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25 years ago: Maisto 1:18 Mercedes-Benz SL PDF Print E-mail
Written by charlesmaisto   
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 23:44

The first 1:18 car from the company to later be called Maisto arrived twenty-five years ago in 1989.


At the time, collector model die-cast from May Cheong Toy Products Factory (also known as MC Toys) were distributed in North America under the Intex name. This SL was the first one and was quickly followed by others such as the 31802 Porsche 911 Speedster and the 31803 Lamborghini Diablo.

Within a few years the Maisto brand name was adopted and the company established its own office and warehouse in Fontana, California.

 
75 years ago -- New York World's Fair opened PDF Print E-mail
Written by charlesmaisto   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 23:38

Here's a "what-if" daydream that might be fun to think about.


On April 30, 1939 the New York World's Fair opened. It was a show of how things would be better in the future with exhibits from major manufacturers and nations themselves from around the world. Streamlining was the big thing. Although it had been introduced earlier in the '30s, just about everything at the fair looked swoopy.

What if somebody showed up with a full-size version of the Maisto 1:64 Elite Transport shown above? It's a late-'30s inspired car hauler carrying a slightly customized 1960 Ford Starliner. That Starliner (what a name!) would have looked like something from outer space if it had been seen 21 years sooner at the fair.


To compare to what most people would be used to seeing as a car in 1939, see the ghosted-in image of the Maisto 1:18 1939 Ford Deluxe coupe reduced in size. It's hard to imagine what the reaction would have been in 1939 to the sharp edges, horizontal fins and low roofline of the Starliner. Some of the rocket ships depicted on science fiction magazine covers and in movies of the time would have lent at least some familarity to the style but, really, would folks visiting the fair have liked it?

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 23:48
 
50 Years of Mustang PDF Print E-mail
Written by charlesmaisto   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 17:15


April 17 is the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Ford Mustang. Introduced as a 1965 model at the 1964 World's Fair in New York, it was a sensation that created a new class of automobile that was later called "pony car." Maisto makes many different Mustang models from 1965 to the present in die-cast, radio control and caricature Muscle Machines. Here are a few of them.











This is a photo of the tooling model for the  1:18 scale Maisto 2015 Mustang. We will also be making it in many other scales, including 3" Fresh Metal, 4.5" Power Racer, 1:24 Special Edition and 1:24 Muscle Machines Garage.


Click here for more about the history of the real Mustang and the 50 Year Limited Edition Mustang.



Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 17:45
 
MUSCLE MACHINES "Two-Lane Smash-up". Playset PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Geraldez   
Friday, 04 April 2014 19:13

Introducing the awesome new Muscle Machines Garage “Two-Lane Smash-Up” playset from Muscle Machines! This is a super-fast track set powered by dual rubber-band launchers. Race a friend but watch out for the Crash Zone, loser smashes into a pile of engine parts! Comes with 2 brand-new Muscle Machines Garage vehicles!

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EXTREME BEAST R/C PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Geraldez   
Friday, 28 March 2014 17:08


Maisto Tech brings you the new 2.4 GHz “Extreme Beast” R/C! A super fast on or off-road full function r/c with Hobby-Grade styling and performance. Check out the full specs and other colors available on our digital 2014 Catalog.




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Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 18:33
 
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