Normally at this time of year, there would be rallies scheduled in the local area. Fans would be trekking out into the winter sunshine (or more normal for my home rally in the Lake District, fog and cold drizzle!) on a Sunday morning to Grizedale Forest to listen to the artillery fire of anti lag and exhaust reverberating through the trees. Dedicated fans would be making the annual pilgrimage to Wales for the UK round of the World Rally Championship. But with the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic, local and national events have been cancelled in droves.
However, collectors can find perhaps a small bit of solace in diecast. And what better set to grab for a WRC fan than Majorette’s WRC Edition line up. Abailable at selected toy stores across the UK (check with your nearest independent retailer for stock) this 4 car set is a must have.
Majorette have always done a good service to WRC cars in recent years, with the Polo WRC and Citroen DS3 WRC appearing amongst others in various forms over the past few years. The licensed liveries and details have always been bang on and this set takes that formula and adds rubber tyres and the always cool collectors boxes to the mix. The result is 4 very nicely executed diecasts.
The set comprises of 4 of the most well known WRC cars and crews of the last few years, starting with the Hyundai i20 Coupe of Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul:
The 2018 version of the Citroën C3 WRC of Craig Breen and Scott Martin
The championship winning Ford Fiesta WRC of the rapid Sebastian Ogier and Julien Ingrassia:
And Ogier’s 2015 Monte Carlo winning Volkswagen Polo WRC:
All are very well done indeed and the liveries have really been nailed. With any model with a very busy livery the decals have to be bang on. Majorette have not disappointed. Everything is aligned well and even the smallest decals are easy to see. The wheels and tyres add just that little bit more, and they look brilliant. The collectors boxes also add a bit of a twist with unique artwork.
At present the Majorette Shop doesn’t have any listed, but don’t let that put you off. This set is definitely worth seeking out in your nearest diecast haunt or diving onto Ebay for.
8 Replies to ““Forty, left five minus over crest…!” – a look at Majorette’s WRC Edition set”
Is there a list anywhere of UK Majorette stockists?
Sadly no. They got a bad backlash last time from collectors because when they contacted the shops on the lists Majorette put out, some hadn’t even heard of them let alome got stock of them! It’s unlikely they’ll publish a list again. But Majorettes have been seen in Trago Mills, as well as Smyths stores. Amazon stocks them and Very.co.uk has also been listed as a supplier but are currently out of stock. The official line is to contact your local toy store….. don’t worry, I’m working on it!
Yes I remember the stockists debacle on Instagram. They went very quiet after that!
Sadly I think there’ll be no repeat of these lists any time soon.
I found some majorettes in TK maxx today. 13 cabs Australian range with various gems. The 5 packs are £9.99. Singles £2.49… Saudi police and Ambulance etc… Worth a look. Not sure if they are supposed to be for UK market? V good value and a rare treat.
Just this second picked up a couple of the Majorette Dubai cars. Very small selection of cars, Dubai Ambulance 5 pack was the solitary one on display along with about 3 or 4 Dubai carded cars, a single 13Cabs Corolla and a couple of others.
I should think it’s worth a journey again in due cause. Just incase like me. The UK diecast market sadly its unpredictable and not settled for certain brand’s. Its obvious Majo pride itself for other markets. Shame, good stuff to offer all. Take care.
I would wager that this new WRC line contains the best Majorette models ever made in a play-n-display context. Cent-for-cent, it packs more playable features than a comparable HW or Tomica while still being “real” enough to impress people. That said, I’m only taking the i20 WRC car for now: there are one too many Red Bull cars for my liking, especially for the Fiesta (as the current livery that M-Sport runs is more to my taste). Maybe the VW Polo, but only because I need the WRC-winning cars. 2021 will feature updated liveries, but I still pine for a Toyota Yaris WRC debut. Now THAT will be a no-questions-asked automatic purchase.