Round 2 acquires classic Marchon slot car tooling
October 24, 2012
|The slot cars and race sets of a once-popular manufacturer will soon be back on the market. |
Round 2 LLC announced in late October the acquisition of tooling rights for Marchon slot cars and slot car sets from J. Lloyd International.
Marchon originally produced slot cars from 1988 to 1996 under the name MR-1. It created many popular sets with a wide range of vehicles, from fighter planes to monster trucks, and track features such as loops and vertical sections.
"This is a great arrangement from an industry standpoint," Round 2 owner Thomas Lowe said. "The race sets that Marchon made were very exciting and unique. They had a lot of ‘play value.’
"Our plans are to bring them back and also use some of the tools to create new tracks that match up with our licensing contracts like Batman, Scooby-Doo, NHRA and more. The Marchon tooling allows us to create more slot cars, more sets and more tracks, diversifying the type of product available in the industry, and in turn, to hobby stores."
Marchon created popular slot-car sets such as Canyon of Doom, which sent cars racing through a volcano and bridge backdrop; Sky Fighter sets, with fighter jets on a sky-blue track with mid-air rollouts and vertical skyway track pieces; and a series of sets based on the Rescue 911 television show, featuring emergency vehicles and a helicopter jump.
"We’ve been in discussion with Round 2 for several months, and are pleased that the negotiations came to a successful end," said Jody Keener, principal at J. Lloyd International. "The Marchon brand is well-known in the slot car market, and the tracks are extremely innovative. With Round 2’s licensing and distribution, it will be a real winner for both hobby channels and consumers."