by Doug Breithaupt
BMW 325i Polizei #257, 1:58 scale
BMW M3 #257C, 1:59 scale
Dodge Copperhead #225S, 1:56 scale
VW Golf IV #224S, 1:57 scale
|The only way I could get these new Majorette models was to have them sent
from France. A fellow collector in France was seeking some new matchbox
models he could not find and we worked out a trade. It a shame that Majorette
is neglecting the North American market because their new offerings include
some excellent models.
The BMW 325i is not new but it has not been offered as a police car before. The BMW M3 is new and an excellent casting. This is the first model of the M3 in small-scale. With this models racing success, a track version would also be welcome.
The Dodge Copperhead concept car is quite large in 1:56 scale. Note the larger wheels. Matchbox, Maisto and Hot Wheels have also done the Copperhead.
The VW Golf IV is the third Golf offered by Majorette. The original Golf was #210 followed by the Golf III, #264, also offered in race and rally versions. Now the latest Golf IV joins the line-up. All of the Golf models have had opening rear hatches and trailer hitches.
Like the BMW 325i, the Peugeot 406 has now been offered in a police version. These European police cars will be popular with collectors of law enforcement diecast.
The Jaguar 'S' type from Majorette joins it's counterpart from Welly. The chromed grill and lights give it a more distinctive profile than the Welly version but both models are quite good. Will anyone also do the 'S' type?
The Toyota RAV 4 is the largest small-scale majorette I have ever seen. It is 1:50 scale? Technically, it is outside the normal 1:55-1:72 range considered as small-scale. Why is this model so large? The detail is nice but the size makes it an oddity.
Majorette is also re-introducing some of their models from the 1970's. The Porsche 924 and BMW Turbo are currently available. For collectors who are missing the originals, here is an opportunity to buy them at retail prices. Of course, that's assuming you can find them. Curiously, the BMW Turbo has had the Majorette name blanked-out on the base while the 924 is an exact copy of the original casting, even sporting the old-style wheels. The BMW is also in a different package and has a different number (#258A) from the original casting (#217).
It's great to have these new Majorette models, even if they had to be sent from half-way around the world. Vive l'auto jouette.
Peugeot 406 Police #222S, 1:60 scale
Jaguar 'S' type #294B, 1:63 scale
Toyota RAV 4 #230, 1:50 scale