You have questions. We have (some) answers.

hodgepodge

i have been meaning to write this post for a while, but something always just got in the way. sorry about that. but every once in a while, we get some questions in our comments section to a post, and dammit, you all deserve some answers. so here goes, let me try to address some of what has been on your mind…

Q. Catalogs – How do we get one?

A. probably our number one asked question, and honestly, i don’t have a straight answer for you. the catalogs are expensive, $6 to $7 each, and at 152 pages for maisto, and 108 pages for bburago, there is going to be some shipping charges as well. they are primarily used for the trade, retailers, licensors, etc. as opposed to mailing the paper catalog, which would be expensive and kill a tiny forest, maybe there are 2 better options – download from our website (our best option) or COD (catalog on disk). the download we hope to have ready by mid March. the disk would still require us to exchange money, though. would you pay for shipping and handling of a disk to satisfy your catalog needs?

Q. Line Listing – how do we get it?

A. Kind of like the catalog issue, it is really meant for the trade. we will be updating the website over the next 45 days with the 2009 line-up. some has already been done, there is a lot more to do, but as soon as jose gets back from new york toy fair, he is on it.

Q. How Can We Contact You To Tell You What We Want You To Make?

A. This question is near and dear to the daily dose heart. And we have a simple answer for you:

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we’ll add this button to the rollbar on the side, but it is your invitation to write us on whatever topic you like. we want to hear from you about what models you would like us to make, colors, or even send over pictures of your collection – maybe we’ll even post it on the DD!

Q. What is the relationship, other than twin sistah from a different mother, between Bburago and Maisto?

A. Sisters, to be sure. Owned now by the same parents. We have posted many topics here about Bburago, but later this year, Bburago will be getting their very own blog! Their website is maintained in Italy, but the blog will be pure fontana, baby…

Q. MotoGP – What is the latest?

A. OK Hickhamt – this one’s for you and your crew at diecastxchange.com.  we are hoping this year will be a little easier for the new liveries, but we can’t say for sure. we do know that the bikes are barely changing, so that makes it easier. i’ll know more after i see the folks from ducati the end of this week, but we would hope to have stoner and hayden bikes ready by mid-april. forget about rizla-suzuki, i don’t see it happening. kawasaki is more likely, but sales are going to have to increase for us to expand beyond ducati, honda, and yamaha, and in these times, i’m just not so sure. regarding older liveries, just won’t happen – each livery is expensive to produce, plus there are licensing hassles, and cuz i handle the licensing, and i don’t ike hassles, fuhgettabout it…

Q. Full Size Trucks – will you make more of these?

A. Uh, probably not at the top of our radar screen right now, at least in die-cast. we will have a whole slew of r/c trucks coming out later this year in our MaistoTECH brand, but the die-cast tools are so costly, they really have to turn into a big number for us worldwide in order to recoup the dollars out of the mold.

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4th runner-up…

as we mentioned a few posts ago,  we had a little competition here to design the 2009 catalog cover for maisto. before we start with some of the runner-ups, how about a look at some of the past catalogs. lets start with 2005, the first year of Custom Shop. we used our Playerz brand to show a rendering by r2b2 of the MB S Class

in 2006, we went with a version of the VW Beetle, also from r2b2

for 2007, the mood switched a little bit from custom to stock, with the use of the dodge challenger concept – r2b2 did this one as well…

we showed you before the cover from this year, designed by jose…

so where does that leave us now. well we got a really cool entry from d-mex, like we would expect anything less. kind of a pre-apolyptical image of die-cast emerging from the ground, which is how it happens in the mind of d-mex.

at any rate, probably a little too close to the end of the world for the bosses, but we hope to use it in an upcoming ad somewhere.

that’s it for now, we’ll share a couple more runner-ups wicha over the next month or so, culminating in the unveiling of the 2009 cover in early october.