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Brand Comparison: Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 : Maisto v Welly

Lambo comparison
Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 (Maisto left, Welly right)

At first glance the two Lamborghinis look very similar: the size is the same, the colour is the same. Looking closer, the Welly model has more details, better wheels, clear windows revealing an interior and the side air intake painted black. The only positive of the Maisto model is it was cheaper, I bought it secondhand for just 2.50 lari (the Welly model was 6.90 new). New the Maisto model would probably be cheaper, too. Both models are made in China. My choice would be the Welly.

 

 

Welly

Welly
Lamborghini Murcielago, Mercedes SLK and Jaguar XK Coupe

Welly is a Chinese diecast manufacturer based in Hong Kong, they were established in 1980. They produce a range of diecast cars, motorcycles and trucks at different scales: 1:18, 1:24, 1:32, 1:38, 1:43, 1:60 and 1:87. Like many other Hong Kong manufacturers they took advantage of lower labour and property costs in neighbouring China, opening a plant in Guangdong Province. The models were usually distributed in trade boxes of a dozen models fitted with pullback friction motors.  Welly still make the pull back friction cars, cheap enough to sell as children’s toys but Chinese diecast manufacturing has made great advances and even the cheapest models can be finished to a high standard of detail.

Welly selection
Some Welly diecast

Welly has some interesting models I haven’t found in other brands like a Peugeot 403 Cabriolet and an FSO Syrena. Finding Polish classics (Polskie Modele Samochodów) at 1:43 by Welly was something of a surprise, I would think their appeal would be rather limited here in Georgia, where we don’t see any Polish cars on the road and they aren’t the stuff of dreams like Lamborghinis and Jaguars. They can be found loose, in boxes, in blisters and even in mystery eggs.

Welly Surprise Egg and jaguars
Welly Jaguar XK180 found in mystery egg

I have a few of the larger scale models but I prefer to collect the smaller 1:60-1:64 scale.

Welly larger scale
Larger scale (1:43, 1;38 and 1:32) Porsche 911 Carrera, Peugeot 403 Cabriolet, FSO Syrena and VW Karmann Ghia

At the three inch size, detail is comparable to Matchbox or Hot Wheels and better than Maisto. Prices vary but tend to be similar to Matchbox and Hot Wheels here.

Welly lamborghini aventador and hw
Lamborghini Aventador: Welly (left) and Hot Wheels (right)

The cars are not covered in tampos like many Hot Wheels vehicles, I generally prefer plainer decoration except on rally cars.

 

Welly porsche and lamborghini aventador
The wheels of the Porsche 964 and Lamborghini Aventador are the same

The same style of wheels are used on a number of models and they are not as robust as those of the Mattel brands.

VW Bus T1 Welly
VW T1 bus

After perusing their  website, I have added a few Welly models to my wants’ list.

  1. Citroen DS19 Convertible
  2. Ford Mustang
  3. Peugeot 404 Cabriolet
  4. Peugeot 504
  5. Pontiac GTO
  6. 1973 Citroen DS23
  7. 1969 Ford Capri
  8. Jaguar F Type
  9. Renault 5