I have been following this story for years and after all this time have come up with nothing solid but hearsay.
I feel like the Mr McGee character on The Incredible Hulk TV show; the hapless sap reporter from a 2nd rate newspaper who is always within inches from finding the truth behind 'the creature" and always ends up with with nothing in the end but more useless info on his messy desk.
In who was touted by a Toy Shop magazine article in 1995 as the 'luckiest guy in the world with the dream job', what really led to Carter's demise has long been the subject of much speculation and 7th hand filtered and added to mis-information to make it more murky-er.
Only two people really know what happened regarding Carter that dark afternoon in Cassopolis Michigan, and those would be Tom Lowe and Carter himself. We know that Tom Lowe is quite elusive regarding appearences on BB's, and Carter Pennington it seems will just not elaborate.
Plenty of others however are more than happy to throw into the mix;
Here are the bits and pieces I have heard, you decide which best suits you:
missing Topper prototype cars, bloody blister cards (whoops, sorry wrong soap opera!) welched agreements, espionage, welched payments that were promised, slander, missing prototype cars, embezzlement of great sums of money, missing WL's, gross misdirection of company's future (that one I might actually believe), missing prototype cars, drug abuse...
What did I leave out here?
Back to the pursuit...( Bill Bixby is deceased isn't he?) :wave:
Well, he was around for issues 1 through 7 -Summer 1994 to Winter 1995 (as was David Chu one of PM's production agents in China - he was telling us the production involved in making JLs) but the they were gone - just vanished off the face of the earth
He was the one who wrote the first Johnny Lightning Topper collector's guide in 1993/95. It listed the prototypes and the 27 lost Toppers that were never made. A great checklist for all of the track sets and accessories that Topper produced. :thumbsup:
Ok Matt, I'll bite. I'm interested. However all I get here with your link is a Redline Club registration form...
Since this thread also, I have made some purchases off Carter on eBay too...I purchased about 75 incomplete Custom Topper TNT's, 30 AJ Foyt cars, 20 Wasps, 5 Slingshots...apparently he got these from a former Topper employee...I stil have all this stuff, maybe I shoul dbring this to the Fest...:thumbsup: