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Now that Lionel has ended the agreement that allowed MTH from manufacturing Tinplate under Lionel's name & logo will Lionel venture into the Tinplate world.

Does Lionel still have any of their Tinplate tooling to resurrect the brand ?

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Which company owns the design produced by the tooling? That is, if MTH produced tinplate under its own name using different product names would that violate Lionel's trademarks, copyrights, etc.
 

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My experience with tooling at GM. Once the tools are no longer in use, they are destroyed. For example, the cavities on molds are typically welded to destroy the details.

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Question: has Lionel ever produced modern tinplate?

I was under the impression that Mike Wolf was behind pretty much all of it, even the old Lionel Classics line. Can anyone confirm? If so, I suspect we'll see more tinplate out of MTH before Lionel.
 

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Question: has Lionel ever produced modern tinplate?

I was under the impression that Mike Wolf was behind pretty much all of it, even the old Lionel Classics line. Can anyone confirm? If so, I suspect we'll see more tinplate out of MTH before Lionel.
Yep, the first major business decision a very young Mike Wolf made was purchasing the tinplate tooling from Jerry Williams for $150,000. This tooling allowed Mike to manufacture about 25 to 30 tinplate items. Pretty much this was the beginning of MTH.

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