Fun with Kids: Outdoor Toys PDF Print E-mail
Written by CASTRO   
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 18:48

We're on a roll today, more awesome fun from Woman's Day and the Toy Insider Mom, Laurie Schacht. She talks about our Extreme Beast R/C around the 3:18 mark.

Father's Day Gift Ideas PDF Print E-mail
Written by CASTRO   
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 17:58

Looking for an awesome Father's Day gift for that awesome Dad of yours? Well look no further! Laurie Schacht, the Toy Insider Mom has a great list of gifts posted over at the Huffington Post Blog, including our very own "Extreme Beast R/C".

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
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