I have never had any concrete impressions of Majorette. I just haven't had enough in the collection. Over the last few years, if you mentioned Majorette, in my head would pop up some generalizations:
- Hard to find.
- Opening parts.
- Focused on current cars.
- Euro-centric casting choices.
So, am I correct in those assumptions? Sure. For those of us in the US, Majorette is terribly hard-to-find. Majorette's dedication to opening parts in their Premium Series is a highlight to say the least. You don't see many classic car releases, if any. I hope they get easier to find, I hope they stay dedicated to opening parts, and I actually love that they are dedicated to current cars. It means we get a lot of new-car variety each year.
Euro-centric? First impression, yes. It starts with common European brands like Porsche, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Aston Martin, etc, and Majorette goes even deeper with Peugeot, Renault, and Citroen. But look again. Nissan, Honda, Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota, and on and on. Majorette is committed to current cars, but all kinds of them.
So I will say my first three generalizations are accurate - impression #1, just for now, as they are working on being available all over the world. The fourth impression, not so much.
Case-in-point, three new sports car releases in the Premium Series. An Italian (Alfa Romeo 4C), a Brit (McLaren 675LT), and yes, an American (Dodge Viper). All sporty, all cool for different reasons, and all replicated beautifully by Majorette.
I don't know if I need to get into all the details of each model. The Alfa and McLaren have been found in some parts of the world, the Viper is coming soon. The same impressions apply to these as to the Bentley we previewed a few days ago. The castings and details are top notch, while the wheels on the Viper and McLaren to leave a little to be desired. Contrastingly, the wheels on the Alfa are superb. Majorette has some very nice wheels, but they aren't used on everything. The wheels on the Viper could happily be retired and replaced.
And while two of the three don't have opening parts, they all have another Majorette signature - plastic headlights. I love that feature, and Majorette has really gotten that skill down.
So is it apparent I have jumped on the Majorette bandwagon? I hope so. And from what I hear, a lot of you have as well. Hopefully these get easier and easier to find - hit up your Canadian friends if you need to - but a little effort to create a collection isn't a bad thing. You can count on me to keep featuring them. More to come...
And yes, of course I am going to put the Matchbox and Majorette 4C's together. A brilliant pair.