As a casual collector of 1:18 scale diecast models, I have accumulated an eclectic mix of brands and genres. Growing up I had mostly kid-friendly Maisto models, because I received one either every Christmas or birthday as a gift from my ex-neighbor, Jesse, who used to live next door when I was young. He was a grandfatherly old man who was good friends with my dad and acted like an uncle to me. After we moved away when I was four, he continued the tradition until around 2000 or so, when my parents asked him to stop buying models for me because I was running out of space. This Maisto 1999 Ford Mustang GT convertible, while not my favorite or rarest or best-detailed model, holds a special significance. It was the last diecast he ever gave me. Jesse's gone now, but the Mustang is a reminder of him and his generosity.
The '99 Mustang GT was one of those attainable fun cars that made a good toy when the real cars were hitting the streets. I actually never liked the 1999-2004 generation when they were made, with the exception of the 2004 Mach 1 special edition coupe. However, this 1:18 model is actually pretty good.
I never wanted one of these Mustangs for real, rarely pay attention to the actual cars and likely wouldn't buy another Maisto diecast of one. I'm biased; I prefer the 1995 model and the completely redesigned 2005-09s. But I don't see myself getting rid of this one.