I just love box art. Didn't realize it at the time, but even as lad I loved it. (I still have vivid memories of the box art of some of the models I purchased as youngster.)
My nose used to be flatter as a kid.....from having it pressed up against the local Model shop front and side windows every Saturday morning during the weekly family shopping trip.
This was more hazardous in the colder months as you could quite easily freeze your proboscis to the very cold window and be stuck there for a while until it thawed.
Every week there were new boxes on display with the latest release race car, plane, ship, figure, engine etc including live "oo" railway engines and carriages criss-crossing various track layouts, purpose built for window display.
Nearly always the items of most interest to me were those fabulous kits depicting some dramatic racing image or scene involving the model in action on the box lid.
They were always so well portrayed they were enough to capture most kids (including mine) imagination for hours and days on end until the next visit, or if you were really lucky, your Birthday or Christmas arrived and one of your "favourites" (there were so many), would magically find its way into some wrapping paper which was always eagerly removed, allowing you to gawp at the new contents.
Now you only have to click "Buy Now" and its yours within a Postal delivery cycle!!
Flying off at a tangent, this thought crossed my mind:
Wouldn't it be a great idea if Box art could be introduced again on kits. Slot car kits.
Not merely a photo but proper box art. Gawping could become a thing again (minus the frost bitten nose).
There are an abundance of artistic depictions here by Trisha which would look perfect adorning a suitable Latest Hornby Airfix/Scalextric release "build it yourself 1:32 scale slot car kit" of a Porsche 903, 904, 906, 908/3, 917, 956, 962 basically as many Porsche as possible (this is a Porsche thread afterall
The main body and chassis being moulded and produced in-house by Hornby Airfix and the remaining items to complete the slot car model produced by Scalextric as a complete slot car kit package?
And the icing on the cake........manufactured in the UK? (avoiding the costly and lengthy shipping lead times and creating some much needed jobs as we recover from the Covids).
Maybe when I win the Lottery, I'll buy Hornby and do my Jean Luc Picard impression and....."Make it So"
At each new Scalextric model release I check to see if it is available in a slot car kit form, and then hop over to the Airfix site to see if there was any news regarding a possible release of the model as a static kit for possible conversion, but alas, no such luck just wishful thinking/hoping on my part.
Manufacturers appear to produce (White) kits of their models and spares of their main slot cars for us to assemble/finish/mod/tweak/hone etc but I can't remember seeing many recent slot car kits from Scalextric/Airfix. Maybe I didnt look hard enough.
I know I would certainly be interested in buying any Hornby Scalextric/Airfix produced Porsche model slot car bodies/ kits (and others with similarly gorgeous curvy lines) provided they were of sufficiently high standard of moulding/scale/finish and comparable to other manufacturers offerings, but made in the United Kingdom, not China, AND.........
containing the all important hand drawn Box art!!
Maybe a bit of SFI Hornby Airfix/Scalextric Consumer Survey/feedback could be undertaken to see if there's any interest here, apart from mine, in a far wider selection of 1:32 scale Airfix/Scalextric UK manufactured Porsche slot car model kits utilising Trisha's "Box Art"?
(Any one from Hornby/Scalextric?)