If you are a customer in France, Britain, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, etc, you may have noticed that the Atlas Editions websites are all posting the same notice.
Please be advised that with immediate effect, it is no longer possible to place orders for new collections.
Here at Atlas Editions we are totally committed to providing excellent customer service, and we want to reassure our customers with existing orders or collections that nothing has changed; all deliveries will continue on the same terms as previously.
New Dinky Atlas models stalled in 2017 with the Citroen Presidentielle for the cars collection and the Delahaye fire engine for the trucks collection.
There is no indication exactly how long exisiting subscriptions will continue to run - but perhaps just while stocks last. Atlas provide a link to the Deagostini Model-Space website where price gouged Dinky are on offer. Despite the assurances, there is a real feel of a final winding up.
The overall market in partworks has declined steeply in recent years - more than halved since 2010 - and Deagostini started to divest from a number of its publishing operations back in 2016, including Atlas, as part of a corporate restructuring. Their attention is now turning more toward developing apps and digital content. The Dagostini UK Dinky partwork may be allowed to play out to its conclusion and it will be interesting to see what the publisher does with the Mattel license beyond that.