And to touch on the Pro Modeler series: In my opinion, those subjects were also not high on the popularity list, kinda like the Accurate Miniatures subjects. I'm not saying they were bad kits. If Monogram had produced the old standby '55 Chevy, Deuce and maybe a '40 Ford- you know, what people picture in their minds when they think "hot rod"- then maybe the series would have fared better.
The '40 Ford was part of the Pro-Modeler line. The Convertible. I forget the exact progression as to which came first, but there were the Standard Coupe, Street Rod Convertible, and Street Rod Coupe kits in non-Pro-Modeler boxings.
And there are few subjects as Iconic as the 69 Charger and that tooling hasn't left the catalog since its introduction, and neither has the 48 Ford in one form or another. The only one that was a bit odd was the 70 Torino.
But the reason I brought up Pro Modeler is the idea that there's enough of a market out there willing to pay a little bit more for a little bit better quality kit. And it's never panned out for anyone who's ever tried it.
Anybody who's ever run a resin business can tell you how many "commitments" they get when they're working on a new item, but how those same people tend to get short arms and deep pockets when they actually cast and release the items. That was the mentality in the '90's and during the rise of the internet and message boards - that modelers were getting more and more demanding and would actually pony up the cash to buy better quality kits. But it turns out that message boards are a really poor indicator of the modeling public. They're not a representative sample of the group as a whole. They - "we" I should say - don't really indicate what the larger group is about. 10 guys on a message board who say they want something don't factor out to mean 10,000 in the rest of the modeling community. In the end it's just 10 guys on a message board. That was a lesson that had to be learned the hard way, not just in car modeling, but the other genres as well. We on these boards tend to think that if there's 3 guys on here complaining about something, there must be 3,000 out there who don't post on boards who have the same complaints, and there's not. There's just those 3 guys on a board, complaining.