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Majorette 3 and 5 pack found at Marshalls

Here I was minding my own business. I went into Marshall’s for a look around for some action figures or something of the sort. And then I saw these boxes.

I have been watching a bunch of the British guys on here talking about the Majorette cars. I have not had really seen them around a whole lot. That is probably because my brain was wired to look for Hot Wheels and Matchbox. Well, yesterday my brain zeroed in on that very fine Majorette logo, and I found 8 cars to quickly add to my collection. There were 2 packs, a 3 pack and a 5 pack. My eyes first found the black Golf GTI with the red and silver stripes. Then I saw the rest of the pack of 5 cars with their fairly unique look. An Audi A5 Coupe. That is not one common for the US brands, much less any Audis, except for the R8 which I have at least one if not two. A Porsche Cayenne? Nope, that is an Alfa Romeo Giulietta. With a hatchback no less.

Then I saw the 3 pack with the Renault Twingo III, Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, and Jaguar F Type. I needed these to be added to my ever growing collection of diecast, and yes, my eyes are open to the world of Majorette. Something to keep my eyes open for. And more pictures when I have time to set them free. I can see the wheels on these are pretty great already.


Roadburn (Chase) – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Legends Class)

“I will get you out of that stasis pod! Ki-yah!!”

Roadburn is the second part of wave 4 of the Legends Class of Titans Return along with Brawn. The wave in this series is small here at the end, with only 2 figures in each wave.

“Maybe we need someone bigger to lend a hand, Brawn.” “No Bee! We can do it!!!”

Roadburn is supposed to be the Throttlebot, Chase. I read that up until very close to release, he was actually going to be Chase. But there is a Chase in Rescue Bots, and Hasbro didn’t want to confuse the kids. Oh well, Roadburn is a good name too. I was really surprised that they went with Roadburn (Chase) instead of going with everyone’s favorite second to Bumblebee, Cliffjumper. It seems that when we get a Bee, a CJ is not far behind. I do see where they were going with this idea though. The time frame of the Throttlebots more closely aligns with the Headmasters of the G1 time frame. But funny enough, Bumblebee wasn’t Bumblebee in the Throttlebots, he was Goldbug.

We only have to go back one wave to see his twin, Bumblebee. The same body design is used again for Roadburn. That is a good thing. This is a great little car, and he comes with a bit more detail in the paint department to make his look different enough.

Poor Brawn is a third wheel in this hatchback duo.

We still have a little ways to go with the Titans Returns line. This is such a fun set of figures we have seen in all of the different scales. I think Hasbro has really hit it’s stride here with the Generations line. Combiner Wars was great, the Titans Return line is better. What will we get next? Can’t wait… but first, there are more of these figures to get. Yay!


Smell Swell Lightning McQueen

Well, the stuff is coming out in droves to the store for the upcoming Cars 3 movie. The $3.99 price tag for the basic cars is way too steep for me. I was at WalMart, and they had single boxes like the old Matchbox cars. All 6 are different versions of Lightning. And all of them had come out before. I did not have the privilege of finding the Smell Swell Lightning McQueen before, so I grabbed him.

These are the same great vehicles that come in the standard packs, but they are just boxed specially. If you collect all 6 boxes, there is art that connects them. I don’t care to collect doubles, just so I can build some art.

Now, for those who don’t know Smell Swell Deodorizers is the first sponsor Lightning ever had. You can tell this is pretty early in his career. He only has the one sponsor. There are no little stickers either. Just the main Smell Swell sponsor and his light stickers. Pretty plain.

Even his “95” is a very plain font, with the lightning bolt running through it. What I like is that as he became better and got more cocky, his lightning became bigger.

This is a fun car to add to my ever growing Lightning collection. There are lots of great cars coming out, and I would not mind grabbing all of them. There is going to have to be a killer sale or price drop before I start collecting all of these though.


1970 Ford Escort RS1600 Mk1 – Fast and Furious 6 – Mattel

Another day, another company tackling the amazing cars from the Fast and the Furious franchise. This time around it is none other than the Hot Wheels parent company Mattel. This is a different series than Hot Wheels, and a different series than Matchbox. I am starting to get the feeling that Mattel is working hard to corner the market on the diecast market.

Jada usually has the movie licenses in 1:55 scale, which is where we just ended the last run of Fast and Furious vehicles. Most of those are making a reappearance in this series of 32 cars. The fun part of Jada was the Build-a-Car feature they had. Each vehicle in the set had a part to build another car. This time around we are not so lucky. And the price tag. $3.99! Ouch!! That is a lot to pay for a diecast car that is slightly larger than the $.99 Hot Wheels. Yes these have some added detail that the standard Hot Wheels don’t have, but that is a lot to ask when you, as a company, are trying to get people to buy 32 cars. Not to mention again that we saw many of those cars executed really well by Jada not that long ago. I have a feeling that we are going to see these cars warming the pegs for a while, unless they all go on sale for a great price. I would like to add some of the new cars for the upcoming movie, but not for that price point.

I did however need to get my hands on one of the cars. For me, Brian always had the best cars. They were always a bit different than the rest, and the 1970 Ford Escort RS1600 Mk1 is no different. This car started life in Europe. I grew up with an Escort in my family. A teal wagon with a 5-speed manual transmission. But that was the American version that used the name started in Europe in the late 60s. Eventually the dreaded 80s look took this car from a rally great to a family sedan, but in the meantime, this car had some great style.

This is a great little car. Built back in the day, when artists designed cars. Even if it was for an economy car. The stance is right, just a little added graphics, and some added rally lights to the front. And gold rims? Awesome!

The cars used in the movie were rebuilt from the ground up. They used 5 in the movie, destroying 2 in the jump scene where Brian has to save Roman from the tank.

This was really the only car I really wanted that has come out so far. There may be another few that haven’t come out yet, and I will be keeping my eyes out for them. I would have to have the green Eclipse, since it was the first car of the film franchise. But for now, the Escort has joined my 1:55 scale F&F family of cars.

In case you want to see the little Escort in action, I have a little video for you.  It is easy to see how two of the 5 cars were destroyed making this jump:


Bumblebee – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Legends Class

Oh good, another Bumblebee. HAHA!!! A fan favorite, he is often used a lot. In my collection I have 36 Bumblebees of differing sizes and styles (and that does not include the plethora of other figures that are repaints and remodels of Bee). Our long living Autobot saw life way back in 1984 as a Micro Change Volkswagen Beetle. Of course, he was the Beetle in the show as well. His first big change came in 2006 when he was released as a hatchback of Hasbro’s design. Not working with VW anymore, they kept the idea of Bee alive, but without the Beetle influence. Once the Transformers movie came out in 2007, Bee was reimagined as a Camaro, and he stayed his larger self for a long time. It even influenced his look in the Robots in Disguise and Prime TV shows.

Now we are running the nostalgia train, and the Generations line has streamlined the figures to look as close to their G1 counterparts as possible. That means Bee is going back to his roots, and getting that little car makeover yet again. He is back to a hatchback, and that means he is going to be super cute in robot mode too.

Back is the cute round face with the horns. Back is the insignia on the round chest. Short legs, and bubbly arms return as well. This is the classic Bee we have needed in the Generations line.

From behind, you can see he is really clean. I am amazed at how well he folds down. There is a lot of car folded into that torso area.

It is good for Bee to hang out with Wheelie. They both saw themselves swell beyond their regular heights over the course of the Generations line. They are both back to being their smaller selves in the Legends Class. They can go scout together.

In vehicle mode, you can see that cute little hatchback in all his glory. It is a tiny two door. As with the first redesign of Bee, this one has some go-faster details, like a longer front clip, a spoiler on the back, and really tall wheels filling the wells.

Bumblebee is a part of Titans Return, so he should be able to hold a Titan Master… and he can. The back end flips up with the entire roof attached. That allows a Titan Master to ride in style.

Who would have thought Bee would be able to take Brawn for a ride?

Who would have thought Bee would be able to take Brawn for a ride?

It is really amazing how these vehicles were designed to allow something like this to occur, as well as being able to transform. Remember, this is where all of the back end was stuffed when Bee is in robot mode. Now there is a tiny little driver in there.

When I was shooting the car, I noticed his license plate that reads “100 STRA”. I knew it looked familiar, but I couldn’t place it at the time. Later I was in my room, and I have a big movie Bumblebee on a shelf, and the license plate on his crotch reads “900 STRA.” So a little homage paid to his movie counterpart as a license plate. Nice.

It is really great that Habro has done such a good job of combining the forces of the Titans Return. They have figured out a way to include the Legends figures into game plan, and not left to the wayside as just some extra figures at a lower price point. Wheelie and Bumblebee are the best examples with actual cockpits for the Titan Master to ride in.

This was a great third wave of the Titans Returns Legends Class. Don’t feel too bad for the Autobots, with only one new figure this wave compared to two Decepticons. In the next two waves, it looks like we will get two Autobots in each wave, and no Decepticons. But then again it looks like the Cons are going to be focusing on the Voyager and Leader Classes with some big hitters, not to mention Trypticon who will rival Fort Max for the king of the Titans.


Autobot Apex and Powermaster Optimus Prime – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

Here is another interesting figure for Hasbro to tackle. This version of Optimus Prime pays homage to the 1988 gimmick of Powermasters. This is very similar to the Headmasters, where a smaller bot powers up the bigger bot. Originally it was an engine that plugged into Prime’s chest to give him more power. Of course we are in the midst of the Titans Return line, so Hasbro went with a Titan Master and made the big chest engine a part of the transformation. This is a pretty good execution of bringing forth a new version of the one-off figure from 1988. It also allows Hasbro to come out with two different Optimus Primes in this Series.

He comes with a card that shows Optimus’ power, and then the addition of Apex to the team.

Apex looks a lot like Orion Pax when Optimus’ helmet is pulled back. It is a good face when you think of it being similar to what we have seen given to Pax figures. The helmet can be stored in the back of the body.

Apex is a cute little guy. He looks like a very close approximation of Hi-Q, who was Prime’s original Powermaster partner.

Transforming Optimus into the truck seems very familiar. So familiar. Like Ultra familiar. Oh yeah, this is a heavy retool of Ultra Magnus from the Combiner War line. The cab looks similar, and the basic design of the overall cab/trailer combo looks familiar, but there are so many differences. The base body is the same, with many parts being reused. But there are also so many new parts.

Hasbro had to figure out how to close in the trailer, since Prime is technically a cargo hauler, not a car hauler like Magnus… though you know he mostly takes cars around. The back end opens with a ramp to allow smaller cars to fit inside, like Bumblebee, who we will be looking at in the near future.

When Optimus got a new model in 1988, they went over the top. Giant cannons mounted at the front of the trailer, check. Guns mounted on the roof, check. The telltale blue and white stripe down the side of the trailer, check. It is all here.

Comparing Prime to Magnus, it is clear to see the similarities and differences.

In truck mode, they look so close in the cab. You know the cabs have to be different, because Magnus has a driver’s seat in his cab for robot mode, and then it is taken up with a head in vehicle mode. Prime has a way to hold Apex in the cab as well as the helmet. The backs are clearly different, though they use the same basic body.

In robot mode, you can see where they used Magnus’ chest plate with a new plate to give Prime his Powermaster capabilities. They look a lot more similar in their robot modes.

One of the gimmicks of the original Powermaster Optimus, was the ability for the trailer to turn into a battle station. Since the cab and trailer are attached as one in this set, all of Prime turns into a battle station. Really the trailer turns into the station, and the cab just hangs out back there facing the wrong way.

It is a funny thing to see Ultra Magnus come first and then be remodeled into Optimus. But it has been done with some other figures more recently. They bring out the remodel figure first, and then the original. Can’t complain with that, since I will probably end up getting both version anyway. This is a good version of Optimus Prime. The Powermaster parts give him a nice unique look, and he is a welcome part of my ever growing Optimus Prime army.


Fast and Furious Wave 2 – Jada

I don’t post a lot about cars. I love cars, and I have a lot of Hot Wheels, but there is something about this line from Jada that speaks to me.

This is the Fast and Furious Wave 2 lineup. There are cars that span over many of the movies which makes it all the more fun.

The #1 car is Dom’s Chevy Chevelle. This is the car he drives away at the end of The Fast and the Furious. He is seen driving it through Baja. Later the same car makes a reappearance in Fast & Furious (4th movie). It has been repainted a really nice silver color.

The #2 car is Dom’s Dodge Charger Daytona. They bought it at an auction by Tej, and later Dom drives it to save Letty.

In #3 we have Brian’s Nissan GT-R (R35). Brian loves his Japanese cars, and even more so, falls for the Nissans. The GT-R (R35) was used to drive around Los Angeles to let the new girl help stop the bad guys by playing a shell game with cars. Unfortunately this one didn’t make it, but Brian was seen with four other R35’s over the course of three movies, so others probably still exist.

Dom has a love affair with the Charger. This (#4 car) version of the Charger R/T is seen at the end of Furious 7, when he and Brian cruise together into the sunset.  It is unfinished, and looks great in the brushed metal.

At #5 we have Letty’s Dodge Charger SRT8. Letty joined the boys in the race through the Caucasus Mountains as they try to stop a giant bus. Letty’s car is beefed up for some off-road driving. She uses the spoiler on the back of the car to save Brian and solidify her return to the team.

The #6 car is Letty’s Plymouth Barracuda.  This car was important for Fast & Furious 6, when Dom takes Letty to Race Wars.  It starts the process of her remembering who she was, though not for a while.   She later uses the car in the shell game to help protect Ramsey as she uses her computer.

Finally there is the Build-a-Figure Car. coming in at #7 is Brian’s Toyota Supra. Dom wants his 10 second car after the Eclipse was blown up by Johnny Tran’s men. Brian gets his hands on a busted Supra. After a whole bunch of work, they get it up to specs where it can beat a Ferrari on the PCH. This is a great car to include in the set, since it is the most iconic car of the entire series.

I love movie cars.  I have lots from Hot Wheels, and even a few of the Fast and Furious.  I knew this was going to be a way better way to get more cars.   I have wave 1 as well, but I am still missing one of the cars, which makes it hard to build the final car.   Hopefully I will be able to find it sooner rather than later.


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