Sad news from the UK…
The UK 1:6 Collectors Club Forum (UKCCF) will soon be shutting down. Founded in 2002 by Action Man collector and customizer, Ade Pitman (aka “Fatbear”), the venerable UKCCF has long been “the place to be” for fans and collectors of 1:6 scale action figures in both Europe and the UK. Thankfully, Pitman is not too bitter about the end of his forum, but he does feel the hobby’s rising costs may have played a factor in reduced visitation to the site, saying:
“I`d be inclined to agree that sadly the UKCCF is a shell of it`s former self. The crazy pricing of figures ( £90 for what we paid £25 only a short while back) and other factors have dwindled the visits. The UKCCF used to get over 2000 hits a month and now barely gets 400.”
The UKCCF’s official closing date has yet to be announced, but plans for shuttering the site are clearly imminent. Interestingly, the story of its demise parallels that of the old U.S. forum known as the Sandbox. According to a recent post by “The Volunteer” on the UKCCF:
“I have been a member of the UKCCF for some years now, and whilst it was once the hub of activity, the “place to be” if you like, I have noticed recently that posts will sit here for weeks, MONTHS even, before an answer is forthcoming. I hate to say it lads, and I hate to see it, but I have to say that the UK 1:6 Collectors forum has just about had it’s day.”
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? But for the name, it could’ve been written by an American about the Sandbox! Fortunately, fan exodus from older forums often results in the simultaneous growth of newer “text and photo” forums such as the Trenches. And fans in Europe and the UK are already moving on to alternative online forums, as a recent post by The Volunteer reveals:
“I would like to send out a formal invitation to all members here, (those who aren’t already that is) to drop over to the One Sixth UK forum, and join the party! Over there, there is no “bad blood,” there are no politics from the old days. I believe I can say without contradiction that each and every member there absolutely loves it! It’s like the forums of old, where everyone congregates to see what has been posted, to see reviews of the latest release from DML, DiD, Hot toys etc. It’s the place to be for UK, European and worldwide members!
Bottom Line: It’s always a sad day when any fan forum or collector website shuts down. But it looks like UK fans have matters well in hand. We wish the new “One-Sixth UK Forum” all the best!