A Dollhouse on Wheels... [PIC]
The Franklin Mint Airstream International Land Yacht Sovereign is such a beautifully crafted and detailed, mixed media replica with tons of finger fun. There's so much to be revealed and marvel at, I have to rate this model as one of their greatest achievements. I can only imagine the amount of traffic between Pennsylvania and China it took to finalize this epic project. I kept discovering different details for some time. The last component found was the discretely hidden toilet.
I agree with Tony. I was interested in purchasing the blue themed Airstream when it was issued, but at the time it cost $200, too expensive for me considering FM was charging $90 for a Corvette and between $105-$120 for a regular issue diecast. After it was discontinued, I regretted not buying it. Then this one was issued as an LE of 1,500 for $300 and I was fortunate to buy one from my local Gallery store. Mine is number 178. This thing is HEAVY, weighing five pounds! The detail is amazing, as Rich's pictures show. Rich, I had no idea there was a folding step under the door. I opened mine for the first time today! My only complaint with this Airstream is that some of the wood laminate is debonding inside. Otherwise, it's spectacular just as Tony said.
@pete-rovero My story is similar. I passed on the first edition like you. I was into CARS, period! Then I read some reviews and a couple of pictures and I really began to appreciate what I fine replica it was. At the time of the reissue, the Ford Country Squire was released and I pictured the two together on the shelf and I pulled the trigger on both... and, so glad I did.
Sensational pics Rich. My positron was the same as yours Pete. Price comparisons were the same only up around 20% because of the exchange rate. Big, big regret. Cost around $600AUD to land a MIB example now.
I have the blue awning version. When this came out I was amazed with all of the details and still am. NIce pictures Rich.
Thanks Rich, I've never seen one in detail before. A very cool "doll house!"
Rich, I had the same thought and bought the Country Squire as well.
Will one day incorporate mine into a diorama, have so far illuminated the interior, although hard to see in the picture....