I thought I would take a break from showing off my collection to show you the first and only piece from the collection of... my sister!
As a token of my appreciation for the sweet camera my sister got me for a birthday gift, I thought I could break away from my collection to show off her car.
Most young girls with awesome big brothers try to get into the same interests and hobbies. Also, most young girls growing up in the late 90's-early 00's went through a “hippie phase”. In the middle of that Venn Diagram we find this Maisto VW Beetle convertible.
My father and I must have dragged my little sister to the Exoticar model gallery way too many times. On one trip, she decided she was going to get herself a 1:18 too, and this little Bug caught her eye. With its California sunset paint job, this was her dream car at the time.
Somehow, someway, this little car ended up in a box in my basement after moving out of the house I grew up in. I discovered it with a bunch of stuff tagged for the yard sale that’s never going to happen. After my sister surprised me this past birthday with a Canon Rebel, I knew I had to pay tribute to her by showcasing her car on LaLD. That is the whole reason why she got me the camera, after all. (Ok, it was more to take pictures of her new twin nephews, but still...)
This a 1/18 scale Maisto, and it’s exactly what you’d expect. A cute little Type 1 that captures the car’s charm all for around $20.
Visually, the car looks great! The blue paint matches the wheels offset by chrome accents and white wall tires. The panels are straight, the stance sits right, and just enough detail to surprise you.
Maisto included a well-detailed spare and gas tank under the bonnet. Both doors open and the suspension works too!
The interior though, is sort of a question mark. First thing I noticed is the solid blue metal tab protruding from the top of the windshield frame which I can only assume is a sun visor. They probably could have gotten away without it.
The steering wheel, door cards, floor, seats, shifter, brake lever, back seat, and folded convertible top are all the same beige colored hard plastic. At least they attempted to break up the monotony with chrome window cranks on the doors!
Tucked way in the back is that glorious flat-four VW engine! It’s all in there, trust me.
The chrome trim pieces around the car are actually quite nice. It’s hard to point out any mold lines and for a second you might actually believe it’s metal, not plastic.
I love this paint job too! Sunset and wave graphics aside, this shade of blue is downright perfect. If I ever end up owning a 1:1, it would wear this blue.
So there it is; my sister’s VW Bug from way back when. Once destined for the Yard Sale bin, now all cleaned up and hitting the pages of Live and Let Diecast. I don’t think she believed me when I told her I still had it!