When it comes to modern Lamborghini’s, the Murcielago would have to be my personal favorite. I’m talking about the OG Murci too, none of the Reventon inspired stealthfighter-for-the-road facelifted ones. You could argue that the design is a bit dated, but the smoothness of the original Murcielago, to me, will be a classic look in the long run. The post-Reventon cars look too much like...toy cars... umm.... yeah...
This is Maisto’s example of the first all-new Lambo after the turn of the millennium. The big bull was also the first design to replace the Diablo after 11 years and also the first car produced under Audi/VAG ownership. This was also right around the time I was a car obsessed teen eager to get my license, so obviously I was smitten when I first saw the pictures of the car in MotorTrend.com: Print Edition.
Design & Accuracy: 7/10
The yellow paint on this model is the exact same shade as the car in those press photos I used to drool on when I was younger. I dig the proportions, and its size is equivalent to the other 1:18’s on my shelf. One huge missed opportunity was the massive adjustable air vents on the rear quarters. I know Maisto is more of a budget model manufacturer, but still. Functional vents would have been huge!
All that mesh you see too is just regular decals. Props to Maisto though to making it look way more realistic than just textured plastic.
One of the details on this model that stands out to me are the headlights. They’re actually made up of different components and the plastic pieces are sculpted with detail.
Gated manual! That’s right, the Murcielago had a 6-speed manual before all that sissy e-Gear stuff came out. The interior looks mildly detailed, but certainly not extensive. Its also very monotone.
The engine bay is on the same level as the interior in regards to details. Not too detailed, but you can see contrasting components at least. The number plate with the Lambo badge and the faux carbon fibre are a nice touch, but I feel like I want more.
Fit & Finish: 7/10
Another solid score for the Maisto. The paint job is excellent. Items like the headlight lenses and the side mirrors sit tight and don’t jiggle around when you pick the car up. Sometimes the doors and the engine hatch don’t sit right in their closed position, but that’s ok.
I wish these screw holes were a little bit harder to see.
The classic Lambo doors will stay open if you play with them long enough. I remember them staying open much easier when this model was new; I’m thinking it being moved around in storage did a number on them.
Once again, I’m making us all sad because the giant air dams don’t open and close. That’s really the only feature this car is missing, however. The signature Lamborghini scissor doors open as they should. The suspension is nice and springy and the steering wheel turns the front wheels. The rear hatch opens up and stays open for display, as does the front storage compartment. Don’t get too excited though, there’s nothing in there. Really, go look.
If I remember correctly, this model removed $40 from my hard earned summer-job pay way back when. You can still pick these up off ebay for less than $40 shipped, hell yeah!
Oh no, not rare at all! A quick search on eBay netted me 110 results. I’m not even going to waste my time looking elsewhere because I know there’s a ton of these out there. Maisto also did a sexy roadster and the later LP640 if the original coupe isn’t to your taste. There’s a whole Lowe’s paint-aisle of colors available on this model too. From the eBay search results page I see white, black, orange, purple, light blue, and everyone’s favorite: Ithaca Verde!
Should you get it? I mean, I did. Once again, the Maisto is a solid choice to put a Murci on your mantle. Sure, you could go with the AutoArt version, but I’d rather have this Maisto Murcielago, a Diablo, and a Gallardo all for the same money.