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Old 04-17-2004, 11:27 AM   #1
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Default Did Proline/Protoform lose licensing?

Anyone know what happened with Proline/Protoform? From their website, it looks like almost half of the bodies they used to carry are gone including the Stratus. They used to have 20+ bodies.. now it looks like they're down to 9.
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I think they just discontinued a bunch of them and took them off the site.

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The message I got was that they were updating their site.
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"Temporarily Discontinued" is whats being said about the all of the Daimler/Chrysler bodies.

There was another thread on this about a month ago.
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I've been told that HPI has bought all of the rights on the Chrysler-bodies.. Anyone else who heard that?
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hi, protoform/proline probably aren't showing those bodyshells because maybe every racer knows the stratus etc but it's still available, but they're showing the less popular shells
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hi, protoform/proline probably aren't showing those bodyshells because maybe every racer knows the stratus etc but it's still available, but they're showing the less popular shells
It's still availible due to the large stock in the warehouses, but they are "Temporarily Discontinued"
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You mean they had licenses for the bodies in the first place??? Why did Proline need to have decals of "Fer" and "arri" on the 360 and with the Prancing Horse facing the wrong way????!!!!
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If anyone is looking for Stratus bodies I have plenty in stock to last a little while.

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OK - right from the horses mouth regarding PROTOform & PROLINE Dodge bodies.
PROTOform and PROLINE were in a licensing agreement since 1994 with regard to their Dodge/Chrysler likeness products. The actual licensing is handled by independent licensing firms who also have contracts with the auto companies like Nissan, Chevrolet, Daimler/ Chrysler etc. etc. ( Ford is the exception, they do things internally) They're all just trying to get the most money they possibly can for their clients.
Recently, Dodge gave their licensing contract to a different licensing firm and this company in their "wisdom" felt it would be better to give "all" the Dodge RC body-sales contracts to only "one" RC company. We've always tried to present our Dodge and Chrysler likeness products in a positive and professional way that would not damage their corporate image, so naturally we felt this was extremely unfair to PROLINE and PROTOform.
THE GOOD NEWS! This particular licensing firm has since seen that this was in fact not a wise move. As of May 1 2004, PROLINE and PROTOform will resume with the production and sale of Dodge likeness products.
We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused you, the RC racer and enthusiast.
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I bought a ProtoForm Stratus 2.0 body a couple of weeks ago. On the back of the label it said "Product Liscenced by GM" That seemed kinda strange since the Stratus isn't a GM car. Maybe Chrysler got PO'ed and dropped them......?
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Forgive me for my ignorance, is Mazda temporarily effected as well? thx.
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If you guys read the post from Dale Epp below (the owner of Protoform) he explained it all!! No need for any more speculation!!!

Glad to see you got it worked out Dale!!

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On the back of the label it said "Product Licenced by GM" That seemed kinda strange since the Stratus isn't a GM car. Maybe Chrysler got PO'ed and dropped them......?
Same cardboard tags also came with latest LHS haul last Sat.
Mazda 6es, MG ZS no Dodgy items there.
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Forgive me for my ignorance, is Mazda temporarily effected as well? thx.
Mazda = Ford , so...no.
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