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  • Code 3

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  • #2
    Nice to see some of the original Code 3 models. I remember buying some of these in Toys R Us years ago.
    KMG-365

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    • #3
      I have one Code 3 model, and I've been itching to buy more. But the prices really put me off (though I can understand why they command such a premium).

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Stampede View Post
        I have one Code 3 model, and I've been itching to buy more. But the prices really put me off (though I can understand why they command such a premium).

        Same reason there isn't a single one in my collection. Been meaning to get one of the ambulances, and most of the American LaFrance castings, but OUCH! The Conrad Emergency Ones, some of which were designed as promos for E-One, are made in Germany, and actually cost the same as a Code 3; yet were made in the '80s, and in Germany. Kinda wonder why someone such as Greenlight, or even Round 2 hasn't purchased the toolings and rights to use the name from Matrix Holdings. Don't get why it was a "multimillion-dollar deal" for them to only continue producing Code 3 for 4 years.

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        • #5
          Code 3’s are great, I have over 100 of them and still pick up models from time to time.

          The demise of Code 3 was Matrix’s holdings, they bought Funrise for the toy line only, and simply could not understand the collector base. They didn’t want to invest in new tooling, modify existing tools to be more accurate, or use tools that where more costly. They took a greatly successful model line and switch to a take it as is approach to the customers. Staff turnover in C3 became high, many of the original staff was there with C3 from the start, I mean when Arnie and Scott were running things they would sometimes talk with customer, hold online chats and such. Matrix felt the space and cost of Code 3 would be better shifted to mKing Tonka Trucks and bubbles and such.

          Conrads made be older, but they are no where near as detailed as Code 3. It would be nice if GL or someone would buy the tooling sand restart the brand. Even if they came back with out as much customization of each model.

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