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Per the other thread about Lava Lite trying to get things in order, I suggested the idea of them producing some extremely limited run replicas of vintage models in vintage colors. This is a pipe dream, really; I don't think the idea is cost-effective, or very realistic. But it's still a nice idea to think about for fun.
Let's assume, for the sake of a fun discussion, that the following things have already occurred: Lava Lite gets their quality control in order, and begins producing lamps to be proud of. They decide to offer, for the tiny share of the market which collects lava lamps, limited editions of classic older models. Lava Lite takes detailed photos and measurements of vintage lamps and creates new copies. They're high-quality. Glossy finishes on thick spun steel like the old ones. Real American Walnut, where applicable. Hand-finished and tested. Vintage colors. They come to us collectors and say, "We're ready to make some lamps for YOU. What lamps do YOU want to buy?" Let's say they release... three lamps a year. Which models do you want to see reproduced?
First year, I would like to see:
Astro Lava Lite, series 2500 - Cylindrical satin silver base on wide, flat silver pedestal support. Polished brass spiral band around base, held out from base surface on short posts. Polished gold cap. Orange/yellow.
Aladdins Lamp, series 500. I think we all know this one. Red/clear.
Princess, series 2100 - Satin silver Consort on wall mount, walnut wood plaque with inset grid-pattern silver reflector. Rotary switch under base. Green/blue.
Each would, as noted, be offered in a single color combination, in a limited edition, perhaps even numbered.
First of all, what's the consensus on the idea as a whole? Second, how would people like to see these marked? Stamped in the metal? Printed on the surface, like the 90s lamps sometimes had the "Lava" logo printed on? Fancy embossed-style sticker label?
And...if not these three, what do you suggest? Different three? If so, which lamps in which colors? Less editions per year? More? Multiple colors, i.e. these <three, etc.> lamps all come in any of these <three?> colors? Put your ideas here. Sit and dream for a while. That IS what Lava Lites are about, isn't it? Watch and dream.