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  • Maisto Trabant 601

    This one is fun....

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    The May Cheong Group includes models sold originally as M.C. Toy, which became Maisto. The May Cheong Group currently owns control of Bburago, Polistil and Muscle Machines, and licensed (from Hasbro) Tonka issues, and frequently contracts for other makers such as Edocar and Grell as demonstrated in these images. Maisto models have populated house brands for Wal*Mart (Kid Connection) and Walgreens (Speed Wheels). I am sure there are other global connections I'm not aware of.

    The Maisto casting catalogue isn't very large compared to Matchbox or Hot Wheels, and paint / decoration seem to stay the same for years of issues - though minor variants are pretty frequent. Sometimes new paint schemes will be issued under one of the contract production runs such as the carded Grell shown here. The Trabant itself hasn't been covered by many makers in 1/64, the only others I am aware of are High Speed - also sold as Grell and I speculate the reason this model was created after High Speed closed shop.
    The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

    Thank you for your understanding.

  • #2
    It's really good for Maisto. I give bonus points to any older Maisto that has windows and an interior.

    I keep saying that "You know, I ought to pick up a couple of the beer trucks; and maybe some of Markin's beer railway cars. There or so many of each, I figure I would go overboard. I'm setting a limit; right now, I'm gonna keep it to the fire apparatus that use the old Reader's Digest tools. As well, I'm buying the various Grell emergency vehicles. I know they did the East German vehicles, but any others?

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    • #3
      I have only ever seen this in green, so this post was a treat. My childhood piece was always a favorite.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by cody6268 View Post
        I'm gonna keep it to the fire apparatus that use the old Reader's Digest tools. As well, I'm buying the various Grell emergency vehicles. I know they did the East German vehicles, but any others?
        The early, pre-2012+/- Grell models were High Speed, not Maisto. Grell has now mostly moved to Worlein (should be umlauts over the "o") for their 1/87 Beer Trucks, but I do also have some 1/60 Welly models used by Grell, which indicates to me Grell was reaching out to different suppliers after High Speed closed shop.

        To answer your question more directly, apart from the models used by Readers Digest, I have another horse drawn Fire Engine with driver that was issued as Grell, and I have a Magirus-Sirius Fire Truck I believe to be High Speed and recently I acquired an 8 door Fire "Limousine" that doesn't really *feel* like High Speed, so I am not certain of the maker. All of these are Euro (I presume Eastern Euro) models. There are likely others, but these are models I have experience with.

        Back to the subject at hand, this Trabant and a Muscle Machines Chevy pickup are the only Maisto models I am aware of being used by Grell. By contrast, I have 5 different Welly VW buses issued as Grell. While Grell continues to issue Beer Trucks (and other promo issues I'm sure), the few automobiles I find now that I am not already familiar with seem to all be 1/87 scale instead of 1/64 to 1/60.





        The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

        Thank you for your understanding.

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