Carisma at the Nürnberg Toy Fair

Who the heck is Carisma I can hear a few of you saying!  That’s not an unreasonable question as many Australians will not have heard of them at all.  This Hong Kong company is best known for their 1:16 scale buggies and cars.  However of late they have been bringing out some excellent scale vehicles which are grabbing the attention of a lot of people, particularly in the US where they have just announced a new distributor.

Distributed in Australia by OMP they have some fabulous looking 1:10 and 1:14 on road cars with some great looking bodies including a couple of nice rally bodies.  In off road, as I mentioned before, they have some fantastic 1:16 scale buggies, and a recently released monster truck, as well as a few nice off road desert beetles.  In 1:10 off road the M10DT Volkswagen Desert Beetle is winning a lot of fans with the pre painted bodyshell containing a lot of scale features. It even comes with some jerry cans to mount on the body.  The GT10DT is an Axial Exo style buggy that while a little smaller, still packs a good punch and looks great.

VW Beetle Desert Edition based on the M10DT

However it is their release in 1:8 that, as a rally fan, really has my attention.  The M48S platform fitted with a fabulous looking Porsche 959 Dakar Body that looks absolutely spot on!  The vehicle is based on a shaft-driven 4WD chassis with three gear differentials, it features a short A-arm layout for scale appearance, large volume oil-filled shock absorbers, and high-traction semi-slick tyres. The factory-assembled 959 also comes with a waterproof speed controller, a 3000kv brushless motor, waterproof RC box and a water-resistant steering servo.

The new Porsche 959 Dakar from Carisma

New on the show are the M10DB 2WD endurace buggy and the M10SC short course/stadium truck, both of which are prototypes.  I have to say that I love the scale looks and accessories on the Endurance Buggy prototype and hopes it makes it to production as it is!

2wd Endurance Buggy Prototype on the Toy Fair stand.


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