I first encountered Majorette when I visited Paris at the tender age of 9, way back in 1974. They were similar in size to Matchbox but Made in France not Made in England.
Today Matchbox and Majorette are both Made in Thailand. Of my twenty-one Majorette vehicles seven are Made in France, the others I assume are Made in Thailand, on the boxes it is marked but not on the car bases.
Update, latest Majorettes are Made in China (marked on box and vehicle base).
I don’t remember seeing Majorette in UK. From Paris I brought back a couple of models, if I remember correctly a Chrysler 180 and a BMW 3.0CSL (I no longer have the models from my childhood).
Here in Tbilisi, Georgia I haven’t found many outlets for Majorette. One I have found is Goodwill but their pricing is off putting they price Majorette at 6.05 lari ($3.60) compared to 4 lari ($2.38) for a Hot Wheels model. The Rally models are now stocked in Pepela, a chain of toy shops in Tbilisi but their price is 10.90 lari for which I can buy two Hot Wheels cars and have change left. (update July 2017: Majorette are 7.70 lari in XS toys, compared to 6.90 lari for Hot Wheels).
On the left a Hot Wheels Porsche 911 GT2 on the right a Majorette Porsche 911. I can see little to justify spending an extra 50% for the Majorette. Quite a few Majorettes have opening doors something Hot Wheels very rarely do
In my collection I have over 25 Majorette Models. My favourites probably these slightly playworn Datsun 260Zs, the yellow one I found in a Paris fleamarket, Porte de Vanves, I don’t remember now where I found the blue one, possibly a UK Charity Shop.
My Majorettes: (in the picture)
- Toyota RAV 4 (Orange)
- Toyota RAV 4 (Red)
- Renault Megane 3 Coupe
- Renault Megane 2
- Jaguar XJ6
- Aston Martin DB7
- VW 1302 (Made in France)
- Datsun 260Z (Yellow) (Made in France)
- Datsun 260Z (Blue) (Made in France)
- Morgan (Made in France)
- Ford Mustang Convertible (Made in France)
- Porsche 911
- Renault Berlingo (Fire Dept)
- Volvo 760GLE
- Cement Mixer
- Audi R8
- Peugeot 206 Rally
Not in the picture above but in the picture below,,,,
Renault Twingo Cage Trailer with lion Reanult 4L Van (Made in France)
Toyota Lite Ace (Made in France)
Just bought a Majorette three pack (January 2015), now it would appear they are made in China (not Thailand or France).