(There is no doubt in my mind that we all know about Tory's involvement with Mattel and the 1:18 & 1:43 scale Herbie releases that are coming out this fall. I am (as I am sure most of us are) really excited about there release as it would appear that these are going to be one of the best, if not the best, Herbie collectibles of all time. Pictures pulled from Jason's post in the other topic:
For about 10 years my Dad and I have been doing business with a local model car shop and have become friends with its owner Greg. He is a big fan of my Herbie and demands that whenever Herbie is on the property that I park him so that passers buy will see him. That being all said he has a line with a major Mattel distributor out east and is expecting the 1:18 cars early fall -the exact date can be narrowed down as time gets closer. Today I went into the shop and spoke with him in his office and he is willing to place a large order on behalf of the club here if we are interested. I see several options for this:
1) We can do a mass order i.e. a certain number of cases. Greg said that Mattel cars are typically four to a case, so if we have orders for a dozen cars that would be 3 cases. Being locally I would be happy to run the logistics of this, with payments being mailed directly to Greg & myself handling the shipping of models to U.S. members only. This is nothing personal against non-U.S. members, but I myself do not have a pay-pal account and wouldn't have anyway of handling international shipping as I couldn't be reimbursed for this.
2) If everybody would like, I am more than willing to post his contact information & a link to his shops website. Greg deals with collectors all over the continental U.S. and if everybody here would agree to deal with him individually rather than a group order that is both fine with him and myself. He is fully capable of shipping and handling the models to U.S. with members reimbursing him for shipping personally. As I, the middle man, would be cut out of the process.
Personally it doesn't matter too myself. I am only willing to step up to the plate and place a group order because in the long run this could potentially save everyone some money. I'm am sure certain members here don't have access to a local guy like I have Greg and I don't want to see those members putting out $150 plus for one of these as they are limited to overpriced dealers on Ebay. Again I am doing nothing as of yet. This is just a feeler topic to see if the interest in some kind of group order is there...