Caught me totally off guard but I spoke to a very nice guy, Asher. He was calling in response to one my e-mails I had sent them a few moths ago about how much I dislike their current product line. We spoke for about 20 minutes before he had to go. I thoroughly voiced my opinions on why I haven't bought a lava product since 2005. First thing I said was, you guys sold so many lamps in the 90s for a reason. He agreed and said they have plans to re-launch the Midnight, Silver Streak, Elek-trick, and Safari Series in 2013. He said he has been trying very hard to get production back to the USA since last year. He said things are looking good and hopefully they will begin production here in the first half of 2013.
I told him that myself and MANY OTHERS would gladly pay the $50 price for a premium product again. I also mentioned that they need to bring back more color combinations and give their customers more choices. He said he they are working on that again. They have plans to bring back MOST of the 90s product line I told him that its a shame I can't go into a store and buy a lava lamp that flows properly. He said the current (2012) China lamps can ALMOST match the USA ones. I said by no means will I ever buy one of those again and I buy from eBay. He begged me not to buy from eBay, and I said then you know what you guys need to do.
Finally, he asked me to send him pictures of what I'd like to see. I sent him pictures of all the 90s boxes I have (Midnight, Elek-trik, Lava Classics, Silver Streak, Midnight Centurues)
He offered to make me a 90s Enchantress with yellow liquid and red lava to prove they can still replicate the 90s formula. I said sure, but we'll see.
He also said that he was fired back in 2002 when production began overseas and was just recently hired back. Said he worked in the Chicago factory in the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
I'm taking all of this with a huge grain of salt but it means progress. Perhaps all of us unhappy lava collectors finally got through to them throughout the years. I sure hope so. I'll update this thread if I hear back from him.
PLEASE EVERYONE - E-MAIL THEM AND SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS!!! Perhaps next year we'll have a quality product again.
I doubt the reason for the delay is USA filling, I read on that other threat about the heritage series that LL had sent someone to china to oversee the filling of the bottles.