MAISTO LOOKS TO THE MOON WITH 1:8 SCALE JADE RABBIT
MANUFACTURER WORKS CLOSELY WITH CLEP TO DEVELOP EXCLUSIVE REPLICA
HONG KONG, (DECEMBER 2013)‹ Maisto, a leading replica and radio control
brand of the May Cheong Group, recently unveiled their exclusive version
of Yutu, or The Jade Rabbit, the first lunar rover to be developed and
deployed by the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP). The 1:8 scale
replica is the most detailed piece ever developed by MCG, and will be
distributed throughout China.
The Chang'e 3 lunar lander was launched via rockets on December 2nd. It is
scheduled to land on the northern region of the moon in the middle of
December, and upon landing China will become the 3rd country, after the
U.S.A. and the former U.S.S.R. to successfully land a rover on the moon.
The feat is especially remarkable given China's relatively short, 10 year
space exploration history.
Last month, during a Chinese Defense Technical and Scientific Buresau news
conference to announce the naming of Chang¹e 3 Lunar Rover as Jade Rabbit,
the Space Technical and Scientific Company presented two sets of the 1:8
scale Jade Rabbit to the Beijing Planetarium. The Planetarium will hold a
Chang-e 3 exhibit sometime after the mission is completed, and the
replica from Maisto will be part of the exhibit.
MCG worked closely with CLEP and developed three different versions of the
Jade Rabbit. The first is a highly detailed 1:8 scale with opening solar
panels, 6 wheels, moveable antennas and retracting transmitters, and
comes beautifully packaged in a unique, collectible gift box. A second,
premium collector¹s version of the 1:8 scale comes with certificates of
authenticity, authorization, and quality from CLEP, various certificates
of identification, has gold and silver components, and features lights and
motion detected movement. The set will also include 50 mailable stamps
featuring the lunar rover, and will be sold via TV programming. The third
version, of which only 20 were made, is a 1:1 scale replica of the rover
and will be used by the government in China for educational and
ABOUT MAY CHEONG GROUP
The MAY CHEONG GROUP is a collection of affiliated companies working
together to create innovative toy and replica products. The Maisto brand
name was registered in 1990 by May Cheong, a vertically integrated
manufacturer based in Hong Kong. The company employs over 7,500 employees
worldwide and maintains their own manufacturing facilities covering over
2,000,000 square feet. For more information, visit them at www.maisto.com,
www.facebook.com/maistotoys, and follow them at www.twitter.com/maistotoys.
Watch the awesome unboxing of the collector's version here!