Even Tesla Model S die-cast toys are expensive
No, we don’t think the massive Tesla Gigafactory being built in Nevada will make tiny die-cast toy Teslas. But the California-based all-electric vehicle maker has indeed ordered miniaturized, licensed versions of the Model S super sedan. At $210 a pop, the small cars, much like the real McCoys, seem to be aimed specifically at the one percenter. Single load range? Unending.
The die-cast Model S P85 scale model is one eighteenth the size of the real deal. And the model cars have many advantages, just like the real versions. These include approximately 270 separate metal and plastic parts assembled with typical Tesla elegance as well as detailed interior and opening/closing capabilities for all doors, trunks and hoods of the toy cars. The panoramic roof, rear spoiler, trunk and carpeted interior are all additional touches. To understand the 1:18 scale means the car measures about 11 inches (think the length of a standard piece of printer paper) by five inches.
While still small, these toy versions are a bit larger than the die-cast cars that longtime toymaker Mattel announced for its Matchbox and Hot Wheels divisions earlier this year. The Matchbox cars also look pretty much like the real version, but much smaller. The Hot Wheels variant gets flared wheel arches, glitter paint and big rear spoilers, sort of
Pimp my ride version. Both Mattel brands make their cars in 1-64 scale. Below we have Tesla Motors’ description of the new 1:18 scale models.
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The same 3D CAD data used to manufacture the actual Model S was used to accurately reproduce every detail, curve and surface found in the scale model.
The 1:18 scale Model S includes:
Composed of approximately 270 metal and plastic parts
Detailed third row seats
All doors, trunk and hood are open
Trunk and carpeted interior
Cloth seat belts
Available in the following configurations:
Midnight Silver Metallic with Gray Turbine Wheels, with Black Interior/Carbon Fiber Decor
Red Multi-Coat with Silver Turbine rims, with beige interior/Obeche decor
275mm long x 120mm wide (10.82″ x 4.72″)
1.25 kg (2.75 lbs)
Sold exclusively by Tesla Motors.
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD
Contains small parts. Not suitable for children under 14 years old.