This is so exciting
My parents bought a green '73 when I was a kid, and I grew up in that car. This one for sure is on my shortlist. There is really no need to bash the low parts count - there wasn't really that many more parts to the 1:1 car anyway. They were really, really spartan. That said, I think Heller did a wise choice in going for this one. It is not an exciting car in and of itself, but there was millions made, in many parts of the world, and a lot of people have some kind of emotional connection to them. There is also possibilities for development of the tool for ,yes, the van and pickup, but also the sinpar four-wheel-drive conversion that did fairly well in the 1979 Paris - Dakar rally.
Other than that, if they provide the big fabric sunroof, we can build the one prominently featured in the 1984 movie "Romancing the stone"
So a big pat on the back to Heller for bringing this one out. Now, what I would really want to see them do (Not only for my own sake, but I think they might sell a few) is to tool up some coachbuilder bodies to go with their 1950 Talbot-Lago.