Have you ever bought a scale model simply because you remembered seeing it on Top Gear at some point?
I had that moment a few weeks ago when I came across a brand new Bburago 1/24 C3 Pluriel for only $12 shipped. I figured it couldn’t be that bad. (Spoiler alert: I loved it)
I know Bburago and Maisto 1/24s carry a stigma to them for being the halfway point between a toy and a scale model, but I genuinely feel like they’re great for collectors on a tight budget or for younger collectors looking to get into the world of scale models without breaking the bank or taking up too much space.
The Pluriel was a sort of strange convertible that was based on the normal C3 and was produced from 2003 to 2010. They came with two large side panel rails that had to be removed once the top came down (a la Fiat 500C) in order to make it a “true” convertible. This one is fully open, but I believe the 1/18 version has them.
I can’t help but ask myself why I bought it, yet here it is in all its French glory.
The car feels fine for what it is. The quality is typical Bburago. Not great, but not terrible. The wheels turn, so there’s that.
Oh, not to mention that the trunk has a tailgate to it. I think that’s pretty neat.
As much as people give them crap for being toys emulating the scale model formula, I still think they make a great addition to any collection. Maybe not this one specifically, but odds are Bburago or Maisto have something for you.