Sadly, These sets needed to be in the stores in September or October. Xmass sales are hugh for slot car sets. It seems that Tomy/AFX will lose out on many of these sales. This could result in a cash flow issue that could put other Mega G R&D projects on hold for a while.
Stez, You're exactly right. That's what's really going to impact us. The nuisance of us having to wait even longer to buy sets we'll probably buy anyway is a minor pain when compared to the impact that missing revenue from holiday shoppers will have on the operations of a small team - and, in turn, to us as mega-fans of new HO products.
Hopefully, the fact that their biggest seller, the Super Int'l, did get out there, will offset some of that loss.
24 hr Champ set missing Christmas, which seems real now, is sad indeed.
You can be sure that they didn't miss the Christmas deadline because they wanted to miss it. As a fellow manufacturer in the hobby industry, straight up, **** happens. Outside supplier issues, last minute modifications, sometimes something as stupid as the boxes not being available.
Again, does anyone know if the cars will be here before the sets or are those behind schedule too? Thanks.