By Maz Woolley
Text by, and copyright of, the Author as well as photographs from the London Toy Fair. All other images supplied by the Manufacturer.
As the price of models made specifically for collectors spiral ever higher it is unlikely that they will draw many into the hobby. At the same time the future of subscription series and part works is very much in the air with the effective closure of Atlas by DeAgostini. which may limit another way collectors might start. So what is left to inspire new collectors in 1:43 and above? We have looked at Oxford Diecast and Greenlight recently who are obvious firms to turn to in the UK and US. Another option traded internationally is Maisto and Bburago whose models are made by the May Cheong Group in China.
These models are produced in a wide range of scales and the quality has been improving over the last few years. Although some classic vehicles are offered there is a strong emphasis on current and recent models that new collectors may want to own as well as lots of Grand Prix and other sporting vehicles. For new collectors for whom 1:18 scale OttO or GT Spirit are much too expensive there are models on offer for less than even the budget Solido 1:18 range.
At the London Toy Fair earlier this year their UK distributor had a substantial number of the models on show and they were surprisingly detailed and well finished for the price they were intended to sell at.
The remainder of this article looks at some of the cars and motorbikes that they have announced as available over the last two months. There is a regular flow of models from these firms although re-colours do form a good part of the output.
1:18 Scale Bburago
B18-11042Y 1:18 Lamborghini Urus
1:24 Scale Bburago
B18-21083 1:24 Fiat 124 Spider
1:24 Scale Maisto
M32509 1:24 Bugatti Chiron “Design Collection”
M31256 1:24 Dodge Charger R/T “Harley Davidson Custom range”
M32527 1:24 Datsun 510 1971 “Design Collection”
Bburago 1:43 Scale Models
B18-36031/BC 1:43 Laferrari Aperta
B18-36032/BC 1:43 Ferrari 812 Superfast
B18-31018 1:43 Mercedes Benz230 GE Papamobile
Bburago 1:50 Scale Construction
B18-32085 1:50 A25G Articulated Hauler
B18-32086 1:50 EC220E Excavator
Maisto 1:18 Scale Motorcycles
M34007-04049 Yamaha YZ450F
M34007-311 Yamaha TT-R 250
M34007-10021 Honda CRF450R
M39300-335 Honda XR400R
M34007-04045 Kawasaki KX250F
M39300 Kawasaki KLX250SR
M34007-359 Suzuki GSX-R600
M34007-04047 Suzuki RM-Z250
M34007-08010 BMW HP2 Sport
M34007-351 BMW F650 GS
M34007-16909 Husqvarna FC450
M34007-04043 KTM 525SX
Bburago 1:18 Scale Motorcycle
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