Sunday, October 10, 2021

Department 56 #6007411 1/43 Scale Cast Resin "The Munsters Koach"

There's an old saying: "Beggar's can't be choosers" and for years now I've pitched a fit over how the toy industry had totally ignored making any 1/43 scale The Munsters Koach or Dragula in 1/43 scale diecast versions. I mean, Johnny Lightning has a nice little 1/64th scale Koach...

...and Ertl has a beautiful 1/18 scale Koach

and there are a plethora of other television and movie diecast vehicle's available in 1/43 scale EXCEPT The Munsters Koach. Why have they been excluded?

To the rescue - more or less - is this year's offering from Department 56, the company well known for its beautiful holiday buildings and accessories. Cast resin is a different animal than diecast metal. It simply doesn't allow for the same amount or fideltiy to detail as diecast and this version of the Koach reflects that. Detailing is a bit crude and much of it is molded on vs. separately applied as one would see on a diecast model. Details are painted, not plated, thereby giving a dullish overall appearance to the thing, and the wheels are glued on - not free rolling. As I said, resin is a different animal than diecast and while this is about as good as one can expect from resin - understand that if you choose to buy one of these it's for the nostalgia and for having a Munsters Koach in 1/43 scale - not becaase it's a highly-detailed scale model. The Koach measures 5" (12.7cm) L x 2 1/4" (5.71cm) W x 2" (5.08cm) H, and really is a nice addition to any Halloween display as long as as you accept it for what it is. Enjoy! Opa Fritz

While the figures are a bit large, they look much better alongside this Koach than the more diminutive Johnny Lightning version

Dept 56 (L) & Johnny Lightning (R)

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