It’s hard to believe that I’ve been contributing at Lamley now for 7 months. Through that time it’s been my aim to try and make collectors more aware of the more obscure brands out there, to offer alternatives to the mainstream companies and to help UK collectors inparticular to make the most of the hobby by sharing news on stockists, availability and pricing.
And recently, Majorette have decided they’ll get on board with my crusade, and I’m hoping this will be the start of a fruitful working partnership for us all, and that UK collectors can take full advantage of the brilliant diecast on offer from the French brand. Majorette are open to bring more lines over to the UK if the interest is there. And judging by the lines already on offer to us here in Blighty, we should be interested.
We’ll start with a look at some of the 5 packs on offer now, and at least one of the vehicles will be familiar to you from a recent Lamley post of mine. That vehicle is the brilliant Toyota Celica GT Coupe.
It features in the “Vintage Cars” 5 pack, a stellar line up of classic vehicles from across the globe. As well as the Celica, the 5 pack contains the following vehicles:
- Volkswagen T1 bus
- Volkswagen Beetle “Oval Window”
- Ford Mustang fastback
- Porsche 934 RSR
It’s a strong pack, but the Porsche and Mustang will no doubt be the ones in high demand. All feature moving parts and collectors and customisers alike can geek out over the Volkswagen T1’s opening rear hatch and very cool roof rack with removable surf board. There are variations on the vintage pack line up, and I’m still trying to pin down with Majorette exactly what dicatates these as some 5 packs feature a fantastic Renault 5 Turbo and Citroën 2CV.
The Beetle and T1 feature again in Majorette’s Volkswagen gift pack, bookended by a T1 Panel Van, T6 Transporter and a New Beetle Cabriolet. The vans will be the stars here, the T6 inparticular is a brilliant model and a very popular vehicle on the roads here in the UK. A diecast version will no doubt have some owners scrabbling for their wallets. And rightly so. A cracking colour scheme and a tow hitch for compatability with the Majorette trailers give it real collectability, and no doubt the T6 will have a big appeal to diecast customisers.
The last 5 pack to cover is possibly the strongest: the American Muscle Cars pack.
The Mustang Fastback makes another appearance alongside its modern GT350 counterpart, a suitably Plum coloured Dodge Challenger and the Viper stablemate, and no modern muscle pack would be complete without a Camaro. Don’t let the slightly naff livery of the GT350 put you off, these are all brilliant castings, with definitely enough in them to be a very tempting alternative to the Mattel brands. The Viper and the Challenger are particularly strong in my opinion.
Both the Vintage and Muscle packs are available for UK collectors online via Amazon UK and Very, and the Muscle Car pack is available in store at Smyths Toys stores. For European collectors, my fellow Lamley contributor @willdiecast has seen the VW and Vintage Car packs in store in France so keep your eyes peeled in your local stores.
I’ve got more Majorette features in the pipeline including a better look at a few of the cars you’ve seen here, and a few you haven’t. And with some exciting releases on the horizon and an ever strengthening catalogue, Majorette should be firmly back on the radar, and I hope collectors both home and abroad can see an ever growing line up in the future.