Found this on another site, interesting news from Spain:
A decisive month / Scx- (Scalextric)
The race to gain the rights to the brand Scalextric (Scx) in Spain faces its final stretch. Before the end of March, a Mercantile Court will decide which company can exploit the brand after the former licensee, Tecnitoys, went into bankruptcy.
The Scalextric (Scx) owner's name in Spain is Winkler International, but Tecnitoys mortgaged with financial institutions the exploitation rights. A debt that is right now the big question for the high cost that represents its recovery. It is estimated that stands at 11 million Euros.
The name Scalextric (Scx) is a great asset, a generic name for a kind of game, but can only be exploited commercially in Spain, Mexico and Russia, since outside it the naming rights are owned by Hornby Hobbies Ltd, Scalextric .
Educa Borras reached an agreement with Tecnitoys and last year acquired the licensing rights to the brand and certain assets, stocks and molds and also committed to taking on bank debt. Some differences with this debt and how to recover the investment by financial institutions are what triggered the liquidation.
Anyway seems that the best positioned to further exploit the brand would be Educa Borras through its subsidiary Fábrica de Juguetes, although it is possible that other companies have presented offers in the Mercantile Court. In fact, in the recent Nuremberg 2013 Toy Fair Educa provided their Scalextric (Scx) catalog but not issued it to the press.
Initially it appears that the Austrian company Stadlbauer, manufacturer of the Carrera brand, who has never hidden his interest in increasing its share in Spain market, would be another brand interested in, are as yet unknown the commercial purpose that would result from this acquisition, but that would guarantee a dominant position in one of the strongest markets in this hobby.
In addition, other large companies that could make themselves known before the end of the month in the Court to cast their proposal would be Hornby Hobbies, the UK Scalextric, Superslot in Spain, which thus could finally operate worldwide his star product under a single brand name.
Recall also that Hornby has spent years battling and appealing sentences in court to get curb the Chinese manufacturing originally named Scalextric than theirs and is awaiting a final decision that could turn this whole situation. A sentence that is being followed with interest from worldwide economic because it could create jurisprudence that would seriously affect many companies manufacturing in China.
If other companies would probably no longer interested in this segment of the hobby and would to be sought in large multi toy producers.
All this conglomeration of situations, and essentially the decision of Judge Daniel Irigoyen, can mark greatly the future of Slot not only in Spain if not worldwide.
The power of a generic name as that means Scalextric (Scx) in the Spanish market, is comparable to that of an economic locomotive. A name, creator of foundations, which are based much of the rest of slot manufacturers. The importance of the existence of a generic appellation for naming a game is as extraordinary as there is someone behind to keep it alive. And their influence is not only at the Spanish level. Much worldwide slot segment is powered by satellites manufacturers born around these Scalextric (Scx) Spain. And a right Court sentence can make the slot rotate. We know, and so we have repeatedly stated, that manufacturers want for the sake of the sector situation that the game ends in hands of someone who operates in the same direction.
We are lining up the main straight but this time we do not want to drop the checkered flag, but it is giving the start to a long endurance race.
I'd say this pretty much explains why there is nothing new from SCX at this point as well as why March was a target date for news. Once all this shakes out I imagine we'll see something from whatever is left.
Very interesting, especially if Stadlbauer gets in the mix. We've wondered for years if and when there would be consolidation, and this could be a consolidation of two major (well, one major, one formerly semi-major) brands.
From what I understood (and please correct me if I am wrong) we are waiting for March 31 for the courts to decide if the SCX brand is allowed to remain in business.... as in March 31 (or April 1) is the day we should find out what's up..... I was not aware of there being an issue with the Spanish version of SCX (Scalextric), only the SCX branding. Maybe I have it mixed up...