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Brand Comparison BMW 3.0CSL Hot Wheels v Majorette v Matchbox

BMW 3.0CSL left to right: Hot Wheels, Majorette, Matchbox

I’m not a great fan of modern BMWs but I like some of their pre-1980 models like the BMW 3.0CSL. I have three examples of this model by different diecast brands. The Hot Wheels model is a recent casting, it has a plastic base and is made in Malaysia. The Majorette and Matchbox models date from the 1970s and both have that nostalgia buzz, I had an orange Majorette model in my childhood. They are roughly the same length but the Matchbox model is significantly wider than the other two. The Matchbox model looks too chunky, the other two look to be closer to the proportions of the actual car. The Hot Wheels model has attractive tampo decoration, looking like a Castrol sponsored race car, but it has no opening parts. The Majorette model is made in France and has a tow hook and suspension. Of the three my choice would be the Majorette model. Whilst I love Matchbox and it is my favourite brand in this comparison it is my least favourite, it just looks too chunky.

  1. Majorette
  2. Hot Wheels
  3. Matchbox

Brand Comparison: Buick Riviera: Johnny Lightning v Hot Wheels

1971 Buick Riviera HW and 1972 Buick Riviera JL
1972 Buick Riviera (Johnny Lightning) and 1971 Buick Riviera (Hot Wheels)

I don’t see many Johnny Lightning models, but this Buick is a little gem with its two tone paintwork, realistic tyres and even an opening bonnet. The Hot Wheels model is longer and lower and less realistic. The Hot Wheels interior is a shiny silver, the Johnny Lightning model a more subdued olive green.

1972 Buick Riviera JL
opening hood

Hot Wheels are designed to be played with. They have a “fun factor” that isn’t so present in detailed replica models. The Hot Wheels model will be faster on the track but the Johnny Lightning model looks better on the shelf.

Both Hot Wheels and Johnny Lightning are American brands, the Hot Wheels model is made in Malaysia, the Johnny Lightning model is made in China. New, the Johnny Lightning model would be more expensive but I picked mine up secondhand for just 3 lari ($1.05).
My choice here would be the Johnny Lightning model.

Brand Comparison: Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 : Maisto v Welly

Lambo comparison
Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 (Maisto left, Welly right)

At first glance the two Lamborghinis look very similar: the size is the same, the colour is the same. Looking closer, the Welly model has more details, better wheels, clear windows revealing an interior and the side air intake painted black. The only positive of the Maisto model is it was cheaper, I bought it secondhand for just 2.50 lari (the Welly model was 6.90 new). New the Maisto model would probably be cheaper, too. Both models are made in China. My choice would be the Welly.



Brand Comparison: Porsche 918 Spyder : Hot Wheels v Majorette

Porsche 918 Spyder brand comparison
In their blisters

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a fantastic looking car. The Hot Wheels model was on my Wants’ List from when I first saw it on an unboxing video. I wasn’t aware Majorette also made a model of the Spyder until I saw it on the pegs at XS Toys.

The two models are the same size and weight, with metal bodies and plastic bases. The Majorette is made in Thailand and the Hot Wheels model is made in Malaysia.

Hot Wheels packaging has attractive card art, I remove the blister carefully so I can keep the card art, the Majorette packaging is generic, all the models in the “Street Cars” series have the same packaging. I won’t be keeping the Majorette card.

Porsche 918 Spyder brand comparison 2
Majorette v Hot Wheels

The Majorette model is in a metallic blue, the Hot Wheels in a matt black with red stripes and a #4 racing number. I like the decor of both models. The Majorette model has plastic inserts for the headlights, the Hot Wheels model has just printed on lights. The windscreen of the Majorette model has a barely noticeable windscreen wiper. I think the wheels of the Majorette model look more realistic than the 10-spoked chrome wheels of the Hot Wheels model. Both cars have a Porsche badge incorporated in the tampo.

Porsche 918 Spyder brand comparison 4
from above

The steering wheel of the Majorette model is more realistic, not being completely closed like the Hot Wheels model. The Majorette model has some red back lights, the Hot Wheels model has no rear tampo.

Here the two models are priced the same at 7.90 lari, there is little to choose between the two, I’m happy to have both, if I were to just choose one it would be the Majorette by a whisker or a subtle windscreen wiper.


Brand Comparison BMW 3.0CSL: Matchbox v Hot Wheels

BMW 3.0CSL Hot Wheels v Matchbox
BMW 3.0CSL Hot Wheels (black), Matchbox (orange)

If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know my favourite diecast brand is Matchbox, I particularly like the Lesney era with its frisson of nostalgia, reminding me of the cars I played with in my childhood. So comparing a Lesney Matchbox model from the late seventies with a contemporary Hot Wheels model, you might think I would automatically choose the Matchbox model, but in this case you’d be wrong. I was quite happy to find the Matchbox model in the Secondhand Toy Store yesterday (I Came Across a Matchbox Carry Case in the Secondhand Toy Store) along with some other Matchbox models, which I detailed in my last post. However, I was even more happy to find the Hot Wheels BMW 3.0CSL a few months ago. I think the Hot Wheels model looks a far better rendition of the original car, the B pillar on the Matchbox model is too chunky.

The Matchbox model does have a metal base and opening doors, the Hot Wheels model has a plastic base and no opening parts. The “L” in the 3.0CSL designation meant leicht (light). The size of the wheels on the Matchbox model in relation to the body are closer to the proportions of the real car, the Hot Wheels wheels are slightly too large, looking even larger because of the wheel style with very thin tyres. Each of the models cost me three lari from the Secondhand Toy store ($1.22).

My choice: the Hot Wheels model because it looks more like the original car.

Brand Comparison: Nissan GTR R35 (Majorette v RMZ City)

RMZ City (white), Majorette (blue)

The Nissan GT-R (R35) is a fantastic looking car. I am still looking out for the Hot Wheels Nissan GT-R (R35), a new model for 2017. Today, I picked up the Majorette version and here I’ll compare it to the RMZ City version, I bought a couple of years ago.

From the front the RMZ model has a “NISSAN” plate, the Majorette model has the red R in the grille and coloured indicators.

The RMZ model comes in a box, the Majorette comes in a blister pack. I prefer boxes personally, as the car can be returned to the box far more easily. The Majorette model is 1:61 scale, the RMZ slightly smaller maybe closer to 1:64.

The RMZ model was cheaper it cost 7.35 ($2.71) lari compared to the 8.90 lari ($3.28) I paid for the Majorette model. (The RMZ model was bought 2 years ago and the Majorette was at 30% discount in a sale).

The RMZ model features a”pull back and go function”, whereas the Majorette is free-wheeling with suspension and opening doors (one of which wouldn’t stay open on my model). I prefer the matt blue finish of the Majorette to the pearlescent white of the RMZ model.

Nissan GT-R (rear)

The rear detailing is similar. The Majorette model is from the “Limited Edition” range, which commands a higher price than the “Street Cars” range. There are nine cars to collect in “Series 1″of the Limited Edition models. I didn’t see the Mercedes SLS or Lamborghini Gallardo on the pegs.

More details of the Majorette range can be found on a previous post (click the link).

Both models have diecast bodies and plastic bases, it is interesting to see both models also have diecast side view mirrors, a rare detail at this scale (the Hot Wheels model doesn’t have this). The wheels of the Majorette model look better to me.

Overall I prefer the Majorette model.


Brand Comparison: Renault Alpine A110-50: Majorette v Bburago

Majorette and Bburago are two renowned European diecast brands, Majorette originated from France and Bburago from Italy. Now they are manufactured in the Far East: Majorette in Thailand and Bburago in China. The Bburago model boasts “Italian Design” on the packaging.

Renault Alpine A110-50
Renault Alpine A110-50

The Renault Alpine A110-50 is a concept car designed by Yann Jarsalle in 2012. The Bburago model is in the classic Alpine racing colours with a large rear spoiler, the Majorette model has more the look of a street legal version being in the “Street Cars” line.

Renault Alpine A110-50 3
Renault Alpine A110-50 (side profile)

Both models have diecast bodies and plastic bases, it is interesting to see both models also have diecast side view mirrors, a rare detail at this scale. The wheels of the Majorette model look far better to me, the Bburago model’s wheels look a little cheap. The Bburago model is in the 1:64 range, the Majorette model marks its scale as 1:63 on the base. If anything the Bburago model is slightly bigger and feels slightly heavier but they are very close in size.

Renault Alpine A110-50 2
Renault Alpine A110-50

The prices were similar, I bought the Bburago around 3 years ago for 5.90 lari, I bought the Majorette model yesterday (8 October 2017) for 6.40 lari ($2.59). A racing car version of the Majorette model is available at a higher price band (11.90 lari). Both cars have good detail at this size, overall I slightly prefer the Majorette model as I feel its better wheels make it look more realistic.

You can check out other brand comparisons on my previous diecast blog: brand comparisons