JL has announced the 40th Anniversary H Case release and it should be here in November
This is not an angry post, just some input for you JL planners and staff from a guy who spends money on "adult collectible diecast".
I only need the "H" Release to finish my 40th set. Thankfully they renamed the following releases "Forever 64" so I can quit when I get it and still feel like the set is complete. From what i have seen I will only be picking up the odd casting here and there of those.
I gave it a good shot, and had some fun collecting this with all its wheel and stripe variations. What was missing was any excitement from sharing finds on site with other collectors because virtually every long time JL collector hated this whole series and had no good words for it. The cars look OK in the blister (to me at least---and I am keeping them carded) but posts here have convinced me that they are the quality of the toy grade one dollar Maistos. I wonder also what these blisters will look like in 5 years??? Yellowed??
When there is no back and forth "good find" or "nice collection" comments it really is no fun...JL must take this under consideration and do something differently. The masses have spoken clearly.
It makes no sense to offer ONLY the $2 price point stuff, thereby alienating all of the hard core collectors who have loved JL for its "heavy metal" feel and variety of interesting castings. At least offer BOTH $2 and $5 lines. Sounds like its still not too late to grab these long time collectors back if you do something now.
I know, the ECONOMY! Yes it's bad and money is tight but the present course doesn't seem to have a lot of future to it.
I'd love to hear from an informed source how the company's bottom line has looked as a result of this series...is it working for JL??
I wrapped up over 300 bucks in this venture and had a bit of fun, but its over for me...I don't like where it is headed.