Ah...Exoto. The diecast you love and the company president you love to hate.
OK...some people know me here from other boards but most probably do not. Bear with me so I can provide a little history on myself...you will see where it is going in the long run.
Prior to getting into slot cars about a year ago, I spent some time in the diecast arena...about 10 years worth. I had collected over 600 1/18th diecast and a handful of other scales, as well. I was deeply involved with diecast doing consulting in Research and Development work for GMP
on many of their product lines.
Exoto is well known as being the cream of the crop for diecast. Their detail is beyond being unreal for the most part. The detail needs to be good since the President has a personality of a pit bull on crack and crystal meth! He attacks his customer base when someone has a complaint and ridicules the crapola out them to point of really making himself looks less than ignorant.
But the diecast they build is fantastic. They have recently come out with a 1/10th scale line of Mercedes Sauber C9's and GT-40's that you could swear you could jump into and drive away! The heads of the engine are BOLTED on with accurate sized bolts. I have seen their design teams go to work on measuring cars. It is unbeleivable what they can do. The Toggle switches on the 1/10th scale GT-40's actually do flip with positive stops. The 1/18th scales go for anywhere from $170 to $300 USD per car retail and the 1/10th scale GT-40 for about $800 USD with the Mercedes going $1,000 USD. Click here
to see what I mean for the GT-40.
Now the build time seems to take forever. Exoto's First Heat series was announced over 5 years ago I think and the first model came out in this series less than 1 year ago. They will use any excuse possible to justify their delay
hence the mention of SARS but have used the war, terrorism and more...usually (as it was told to me) it is because they have not fully secured the rights to do the car for mass production and sale.
2 of the more well known cars they have done are the Cobra Daytona and Corvette Gran Sports...LOOK FAMILIAR? Keep this point in mind and please read on...
From Exoto's website (www.exoto.com
About 2 years ago, due to complaints about the pricing, Exoto opened up a new line of diecast called Motorbox. The cars were designed to have a little more detail than the average $60 to $80 1/18th scale diecast and cost about the same.
Here's where the tie-in comes to slot cars...
The Motorbox line was designed by Exoto and manufactured for Exoto by Revell of germany. Revell has been known in the past to have nice Slot cars but got out of it altogether a few years back.
So now, Revell wants back into slots and needs something to make a hit and re-established themselves...they turn to Exoto since they have this partnership going and exoto has the rights to some really nice and unusual cars not previously done in slots but high in demand and desire from slot racers and collectors. The next thing you know...(from Revell's website)
So now Revell is back into the slots. Exoto noticing a winfall approaching in the resurgence of slot car racing decides it's time to hit the market also and is having slots made by Revell.
This is how it was described to me and I am just relaying information on it.
If the build times are anything in slot cars like they are in diecast with Exoto, your grandchildren may be around to see them actually race on a track.
Be patient, they will be worth the wait but never, never hold your breath waiting for a release when you see them in Exoto catalogs. You will
die from lack of Oxygen.