Christmas, well nearly! I canít believe we are only a few weeks away from the festive season once again, this year really has flown by! The economy, and our in turn our hobby, has had a turbulent few years but finally the green shoots of economic growth appear to be sprouting.
During the summer months (a distant memory now I might add) the UK finally started to see an upturn in the economy, with the all important numbers heading in the direction. Initially the recession didnít appear to impact our somewhat insular hobby, but it became clear to me around two years ago the effects, although delayed, were definitely being felt. Many of the larger companies and retailers commented on a slow down, and certainly within the plastic side of the hobby there was a noticeable decline in new releases, no doubt due to the capital investment required.
Anyway fingers (and toes) crossed that we are now through the worst of it, and that both the economy and the toy soldier hobby can learn and grow from the experiences of the past few years. I for one am certainly looking forward to 2014, not just because of the economic recovery, but also because England have managed to book their place in the World Cup (and without us having to go through the dreaded play offs yet again)!
Overall the outlook in the UK is bright, and here at the magazine things are no different. TSC has had a great few years and although the hobby mightíve dipped slightly, thanks to the support of our advertisers, readers and contributors the magazine continues to go from strength to strength. Amazingly September 2014 will see us celebrate our tenth anniversary and all of us on the writing team are already working on making that a special issue!
Once again have a great festive season, enjoy this issue, and I look forward to seeing you back here in late January for the next jam packed instalment of TSC!
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