It’s a toy. But as an adult you’re going to want to keep this on your desk. That’s because it’s very well made and will leave you imagining the places you’d go if you owned a real version of the vehicle this toy images itself to be. It comes from an outfit called , and this specific model is called the Drifter.
[Disclaimer: Candylab sent me a Drifter of my own, at no cost. Thankfully a human drifter didn’t show up at my door. I should read my emails more carefully.]
The Drifter arrives in strong and stylish packaging. You can tell right away that care and effort have gone into the creation of the toy inside, before you even peel open its enclosing materials. Once opened up, you’ll a bubble-wrapped surf-prepped SUV modeled after a certain iconic British beastie just waiting for you to set it free.
Now, I should stop right here to tell you that I’m an idiot. I assumed the surfboard had to slide under the canvas top, which is why you see it that way a number of these photos. Candylab is smarter than I, however, and it’s a magnetic piece that rides over the canvas and sticks to the roof.
The Drifter is hand assembled in the States. The top is real waxed canvas and the body of the vehicle is solid beech wood. That’s real rubber on the tires too. The result is a toy that almost looks too good to play with, but it’s solid wood so it should hold up well.
This one isn’t cheap though. Candylab plans to crank out a limited run of its Drifter model, and each one costs $64.95. There are, however, less expensive but equally cool options to be found on their site. Like the .
The quality and style of this toy is truly top notch. I hope that comes across in my photos. I wasn’t expecting much before it arrived, and now I’m thinking about adding a few more from the Candylab Toys collection. For now though, the Drifter has earned a prime parking spot on my (currently very messy) desk.
[Images copyright 2018 Redusernab/Jeff Glucker]