D605Eagle wrote:To put things into perspective, the latest version of the LMS pacific has amounted to a production run of less than 2000 units. In 2000/1 when the rebuilt Merchant navy was produced, more than 30000 units were sold in the first 12 months...
But for the full perspective you need to look at how many newly tooled and thus good quality OO RTR loco models were available when 2000 dawned.
It was a very small number, Bachmann had I think the 57xx, 2251, N class, WD 2-8-0, BR std 4MTT and class 25 on sale or about to be and Hornby precisely one, the rebuilt MN arriving early in 2000. (My favourite from that group the WD 2-8-0, a model that still looks good against the latest introductions.) These models were way
better than all previous regular RTR OO productions, including those then in current production which were Bachmann's split chassis, Hornby's horrors from the 1960s on, and the very basic Lima product. Of course the new items were popular, and large volumes could quickly be sold.
In short, there wasn't that much competition, just seven good OO locos available! And most of the UK market really wanted a steam loco to come in a Hornby box too, Bachmann hadn't yet caught on to the extent it has now.
Look at the competition facing a new introduction now. There's easily 'a hundred' (I have not counted!) different loco classes with good quality models on sale right now, from new stock. And there's a ton of secondhand from the introductions of the last 17 years that have no new stock currently available. The competitive landscape is completely different.
It's for this reason I feel the manufacturers are now unwise to consider retooled 'upgrade' versions of all but the most popular classes. There will not be the demand, unless the replaced model was truly dire. Bring out something all new, never previously had a RTR model, that will do best. The only RTR locos on my 'buy' list are in these categories, Oxford's N7, Rapido/NRM Stirling single, Dapol's (mythical) class 21 to replace the Hornby direness, Bachmann's V2 to replace their earlier direness.