(Sorry. Pic heavy and kinda long)
So I’ve had this idea for a few weeks but life tends to get in the way sometimes. And now it is actually more complete as of this weekend as I’ll explain. So over the past few months, I’ve accumulated some Maisto 2015 Mustangs in several different scales but overall, the same basic cast, save for the interior of the Pull Back that houses the propulsion unit. These are all representing the base Mustang GT with the Track Pack that includes the Chrome Black wheels and Brembo brakes, amongst other items. So how do you compare these cars that are different scales, you ask? Well, overall quality is how I wanted to approach this comparo test.
Obviously, the larger the scale gets, the more details you can include, but that didn’t stop Maisto from trying to pack as many as they could into, well, most of these.
1/64 Fresh Metal
The Fresh Metal version is your basic $1.00 car that is readily found at Dollar Trees and other retail outlets. It has very little detail save for the painted grille pony, taillights and GT emblem. The wheels are basic FM wheels. It’s red. Quality is meh.
A 1/64 AllSt☆rs
The AllSt☆rs edition, at $4.00 is covered in tampos and details like the headlights, taillights, emblems and driving lights. The wheels are now the black multi-spoke wheels that are correct for this car. This cast is the same as the FM with different wheels. The tampos are very good despite the lack of enthusiasm among collectors for them. But what the heck is with the wheels? They are all over the place in the wheel wells at all four corners. Everything lines up with the FM cast except for these wheels. Quality is suspect.
1/40 Pull Back
The Pull Back is a $5.00 car and it runs straight on the pull back. The car is still sporting the black wheels and emblems, but now it shows the 5.0 fender emblems and red plastic taillights. Headlights are still tampos Also the doors open and there is an attempt at a detailed interior, although it is all black. Quality is decent for the price and the pullback play action.
A 1/24 Special Edition
The 1/24 scale ups the ante with the details. I found this one at Target for $13.00 and was happy to at least have a larger scale Mustang with some features. The doors open as well as the hood and the details are showing up more so.The headlights and taillights are plastic. The interior is showing some extra details around the gauges and steering wheel and, even though not pictured, the seats have the Recaro logos as well. The engine has some details as well including the strut tower brace and plenum cover with the 5.0 showing. Also not pictured is the lack of a braking system, save for a brake pedal. This car will not stop! Quality is good but while including so many details, it’s just doesn’t make sense to not include brakes. Maybe, they should have knocked a couple of dollars off the price on this one.
A 1/18 Special Edition
The 1/18 scale was picked up this past weekend at Sam’s for $14.00! The doors, hood and trunk all open. The details on the interior are showing up even more so with door sill plates, red seat belt receivers and gauges getting more details. The doors have more interior details as does the engine bay. The car actually has brakes, and sports some suspension and it has the pony emblem on the wheel center caps. Quality is suspect again. The doors do not open very far. The doors are too heavy to close properly without lifting a little to help close them and the gaps between the headlight lens and the front bumper is just stupid.
Should you buy any of these? If you like Mustangs, yes. While they aren’t as good as the higher end models, they aren’t the large prices of the higher end models either. If you have a choice between the 1/18 and the 1/24, and space is not an issue, the 1:18 is the deal. The Pull back is great for kids as well as the FM. If you are looking for high quality, look elsewhere. If you are looking for a decent model with some good details and a low price, these will do nicely.
Sorry for the length and thanks for reading!