Greetings from Dyersville!
by Bill Walters
Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Happy December! Christmas is almost here, and it’s time to reflect on 2019 and get ready for 2020. From all of us here in Dyersville that work on our Ertl product we wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
It definitely takes a village to bring new toys and collectibles to life. It starts with an idea that’s written down in our long term product plans. This list changes often as we hear about new product introductions from the OEMs and get feedback from collectors and our retail partners on what they would like to see. Some projects never get off the ground due to licensing or tooling cost issues. Once we do move forward with an item it typically takes over a year from start to finish. In 2020 I’ll go through this process more in detail.
Let’s talk about some additional items we were able to introduce at the latest CNH Industrial Parts Expo. In my last blog I started to show you some of the special products we’re producing as part of our 75th Anniversary. Additional models include a special 1:64th Farmall “M” with farmer figure. (Stock # 44205OTP) This tractor will come in a special box and available through Case IH dealers and our Ertl outlet store. We will also be producing a 9-Piece boxed set including this tractor and one from every decade from the 1940’s through 2020. (Stock # 44226OTP) This set will be available through Case IH dealers.
We’ll announce some additional items in the next blog as we crank up our 75th Anniversary celebration.
At the Parts Expo we also showcased additional new items including our new Winter Farm Show unit for Case IH which is a 1:64th 8250 Tracked Combine. (Stock # 44209OTP) This unit will have flat silver painted “chase” units and be available in January. We also showcased a 1:16th International 1456 Standard with the “Gold Demonstrator” paint scheme. (Stock # 44186) The popularity of “Gold Demos” continues to this day.
For those of you who like pedal tractors we also announced a new T8 pedal tractor from New Holland. (Stock # 13954) This is an all new design and will be released in the summer of 2020.
There will be some additional surprises coming in 2020 with new products, and licenses that I’m sure you will enjoy. I hope you had a great 2019 and enjoy the holidays. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
Until next time,