• Toy Department - April 2011

    1 April, 2011

    Well here you have it, the recent release of the very last VW Beetle in 1/18 scale by Schuco! It’s the VW Beetle 1600 “Última Edición” (limited edition).

    On 10 July 2003, Volkswagen de México in Puebla, started a last production run of the legendary VW Beetle. On 30 July 2003 the very last VW Beetle rolled from the production line. In that special ‘Última Edición’ series, 1,500 vehicles were made in Aqua Blue with grey interior, and another 1,500 vehicles in Harvester Beige with black interior.

    This model from Schuco 1:18 scale is characterized by its high level detail. The opening doors and bonnets give a free view of the perfectly reproduced interior and engine.

    Also I recently acquired the new 1/18 Dunlop Kombi panel van in bright yellow. In keeping with the theme I have
    filled the cargo area with some 1/18 loose tyres – looks a treat!
    The LKW Service ‘low-light’ pick up with engine in the rear tray is also must have if you missed out on the first
    release in Neptune blue!

    Finally start saving your pennies for the release later this year of the two-tone Westfalia red ‘low light’ camper, and if I am correct that pop top will be fully operational!

    As you know these models are A1 for quality and detail. However keep an eye out for those windscreen wipers
    and mirrors, they are so fragile that they can be damaged even with light dusting.

    I have resorted to not fixing mine on and leaving them packed away, as replacements for these do not exist. I have already enquired directly to Schuco, and their answer is that these are manufactured en-mass in China and shipped back exclusively to Schuco in Germany – sorry no spare parts.

    Anyway keep an eye out for these and other new releases in 1/87, 1/43 and 1/18 scale on the Schuco web site.

    Tony Bezzina