Apparently I am continuing the trend of sealed diecast reviews, this time with Kyosho’s Lamborghini Countach from their Ouisa line. This is the LP400 Countach, the original body style before the wild spoilers and body kits of the 80's came into fashion. The Countach debuted in ‘74 and was eventually replaced by the LP400 S in ‘77. The S model introduced fender flares and the widest rear tires money could buy, cementing the iconic Countach styling for every poster sold over the next decade.
So why buy a sealed diecast model in the first place? Kyosho will tell you it’s to reduce their production costs and pass the savings on to the customer, but these models still cost over $100 when they initially launched. I was patient and picked mine up for half that during an online retailer’s sale event. Kyosho did manufacture a fully opening LP400 Countach years ago, but expect to pay triple the price of this sealed model on the second-hand market.
In short, yes you miss out on having a model with those iconic scissor doors. You will not get to lift the rear hatch to see the glorious 3.9L V12 and the pop-up headlamps are just debossed into the casting. That said, you cannot get another LP400 model on your shelf at this price point. Even though it is a sealed shell, it still carries the high level of detail Kyosho is known for. I do wish the quality was a little better though. My car has a few misaligned prancing bull logos on the Campagnolo wheels, and the rear “Lamborghini” badge was not trimmed as well as it could have been.