New Color!: 1/18 Special Edition, The Porsche 911 Carrera S


It’s officially Wednesday and we’re halfway through the week with another brand new color coming from our 1/18th scale Special Edition line-up, this one being for the Porsche 911 Carrera S! Yes, the 911 Carrera S can now be found in the Metallic Grey color variant seen above, as well as its Metallic Blue option out in the wild! Utilizing a set of opening doors, an opening engine compartment, along with an opening trunk, you can easily scope out everything this die-cast model has to offer, from the view behind the dash to the engine itself! Giving the steering wheel a nudge or adding a slight bit of pressure to the model will even display the model’s full-function steering or 4-wheel spring suspension respectively! In order to find it or any of our other Special Edition models at your local retailer, be sure to keep an eye out for our standard window box packaging, color-coded Blue and labeled SPECIAL EDITION!

10 Years Of Fresh Metal!: My Favorite Fresh Metal Casting

This year marks the 10 year anniversary of our initial launch of Fresh Metal! To celebrate, we decided to have some fun and get some insight by asking the design team to help us out by providing us with their favorite Fresh Metal casting, as well as their reasoning for it! Read up on them all below, and feel free to send us in your favorite Fresh Metal casting and why for a chance to be featured here on the blog!


FM Casting: 3″ Porsche 356A

Brad Trimmer: I chose this casting because Maisto nailed this casting right on the head. This is one of my favorite shaped automobiles of all time, and when reproducing a model, it is very easy to miss an important element of design that will absolutely ruin the overall aesthetics of the model. Not the case here. The red paint over this shape is something you have to see in person to appreciate. I hope you find one of these gems in your searches. You won’t be disappointed.


FM Casting: 4×4 Rebels Volkswagen Van “Samba”

Bryce Doerksen: Although it’s tough to pick one, I think my favorite Fresh Metal would have to be the 4×4 Rebels VW Samba. I love quirky cars that have been amped up, and a Microbus rebuilt for serious off-roading is the perfect mashup of exaggerated performance and an iconic fun design. Besides the nice weight, great color combo, and chunky silhouette, it hits home for me having grown up in Oregon where VW van dailies are everywhere. A 1:1 would be the perfect camper!


FM Casting: 3″ Leadslinger

Castro: I chose the Leadslinger because it was one of the first Fresh Metal castings I got to design and it’s got Gatling Guns mounted over the engine, I mean what’s not to love about that? Of course it was inspired by movies like Mad Max, The Road Warrior and Death Race. Witness Me!


FM Casting: 4×4 Rebels 1999 Chevrolet Silverado

Ignacio Arreguin: This is one of my favorite toys because, it was around the time I was starting to grasp the design process here at Maisto.

New Color!: 1/64 Maisto Design: Elite Transport, The Porsche Cayenne & Porsche 918 Spyder


We’re closing out the week with a quick look at a new color option in our longest running die-cast line-up, 1/64th scale Maisto Design: Elite Transport! The 1-2 Porsche combo of the Cayenne pulling the 918 Spyder has been updated with a fresh coat of White, Black and Red paint! With these colors of course, the 918 Spyder takes on a new form in that of the Weissach #3! In order to find them, as well as the other vehicles in our Elite Transport line-up, keep an eye out for our custom Maisto Design packaging, color-coded Yellow and labeled TRANSPORT!

A Free Porsche!!

Well, kinda. These things aren’t free to make…but if you happen to make it by the Maisto booth at the Nuremburg Germany or New York toy fairs this year, you may find one in your bag!! [Sorry collectors, the toy fairs are only open to the trade but maybe you can sweet-talk your local die-cast shop owner into getting one for you. — Charles. These are a limited run of 2,010 pieces.]

Come by and say hi!

Maisto 2010 Toy Fair souvenir car and package

Added Jan. 12: We might, repeat might, have some to give away at the Diecast Super Convention in Las Vegas in February — see for convention details.

Freeway Fotos – The Series

i drive a lot. 130 miles round trip everyday. my carbon footprint is massive. i am sorry for that. but i had this idea. it came to me after i saw this on my way home one day…


first off, i was kind of impressed with my photog skillz taking this thru the passenger window while i was driving in rush hour traffic on the 210w. and with my bb bold 2 megapixel. the second thing i thought of was man, what a great way to pass the time on my commute. and last, of course, i thought my friends at the double d would like it. so here we go…

i went out to dinner on saturday. to phoenix. i live in northridge ca, so it was about 6 hours to get to the restaurant. but it was for my primos 50th, so what the hell. and on the way, i saw this motoring on the 10 east…


what the hell was that? it looked kind of citroen-ish, but the size of a mini cooper. it was wierd, but fun.


nah, i couldn’t have planned that maricopa county sign in there – just dumb luck.

well, after dinner, we stayed overnight in a motel. it was a little wierd, the motel, kind of like a motel 6 but cooler. checking out in the am, we saw this beautiful caddy in the parking lot:


sweeeeeeeeeet. before we hit the road again, i was on the lookout for a bagel. couldn’t find one, but saw this on the road…


now i like old porsches, so i shot it. and the wife, who had been tolerant up to this point, is starting to get annoyed. but we find a place to get a coffee and a muffin, and after a long wait in line, and a screwed up order, we walk outside and see this:


we had walked straight into a porsche club gathering – sure enough, the car we saw on the road was there, and about 30 of his friends…



and that was about it. we hit the road, saw a crapload of dune buggies that i couldn’t get good pics of, but had a nice road trip never-the-less. before we got home, though, we were in the san fernando valley, and strolled into some historic house they were selling for 2,000,000. sorry – we ain’t buying. but i did love the car they had parked out front…


and that’s how we started the series freeway fotos. can’t wait for the NEXT installment. enjoy.