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Concours d'Modella: Malibu International Lamborghini Gallardo

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This is Malibu International’s Lamborghini Gallardo in 1/64 scale. Malibu International was a brand that was sold in Walmarts some ten years ago. The castings were from a company called High Speed and at the time they were excellent, especially considering their retail price. But how do they hold up today? Let’s find out.

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Design and Accuracy- 7/10

This model captures the essence of the early Gallardos very well. The overall shape and major lines are accurately recreated and there is plenty of detail to sink your teeth into, including correct wheels. But the mirrors are absolutely massive, the A pillars are too thick, and there are a few black accents missing in various vents and the headlights. The wheels are also a bit small, leaving a lot of tire sidewall. It’s very good, but far from perfect.

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Fit and Finish- 5/10

Here’s where the model’s age starts to show. While the paint and tampo stamps are solid, there are some issues in this category. The taillights don’t fit super well, the wheels are too far inset, and there are some noticable casting lines sticking through the paint that are not there on the real car.

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Features- 8/10

Here’s the one area where this one still shines. Jeweled headlights and taillights, accurate wheels, rubber tires, a very nicely sculpted interior, and separate exhaust pieces make for an impressive list of features. Back when this was new, this list was incredible. Today it still holds up, really only missing opening parts.

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Value- 8/10

This car was a whopping $3 at retail when new. Considering all the features, that was a crazy deal. The price has gone up in the past decade, but not by much- they can still be had for under $10. You can get a lot in 1/64 for under $10 these days, of course, but I think that original retail price is worth considering here.

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Rarity- 6/10

I’ve occasionally checked eBay for these things and there are never many available. Often there have been none in either current or completed listings. That said, they’re not impossible to find and right now there are a couple in silver available, one in orange, and one in black.

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Total- 34/50

A decent score for a decent casting. If I’d done this 5-10 years ago, the score would probably be higher. But newer 1/64 such as Tarmac Works and Tomica Limited Vintage has risen the bar in the past few years. The fit and finish really falls short of what you get with these newer brands and they also have more detail. But this one still holds up and is a good choice if you want a 1/64 early Gallardo in your collection.

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