After all the German toy dealers had their pick at customized LGB Stainz train sets (see previous blog) LGBoA got a bit grumpy and wanted their piece of the pie. Which is a bit astounding since the "New Item 2001" brochure for LGBoA already listed a slew of LGB engines new to their customers and some were real smashes like the F 7 See Through or the Aster Garret NGG 13. With their financial back to the wall already LGB Headquarters in Nuremberg tried to get away on the cheap by offering them the set of the
|LGB 72302 - Courtesy of Only Trains|
|LGB 72402 - Courtesy of Only Trains|
Dearest blog-follower, of course you are asking, why.... these are not new..?! And right you are. Built since 1997 (or even before that, not minding the color scheme) LGB put a new transformer into the set and declared the product a new item. And both (set)engines came with sound.
|LGB 29151 shown on pg 17 of "2002 LGBoA New Item Info"|
The set was sold for US$ 699.99 (or US$ 1,300.00 in today's value) as a Limited Edition of 1,300.
|LGB 70315 - Courtesy of ricardo.ch|
This is one of the rarest LGB STAINZ Sets we have found while writing this blog. GARPA still exists
|LGB 72920 - Courtesy of central-hobbies.com|
also came out in 2005. It was an uncatalogued set that was offered by LGBoA in the 2005 4-page "LGBoA LIMITED EDITION". The Richter family and their LGB company already had to face the music in 2005. Cash strapped, interest payments coming due, payroll payments on hold, creditors and suppliers put on hold - all of that either lead to or was mixed with a plain horrible marketing strategy and a motley crew of sales efforts. 16 publications in up to 4 languages tell the story of things to come.
|LGB 70403 - Courtesy of jb-webshop.de|
This type of Stainz set has multiple variants and one similar to the above shown is still on offer today by the new LGB/Maerklin company. The above shown set is also still available at the time of writing for about US$ 370.00 via the internet by a German shop.