• Aug 31, 2013
Normally when we report on promising crowd-funding projects, we're writing about things and ideas that we'd like to see come to life. In the case of this new MO-TO wooden toy car collection from Candylab Toys, however, the online world has already voted loudly that the product should come to market. With close to 900 backers raising about $52,000 more than the Kickstarter goal of twenty grand, MO-TO designers Vlad and Florin seem to have a small hit on their hands.

One browse through the MO-TO promo page, and we can see why. The wooden cars may seem to be children's toys in some of the images, but the forms inspired by muscle cars of the 1970s are destined for the office shelves and desks of car guys everywhere.

Beechwood bodies coated in glossy, high-contrast paint; rubber tires on white wheels; and long, low proportions all make the MO-TO cars pretty slick to look at. The Police Cruiser model is straight out of central casting and likely to be a favorite, but our hearts swoon for the fastback shape of the Rare Bird MOPAR tribute car. A $25 special model has long since sold out, but you can still get into the specially marked Kickstarter cars for $30 (not an outrageous price in the "heirloom quality" world of toys). Scroll below to see more in the MO-TO video.

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      My only question is, where will they be made? The talk about the tire tooling made it sound like they will make it themselves domestically. Is to I want two. If it is going to be Chinese, I'll pass.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Hate to disappoint you, but China will exactly where they'll be made. And, if not China, then Malaysia, Thailand or the latest cheap labor hotspot, Vietnam. It sounds like they're trying to become the Franklin Mint or Danbury Mint of the wooden models world. It they are planning to make a dent in the market, you can bet they'll look for a place where labor is cheap and not worry about paying domestic labor rates.
      Sorten Borten
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder if the bill of materials is even $1 per car. Kickstarter is just organized begging.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you told me $72000 could be raised for these things I wouldn't believe it... I'm in the wrong business - need to come up with something simple stupid that I would never pay for, and then ask people for their money...
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      Who Cares
      • 1 Year Ago
      an outrageous price in the "heirloom quality" world of toys ....her we go again more cheap looking wood toy crap
        • 1 Year Ago
        Considering the attention to detail and finish, the size... the price seems decent.
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      Could they be shittier?
      Kyle M
      • 1 Year Ago
      These remind me of pine derby racers... Pretty cool, and I dig the throwback vibe. Someone mentioned Automoblox, and we have those, but they come apart way too easy. I hope to see them on shelves.
      This Guy ...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why in the hell are the tops of the cars completely white? Where they like "screw it, we don't need to finish them. ha ha ha ha."
        • 1 Year Ago
        @This Guy ...
        Agreed. Would look much better in black IMO, with maybe the roof painted body color.
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