to buy diecast from the ERTL, Scale Models, and Evers Toy stores. I was at the RC2 store 2 years ago in 2006 and they had mostly ripped or bent cards of JLs. Weren't that much cheaper than the prices at the big box stores at the time either. They had one large aisle set up then. The place must have gone down hill fast. Baby Toys. Not what I'd want to see at an ERTL/RC2 outlet store.:freak:
 

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Did you happen to stop at the Goodwill store in Dyersville?


This is where apparently you will find your mass Johnny Lightning scores. From what I have been told, they still have merchandise from the old Playing Mantis warehouse.

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Did go to Evers Toy Store downtown. They, as usual, were pleasant. I prefer scales 1/64 and 1/43 and they only have a nominal assortment of cars in those scales. There were no JL/RC2/Ertl cars in either scale but there were some recent 1/64 scale cars from Greenlight, Shelby, Welley and Motor Max.

At Model Empire on Greenfield Road in Milwaukee there were some obsolete 1/43 scale JL cars; had not seen those in several years.
 

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Did go to Evers Toy Store downtown. They, as usual, were pleasant. I prefer scales 1/64 and 1/43 and they only have a nominal assortment of cars in those scales. There were no JL/RC2/Ertl cars in either scale but there were some recent 1/64 scale cars from Greenlight, Shelby, Welley and Motor Max.

At Model Empire on Greenfield Road in Milwaukee there were some obsolete 1/43 scale JL cars; had not seen those in several years.

Cool..I didn't realize Evers Toy Store had a storefront. I have been buying model kits and diecast from them for about 20 years (by mail and later on the web). Great customer service.
 

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Cool..I didn't realize Evers Toy Store had a storefront. I have been buying model kits and diecast from them for about 20 years (by mail and later on the web). Great customer service.
Yep, Evers store is located in downtown Dyersville not far from a very large and beautiful Basilica of St. Francis Xavier Church. Dyersville is one of the towns in the midwest that's a gem to find. The Dyersville Family Restaurant downtown is a great place to eat breakfast at as well. Not sure if it's still open or not. Think I've stayed in town overnight at least four or five times in the last 12 years on vacation.

Dyersville also holds the national farm toy show in November I believe at the High School. Don't forget about the National Farm Toy Museum as well north of the Super 8.
 

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Yep, Evers store is located in downtown Dyersville not far from a very large and beautiful Basilica of St. Francis Xavier Church. Dyersville is one of the towns in the midwest that's a gem to find. The Dyersville Family Restaurant downtown is a great place to eat breakfast at as well. Not sure if it's still open or not. Think I've stayed in town overnight at least four or five times in the last 12 years on vacation.

Dyersville also holds the national farm toy show in November I believe at the High School. Don't forget about the National Farm Toy Museum as well north of the Super 8.
Sounds like an interesting place...only been through Iowa once, back in June '97 when I moved from Michigan to Colorado.
 

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Yes, Dyersville is a nice place. The toy soul of the city is long gone - Ertl production. But the former Ertl plant is used for LC/RC2 distribution and the unsatisfying factory outlet store is attached to that building.

Another fun thing to do in Dyersville is to visit the Field of Dreams - the baseball field from the 1980's movie of the same name. It is about five miles north east of town. Last week the corn ringing the outfield was about ten feet high; it was hot, sunny and humid so the baseball mood was perfect.
 

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Mark - worth the trip? I don't know. I like JL toy cars but never went to any PM event. I like lots of model cars - mainly 1/43 & 1/64 but have been known to spend money on anything that appeals to me.

I have been to Dyersville many, many times - starting in about 1989 or so. It used to be more fun; there were more stores (one good one was called "Toiz N Mor") with more variety, more obsolete toys to be found and the then Ertl factory store (smaller and in a different location) truly did offer deals and some obscure and desirable pieces. I especially liked the 1/43 pieces Ertl would produce in small numbers and in unique color schemes for promotional distribution at the New York and Nurnberg commercial toy shows. The current RC2 store is quite unsatisfying for someone who used to very much enjoy the Ertl outlet.

There is also a large antiques "mall" on the south side of town (near the National Farm Toy Museum) that is quite toy centric. It has some 1:1 scale cars for sale too. Most of the stuff in the mall is farm or NASCAR related but one can buy desirable older stuff and certainly RC2 & JL cars are to be found.

Dyersville is a very nice town. It is clean; people are polite. I've been there for the National Farm Toy Show. It is amazingly crowded then but of course very tractor-intense and farm toys have always been the main focus of toy production, distribution and retailing in Dyersville.

Dubuque is about 25 or 30 miles east of Dyersville; it is a pretty and hilly city. There is stuff to do there too - casino if you care, an inclined rail tram up one of the steep hills and a Mississippi River Museum.

Enjoy if you go. When making one of my frequent drives from the west to Chicago or Milwaukee I almost always stop in Dyersville on the way.
 

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I had good luck at the outlet the two times I went up there this past winter... then again I fought nasty snow storms both times and caught the cashiers bored and stocking shelves with new cars from lack of customers.
 

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R C ERTL Outlet Store

I am wondering if Ertl ever produced their 1/64 Ford and Dodge trucks in
DOT colors - the Orange and Yellow colors to go with the Construction miniatures? Possibly even detailed with roof lights - tool boxes and fuel tanks.

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Yikes, Dave, you just resurrected a six-year-old thread. I'd , too, would love to see the trucks that you are looking for but probably the soonest way is for us to get rattle-cans in orange or yellow...:rolleyes:

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